Unique to South East Asia with 7,000 islands and 100 million people, the Philippines is an outpost of the West strongly influenced over the years by Spain and America. It’s a tragic place, a wild-west society having inherited the worst features of our ‘civilisation’ and leaving much of its people being exploited and in poverty.
While overwhelmingly Catholic (of the conservative brand mixed with pagan elements), it is also full of weird churches and sects. The Lutheran Church there is 60 years old but has many problems and has been declining. At the end of 2014, AFA initiated ‘Philippine Lutheran Mission’ (PLM) as a renewal and mission movement.