In 2017, the Lord prepared our hearts for a change of ministry and a change of location from Mindanao to Northern Palawan in the Philippines.
Since February 2018, we have been living and ministering with the Agutaynen people in a somewhat remote small fishing village. We serve with our family, Stephen and Ginger Jordan and their children Abi, Luke, and Jonathan.
Stephen and Ginger’s family have been in the village since 2003. The first few years, they studied the Agutaynen language and culture. In June 2009, they, along with Manfred and Nadine Zimmermann’s family began teaching the Bible to the Agutaynens in their own language.
Many have put their faith in Jesus alone for their salvation. Now the ministry continues to center on church planting, discipleship, and evangelistic outreach in the village to neighbors for the Glory of God.
Missionary Journey of Faith from 1997-2017
After living in the jungle of Papua New Guinea from 1997 to 2008, we were asked to consider moving to the Philippines where we became NTM Guest House managers in Palawan because of our “maturity” and “practical experiences of living in a remote tribal village”. It was thought by the NTM Leadership that we would be able to relate to the needs of the missionaries since we had “been there” in their similar situations.
Shows the airstrip plus our house, school and medical clinic. Villagers dug the airstrip on the side of the mountain by hand for 7 years so NTM could transport their coffee to Goroka. Their only cash income of approximately $100 profit per year per family.
Then, we moved from the jungle of Papua New Guinea to the city of Palawan to serve at NTM Guest Home in January 2008. We were Supply Buyers for the missionaries and Guest Home Managers. Darryl was in charge of the grounds, buildings, and vehicle maintenance. We were, also, involved as with Jacana Road Baptist Church.
Jacana Rd Baptist Church Dedication Sunday, April 12, 2015 for renovation.
In November 2015, we became Guest House Managers of the New Tribes Mission Guest Home on the Island of Mindanao. It has been a blessing to serve the 18 families on the Island who either live in the remote bush places by providing the missionaries with a comfortable place to stay when they come to town. It has, also, been a blessing to work side by side with our pilots and their families who do live in town by helping with the plane fuel purchases and providing a place for prayer meetings and fellowship with the missionaries who do stay at the NTM Guest House enabling us all to get to know our missionaries better.
Entering the City
Entering NTM Mindanao Guest Home Property
Darryl & Becky in front of the NTM Mindanao Main Building
Darryl spends most of his days with building and grounds’ maintenance chores. He supervises Delfin, our grounds maintenance Filipino worker. With 5 buildings that 7 guest rooms with bathrooms, 2 kitchens, a large living/dining area, a workshop, a storage building, a packing building for missionary’s and pilots’ use, a laundry building and a large lawn area, Darryl is kept busy shopping for repair items in a town that has limited supply hardware items. He, also, maintains the 2 vehicles that the missionaries “rent” by mileage when they come to the Guest House.
Delfin repairs basketball hoop board.
Becky works in the office preparing menus for the 3 meals daily offered to our guests, keeping the daily journals up-to-date, scheduling the bookings, shopping, cooking, and cleaning with our Filipino maid/chef, Marlou, and overseeing the Community Fellowship meetings with those living in town.
Josh and David have their special place where they like to hang out enjoying the meal.
Buying Veggies with Marlou. Wow, what a find! Celery is a rarity!
Marlou & Becky prepare pizza for Community Dinner… a real favorite! Fresh Basil from Becky’s herb garden goes on the Margarita Pizza.
David Johanson & Josh, Jr, Dalton choose their favorite pizzas. Brian Pruett helps his son, Cole.
Brian and Bailey Pruett and Josh and Candy Dalton are NTM Aviation pilots who live in the same city. We work closely with them when they have flights into the bush places. We collect the missionary’s mail and packages and help them with getting all the right supplies on the plane or helicopter.
Josh & Candy Dalton
Josh, Jr. Dalton: We call him “Little Josh” but not for long!
“My name is Joshua & I am 11 years old. I just started 6th grade. I am learning to play the drums. I just learned how to play “How Great is Our God” on my drum set. I like Star Wars, basketball, Legos, & building obstacle courses.”
Christiana “Anna” Dalton
“My name is Christiana, but everyone calls me Anna or Sweet Pea. I am almost 10. I just started 5th grade. I love to read books and carve things out of wood. I also like knitting, crafts, & baking. I like having lots of friends and playing with them. I am taking voice lessons because I love to sing.”
Brian & Bailey Pruett
Maycie, Dylan & Cole Pruett enjoy NTM Guest Home Playground. And we enjoy them immensely!
They make us feel young and they say, “we love you!”
Some of our special guest leave us… Albert, Lynne & Stevie Castelijn go into their tribe in the new helicopter. Brian Pruett makes final preparations for the flight Jason Birkin watches. Brian landed at the cemetery near the Guest House to pick them up. They will soon be back to the Guest House to purchase 3 months of supplies! We look forward to their visit so we can spoil them with hot showers and fix their favorite meals!