In partnership with others, OMF has worked in the Philippines since 1952. By God’s grace, our efforts have borne much fruit. Still, thousands of communities lack a church and dozens of peoples are little reached.
OMF’s work in the Philippines is diverse with workers serving in a wide range of contexts. The linguistic and cultural distinctives of each people group calls for a variety of approaches to evangelism, discipleship, and leadership training. The current roles of OMF Philippines can be broadly categorised into three main areas explained below.
Teaching & Training Ministry
The Philippines remains an open country to the gospel. The population has grown rapidly to just over 100 million (according to data in 2015). Although the evangelical church has also grown to around 12% of the population, many are first-generation believers needing intentional discipleship. False teaching and quasi-Christian groups are proliferating.
As part of our mission to help “equip” the church in the Philippines, we are engaged with various training institutions and programs. Both theological and missiological training through established seminaries and by local level extension training continue to be needed.
Church-Planting & Evangelism
Half of the 42,000 barangays (or communities) do not have an evangelical church. The majority of these communities are in provincial towns or rural areas. In order to impact these unreached places, mature church planting teams are needed. We need workers who are willing to serve within the socio-religious networks of these unreached areas. We need people who are prepared to live away from the convenience of cities amidst the stress of insurgent activity, regular “natural” disasters and periods of isolation.
We invest in the well-being and development of OMF workers serving in the Philippines. In order to do that well, we need people to provide member and medical care, to facilitate training & development for our missionaries, to provide education & care for their children, and to provide administrative support. We also need managers for our two guest homes.
As we aim to have 93 new workers by 2020, we also need to expand our infrastructure and resources in order to welcome and integrate them well into service to the Lord here in the Philippines.
We always seek to partner with those working to facilitate indigenous biblical church movements which often means being prepared to work alongside or under the leadership of national workers. We are committed to learning the language, culture and worldview of the people we seek to serve. Those joining us have to be committed to the long haul of this learning process.
The Task Unfinished in the Philippines
The Task Unfinished is a call for Christians worldwide to take the gospel to places where Christ is unknown. We believe every person on earth needs to hear the good news, whether from believers in their people group, from reading or hearing the Bible in their own language, or from churches in or near their community.
Have a look at what this means specifically for the Philippines…
60,000 Bible-believing congregations
Many serving effectively in cross-cultural situations
21,000 barangays (or communities) still lack such a church
29 million people live in those barangays
Goal to plant 60,000 more churches by 2020