Mission leads to newfound friendship with Corban alumni in the Philippines

Monday, July 11, 2011


Halfway around the world in the Philippines, new friendships were forged when a Corban staff member went on a mission trip to the island nation.

Between May 12 and 28, Corban news writer, photographer and videographer Sheldon Traver traveled to Leyte Island in the Philippines to provide medical care to people in impoverished regions and to use his talents to help Corban (WBC) alums Jim Latzko, ’77, and his wife, Allene (Aagard) Latzko, ’76, promote their work with New Life Baptist Mission on the islands of Leyte and Samar.

The Latzkos have worked in the Philippines for 30 years and co-founded New Life Baptist Mission more than 25 years ago. Together, they train new pastors to plant churches throughout the Philippines and for overseas missions and provide ongoing training for current pastors with NLBM.

“A photograph or video can tell people so much more than words on paper,” Traver said. “While I was there I interviewed pastors who have dedicated their lives to serving God in very rural communities. I wanted Jim and Allene to be able to have something they can share with their supporters to show the amazing work God is doing through them in that country.

“Jim and Allene’s love of Jesus and for the Filipino people is amazing,” he added.  “I appreciated the opportunity to work alongside them if only for a brief time.”

  • Corban writer Sheldon Traver spent part of his mission in the Philippines serving alongside Corban (WBC) alumni Jim Latzko, ’77, and Allene (Aagard) Latzko, ’76, in May.

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