Ministries in the Philippines

Ministries in the Philippines

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

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Kimberly Abels

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.


Daniel & Victoria Beaver 
Country Representatives, Boracay & Panay Islands, Philippines     
First Love International

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.

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Chris Camarro

I am a missionary teacher at Bethel International School. I arrived in Palo, Leyte, Philippines in August of 2016. While Language Arts occupies most of my day my passion is for Special Education. I work with a couple students that need an extra challenge. I also have several students that require extra support and I am trying to provide that for them. As of January 2017 I am in the process of starting ELL support lab. I love that I am encouraged to openly live my faith. A good day at school is when I can find creative ways to include the Gospel into all of my lessons. 

David and Michele Clinton

David and Michele Clinton

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.

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 Video: Philippines Ministry Overview 



Hardeman Family

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.

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Faith Academy

Alex and Chris Kuhlow
MCPO 2016
0706 Makati
Metro Manila


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.

For more information on Buhay Sports please visit our website ( or watch our short video.

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 (, 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

Jim and Julie have been married for 35+ years. We have resided in Wisconsin, Colorado, England, New Hampshire, Australia, and then Wisconsin again for many years. We have two adult sons living in the States. In 2011, Julie started helping Threads of Hope with their business systems while Jim worked full-time in the corporate IT world. Jim resigned from his job and corporate life in January of 2014. We moved to the Philippines in March of 2014.

We are living on the island of Mindoro in the Philippines to operate the livelihood project here while we directly serve the people who make all of our beautiful products through the operations of Threads of Hope, community outreach and music ministry. We are also simultaneously serving the US base of Threads of Hope by doing business support, administration and accounting from here in the Philippines as Threads of Hope continues to grow.  We raise our own support to ensure that every available dollar gets to the families we serve.
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!

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!

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Mark McDaniel

Mark’s first introduction to Faith Academy was his freshmen year at Cedarville University.  His next door neighbor was an alum of Faith and through hearing his experience as a Missionary Kid, the Lord began to grow Mark’s heart for MK care & education.  Mark did his student teaching and first year of teaching at Faith Academy and wanted to return after a year of furlough, but it wasn’t the right timing.  Eight years later, God called Mark to return to teach music at Faith Academy.  While he enjoys teaching kids about music, he’s passionate about mentoring and discipling students in and out of the classroom.  
Mr. Mark McDaniel
​Human Resources Director
Faith Academy – Manila, Philippines

Maxwell Family

Maxwell Family

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!

Video: Maxwell’s Philippines Overview











Ursula Moosmann

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

Micah and Rachel Stevenson have served at Faith Academy Mindanao since 2005. Micah has taught many subjects (even outside of his history major) and enjoys coaching basketball and soccer. Rachel taught English language arts, but is currently doing preschool activities with her own boys and their friends.
Micah and Rachel enjoy hosting and mentoring missionary kid (MK) high school students and Filipino young people from the community. Rachel has partnered with other ladies to run an international Bible study every Thursday morning.
They have three children, Sojourner Peace, Whitaker, and Thaddeus. Also known as Sojo, Whit, and Tad.

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.

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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 Their daughter Raquel, a 2015 college graduate from Nyack College, works in New York City living out her faith in the music production industry.