Monday, August 27, 2012

Malabanoot Feeding Site

I have the privilege of serving at the Malabanoot feeding site on Friday afternoons. At this particular site we have seen up to 70 children at a time! What a joy it is to love, teach and play with them :)
Teaching the children memory verses
I wish I could tell you all of their names- but there are so many children and I go to many different feeding sites. I do try my best, but it is nearly impossible to learn (and then remember) all of their names! I always think to myself "Lord, thank you that you know each one by name!" :)

I will end with a verse that has really ministered to me.

I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And he shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord! Psalm 27: 13-14

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Movie night!!!!!!!!!

I think Kyle took the prize for being the most excited hehe :)
My Roomies Carla and Elizabeth and some of the kiddos

Friday night we invited all of our neighbor kids over for a movie and popcorn.. We had seventeen VERY excited boys and girls crowded into our living room...And several VERY excited adults ;) (Carla, Elizabeth and I were pumped about it too) :)
It was such a fun evening! It was an awesome way to reach out to the kids! We all enjoyed it so much I think we might make it more of a regular activity :)

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Introducing my students to You :)

Never a dull moment when this little guy is around...John Rex is my happy hyper 5 year old :) He has enough energy to make me jealous (And I have ALOT of energy haha) He LOVES to sing...He easily drowns out the other sixteen children when it comes time to sing :) Usually he has his eyes tightly shut and his head thrown back as he belts out 'Jesus loves me', 'This is the day' etc.

Tell me this little face doesn't have mischievous written all over it :)
Divine is 4 and so incredibly cute that when she is naughty I have such a hard time punishing her :) Her Father (Bong) is the Chief Engineer for building the school and her Mother (Jing) is a second grade teacher at the school.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Preaching to the Choir

The other day I was thinking about how many "bends" there are in my life that I would love to see around the corner of....just to know "how it's going to turn out." I admit it, I'm human. ;) I'm sure at one point or other in our lives we have all been at this same point.
I snapped this picture the other day while I was walking home from school. What I love the best about it is the brilliant light coming from "around the bend." It is so easy for me to get caught up in thinking that I have the best plan for my life and that I know what is best for me. I think God probably sits up there and chuckles at me. Because the truth is only God knows what is best for us. Only HE knows exactly what we need. Only HE knows the true desires of our hearts. Only HE loves us enough to say no to us and to sometimes allow us to walk in darkness in order to produce faith and hope in our lives. That was the conclusion I came to- If I always knew what was coming next in my life I would have no need for faith. God is teaching me about patience, and waiting for HIS timing, and also teaching me that HIS ways are the best ways. Even when it seems nothing is going the way YOU had planned, always remember that God sees the bigger picture, and through everything He has your best interest at heart!!! Isn't that incredible to think about! God only wants us to have what He knows is best for us!
Since moving to the Philippines I have learned alot about releasing things--dreams I've had, desires I've had. God is showing me that when I release all of the dreams that I have had to Him, and truly abandon my heart and soul to the one who loves me dearest, He begins to place HIS desires and dreams that HE has for me into my heart. What an awesome God. I am humbled and amazed that the God of the universe cares so deeply for me.
Whatever your "bend in the road" might be, whatever it is you might be struggling or feeling frustrated about because you don't seem to be hearing or seeing an answer for it--rest. Rest in Christ. Rest in the assurance that He is working something in your life that is bigger than what is right in front you. Rest in the knowledge that His love for you is deeper than anyone else's. Rest in the peace that He knows best.

Monday, August 6, 2012


As we give God praise for His good work and the family
of God from around the world, a recent medical team came to minister
to hundreds of people on Boracay and to the Ati tribal people on Panay.
God contiues to pour out His blessings as He provides
a huge ministry task on Boracay and Panay. We are always so blessed
with those who have encouraged us and the ministry
here with prayers and gifts. A grateful melody rings from our lips each
day, because of the family of God around the world who care.

- Dan & Tori Beaver


Because of the poverty here, many people can not afford healthcare.
Many sicknesses go untreated; some even die from lack of medical care.
In fact, a cousin to a little boy in our school died just last week
from a sickness because family was not able to take him to Manila for treatment.
The hospital and clinics on this island are very simple. Major medical
problems are sent to a nearby island or Manila, a one hour plane ride away.
If you do have a loved one in the hospital here, there is no
nursing care….you are their nurse, the provider of their food, and care taker while
there. This is difficult for single mothers with other children at home.
So many medical issues go untreated.
But we serve an awesome God.
He knows exactly what we have need of before we even pray for it.

Recently, we were blessed to have a Nigerian-American team of Doctors
and nurses come here to do a free medical clinic for the people.
They did physicals and eye exams, then handed out free medicine,
vitamins and eye glasses. The people were so grateful!
About 200 people showed up at the clinic in the northern part of Boracay
and another 100 at the clinic we held for the Ati village on the nearby island.

The Ati are the native tribal people who live in the mountains, mostly
secluded from the other Filipinos. Many elders were coming out to receive the
medical care they have not had for years. High blood pressure and ulcers were some
major problems. We discovered one woman with a cyst or tumor in her breast that
could be cancerous. The poor lady had waited so long to get it checked,
we pray it’s not to late. She’s a single mother of five, with one child being deaf.
Her fear is dying without anyone to care for her children, so she never got it checked.
Prayerfully we can get her the medical treatment she needs.

So much physical sickness, but also emotional and spiritual sickness.
Praise God, besides the medical treatment, we prayed with every individual
person who came through the clinic.
God was really moving in the hearts of the people!
Hallelujah! The Holy Spirit touched so many; healing from the inside out!

Lord, continue to move in the hearts of the people from the clinics.
Wash them from the inside out with your blood, grace, and mercy.
Let them bathe in your presence
and soak in your healing, in Jesus name. Amen.

*Article written by Julie Immer. We thank God for Julie's love and
encouragement for the Filipino and Ati people.
If you would like to help with some of the continued medical needs
of the Filipinos we are reaching, your gifts would be
very much a blessing to these people. You can mark your gifts for the
medical needs of the Boracay and Panay ministry.

Send gifts to -
First Love International - Boracay Ministry
PO Box 15836
Loves Park, IL 61132 USA
(815) 229-3065

Dan & Tori Beaver

Missionaries to Boracay & Panay Islands
First Love International

I just wanted to share Dan and Tori's latest newsletter with all of you :)