“Children are arrows in a quiver, and they are to be trained as missionaries and shot at the Devil.”

– Jim Elliot

The above photo shows Jennie with our newest child and only daughter, Maranatha.

What Is The Purpose Of An Arrow?

It is very rare to see a Dao man or even a Dao boy for that matter without his bow and arrows close by. He travels the jungle trails with a fist full of arrows. He sleeps at night with his bow and arrows within close reach. He works his garden or fetches cooking water with his bow and arrows by his side. Nearly everything in the course of a day is done with one fistful of a bow and arrows.

While he waits for his dinner of sweet potato or of meat from the day’s kill to roast on the fire, a Dao man is usually straightening bamboo shafts over the fire or weaving an intricate pattern of tight rattan string to hold an arrow tip in its bamboo shaft. He is constantly working on making or straightening new, intricately carved, highly efficient, razor sharp arrows. That is what a Dao man does if he is a good and responsible husband and father. It is one of the major roles that he plays in his clan and family. He is a watcher, a protector, a provider and he is a warrior.

Psalm 127 paints a picture of such a warrior when it says “Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their opponents in court.”

This photo shows a young Dao Boy with his fistful of a bow and arrows.

“Fathers Day” struck especially close to home for me this year. It might be because we have a new cooing, drooling, sweet little baby girl in the house. It could be because of the five other little boys running all around, saying cute things and constantly giggling and laughing as they go. It might just be because my wife Jennie and I are slowly getting older and now the signs of age such as crows feet on the corners of our eyes and thinning hair are finally starting to become a little more prevalent. Whatever the case, for me it has been a time of grateful contemplation as I thank the Lord for my wife and children and for the wonderful and weighty privilege of fatherhood.

I hope I get to see all six of my children grow to adulthood. It’s a pretty rare thing for a father to be able to see all of his children grow to adulthood in the Dao tribe. Deep in their territory things like the high infant death rate, malaria, dengue fever, lack of access to medical facilities and even the occasional revenge killing or tribal war that takes place makes for an unsure future for both fathers and their children. There are not many fathers or mothers that haven’t lost children and not many children that even have both of their parents still alive.

Sometimes I wonder if that must be one of the reasons that Dao fathers seem to do everything that they do together with their children. They spend all day nearly every day together as a family, perhaps they don’t know how long they will be around. They eat all their meals around the fire together with their children. The men usually go to the garden and work from sun up to sun down together with their wife and children. They often hike long journeys to other villages together with their families unless of course the destination is just too far for the children’s little legs to go, in which case they carry them.

This above photo shows the intimate weaving pattern that the Dao men carefully fashion in order to hold a razor sharp arrow to its bamboo shaft.
They gather firewood together. They fetch water together. Nearly all the tasks of a normal day are done together as a family. It’s something that I love to watch and wish things were more like in my own culture where most children are dropped off at a school or daycare early in the morning and picked up late in the evening and as a result hardly see their parents at all. In our society a child can go through his entire childhood and even leave the home without ever deeply getting to know his father.

Not so in the Dao tribe because there a good father treats his children much like the fistful of arrows that he carries along with him at his side at all times. He constantly and patiently straightens them through teaching. He guides them through the amount of time he puts into them. He carefully weaves and works each situation into a thread that will hold that child strong to his purpose in the future. Then finally, if the the Lord sees fit for the father to live long enough and the child lives long enough to grow up, he shoots that carefully straightened arrow out on its own.

The above photo shows our six children; Moses, Job, Lazarus, Boaz, Jedidiah & Maranatha.
So what is the purpose of an arrow? Why does a warrior spend so much time paying special attention to the straightening of that arrow and making sure that it will fly just right?

Isn’t it so that the arrow will hit with accuracy a target that is a distance away? A target that the warrior himself may not be able to hit otherwise? That is what I hope for my children. That perhaps when the time finally comes to shoot them out on their own, that God will use them to reach a place or a people group that my wife and I may never make it to ourselves. I pray that it will be so. We teach them the best that we can to look out to the lost nations and remember the final command of Jesus to “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature…” (Matthew 28:18-20)

We try to constantly turn our children’s attention to the 4300 remaining language groups that have not a single verse of the Bible translated into or available in their own language. May the Lord use them also to reach unreached tribes and may God give us all as parents the courage to shoot these precious arrows that we have been entrusted with even to the frontlines for the spread of the message of Jesus and for the glory of our awesome King.

Feel free to scroll down and check out our most recent prayer requests, the present project of the month, our website address & support info if you are looking for a way to get involved in this work. And a big thank you to those of you who are already playing a part!

Because He said “GO!”
– Scott, Jennie, Moses, Job, Lazarus, Boaz, Jedidiah & Maranatha Phillips
Luke 9:60 / 17:10

With your help and support, we have now purchased a sawmill for DAO Ministries!

