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Swimming Upstream

Synopsis: This article discusses the possibilities of Filipinos serving in Japan and considers how similar things can be done for workers from the majority world to address challenges of serving in more affluent places. It looks at the need to rethink language learning and to widen the discussion on tent-making and other ways of sending [...]

Mother Tongue Translation versus Lingua Franca: Some Thoughts on a Missiological Mainstay – A Response

In order to help readers better interact with the article "Mother Tongue Translation versus Lingua Franca: Some Thoughts on a Missiological Mainstay," we are including a conversation between a few experienced missionaries about some of the points made. We hope that other readers will continue this conversation with their friends or coworkers. Walter McConnell Grace [...]

From Chicago to Manila: Crossing Cultures in Youth Ministry

Working with Chicago teens prepared Rebecca for Manila.

Challenges faced by a Third Culture Kid returnee

Every now and then, we have missionaries returning home with their families for good, for one reason or another. Is it plain sailing for these children, often known as Third Culture Kids (or TCKs)? One such TCK, JB, shares her story on returning 'home' to the Philippines with her parents after living most of her [...]

The Gospel in the Filipino Context: José M. de Mesa and Melba P. Maggay

Synopsis: This paper describes and evaluates two Filipino contextual theologians—José de Mesa and Melba Maggay—and examines how have engaged their national culture from a Christian point of view. It uses Bevans’ models of contextual theology and demonstrates how societal, educational, and denominational background greatly impacts one’s understanding of the context and how one responds Christianly. [...]

Taking on a New Challenge in International Leadership

After eight years leading the Serve Asia programme internationally, Andrea Roldan has a new challenge: leading New Horizons, our venture to partner with churches and Christians in new places for us. We caught up with her to find out what brought about the transition, excites her about her new role and how we can pray for [...]

Less is more…

Spending our summer-break in Samar (Philippines) has been a life-changing experience for us as a family, but also for the local communities we have met there.

Bible Translation: Moving a Mountain, Stone by Stone

How do you tackle a task as big as translating the Old Testament, verse by verse, until it is complete? Ernst Diggelmann from Switzerland was part of one extraordinary year during which three related projects brought together a group of people who each contributed a different skill. None of them could have achieved anything as [...]

Love Your Neighboring Tribe

Earlier this month I was the guest at a board meeting of an association of 180 churches. In the 1950s God used OMF to plant the initial churches amongst the six Mangyan tribal groups in Mindoro. The church association was formed in 1971. Few OMF workers now remain in Mindoro as disciples are making disciples [...]

Mother Tongue Translation versus Lingua Franca: Some Thoughts on a Missiological Mainstay

Synopsis: Bible translation has been an integral part of Protestant mission worldwide since the beginning of the nineteenth century and has become, for the most part, an accepted maxim of good missionary practice. However, my own experience as an OMF church planter among the Manobo people in Mindanao, coupled with my own more recent research, [...]

Teaching Young People to Care for Creation

Much like the hard work required to bring vitality to dry, nutrient-lacking soil, it has taken many years of dedicated teaching and patient labouring to now see fruit among the graduates of the Mangyan Agricultural School (known as Pantribong Sanayan sa Pang-agrikultura or PSP in Tagalog) in Bayanan, Baco, Oriental Mindoro, Philippines. For 25 years, [...]

Does Mission equate to Church Planting?

Church planting is about doing mission. However, there are many other ways you can bring people in contact with the gospel. How do we materialize what Jesus said in Matthew 25: 35: “for I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was [...]

Loving our Neighbors through Creation Care

Filipinos Love Me, Their Neighbor Uncle Asyo developed an amazing little farm in the city center. It included scores of fruit trees and herbs. He also raised chickens, ducks, and pigs, partly to produce natural fertilizer. Uncle Asyo knew much about herbal medicine. When I started to feel sick, I grabbed a bandana and went [...]

Sing us a song please

“Can you sing us a praise song in your language?”  After introducing ourselves to each other, all in Tagalog, this was the next question from one of the high school girls in the dorm.  I’m not a singer, so singing for this group of students (or anyone else!) wasn’t appealing, but there wasn’t any other [...]

