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The Filipino Missionary Mandate

By

 

Rev. Engr. LALANO D. BADOY, JR.

Director, Philippine Missions Association (PMA)

Director, Philippine Missions Mobilization Movement (PM3)

National Executive Director, Global OFW Advance Movement (GOAM)

 

INTRODUCTION

God has an amazing plan for the Philippines, the Filipino people and our ― Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs). God has been at work in the Philippines and around the world for hundreds of years preparing the stage for the global engagement of the Filipinos in the end-time global harvest specially this generation of OFWs.

Our national Christian leaders and foreign evangelists propagated the vision that the Philippines was destined to become the launching pad of the Gospel in Asia. They were convinced that the Global Filipino Church would become a major force in world missions.

God is stirring up the hearts of the Filipino people to lift up their eyes to see the final harvest fields. And as we pray for Him to send out laborers, He often calls us to be the answer to our prayers.

The Almighty God says,

"Look at the nations and watch— and be utterly amazed. For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told”.

Habakkuk 1:5 NIV

#1: THE AMAZING INFORMATION – THE FILIPINO CUTTING-EDGE

·         The Philippines was named as the world’s best country in business English proficiency, even beating the US, according to a recent study by Global English Corporation.

·         The Philippines is the Call Center capital of the world, overtook India. Over 400,000 Filipinos are employed in call centers (2015), roughly 50,000 more than in India with 350,000 (February 2015), according to the study. This is particularly interesting because the Philippines, is only one tenth of the population of India. To date, Filipino call center agents grew to 1-million+.

·         Filipino seafarers comprise more than 25% of the 1.5 million mariners worldwide making the “single biggest nationality bloc” in the global shipping industry according to the Department of Labor & Employment (DOLE) as of April 2016.

·         A local Saudi Arabia newspaper had a headline “Imagine a world without Filipinos”.

·         The Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) 2018 Remittances hit the all-time high US$ 31.29 billion exceeding the expectation of the Central Bank of the Philipines.

·         HongKong Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) projected

·         The Philippines is rank #34 in world’s top economies & #19 by 2050.

·         The Philippines from an International Monetary Fund (IMF) borrower to a lender in 2011 when it lent over US$125 million to the ailing economies in Europe through IMF.

·         The Benham Rise is a 13-million hectare territory. In 2012, the United Nations Commission on Limits of the Continental Shelf (UNCLCS) confirmed Benham Rise as part of the Philippines continental shelf.

·         The Philippine money is the only currency in the world with a Bible verse, Psalm 33:12 “Blessed is the Nation whose God is the Lord”

#2: THE AMAZING PINOY – THE FILIPINO MISSIONARY DESIGN

·         The Philippines is strategically located in Asia. It’s close to the 10/40 window & now many budget airlines flying to countries with many Unreached People Groups (UPGs).

·         The Philippines is the only Christian Nation in Asia.

·         The Philippines is a blend of East and West. In the 10th century, trade relations began between the Philippine chieftains and Chinese traders. Then in 1380 Karim Al Makhdum, the first Arabian trader to reach Sulu Archipelago and Jolo in the Philippines and established Islam in the country through trade in several regions of the islands. Then the colonization by the Spaniards, the Japanese and the Americans.

·         The Philippines is has no enemies and not even a threat.

·         Filipinos are highly adaptable to adversity because they are used to experienced hardships and suffering because of their socio-economic conditions.

·         Filipinos are persevering in the midst of extreme conditions because they always experience frequent natural calamities.

·         Filipinos have the amazing capacity to learn new languages. Due to a history of multiple settlements, more than 170 languages are spoken and only 2 are official in the country: Filipino and English.

·         Filipinos are highly literate and skillful. As per Literacy Statistics, Functional Literacy, Education and Mass Media Survey (FLEMMS) of 2013, 96.50% of Filipinos are literate.

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Filipinos are dispersed worldwide. The most scattered race in the world now and in at least 210 countries of the world as OFWs.

·         Filipinos are cheerful and sociable.

·         Filipinos are very friendly.

·         Filipinos have a servant heart and hard working.

FILI PINO:

FILI >  PINILI na (Chosen/Hand picked), PINO > PININO pa (Refined)!

#3: THE AMAZING END-TIME HARVEST - THE FILIPINO GLOBAL IMPACT

·    Middle East: ____________________________________________________

·    Saudi Harvest: __________________________________________________

·    Bharain: _______________________________________________________

·    Qatar: _________________________________________________________

·    China: _________________________________________________________

·    Hongkong: _____________________________________________________

·    Singapore: _____________________________________________________

·    Japan: _________________________________________________________

·    UAE: ___________________________________________________________

·    Seafarers: Almost 200 Church on the Ocean

#4: THE AMAZING POSITIONING - THE FILIPINO GLOBAL PRESENCE

In the 90s, the challenge of planting churches among the remaining unreached people groups brought with it the acknowledgment of the difficulties of deploying traditional missionaries in the most spiritually needy places in the world specially in the 10/40 window.

More than 12 million Filipinos are living and working overseas. God has sovereignly positioned Filipinos all over the world, now in at least 210 countries as contract workers; construction workers, electricians, heavy equipment operators, engineers, architects, computer engineers & programmers, English teachers, housemaids, nannies, chefs, drivers, etc. They go as tentmakers, effectively circumventing the barriers that hinder traditional missionaries.

The paradigm of commissioning OFWs readily addresses the 4 major issues a traditional missionary has to hurdle namely:

1.   Sufficiency of support because they have regular salaries.

2.   Obtaining long-term Visa to legally stay in the country because of their working visa.

3.   Establishing credible identity & testimony for an effective witness.

4.   In the context of work, there is natural relationship building happening.

Today, over a million Filipino Christians are strategically poised to make a major spiritual impact in the most unevangelized places and people groups in the 10/40 Window.

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has recently reported that 6,000+ are leaving the country everyday to live and work overseas. What a tremendous and potential missionary force that can significantly contribute to world evangelization and the completion of the Great Commission.

CONCLUSION

The OFW phenomenon has a missiological implication - the fulfillment of the vision of the Global Filipino church of contributing 1-million Filipino missionaries (intentional cross-cultural disciple-makers either career or tentmaker missionaries) for the end-time harvest by 2020 especially through the platform called - tentmaking.

A “tentmaker” is a full-time self-supporting Christian called by God to obey the Great Commission in a cross-cultural setting. On the job and off the job, their objective is to bring people of another culture into a growing relationship with Jesus.

The OFWs are recognized now as God’s new force in global missions.

Let us join God in what He is already doing. Let us rise up and fulfill our God-given “Higher Purpose” among the nations.

Mabuhay ang mga OFWs!

Mabuhay ang mga Outstanding Filipino Witnesses!

 

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