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

Read the whole psalm.  It is a praise psalm and makes you just want to go and tell all your friends about Jesus.

 

About Missions 

What is the 10/40 Window?

If you're asking "What is the 10/40 Window?" join the club. It was one of the first questions I had when I learned about Gospel Outreach.

The geographical answer explains the nickname. The 10/40 Window refers to a section of the world that lies between 10 degrees north latitude and 40 degrees north latitude. When you look at a map, the northern half of Africa, the Middle East, and a good chunk of Asia falls within this window.

But the real story about the 10/40 Window doesn't show up on maps. Instead it plays out daily in the lives of the billions of people who live in this area of the world—billions of people who haven't yet heard the name of Jesus).

Matthew records a spectacular prophecy-promise that I believe has special significance as we consider the 10/40 Window. 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 here to watch a short one minute video on the 10/40 window.
By Kevin Waite

What is Gospel Outreach?

Gospel Outreach is a “non-profit” group.  “Non-profit” means that Gospel Outreach doesn’t use money for themselves.  Gospel Outreach started in the Philippines and 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 people like you 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 (left), 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, 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 is a small country, about twice the size of Texas.  It is made up of many islands and spreads very far from north to south in the North China Sea.  In fact, it has over 7,107 islands.   Only a few hundred of these are inhabited, however. 


Neighboring Indonesia has nearly 17,000 islands with 900 inhabited!  Boats are the main means of transportation in countries like these.  The rough seas make travel hard and long.

 

The Philippines has nearly 92 million people.  The capital city, Manila, is on the large northern island of Luzon and is quite crowded with over 10 million people living in it.  The population of the Philippines continues to grow because most families are large, with several children.  Often families live in clans, with grandparents, aunties and uncles, and cousins all living together or close by.  This is because it is easier to survive by pooling salaries and other resources.

 

Rice….  

 

Rice is the staple food for all of Asia.  In the Philippines, 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

 

  

Coconuts or Buko (meaning young coconut) 

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 and meat are 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.

 

Languages 

Did you know that there are over 170 languages or dialects in the Philippines?  The Philippines has two official languages, English and Tagalog.  But in addition to these, each area has it’s own distinct language and smaller regions have their own dialects.  In the north, people speak Ilocano.  In the capital, they speak Tagalog.  In the central and Southern Philippines, they speak Cebuano.  But there are many other regional languages, as well.   This makes it difficult to reach certain groups of people with the message of Jesus.

 

Religion

Filipino teens need to know Christ and His love for them

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.

 


Being a Teen in the Philippines

Wonder what Filipino teens are like? And what they do to have fun?

Imagine pulling on a school uniform early one June morning and meeting up with friends at the corner to catch a jeepney to school, which will cost you 15 cents to ride. 

The school year starts in June and ends in March.  That’s because April and May are the summer months in the Philippines. 

Teens in the Philippines, like teens all over the world, love to have fun with friends.  But in the Philippines, doing things in a group is important.  Guys will hang out together and play basketball.  Girls will go to the mall together and hang out.  Teens love to text or SMS message each other or keep in touch with each other through social networking sites.  Most teens don’t have Internet at home, though.  So they will go to a local Internet café in town (this is like a business that has many computers and you can rent time to play games or use the Internet).  So Internet cafes are also places where teens love to be together. 

Teens are very polite to their elders and will address their teachers as ma’am or sir.  They will bow to their grandparents and take their grandparent’s hand and touch it to their forehead as a sign of respect.  Teens are expected to help around home or on the farm, and will not go out until after their homework is finished.  Homework is an important part of a teen’s life as education is the way to have a better life.

 

 
Try  being a Filipino Teen for a Day



Filipino guys love to play basketball and football (soccer)

Pick a day when you don’t have school.

Guys:  Text your friends and organize a game of basketball in the local park, school or driveway.  Afterwards, make yourself a Filipino-style ice cream sandwich.

Filipino Ice cream sandwich: Take a couple of slices of white bread and pile the ice cream on one slice.  Cover with the other slice to make a sandwich. Enjoy!


Girls: Text several girlfriends and invite them over to your house to hang out together.  Make lots of popcorn (a favorite snack in the Philippines) and put on some good music.  Sing along, if you like.

Filipino girls sharing a popcorn snack

 

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 the puzzle in pdf format

Mission Stories

The Only Lights in the Village
 

Sir, the people have a special request for you and the mastals [teachers],” one of the local leaders was telling me one day as I walked through the village.

“What is it?” I queried. 

“Sir, the adults are request­ing you to hold classes nightly. You see, the men are all out at sea. They fish dur­ing the daytime, and the women are busy with their chores at home. The only free time is at night, and they would really love to learn to read and write so they would not be ashamed by their children who go to school. They are not content with the twice-a-week schedule. They want more time. Can you please do this for us?”

“I will take this up with the mastals to see if they would be willing, as it is already a heavy load for us to hold classes for your children during the day. Be­sides, we have to see if our small generator can take the extra load of the lights.”

“Sir, we are willing to give a contribution for gasoline for the generator just so we can learn.”

