Maguindanao in Philippines

Map Source:  People Group location: IMB. Map geography: ESRI / GMI. Map design: Joshua Project.
People Name: Maguindanao
Country: Philippines
10/40 Window: No
Population: 1,338,000
World Population: 1,338,000
Primary Language: Maguindanaon
Primary Religion: Islam
Christian Adherents: 0.10 %
Evangelicals: 0.04 %
Scripture: Unspecified
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: Filipino, Muslim
Affinity Bloc: Malay Peoples
Progress Level:


Traditional Magindanao settlements were located near waterways. This allowed ease of transportation and communication by boat. Several of the major trading centers were also seats of political power, while other settlements along or near the waterways were controlled by local chiefs. This traditional pattern of settlement has been slowly altered by the building of roads that do not follow the natural course of the waterways. Large towns have sprung up along these highways, becoming new centers of commerce. Today, the Magindanao still produce nearly all of their own food.

Ministry Obstacles

Muslim religious leaders and teachers preside over religious life. They teach young schoolboys to read and memorize the Koran. It is very difficult for them to accept the teachings of another holy book, especially when it comes from the Catholic Filipinos, whom many Muslims view as enemies.

Outreach Ideas

Some Christian radio and television broadcasts are available for the Magindanao, but there have been very few responses to them.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

Pray for God to encourage, strengthen, and protect and the small number of Magindanao believers.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Ask the Lord to raise up a strong local church among the Magindanao that will be a blessing to all Muslims in Mindanao.
Ask the Holy Spirit to prepare the hearts of the Magindanao people for the gospel.
Ask the Holy Spirit to give mission agencies creative ideas with which to reach the Muslim Magindanao.

Text Source:   Keith Carey