Kanlungan ng Ama (“The Father’s Refuge”) was established in Palawan, Philippines in 2007 with a vision for serving the poor and disadvantaged of the Philippine islands. For many years, Duncan and Sara Kellard, a British couple, had felt a strong burden to work with vulnerable people, especially street children. In 2006, God gave the green light for them to move to the Philippines in order to pursue that dream. A Safe House has been established, where vulnerable children can be cared for and nurtured in the context of a loving community. Through livelihood training, holistic education and prayerful support it is hoped that these children can be equipped to live fruitful and happy lives. Kanlungan ng Ama is a Social Welfare Agency registered with the Philippine Government, and operates under the purview of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). Since its inception, the ministry has expanded to include development work with the Badjao tribe, a group of semi-nomadic peoples originally from Malaysia and the southern Philippines.
“Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked”.
(Psalm 82:3, 4).
Ultimately, it is because of the love of God that this ministry exists. The commission of Psalm 82:3,4 made a huge impression on Duncan Kellard as a young man, and became something of a life-burden for him. The heart of God the Father is to place the lonely in families, and it is the privilege of everyone involved with Kanlungan ng Ama to be a part of this work. It is this commitment to the Lordship of Jesus Christ and a belief in the value and dignity of human life which forms the foundation for all the different aspects of the ministry. We believe that sharing our hope with those we come in contact with is the most important part of what we do. Material assistance and a loving community are important, but without the power of God and the good news of forgiveness and new life in Jesus, all of our efforts will remain superficial, and impact will be minimal.
September 2007 saw Duncan and Sara, along with their two children Josh and Katie relocate to the island of Palawan, South-West Philippines, with nothing more than suitcases and a dream. With God's grace and the love, help and encouragement of supporters at home and new friends on the island the work slowly took shape. Within a month they had been joined by Jenny Santos, a high-school graduate from Narra, Palawan, and slowly a team began to come together, as the Lord drew a number of Filipinos into the vision. The team has grown considerably since that time and today there is a solid core of 16 key workers involved in all aspects of the ministry: from child care to catering, education, maintenance and farm work. Our ministry today involves three main foci: a ministry to Badjao children, outreach to the City Refuge and a Safe Home.