Alland and Marilyn Ildefonso served in multiple ministry positions at The Brooklyn Tabernacle, particularly active in evangelism and as deacons for many years. In 2003, the Ildefonsos felt led by the Lord to go to Marilyn’s hometown of Pila Laguna, Philippines, to conduct evangelistic outreaches. After seeing many people come to Christ, they returned every year for several years of evangelistic and humanitarian outreaches in other parts of the country.
After several years of short-term visits, Alland and Marilyn developed a food program in two locations for over 300 children, coordinated clothing and toiletry distributions, and conducted medical and dental clinics using local and short-term medical volunteers. In 2005, in partnership with a local pastor, they planted a church called Pila Christ Agape Tabernacle, which has now grown to over 100 people. In 2010, Alland and Marilyn moved to the Philippines permanently and now lead the church.
The church continues food programs and other humanitarian relief for children and the elderly. The church also has a thriving prison ministry, through which they provide meals and Bible studies at several nearby prisons. Annual typhoons hit their region, sometimes causing severe damage and loss of life, and the church provides regular disaster relief in the affected communities.