Philippines

With over 100 million people, the Philippines is the seventh most populated country in Asia, and it currently has the fastest growing population than any other Southeastern Asia country. They are made up of 7,107 islands that put together are smaller than the state of New Mexico, but each has various dialects and traditions that they believe in. There are two major languages, Tagalog and English.

The Philippines proudly boast to be a Christian nation, but out of these 100 million people, 86% of them proudly hold to the Catholic religion, believing that their works and good deeds will get them to heaven. The rest of the people are mostly tied to nationalized religions or cults. The Philippines became a Catholic nation mostly because of the influence of the Spaniards in the 16th century.

The second largest religion in the country is Islam, which is about 11% of the people’s religion, but because of the influence of Japanese, Chinese, and other foreigners who move to the Philippines, many people are exposed to Buddhism, Taoism, and Hinduism as well. Animism, the belief that non-human things possess a mystical spirit, is still believed strongly in some of the islands.

This means that if you were to line up 100 Filipinos, 86 would be Roman Catholic, 11 would be Muslim, and the remaining 3 people would either be Buddhist, Hindu, or some form of tribal religion. Because they do not know about the God who loves them and sent His Son to die for them, the chances of all 100 people living, dying and going to Hell without ever hearing a clear presentation of the gospel are very great. The Philippines are in desperate need of the gospel and their country is wide open for missionaries to go there and preach.

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