The Philippines is an island nation in Southeast Asia with modern cities and a growing economy, yet there is still significant poverty in many of the rural areas. To help the under-served, Dr. Bailey started conducting dental missionary trips to the country even before he established BandS Ministries. And today, we continue to organize full medical mission trips on a regular basis. Dr. Bailey has made many friends in the country, and also works personally with area churches in an advisory role.

 

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The Philippines is an excellent example of how BandS works with local health officials to help improve their services. When we conduct clinics, we work in under-served areas so that we won't disrupt the practices of local professionals. We also use local physicians when we find clinical cases that need hospitalization. This is done on a case-by-case basis, and BandS always follows up to guarantee that all paid services are completed. We have long supported the Good News Medical Clinic in Cebu City.. See Slideshow

 

BandS also takes on development projects when we see a special need. On the island of Leyte, in February of 2006, heavy rains and a minor earthquake triggered a mudslide that buried a community of 2,500. This disaster orphaned a group of high school students who survived only because they were a mile away in school. To help these kids, Sunrise Christian College offered scholarships to the students, but the school could not provide housing. That's when we stepped in with funding for both a girls and a boys dormitory. In 2008, Dr. Bailey interviewed several of the orphans who had survived the Leyte mudslides, Watch Video, and was able to interview a few of them again in October 2011, to catch-up on their new lives. See Slideshow and Watch Video

 

BandS has assisted in another project that involves helping poor rural children learn how to raise goats. The "Give a Goat Program" gives pregnant goats to children who will benefit from the milk provided while learning responsibility in raising the animals.

 

When volunteers travel to the Philippines on medical missionary trips, they find the people warm and friendly, and most speak English. The trips usually last 12 to 14 days because of the distance involved, with about a half dozen clinics conducted in different locations. Working conditions are generally good, as are the overnight accommodations. And on days off, there are plenty of historical sites to discover, especially on Corregidor where the Americans battled the Japanese during World War II.

At a Glance

Capital: Manila

 

Official languages: Filipino, English

 

Land Area: 115,831 sq mi

 

Population: 94,013,200

 

Per Capita GDP (Nominal): $2,007

 

Currency: Peso (PHP)