Dear Praying Friends,

The Ati people are a minority tribe living in poverty and isolation on the island of Panay in the Philippines. They have dark skin and curly hair, and they are similar to the Aborigines living in Australia. Rejected by the majority of the population, four Ati clans live on a mountain side with no school, poor nutrition and health care, and little knowledge of Jesus Christ. We were shocked when we found these Ati, who lived so geographically close to us, but were completely isolated from the larger of society. Along with our Filipino co-workers we began to visit three times a week; to feed the Ati mothers and children with nutritious food, establish a relationship with them by telling them about Christ and the hope of Salvation. From these visits a strong desire grew in our hearts to communicate the message of Jesus Christ to the Ati people not only in words but in action, so the Ati would have hope and a better way of life. Now, we have already purchased land where the Ati live. We will soon start constructing the first school building for the Ati children, a powerful symbol of God’s love and hope for their future.

We ask you to pray for the work amidst these people. We are also asking for anyone with willing hearts and hands to come and help with a short term mission team to help with the construction of the school and orphanage or come to help with outreach to the Ati children. If you can not come, could you help by purchasing construction materials? Please write to us at this email address if you would like to know more about how you can help.
Dan and Tori Beaver
Missionaries to Boracay Island and to the Ati of Panay –
First Love International Ministries,

PO Box 15836, Loves Park, IL 61132, USA
Our desire is to activate our love through a ministry of evangelization coupled with hands-on compassion. Remembering Christ’s words, ‘. . . whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ Matthew 25:40

3 Responses to The Negrito Ati Tribe of the Philippines

  1. michael a. dennis says:

    I am interested in being a servant to the Lord. I have no financial means but I have the ability to come and work. I would like to find out more. I am a member of Grace Community Church in Fremont, Ohio. I have been thinking of this subject of mission work for years.

  2. renee Grandstaff says:

    We just heard a Pastor from the island whose Unlce was the first Ati saved in the tribe. My heart was gripped and I want to help. Please tell me how.

    A Christian sister,


  3. Kayla says:

    I am a missions minor in school to become a missionary. I am doing a project on the Ati people group. Is there any way I could get in touch with you and your ministry?

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