The Palmer Family

About the Palmers

In 2015, Chris & Melda were led by the Lord to sell their belongings in the US and move to the Philippines, which they did in January of 2016. Their original purpose of moving to the Philippines was to adopt their now nine year old daughter, but Chris knew from the beginning, that ministry would become a big part of their time in the Philippines.

In stage one of their time, at the instruction of the Lord, Chris was led to start a water purification business. It remained in operation for about two and a half years and was never very profitable, but it served to lay a critical foundation to Chris and Melda’s future ministries. For a four month period in early 2018, Chris was unable to find a delivery boy for the water business, and God led him to become the delivery boy, one of the lowest of low jobs in the Philippines. God led Chris do this because it allowed him to meet and build a positive reputation with all of his neighbors and many others around the city of Navotas. At the end of 2018, God released Chris and Melda from the water business and allowed for the creation of Greater Things Ministries (GTM) so that they could transition into full time ministry.

Chris Palmer currently oversees Greater Things Ministries and all its ministries in Navotas, MMLA, Philippines. Together with Melda, Chris hosts Happy Kids – Navotas, Sipac. Chris assists with many of the GTM projects, such as the Fishers of Men outreach.  He also provides mentoring and counseling when needed. Chris serves weekly in his local partner Church, JIL Navotas as the audio-man, and occasionally speaks during the church’s midweek service.

Chris’s commitment to diligently seek wisdom through the Holy Spirit and only follow the direction of the Lord has lead everything that GTM does in Navotas to be successful in God’s time. What Chris lacks in his ability to speak fluently, he makes up for in the time he spends providing counseling, mentoring, training, and intercession at critical times either through his limited language skill or through the help of Melda or Kelly.

Melda Palmer was born and raised only one kilometer from where she and Chris currently reside in the Philippines. Melda’s outgoing personality and passion for helping others has helped to build deep connections in the local community. Melda leads the service for Happy Kids – Sipac, Navotas, the children’s ministry at our local partner church, JIL Navotas, and also serves on the worship team when time allows. Additionally, she serves on the church’s prayer team which meets Tuesday and Friday mornings and assists Jechelin in counseling and mentoring the members of the Young Woman’s ministry.

Chris and Melda are members of Celebration Foursquare Church, Renton, Washington, where they attended and faithfully served for seven years. Chris served on the sound team and prayer team, while Melda sang in the choir and served in the nursery. Chris and Melda also served together on the children’s outreach team. Both Chris and Melda are passionate about sharing the good news of Jesus and strive to constantly grow in their faith.

Mission Statement:

To transform the community of Sipac-Almacen, Navotas City, in Metro Manila, Philippines by shining the light of Jesus and sharing the Gospel with the children of our neighborhood, who, through their new found faith, and contagious enthusiasm, will become evangelists in their own home, spreading salvation to their families and bring them into the church, where we can help them grow into mature members of the body of Christ.

Vision Statement:

To see our community completely transformed spiritually and economically, filled with the Holy Spirit, united as one voice, worshiping God, and inspired to spread this transformation to our neighboring communities and beyond. 

About Navotas City and the Philippines

Chris and Melda Palmer are currently residing in Navotas City, which is part of the economically disadvantaged Northwestern corner of the National Capital Region of the Philippines.  Navotas is about an hour to an hour and a half (minimum commute time) to the nearest commercial centers, so most people there find it too far to commute, and the city is left with primarily with low income residents.  Despite this, people there are generally happier than you would expect, as they still find ways to enjoy life without a lot of money. The city is known for its fish port, the largest in the nation, and a significant portion of the local economy is based off seafood products.  Locally made products include fish sauce, shrimp paste, and canned sardines. People in Navotas eat a lot fish at home, but favorites when eating out are actually fried chicken and spaghetti. Filipino people are very social and love to get together and hang out, even if they don’t have anything to do.  If they can’t be together, they will spend hours on Facebook, keeping in touch with all their friends throughout the day. For fun, people love to sing karaoke, dance is becoming very popular among the younger generations, and basketball is so ubiquitous, that there really isn’t any other sport people care about.