フィリピン

気さくな人々と美しい景観の国。しかし、42,000ものコミュニティの半数には、成長している教会がありません。

他団体との協力のもと、OMFは1952年からフィリピンで働きを続けています。神の恵みにより、その努力は多くの実を結んでいます。

それでも、何千ものコミュニティには教会が存在せず、ほとんど働きが届いていない多くの人々がいます。

フィリピンでの働き

フィリピンは今も福音に開かれ続けている国です。人口は急速に増加しており、1億人強(2015年調べ)に達しています。福音派の教会は人口の約12%まで成長していますが、その多くは第一世代のクリスチャンで、彼らはふさわしい弟子訓練が必要です。また、偽りの教えや疑似キリスト教グループも増殖しています。

フィリピンの教会を「備える」ことを支援する私たちの使命の一環として、私たちは様々な訓練機関やプログラムに関わっています。既存の神学校を通して、また地方レベルの拡大訓練による、神学的・宣教学的訓練両方が引き続き必要です。
42,000のバランガイ(最小の地方自治単位)のうち半数には福音的な教会が存在しません。これらのコミュニティの大半は地方都市や農村部にあります。これらの未伝の地域に対して、福音によって影響をもたらすためには、成熟した教会開拓チームが必要です。

これらの未伝地域の社会・宗教的ネットワークの中で進んで奉仕する働き手が必要です。反政府軍の活動、頻繁に起きる自然災害、孤立した環境の中で暮らすなどのストレスの中で、便利な都市から離れて生活する覚悟のある人々が必要です。
私たちは、フィリピンで働くOMF職員の福利と育成に力を注いでいます。そのためには、メンバーケアや医療ケア、宣教師たちのトレーニングや能力開発、彼らの子どもたちの教育やケア、事務的なサポートを提供する人たちが必要です。また、2つのゲストハウスのマネージャーも必要です。

.2020年までに93人の新しい働き手を迎えることを目標としている私たちは、ここフィリピンで彼らを歓迎し、主のための働きによい形で入っていくために、インフラとリソースを拡大する必要もあります。

私たちは常に、地元密着型の聖書的な教会の活動を促進すべく働いている人々との協力を模索していますが、それは多くの場合、国内の働き手と伴走、あるいはその指導下で働くことを意味します。私たちは、仕える先の人々の言語、文化、世界観を学ぶことに全力を注いでいます。私たちの働きに加わってくださる方々は、この長い学びのプロセスに献身してくださる方でなければなりません。

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The Philippines is located in Southeast Asia. It is south of Taiwan and east of Vietnam. To its south lies Indonesia and Western Australia.

We partner broadly. We partner closely with three church associations that we helped to establish. We partner with three seminaries and a few Bible schools. We also partner with several other ministries though not as closely.

We have established or helped establish additional ministries that are now independent of OMF. This includes Christian bookstores, foundations, a Christian publisher, student ministries, video ministries, and much more.

Several leaders of the church in the Philippines regularly mention that they would like to see more OMF missionaries serving here.

Missiologists say that three generations of a people needs to be discipled before the Gospel exerts a broad and deep impact on their culture. Among some peoples, we are already serving the third generation of Christians. Among others, we are serving the first or second generations. It would be wise to serve them for several more years. Our role among them is often a behind-the-scenes one: training, mentoring, coaching, and encouraging.

The Philippines experiences many natural disasters. We are thankful that local prediction and warning services are improving all the time.

The nation also experiences many man-made disasters. Since we often have a sense of where they might take place, we can avoid most of them.

There are several rebel groups in the country. Most of them operate in known geographical areas. We tend to stay out of their territories. We only enter them when local leaders invite us and guarantee our safety.

Many peoples live in the Philippines. Most sources mention that around 180 languages and dialects are spoken here. To effectively serve the least-reached peoples, most OMF workers learn two languages and cultures. So if you find it hard to learn other languages, yes, it could be hard to serve in the Philippines.

On the other hand, if you find it enriching to learn languages and cultures, then the Philippines could be a good place for you. Having said the above, Filipino is now being spoken in more and more of the country. It is slowly becoming the national language.

A local author titled his book Authentic Though Not Exotic. He agrees that there are more exotic cultures in the world. This is largely because a wide variety of outside cultures have influenced the peoples of the Philippines. As a result, a unique and authentic culture has developed among each people group although they are not exotic like those that have been less touched by the outside world.

There are many ways to measure the greatness of a nation’s spiritual needs. By some of those measures, there are greater needs in many other countries. By some of those measures, there are still large needs in the Philippines.

For example, 90 million Filipinos still need to hear the good news of Jesus Christ in a meaningful way. Half of the 42,000 communities still lack a church. Millions of Filipinos are young Christians who need to be discipled.

The Philippines is a republic with a voter-elected, democratic government. The peace and order situation in most of the country is more than adequate.
We avoid places where people are rallying against the government or a foreign government. During election periods, we also avoid places where candidates are campaigning.

The political situation in Asia is dynamic. Countries are moving in a variety of directions. In this shifting context, the Philippines works hard to maintain good relationships with its near and distant neighbors.

We praise God that the church in the Philippines has grown significantly since the 1970s. However, the growth has been inconsistent. Some peoples are reached. Other peoples still have very few churches and Christians. While we are helping train some of the more reached groups, we are also doing pioneering work among several of the least-reached peoples.

Watch this video by Andy Smith, OMF International Coordinator for Evangelization explaining the need for evangelization in the Philippines.

We are thankful that many local ministries are seeking to reach the least-reached peoples. Several of them very much want us to continue serving alongside them. Plus, multi-cultural teams can model the universal church among such peoples which is often a powerful witness.

Watch this video by Bishop Chito Ramos, National Minister, ABCCOP, on how OMF Philippines partners with the local church.

The answer to this questions depends on what you mean by strategic. By some definitions, the answer would be yes. By other definitions, the Philippines would qualify as a strategic field.

For example, many Philippine peoples are highly religious. They want to engage in discussions about the most important things in life. If you consider it strategic to invest mission resources among spiritually open people, then the Philippines is very strategic.

It is not uncommon for a missionary to evangelize and disciple a Filipino who takes a job overseas in the near future. Large numbers of Filipino Christians work in places where missionaries cannot go. They are naturally friendly and often make friends with local people. By this measure, it is very strategic to invest mission resources in the Philippines.

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