John Holbrook

Career Missionary since 2011.

John and Rodelyn Holbrook grew up playing together in the mountains of the Philippines where John’s family served as AFM missionaries. Both John and Rodelyn heard God’s call to missions while still in elementary school, and both pursued educations to prepare them for this calling. After John’s graduation in the States, he returned to the Philippines to start a new AFM project among the Tawbuid. His friendship with Rodelyn was rekindled, and they eventually married.

John and Rodelyn, along with their daughter Ellen Joy, continue to plant churches among the Tawbuid on the Philippine island of Mindoro. God’s ministry through them and the native church leaders has grown to include four tribes and numerous churches. Currently, their primary focus is training and equipping native leaders and missionaries in church leadership, evangelism, healthcare, agriculture and earning a livelihood. They are also working to help native students receive higher education in order to return and help their tribes in development and evangelism.

Frontier Stories

The Seed of a Church

Church planting takes time. In places where Satan has had a strong hold on people for generations, it often takes years before a mature church is planted and begins to plant daughter churches.

By: John Holbrook
February 01 2021, 1:33 pm | Comments 0

Of Storms and Storks

As so often happens in the mission field, when Rema and I were willing to do what we could, God took the little we knew and used it to save two precious lives, both in this world and for eternity.

By: John Holbrook
January 01 2021, 10:15 am | Comments 0

Tawbuid Project Milestone

Our work has grown beyond the just the Tawbuid tribe. It has entered four unreached people groups on the island of Mindoro, and now it is beginning to grow to encompass the entire Philippines.

By: John Holbrook
November 01 2020, 11:05 am | Comments 0

Mysterious Ways

How can I help these people? When will they believe that God is more powerful than the demons that pretend to be spirits? Oh, God! Help me be a missionary to these people! Use me to bring Your peace and life to those enslaved to terror!

By: John Holbrook
July 01 2020, 9:32 am | Comments 0

Catching Up

For the next two hours, Bistasio systematically asked about each student missionary who had ever come to work with their tribe. They hadn’t forgotten even one of them.

By: John Holbrook
February 25 2020, 1:22 pm | Comments 0

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