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Asuncion “Ciony” Buca
Asuncion “Ciony” (sho-nee) Buca was raised in a devout Catholic family and school where she was discouraged from questioning spiritual and religious practices. As a teen activist, Ciony avoided invitations to attend Bible studies until a near-death experience changed her attitude. Struck by the realization from John 8 that if one is not of God, she is of the devil, Ciony put her trust in Christ. She actually lost a college scholarship due to criticisms that she neglected her academic studies because of Bible studies!
Throughout her career as a professional accountant, Ciony was active in TCM-Philippines Grace churches. She retired early in order to serve as a short-term missionary in Cambodia and Vietnam. Now Ciony has applied to TCM and been accepted as a full-time missionary to join Team Timor in 2020. You can partner with Ciony by supporting Team Timor.
Ciony was engaged to be married in 2018 but her fiancé died suddenly of a heart attack 6 months before their wedding. As a single woman in her 50’s, Ciony affirms, “I am now fully convinced that God has designed me for mission. The experiences I’ve endured explain that I still have an unfinished task. Everything works together for good according to God’s purpose. I cannot fathom how God has spared me from the grief and pain of loss. I praise and honor the Living God that I am now considered as a missionary candidate.”The description here