Faith Island Missions Inc.
Faith Island Missions Inc. is an indigenous ministry to the South-Central Islands of the Philippines. It was founded by Pastor Discoros (Danden) Sales in the early 1980s. Together with his wife Shirley, they have seen the establishment of some 50 local churches and ministries.
To learn more about Pastor Danden and Pastora Shirley’s ministry on blogspot, please click on this link.
To see an interview of Pastors Danden and Shirley Sales, please click on this link.
God has given Pastor Danden and Pastora Sales a call and burden to reach those tiny populated islands. Most of them have never heard the preaching of the Gospel.
The Philippine Islands became a Spanish colony during the 16th century; they were ceded to the US in 1898 following the Spanish-American War. In 1935 the Philippines became a self-governing commonwealth. In 1942 the islands fell under Japanese occupation during WWII, and US forces and Filipinos fought together during 1944-45 to regain control. On 4 July 1946 the Philippines attained their independence.
The Philippine archipelago is made up of 7,107 islands; favorably located in relation to many of Southeast Asia’s main water bodies: the South China Sea, Philippine Sea, Sulu Sea, Celebes Sea, and Luzon Strait. Land size: 298,170 sq km (slightly larger than Arizona). Climate: Tropical marine; northeast monsoon (November to April); southwest monsoon (May to October). Terraine: Mostly mountains with narrow to extensive coastal lowlands. Natural resources: Timber, petroleum, nickel, cobalt, silver, gold, salt, copper.
Population: 86,241,697 (July 2004 est.). Ethnic groups: Christian Malay 91.5%, Muslim Malay 4%, Chinese 1.5%, other 3%. Religion: Roman Catholic 83%, Protestant 9%, Muslim 5%, Buddhist and other 3%. Official languages: Filipino (based on Tagalog) and English; eight major dialects – Tagalog, Cebuano, Ilocan, Hiligaynon or Ilonggo, Bicol, Waray, Pampango, and Pangasinense.
Agricultural products: Rice, coconuts, corn, sugarcane, bananas, pineapples, mangoes, pork, eggs, beef, fish. Industries: Electronics assembly, textiles, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, wood products, food processing, petroleum refining, fishing. Currency: Philippine peso (PHP). Exchange rate: Pesos per US dollar – approximately 50 (2018).