Jenol, a fisherman and fish net maker, and his wife with some of their children
Our focus in the Philippines was children who could not go to school for some reason. We pray for God's leading. As we were sitting inside our house a woman yelled at us asking if we want to buy her bucket of fish. We invited her in and bought some. We found out that she and her husband with their eight children, seventeen years old and under, were from the Malaysian-Indonesian border. They are of Muslim faith. Their ancestors were from the Philippines of Tausug tribe from Jolo-Sulu region of Mindanao. All their children speak Malay-Indonesian and Filipino. They have no legal documents of their existence in the Philippines. They came to Mindanao 10 years ago, ran out of money and never left the Philippines after that. Their children have no formal education. The husband said he and his wife attended school up to grade four. After a short assessment we started teaching six of their children to read and write. Within two weeks the children could recognize their alphabets and were able to count numbers one to thirty. Three out of eight children became our consistent pupils. At that time one or two kids from the neighborhood dropped in. We trained another teacher, the daughter of a Filipino missionary from the Island to take over teaching the kids. Today the children attend their house church.
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