Our ministry through the eyes of our kids
We live in the Philippines. We have lived here for almost 3 years now. We live on a little island called Palawan. We are missionaries. Missionaries tell other people about Jesus and how He is the Deliverer. Lots of our friends here are missionaries too. We live in a bigger town on our island. Our friends live far away in the villages. On the days that Daddy flies, we hear the radio right when we wake up in the morning. It is loud and makes lots of funny noises. We hear Mommy talking to Daddy on the radio and she is always saying things like, “Roger,” and “negative copy,” and lots of numbers. It is very hard to hear Daddy sometimes. Read the rest of this entry »
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This year has been one of the most stretching, challenging years of our lives, and yet we have never felt more content and at peace, know that we are where the Lord wants us. Check out the link below to see a few of the things the Lord is doing in us and in the Philippines, and to find out just how busy over 200 flight hours has kept us!
We just returned from a wonderful day in one of our tribal locations. While I have been flying in and out of this particular location for almost a year, today was the first time we have been able to visit as a family. It was an exciting visit, not just because it was the first time my family has been there, but because the event we have all been working and praying for is finally about to begin! Please pray with us now for the team working with the Palawano people. After long years of careful language and culture study and lesson preparation, next week they will begin teaching the gospel to Palawanos who have never heard. Starting with the nature of God and creation, they will lay a foundation of truth in the hearts and minds of animistic tribal people who have no real concept of God or sin, much less salvation. Over the next few months, we pray that conviction, as well as anticipation and excitement will build as they hear of Adam’s sin passed on to us, and the long years of God’s people waiting for their deliverer, with the life, death and resurrection of Christ as the climax! Stay tuned for updates over the next few months as the time draws close for these people to finally know the truth that sets men free.
While my mom and sister were visiting, we were able to take our first trip as a family to one of the tribes that we serve. It was my first experience to actually fly with Josh here on the field and it gave me so much more of an appreciation for what he does. All the attention to detail and to weather, the focus and precision with which decisions are made are so important as you navigate a little airplane through the mountains and jungle to reach your destination. Read the rest of this entry »
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Yesterday started off like any other day. Quiet time, daily check in with all of our missionaries to make sure they are safe, breakfast… Then it started. We were getting ready to leave for the hangar to do some work in our parts room as a family when I got a text: “When is a good time to call? I need to talk to you.” My friend and fellow missionary called as soon as I texted him back, and what he told me was absolutely shocking. Read the rest of this entry »
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Coming back from our short trip at Christmas to the states, we were met with a whirlwind of busyness that has yet to stop. Our co-workers were leaving the beginning of March and we were to take over the flight program on our island. Josh rode along on all flights with the other pilot and I took over more of the flight following. Josh began his checkout with our chief pilot which involves flying into all our tribal locations multiple times until Josh could safely do it on his own. Upon the departure of our co-workers, our workload became even more busy as we became responsible for the upkeep of the hangar, flight billing, scheduling, paying bills as well as doing all operational flights for the missionaries in the tribal locations. Josh completed his checkout at the end of April and our chief pilot family went back home. It has just continued to stay busy with our missionaries returning from or going on furlough, medical flights, supply flights, building houses, kids going to and from school, appointments, breaks, etc.
We are so excited to finally be functioning in the ministry God has trained us for, but we never dreamed it would be this busy. So even though it has been crazy, the Lord has given us peace because we know that this is where we are supposed to be. One of the tribes just had their first baptism service and when we are able to see what the Lord is doing, it makes all the craziness worth it.
We are so thankful for all of you and your support and prayers. Thank you for playing such a huge part in what the Lord is doing here in the Philippines. Please pray specifically for us, that we would continue to be strong and trust the Lord each day for what He has called us to here.
What? You may be thinking, “Didn’t they leave the states a long time ago?” Yes, yes we did. But my mind didn’t.
Have you ever lived somewhere physically, but your mind and heart lived somewhere else? You find yourself longing to be somewhere that you can’t and discontented with where you are. Well, that’s what I have found myself doing since living here. And the Lord just showed me that I need to say goodbye to the States. This is my home now. This is where God has me. This is where I am needed. If I am constantly thinking about what I left behind, I cannot function in the fullest capacity for the glory of God. Just like the runner Paul speaks of- how can I run and win while constantly looking over my shoulder? No, they don’t have Dr. Pepper, yummy cereals, “normal driving”, and the stores I recognize, but this is my home and if I have to do without Dr. Pepper and Wal-Mart, then I do. What’s that compared to what Christ gave up for me?
Now, I am not in any way saying that this is easy or that I have achieved it. But this is something that the Lord is working in me. I want to whole-heartedly serve the Lord right here where I am with no looking back. It’s a day-to-day battle, but you have to be aware that there is a battle to fight it. I would appreciate your prayers as my heart and mind daily say “Bye- Bye” to the States.
8 years ago today, I walked the aisle and became Mrs. Joshua Dalton. It is amazing how fast time goes and then on the other hand, how many things that have happened in those 8 years. 2 children, 1 miscarriage, 1 false pregnancy, 12 moves, starting homeschooling, hundreds of hours of training, classes, language study, flying, and thousands of dollars, I can definitely say, without a shadow of a doubt, I got the prize. It says to give praise where it is due and I am giving praise today. My husband is the catch of all time. He loves the Lord with all his heart and seeks to be all he can be for God’s glory. He is an amazing leader for our family and sweet, loving daddy for our kids. He is the most romantic man I’ve ever known and loves me unconditionally and faithfully. He is wise and knows when to sympathize and when to tell me what I need to hear. He is a very smart and educated man and he has chosen to use these skills, not for his own profit, but to see God’s name proclaimed to the nations. He is an excellent pilot and mechanic and tackles each new challenge with strength and determination. He accomplishes an amazing amount of things everyday, hopping from building Lego castles to flying to helping with computer issues to answering emails to fixing the car. I am so thankful for him and the 8 years that God has given us together and I pray He will give us many more. Thank you, Jesus, for the godly man you gave me.