Making a Home Wherever We Are

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The month of May this year marked our third trip across the ocean in the last 9 months- and this trip was definitely not in my plan for the year. After being back in the Philippines for only 5 months, the Lord directed us back to the states for Josh to help with the rebuild of the helicopter that will be shipped to the Philippines this fall. New Tribes Mission Aviation is located in the middle-of-nowhere-Arizona and the thought of ...
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Gideon: God loves the impossible

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Helicopter Rebuild Update

IMG_7537Within days of our arrival at NTM Aviation headquarters in Arizona, our team of four mechanics had totally disassembled the helicopter that we are preparing to send to the Philippines. Then the tedious work began. No detail was overlooked as we painstakingly replaced or rebuilt every worn component, repaired worn and cracked cowlings and inspection panels, updated avionics and instrument systems, and added the utility features that will enable us to carry cargo and passengers safely and efficiently ...

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3 minute Helicopter Teardown

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Robinson R44After a whirlwind 8 days in Texas finding a car to drive and catching up with our family and home church, we headed to southern Arizona bright and early on Friday, May 15th. We quickly settled into our temporary housing at NTMA headquarters, and Josh jumped in with the helicopter overhaul team two days later on Monday, May 18th. We’ve condensed to three-day process of carefully disassembling and inspecting the helicopter into a 3 minute time-lapse video for you! The ...
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“What are you doing again?”

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Beginning the helicopter rebuild

Beginning the helicopter rebuild

Yep, this one tops the list of “Frequently Asked Questions” right now, and for good reason. Since our flight program closed last year, we have had the opportunity to serve in some new and unique ways (at least for us) and this trend will continue at least for another year.

On April 30th we completed our People Group Assessment assignment for the Palawan region (Click here to learn more about this project), and on May 15th we moved to NTM ...

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Where is the church?

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Meeting with Calamian Tagbanwa Church Leaders

An avalanche of data. Information overload. Culture immersion at a whole new level. These are just a few of our experiences over the last few months as our assignment has come down to a simple, vital question: Where is the church?

The process of People Group Assessment (or “Surveys”) is the first step in seeing a people group reached with the Gospel. The reports produced in the assessment process provide the tools and information that leaders need ...

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Take another Step!

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After a whirlwind 4-1/2 months in the U.S., we arrived back in the Philippines on New Year’s Eve. Our annual field conference began on January 2nd, and we were incredibly blessed to have a worship team from our home church in Texas lead worship for us at our conference! It was encouraging too, to hear what the Lord is doing, not only on Palawan, but all across the Philippines.

As most of you know, we are facing significant changes to our ...

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Time Flies (pun intended!)

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It’s hard to believe that it’s been over 4 months since our last update! One of the struggles of missionary life is that there are periods when our lives feel “normal” and mundane – everything functions according to plan, ministry is progressing, but there’s nothing earth-shattering to report. These are the times that we actually have time to write updates and communicate with our partners, but often during these times we feel like we don’t have a lot to say. ...
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In his hands – for the very first time!

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One evening, in the years before World War II came to the Philippines, an old Palawano named Erot, whose name meant “Guide”, gathered a group of young people around him and told them “I have something important to tell you. One day an American will come to you bringing a book with him. When he comes, listen closely to his teaching, because the book that he brings tells of the true eternal God, and how to have eternal life”. Nearly ...
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Five Loaves and Two Fish

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A Story of God’s provision

$5,000-$10,000. That’s all we asked for on that Sunday morning after Typhoon Haiyan slammed into the Philippines, leaving a swath of utter chaos and destruction from the east coast all the way to the islands on the western edge of Philippine territory. Enough to do a few survey flights and fly NTMA’s helicopter down from it’s home base to assist with flying a few loads of relief goods to some small islands whose needs had been ...

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