Stuff About Me

My name is Bob Munson, and my wife Celia and I are missionaries with the Baptist General Assembly of Virginia (BGAV), and serve in Baguio City, Philippines. We have been here since 2004. Our missions family blog is http://bobandceliamunson.wordpress.com Organizationally:

1.  Teach.  I teach missions, cultural anthropology, and pastoral care topics at some schools here in Baguio. These include Philippine Baptist Theological Seminary (PBTS), Asia Baptist Graduate Theological Seminary (ABGTS), and Maranatha Bible College.

2.  Write. I blog here and elsewhere. I have finished three books… one on medical mission work in the Philippines, one on story and culture, and one on cultural anthropology. You can check the MY BOOKS page on this blogsite..

3.  Organize (Disorganize?). Celia and I co-found Bukal Life Care & Counseling Center back in 2009. We are focused on training in areas of pastoral care, crisis care, CPE, and chaplaincy training. Celia is a board-certified pastoral counselor (BCPC) with CPSP.Feel Free to Click Here:  Bukal Life Care. We cofounded CPSP-Philippines, a certification/accreditation board for pastoral counseling, clinical chaplaincy, and CPE, that works in partnership with CPSP (in the US) It can be reached through CPSP-Philippines.That was in 2012 and we are still moving forward with it. We also cofounded DPDM, a medical mission group here in the Philippines. We were with them from 2005 to 2009.

We have three children, and presently work with Bukal Life Care,Inc.  Celia is Training Coordinator at Bukal Life, and is a CPE Supervisor-in-Training. She is also a trainer in Disaster Response Crisis Counseling, and regularly does pastoral counseling. With have three children. Joel, our oldest, is a volunteer with a local NGO as well as DSWD, and is studying at seminary. Becky and Esther are students at Saint Louis University (here in Baguio).

Munson Family Card 2014 a

 

6 thoughts on “Stuff About Me

  1. Hey Bob, I was encouraged to find your blog. I have spent many hours thinking and processing with friends about the role of counseling and missions and how the two go together. A friend and myself have been wrestling with whether to pursue a Masters in Counseling before seeking to work in that area overseas. I am about 10 credits shy of a Masters in Pastoral Studies and have been hesitant to start another Masters program before going overseas. Any thoughts on the matter would be appreciated. Blessings. Brett Baker

    • I would love to sound like an expert, but I can’t because I am not. I would say that it would be good to get as much training as you can in cross-cultural counseling (and x-cultural communication). Some axioms in “Western” psychology don’t apply in other cultures. Western counseling disapproves of triangulation, but it is simply an unavoidable reality in others. Direct language is considered best in the West, but comfort in indirect communication is necessary in many parts of the world. Additionally, the Individual is assumed to be the most important social unit (with corresponding importance for individuality and individual freedom) in the West. Yet in many parts of the world this basic premise is challenged. The goal of cross-cultural counseling is NOT to get other cultures to think as Americans. I wish you well in your studies and calling.

  2. I had the opportunity to spend the summer working with IMB in the Philippines this last summer and I fell in love with the people there. Keep letting God use you! and keep posting. Blogs like this are such an encouragement. Reading about advancements in the Kingdom of God always makes my day brighter.

    • Thanks. And I am glad you enjoyed your time here. It is a beautiful place with beautiful people. Looking at your blog, it sounds like you were involved in Nehemiah Teams. That is a great organization and I am very happy that the IMB has kept that program alive here in the PI.

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