Reaching New Tribes Until the Last Tribe is Reached
For over 50 years, we have been driven by our passion to reach out to the many native tribes of the Philippines. Millions and millions of tribal people are still living in complete spiritual darkness. They live in fear of the spirits because they do not know the existence of the True and Living God. They worship these spirits and offer animal sacrifices to appease their many gods. They are groping in darkness, without hope, dying without Christ in their lives.
Why Missions by Nationals
Millions of ethnic and tribal people groups scattered in various places of the Philippines are still without Christ. Many of them live in poverty. They are either those who continue to do their traditional spirit worship, or those under the influence of Islam. Although most of them live in remote places of the country, many are now moving to the cities and key towns of the country. To reach them is primarily the responsibility of all Filipino Christians. But not many Christians would want to live with them to intentionally share the Gospel and plant churches that will serve as light and salt among in the villages and communities.
Why national missionaries:
The Filipino Christians, being nationals of the Philippines, are the original and permanent residence of the country. They understand better and can relate well to their co-Filipinos, and they are here to stay! In reaching these ethnic and tribal people of the Philippines, amidst differences in culture and language, the Filipino national still have their advantages. Access to remote areas in the Philippines would not be easy, but still possible, even in dangerous areas. With precautions and care, the nationals could travel around. Differences in culture and language among tribes and people groups although in some cases might be too diverse, yet among Filipino nationals – they can always find similarities in the languages and practice to start communication and relationships. The color of our skin, the color of our hair is the same. National concerns and aspirations commonly shared by all Filipinos, even those from different ethnic backgrounds are something that the Filipino Christians can identify with – it serves as platform entries for evangelism and church planting ministries.
The need to see more national missionaries go to these peoples, entails praying to the Lord of Harvest to send more Christian nationals. The need to support them also must follow, for these to continue on .
The Need for National Missions to Grow:
For decades, mission ministries in the Philippines are lead by foreign or expatriate missionaries. Their support from their western churches made it possible for them to sustain their role for many years. The Filipino nationals although capable to lead, would need to be given more leadership roles for him to develop even more. As they hold more difficult responsibilities in leadership, they will certainly grow faster. However, like the foreigner leaders, the national leader would be forced to look elsewhere for support to sustain his ministry. Most of the churches in the Philippines are still incapable to support fully. It is therefore necessary that support are raised, even if comes from all sources in the world, to sustain the ministries of nationals who will be in mission leadership.