When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.

— Matthew 9:36

Pray for the launch of a prayer meeting for ethnic ministries in the Philippines this month. Ask God to raise up someone willing to coordinate the meeting as it becomes a regular prayer meeting. Also pray that God will raise up a community of intercessors who will, in the words of China Inland Mission missionary J.O. Fraser, take up “the main responsibility of this prayer warfare… take the burden of these people upon their shoulders… wrestle with God for them.”

Some members of the OMF Philippines mobilization team attended a four-day workshop on Adult Interactive Learning last May. Pray for the team find time amidst their other various duties to re-design some of the mobilization events and topics in order to make them interactive.

Pray for OMF Philippines’ plans to have mobilization events with churches in Metro Manila, as well as in Cebu and Bohol over the next few months. Some of these churches are from those who joined the Asian Frontiers Mission Conference last December 2018. May the Lord open opportunities for us to partner with these churches.

As the OMF Philippines center continues to have follow-up events to mobilize minority work within the Philippines, praise God for a few believes who showed real interest by joining visits to ethnic communities in Metro Manila. Thank God also for churches and individuals praying for work among minority ethnic groups using the recently-printed prayer booklet.

It is a challenge to come up with a Filipino short-term team (coming from different churches) for Serve Asia. Two planned teams had been cancelled due to lack of participants. Pray that the team in October will not be cancelled – that there will be enough right people to join. Many have inquired about this trip; pray for the Lord’s direction for them.

An orientation course for new OMF workers begins today. One of the participants will be joining the OMF Philippines team. Lord, please use this training course to equip and encourage the new team members.

The OMF Philippines Administration and Finance Committee meets today. Reviewing 2018 accounts will be part of the agenda. God, please give the committee members wisdom to enable ministry through these services.

God, we pray for the logistical support team providing meals and oversight of the Mangyan Old Testament translation workshop.

Middle school students from Faith Academy Manila have their Outdoor Education week this week. God, please use the different environment to stimulate their learning and their spiritual growth.

Lord, we pray for open hearts and minds as people meet together to study God’s Word today.

Country Profile

About the Philippines

The Philippines contains a diverse range of ethnic groups, with each group clustered mainly in their own provinces. The three largest groups are the Tagalog, the Cebuano and the Ilocano. Chinese Filipinos form about 1.7% of the population. There are more than 170 different languages spoken across the Philippines; the most popular is Tagalog, followed closely by English.

The Philippines has one of Asia’s fastest growing economies, with GDP growing at an average rate of 6.5% every year. Electronic goods, machinery and transport equipment are some of its key exports. However, the Philippines also has among the world’s fastest population growth rates. There is an increasing need to create more jobs for the expanding labor force. Unemployment is high (at about 6%), and there is a large informal sector (about 38% of the working population). Population distribution is uneven; large areas are virtually uninhabited, while others have a relatively high population density.

Religion

Religion in the Philippines is heavily influenced by its history as a part of the Spanish Empire. After the end of the Spanish-American war in 1898, protestant missionaries began to arrive in the Philippines. The Philippines is a country open to the gospel, with an estimated 12% of the population professing to be evangelical Christians. Many of these are first generation believers needing intentional discipleship. 6% of the people follow Islam, mainly based in the southwest area of the country. The separation of church and state is constitutionally established in the Philippines, and Filipinos have the freedom of worship without discrimination.

The protestant church is growing in the Philippines; there are over 50,000 churches there today. Churches have to counter false religious teachings and doctrinal distortions among their congregations. It is very encouraging that the Filipino church has strong missionary zeal. More than 4,000 Filipino full-time missionaries work outside of the Philippines, sharing the gospel and planting churches. The Philippines has the largest diaspora network in the world, with more than 11 million Filipinos living overseas.

OMF Church Ministries

OMF workers have been serving among a wide range of peoples in the Philippines since 1952. They work in partnership with local churches in church planting, evangelism, and equipping ministries. With over 20,000 barangays (communities) still without an evangelical church, there are still many places share the good news.

OMF Mission Sending Ministries

Since 1966 the Philippines Home Council (PHC) has been sending Filipinos to serve cross-culturally within the country, as well as in other countries in Asia. OMF aims to develop deeper relationships with sending churches of our Filipino missionaries and other partner churches; care for our missionaries; provide transformational learning for churches, missionaries and partners; share and be good stewards of God-given resources, as well as seek dynamic partnerships to further God’s kingdom. The key challenge however is to stay relevant to the ever-changing church.

OMF Philippines Map

Population

  • Total: 108 million
    • Tagalog: 28.1%
    • Cebuano: 13.1%
    • Llocano: 9%
    • Bisaya: 7.6%
    • Ilonggo: 7.5%
    • Bikol: 6%
    • Waray: 3.4%
    • Others: 25.3%

Religions

  • Roman Catholic: 71%
  • Evangelical Christian: 8-12%
  • Quasi-Christian groups, cults and sects: 8%
  • Muslim: 6%
  • Indigenous Tribal: 2%
  • Chinese Buddhist: 1%
  • Non-religious: 1%

Lord, thank you for your love for all the peoples in the Philippines. Please continue to strengthen your church, raising up leaders that will bring peace through the good news of your gospel. Please keep using your people in the Philippines to share your good news with others around the world who have not had a chance to hear yet. We pray that the church will continue to be a powerful sending force in missions.

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