A Maturing Church

Last weekend we had the opportunity to go into a tribal location as a family with some of our friends.

After a 3 hour road trip we arrived at the village that was next beside the road.

The church in this location has been established about 20 years ago and is now a community of about 200 believers. In their tribe as a whole they have 10 churches in other locations.

We sat down with the believers and talked for hours with them picking their brain and learning from their experience as Christians in PNG. They come out of the same background as the people that we want to reach with the Gospel one day!

Their own language is spoken a lot but they all understand and most of if not all speak Tok Pisin. Because of some people that married into their community but came from other language groups they just started a presentation of the Gospel in Tok Pisin and we had the opportunity to attend!

They are teaching 5-6 mornings a week and it will take them 2 1/2 months until they reach the Gospel going from Creation to Christ.

It was so refreshing to talk with some of the believers there and gave us an encouraging picture of what the final picture might look like of what we’re aiming for!

We’re looking forward to visits in other locations too!

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On the move

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We made it back to Germany! After a long time of traveling and seeing many people we finally arrived in Germany! We are so thankful for how God helped us during the travel. We are super excited to see family and friends here again! We are feeling overwhelmed when we think about the year that is ahead of us here in Germany but we know that God is here. Please be in prayer for us as we prepare everything to move to PNG in summer 2016.

The Unbelievable Need

Last weekend we had representatives come from all the continents of the world that New Tribes Mission works in.

The goal was to present the different missionary fields to us as missionary candidates.

We are once again blown away by the need that is out there – the incredible need and hunger for the Gospel to come and change people’s lives. So many people groups are asking for missionaries. We heard from one of the missionaries in Brazil that a tribal man asked him for missionaries for his village. The missionary promised to give his request to the local NTM leadership. Every time he met this man he went up to him with the same request. Time and time again.

This has been a recurring theme for these two days. To hear this over and over again really impacted us and we  can not wait to finally hit the mission field!

Not only is there a huge need for tribal church planters, there is also the need for support personnel on all those different fields! Without people doing all the “background” jobs, a church planter can hardly be in the tribe pouring everything he has into the tribal ministry. Lots and lots of people are needed in support roles, anything from accountants, to teachers, plumbers and pilots and many more. I attach a list so that you can see where the needs are.

Despite seeing all the need it was incredibly encouraging to see how national churches are partnering more and more with the missionaries to get the task done. One missionary reminded us that the Lord is building His church! And that is awesome! He decided to use people for that.

We had a wonderful time hanging out with the representatives from PNG. It was good to hear directly from the field how everything is going, how the field is developing and what it will look like for us once we arrive on the field.

It was pretty exciting to meet a missionary couple from PNG that Frieddy had the chance of getting to know while visiting their people group in 2007!! We were super encouraged to hear about their ongoing ministry in Papua New Guinea!!!

Please be praying with us for laborers. Pray that the Lord will send out more people into His work! Please be praying for us that we will stay focused on the task!

Attached is the list of needs to give you an idea of how big the need is.

List of needs (2014)

