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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Not Helpless- A Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda Update

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As pictures and reports started pouring in from the internet & from co-workers, we sat stunned & felt completely overwhelmed. In a few short hours, “just another typhoon” had gone to a very close-to-home, massive tragedy.

We had been preparing for this typhoon just like we had others, getting the word out, making sure people had what they needed to weather through. We’d all made it through many storms. This was just another one. Little did we know. As the storm ...

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Triumph and Tragedy

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How do you weep with those who weep and laugh with those who laugh, all at the same time? A couple of weeks ago, we sat in our living room rejoicing as some of our friends shared how the gospel has been received in their village – at times nearly 100 people attending on this tiny island, brand new believers writing worship songs in their own language, new believers already desperate to share what Christ has done in their lives, ...

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