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Publish his glorious deeds among the nations.  Tell everyone about the amazing things he does. Psalms 96:3



About Missions 

What is the 10/40 Window?

This was one of the first questions I had when I learned about Gospel Outreach. 

Imagine that you live in a space station above the Earth. Picture yourself peering down on God's Creation through a rectangular-shaped window. The southern edge of your window falls 10 degrees north latitude while the northern edge lies right about 40 degrees north latitude.

As you look through the window, you see Africa and the Middle East. Glancing eastward, you can just make out the islands of Japan and the Philippines. You've found what is commonly referred to as the 10/40 Window.


But the real story about the 10/40 Window doesn't show up on maps. Instead it is about the people who live in this area of the world.  Billions of people in this part of the world still need to hear about Jesus.

Jesus said, "And this Gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come" (Matthew 24:14).



Click play to watch a short one minute video on the 10/40 window.

 


What is Gospel Outreach?

Gospel Outreach is a “non-profit” group.  “Non-profit” means that Gospel Outreach doesn’t use money for themselves.  From those early days in the Philippines, Gospel Outreach now works in many countries.  They find people who want to tell their countrymen about Jesus.  They teach these people how to share the good news about Jesus.  Then they hire them so they can spend their time working for Jesus. 

Gospel Outreach depends on moms and dads, grandmothers and grandfathers, and even kids, to help them.  Everyone who works with Gospel Outreach is a volunteer, who gives time, money or talents to help tell others about Jesus. Without all these people helping out, there would be no Gospel Outreach missionaries and many people would never hear about Jesus.

 Country Feature: The Philippines


Edgar Pangilinan

Frank Stanyer

Meet Edgar Pangilinan and Frank Stanyer. They wanted to train young men and women to reach the pagan tribal people in the Philippines.  They knew that these young men and women were the ideal ones to teach these people about Jesus.  They grew up with these people and knew their language.  They had accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior.  They could share the Gospel with their own countrymen. 

These men worked with others in the Philippines and the United States to get money and training for these young people.  These were the beginnings of Gospel Outreach.   

So, what is it like to live in the Philippines where Gospel Outreach started? Here are some fun facts about the Philippines:
 

Lizards Large and Small


Did you know that the Philippines is home to many kinds of lizards?  Two of the most common lizards differ greatly in size.  The monitor lizard, the largest lizard in the Philippines, can grow to be 7.5 feet long.   On the other hand, the little house lizard, better known as the gecko (pictured), measures between 3 to 5 inches from the tip of its nose to the end of its tail. Monitor lizards can be seen along the road near creeks or rivers.  They are good swimmers but can also climb trees.  We had one that liked to sleep in the attic of our house.  That’s not fun, though, because they can be very noisy.  Geckos also like to inhabit the home and sing a cheerful chirping tune from the high corners in the house.  They are welcome housemates since they eat mosquitoes and other insects.

 

How many islands can a country have?

The Philippines has at least 7,107 islandsOnly a few hundred of these are inhabited, however.  Indonesia, an island country that lies below the Philippines, has nearly 17,000 islands, 900 of which are inhabited!  Boats are the main means of transportation in countries like these.  The rough seas make travel hard and long.

 

Rice….

 

Filipino kids in a rice field  (left)

Rice is the main food for all of Asia.  Think of it like bread.  Filipino (that’s what a person from the Philippines is called) children have rice for breakfast, lunch and supper.  Imagine how much rice 92 million people (the population of the Philippines) can eat.  How does 29,000 metric tons sound?  That’s how much rice is used in the Philippines every single day!

 


Tropical Fruit


The Philippines, like many tropical countries, has lots of fresh, tropical fruit.  Mangoes, pineapple, coconut, papaya, many kinds of bananas…as well as other lesser-known tropical fruits are readily available.  These fruits are eaten in a variety of ways.  A very refreshing drink, green mango shake, is made from green (unripe) mangoes.  Coconut milk is used in many dishes.   In fact, the pulp of fresh coconuts is soft and can easily be scooped out with a spoon. Pineapple and papaya are always refreshing no matter when they are served.

 

Recipe from the Philippines

Ice cream sandwich Asian style (left) 

I bet you like ice cream on a hot day.  So do Filipino children.  As a very special treat, they will eat ice cream with white bread.  Filipino children have a favorite purple ice cream called “ube” that is made from a purple root.  To try the Filipino way of eating ice cream, you will need:

1 scoop of your favorite ice cream

1 slice of white bread

Take the slice of bread and place the scoop of ice cream in the center of the bread.  Fold the bread together so that the scoop of ice cream is cradled in the middle.  Take a big bite!  Now that’s a true ice cream sandwich.

 

Languages

Did you know that there are over 170 languages or dialects in the Philippines?  A dialect is what people in a very local area speak.  It is similar to but different from the language spoken in the larger area around.  With so many languages, it is difficult to reach certain groups of people with the message of Jesus.

 

Religion

Many children and their parents need to learn about Jesus’ love.

Most Filipinos are Catholic.  But remote mountain tribes still believe in the spirits.  And in the South of the Philippines entire communities are Muslim.  Christian or non-Christian, many Filipinos need to learn about the love and care they can find in Jesus.  Then they will know that they don’t have to fear the future or the spirits.





