“God is pursuing with omnipotent passion a worldwide purpose of gathering joyful worshipers for Himself from every tribe and tongue and people and nation. He has an inexhaustible enthusiasm for the supremacy of His name among the nations. Therefore, let us bring our affections into line with His and, for the sake of His name, let us renounce the quest for worldly comforts and join His global purpose.” — John Piper
The Tau’t Bato or Taaw’t Batu (“people of the rock”) stay in the Singnapan Basin, a bowl-shaped valley in southwestern Palawan. Their territory has Mt. Mantalingajan to the east and a coast to the west. Tau’t Bato is a small but articulate subgroup of the Palawan tribes. The language is spoken by various groups in the area.
The Tau’t Bato mostly live in caves, and the structure of their dwellings depends on condition of the cave. They are swidden farmers who practice multiple cropping. They produce cassava (their main source of carbohydrates), sugarcane, garlic, sweet potato, and several varieties of vegetables. Hunting is done year-round to complement the carbohydrate diet; wild pigs are caught using spring traps. The Tau’t Bato also trade their agricultural products for fish and sell forest products such as rattan, almaciga, etc.
Photo shown is only one of the pictures I’ve captured that breaks my heart. He is a member of the tribe. Fortunately this kid studies now. I can call him a modern one. I remembered one pastor who went with us that time who can’t help himself but cry because he saw the kids happily receiving school supplies,toys, and others. He saw those smiles from them that rarely come.
It has always been a joy for me to be used by God in reaching out people and telling them about the gospel. So every time I have the opportunity to join one I grab it.Last July 17th of 2015 I went to Palawan, Philippines to join the San Diego, California missionaries from Christ Bible Church.
I thank God because not only that many people in the municipalities of Palawan opened the eyes and hearts to the message of Jesus but also He opened my eyes to see other needs for them during this mission trip.
We were able to visit three churches, fed 40-50 kids on every church. And also we visited the Taaw’t Bato tribe, shared them the message of Jesus, fed almost 300 families, provided medicines and salt which is one of the very important things for them.To all who participated on this, whether you prayed or gave, from the bottom of my heart, thank you so much. You definitely became a part of many people who came to know the Lord during this short mission trip.
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Ethnologue, http://www.ethnologue.com/ Palawan Board, http://www.palawanboard.com/ National Commission For The Culture And The Arts, http://www.ncca.gov.ph/