Traditional Magindanao settlements were located near waterways. This allowed ease of transportation and communication by boat. Several of the major trading centers were also seats of political power, while other settlements along or near the waterways were controlled by local chiefs. This traditional pattern of settlement has been slowly altered by the building of roads that do not follow the natural course of the waterways. Large towns have sprung up along these highways, becoming new centers of commerce. Today, the Magindanao still produce nearly all of their own food.
Muslim religious leaders and teachers preside over religious life. They teach young schoolboys to read and memorize the Koran. It is very difficult for them to accept the teachings of another holy book, especially when it comes from the Catholic Filipinos, whom many Muslims view as enemies.
Some Christian radio and television broadcasts are available for the Magindanao, but there have been very few responses to them.
Pray for God to encourage, strengthen, and protect and the small number of Magindanao believers.
* Ask the Lord to raise up a strong local church among the Magindanao that will be a blessing to all Muslims in Mindanao. * Ask the Holy Spirit to prepare the hearts of the Magindanao people for the gospel. * Ask the Holy Spirit to give mission agencies creative ideas with which to reach the Muslim Magindanao.
"The Lord reigns, let the earth rejoice; Let the many islands be glad." Psalm 97:1