The Maguindanao are thought to have originated from Southwest Asia. Their name, Maguindanao, means people of the floodplain. The Maguindanao highly value family ties and consider them more important than social rank. They are known for producing all the food they consume and for their graceful dances used to entertain. The Maguindanao believe that they were converted by a Muslim prince who was able to win them over though wisdom, appeal and certain supernatural powers. He married a local woman, who was said to be born from a bamboo stalk, and their descendants became the ruling families.
Engagement // What’s Happening Now
The Assemblies of God in the Philippines has grown to 4200 churches and preaching points. However, the country is still home to numbers of unreached people groups, many of whom are Muslims in the south such as the Maguindanao. Not only are churches needed, but creative platforms to reach them. Asia Pacific Media Ministries is located in Manila and reaches the Philippines as well as most of Asia Pacific, through radio and television broadcasts, movies, and more.
Sustainability // The Bigger Story
Asia Pacific Theological Seminary (APTS) was established in 1964 in Manila and was moved to Baguio in 1985. Since then, APTS has trained and equipped hundreds of men and women to propel the church in Asia. Pray these leaders and pastors coming from APTS will engage the southern Muslim people groups.
Partnership // Move Beyond
Please spend a few minutes in prayer for:
- Pray for creative ways to engage the Muslim people groups.
- Pray God leads pastors and leaders to plant churches and begin ministries in Maguindanao communities.
- Pray the Holy Spirit prepares the hearts of the people for the gospel.
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