Brothers In Mabinay” 2007 by Richard Bartz
Country: The Philippines
History: The Aeta
are indigenous, and are thought to be among the earliest
inhabitants of the Philippines. They are considered to be Negritos,
who are dark to very dark brown-skinned and tend to have
features such as a small stature, small frame, curly to kinky
afro-like textured hair with a higher frequency of naturally
lighter hair color relative to the general population, small
nose, and dark brown eyes.
Their Lives: They live in the mountains and live mostly by farming.
In Negros they farm corn, and other vegetables. Their food
staple is corn grits. Many of them raise small farm
animals such as chickens, goats and pigs. They also work
in the sugar cane farms for income. Many of the children
go to school and are able to complete high school. Many of
the older people cannot read, although some of the Christians
are learning to read from the Bible.
Those who are not Christian have animistic beliefs,
practicing spirit appeasement. The Ati of Negros island
call their environmental spirits taglugar or tagapuyo, which
literally means "from/inhabiting a place." They also believe in
spirits of disease and comfort.
In the mountains of Negros
2 % adherent and 1.5 % evangelistic
Not available in the Aeta
language. Many of
them use the local language which has Christian resources.
SEAMIST is one of the
Mission agencies working among the Aeta.
There is an indigenous Aeta church planted in Negros.
Pray that the existing Aeta Church in
Negros will plant more churches.
Pray that the Negros believers will take
the gospel to their distant neighbors, the Ati.
Pray that the Christian Aetas will grow
in faith and continue strong in the Lord.
Pray that their land will be fertile and
their crops will be abundant.
Pray for resources for building of new
churches and repairs of existing churches.
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