CAREER POSITIONS

COUNTRIES
POSITION COUNTRY TYPE PRIORITY
Facility Manager United States Construction and Maintenance Urgent
Academic Counselor Asia-Pacific region Education administration and staff
Academic Director Philippines Education administration and staff
Accounts Payable United States Business and Administration Urgent
Accounts Receivable United States Business and Administration Urgent
Aircraft Electrical, Instrument, Radio Tech (EIR) Urgent
Aircraft Maintenance Technician Papua New Guinea Aviation Urgent
Assistant Cook United States Food Service
Athletic Director Asia-Pacific region Education other
Bible Translator Philippines Evangelism and Church Planting Urgent
Bible Translator Papua New Guinea
Bible Translator
Bible Translator Mexico Evangelism and Church Planting
Bookkeeper United Kingdom Business and Administration
Bookkeeper Bolivia Business and Administration Urgent
Business Administrator Asia-Pacific region Education administration and staff
Business Manager Guinea. Business and Administration
Business Manager Urgent
Business Manager Senegal Business and Administration
Carpenter United States Construction and Maintenance
Child Care Worker United Kingdom Education administration and staff
Church liaison team (Anglophone) South Africa Communications
Church liaison team (Francophone) Ivory Coast Communications
Church Planter Philippines Evangelism and Church Planting Urgent
Church Planter Mexico Evangelism and Church Planting
Church Planter Brazil Evangelism and Church Planting
Church Planter Philippines Evangelism and Church Planting Urgent
Church Planter Philippines Evangelism and Church Planting Urgent
Church Planter Philippines Evangelism and Church Planting Urgent
Church Planter Philippines Evangelism and Church Planting Urgent
Church Planter Philippines Evangelism and Church Planting Urgent
Church Planter Philippines Evangelism and Church Planting Urgent
Church Planter Philippines Evangelism and Church Planting
Church Planter Philippines Evangelism and Church Planting Urgent
Church Planter Philippines Evangelism and Church Planting Urgent
Church Planter Philippines Evangelism and Church Planting Urgent
Church Planter Paraguay Evangelism and Church Planting
Church Planter Philippines Evangelism and Church Planting Urgent
Church Planter Bolivia Evangelism and Church Planting
Church Planter Bolivia Evangelism and Church Planting Urgent
Church Planter Bolivia Evangelism and Church Planting
Church Planter Thailand Evangelism and Church Planting
Church Planter Brazil Evangelism and Church Planting
Church Planter Thailand Evangelism and Church Planting
Church Planter Thailand Evangelism and Church Planting
Church Planter Paraguay Evangelism and Church Planting
Church Planter Paraguay Evangelism and Church Planting
Church Planter Paraguay Evangelism and Church Planting
Church Planter Paraguay Evangelism and Church Planting
Church Planter Guinea. Evangelism and Church Planting
Church Planter Guinea. Evangelism and Church Planting
Church Planter Ivory Coast Evangelism and Church Planting
Church Planter Ivory Coast Evangelism and Church Planting
Church Planter Liberia Evangelism and Church Planting
Church Planter Senegal Evangelism and Church Planting
Church Planter
Church Planter
Church Planter
Church Planter
Church Planter
Church Planter
Church Planter
Church Planter
Church Planter
Church Planter Mexico Evangelism and Church Planting
Church Planter (Bible Teacher)
Church Planter (Bible Teacher)
Church Planter (Bible Teacher)
Church Planter (Bible Teacher) Papua New Guinea
Church Planter (Bible teacher) Papua New Guinea
Church Planter (Bible Teacher) Papua New Guinea Evangelism and Church Planting
Church Planter (Bible Teaching) Papua New Guinea Evangelism and Church Planting
Church Planter (Discipler) Papua New Guinea Evangelism and Church Planting
Church Planter (Discipler)
Church Planter (Discipler)
Church Planter (Discipler) Papua New Guinea
Church Planter (Discipler) Papua New Guinea
Church Planter (Discipler) Papua New Guinea
Church Planter (Discipler) Papua New Guinea
Church Planter (Discipler) Papua New Guinea Evangelism and Church Planting
Church Planter (Literacy Teacher) Papua New Guinea
Communications Director United States Communications Urgent
Communications Manager Papua New Guinea Communications
Computer and Network Administrator Asia-Pacific region Education administration and staff
Computer Hardware & Software Support Technician
Computer Helpdesk Technician Papua New Guinea Technology Urgent
Computer Network Administration Asia-Pacific region Education administration and staff
Computer Network and Systems Administrator Papua New Guinea Technology
Computer Programmer Papua New Guinea Technology
Construction / Maintenance United Kingdom Construction and Maintenance
Construction and Maintenance United States Construction and Maintenance Urgent
Cook Food Service
Cook Brazil
Cook/Chef United States Food Service Urgent
Database Developer United States Technology Urgent
Dental Hygienist Papua New Guinea Health Care
Dentist Papua New Guinea Health Care
Discovery Therapists
Doctor Papua New Guinea Health Care
Dorm Parent Papua New Guinea Education other
Educational Psychologist Papua New Guinea Education administration and staff
Educational Psychologist Papua New Guinea Education other
Electrician United States Construction and Maintenance
Estate Planning Director United States Business and Administration
Field Business Administrator Paraguay Business and Administration Urgent
Graphic Designer
Graphic Designer Canada Technology Urgent
Grounds Maintenance Supervisor United States Construction and Maintenance Urgent
Guest Home Host/Hostess Senegal Business and Administration
Guest House Manager Mexico Business and Administration
High School Registrar Papua New Guinea
Historian/Librarian United States Communications
Home School Consultant with Elementary Expertise Thailand Education administration and staff
Homeschool Educational Consultant Papua New Guinea Education administration and staff
I.T. / Network Administrator United States Technology
Information Manager Urgent
Information Technology Technician Guinea. Technology
IT Help (Internet / Computer Tech) Brazil Technology
IT Position Mexico Communications
Lawyer United States Law Urgent
