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.
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.
- Aviation (4)
- Business and Administration (16)
- Communications (9)
- Construction and Maintenance (18)
- Education administration and staff (19)
- Education Elementary teaching (17)
- Education other (24)
- Asia-Pacific region (15)
- Bolivia (5)
- Brazil (16)
- Burkina Faso (1)
- Canada (1)
- Guinea. (6)
- Ivory Coast (3)
- Liberia (1)
- Mexico (14)
- Mozambique (2)
- Papua New Guinea (64)
- Paraguay (6)
- Philippines (33)
- Philippines (33)
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!
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!
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.
Today we will start a 3 day camping trip without tents. We will walk to the campsite with the use of a compass and gps, locate the tarps we need for shelter and the food. Upon arrival we will begin to set up our shelters with the use of string and tarp. During these three days we will have several outdoor classes and learn a lot of things about living in the outdoors and surviving on as little as possible.
The temperatures are in the 60s and lows of 40. Please pray for a good time out in the woods and especially for Ben that we can keep him warm!
I have never build a house, nor even thought about doing it. I have no clue how to wire it and to provide electricity where there is none and what exactly needs to be thought through. This is a bad situation to be in when you are supposed to build your house overseas right?
We had a class called Missionary Technology, where we learned a ton of stuff from people who work in the NTM Tech Center on campus.
What would we be without our NTM Tech Center, a place where missionaries test, develop, modify and build devices that need to be used on the field? Lost, is the answer!
It is very encouraging to see how the body of Christ works together in this. Not everybody is skilled in that area. But God provides people who are experts at this.
If you live at a place where you have no power lines near you you need to provide your own power. Same thing with water. How do you provide clean drinking without having a water company delivering it to your house or being able to buy drinking water at a nearby store? These are some of the things we learned in class.
We also had soldering labs and got help in planning our future house. We are super thankful for having such people here that dig into material that we do not understand for the most part.