Pastora Mel grew up among the forest reserves of the river basins in the Benguet Province of the Philippines. She is a member of the Kalanguya tribe and a minister in a local church. "God changed my life totally," she beams. "I gave my life to Him, and He is using me to spread the love I received from Him among the surrounding tribes in this area, the Kankana-ey, the Ibaloy, and even the Igorot tribes."
There are many challenges Pastora Mel must contend with when ministering in this area. Many of the people in her outreach are alcoholics, gamblers, many practice animal sacrifice, and there are clan wars.
But she is not deterred. "I can still climb the mountains at my age to reach them," she says with a smile. Although she has served the Lord for a long time, she signed up for Project Philip Bible studies with a group of fellow ministers.
"Praise God that He let His light shine upon us," she says.