Learning Disability Therapist Mexico Education other Urgent
Librarian Philippines Education other
Librarian Thailand Education other
Maintenance United States Construction and Maintenance
Maintenance Brazil Construction and Maintenance
Maintenance Brazil Construction and Maintenance
Maintenance Guinea. Construction and Maintenance
Maintenance
Mechanic United States Construction and Maintenance Urgent
Mechanical/Electrical Engineer Papua New Guinea Construction and Maintenance Urgent
Medical Laboratory Technologist
Medical Office Manager
Missionary Technical Services Papua New Guinea#| Construction and Maintenance
Missionary Technical Services Urgent
Missionary Trainer Mexico Education administration and staff
Missionary Trainer
Mobilization Coordinator United States Communications Urgent
National Culture and Language Program Coordinator Burkina Faso Evangelism and Church Planting
Nurse
Occupational Therapist Thailand Education other
Paralegal United States Law Urgent
People Group Assessment Senegal Evangelism and Church Planting
Personal Care Attendant United States Health Care
Physical Plant Manager Urgent
Pilot Brazil Aviation Urgent
Pilot Papua New Guinea Aviation Urgent
Plumber United States Construction and Maintenance
Principal Tanzania Education administration and staff
Programmer United States Technology Urgent
Pronto Software Administrator Papua New Guinea Business and Administration Urgent
Receptionist United States Business and Administration
School Counselor Philippines Education administration and staff
School Nurse Thailand Health Care
School Secretary Mexico Education administration and staff Urgent
Service Team Point Person Guinea. Business and Administration
Speech and Language Pathologist Thailand Education other
Speech Therapist Papua New Guinea Education administration and staff
Supply Buyer Philippines Business and Administration Urgent
Supply Buyer Papua New Guinea Urgent
System Architect United States Technology Urgent
Systems Administrator Tanzania Education other
Systems Analyst / Designer United States Technology Urgent
Teacher / Discipler Bolivia Evangelism and Church Planting Urgent
Teacher and Minister Brazil Education administration and staff
Teacher Art Asia-Pacific region Education other
Teacher Art & Design Tanzania Education other
Teacher Art and Drama Philippines Education Secondary teaching
Teacher Band Philippines Education other
Teacher Bible Asia-Pacific region Education Secondary teaching
Teacher Bible Philippines Education Secondary teaching
Teacher Chemistry Philippines Education Secondary teaching
Teacher Chemistry Thailand Education Secondary teaching
Teacher Computer Science Papua New Guinea Education – Teacher Secondary
Teacher Elementary Papua New Guinea Education Elementary teaching
Teacher Elementary Mexico Education Elementary teaching Urgent
Teacher Elementary Mexico Education Elementary teaching
Teacher Elementary Brazil Education Elementary teaching
Teacher Elementary Asia-Pacific region Education Elementary teaching
Teacher Elementary Asia-Pacific region Education Elementary teaching Urgent
Teacher Elementary Philippines Education Elementary teaching
Teacher Elementary Thailand Education Elementary teaching
Teacher Elementary Art Thailand Education other
Teacher Elementary Grades Senegal Education Elementary teaching
Teacher Elementary Music Thailand Education other
Teacher Elementary Upper Grades Papua New Guinea Education Elementary teaching
Teacher English Philippines Education Secondary teaching
Teacher English Senegal Education Secondary teaching
Teacher English Asia-Pacific region Education Secondary teaching
Teacher for English Language Learners Philippines Education other
Teacher for Grade 3 and 4
Teacher Foreign Language Philippines Education Secondary teaching
Teacher Geography Philippines Education Secondary teaching
Teacher Gifted Coordinator Thailand Education other
Teacher Grade 2 Mozambique Education Elementary teaching
Teacher High School History Brazil Education Secondary teaching
Teacher High School Math Brazil Education Secondary teaching
Teacher High School Science Brazil Education Secondary teaching Urgent
Teacher History and Geography Asia-Pacific region Education Secondary teaching
Teacher Home Economics Philippines Education other
Teacher Home School Mexico Education Elementary teaching Urgent
Teacher Home School Coordinator Philippines Education administration and staff
Teacher Homeschool Consultant Senegal Education administration and staff
Teacher Language Arts Thailand Education other
Teacher Math Philippines Education Secondary teaching
Teacher Math and Science Mexico Education Secondary teaching Urgent
Teacher Mathematics Papua New Guinea
Teacher Mathematics Asia-Pacific region Education Secondary teaching
Teacher Mathematics Tanzania Education Secondary teaching
Teacher Middle School Brazil Education Secondary teaching
Teacher Music Mexico Education other Urgent
Teacher Music
Teacher Music Tanzania Education other
Teacher Music Philippines Education Elementary teaching
Teacher Physical Education Brazil Education Elementary teaching
Teacher Physical Education Asia-Pacific region Education Secondary teaching
Teacher Primary Tanzania Education Elementary teaching
Teacher Religious Studies Thailand Education Secondary teaching
Teacher Science Tanzania Education Secondary teaching
Teacher Science Asia-Pacific region Education Secondary teaching
Teacher Secondary – English (Part Time) Papua New Guinea Education Secondary teaching
Teacher Secondary – Science Papua New Guinea Education Secondary teaching
Teacher Secondary English Thailand Education Secondary teaching
Teacher Secondary Math Thailand Education Secondary teaching
Teacher Secondary Social Studies Thailand Education Secondary teaching
Teacher Social Studies Philippines Education Secondary teaching
Teacher Social Studies Papua New Guinea E
Teacher Social Studies Asia-Pacific region Education Secondary teaching
Teacher Special Education Philippines Education administration and staff
Teacher Special Education Thailand Education other
Teacher Special Needs Tanzania Education other
Teacher Video and Photography Philippines Education Secondary teaching
Vice Principal
Work Detail Leader Mexico Construction and Maintenance Urgent
Writer United States Communications

