UUC’s Growing Presence in the Philippines

Because of its online classes and affordability, Union University of California has a reach well beyond the borders of the USA and Vietnam. It is increasingly becoming a presence in a dozen or so countries, including Africa and other countries of Asia such as Nepal, Bangladesh and the Philippines. Our most recent foray, this November, was in the Philippines, where Dr Fletcher Tink, our Academic Dean, offered seminar classes in “Ethics and Responsible Business Practice” to 50 students in two different venues in the Metro Manila area, and passed out certificates to all participants in the name of Union University of California. UUC jointly sponsors with a host institution, a grant request to Mustard Seed Foundation, this time with Elijah International World Mission Institute, a modern training facility for pastors and missionaries, which recruits and organizes the classes to meet their local accrediting requirements. In this case, two EIWMI students were registered at the Master’s level, 13 students at the Bachelor’s, and additionally, ten pastors and prospective students attended the five day, forty hour seminar, as auditors. In the second version of the seminar, 25 business leaders, government officials, including General Dindo Espina, former head of the armed services of the Philippines, attended. The Philippines has, like many other nations, a long history of public and private corruption. However, in the past seven years, the nation has improved substantially in its level of “transparency”, and moved into the middle range of nations, as recent public officials have been accused of past violations and are standing trial. The President, Benigno Aquino, son of former President Cory Aquino, has made the eradication of corruption, one of his principle goals. One highlight involved taking the students to a Manpower hiring office that sends out 2,000-3,000 workers to countries in the Middle East and other parts of Asia---an assignment heavy with ethical issues and dilemmas. A second field visit was to a pastor, turned businessman and Motocross advocate who is ministering among the motorbike racers, again in a world of ethical ambiguities. This seminar was most timely, as students and community leaders raised issues that they face, as they try both to be Christian in their dealings and responsible citizens for the betterment of their nation. Trends in Urban Ministry Recently Dr Fletcher L Tink, recorded these four videos in the studio of World Mission Communication in Taytay, Metro Manila, the Philippines. Each video, from 15-22 minutes long, discusses some aspect of urban ministry and is particularly useful to practitioners in any global urban setting. These are also being uploaded on Youtube and can be used without copyright permissions. Part 1: https://youtu.be/_KH2lQQfcQA Part 2: https://youtu.be/bwn3SzR-y5Q Part 3: https://youtu.be/ECWBP0FllUw Part 4: https://youtu.be/IA6uA6Y4BLM