Mindanao Ministry to Muslims

Mindanao, the second largest island in the Philippines, has been the traditional homeland of Muslim Filipinos since the 15th century. The Muslim population is composed of many ethnic groups spread among the islands of Mindanao and the Sulu Archipelago. These scattered islands can only be reached by pump boats. While the incidence of poverty is high, the lush, natural beauty of the place provides a clear picture of the Creator's handiwork.

Introducing the Lord to these people is the prime goal of several indigenous ministries. Working within the framework of the culture, building friendships and helping in very practical ways, these native missionaries are making our Savior, Jesus Christ (Isa al-Masih, in Arabic) known.

Clearly, hearts are being softened by God Himself and through much prayer. The gospel workers have clear goals: reaching out to Muslim tribes, establishing house churches, community development, and having "former Muslims reaching Muslims for Christ." They know that in the Muslim culture, the men are the ones in the leadership role both in the family and the community. Having access to heads of households is vital to accomplishing their aims. This is not an easy task, but nothing is impossible with God.

The people can see the love of God in very practical ways. It is made manifest through the provision of basic services offered to them through the native missionaries. Some of these are health care, sanitation services, well-drilling for fresh water, medical missions and literacy programs. Water-collecting cisterns provided to communities for safe water demonstrate the concern and love these Christians share. New believers appreciate the support, encouragement and kindness offered by their Christian brothers and sisters.