Done!

Today is the day when the tribal simulation ended. Five weeks later we are looking back at an awesome time we had in the simulation and discussion time afterwards. We are very thankful for this opportunity which showed us a little bit how life on the field will be and how we will react to it. We say areas we are good in and areas where we need improvement, depending on our personalities. Thank you so much for all your support during that time! The saddest thing for us is that this simulation was just a simulation and that we are not yet in a tribe in Papua New Guinea. But we are looking forward to it! We can”t wait!

Crossing borders

Have you ever felt lost? Feeling lost in a city is probably not as bad as feeling lost when you cross the door step of your house and step into a completely different culture and language. LOST!
You might even feel quite unappreciated when the people you are trying to reach with the Gospel (who without it will die and go to hell) tell you that your are stupid. That’s what happened to me the other day.
I think we are learning that we need to be prepared and ready to expect to live among people who are not dying to hear our message but do everything to discourage us in our task. And that’s is the point when it comes down to God. Why are we where we are? We are not there because of the people but because of God! We are his messengers and he sent us out! We are just doing our job. Now this job might be a little bit easier when it is at least not made harder then it has to be.
We were encouraged by our teacher today who said something like this:

“Remember that those thoughts ‘I will never learn this language’ or ‘I will never get this’ don’t come from the Lord. They come from Satan. We are at war.”

We want to urge you with Paul together:

“Dear brothers and sisters, I urge you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to join in my struggle by praying to God for me.” Ro. 15:30 NLT

Please pray for us now and in the future because the intensity and the struggle we  face in this simulation is nothing compared to what we will face in this simulation! We are at war together!

Tribal Life Simulation

Beginning tomorrow we will experience one of the secrets of training. A hidden tribe in the training center? Exactly! Tomorrow we will start a six week simulation of field live, meaning that we have to go through some of the key aspects of missionary live in the first couple of years. Sounds scary? Honestly speaking, we are excited but also a bit nervous.

Please keep us in your prayers especially for the next six weeks as we practice most of what we have learned so far and how to apply it to “real” life.