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with his old Bible
I was told that the land where the Sipit-Saburan Mangyan Village now stands was donated by an Iraya Mangyan named “Mamay” (elder) Birong. He also happened to be the pastor of the only church in the village at that time. Like most elders in the village Mamay Birong does not know how old he is. He only remembers growing up in Occidental (west) Mindoro where the Iraya Mangyan tribe met missionaries from whom they asked to be taught how to read and write. When the missionaries left Mamay Birong learned only the Tagalog alphabet. However, God did not let the absence of teachers stop Mamay Birong from learning how to read. From his basic knowledge of the Tagalog alphabet Birong started looking through a Tagalog Bible given to him and began sounding-out the letters and the words and then pronouncing the words until he was able to read through the Bible. So, Mamay Birong can read but he could not write.
Mener is a nephew of Mamay Birong. He became a Christian and a member of an “evangelical” church in the neighboring Ambang Mangyan village. He came to Sipit-Saburan when a outreach church in the village was looking for a local Mangyan to lead their church. I am encouraged by Mener's view of God's Kingdom. One day, it was suggested to him that he invite his uncle Mamay Birong and the “born again” church members to join the Baptist church movement. He respectfully explained to his senior pastors that the village has 94 families so that he would rather see other churches planted and help “harvest” souls rather than having just one church do all the work. So, he would rather see his uncle Mamay Birong succeed in building his "born again" church family than have him join his denomination. Mener finished only second grade but unlike many who finished Bible school his eyes are opened to the Kingdom King Jesus is coming to reign. Soon, the many denominations who preach the Good News will be one within the Kingdom.
Pastor Mener's church is also a recipient of the Bibles from God's Living Grace Ministries.