Christian missionaries in the Philippines

Serving other cultures at home or abroad: Cross-Cultural Servanthood

It's time to find out about Christian missionaries in the Philippines - and what better way to find out than through blogs!  Let's find out from their own lips what it's like to live in the Philippines.

Street in The Philippines

The official name of the country is actually Republic of the Philippines.  It's a mountainous country made up of 7107 islands.  Here there are an amazing 79 provinces.  About 88 million Filipino people live here, made up of a number of ethnic groups, including Tagalog, Cebuano and Ilocano.  As you might guess, the languages are varied too.  There are two official languages - Filipino (which is based on Tagalog) and English.  But there are many other dialects used, such as, again, Tagalog, Cebuano and Ilocano, and five others.

It's not surprising that things like sugarcane, rice and coconuts grow here, but you may have seen a lot of other things in the store from the Philippines.  Major industries include assembling electronics, clothing, and various chemicals and pharmaceuticals.

Christian missionaries in the Philippines

Philippines waterfall

Our first Christian missionaries in the Philippines are the Padens.  They arrived in the Philippines in 2006, and have been blogging since 2007.  There are lots of pictures and things to pray about on their blog.

Also out of the Philippines is  Kevin, along with his wife, serves students in the Philippines and blogs about a variety of topics.  He's been a Christian missionary in the Philippines since 2002.

There are many more I could mention.  Also on our Philippines blogging list is The Devonshire Files, started in May 2006. They also have a news feed for your feed reader, The Devonshires are in Angeles City.

For more Christian missionaries in the Philippines, be sure to check out, and Java with the Johnsons.  Poke around this website to find more!

A few more fun facts about the Philippines

  • Over 70 languages are spoken, and hundreds of dialects based on those languages!
  • Filipinos know bananas.  There are over 70 different varieties there, green, red, yellow, brown, and all shapes and sizes.  If you're from North America you're probably banana deprived.
  • The Filipinos use pesos and centavos for money.
  • The Philippines is the home of the world's longest underground river system.
  • The oldest city is called Cebu.
  • The yo-yo was invented in the Philippines.
  • The Philippines is the world's third largest English-speaking nation.  English was brought to the Islands by the British in 1762
rice fields in the Philippines