Philippines Ministry Overview
TaclobanFirst, part of the First Love Network, continues First Love’s recovery efforts following Typhoon Haiyan’s devastation of Tacloban in the Philippines. TaclobanFirst will fund start-up “livelihood projects” or to help existing projects to expand in offering jobs to their surrounding communities.
Learn more: TaclobanFirst
Missionaries Serving in the Philippines
While I never planned or wanted to be a missionary, God called me to the Philippines through a friend’s words and a vacation. In April of 2002 I left the U.S. to visit missionary friends living and serving in Manila at Faith Academy. During the course of my visit, I fell in love with the country and its people and when I arrived home, I began to pray about returning. By October 2002, just six months later, I boarded a plan back to the Philippines for a two-year commitment serving at Faith Academy, a school for the children of missionaries in the Philippines and Southeast Asia. Previously, I had taught for two years in the Chicago Public School system and the difference in teaching at Faith was stunning. I enjoyed being able to weave God’s word and truths into my teaching, as well as teaching in a place where the top goal was to honor God in all we said and did. My two year commitment quickly turned into twelve, with many joys and bumps in the journey.
In December 2009, I met Daniel, a gorgeous 13 month old little boy, who stole my heart and became a permanent part of my life. I pursued my foster license and in June 2010, Daniel came home “for good”. Finally in March 2014, we became a forever family, by order of the legal system in the Philippines.
In September 2014, we said a temporary good-bye to our friends and ministries in the Philippines and headed to the U.S. for a long-awaited furlough visit. During this time, the opportunity to join Project Pagasa was presented, and after much prayer and counseling, I accepted the invitation. Pagasa was started as a way to support local children’s homes (orphanages) by providing schooling for their children in a safe and loving Christian environment.
Starting in the 2015-16 school year, I will be teaching grades 1 & 2 (and possibly kindegarten) at Project Pagasa. My heart has been for the poor and the orphan for many years, and this is another way for me to use the talents & abilities God has given in teaching to serve the Kingdom.
For 20 years Dan and Tori Beaver have served as missionaries to the Philippines.
Their love for the Filipino people has burdened them to empower and equip nationals to have a greater ministry in building God’s Kingdom in South East Asia.
Dan and Tori’s 20-year response to the biblical message of the Great Commission has taken them on an unusual journey to minister on the island of Boracay; perhaps one of the most unique places in the world.
See our blog: http://boracayalive.wordpress.com/
Visit our Website: www.boracay4christ.com
Makati Central Post Office
0706 Makati, Metro Manila Philippinies
David and Michele Clinton
David and Michele Clinton have been in the Philippines since June 2005 along with their 3 children: Abigail, Olivia, and Seth. David and Michele have a heart for helping with the physical and spiritual needs of people in very depressed areas. Their work with the poor includes church-planting and equipping, feeding programs for malnourished children, medical clinics for children and pregnant women, and a ministry of caring for widows and their fatherless children. Dave and Michele are also in the process of building a home for abandoned, abused, and orphaned children. The goal for all of these efforts is to glorify God through his church and to bring hurting and lost people into a saving relationship with Jesus Christ.
Todd and Robin Hardeman
Together with their 4 children, Todd and Robin have been serving in the Philippines for the past 20 years. They first met as single missionaries in 1992 while Todd was teaching at Brent International School of Manila and Robin at Faith Academy. They were married the next year. Together they served under World Harvest until joining First Love International Ministries in 2005.
Today, they both continue as missionary classroom teachers in Manila with Todd at Brent International School and Robin at The International School of Manila. Through the classroom, God has given Todd and Robin a unique opportunity to reach the children of leaders in government, business and industry from countries around the world. Just think about the potential impact!
Outside of the classroom Todd and Robin remain involved in mentoring and coaching missionary kids as well as partnering with sports ministry teams. This coming year Robin is excited to join the First Love Philippines Leadership team and serve as hospitality coordinator.
Todd and Robin see it as a blessing to be raising their children on the mission field and then see them head out to take their own part in reaching people with the love of Jesus. Elizabeth (19), the eldest of their four children, is attending Hillsong International Leadership College in Sydney, Australia. Kelly (18) will graduate this year and will attend and play basketball for Azusa Pacific University in California. Todd and Robin’s youngest two children, TJ (16), and Joshua (9) still attend Faith Academy.
Whether thru teaching in the classroom, sports or simple hospitality, Todd and Robin are passionate about sharing the love and hope of the Gospel.
Alex and Chris Kuhlow
Alex and Chris have been serving as missionaries in the Philippines since 1998. In 2008, they moved from being boarding home parents at Faith Academy to working full-time for the ministry they began called Threads of Hope, Inc. Through this livelihood project, over 50 families in a village near Puerto Galera have a regular source of income; a Filipino pastor has moved to the village; a church has been planted, and a ministry center has been built. Alex and Chris feel so blessed to see first hand what God is doing for the people of Aninuan.
