Mark and Christine Pedder, two Aussies living and working in a large slum in Asia, BASECO.


Around 1 square km of reclaimed land, with an estimated 16,500 families living on it in abject poverty. The average family size is mum, dad and 4-6 children, with extremes where families have more tan 10 children. The largest family we personally know has 21 living children, our neighbour has 18. So even if you do the lowest possible estimate of our slum population, we have about 125,000 people living in our slum.



There are only three verses of scripture in our Vision Statement – Luke 10:19 and Acts 10:38, there is obviously the third scripture that is the heart beat of who we are and what we do – John 14:12…Our Vision never really changes, we aim to do this year what we did last year, but just more of it.

Our biggest challenge would be this – TO HEAR GOD AND KEEP ON DOING WHAT HE SAYS, and then to teach our leaders to do the same.

We believe than everybody CAN and that everybody SHOULD be involved in changing their world for the better. Everyone has an influence and everyone can make a difference. The world needs all of us, everyone is of equal importance. We believe in the bible and we believe in Jesus Christ, Saviour of the world. Of course there are other things we believe in, but basically we are Christians, living out their faith in a third world slum.




A one line summary of what we do, would be this – WE PREACH THE GOSPEL and WE MAKE DISCIPLES.



  1. Hey mark – great blog. We are in manila airport and thought we would check out how the blog was doing. Looks like you have been very busy!! Speak to you soon

    Andrew & Michael

  2. Hey, Mark & Chris,

    The site is fantastic and it is great to hear some updated info. How was your trip away to the US? Hope all is well. All good here.

    Kirsty 🙂

  3. Hi Mark and Christine 🙂

    This site was recommended to my family by Pastor Peter Suthcliff, I think he visited you guys there in baseco. My mother runs a mission to the jails, drug rehabs and squater areas in taguig, lower bicutan. I have been to Baseco, but would love to visit you this trip. I arrive in manilla on the 24th… If we could be in contact tha’d be fantastic!

    God bless
    Bec Del Valle
    Brisbane Australia 😉

  4. Hi Mark,

    Thanks for your time on Saturday morning. We really appreciate you giving us an insight into the loving work you do with the people of Baseco. I’m keen to know how to support your mission but I had trouble finding your website. I tried to go through your link but I didn’t have any luck. Is there another address I could try?

    Regards, Meredith

    • Meredith, I think the website is not working at the mo’, we really only use the blog these day anyway. As far as support goes, if you are meaning prayer support or coming on a team, just let us know and we will send you regular updates via the blog or perhaps give you a few dates for a team, if by support you mean finances, we can give you areas where we use specific money or we could just give you the account details to put money into or you could send finances to the church that runs our Incorporation in Melbourne…all up to you guys, hear from you soon.

      Mark and Chris

  5. Hi Mark,

    We met at the PanAsia Missions conference last year in Phuket. We are bringing a team to Pen Asia again this year and would like to connect with you and your ministry in Baseco. We are also visiting Lucy in Cebu. I was wondering if you would be available after the conference. If we could spend Friday and Saturday with you would be ideal. let me know

    Ps Mark Bates
    Valley Christian Centre

  6. Hi Mark
    I attend the Upper Room church at North Sydney, today we had a presentation about your pedi cab business, and how our kids will be raising money for you.

    I am a mechanical engineer, and as my final year design project, I designed and built a pump to be manufactured with minimal tools for a nominal cost. I was wondering whether your workshop would be interested in manufacturing it. It can be powered with a standard truck battery and cost about AUD300. Contact me through email if you are interested.

    Steve Barnett

  7. Hi Mark and Christine, it is heart-warming & inspiring what you are doing in Baseco. I have been organizing outreach activities every quarter in different locations & have been trying to think of something more sustainable that I can do. And then I came across your blog. This is amazing what you are doing. I am also currently organizing something in Baseco on Sept. 17. I hope I can meet you both & learn more about what you do. God bless 🙂

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  10. Good day to you Mark this is Noel Agudo, a graduate of Manuel L. Quezon University and working as an ordinary employee in a certain company here in the Philippines. I am currently residing in Baseco, Port Area for more than two years and I’ve actually experienced every aspects of life in that. I’ve realized that if there would be a documentary depicting the lives of the people there. Many would be moved to help those children and widows. And that’s how our team has been established, the team consists of few of my friends (who’ve experienced making a production), my professor of our University and some of the journalism students from our university. We are actually on the planning stage and we are seeking for every piece of help we can find. Hope you’ll read and respond to this comment. More power to your cause and God bless.

    • Noel, I have lived in Baseco for the last 10 years. There are many photos and videos on my blog, you are welcome to use any of them is you think they are useful to you.

      Maybe you should come and visit me sometime, I am not hard to find, I am the only white guy in Baseco.

      Bless you – Pastor Mark

    • Dear Pastor Mark,

      Dear Nuel,

      Am touched with your vision and am interested to join your group and might assist you in any form. Can you possibly send me your contact details for further discussion about your plans? My number is 09275574437.


  11. Hello Mark, Very much admire what you are doing. What is the history of Baseco? I see it is in the heart of the port district. Is this a man made part of the bay? I appreciate your time sir!

    • It’s been here for over 40 years. It was initially being designed as another shipping container area, but the development was stalled, squatters moved and so the company moved to another location. That’s really all I know.

  12. Thank you Mark for the quick reply. I see through various websites and videos the government and NGO’s built some housing. Do you think this will continue to happen on that land?

    • It’s been here for over 40 years. It was initially being designed as another shipping container area, but the development was stalled, squatters moved and so the company moved to another location. That’s really all I know.

    • Habitat for humanity started a development in 2004, which put maybe 3,000 houses in place. Unfortunately, very poorly done, no real drainage, no real foundations and septic systems that flooded in the first typhoon. The development went on for a few years, but stopped due to lack of funding. The Urban Development Group has recently started a new development, but who knows how far it will go. There is supposed to be a plan in place to develop the whole area, but finding facts out on this is not easy. It also depends upon what your definition of “development” is..

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