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Mamanwa Negritos People Group

Mamanwa Children

“Mamanwa Children” 2012, Photo by Genesis Precioso *

Country:  Philippines

History:  The Mamanwa are one of the oldest peoples in the Philippines – they have a strong resemblance to the other Negrito groups (Ati/Aeta Negritos).  Mamanwa means ‘first forest dwellers’.  Leadership is given to the oldest and most respected man in the community.  Their communities are made up of from 3 to 20 households. 

Their Lives:  They live in a subsistence economy – hunting and gathering their food from the area around their settlements, but they are nomadic and move often.  They use various traps to catch animals for food.  They are peace loving people.  Their elders maintain peace and order within their communities. 

Church planting is often difficult because many times when evangelism has begun in a certain location and the worker leaves for a week— when he comes back the people have moved to another location.  Their nomadic lives make normal church planting and community building very difficult.

Population:  8,200

Location: They are in Mindanao (Agusan del Norte, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur) and on Panaoan Island as well as in the mountains of Southern Leyte.

Language:  Mamanwa 

Religion:  Ethnic Religions

Christian %:  2% adherents and .3% evangelical

Scriptures:  No Bible in their language, but many are able to speak Visayan.  Many resources are available in Visayan.

Missionaries:  SEAMIST workers Genesis and Rhiza Precioso are working among the Mamanwa to plant an indigenous church.  Other agencies are also engaged at various levels with various goals.

Prayer Points:

  • Pray that signs and wonders will follow the missionaries that are working among the Mamanwa.

  • Pray that the people will understand the Good News and receive it with gladness.

  • Pray that a strong core of believers will be established soon.

  • Pray that the new believers will be burdened from the start to reach out to others that don’t believe.

  • Pray for adequate support for the missionaries living there and for ministry support as well.

Photo © 2012 by Genesis Precioso, used with permission

Who?  What? Where?

"In a nutshell" as they say, SEAMIST works in South East Asia!  We plant churches in South East Asia.  We try to focus all our efforts and resources on reaching the least reached peoples in South East Asia.

What does "least reached" mean?  It simply means the people groups that have few or no workers reaching out to them, few or no churches or believers in Jesus Christ.  These would be the most needy of all people in the world!

Our workers are trained to use contextual methods to share the good news.  We just want everyone to know about Jesus!  Our goal is always to leave behind a New Testament church. 

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