Reflections of a Graduated Third Culture Kid

Often when we hear stories or testimonies from a Third Culture Kid (TCK), it's a reflection many years down the road. We rarely get to hear from one who is living it. Judit graduated from an international school in the Philippines this June, and she shares with us how it feels to be a TCK: [...]

Delayed?

Melanie, an appointee to the Philippines, shares about her journey to the mission field. It was in 2012, on my way back from a short-term missions trip, that I first heard God’s call to serve him full time. There were no details about when, where or what – simply "Go back to Vancouver first. You [...]

A thank-you letter from a sponsored student

By God's grace I am privileged to finish my 4-year college course soon. Truly, God has a plan for me. I am Gerald Albario, a graduating student at Rizal Technological University in Bachelor of Science in Office Administration, majoring in Office Management. I became part of the Bukang Liwayway Sponsorship Program in 2008 when I [...]

Being Served

By Andy Smith I came to serve Filipinos. Little did I know how much they would serve me. On my first Sunday here, a missionary family took me to a local church. The Filipino pastor looked familiar. After the service, I approached him, introduced myself, and asked, “Have you been to the United States? I [...]

Not if, but how

An OMF associate coming to the end of three years service reflects on how God led him to long-term missions. Hudson Taylor. Jim Elliot. William Carey. The stories of these famous missionaries’ lives have inspired many by their faith and sacrifice. Growing up in a Christian family in Germany, Tobi Krick heard the stories, too, [...]

Visit to Mount Mayon

Without a doubt Third Culture Kids (or TCKs) get life experiences most of us only hear about on documentaries. It has been said they are “citizens of everywhere and nowhere” and they often grow up with a love for travel. In January this year, Mount Mayon was on the local and worldwide news as once [...]

God’s work in the Philippines

“I was told there are now 60 churches amongst one indigenous people group in the mountains.”

12 go to the Philippines

“The team got to run children’s programs, attend church and prayer walk through the villages.”

Prayers for Marawi

As the violence in Marawi, Philippines continues, 180,000 people have fled for safety. The needs of the evacuees are tremendous. How can you pray for them? Hear what they say. Pray for God’s comfort  "When the fighting started between the Maute and government troops, we are so afraid because we are only about 1 km away [...]

Love Your Neighbour

Some Filipino Christians are crossing centuries’ old barriers to show love to their Muslim neighbours. “Have you ever heard the ‘still, small voice of the Holy Spirit’?” Joshua* asked Peter*. Joshua was the Filipino pastor of the church that Peter, an OMF worker from Canada, regularly attended in the southern Philippines. “Yes,” Peter answered while wondering [...]

When Sitting Side by Side

“God reminded me through this one incident that reading the Word and praying is where I find the real truth.”

Serve Asia, Discipleship and Churches in Mission

“They grew in their understanding and heart for God and mission and so did their church. “

To Passionately Serve Him

“She took us to the homes that most needed prayer and we prayed for issues influencing the village”

Praying for Revival

“God was at work and I continue to pray for the village and a spiritual revival since returning home.”

All things are possible with God

One Saturday in 2011 Sam felt uneasy and his heart was heavy. Despite his hesitation, God convicted him. He went to Kuya Je and expressed that he wanted to follow Jesus Christ and commit his life to Him. How is this possible? A few weeks later, Sam approached me. He looked at me with teary [...]

Confidently Faithful

Foreigners were running preschools, medical clinics, marriage courses, youth groups, livelihood projects, cooking classes, computer training, counselling and physiotheraphy clinics. Through one of these programmes, Queenie gave her life to Christ and God doused her fiery temper and made her dependent upon Him for all her needs. She freely began to tell her friends about [...]

Dream Big

What dreams do you have for your community? I visited a small team who serve an impoverished Muslim community perched perilously between land and open sea. The team’s biggest dream is to demonstrate the love of the Lord Jesus, in part through developing the community. There is no land, as the houses are spread out [...]

The Story of One Bukang Liwayway Sponsored Student

“It was through a German missionary at the church that she connected to Bukang Liwayway.”

