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- Stats for Philippines
The Philippines tend to take a Short-term approach to life, spending money more quickly.
Top 25 Stats
Total Population- 101.8 M (12th); Total Christians- 86.4 M (6th); Total Evangelicals- 11.6 M (11th).
Fastest Growing Religion
Human Development Index
Filipinos (83.5%); Tribal peoples (9.6%); Muslim majority peoples (5%); Chinese (1.7%, most urban involved in commerce and industry).
Filipino (based on Tagalog), English
Agriculture and industry are main sources of revenue. Poverty, unemployment, and crime are high, and investment is very low. High population growth, corruption, social unrest, natural disasters make economy worse. More than 8 million Filipinos work abroad and send money home to their families.
History / Politics
Spanish colony from 1565 to 1898; inherited Catholicism and the many customs from the Spanish. Governed by the U.S. from 1898 until independence in 1946. It is now an American-style democracy, but functions more like a one-party nation. Leaders have failed to address problems with land reform, military power, or wealth disparities. The Muslim minority on the island of Mindanao wants an Islamic state on the island. Has not reached its high potential yet, despite an educated population and natural resources.
Catholicism is still important, but religious diversity is occurring and must be accepted. About 15-30% of Catholics are Charismatics; Many are involved with pagan practices. Growth of evangelical churches has continued, especially among Charismatics. Filipino church sends out thousands of missionaries every year. Leadership development in the church is very important.
Pray for revival within the Catholic church and acceptance of evangelical growth. Pray for Charismatics within the Catholic church to revive the church. Pray for the missionaries being sent out each year to be successful in sharing the Gospel.