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Darrell and Sandy Blatchley - Family Circus Children’s Ministries

Philippine Address: PO Box 80542, 8000 Davao City, Philippines

Phone: + -  familycircus@agmd.org

 Website updated: 3/07/09

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Our friends and neighbors in Davao City speak a language called Cebuano.  We thought you might enjoy seeing and “hearing” some familiar phrases, especially if you are considering a mission’s trip to help in some way . . .


Good Morning - Maayong Buntag
Good Afternoon - Maayong Hapon
Good Evening - Maayong Gabi-e
How are you?- Kumusta ka?
Common questions:

    What is your name? - Unsa imong pangalan?
    How old are you? - Pila imo edad?
    Where do you live? - Asa ka nagpuyo?
    What are you doing? - Unsa imong gibuhat?(one person) Unsa inyong gibuhat?(group)
    Do you have sister? - Naa kay igsuon na babae?
    Do you have Brother? - Naa kay igsuon na lalaki?
    Where's your comfort room? - Asa dapit inyong CR?
    Where are you going? - Asa ka moadto?
    Can I have a glass of water?- Pwde ko Mangayo ug isa ka basong tubig?
    Can I have a bottle of water? - Pwede ko Mangayo ug isa ka boteng tubig?


    I, Me - Ako.

    You - Ikaw.

    All, Everbody - Tanan.
    Bottle - bote.
    Glass - baso.
    Spoon - kutsara.
    Fork - tinidor.
    Plate - plato.
    I want to drink water - Gusto ko mo inom ug tubig.
    Sit down - Lingkod.
    Stand up - Tindog.
    Brother - Kuya.
    Sister - Ate.
    Uncle - Angkol/ Tito.
    Aunt - Tita/ Antie.
    Grandfather - Lolo.
    Grandmother - lola.
    Let's eat - Mangaon ta.
    Its very expensive - Kamahal.
    Its cheap - Kabarato.
    Good - Maayo.
    That's not Good - Dila na maayo.
    Beautiful - Gwapa.
    Handsome - Gwapo.
    You’re so handsome - Kagwapo nimo.
    You’re so beautiful - Kagwapa nimo.


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This is the Family Circus . . .

Adonis sitting
Baking room
Forklift container
Former gas tank area

Family Circus Children’s Ministry was created by Assembly of God Church missionaries Darrell and Sandy Blatchley in 1993 to produce high impact and joyful methods of presenting the Gospel (#1) to children and (#2) to their families. 


The purpose of the Family Circus is to bring the life and joy of Jesus, combining both discipleship and evangelism, to reach lost children, while ministering to the needs of the child, both spiritual and physical.


Each week five to six thousand people of all ages attend the Family Circus church services held under the ‘Big Top’, a big circus tent pitched in the center of the densely populated “Muslim Friendship Village in Davao City, Mindanao City, PHILIPPINES. Approximately 4,000 of the 6,000 member congregation are children- half of which are malnourished.  More than 1,000 are adults.

Please pray for Darrell & Sandy, and the team. God grant them sufficient:

  • Strength,
  • Energy,
  • Wisdom,
  • Knowledge,
  • Discernment,
  • Peace, and
  • Joy - unspeakable and full of Glory!!

Pray for food - spiritual and physical - sufficient to help with the needs of those attending Family Circus.


Pray for supplies, building materials, permits, etc. for current and future needs of Family Circus.


Pray for health and safety for all those involved in the Family Circus mission outreach.