Evangelist Ministers to Surrendered Rebels in Philippines

A group of some 80 rebels of the New Peoples Army who recently surrendered arms in the Philippines are now presented the gospel of Jesus Christ, according to a report of the evangelist ministering to them.

The rebel contingent of some 70 men and 10 women of the New People’s Army (NPA) surrendered last month at a Philippines Army battalion in Maramag, Bukidnon on the island of Mindanao. After military officials learned that some of the rebels were listeners of a local evangelistic radio program, they invited the preacher, Dante Dangallo, to lead a series of seminars to aid the rebels’ personal transformation.  Dangallo, who preaches weekly on station DXGT in Maramag, shared a basic gospel message the first week.  “I gave them the opportunity to put their lives to Jesus,” Dangallo said.  “All of them were crying.” The following week, according to Dangallo, one of the rebels and two military officers attended a Christian & Missionary Alliance (CMA) church service in Maramag.  As the government has promised aid and relief efforts to assist the rebels’ integration into society, Dangallo has committed to follow up his work with them.  Dangallo, a former CMA pastor, is an evangelist of Allied Ministries International, the parachurch program of Allied Mission Church.

The New People’s Army is the armed guerilla group of the Communist Party of the Philippines and its aim is to overthrow the government.  It has been officially designated as a foreign terrorist organization by the U.S. Secretary of State.