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The rise of Islamic extremism throughout the globe has placed religious minorities in dire situations, as they have become the prime targets of many militants. Most would view the Middle East and Africa to be the primary locations for such attacks against Christians; however, recent news reports indicate that Southeast Asia is experiencing its own fight against extremism.

Surprisingly, the Philippines, known to be a Christian majority nation, has also seen a rise in attacks against believers by Muslim militants. During the month of December alone, 14 people were killed due to a terrorist attack in which a chapel was hit with explosives; and an additional nine died when 200 gunmen raided Christian villages in Mindanao. The rise of Islamic radicalism has placed believers in different parts of the world -- whether representing a religious minority or majority -- on high alert. More about persecution in this Asian country is available at this page.

Please pray for the loved ones of those victimized by the raids that took place recently in the various villages of Mindanao. May the grieving family members and friends not pursue any form of retaliation, acknowledging that vengeance belongs to God alone -- the Righteous Judge. Ask that they instead be granted His grace and strength to not only forgive the perpetrators but to also earnestly intercede for them. Let's join them by praying for a mighty outpouring of God's love and power to take place throughout the Philippines, compelling many more to seek repentance and salvation, for only then can His righteousness and justice prevail.

Country Information

Population
110,818,325 (July 2021 est.)

Ethnicity (%)
Tagalog (24.4), Bisaya/Binisaya (11.4), Cebuano (9.9), Ilocano (8.8), Hiligaynon/Ilonggo (8.4), Bikol/Bicol (6.8), Waray (4), other (26.2)

Religion (%)
Christianity (85.6), Islam (6), Other (7.4)

Leader
President Rodrigo Duterte (2016)

Government type
Presidential republic

Legal system
Mixed legal system of civil, common, Islamic, and customary law

Statistics provided by CIA World Factbook.

Pray for the Philippines

Pray for those in the various villages of Mindanao who have been victimized by rebel groups. May they not pursue any form of retaliation, acknowledging that vengeance belongs to God alone – the Righteous Judge. Instead, may these believers be granted His grace and strength to not only forgive the perpetrators but to also earnestly intercede for them. Let's join our Christian brothers and sisters by praying for a mighty outpouring of God's love and power to take place, compelling many more to seek repentance and salvation, for only then can His righteousness and justice truly prevail.

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