When we asked how CS came to the area, the grandfather of one family told us this story: There was a member of the community who had an accident and could not walk. A visitor was passing through and told them of Christian Science, and how a CS Group existed a few mountains away. People carried this woman who could not walk up and down the mountains in search of healing, and she came back walking. Although in pure Kankana-ey, the local Filipino dialect, he was speaking with a sense of nostalgia, remembering the sight of this woman returning to the village, walking. This brought Christian Science and it stands today as practiced by these three familes. All the groups talked about a practitioner (never Journal listed) who lived in the mountains and was healing so readily that all these groups sprang up. She has now passed on, and it seems much is unknown of who she was. But, point being, healing was brought to these farming villages and the effects of this are present today.
There is an energy and spirit and love in the Baguio Church and we truly had FUN with the church members. We were constantly laughing with them and I feel as though I made real friends. We also met with the beautiful 1st Church, Manila and members of the nearby Pateros Church. Most of all, it was inspiring to see just how thriving Christian Science is the country. They love God. They love church. Many of the Sunday School teachers in both Baguio and Manila are in their 30s. Many children are writing Sentinel Articles. In the Philippines, church is family.