Dahung, Philippines

Dahung is the poorest village in barangary [small city] of Tabunan on the island of Negros. Most of the villagers live on less than $100 dollars per month and work rural farm workers who till the land for the wealthier farm owners. In between harvests, the people of the village work as tri-pedal drivers. Others work in bakeries as helpers and the wives work as laundry women, or helpers at home for the affluent. While these jobs help provide for basic needs, it is a struggle.

Join the Journey has partnered with Potter’s Clay Baptist Church, led by Pastor Monico Gomez, which is located just next to Dahung in the barangay of Sum Ag to assist those in Dahung with empowerment opportunities and the Gospel. Potter’s Clay Baptist Church leads a weekly Bible study in Dahung and developed the poultry program to provide increased livelihood to the community members. An initial batch of poultry was distributed to 10 beneficiaries in early June and then another 5 last November. A final 5 were recently issued chickens/sari sari store empowerment funds.

Potter’s Clay Baptist Church is a church plant  with about 25 people who attend weekly worship. God is continuing to pour seeds into this ministry as we walk alongside them to reach their community. Because of the outreaches, the church is now up to 50 people per week.