What a wonderful and exciting thing it is to see God provide! We let you know about the need. We prayed together with many of you for God’s provision and then we waited to see what the Lord would do. Then this last month the final remaining funds came in for the purchase of the sawmill for Dao Ministries! As many of you already know the mill will be used to help with the building a missionary training center which will be used to train and send out missionaries worldwide. It will also be used in the future to help remote people groups with building schools and church buildings! We are so excited to see all that the Lord does through the purchase of this amazing machine! Thank you for your prayers, thank you for your sacrificial giving and thank you for playing a part in seeing the message of Jesus Christ spread to every last remote and isolated unreached people group!

The above photo shows Scott and our good friend Daniel, who was a part of the work team that came all the way from New York and South Carolina to help deliver and piece together the new mill.
Praises & Prayer Requests
Praise God together with us for His provision of a sawmill which will be used to fuel missions work in unreached areas around the world!

Praise God together with us that the DAO Ministries Off Grid Missionary Training Center is continuing to become a reality! Pray for God’s wisdom and provision of both resources and volunteers as we continue moving forward with the building of the center.

Pray together with us also for wisdom and strength as we continue to work to translate the remainder of the Old Testament as well into the Dao language. We are hoping to finish the first complete draft of the Pentateuch in the Dao language this year so that we can print and distribute it along with the completed Dao New Testament.

Please pray also for the Dao people as the literacy teachers and pastors we have trained continue to minister and now carry out new outreaches in other language dialects.

Please Pray for our family as we prepare to return to Indonesia once again later this year to continue with the checking of our Bible translation work. Pray that the doors will be open and visas and flights will be available for us to be able to get back into the country of Indonesia.

Please pray for our present project of the month, that the Lord will raise up people to pray for and contribute to that present need of providing 500 more solar audio Bibles to the Dao people later this year!

Pray for DAO Ministries partner organizations, (Hope From Above, Helimission, Alta Forma & Beyond The Reef) as we labor to see the last remaining unreached people groups reached with the gospel of Jesus Christ! We have added a new partner organization which is called Shepherd’s Staff Mission Facilitators. This organization and specifically Joel and Krista McCutcheon and their family are doing an incredible job in their mission’s endeavors through this organization and we are privileged to partner with them. Check out the link to learn more about their work : Shepherd’s Staff Mission Facilitators,

Upcoming Speaking Dates
We plan on spending a bit of time speaking at a number of churches before we Lordwilling head back to Indonesia once again later this year. When we are not in the jungles of Indonesia or some other part of the world we always take every opportunity we can to trumpet the cause of world missions and tell others about the remaining 4300 people groups that are still waiting for their first opportunity to have the Bible available in their own languages.

If you are interested in having us come and share at your church, school, conference or event please contact us at scottphillips@daoministries.org and let us know. Lord willing we will be spending time in Tennessee, Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Texas, and Oklahoma all this coming summer. If you are located in one of those areas and would like us also to share at your church then let us know and will do our best to accommodate your request and add you to our speaking schedule.

Project Of The Month
for July-December 2020:
500 More Solar Audio Bibles
For The Dao People

Many of you remember when we purchased, formatted and distributed many solar audio Bibles at the beginning of last year. From what we are being told by the Dao teachers and pastors we have trained, there are so many new villages hearing the gospel of Jesus Christ and being taught now that there aren’t enough solar audio Bibles to go around! For this reason there are multiple Dao people and pastors that are asking for more of these wonderful devices so later this year we hope to return to Indonesia with 500 more! We can provide for the purchase, transport and distribution of these Bibles to the remote villages for about twenty US Dollars per Bible. Please pray that the Lord will provide for this need over the next five months before we once again pack up as a family and head back to our beloved Dao people of Indonesia!

Perhaps you feel the Lord would have you help us to raise the financial backing for the need? Please contact us with the details if you know of someone that could help this need! You can also give towards this need through: PayPal.Me/DAOMINISTRIES or be sending a check to: DAO Ministries, PO Box 90, Sale Creek TN, 37373

Give online through PayPal using the following link: PayPal.Me/DAOMINISTRIES
Give online through DAOministries.org

If you are overseas, do a direct deposit from your bank. (If you would like to do this shoot us a quick email and we will send you our account and routing numbers)

Tax-deductible receipts are issued for every donation made. Desiring Advancement Overseas Inc. (Tax ID 47-5478471) is a registered 501(c)(3) religious charitable organization. All contributions made to Desiring Advancement Overseas Inc. are income-tax deductible.

You can also help us by sharing this email newsletter with others who might be interested in what God is doing here! And if you are new to our family and ministry, check out our book “Prophecies of Pale Skin” – The amazing story of what God Has done in our work in the Dao tribe! The first chapter is available for free at propheciesofpaleskin.org

This is our good friend Apiyaawoogi. He is getting ready to skin the day’s kill, a small cuscus marsupial, so that his family can have a little meat with their dinner.

We recently barely made it back into the good ole USA before flights started getting cancelled and blocked around the world. The Lord had blessed us with our sixth child on the way and so we were headed back to our homeland to give birth to the baby. We had just completed a time overseas checking some recently translated Old Testament Bible portions for accuracy. We have been working for over 15 years now to translate the entire Bible into the language of the remote Dao people group of Indonesia and Lord willing will continue to do so until the job is done. But within days of our return we received word from a close friend that the airports had been shut down that we had just passed through on our way back to the States.

