WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT US…
On ISACC as an organization…
“I have been proud and grateful to be associated with you… And I continue to be supportive of your struggle to relate Christ and culture in an Asian context.”
The late Sir John RW Stott, founder of Langham Trust and former President, London Institute for Contemporary Christianity, cited in Time Magazine as one of the ‘100 Most Influential Persons’ in the world, and former Chaplain to the Queen and Rector Emeritus, All Souls Church, UK.
“…ISACC has always inspired me in your commitment to the needy, building Christian values in culture, and creative expressions of faith. Your thoughts are global, ethnic, and gender issues are substantive and prophetic. We look forward to your major contribution to the Christian and social communities in the next century.”
Dr. Wing Tai Leung, executive director, Breakthrough, Ltd., Hongkong“
“We have begotten no sons…Our sons speak another language… Who among the young writers now can read my poems ? My poems may as well be written in Babylonian!… The fathers of the young poets of today are from across the sea. They are not our sons; they are foreigners to us, and we do not even exist for them.” — Nick Joaquin
… If not for communities like ISACC, Joaquin’s lament might have come true. But the Holy Spirit has encouraged you. Christ has empowered you, entering your pain and generating the power for new beginnings. God the Creator has blessed you with Filipino culture, a treasure chest of symbols for exuberant expression of his image. May you walk in his grace and holiness, in the Word and in prayer, sons and daughters of the land ( and the water ). May your words, visuals, and acts give reason for hope.”
Dr. Miriam Adeney, missiological anthropologist at Regent College and Seattle Pacific University, USA.
“…With some exceptions, much of our Christianity today is still confined within the four walls of the church. That is why it is refreshing to note that ISACC is committed ‘to stimulate and support the Filipino church’ in its effort to be truly ‘salt’ and ‘leaven’ where it would pursue Kingdom values, engage the unjust structures and seek their transformation. My prayer for you is to continue to be a faithful watchman speaking with boldness and courage so that change may become a reality, especially for our poor.”
Sen. Jovito R. Salonga, Former Senate President
“…We are proud of the way that you (ISACC) have combined serious research on the history and cultural impact of Christianity in the Philippines with a continuing burden to reach people with the Gospel. This is an illustration to us of the fact that a deep commitment to Christ not only liberates individuals but also allows cultures to reach their full potential.”
Dr. William Dyrness, Professor Emeritus,Fuller Theological Seminary; Dr. Grace Dyrness, Urban Initiatives, USC, USA
“… to see through our own masks, and in doing so, discover what we really are, as country, as nation, as people. ISACC has been one of those asking the right questions, peering behind the masks, slicing through the pretenses. Its views have not been merely refreshing, they have been disturbing and so they should.”
Ma Cristina V. Rodriguez, founder and executive director, Crossroads Publications, Inc.
“…While two decades may not be as long as a century, it is long enough for so many events to shape a people’s history as well as a nation’s destiny. In a world long corrupted by sin, agents of godly influence and holiness turn the tide of total degeneration. This, we believe, has been the ministry of ISACC for the last two decades. In so many instances, you have kept true to your call to be ‘voice in the ( moral ) wilderness’ in proclaiming God’s message for the people of our time.”
Dr. Medarlo B. Rivera, former General Secretary, Philippine Bible Society
“…Through the years, ISACC has become a well known name for confronting significant issues in the community, political and religious, in order to keep these before the public eye. This has proven to be a key ministry that so often is bypassed, yet essential if we are to see Biblical principles discussed and instilled into the hearts and minds of our citizens. ISACC has also been in the forefront ministering among those who needed help in community development. Projects have been initiated and carried out with care and sensitivity.”
Myron Harrison, Former Field Director, OMF International, Philippines
“…We, in the Summer Institute of Linguistics, and particularly the Asia Field Training Course have greatly benefited from your CCOS ( Cross-Cultural Orientation Seminar ) program. Our new workers throughout Asia have gone out to the field with greater confidence, knowledge and skills because of what they have learned from you.”
David Ohlson, Director, Asia Field Training Course, Summer Institute of Linguistics
“…Tunay na sa loob ng dalawang dekadang ito ay naging saksi kami sa katapatang inyong ipinakita sa paglilingkod sa Panginoon sa pamamagitan ng pagbibigay ng mga mapaghamon at kristiyanong pagtugon sa tawag ng panahon. Napaunlad at napayaman ninyong higit ang aming pagsasahimpapawid sa pamamagitan ng inyong paglalapat ng mga biblikal na kasagutan sa mga isyung kinakaharap ng ating lipunan sa kasalukuyan. Ang mga ito ay nakatulong nang higit upang mabigyan ng isang balanse at tamang pananaw ang ating mga kababayan hinggil sa mga usaping may kinalaman sa kanilang pang-araw-araw na buhay.”
