South East Asia

Cebu – Philippines

GEMI-LeadershipPortland Christian Center – Danao

 In 2005, Mark & Cora King, (ECC), together with Jennifer Peñas, an indigenous missionary from Mindanao, pioneered Portland Christian Center.  The church first started as a small Bible study that took place once a week in a house with just one family attending. Soon after, as more and more people attended and turned to Christ, the church was formally planted -Today this mountain village church has grown to over 200 people.

Global Ecclesia Danao (GED)


In 2013, following a short-term mission in the Danao City, the first daughter church of PCC was planted. The church attracts mainly people from the city of Danao and surrounding areas.


Daan Bantayan


Following the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan, locally known as Yolanda, the GEMI team worked with Elim (ERA) to help many communities in northern Cebu to recover from the disaster. This gave the team a wonderful opportunity to forge relationships with the local people and through needs-based evangelism, God provided an open door for the gospel to be shared. One of the adopted areas was Daan Bantayan which is situated at the northern most tip of Cebu. Through building relationships and providing practical help and support, a church was planted and is now influencing the area.

Padre Borgos (BCC)


Evan and Onie Gillies, who are GEMI pastors, felt the call of God to plant a church in Padre Borgos, southern Leyte in May 2015 – Padre Borgos being Evans home town. The church is growing quickly and is reaching out into the community

The Island of Leyte hit our TV screens during the Haiyan disaster in 2013 which killed over 8000 people – mainly concentrated in the town of Tacloban. Touched by the devastation and the suffering that the communities were experiencing, Evan and Onie were led to a community situated 45 minutes south of Tacloban called Dulag. Here they were able to help rebuild 52 houses and distribute aid which was sponsored by Elim ERA. The plan is to plant a church in this area also.



Pastor Alex and Fe

Hilotongan is a remote island situated off the north-west tip of Cebu. It has a population of around 2000 people. There is no electricity or fresh water on the island and it was one of the places that was devastated by Typhoon Haiyan in 2013. Our GEMI team, sponsored by Elim (ERA) teamed up with two local AOG pastors, to plant a church on this island. The church is now thriving and has recently purchased its own land where they are in the midst of building a place to fellowship. (See pictures below)