Frontier Footprints in the Sand
Hello from the troubled Philippines, where kidnaping for ransom is not
The Casey's are doing fine. Betty's health is improving after some heart
problems in May & Jun of this year.
Chris & Hannah are productively engaged in their school work here in Puerto
Princesa City, 200 Kms north of where Betty is ministering with our tribal
pastors and children street ministry in Brooke's Point.
We decided some time ago that we should try harder to secure a better
educational standard for Chris & Hannah, which we are doing now. The
problem is we live away from Betty, but see her a couple days each week.
Not idea, but workable. We are being driven by what a Missionary Mom said
to us in Aug 1999. She said they have never regretted sacrificing for
their children's education! This got burned into our hearts and we are
willing to follow her counsel even though it is hard at times.
Martin & Gracia Burnham, two American New Tribes Missionaries, are still
being held hostage since their 27 May 2001 abduction just 15 Kms north from
where I (Rick) am writing to you. The US Embassy in Manila said their
hands are tied politically and can do nothing to help free them! They are
in day 69 as hostages.
Betty will be attending with our Philippine Director of Frontier Mission
the International Frontier Mission Leadership Team (IFMLT) meeting this
month in Tel Aviv, Israel. Leaders in Youth With A Mission (YWAM) from all
over the world will be attending to discuss evangelism and church planting
among the unreached peoples of the world, primarily in & around the Indian
Ocean Gateway and inside the 10/40 Window!
1. The release of Martin & Gracia Burnham from their Muslim captors.
2. For Betty's health to continue to improve and for her F/U appointment with
her Cardiologist in the next week to go well.
3. Betty's trip to the YWAM IFMLT meeting 21-26 Aug 2001.
4. Our family, ministry work and our teenager's schooling.
5. The political, economic, and social bondage here in the Philippines to be
broken. The Philippines is the only Christian nation in this region, but
there are many internal problems within this country.
May God Continue To Bless and Protect You!
In Christ's Love,
Betty, Rick, Chris, & Hannah