My wife Jennie gave birth earlier than was expected and to a beautiful baby girl who we named Maranatha. Jennie is now on bedrest to recover from the birth and we are grateful for our first daughter (to add to our five sons). We feel fortunate to be in the USA right now. In fact, we just received word that the helicopter that flies us in and out of the jungle when we are in Indonesia isn’t even able to perform its usual operations and can only take limited emergency flights because of the coronavirus epidemic now sweeping through the island where the Dao people live.

The above photo shows three of our six children watching the sunset from our jungle house in Indonesia during a beautiful rainforest evening this past year.

Though we hope to return to Indonesia later this year, for now as we sit in this country and observe the reactions of our society to the coronavirus pandemic I can’t help but reflect on a simple question: “What if we as Christians in our home country lived with such a sense of urgency all the time?”

This virus has even been labeled by the President as the “invisible enemy” and it has been said that we are presently in a “war-time” fight against that enemy. People are stocking up for this war, tying up loose ends, forgoing spending hours upon hours watching and playing sports. Many of the things that were once prioritized in our lives are presently being set aside for the sake of the war at hand and people are trying to figure out how they can take care of their families and beat this enemy even if it means temporary separation from friends and relatives.

Oh, if we only saw our spiritual enemy the same way as this present coronavirus “enemy”. If we only treated the ongoing spiritual war that we have been charged by our Lord and true King to fight with the same sense of urgency! “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” – Ephesians 6:12

May the Lord use this time as a wake up call for both my family and for yours; a time of refocusing on the battle at hand to see the Gospel carried to every last nation and isolated people group on the face of this planet as commanded to us by our Captain and King Jesus. May we recapture that sense of urgency and wartime mindset of the forefathers of our faith and purpose to live with such a sense of urgency against our spiritual enemy permanently, even long after the wartime lifestyle brought on by coronavirus is finally over and gone. “Maranatha!” Come Lord Jesus! (1 Corinthians 16:22)

Praises & Prayer Requests
Praise God together with us for the safe delivery of our 6th child! Please pray for a full recovery from the birth for Jennie as she has some health risks and is still on bedrest.

Please pray also for the Dao people as the literacy teachers and pastors we have trained continue to minister and now carry out new outreaches in other language dialects. We were just talking with some of our Dao pastors about a week ago and they are presently wrapping up a new outreach in a neighboring dialect. They told us that there are a number of new believers now in that village because of the outreach that are enjoying their new found faith in Jesus Christ! Praise God!

Pray together with us also for wisdom and strength as we continue to work to translate the remainder of the Old Testament into the Dao language. Seeing as how we have already completed the translation of the New Testament into the Dao language, this year our goal is to complete the translation of the first five books of the Old Testament so that we can print those books as a single volume and give those also to the Dao people.

Pray for our present project of the month and for the remainder of that need to be met. Next month is our deadline for raising those funds and only a little more needs to come in for that project.

Pray for the continued smooth development of the DAO Ministries Missionary Training Center and that the Lord would provide the volunteers and resources needed for the continued progress of this center.

Pray for DAO Ministries partner organizations, (Hope From Above, Helimission, Alta Forma & Beyond The Reef) as we labor to see the last remaining unreached people groups reached with the gospel of Jesus Christ! We have added a new partner organization this month which is called Shepherd’s Staff Mission Facilitators. This organization and specifically Joel and Krista McCutcheon and their family are doing an incredible job in their mission’s endeavors through this organization and we are privileged to partner with them. Check out the link to learn more about their work : Shepherd’s Staff Mission Facilitators,

Upcoming Speaking Dates

We plan on spending a bit of time speaking at a number of churches before we Lordwilling head back to Indonesia once again later this year. When we are not in the jungles of Indonesia or some other part of the world we always take every opportunity we can to trumpet the cause of world missions and tell others about the remaining 4300 people groups that are still waiting for their first opportunity to have the Bible available in their own languages.

If the Covid-19 epidemic settles down before the below dates, here are some places we will be speaking in the near future. Come and join us at one of our upcoming events and hear firsthand about the unique things God is doing through DAO Ministries and how you can play a part! (“Prophecies of Pale Skin” and our other books are available at most speaking events)

May 24th, 2020 – Cool Springs Baptist Church, Chatsworth, GA
June 7th, 2020 – Untethered Church, Lafayette GA
June 21st, 2020 – New Heights Baptist Church ,Ringgold GA
August 9th, 2020 – Day3Church, Farmington, NM
August 9th, 2020 – Fruitland Baptist Church, Farmington, NM

If you are interested in having us come and share at your church, school, conference or event please contact us at scottphillips@daoministries.org and let us know. Lord willing we will be spending time in Tennessee, Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Texas, and Oklahoma all this coming summer. If you are located in one of those areas and would like us also to share at your church then let us know and will do our best to accommodate your request and add you to our speaking schedule.

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