Personal and Ministry Background
CLSU started as a lowly farm school. The school was converted into college in 1950 to promote agricultural education. CLSU is one of the more nationally-known institutions of higher learning in the country. Straddling on a 658-hectare area, the main campus of CLSU is located in the town of Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija, 150 kilometers from Metro Manila.
The University has at least 16,000 population composed of primary, secondary and college students. Most of these students come from poor farming and fishing villages. The students I meet in this University are whom I spend time for Bible Study. I hope that as I bring the gospel to the students and their friends and families, they will find hope and comfort though Jesus Christ and His Word.
PhilRice, a government agency located at Maligaya, Muñoz, Nueva Ecija is the place where we minister to young professionals. We call our group EnCircle (for details see my November 2004 newsletter).
This is a pioneering ministry. The ministry here at CLSU-PhilRice started last June of 2001. We now have twenty-five (25) college students regularly joining Bible study, two(2) high schoolers and ten (10) young professionals and some couples. I’ve been a full time for nine years.
I’m married to Evelyn Herrera Bandonill born March 4, 1973. I have two sons, they are Charles Joseph (3 years, 9 months old) born June 18, 2001 and Caleb John (3 weeks old) born February 2, 2005. We got married last June 10, 2000.