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Filipino Gospel Resources
A special welcome to all visitors of Filipino heritage! This page contains links to Bibles, stories and web sites written in Tagalog or Cebuano which tell about Jesus and His love for the people of the Philippines.

Many followers of Jesus are praying that God will bless the Filipino people, and some of the links on this page have information to help them learn more about the Filipino language and culture.

Thank you for visiting. May the grace and peace of God be yours today!

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Filipino Publications About Jesus

The Four Spiritual Laws explains God's plan of salvation in English, Tagalog, Ilocano and Cebuano.

For a daily reading about Jesus in Cebuano, read Our Daily Bread.

GotQuestions.org answers basic questions about Christianity in many languages including Tagalog.

Thru the Bible, the classic five-year radio Bible study with Dr. J. Vernon McGee, is broadcast daily on the internet in Cebuano.

Filipino Bibles

Bibles in Your Language can help you find online, audio and print Bibles in the languages of the Philippines, including:
Background Info on the Filipino People

About 2 million Filipinos were living in the U.S. in 2000, an increase from 1.4 million in 1990. Much of this growth is being fueled by immigration. Filipinos were the second largest group of immigrants admitted to the U.S. in 1995, with 50,980. And there have been at least 50,000 immigrants a year from the Philippines since 1986.

Filipinos are the second-largest Asian subgroup in the U.S., after Chinese. They are 19 percent of the Asian-American population.

Tagalog and English are the official languages of the Philippines. Among the 82 dialects spoken, Ilocano is predominant. Cebuano and Taglish are also spoken. Most Filipinos speak English very well, but 24 percent of those aged 5 and older do not. About two-thirds are fluent in a language other than English. (Data source: "Marketing the Mainland to Manila," American Demographics.)

The Christian & Missionary Alliance has prayer profiles on the following people groups: B'laan (population: 300,000), Cebu (950,000), Lubuagan & Kalinga (40,000), Samal (300,000), Tausug (900,000), Tboli (90,000), Tiruray (40,000) and Yakan (150,000).

The Council of Filipino Alliance Churches of Canada has published a church directory.

Information for Churches

Perhaps you've noticed that several Filipino families have moved into your community. Your church would like to get acquainted with them and find ways to serve your new neighbors. But how can you begin?

Begin by cultivating a loving heart, a listening ear, and the habit of prayer. Look for opportunities to learn about other cultures and develop skills for cross-cultural communication. There are lots of resources on this site, including the article "How to Start a Cross-Cultural Ministry," that can help you prepare to move forward in faith.

The Jesus Film is a great way to share the gospel in the "heart language" of your Filipino neighbors. Campus Crusade for Christ has produced this beautiful film of the gospel of Luke and translated it into over 600 languages, including Tagalog, Ilocano and Cebuano. Your church can buy a video for less than $20 and sponsor a "Filipino Night" to show the film and begin a dialogue. Ask Filipino leaders in the community if they would like to see the film and if they'll help you invite other families.

To order the Jesus Film, visit Jesusfilm.org. Or order by phone from Campus Crusade at 1-800-432-1997.

The International School of Ministry offers affordable bible training in Tagalog or Cebuano . Their course in structured, taught by interdenominational Christian leaders, and available on audio tapes so your church can become a training center.

ChristianAnswers.Net offers gospel coloring pages for kids in Tagalog.

A missionary working in Bohol has a site with links to gospel resources and language help in Cebuano.

Learn the Language

If you want to honor your Tagalog-speaking friends, learn a few phrases in their language.

The top-rated Tagalog/English dictionary at Amazon.com is Tagalog-English, English-Tagalog Dictionary: A Language of the Philippines

Recommended Reading

The Culture Shock! series is a practical introduction to Filipino culture and customs. Invaluable if you're planning a visit to the Philippines!

Culture Shock!: Philippines
by Alfredo Roces and Grace Roces
Graphic Arts Center Pub Co, 1992
Pursuing the Pearl:
A Comprehensive Resource for Multi-Asian Ministry

by Ken Uyeda Fong
Judson Press, 1999

Provides practical information on current topics, including:

  • Asian American Church Growth
  • The Theology of Evangelism
  • Equipping Believers
  • Lay Ministry
  • Spiritual Renewal
  • The Role of Women
  • New Church Missions
Following Jesus Without Dishonoring Your Parents:
Asian American Discipleship

by Jeanette Yep, Peter Cha, Paul Tokunaga, Greg Jao, Susan Cho Van Riesen
Intervarsity Press, 1998

Following Jesus Without Dishonoring Your Parents was written by Asian-Americans who used examples from their own lives to illustrate concepts.

The authors explore how young Asian Americans can make vocational and life choices that show respect for their parents while still serving God, and it deals with crucial topics like marriage and singleness, gender issues, racial reconciliation, and the unique gifts Asians bring to Western culture.

Losing Face & Finding Grace : 12 Bible Studies for Asian-Americans
by Tom Lin, David K. Gibbons (Introduction)
Intervarsity Press, 1997
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Here are a dozen inductive Bible studies written especially for young Asian-Americans who sometimes struggle with identity and questions of grace. These sensitive studies point to hope embedded in Scripture.

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