Building shalom in the Philippines

Jason Martin, Mennonite Church Canada director of International Witness, left, International Witness worker Joji Pantoja, and Norm Dyck, Mennonite Church Eastern Canada mission engagement minister, pose at the MC Eastern Canada office in Kitchener, Ont., where Pantoja spoke on April 4, 2018. (Photo by Dave Rogalsky)

Joji Pantoja speaks about her and her husband Dann’s work in the Philippines, building worshipping peace communities and developing Coffee for Peace, to create income for marginalized people. (Photo by Dave Rogalsky)

Joji Pantoja and her husband Dann serve in the Philippines as Mennonite Church Canada Witness workers. Following the September 11, 2001, attack in New York City, Dann in particular felt called as a Christian to work at building peace with Muslims.

Coffee business wins award

An entrepreneurial effort that promotes social change in the Philippines recently won an award for its work. In March 2015, Coffee for Peace (CFP) won second place in a national business competition, “Developmental Social Enterprise Award-Solution for Social Change.” CFP is the business initiative of PeaceBuilders Community Inc., a ministry of Joji and Daniel Pantoja, who are Mennonite Church Canada workers in the Philippines. Joji is the CEO of CFP.

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