Thoughts from a Creation Care Advocate visiting the Philippines

In Davao I caught up with an OMF colleague, just back from leading a team taking a 20 tonne container lorry to one of the areas devastated by Typhoon Yolanda. They expected to help build temporary shelters, but the people welcoming them said they wanted to build permanent homes themselves. So the team were happy [...]

Stepping out of our Comfort Zone for God

“We were able to visit and actively participate in the homebuilding & gardening projects.”

Trauma!

We joined OMF willing to do whatever was needed to contribute to the mission of reaching South East Asia’s millions. In our journey for the last 26 years, we have embraced many different ministries. As part of this journey (including when we were here as short-term workers), we have experienced numerous critical incidents or stressful [...]

Seaweed Farming & Discipleship!

“I was invited to determine whether the seas of Marabut could support a livelihood project.”

Mission Under Palms – 10 Months in the Philippines

“Relationships & having time for other people is more important in the Manobo culture.”

Grassroots Training

What could: Turn someone into a proud english-speaking ‘city kid’? Alienate friends and family? Open up lucrative job opportunities? Lead to sexual temptation and family breakup? Cause churches to break down? Bible college? For some church leaders from rural and tribal backgrounds, education at a Bible college in a city like Manila would seem like an ideal [...]

Campus Ministry in Quezon Province

In the 1980s, an intelligent young woman received a scholarship to attend the University of the Philippines. While there, she came to faith in Jesus Christ. She went on to earn several degrees and she has now served as a college president for many years. In 2005, she became the president of what is now [...]

Reaching the Visayan People

Did you know? The largest demographic group in the Philippines is composed of the 22 million Visayan people, spread across the central region of the Philippines. When the Spanish arrived in the 16th century, traditional animism was mixed with Catholicism. Today around 98% of Visayans are folk Catholics. Philippines wide, 30 million people live in [...]

The Star

It was Juan’s first time to lead the devotion for his classmates in a Diploma in Christian Ministries course. Listening in the small, crowded room in an urban poor area in Metro Manila, I was initially impressed by his wide knowledge of Scripture. He used quotes from the old and New Testaments to build the [...]

Joy, Faith & Love in the Philippines.

“Watching them worship was so moving; their faith and love for God is inspiring.”

The War for the Library!

Heavy monsoon rain hit the Biblical Seminary of the Philippines (BSOP). The water rose inside the campus equalling the highest level of flood water previously seen inside the school. The faculty was concerned as the floodwater continued to rise because the seminary library is on the ground floor. The seminary’s indispensable treasure trove of books, [...]

So Many Who Haven’t Heard?

Rose sought me out to confirm what she had heard at the missions conference earlier. “Is it really true that half of the barangays in this country don’t have an evangelical church? But how? We send missionaries around the world, and we have so many churches.” The communities Rose was asking about are located in [...]

A Friend in Need

Minda is a well-educated, skilful communicator and leader in her Manobo tribal community. When she was committed to her own religion, she viewed Christians with suspicion. She was 36 years old when she was diagnosed with a brain tumour. An expensive operation was needed and each day brought her closer to death. She was terrified. [...]

The Storyteller

Chronological Bible Storying: Communicating the stories of the Bible by telling them aloud to listeners. Traditional oral communities often resolve conflicts and transfer knowledge by storytelling. As many aspects of Bible culture are very similar to their own, they can resonate and identify with these stories. It was difficult to see exactly how many people [...]

A Prized Possession

In the Philippines Tom and Jill travel around the island of Samar amongst the Waray Waray people. Their methodology is simple; on arriving at a village they gather people together and tell Bible stories in chronological order. After attending six lessons, the listeners get a copy of the Bible in Waray Waray – a prized [...]

Learning the Word

The Ata Manobo tribe are located high up in the hills of Davao del Norte in the southern part of the Philippine archipelago. They are animists and believe in many Gods. They practice a self-governing system and use a ‘slash and burn’ farming method as their way of living. In the past very low literacy rates [...]

From Indifference to Appreciation

“The three stories shared here are an attempt to capture my greatest takeaways from my trip.”

