Serving in the Philippines
Michael and Melanie are Global Field Staff with Canadian Baptist Ministries, appointed in August 2015 to serve in the Philippines. Michael and Melanie, along with their four children, live in the capital city of Manila.
Michael and Melanie serve alongside CBM colleagues and partners in the area of Marketplace Ministry. The Waddells are assisting in the formation of Christian discipleship movements within the context of the marketplace throughout Southeast Asia. The Waddells also work along side our Filipino partners who are working with the poor and marginalized in various facets of Integral Mission through capacity building that models humility, love, compassion and integrity.
Michael is currently completing his Master of Arts in Practical Theology at Acadia Divinity College. Melanie has a Master’s Degree in Counselling from Acadia University and has experience working in various counselling settings.
The Waddells spent 14 years in the business world, as well as 5 years serving as Directors of a Baptist owned Christian camp in New Brunswick, before sensing that God was leading them to something new.
Michael and Melanie were married in 2000 and have four growing children: Kyla, Sean, Carter and Allie.
Latest Ministry Updates
Food for Life Cooperative is an initiative being undertaken in partnership with KPM, the Capiznon Baptist Churches Inc. and CBM. The cooperative will involve over 30 small plot rural rice farmers in Capiz province. The goal of the cooperative is to increase the viability and sustainability of the individual farmers, provide good quality healthy organic rice for community members, and provide fair and equitable employment for the farm workers. In early April Duane Guthrie and Michael traveled back to Roxas city to continue working with the Business Development Committee of our partner, KPM. We spent a full
I (Michael) recently had the privilege of traveling to a small rural community in Capiz province known as Bag-ong Barrio, Tapaz. The purpose of my visit was to attend the 110th Annual Assembly of the Capiznon (Kasapulanan) Baptist Churches Inc, which is a gathering of pastors, church leaders and delegates from 52 churches in the region. I was invited to attend and share about the partnership ministry taking place between Canadian Baptist Ministries (CBM) and Kabuganaan Philippines Ministries (KPM). The theme of their assembly was 'Witnessing in a Broken World' and although most of the discussions took
In partnership with The Missional Business Center (MBC) CBM has begun the process of developing new training staff and launching new training events in Payatas (poor section of Quezon City, Metro Manila). In it's entirety, this training will involve over 90 people who will receive business training, which includes help with developing their business plan. This project is a great example of inter-agency cooperation. This project also indirectly involves a Philippine organization known as CCT. The Center for Community Transformation (CCT) is a micro lending group that is funded by Filipino business people and focuses on providing the poor
This past month we had the privilege of hosting Sharlene & Brian Craig for a week. Sharlene is the Director of Member Care/HR with CBM and her husband Brian, serves as the Director of Leadership Development with the CBOQ. During their visit we travelled to Roxas, Capiz Province to visit with one of CBM's longstanding partners in the Philippines, Kabuganaan Philippines Ministries (KPM). One of the places we visited while in Roxas was the Libas Child Care Center (as seen above in the pictures) which was built with the help and support of CBM. This child care centre has helped to transform