Philippines

The Philippines is endowed with abundant natural resources and some of the world's greatest biodiversity. But the country remains in poverty and struggles with the ongoing effects of natural disasters.

Philippines: The 7,107+ islands in the Pacific

The Philippines is the third largest English speaking country in the world. It has a rich history combining Asian, European, and American influences. Prior to Spanish colonisation in 1521, the Filipinos had a rich culture and were trading with the Chinese and the Japanese. In 1898, after 350 years and 300 rebellions, the Filipinos, succeeded in winning their independence.

Filipinos are a freedom-loving people, having waged two peaceful, bloodless revolutions against what were perceived as corrupt regimes. Filipinos are a fun-loving people. Throughout the islands, there are fiestas celebrated everyday and foreign guests are always welcome to their homes.

The Filipinos are divided geographically and culturally into regions, and each regional group is recognisable by distinct traits and dialects - the sturdy and frugal llocanos of the north, the industrious Tagalogs of the central plains, the carefree Visayans from the central islands, and the colourful tribesmen and religious Moslems of Mindanao. Tribal communities can be found scattered across the archipelago. The Philippines has more than 111 dialects spoken, owing to the subdivisions of these basic regional and cultural groups.

RELIGION

Predominantly Christian.
Catholics - 82.9%
Protestants - 5.4%
Islam - 4.6%
Philippine Independent Church - 2.6%
Iglesia ni Cristo - 2.3%

Source: Philippine Department of Tourism (2010)

MINISTRY FOCUS AND OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE:

A.  MISSIONS MOBILISATION

  1. Church partnership

    OMP works and partners with Christian churches across the country. Church partnership includes ministries with children, women, teens, and other opportunities. Recently, OMP Manila and Cebu offices are reaching out to the mothers, and gradually the whole family, of the children under the outreach church partners. OMP staff helps with the teens and women’s Bible Study with one church working with the Manila office. Aside from the mentioned ministries, OMP also trains church partners with evangelism skills and ministry concept. OMP has been and will be working with churches from the mountain remote areas, including indigenous groups, down to the islets in the south.

  2. Short-term missions team

    OMP has been hosting several teams from abroad to do missions exposure in the Philippines. Most teams go to Cebu. With the ministry, OMP allows teams to work with the marginalised and poor, indigenous ethnic groups, and island and mountain ministries. OMP’s main work is with children and teens under partnership with churches.

  3. TEAM (Totally Excited About Missions)

    Totally Excited About Missions (TEAM) is a youth missions discipleship club of OMP. It was first launched in Cebu in 2005. TEAM aims that through this club many young people will be exposed, excited and engaged into missions, and will eventually become equipped and better missionaries to go whether locally or internationally and serve God through different ministries. TEAM in Cebu is also the core group that oversees the Go Extra Mile training and exposure. TEAM has produced missionaries who are now serving in different OM fields, ship ministry, and other missions area. TEAM program includes adventure missions like, mountain hiking to far-flung areas and do missions, rappelling, etc.

B.      MISSIONS TRAINING

  1. Global Challenge: Go Extra Mile

    OMP Global Challenge (GC) is called Go Extra MILE (Mobilisation and Immersion for a Life-changing Exposure). It is a 17-day missions training and exposure, five days of training and 12 days of exposure to areas where the Gospel is barely shared. It includes missions study, creative ministry training, spiritual discipline, Bible camp workshop, OM orientation, and mission exposure. Filipinos planning to join OM through field offices or ship ministry are required to join the program. OMP has accommodated STEPpers (Short Term Exposure Program participants) and foreigners joining. Both Manila and Cebu offices hold the GC annually: during April in Manila, and October in Cebu.

C.      TRANSFORMATIONAL MINISTRIES

  1. Educational programs: daycare, back-to-school, scholarships

    OMP has established two daycare centres. In Cebu, there are 70 students for both Kindergartens 1 and 2. Kapasar daycare centre in Cebu is a community school catering to the relocated families from the port in the main city. These families were transferred due to the city development project of the Government. In Manila, OMP’s partnership with Taytay Fishport Alliance Church has established an informal preparatory class to church members’ kids and neighbours. There are 25 pupils attending class, including a 12-year-old girl, who has no knowledge of reading or writing. Aside from the schools, OMP has also given more than a thousand pieces of educational materials to children of its outreach areas. This distribution had opened a positive relationship between OMP and local government units. It has also encouraged many outreach kids to pursue schooling, especially the streetkids of the Tuesday Feeding program. OMP Cebu Ministries has been supporting selected children from all its 14 outreach areas with school fees and other school needs. It helped the organisation reached out to the parents and families of these scholars, who were active in the outreach areas. From 20 scholars, it has now reached to 30 from primary to high school.  

  2. Children’s ministry

    OMP’s main thrust of ministry is the children’s. In Cebu, the ministry outreach is growing, adding two more areas to the list, making it to 14. To date, there are more than a thousand children who benefit from the work of OMP in Cebu. Bible class is regularly on weekends and in Summer OMP holds a Vacation Bible School. Annually, OMP Cebu Ministries holds an annual Children’s Month Celebration every first week of October in line with the United Nations’ celebration for children. OMP Cebu has also trained selected children from the outreaches to undergo the Junior Leaders’ Training, a three-month intensive leadership training for kids, who are expected to assist volunteer teachers, and soon be teachers themselves. In Manila, COME (Children Outreach for Missions and Evangelism) Ministry is being developed after its successful 14-week Saturday Sunday School in 2009. The concept of 'COME' is encouraged and trained to some partner churches of OMP in Luzon area. Its great accomplishment came during the devastation of super typhoon Ketsana (Philippine name: Ondoy).

  3. Teens’ ministry

    The Teens’ Ministry has increased its number after the pioneer children of the outreach areas come into age, and now became the young people. Now, 80% of the outreaches in Cebu have organised their Teen’s Ministry with other teens/youth helping in the programs. The Friday Bible Studies in the OMP Cebu Training Center continues to be a place for them to convene and be blessed. In Manila, OMP works with teens under its partner churches, leading Bible studies and trainings. OMP also partners with youth organisations and groups.

  4. Out-of-the-school youth program: Alternative Learning System

    The Alternative Learning System (ALS) program was launched in 2009, a ministry focusing on helping the out-of-school youth (OSY) continue their studies. This is a program of the Philippine Government’s Department of Education, allowing the OSY an opportunity to take an Accreditation and Equivalency (A&E) Test held annually. Upon passing the A&E, they will receive a certificate equivalent to a high school diploma. This will give them the option to work or to pursue a college or vocational degree thereafter. OMP Cebu Ministries ALS Centre was visited by the National Bureau of ALS from the National Capital Region, Department of Education to monitor and oversee the whole program. OMP Cebu ALS is a recognised center of the National Bureau.

D.      ADMINISTRATION AND PERSONNEL

  1. Personnel needs

    Presently, OMP Manila is in need of people to work with church partnership, missions mobilisers, communications, and office administration. Our staff are multi-taskers due to the growing ministry but less people. We encourage long-term workers to join us with the ministries because the vineyard is big but the workers are few. We have only one staff working with communication, one in personnel, one in church partnership, and none in office administration and reception.

Pray for Philippines

Thank You for the Philippines, with its more than 7,000 islands, over 111 dialects and many diverse tribal groups. Thank You for the freedom-loving, welcoming people of this place. We pray that they will see that You alone bring real freedom, and that your joy is the only everlasting one. We pray that your word will reach every single island and turn uncountable hearts to you.

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