This year’s April and Easter Compassion Offering will go to Ken Cruz and his outreach. Born in the Philippines, Ken attended the University of the Philippines and received a diploma in forestry. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Letran College in the Philippines, and has completed a Master’s degree in organizational leadership at Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, California.
Mr. Cruz and his family have lived in Cambodia and Laos for many years, and his work focuses on community development and organization as well as program consulting.
Much of his work has been among the poor in organization of holistic community development and resource generation.
Ken shares that his compassion for the poor was nurtured through the modeling of his physician father who became the foundation of Ken’s early involvement in God’s ministry. “I grew up and lived in a relatively poor neighborhood where my father gave free medical service for sick, poor people on a weekly basis.”
“My work and ministry experiences have brought some of the most significant changes in my leadership paradigm and practice,” Ken shares. “My choice of career in humanitarian and mission work transformed my leadership approach from positional to servant-leadership. My underlying leadership philosophy on this approach is ‘meeting the needs of people as they work in accomplishing their jobs’. As a whole my faith, my journey and my relationship with Jesus is best captured in the words of the Apostle Paul in Philippians 3:7-14.”
Ken and his wife and two sons are members of the Evangelical Baptist Church.
Thank you for considering Ken for this month’s compassion offering.