A Profile of its Workers and their Families

The Mountain View church is a congregation newly established in the mountainous area of Babag Uno, beyond upper Busay, city of Cebu, Philippines. Ed Maquiling, who was then the local minister of Talamban church, began the work here on the latter part of the year 2001 as a follow up ministry to edify the family who were formerly worshipping with Talamban church but who could not always come due to its great distance and because of prohibitive costs of fares.

Much evangelism by Ed Maquiling and other workers has been done in the place and in other sitios nearby since the start of the work. Classes are taught individually or in groups, conducted in homes or in the assembly, as a way to bring the good news of Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection and for people to avail of the saving power that only Jesus, the Son of God, could impart. Those who have been taught have also strived to put on Jesus and make him the Master of their lives. In fact a number have obeyed Jesus, ladies and men coming from the humble and the poor, and from prominent families in Babag Uno, Hamtik, and other places nearby. So great was the influence of this new band of disciples that they are now known as “a group of nice people who can do no harm,” in the language of one grand old woman in the place.

At present the church worships in a house which is filled to overcrowding on any good Sunday afternoon.

Two preachers served the church as its ministers: Ed Maquiling and Eduardo Teman. Eduardo Teman, or Edward, was formerly a minister of the Baptist church, having preached and taught and built up Baptist congregations in Makilala, North Cotabato. Trained as a dairy man and livestock breeder, he got his first taste of serving his God while in the employ of  Mindanao Baptist Rural Life Center, in Bansalan, Davao del Sur. His experiences and abilities as a Baptist minister were put to good use when he cast his lot with the Lord’s church and assisted the Lord’s work in Babag Uno. It was Ed Maquiling who baptized Edward.

In later years Ed Maquiling became involved in the work at Leyte Christian College, serving for a while as one of its teachers as well as its assistant director. Edward on the other hand moved to Mindanao. The church in Babag Uno however remains steadfast in the faith. Three of its men take the lead in preaching to their neighbors, teaching Bible classes at church, and leading the brethren during worship. The church is in a sense indigenous, autonomous and independent and has continued to be so till this day. Occasionally Ed Maquiling visits them.

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