Kids in the Philippines

Children in the Philippines enjoy playing out of doors.  Many games are like the American game of “Tag”.  Ubusan Lahi – which may be translated as “Game of Conquer” is one.  The idea is to try to conquer the members of the other clan or tribe.  The game starts out with one person as “It”.  That person trys to “tag” another.  As soon as another person is tagged, he or she becomes a member of “Its” clan and must try to tag others.  The game ends when all players have been “tagged”, thus becoming members of the clan.

 

Mission Puzzles 

Learn more about what God has to say about missions.  Have fun finding words and information about missions.  Try some of the games below.  Just click on the .pdf file to open it and print it.

Click here to download a puzzle in .pdf format

 

Mission Stories  

The Devil Testifies

 

 Chief Saluminte is not afraid of anybody.  Why should he be?  He has power to not be seen whenever there is an enemy.  He does tricks and wonders using his charms. Chief Saluminte casts a spell when his people need it and enemies get sick or have something bad happen to them.  He gets this power from his secret spirit friend Abayan. 

But his spirit friend did not teach him to read and write.  And when Chief Saluminte heard that the Sulad teachers were coming to a nearby village, he moved his family there so his son, Reymark, could learn to read and write.  Reymark did well in school and soon learned to read and write.  He also learned about God and one day he accepted Jesus and was baptized. 

One week after Reymark’s baptism, Chief Saluminte had a dream.  In the dream, his spirit friend told him,

“Chief Saluminte, I came to say goodbye.  Follow your son’s way.  That is the right way of life to salvation.  I too am lost, and I can’t save you in the near future.” 

Chief Saluminte told the Sulad teachers that it was okay for them to hold meetings about Jesus.  He wanted to know more and he wanted his village to know about Jesus, too.  How powerful is God that He can make the devil admit that only God can save.

 Adapted by A. Melgosa from Janrey Mantos’ article, “The Devil Testifies,” in Adventures in Missions, March 2009, p. 6.

 

Juvi Finds a New Home

Juvi and friends signing (left)

Juvi, a deaf girl, was found alone in the streets, abandoned by her parents.  She was hysterical and wild when the police took her to a school for deaf children in Davao City on the Philippine island of Mindanao. 

Her teachers were kind and Juvi learned to read, write, and sign.  Now she could understand her classmates and teachers.  But Juvi missed one thing.  During school breaks, the parents of the other children would come to take them home.  No one ever came for Juvi.  She stayed alone in the dormitory.  When she saw the other parents hugging their children, she would go to her room and cry. 

Juvi became friends with Chinchin, another deaf girl.  One day Chinchin invited two classmates, Juvi and Angel, to spend summer break at her home in Mountain View College (MVC), a Seventh-day Adventist Christian college.  MVC is home of the SULADS, a group that sends college students to teach isolated mountain tribes about Jesus. 

Seeing these happy deaf girls signing and playing together, the leaders of the SULADS invited the girls to teach sign language to the new group of SULAD teachers.  After three days, many of the para-teachers could sign slowly.  During the SULAD morning and evening worships, Juvi learned about God.  She also learned about healthful eating.  When she went back to school, she decided not to eat unclean food in the school cafeteria.  Juvi and her classmates learned to love the SULADS, the people of MVC, and their Jesus. 

Adapted by A. Melgosa from S. Famisaran’s “Juvi Finds A New Home”, in  Adventures in Missions, December 2008, p. 3.

 

Think about Juvi’s Story

What did Juvi read in the Bible that taught her how important it was to take care of her body?  Look up 1 Corinthians 6:19 and read it now.

People speak Cebuano in Davao City where Juvi comes from.  Here is what the Bible text looks like in Cebuano.  Here are a few tips to help you read it:

 Vowels:  Pronounced as in the following English words:

A=amen; ay=the I sound in bite; e=egg; i=in; o=bone; u=moo

Consonants: Same as in English; Ng is said as you would say “ng” in bing


Try reading 1 Corinthians 6:19 aloud in Cebuano:

Wala ba kamo masayud nga ang inyong lawas templo sa Espiritu Santo nga nagapuyo sa sulod ninyo, ug nga kini inyong nabatonan gikan sa Dios?  Kamo dili na inyo sa inyong kaugalingon,


Juvi was deaf and probably learned to sign this Bible text.  You can learn how to sign the song, too:

Click on Temple to learn to sign this Bible text.

 

What Can I Do?


Do you have a friend who doesn’t know Jesus?  Maybe you can invite your friend home to play with you or to have supper with you.  How would you share your love for Jesus with this friend?

Suzi isn’t old enough to go to a faraway country to tell other children about Jesus.  But she and her friends helped to raise money so others could go.  Check out her story:

If you are 10 years old or older, you are old enough to help your church teach younger kids about Jesus.  Does your church have a Vacation Bible School in the summer?  Instead of going yourself, why not volunteer to help with the little kids?  Talk with your pastor or SS teacher about ways you can help in church.

Here are some other cool ways you can help Gospel Outreach tell other kids about Jesus:

·         Gather up all your old toys and books and have a yard sale.  Ask your mom and dad to clean out the garage and add their things to the sale.  They can help you put up signs around the neighborhood.  Donate the money you make to Gospel Outreach.  You could pay for Bibles or even help sponsor a missionary that way.

·         When your family eats out, ask for water instead of soft drinks or juice.  Ask your mom and dad to let you donate that money to Gospel Outreach. Ask the rest of your family to do the same. You will be surprised how much money you can save for Jesus just by drinking water.  When you do this, remember that many of the children of the Philippines have to hike long distances to get clean, pure water for their cooking and for drinking.


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