Building Resilient Communities


Building Resilient Comms

If you are part of a ministry or an outreach these scenarios might be familiar to you.

  • Have you ever felt overwhelmed or have had trouble being on the same page with everyone?-
  • Have you felt that the members in your organisation are going in different directions?-
  • Has your ministry or organisation been able to stay on course?

The workshop teaches participants to apply collaborative and contextually sensitive approaches to enhance social connectedness and resilience in communities and organisations.

Core training principles include:

(1) work in the context of a strong and supportive organisation;

(2) appreciate the complexity of the systems with which they are engaging; and

(3) be open to the possibilities for healing and transformation.

The program utilises a combination of didactic presentations, hands‐on interactive exercises, case studies, and experiential approaches to organisational team building and stress management.

About the Trainer
rodge leilis

Rogelio P. Lelis, Jr. earned his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2012 from the Ateneo de Davao University (ADDU), where he was also a lecturer in the undergraduate program of the Department of Psychology from November 2013 to May 2017. He is an affiliate of the ADDU Center of Psychological Extension and Research Services (COPERS) since 2012, the community engagement arm of the Department of Psychology. In the last four years, COPERS has given him increased responsibility to handle special projects on themes of major concern to the Center including psychoeducation, disaster response and emergency management, peace education, peace psychology, interfaith and intercultural dialogue, among others. Highly trained for post-disaster Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS), Lelis delivers MHPSS interventions and psychosocial services to a diverse population in times of disasters – both human-initiated and natural disasters.

Lelis is particularly interested in culturally-appropriate applications of social psychology for peacebuilding and conflict resolution. He is an international fellow of the KAICIID International Dialogue Center in Vienna, Austria, and an affiliate of the UK-based A Common Word Among the Youth (ACWAY), a global youth-led movement promoting peace and coexistence. Lelis has launch several peace education projects in the recent years.

To register:

A look back at 2017 – 2018

The new school year has begun and we would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has been part of our mission and for bringing God’s love to “the ends of the earth”.

For some years, we had been serving the community out a very small lot so that our scholars in Payatas could gather. Today we are able to operate out of a much larger space. In fact, we can now accommodate more kids as the school year begins this week.

art room

This is the inner room that is the art room and prayer space for the kids.


An older scholar has painted her self-portrait while the younger scholars interpret what the portrait tells of the artist

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In this outer room, our kids mainly gather for Guided Learning, library time and meals

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full house during lunch

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drawing what they see. Through our formation, kids develop the life skills to see, listen and think.


Our 1st Mass in the centre on Community Day with scholars and families from Payatas and Erap

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Our older high school scholars (from Erap) facilitating a workshop on identifying and managing stress (for the Payatas elementary scholars).

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A time for sharing and checking in. Part of our formation is teaching our scholars to reflect.

While the past year has not been without its challenges, the blessings have outweighed all the obstacles we have faced. Seeing the kids bloom and develop into leaders as they help the younger ones and the new ones have been the most rewarding.

acts29 continues to remain committed to the education and formation of children and youths in impoverished communities and we strive to create safe spaces where children are free to discover their giftedness.

December Mission Trip 2018

Theme: Living in Simplicity

We Invite YOU to come experience our community mission

What is community mission?

This is a program that runs from 9 – 16 December

Where will we live?

Missioners will live with the community in the Volunteer House and in the homes of our community members to experience their way of life.

What will we do?
Missioners will join the work of the acts29 community
What else will we do?
—       Morning and evening prayers with the community
—       Recollection with the community
Meals are provided

Cost of food and lodging: $30 per day

To register email: Name (as in passport) & date of birth to

Missioners are welcomed throughout the year, do drop us an email.

manila hills with scholars

A Poem by Wilfred Arlan Peterson
Slow me down, Lord.
Ease the pounding of my heart by the quieting of my mind.
Steady my hurried pace.
Give me, amidst the day’s confusion

the calmness of the everlasting hills.

Break the tension of my nerves and muscles
with the soothing music of singing streams

that live in my memory.

Help me to know the magical, restoring power of sleep.
Teach me the art
of taking minute vacations….
slowing down to look at a flower,
to chat with a friend,

to read a few lines from a good book.

Remind me
of the fable of the hare and the tortoise;
that the race is not always to the swift;

that there is more to life than measuring its speed.

Let me look up at the branches of the towering oak
and know that … it grew slowly … and well.
Inspire me
to send my own roots down deep…

into the soil of life’s endearing values…

That I may grow toward the stars of my greater destiny.

Slow me down, Lord.