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Since 1990, the number of A/G churches in the Philippines has grown from 1,400 congregations to over 4,200 churches and preaching points. But there is much to be done. There are 19 people groups in the Philippines classified as unreached with 14 of those with less than 1% Christian; 41 people groups have only a nominal exposure to the Gospel. Almost 50% of the population lives in communities without an Evangelical church.

The major export of the Philippines is people. Filipinos are rich in skills but work opportunities are few, even for university graduates. Over 8.1 million live abroad. Of those, over four million work in Asia, the Middle East and Europe, often as nurses, engineers, seamen, domestic servants, seamen, nannies and menial workers. Many go to difficult and “closed” countries to be witnesses for Christ, and some suffer much for the gospel. Pray that they may shine for Him.

Asia Pacific Media Ministries in Manila is training workers through various media and assisting churches with evangelism by providing dramas and movies that address life challenges. Click here to view some of their work.

Asia Pacific Theological Seminary in Baguio is training pastors and church leaders for the entire region. Compassion ministries are reaching the poor and needy. In the wake of the 2013 catastrophic storm, The Assemblies of God and Convoy of Hope are continuing to team resources and personnel to coordinate its ongoing long-term relief efforts. (To make a tax-deductible donation to the ongoing AG/Convoy of Hoperelief effort in the Philippines, CLICK HERE.)

Prayer Needs:

  • The Southern Philippines is home to 3 major unreached people groups: the Maranao, Maguindinao and Tausug.
  • Creative platforms for engagement among the Muslim groups.
  • Children outreach. More than half of the population are under age 20. 24% of school-aged children are unable to attend school; most either work or have no local school. There are 75,000 street kids in Manila alone.
  • The sex industry is apparently the fourth largest source of income. Up to 100,000 children and 400,000 women are involved, many of them trafficked to other countries.
  • Photo by EU/ECHO, Arlynn Aquino / CC BY

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