About Me

My name is Bob Munson, and my wife Celia and I serve in Baguio City, Philippines. We have been here since 2004. What do I do?

1.  Teach.  I teach various missions topics at 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 four books… one on medical mission work in the Philippines, one on story and culture, one on cultural anthropology, and one (strangely) on pastoral care. You can check the MY BOOKS page on this blogsite..

3.  Organizational Work. 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 Diplomate in CPE/CPT Supervision with CPSP/CPSP-Philippines. We cofounded CPSP-Philippines, a certification/accreditation board for pastoral counseling, clinical chaplaincy, and CPE, that works in partnership with CPSP (in the US). 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.

4.  Counseling.  Celia is a counselor… but I do assist at times, and especially do work with counseling as part of missionary member care, and pastoral recovery.

We have three children, all three of whom are in college. Our email is munsonsbaguio@gmail.com.

Munson Family Card 2014 a

 

6 thoughts on “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.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s