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GA'DANG

PHILIPPINES - Luzon


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MARC ID:                          631.
ALTERNATE NAMES:                  Baliwon, Ginabwal, Kalina.
SIZE OF GROUP:                    6,000.
LOCATION:                         Paracelis, foothills, Mt.Province, Luzon.
DISTINCTIVES:                     nr.
SOCIAL CHANGE:                    nr.
LANGUAGES:                        Ga'dang.
SCRIPTURE:                        Portions 1976-1981. Work in Progress.
RECORDINGS:                       Yes.
RELIGION:                         Animism.
CHURCHES & MISSIONS:              Summer Institute of Linguistics;
                                  Translators Association of the Philippines.
OPENNESS TO RELIGIOUS CHANGE:     nr.
RECEPTIVITY TO CHRISTIANITY:      nr.
GROWTH OF CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY:    nr.
EVANGELISM PROFILE:               nr.

      The following is taken from the 7/12/93 issue of GLOBAL PRAYER DIGEST
          Frontier Fellowship, Inc., P.O. Box 90970, Pasadena, CA 91104
                    PLEAD WITH GOD FOR THE UNREACHED PEOPLES
       PRAY FOR A STRONG CHURCH AMONG THE 17,500 ANIMISTIC GA'DANG PEOPLE
                      OF THE PHILIPPINES BY THE YEAR 2000.

     "No," the father repeated.  "Your older sister must marry first.  Do not
even think of disgracing the family name by breaking the rules!"  The girl would
obey, even while she continued sleeping with her lover, this without objection
from either her father or Ga'dang society.  Tearful, she hung her head and
walked back to the tobacco fields to continue working.  "Oh, gods above,' she
muttered, "please grant my family a good harvest this year so we can afford a
wedding for my sister."
     In the Mountain Province of Northern Luzon, 17,500 animistic Ga'dang people
eke out a living on the steep slopes by growing cash crops, laboring for hire,
or trading crops, baskets, pots or wood carvings for needed goods.  They live
simply in bamboo cottages, some with metal roofs and cement floors, using
kerosene lamps, and listening to battery radios.  The water is unsafe to drink
and too dirty for the people even to wash clothes or take a bath.
     Though the Ga'dang people practice pagan rituals to ward off harmful
spirits of the dead, Catholicism has influenced their beliefs.  Most of them
know the name of Christ and believe God is the Creator, but have no real
relationship with Him.  They rely on strict rules and good behavior to save
themselves.  About 100 baptized believers are desperate for trained leadership
to help the two pastors from this people group.
     Lord, may Ga'dang believers be salt and light to their own people.  Supply
leaders to teach them that righteousness is found only in Jesus Christ.


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