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Count in Filipino

Filipino and English are official languages of the Philippines. Filipino is said to have come from Tagalog, a language of the Philippines. Sometimes people call Filipino “Tagalog.” Filipino may also be referred to as “Pilipino.”

Learn to Count in Filipino
(Pronunciations are approximate.)

The first word in each group below is the English word, and the second is the Filipino word. The third part tells how to pronounce the Filipino word.

One. Isa. ee-SAH
Two. Dalawa. dah-lah-WAH
Three. Tatlo. taht-LOH
Four. Apat. ah-PAHT
Five. Lima. lee-MAH
Six. Anim. AH-neem
Seven. Pito. pee-TOH
Eight. Walo. wah-LOH
Nine. Siyam. shahm
Ten. Sampu. sahm-POO

(Source: Bold Believers in the Philippines. Read or download the book here.)

To Do
Count the number of Filipino children in the photo above using Filipino numbers.


The Philippines: A Missionary at School

Bold Believers in the Philippines, the newest book in the Bold Believers series, includes the story below. To read or download the rest of the book, visit the Downloads section.

Ruth, a 14-year-old Christian in the Philippines, wants to be a missionary someday. But she isn’t waiting until “someday” to share the gospel with others. Ruth already talks about her faith with girls at her school.

One day, Ruth’s father gave her a book about brave Christians who were persecuted for their faith in Christ. “It made me cry,” Ruth said. But it also inspired her. She took the book to school and told her friends about it. Soon other girls borrowed the book and read it.

Ruth and her family prayed that God would use the book to change the hearts of girls who were not following Jesus. God answered their prayers!

“There have been changes in two classrooms,” Ruth’s father said. “In the past, students in some classes were wild and troublesome. There has been a change in the attitude and behavior of many students. It even surprised the teachers. Even the principal says there is a difference.”

Some of the teachers have asked Ruth if they can read her book, too!

Note: In parts of the Philippines, radical Muslims have attacked Christians and their homes. They want to force all Christians to leave the areas.

Share a book or DVD about courageous Christians with others. Pray that the book or DVD will encourage them to serve Him.


A Treat from the Philippines

Bold Believers in the Philippines

Bold Believers in the Philippines, available in the Downloads section, is the newest book in the Bold Believers series.

The champorado recipe below is from the book. Children in the Philippines enjoy champorado for breakfast, snacks, or dessert. Try the recipe, and learn about life for Christians in the Philippines from stories in the book.

Ingredients
2 cups of freshly cooked rice
½ cup of chocolate chips or a chocolate bar cut in pieces
1 to 2 tablespoon of sugar (optional)
Yogurt, milk, cream, whipped cream, or coconut milk

Instructions
1. Add chocolate to hot, freshly cooked rice, and stir until the chocolate is melted. Add sugar if desired.
2. Scoop ½ cup of the mixture into a bowl. Top with yogurt, milk, cream, whipped cream, or coconut milk.


Erika and Gracia

Erika and Gracia

The Voice of the Martyrs Advance conferences share personal testimonies of God’s faithfulness in the midst of persecution. Gracia Burnham is a speaker at some of the conferences. Gracia and her husband, Martin, were missionaries in the Philippines. They were kidnapped by a gang of radical Muslims who took them into the jungle. The Burnhams lived with the kidnappers in harsh conditions for about a year.

Erika, a girl who attended a VOM conference and met Gracia, has been telling others what she learned. Read what Erika said below.

My name is Erika and I am 8 years old. I am also in the 2nd grade. On Saturday we went to Georgia and went to the VOM conference. There was a lot of people there. They sang a lot of songs and had a lot of speakers. The last speaker was Ms. Gracia. She was a very good speaker.

She went in the jungle and they laid on rice sacks, and one morning when she woke up there was a snake crawling out of her rice sack. She also found some old boots for her hurt feet, and she found anything she could find to put on her feet because the boots was not comfortable. She got shot in the leg when fighting was going on, and her husband got shot in the chest and died. She and her husband were both missionaries. I learned it is important to pray for those who are missionaries and all people all over the world. I also learned to pray for the persecuted.

(Edited for length and clarity.)

Learn more about VOM Advance conferences here.
Read a story about Gracia here, or in Bold Believers in the Philippines, available in the Download section.


New Bold Believers Country Book!

Bold Believers in the Philippines

Bold Believers in the Philippines features stories, photos, history and culture information, and geography facts that help readers understand the daily lives of families in an area where Christians are persecuted.

The 46-page book includes crafts, recipes, coloring pages, prayer points, and activities for families, classes, or individual children.

You can download Bold Believers in the Philippines here.