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Hope Created Philippines
Dan & Marlene Bray
What we do:
Education, Leadership Development, Disaster Relief, Evangelism
Who we are:
Hope Created is a ministry in Davao Philippines, led by Dan and Marlene Bray. The Brays share a passion to care for God’s people through relational ministry and teaching tangible skills. After a number of scouting trips and falling in love with the land, the people, and what God is doing in the Philippines, the Brays moved from the United States in 2011.
The Brays have extensive training in Search and Rescue. They partner with organizations such as Philippines Red Cross and Samaritans Purse to aid the people most affected by the plethora of natural disasters that regularly oppress the region. They have adopted Baganga, a city that was destroyed a year and a half ago by Typhoon Pablo. There they focus on reconstruction and promoting Faith Tabernacle Church with outreach events, as well as reaching out to the local Muslim people groups.
Marlene works with around 100 kids a week in the slums of Agdao. Agdao is also known as “Barpa”, which translates to “Barrio of Death” due to its reputation of being a rough neighborhood. There, she teaches bible classes twice a week and builds personal relationships with the kids and their families in the area though home visits. Partnering with Oasis Ministries, she reaches kids who are in high risk of being absorbed by the poverty that surrounds them.
The Brays developed a program to teach industrial sewing. They train adults young and old to design and sew Search and Rescue backpacks. This gives them the opportunity to partner with those who want to develop their vision and launch their own company.
Dan teaches woodshop at Faith Academy High School, working with the missionary kids to develop a new skill set and help those in need. Dan also is active in the outdoor programs for both the middle and high school planning and working in the field with the youth. Outside of the school, Dan works with a skim boarding ministry helping to teach the youth of Agdao how to build skimboards.
Through their obedience, the Brays are an example of people who are making a huge difference in the world, touching lives and introducing others to the love of Jesus.
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Making Tents, Part Two
by bewarethecomfortzone on November 13, 2016 at 4:01 am
My vision of becoming a tent maker missionary started in 2005, after a trip to Sri Lanka with Habitat for Humanity. At one point we passed a sewing factory with a line of people outside. After the tsunami brought devastation to the small island nation, people were on the hunt for jobs. Until this point, … Continue reading Making Tents, Part Two […]
“So…Do You Make Tents?!”
by bewarethecomfortzone on October 31, 2016 at 4:36 am
Dan Bray looks at the good, bad, and ugly sides of being a tent maker missionary in this multiple part series. I have been asked many times to write about my experience with tent maker ministry. Every time I start to think of what I have learned, it quickly becomes overwhelming and is pushed to the … Continue reading “So…Do You Make Tents?!&rdquo […]
Love in a Bowl of Popcorn
by bewarethecomfortzone on January 10, 2015 at 1:15 pm
Originally posted on Beware the Comfort Zone!: Ahh…first day back after a break from our Saturday kid’s ministry. It felt a bit like the first day of school, everyone a bit excited, wiggly, and not quite settled in. Lots of hugs, lots of chattering, and lots of not listening to anything we had to say. […]