Kaamulan means “social gathering” in the dialect of the indigenous people of the northern Mindanao jungles. These meetings were called for weddings, peace negotiations, and rituals. Sacrifices and communion with evil spirits mark each one. In our town, every year there is a special celebration to celebrate the tribal peoples that originally inhabited this area.
Many tribes are represented in this festival that now benefits the town by drawing tourists and participants as hand crafted goods, displays of tribal sports and skills, food and art vendors delight visitors and locals alike. The sad news to all this is the obvious entrapment the spirits still have over these people. They fear and sacrifice to these evil beings that enslave every part of their lives. Please pray for the efforts to win these to Christ. Pray that the enchanting displays will not mask the terror these people live and die in every day. Pray for salvation.
Our Banwaon friends share how the spirits try even now to draw them back into that slavery. They share how the Holy Spirit enables them to walk in freedom and pass by the trees where the spirits dwell. They no longer fear what the spirits threaten to do because almighty God is their strength and the battle is won! Pray for their efforts to share this Good News throughout the tribes.
Here are some photos from Kaamulan celebrations:
PHOTO CREDIT WITH PERMISSION: Earl Bolivar, http://bukidnonphotojournal.blogspot.com
and Brian and Brooke Johnson, Missionary, NTM