The Kuhlows have two grown children who now live back in Wisconsin – Ashley, 26 and Joey, 24 married to Christiana. They are both involved with Threads of Hope on the other side of the ocean.
Their ministry website is: www.threadsofhope.com.ph
Field address is:
Alex and Chris Kuhlow
Joshua and Valarie Manthe
Joshua and Valerie Manthe with their children Mackenzie (8/10/04), Bella (11/11/06) and Deacon (9/9/08) have been missionaries in the Philippines since 2005. They are based in Manila, but are involved in ministry throughout the country.
Joshua played basketball for John Brown University, and after completing his degree in business administration, God called his family to the Philippines as missionaries.
Working together with other missionaries, he founded Buhay Sports and has been organizing short term ministry teams from the U.S. and Australia to travel all over the Philippines helping churches recruit and evangelize using the sport of basketball as a platform.
Valerie also graduated from John Brown University but with a degree in sports medicine. Her full-time role as a mother has given her experience that she shares with the Tanza Women’s Outreach Ministry. Through this ministry, Valerie and another missionary’s wife have developed curriculum to teach impoverished expectant mothers how to care for themselves and their unborn babies. Through these efforts, the women are plugged into Bible studies and church to help address their spiritual needs, as well.
Both Joshua and Valerie are involved at Faith Academy (www.Faith.edu.ph), the worlds largest school for missionary children. Joshua was the business administrator from 2005 – 2008 and now helps in the office part-time along with coaching basketball. Valerie is the girls’ head volleyball coach and assists in athletic training needs.
Check out the Manthe’s Newsletters here.
Jim & Julie Marsh
We feel very blessed to be a part of the Threads of Hope ministry. Being able to use our gifts and talents to serve such a wonderful ministry on a daily basis is something we are deeply grateful for. What an awesome God we serve!
Our blog is marshmissionmemos.blogspot.com
Having served at schools in Kenya and Rwanda, we are now in the Philippines at Faith Academy where Trevor is the elementary school principal and Roberta instructs high school English. Our three girls, Olivia Zahra (14), Monia (12), and Chloe (11), have encountered mixed feelings about the move to Asia but have been up for the adventure. Our prayer is for God to reveal himself personally to them as we exchange the breadth of Africa’s diversity for the height of Manila’s skyscrapers.
While supporting local ministries and sensitive areas beyond the Philippines, we are equipping students to be Christ-like, lifelong learners is at Faith Academy. Trevor and I (Roberta) were both raised on the mission field; he in Kenya, and I in the Philippines. As products of two of the largest schools for MKs in the world–Rift Valley Academy and Faith Academy–we are called to evangelism and discipleship through international and third-culture kid education.
Faith Academy’s student body is comprised of 550+ students who hail from 20 countries. Ministries include Bible translation and literacy work, medical missions, pastoral training, ministry to the poor, church planting, tribal ministry, and many more!
Thank you for partnering with us in advancing the gospel in Southeast Asia by supporting MK and international education!
Ursula Moosmann is from Germany and has been in the Philippines since March 1986. She serves in San Leonardo, Nueva Ecija working in a church planting ministry there. Making Christ known is her greatest passion.
Micah and Rachel Stevenson
Tim & Gina Swanson
The Swanson family is serving the people of the Aninuan valley on the island of Mindoro, bringing the hope of Jesus Christ to students and families at the Aninuan Christian Training School. They minister as a family through teaching, mentoring, and discipleship. Tim and Gina are educators, and Tim is an ordained pastor. Their passion is to reach Filipino people with the truth that they are loved by God and are created for a special purpose, to glorify God and enjoy a vibrant relationship with Him for eternity.
Our Web site: www.SwansonMission.com
Tim and Cleo Undheim
Tim and Cleo Undheim serve in Manila, Philippines in a ministry of theological formation and community development. Tim teaches at the International Graduate School of Leadership where he instructs in biblical languages and literature. Men and women in his classes come from all over the world. He also teaches part time in the Biblical Studies department at the Asia Graduate School of Theology, a consortium of regional Philippine evangelical seminaries offering higher level graduate degrees. Cleo leads a Metro-Manila prison outreach non government organization called Ina-Inakay (Mother and Fledglings) where Tim helps as a volunteer in communication. Most recently he has expanded this into technical support in a muscovado sugar production venture both are involved in, designed to provide financial support for the prison ministry. The prison outreach itself focuses on female inmates and their families, helping the children through financial allowances for schooling and assisting the women through livelihood micro-financing, craft production and spiritual direction. For more information on the prison ministry portion see www.inakay.com. Their daughter Raquel, a 2015 college graduate from Nyack College, works in New York City living out her faith in the music production industry.