Palawano

  • Pre-Entry
  • Pre-Evangelism
  • Evangelism
  • Discipleship
  • Phase-Out
  • Completed

About the People

The Palawano are a tribal group inhabiting the mountains in the south of Palawan. They are cultivators, forest-foragers, and hunters who somewhat resemble Malaysians. The Palawano language varies from region to region but seems to have similarities to Malay. Palawanos live in huts that they make from materials found in the jungle surrounding them. They live in family groups instead of typical villages and tend to live with the wife’s family group rather than the husband’s. These animistic people are controlled by their fear of the spirits, and the children are taught to fear them from their youngest days. Mainly illiterate but bright people, their youngsters have a yearning to learn. On the other hand, the adults have a fear of change and cling tenaciously to the ways of their forefathers.

Frontier Stories

What’s in a Bag of Rice?

As I walked home, it struck me. The rice, this is how they say thank you.

By: Justina Thomas
January 01 2022, 3:13 pm | Comments 0

From Orphan to Missionary

As parents and missionaries who have mentored and parented both of these young people, it is rewarding to see their spiritual growth and their commitment to the salvation of others.

By: Kent & Leonda George
December 01 2021, 12:01 pm | Comments 0

God Gives the Increase

We must be faithful in the tasks that God has given us and leave the results up to Him. 

By: Carrie Hann
December 01 2021, 11:51 am | Comments 0

Risa

I was so happy for her decision, and am thankful that you and I had a part in her journey. Thank you so much for your prayers and financial partnership. God is using us to make a difference in lives here in Palawan!

By: Seth & Sonya Miller
December 01 2021, 8:36 am | Comments 0

Maman Rupid

My heart swelled with awe and a thanksgiving prayer. Maman has lived here with the missionaries in Kamantian since they first arrived thirty years ago.

By: Justina Thomas
November 01 2021, 8:43 am | Comments 0

In His Time

Through this time of waiting, God’s hand and working have been so evident. He knew that if I stayed in the States longer than I had planned, I would feel much more ready to return to the field.

By: Carrie Hann
November 01 2021, 8:22 am | Comments 0

Are you Lisiya?

Her mother and aunt had almost succeeded in strangling her during her stay at the clinic. They had been overcome with the fear that she was possessed by an evil spirit and reacted to that fear by trying to kill her.

By: Carrie Hann
October 01 2021, 3:33 pm | Comments 0

Jungle House Call

God can write a happy ending to this story. He raised Lazarus to life, and He can bring Malnasan’s dead foot, toes and finger to life, as well.

By: Seth Miller
October 01 2021, 3:18 pm | Comments 0

Aunty — Uncle Lawangan’s Wife

Please keep Uncle Lawangan and Aunty in your prayers. We long for them to come to know Jesus through their time with us at the clinic.

By: Justina Thomas
September 01 2021, 10:07 am | Comments 0

Cave of the Pig

The men hiked over to the village and told the people that what they were doing was wrong. They said the villagers needed to believe in the true God and start feeding their children.

By: Justina Thomas
August 01 2021, 11:46 am | Comments 0

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