Saturday, February 25, 2012

Agusan Manobo



WHO are they? The Agusan Manobo are one of eight Manobo people groups in the
Philippines. The eight groups have lots of things in common – a common cultural
language and a heritage that can be traced back to the early Malay people from
Southeast Asia. But there are differences too! Each group lives in a different region,
which means each group has developed its own survival techniques and cultural
traditions based on the unique place where they live. In the Agusan culture, polygomy
(having more than one wife at a time) is common—if a man is wealthy enough. Many
have not had the opportunity to learn about God’s design for marriage, which is
between one man and one woman.

WHERE do they live? All eight Manobo groups live on Mindanao, the Philippines’
largest island. The Agusan Manobo lives near the Agusan River Valley, which is where
they got their name. The word “Agusan” means “water flows,” and they live near the
river.

HOW many? There are about 65,000 Agusan Manobo living in the Philippines today,
and around 15% are thought to be evangelical Christian. While this percentage is higher
than many of the other groups we have studied, that still leaves around 55,250 Agusan
Manobo people who need to be introduced to Jesus Christ our Savior!

WHAT do they worship? The Agusan Manobo believe in many unseen spirits that
interfere in the lives of humans and one “great spirit” that created them.

PRAYER needs: The Agusan Manobo people have many physical and spiritual needs.
• Their farming techniques are currently very primitive, and training would not only
help them harvest more, but it would also give missionaries an opportunity to
enter their communities. Pray that God would call missionaries with farming
know-how to come minister to the Manobo people in this way.
• The numerous dialects and language of this group makes it hard for outsiders
such as missionaries to learn their language! Pray that God would help
missionaries to learn quickly so that the Gospel can be clearly shared.
Pray against the powers of darkness that are blinding the Manobo from
worshipping the one true God.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Batangueno



WHO are they? Long before the arrival of the Spaniards in the Philippines, large
centers of population already thrived in Batangas. The present BatangueƱos are
descendants of people from the island of Borneo. They organized the first Malay
settlement at the mouth of the Taal River in the highlighted area below. Malay means a
type of people. The Malay people all look similar. Today, the Malay people are mainly
from Indonesia, Philippines and Malaysia. The Batangeuno are known to be brave
warriors and heavy drinkers. They resisted the Spanish, the Japanese, and then the
Americans. There has been a lack of trust to outside influence. This is now seen in
being resistant to the gospel. While other tribes on the island have responded to the
gospel, the Batangueno have remained hardened.

Where they live? They live in the province of Batangas on the island of Luzon in the
Philippines.

WHAT do they worship? Batangenuos are known to be very religious. 98% would be
Roman Catholic, but they practice many other beliefs such as wearing amulets for
protection against evil spirits, and going to different kinds of spiritual healers.

PRAYER needs:
• More workers are needed that have a burden to share Christ and start new
churches.
• More workers are needed that understand that the battle is spiritual.
• That Christians would be bold and have faith to pray for the sick and demonized.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

North Korea


WHO are they? Officially, the North Korean Constitution gives political power to the
people. However, real political power belongs to the Communist Party. The constitution
guarantees such rights as freedom of the press, religion, and speech; however, the 23.6
million Korean in North Korea have very little freedom in those areas. For instance, all
radio and television broadcasts are strictly controlled by the Korean Central Broadcast
Committee. All privately owned radios are "preset" to the government frequency.
Current news is often withheld from the public, or even altered. The people often do not
learn of news events until weeks, months, or even years after they occurred. Many of
the people of North Korean live in very urban, industrialized areas while others live in
rural towns. In urban areas, many work in factories, while farming is still a way of life in
rural areas.

WHERE do they live? The North Koreans live in the nation of North Korea.
HOW many? There are about 23.8 million Koreans living in North Korea, and only
about 1.5% of them are evangelical Christian.

WHAT do they worship? Years ago, the Koreans believed in a mix of Buddhism,
shamanism (belief in an unseen world of gods, demons and ancestral spirits) and
Confucian thought, but in 1945 their formal ruler Kim II Sung was worshipped by the
Koreans and believed to be omniscient and omnipresent. Today, a new ruler Kim II
Jong presides, and any kind of religious activity is still strongly discouraged.

PRAYER needs: The Koreans of North Korea have serious physical and spiritual
needs.
• Severe flooding has created a serious food shortage in North Korea – causing
some people to resort to eating grass and roots just to survive. Pray that God
would meet their physical needs.
• Pray that the laws in North Korea that restrict the preaching of the Gospel will be
changed!
• Ask God to make the Koreans’ hearts more open to Christianity.
• Pray that God would convict the North Koreans about their need for a Savior.
• Ask God to protect, strengthen and encourage the small number of Korean
Christians. Pray that they would boldly share the love of Jesus with their fellow
Koreans.