PHILIPPINES - Luzon
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.