“Unto thee, O God, do we give thanks, unto thee do we give thanks: for that thy name is near thy wondrous works declare.”
After spending my second Thanksgiving holiday in the Philippines (3 since I left the US but 2 physically in the Philippines), it only seems fitting to focus this newsletter on thanksgiving to God for His blessings.
We spent our Thanksgiving with fellow missionaries in the AFM mountain project of Kemantian. It was a wonderful time to fellowship in a bamboo house with friends even if it was crowded and didn’t have all the creature comforts that are commonly expected at a Thanksgiving holiday gathering. It’s funny how we get used to how we “think it should be” in the US, because in reality, Thanksgiving is really a time to be thankful for what we have and how we’ve been blessed. In truth, we really have a ton of things to be thankful for, and our Thanksgiving gathering was a blessing.
The contrast between our comfortable life in America and the lives of many people here is pretty significant. Perhaps its because of the work that we are involved in, but life seems cheaper here and death all too common. Recently Sean and I have both transported patients who have died during the flight or shortly after. We never like hearing about it, but unfortunately it’s a sad reality of the sinful world we live in. Every day of life and health, every morning we awake with breath in our lungs is one to be thankful for!
I personally have a lot to be thankful for. Here are a few of the things I’d like to share from the past year:
Of course, I’m thankful for life and health, but specifically, I’m thankful for each of you. My readers, and my supporters both financially and through prayer.
I wouldn’t have the privilege of being able to serve here if it wasn’t for each of you. Throughout my time here, I’ve never really known where or when my support would come from, yet I’ve never once gone hungry or lacked necessities for life. You all have made known your belief in God’s work by your generosity in so many ways.
Thank you so much to my family for support and the donation of our backhoe and for my church family for helping get it over here. Thank you all for the unique ways of supporting God’s work! The monthly or one time donations from each of you, the group events (Like Francis and Carol’s wedding and the wishes of Hannelore), and the faithful thoughts and prayers all are both humbling and much appreciated. I’d also like to thank those of you who I may not even know personally who have given to support God’s work. Please know that each of you are a partner in the work and that your help makes a huge impact on ministry!
Also, I’m thankful for those with a willingness to serve. Some of you have spoken to me about coming out physically to work for God in upcoming months and I look forward to see what God has in store! The first one to come up is my friend Corneliu, an electrical engineer, who plans to come assist us in January. I contacted him about helping us with a solar project to give us more reliable power and cut down our expenses. Praise God that solar panels and some equipment has already been donated, and please keep in prayer upcoming expenses related to the project (We still need about $5000 to buy batteries, an inverter, mounts, etc).
We are thankful for the equipment God has given us and for continued safety while operating them. Although it seems that lately we have had a slew of maintenance work to be done, we are thankful for the lives that have been saved. In case you are wondering, since my last newsletter, the helicopter is flying again, and we have two airplanes currently operating (one in Palawan and one in Luzon). Every frustration due to mechanical issues and every hour put into keeping our aircraft running is worth it for even one life saved.
In addition, we’ve been thankful for the avenues God continues to open for our ministry to reach out.
Our mission schools continue to be a blessing in impacting the native children and we continue to be amazed at how God opens doors for these projects. We have seen miracle after miracle happen for these schools to continue to operate, and we know that God has great plans for these projects.
Our local young medical missionaries keep working with young people and recently hosted a youth camp. The time taken aside for God and fellowship was a great blessing, and as I looked at each young person, I can’t help but pray and long for each of them to know and experience Jesus in deeper ways.
I could just go on and on, but the continual ways God works for us is just overwhelming. I hope and pray that each of you continue to be blessed and have your strength renewed as you reflect on the wonderful ways in which God has blessed you.
In His Service,
As I mentioned in the last newsletter, I’ve now streamlined the donation process. All donations can be now be made to the one address given below. You can just specify on the memo line "Palawan Helicopter Partnership." This will go to my support and various PAMAS projects and needs that I help with. If you want to specifically support only general ministry expenses, you can specify "PAMAS." If you are from the Red Bluff, CA SDA church, you can just specify on the tithe envelope for Daniel's helicopter ministry and the treasurer will distribute it. You can also give on the Red Bluff SDA website For those of you already on a monthly donation basis to Global Mission Support, don't worry, your donations will still reach me. You can just switch over at your convenience. You may email me for more details.
Praise God that solar panels have been donated! We also have a skilled volunteer ready to come and install them! We still need about $5000 for a special inverter and battery bank to make them useful
Helicopter for Luzon and upcoming overhauls
The helicopter we've been looking at is now ready for sale. We now have another helicopter pilot (Carlos) who has joined us! Please pray for the $120,000 needed to purchase this much needed machine and around $150,000 to overhaul our current helicopter in about a year.
Praise God the Cessna 206 is up and flying as well as the newly donated 182. Please keep these in your prayers.
We still have much to do on the Mindanao project! Missionaries Andrew and Michelle continue to oversee this project.
We recently saw a miracle happen in regards to our schools. We praise God for partners in missions to help assist with our schools and getting DepEd approval.
Praise God and Thank You! The backhoe is here! It's already done months of work in a few days!
All I can say is Thank You, Thank You Thank You for all your prayers and help!
The projects and my work continues to move forward thanks to your partnership with God. Thank you for your patience as you’ve waited for news. May God richly bless you as you maintain a connection with Him and may He use you to further His wonderful work of saving souls.
Continued Prayer requests and needs
For God’s work to move forward despite the devils tactics.
Helicopters for Mindanao and Luzon
Overhauls and Maintenance Costs for airplanes and Helicopter ($150,000 for the overhaul of our current helicopter in about a year).
Lifestyle center and land. (One more payment needed to complete purchase of land).
Heavy equipment- Donated! Praise God.
Monthly Fuel and operations support (About $4000 a month for the airplane and helicopter at the Palawan airbase).
The Holy Spirit
Missionaries for Mapun Island and the secular/Muslim Island of Mangsee and for other areas requesting them
Expansion into Mindanao
Church Building projects (Main structure in Mainit completed, about $3000 needed for finishing).
Personal living expenses and vehicle operation and upkeep $600/month
I am truly grateful for those of you who continue to support me and this work with your prayers and financial support. We can’t do it without you, and are thankful you are allowing God to work through you. This isn’t just my work, this is your work. Each one of you that supports is a partner in the work. May we all be found faithful.