Learning the Word

The Ata Manobo Tribe are located high up in the hills of Davao del Norte in the southern part of the Philippine archipelago. They are animists and believe in many gods. They practise a self-governing system and use a ‘slash and burn’ farming method as their way of living. In the past very low literacy rates meant the tribe struggled to trade their crops with the […]

It’s more fun in the Philippines

“With the few words I knew, I began to play some games with the children.”

PBJ – Basketball in Manila

We jump off the custom modified Jeepney - fitted with portable basketball hoop and head off over a scrap of wasteland. We're greeted by Hi-5s from kids and with warm handshakes from the adults. We wind our way between the alleyways of two and three stores shanty houses - some barely shoulder width wide. The air [...]

Houses and Hope: Life After Supertyphoon Yolanda

The area of Marabut, Samar Island, just east of Leyte sustained much damage during Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan). Since the initial  relief effort, OMF have been running rebuilding and livelihood projects along with sharing the good news of Jesus. OMF Philippines website Opportunities to serve in Community Development and Church Planting.

Basketball in Manila

Mark McDowell uses the sport of basketball to reach out to people in Metro Manila, Philippines. How might God use you?

Samar & Leyte Gallery

Devastated by Hurricanes Yolanda and Ruby, the areas of Leyte and Samar are still in recovery. The coconut palms are starting to grow back, houses are being rebuilt away from the 40 metre coastal danger zone but the work of building resilience against the threat of natural disaster is ongoing.

A favourite shot from The Philippines

I'm continuing my edits of my recent OMF Photo trip to the Philippines and the image is probably one of my personal favourites. There's more to come, along with some blog posts on how they were shot. www.roddymackay.com

Typhoon Hagupit/Ruby – Report Sunday 7 Dec

From Jay, our team leader in the Philippines: All OMF workers in areas that have a Signal 2 or 3 [warning in their area] have reported in today.  All is well with them, though they are aware that it is “the calm before the storm.” Workers in Bohol report “Believers from Samar ministry sites have […]

The Power of Love

As the typical tropical rain clouds where gathering for their usual afternoon downpour we sat on our verandah feeling the rapidly rising humidity. Moy and I were finishing off the last Bible study in his preparation for the long awaited baptism of the first spirit priest in his tribe. The day before, I had once [...]

The Story-Teller

It was difficult to see exactly how many people had crowded into the tiny wooden room. There were children sitting on the floor and others suspended from the walls as they perched on the flimsy wooden structure surrounding the crowd. There were old people spitting tobacco, clicking their tongues and uttering noises of affirmation as […]

Six things I learnt living in a slum

“The first few times that I walked into Manggahan by myself, I walked fast and looked down.”

Student Leaders

by Andy Smith –  Paul is full of energy. He seems to be always on the go, evangelizing or discipling or visiting other workers or arranging a training event or something else… Several years ago, he attended a training in church multiplication movements. It got him praying in some new ways. Shortly after that, he […]

Excerpts from Samar

Salvation Movement at Magsaysay Kisses and hugs galore are showered on us from kind Bible study members on our 2nd day back from the hospital dealing with Schistosomiasis. “Sister, Brother! We’ve been waiting too long for you. Every week we look for you. Please tell us more Bible stories,” they implore. We’re ready and eager, […]

Only God

by Guy and Deb Davidson Only God can lead us in middle age to a place we’ve never been before to serve Him in a position we’ve never had before. Guy and I have been living in the Philippines for a few years now and serving as Guest House/Conference Center Mangers with OMF. We’ve lived […]

Recycling in Manila

by Jen Chrystman No big trucks. No tedious sorting. More smiles. More “thank you”s. Several times each week, kids at the gate are calling hello and hoping for some plastic, tin cans or cardboard. In fact they say a polite “no” to very little that I can offer in the way of recycled containers. Some […]

Computer Training

by Andy Smith In 2010, a missionary couple moved to a town in Southern Luzon. They talked to the pastors of the handful of churches there and began meeting the residents and taking prayer walks around the town. They learned that nearly all of the work in the government offices was done by hand. Almost […]

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