Carlos Peña, Former President, Far East Broadcasting Company
On ISACC’s research and publications….
“I am extremely impressed with the quality and significance of this [Early American Protestant Missions] research. The presentations and caliber of panel members was excellent. It seems important that this information be made available to a wide spectrum of the academic community. The case study / interview approach incorporated in the research appears especially productive. It seems important to document these interviews while the resource people ( in the 80s and 90s ) are still alive and available to relate their firsthand impressions. It was encouraging when several people in the room identified ancestors who had become due to personal contact with some of the main ones highlighted in the case studies. I am happy to learn this scholarly study is preserving important historical information and especially [these] firsthand accounts before they are lost.
…I wish to express appreciation to the principal researchers on the team. Being an academic organization ourselves, we can identify quality research when we see it.”
Rex Lieffers, CVE, NCC, Associate Director for Human resources, SIL
“I enjoyed it – I was touched, rather – by your article on the generation of the sixties. There are some details in the piece which I did not like though, but these are minor. This, you cannot hide or disguise. I like your Tsunami Residues. I’m glad you’re writing good poetry.”
F. Sionil Jose, Novelist and National Artist in Literature, and Publisher, Solidaridad Publishing House
“I always look forward to reading Patmos. Your issue on Spirituality and Nation-building was promising. I hope you continue to be vigilant. I respect Patmos and the people behind it and support wholeheartedly your vision and goals. Let us be mindful of what our reference points are and be more reflective and affirming of our own resources so that we don’t always have to quote a Western author.
Dr. Leny Strobel, Sonoma State College, California, USA
“Going over your carefully written articles, I found new insights into the Filipino cultural, intellectual and moral fiber. The article of Ms Maggay, in particular, was truly enlightening because it offers a fresh perspective on how one should look at the Filipino psyche. Ms Maggay’s article departs from conventional Western concepts that have for so long judged the Filipino character by alien standards. I hope you will have more articles dealing with the Filipino indigenous culture.”
Alberto J. Lopez Congressman, 2nd District, Guimaras, Iloilo
“Would you give us permission to publish in Tear Target an abbreviated version of Herman Moldez’ Taking Side with the Poor?
Patmos is a very useful resource for us – not just regarding the Philippines but also as a means of reflecting upon our own work. I thought this issue of Patmos was outstanding.”
Steve Bradbury, Tear Australia
“Your article on the Gulf War was on target. I’m going to reproduce it for the people here. We are in a very awkward position – to raise some questions about the war is to be immediately written off as anti-American.
Your piece on indigenous religion was outstanding! Every missionary ought to be required to read it. You cut through the stereotype and got down to the authentically Gospel issues.”
Rev. Darrel Johnson, Sacramento, California
“As one who has done a fair amount of editorial work, I could fairly well feel the tensions and strains of this issue at a hundred different points. Writing as you did, for the audience you have, is no small feat. Most attempts to move an evangelical audience here in the States fail ( in my opinion because there is so much energy expended in caution that any sense of forward movement strikes the reader as purely gratuitous ). This Patmos was so full of evangelical depth and communal movement that its integrity seemed unquestionable. Though I don’t have an in-depth familiarity with your audience, it appears to me that the Lord has given you that miracle of timing and creativity: the right people at the right place, and at the right time.”
Bruce Nichols, Washington
“Patty brought home your book Filipino Religious Consciousness and I enjoyed it very much. I praise God for your service to the kingdom and to the servants of the King ministering in Asia. Your work definitely makes our work more effective.”
Joel L. Hogan, International Director, Christian Reformed World Missions
“Reread your article The Gospel in our Context: An Agenda. I found it addressing even the context we’re in here in Indonesia. Signs and wonders, power encounters, as evident in the work of the Spirit came as much needed to my system that was once familiar only with university type spiritual warfare.”
Sal Jiao, Navigator, Madiun, Indonesia
“On Philippine Realities: Vol. 3 NO. 1 of Patmos is Excellent! You publish a fantastic magazine and I still can’t figure out how you do it. All the best to you and your associates. Your sensitivity and courage are exemplary. Our society could use more of it”.
The late Salvador P. Lopez, former President, University of the Philippines