That night, I brought the matter to the attention of the SULADS.* I told them that indeed this was an extra load, but the villagers were requesting our help. I said this was a precious opportunity to serve the people of the island, but I also told them that I would not compel them to do this, but would give them the freedom and time to decide.

As soon as the meeting ended, the SULADS said, “Since the people are ask­ing for it, we will do it with one condition. Everyone must agree that no one will skip classes.”

That night, the adults started having classes. They learned about health, parenting, values, reading and writing.

One day, as I walked through the village again, I bumped into one of the villagers.

“How are the classes going?” I asked.

“Sir, had you not come, all our people, including our children, would have no hope for education. Thank you for coming. You are the only lights shining in this village.”

by Ranny deVera

Taken from Adventures in Mission, July 2009, p. 3
*In the local language, SULADS means “brothers”

 

Sir, why are you not eating octopus?

Out of the blue, a villager came to me and asked, “Sir, why are you not eating octopus? We love it and wonder why you won’t even taste it.”

Here was an opportu­nity to share. I replied, “In the Al Kitab [Scriptures], Allah gave specific instructions to Nabi Musa [Moses] about which ani­mals are clean or unclean. Why do you, as Muslims, think pork, lizards, snakes and rats, are haram [abomi­nable]?” I asked.

“Because they are unclean,” he replied.

“There you have it,” I said. “Even without read­ing the holy books, you know about clean and unclean animals. So it is with Allah. Octopuses, shrimps, crabs and the like have no scales or fins and are considered unclean. People eat these things, but this may not neces­sarily be within Allah’s expressed will.”

Then I told him how Ad­ventists and the Muslims are actually brothers.

“We have the same for­bidden foods,” I said. “We also have similar lifestyles. We don’t gamble or drink liquor. We both believe in one God, angels, prophets and a day of judgment.”

By this time, several other villagers were listen­ing. As I looked in their faces, I could see blank stares and questioning eyes. I knew I was sharing some new information with them.

“We may have some differences,” I said, “but what is important is that we will all stand before the same God and stand before the same Judge. You and I have a responsibility to be ready for the day of judg­ment. Let us all prepare for that great day.”

I encouraged those lis­tening as I turned to leave. I did not want to give more than they could digest at one time. I look forward to sharing more with the villagers so that they, too, may be ready for the return of Jesus.

By Ranny deVera

Taken from Adventures in Missons, April 2009, p. 1

 

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.

 

Think About the Stories  

Think about the villagers that wanted to learn to read and write and were willing to go to school at night, after they had been out all day fishing and working in the fields. Imagine the young missionary teachers who were willing to teach all day and then again in the evening, as well as conduct Sabbath School and church each week in order to help these villagers learn about God.

Now think about your community.  Is there someone in your class who could use some help in studying? Maybe you are good at math or maybe you can write well and you could help someone else figure it all out.  Talk with your teacher and see if he or she knows someone who could use a little extra help. 

You can also volunteer to help in a children’s Sabbath School.  You can lead out in the singing or teach the Sabbath School lesson.  Your church pastor will be able to link you up with the right Sabbath School class.


Finally, you can help to raise money for Sabbath School or evangelism supplies.  Or you can raise money to help people learn to read and write.  Just $8 provides a Sabbath School group overseas with the materials necessary to learn about God. $9 provides the evangelistic materials necessary for meetings, and $75-100 provides supplies for 25 people to attend literacy school for one month.

 

What Can I Do?

Lots of kids want to be part of an actual mission project. Some help out in a project in their own home town or community. Usually your church or school is a good place to find out about these projects. Some teens want to go to another country for a short-term mission project. Gospel Outreach does not organize mission trips. But other organizations like Quiet Hour or Maranatha may be able to provide assistance. Your church pastor, SDA school, or the local conference may also be able to inform you about locally-organized mission trips.

Although Gospel Outreach does not organize mission trips, there are plenty of ways you can participate in its mission. Gospel Outreach prepares, sends and supports local missionaries all around the world. Using local people to reach fellow countrymen and women is less expensive than sending a missionary from another country. A local missionary understands the people in his or her country and knows how best to meet real needs. You can help to support these local missionaries by organizing a fundraiser at school or at church.

The kids and teens on this video clip have experienced mission in all sorts of ways. Many have joined together with friends to raise money for Gospel Outreach. Pancake drives, recycling, or whatever...you can help the missionaries of Gospel Outreach, too. Come up with the idea and share it with your pastor, teacher or youth group. Whatever you choose to do, make sure it involves sharing God with others. It’s the best way to experience the excitement of Mission.

 

Some of the things you can sponsor are:


 

ITEM

COST TO SPONSOR

Bible in a native language

$5

Sabbath School supplies in native language

$8

Evangelistic supplies

$9

MegaVoice solar powered Bible in more than 40 languages.  It can be heard by up to 20 people in a small group

$35

Bicycle for native evangelist.  Evangelists often have to travel many miles between villages.  A bicycle means they can reach more people

$50-$100

Literacy school per month for a group of 25

Approx. $75-100

Native evangelist

$150/month (average)

   

 

You can send your donations to:

Gospel Outreach
PO Box 8
College Place, WA 99324

phone: 509-525-2951

You can also donate online by clicking here.  More information on donations is available on our donations page.


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