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January 2, 2020
A law passed last year providing health care for all people in the Philippines takes effect this month, but that will not matter to remote villagers where there are no doctors or medical facilities. Impoverished villagers have long suffered from lack of access to health care in the Southeast Asian country. Against this backdrop, a 4-year-old boy in Mindanao whose hernia made it too painful to play with other children didn’t realize how lucky he was.
August 15, 2019
A young Christian woman in the Philippines whose speech impediment kept her in the shadows was devastated when her baby died before his first birthday. At any church service or gathering in an undisclosed town on the island of Mindanao, Maria Dominguez stayed back in a corner. In the past year she tried recovering from the trauma of losing her child by selling snacks in her neighborhood, a native ministry leader said. “Unfortunately, she did not have enough capital to finance her business,” he said.
March 28, 2019
As a boy growing up in Southeast Asia, Revo* was the top student in his Sunday school class, eventually becoming a full member of his church. Then came the evil spirits. Revo said he opened the door to the evil spirits when he fell in with an unruly gang: “We reveled in drunken orgies and even offered sacrifices to evil spirits.”
October 11, 2018
Before two native missionaries in the Philippines got married 15 years ago, they decided they wanted to have 12 children. “We hoped that God would grant our desires, for we really wanted to have a big family,” said Marco, who leads the ministry the couple began. Fifteen years later, they have one child, a girl. “God has given us one wonderful gift – a loving daughter who is now 13 years old,” he said.
August 30, 2018
Deborah was only 14 years old when her parents gave her as a wife to a man she didn’t want to marry in exchange for a horse. This practice was not uncommon in her impoverished region of the Philippines. Drug trafficking was also common, and her husband tried to overcome poverty by selling methamphetamine known as shabu.
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