When I give money, is it going to ACTION or to you?

If you click “donate now” on my ACTION site (see “Donate”) that money goes directly to me.  All gifts to ACTION are used as designated.  A small percentage of my financial support (sent online or via snail mail) goes to ACTION because they assist me with different services, paperwork and general support while I’m on the field.

Does ACTION pay you?

No.  The only funds I receive are from individuals, churches or groups that choose to financially support me and the work I do.  Everyone with ACTION raises their own individual finances to support them while they do their work internationally or domestically with ACTION.

Why don’t you get a job?  Why do you need other people to give you money?

I’ll be working primarily in impoverished communities.  I will not be charging for any of the ministry I do with the Filipino people.  My goal is simply to spend myself serving Filipino’s physical and spiritual needs.  Not everyone can or should do what I am doing.  This is the passion of my life, I’ve had a lot of experience with this type of work and now I’m taking it to a deeper level.  We each have different passions and callings and that’s a beautiful thing.  Many people want to reach out to the poor, but its difficult to know where to give your money where it will be most effective unless you live in those communities.  For those that partner with me (financially, prayerfully or otherwise), I am partially representing you on the field.

When are you leaving?

My jobs have ended and I am rearing and ready to go.  As soon as the funds are raised, I’m getting on the airplane to leave.  My hope is that this will be in a few months.

Where will you live?

I’ll be in my own apartment most likely.  Once my travel details are more firm, ACTION will assist in finding a good place for me to live.  There are other ACTION missionaries in the same city and I’ll be working with other people, but it’s not any kind of a community living situation.  I will be living on my own, among Filipinos.

Is it safe?

It’s not a war zone, but it’s no Sesame Street.  I do need to be wise about where I go, especially at night.  It’s similar to a rough area in a large US city.  In general, Americans are well received and loved in the Philippines (at least in the area I will be starting off in).

What is the Philippines like?

This is a question I get a lot.  Best short answer:  It’s like walking into a fantastically strange musical.  Karaoke is on every street corner and the majority of the population is naturally inclined to sing.  The people are hard-working, strongly dedicated to family, very resourceful and the most vivacious celebrators of Christmas that I’ve ever seen.  Amid all the charms of the country and lovely people, life in the Philippines is very difficult for many.  It’s not uncommon for large families to live in one-room houses built of metal sheets, wood scraps and tarps.  I’m very much looking forward to sharing stories with you of what life is like in the Philippines after I arrive.

What will you be doing?

I will definitely be attending language school for the first year so I can learn Tagalog, the national language.  Its very important for me to learn the language because I want to be able to speak heart to heart with the people.  Outside of class, I’ll be networking with Filipinos and getting involved in a local church and established ministries.  It’s difficult to lay out specific plans until I arrive.  Once I have housing, things are anticipated to move quickly.  I’ve been studying sustainable living, hydroponics and aquaponics, and Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL).  I will be focusing on the poor communities and no matter what I do I will be calling people to come to Jesus.  In summary, I will be doing evangelism and discipleship with the Filipinos in whatever creative fashion works best.


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