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It wasn’t until after the Spanish-American War and the advent of U.S. colonial administration that Methodism arrived in the Philippines. The first Methodist service in the country was held for U.S. soldiers on Aug. 28, 1898.
Later, as Filipinos came to the Methodist faith, their evangelism and leadership led to the dramatic growth of the church. Today, the Philippines UMC is under a central conference structure comprised of 24 annual conferences and three Episcopal areas: Baguio, Manila and Davao.
Global Ministries supports a wide variety of projects that help train or retrain non-deployed maritime/seafarers, health care workers, seasonal workers prohibited from unionizing, and technical, managerial and entrepreneurial skills necessary for small cooperatives. A ministry to children, often living in extreme poverty, seeks to provide holistic help in improving self-worth and spiritual and physical health.
Support is also provided for educational scholarships, training of local church members in spiritual leadership, evangelism and outreach, and Christian education programs for children and youth. The United Methodist Church also relates with affiliated autonomous churches in the Philippines, including the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) and the Iglesia Evangelica Metodista en las Islas Filipinas (IEMELIF) or the Philippine Evangelical Methodist Church in the Philippines.