Ministry to the people of the Philippines

First Love International in the Philippines

First Love is focused on several ministries in the Philippines including children’s homes, education, feeding programs, medical care, prison ministry, church planting, sport evangelism, and livelihood projects.

First Love Children’s Homes  

Arthur Center is a home for abandoned babies. Infants are often abandoned by single mothers or drug addicts. The Philippines version of DCFS brings the babies to First Love where we are working with approved organizations to have them adopted into safe, loving homes.  

Butterfly Project

The Butterfly Project is a safe house for girls who have been rescued from sexual abuse and sex trafficking. 


Give to the Butterfly Project 

Church Planting  

First Love has started churches in several places including the Aquinan village, Tanza resettlement area, and Tacloban. 


Currently we are operating 4 schools in the Philippines: Aquinan Christian Training School, ATS Pastors Training School, MASA Ati, and Jubilee Christian Academy.  

Bible Translation   

First Love has a team which is completing a new formal translation of the Bible into the Waray language.  There are 3 million speakers of the Waray language and only around 3% attend an Evangelical church.  The first translation of the Bible into Waray was done 90 years ago, in 1930. Then a paraphrase translation of the Bible into Waray was done 40 years ago, in 1980.  However, with many changes to the vocabulary of the young people these earlier translations of the Bible sound very old fashion to young Warays.  In 2014, this team of translators began working on a new translation of the Bible into the Waray language under the supervision of Kermit Titrud, a senior consultant with Wycliff Bible Translators.

Learn More about the Waray Bible Translation Project


First Love missionaries also serve as teachers, administration, and professors at Christian Schools and Seminaries throughout the Philippines including:

  • Asia Graduate School of Theology
  • Bethel International School
  • Brent International School
  • Faith Academy
  • International School of Manila
  • International Graduate School of Leadership
  • Project Pagasa

Livelihood Projects

Threads of Hope is a livelihood project on the island of Mindoro empowers individuals to create home based enterprises. In addition to creating a source of income for the impoverished people of the area, Threads of Hope has built a church, high school, and a Birthing Center or the community.

Learn more about Threads of Hope

Prison Ministry

A Metro-Manila prison outreach organization called Ina-Inakay focuses on female inmates and their families, helping the children through financial allowances for schooling and assisting the women through livelihood micro-financing, craft production, and spiritual direction.

Sports Evangelism

MASA Ati School organizes sports camps to evangelize children using soccer, volleyball, and basketball. They also coordinate with teams from organizations like Athletes in Action for Sports Evangelism tours.

Shores of Hope

Shores of Hope is a project on Panay and Boracay, dedicated to quality Christian education. The ATS Pastors’ Training provides seminary level courses to local leaders. The MASA Ati Tribal School is K-10, and exclusively for indigenous tribal children. Finally, Jubilee Academy serves an impoverished K-7 population on Boracay Island.

Learn more about Shores of Hope

Tanza Resettlement Ministry

Tanza is community near Manila where the government moved people from squatter settlements that had developed in the city. First Love purchased land in Tanza that is now home to First Love Community Church and a Ministry Center that provides a feeding program for school children, food distribution for Senior Citizens, a Pre-natal Clinic, and a Pediatric Clinic.

Our Stories

Rusya’s Story

    Rusya was found sifting through a garbage dump looking for potato peels to cook when she was five years old, and was taken to a local rescue shelter for orphans.  While staying in the government run center Rusya started coming to a weekly Bible club at...

Lena’s Story

    I was taken from my home when I was four. A neighbor had called social services because they heard my brother and me crying and hitting the front door.  Our parents had locked us in the house and left us for three days; we were scared and hungry. First I...

Jerry’s Story

    J erry described his life as dark and empty, and that was before Typhoon Haiyan slammed into Tacloban washing away everything he owned.  First Love had sent food, clothing, water, and other supplies to Tacloban to meet the immediate needs.  Work teams...

Jana’s Story

    J ana grew up in the Czech Republic as an atheist. Her loving family supported and encouraged her passion for the arts and music, but deep down she felt emptiness in her life. Jana poured her life into her education, art, and relationships hoping to fill...

Disaster Relief

    First Love brings much needed disaster relief. THAILAND An earthquake in the Indian Ocean triggered a tsunami that killed over 5,300 people in Thailand in 2004.  First Love identified a small village where every home had been destroyed.  Teams were sent...

Mary’s Story

Mary's father left 9 year old “Mary” to watch her little sister while he went to work to provide for the family.  Shortly after her father left home that morning, 3 men attacked “Mary.”  She was dragged into a nearby field to be beaten and brutally raped.  Her father...

Marina’s Story

y name is Marina, and I came to live with Anya and Bogdon in Safe Haven a year ago. My family is … well, broken.  My parents divorced when I was little.  I barely know my dad, because he is pretty much not interested in me.  He did come to see us a...

Biggest Current Needs

First Love is currently recruiting teachers and administrative staff for several schools throughout the Philippines.

The People

  • Roman Catholic 81% 81%
  • Christian 11% 11%
  • Muslim 5% 5%
  • Buddhist 2% 2%
  • Tribal 1% 1%

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First Love International

We are a non-denominational mission agency founded for the purpose of bringing love and hope to un-reached people residing in impoverished regions of the world.



At First Love we seek to “flesh out” the passion of Christ before a lost and dying world. In our ministries we have deliberately chosen to major on those whom the world might consider to be the minors.  And in that regard... our priority is to invest our greatest resources and energies on the least, because we recognize that whenever we reach out to the least of these, we do it for Jesus.


I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers or sisters of mine, you did for me...Jesus.

Matthew 25:40

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