In June of 1984, Rice Broocks, Al Manamtam, and Steve & Deborah Murrell led a team of sixty-five American university students on a one-month summer mission trip in Manila’s University Belt. After two weeks of evangelistic meetings at the Girls Scouts Auditorium, the new church moved into the basement of the Tandem Theater on Recto Avenue. At that time, the congregation consisted of about 150 high school and university students.
By 1986, the U-Belt congregation spread to Makati, then to Tuguegarao, Dagupan, Baguio, Los Baños, and other Philippine cities and abroad. Victory has sent Filipino campus ministers and church planters to serve as cross-cultural missionaries in Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Guam, India, Latvia, Malaysia, Russia, South Africa, the United Arab Emirates, and Vietnam. Besides these long-term missionaries, numerous short-term evangelism and medical teams have been sent to more than a dozen nations.
In March of 1994, Rice Broocks, Phil Bonasso, and Steve Murrell met in Manila, Philippines to explore ways to cooperate in church planting. This meeting resulted in the birthing of Every Nation Churches and Ministries, with Victory as one of the founding member churches.
That original group of 150 students in Manila’s U-Belt has grown to over 29,000 students, professionals, and families, who now worship in fourteen different venues around Metro Manila. Victory has also equipped and empowered over 3,500 small group discipleship leaders who meet weekly in coffee shops, homes, and offices all over the city for bible study, prayer, and fellowship.
Much of Victory’s growth and health can be attributed to these volunteers’ passion to live a life that honors God and makes disciples.