“I was 8 years old when my single mom became a Christian. We started to go to Mabolo Evangelical Free Church. But only when I was 12 that I understood the gospel and received Jesus as my Lord and Savior.”
During Philip’s college years, he would occasionally attend IVCFP’s Bible studies at IV Home in Cebu. His attending Kawayan Camp in 1997 was a turning point. “That camp sealed my commitment to His Kingdom work. Later that year, I enrolled at Evangelical Theological College, took up BS Theology with a desire to let God use me where He pleases. After graduation, by God’s grace I helped plant two churches in Cebu until He called our family to serve in Palawan.”
Philip is married to Ma. Levy Tumulak. They now have 2 biological children: Jehiel Heart and John Kendrick, and an adopted daughter Janelle. While serving as a pastor in Cebu, IVCF-CEVRU would often invite him as a resource speaker in their events and camps. “I had become a ‘suki’ or a regular. I could not refuse because God had greatly used IVCFP in my Christian walk and I saw myself in every young person attending those events.”
The Holy Spirit had spoken to Philip and Levy separately when they headed the call to relocate to Palawan. On June 28, 2016, with about 2 months worth of money from proceeds of a rummage sale, the Lim family migrated to Palawan with a vision: to train tribal people for tribal missions!
Three years have passed since the move. God has already provided the land where Ethnos Tribal Missions Training Center shall be situated: a 3.4 hectare property where the family and the students could also cultivate and farm for sustainability. “Over the last 3 years, God has also provided the necessary ‘covering’ we needed. In mid-2017, we officially became staff of OM Philippines-Palawan, an organization not beholden to a denomination who could give us accountability and where we could channel God’s resources to.”
In September 2018, the center launched its first ever-modular classes where 11 tribal students enrolled coming from all over Palawan. “We are now on our 5th module of 12. God willing, we will see our first batch of graduates on November 16, 2019. We are excited to count the new communities that will soon be opened to the gospel of Jesus because of the tribal students who had come out of our trainings.”