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


True to their word, the village met the team of native church leaders with open arms. Respected elders and little children, young mothers and balding fathers all pushed eagerly into the hut, which the chief donated as the new church.

By: John Holbrook
August 01 2021, 9:35 am | Comments 0

Kid Missionary

I realized then that even a bored eleven-year-old kid can lead someone to Jesus!

By: John Holbrook
May 01 2021, 8:21 am | Comments 0

Modern-Day Miracles

God still performs miracles! Even in this age of electricity and machines, God still intervenes for the sake of His children.

By: John Holbrook
March 01 2021, 11:23 am | Comments 0

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

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