What kind of work would I do if I came to volunteer?
That all depends on you! Are you gifted practically? If so, there is always work to be done in the office, or repairing buildings, packing rice for distribution, and many other areas. If you would like to work with people, then you need to have a good command of the English language. A good part of our ministry is with children and ranges from leading small group Bible studies, to after school tutorials in English and Math, to medical clinics, to leading sports, music, dance, art, or computer clubs. If you play an instrument well or can sing…there will be plenty of opportunity for your gifts. We appreciate those who come who can help in several different areas. (We LOVE multi-taskers!)
Isn’t the Philippines already a Christian nation?
Yes, the Philippines boasts in being the only Christian nation in Asia. However, due to lack of solid Bible instruction and many traditions, there are millions still unsure of their personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Religion holds a central place in the life of the majority of Filipinos, including Hindus, Buddhists, animists, Muslims, Aglipayans, Protestants and Catholics (ca. 83% are Roman Catholic).
Christianity and Islam have been superimposed on ancient traditions and acculturated. The unique religious blends that have resulted have given rise to numerous and diverse beliefs and extreme non-biblical movements. These movements have attracted thousands of Filipinos, especially in areas like Mindanao. Many have been swept up out of a sense of fraternity and community.
Animism is the term used to describe the indigenous spiritual traditions practiced in the Philippines during pre-colonial times. Today, a handful of the indigenous tribes continue to practice it. The traditions are a collection of beliefs and cultural mores anchored more or less in the idea that the world is inhabited by spirits and supernatural entities, both good and bad, and that respect be accorded to them through nature worship.
Folk religion remains a deep source of comfort, belief and cultural pride among many Filipinos. Animism’s influence, along with superstition, pervade daily life. Elements of folk belief have melded with Christian and Islamic practices to give a unique and often confusing form of religion, often mixed with fear and uncertainty.