Abraham Candiasan is pastor of Galilean Redeemer Baptist Church in Bacolod City and port missionary with SCFS Philippines for almost 22 years.
He was called by God to do mission work in 1997 while working on ships for almost 20 years. Abraham knew John Barnard, a former SCFS port missionary in the UK, who encouraged him to start mission work with seafarers.
Abraham was commissioned by SCFS in 2000 and started visiting ships the same year together with 5 of his church members who were working as seafarers.
The Port of Bacolod is serving as the central hub for the prominent sugar-growing region in the Philippines. The port encompasses six private port areas. Banago port specializes in handling various cargoes such as sugar, vehicles, and general cargo. Bredco port focuses on the transportation of cement, fertilizers, and bulk or packaged cereals, with no provision for containerised cargo.