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We have the opportunity to visit Germany from the end of May till the end of June. Please pray for us for a good flight and a good adjustment to the new time zone.
One month without the Internet. This was a class project we did here on the Trainings Center of New Tribes Mission in Missouri. Read about how it was.
WebFast. It’s over. Wow, one month without the internet. Offline. Well worth it and super hard at the same time! An amazing opportunity to see how much you “need” the web and how much you depend on it. Also a great time to see how quietness is. Even if I didn’t used the web as much as possible, WebFast felt like going into the woods during spring and enjoying the birds and the smell of the air. Imagine yourself lying down on your back in the grass and looking into the sky. You follow the clouds moving over the sky and enjoy the quietness.
Quietness? Not really, but it feels like. You are not surrounded by cars or people but by trees moving in the wind, birds singing and water flowing in the bed of a nearby river. This is how webfast sometimes felt to me. Not being surrounded by the constant beeping of incoming email messages or facebook notifications.
Now there is also another side to that. I would say I use the internet mostly for research and also for reading the news. Now since that was out of range I was lost. There were so many things I used google for which I don’t really know how to do effectively otherwise. The internet has become to me something like a great lexicon where I can find an answer to more problems then I could every think off. Of course not to all problems. That was what I missed the most.
In conclusion I think just being absent from the hectic of modern life and the internet with all it’s distractions helped me to keep my thoughts a little more focused on the Lord. Now the challenge begins with “normal” life and how to implement reality again. I think that WebFast helped me to learn a good lesson which I will hopefully implement faithfully in my life.
No we are almost a month into classes. Thank you for your prayers! We both found aministry we can work in. Frieddy will work at the local jail with Bible Studies and one-on-one meetings. Johanna will be going to meet with older people in the elder care and build relationships there. Please pray for both of us as we are looking forward to minister to people for dependence on God.
We ended our worldview class and are starting a project at the end of it. The project is called WebFast. It will go from Monday Feb 11 till March 11. The goal of the project is to be virtually cut off as much as possible from the internet (except weekends off campus) and texting to invest in face-to-face relationships. We will not be allowed to use our website and other internet related technologies during that time (except weekends). Please pray for us as we head into that time that this will be a good time of fellowship and of personal growth in the Lord!
Today we finished our first week of classes and really started to settle in here. We love this place and the people! They are all really welcoming us and happy having us here. It is incredible to see the wisdom at this place with a ton of missionaries that worked on the field for quite a while and now being back here to work in maintenance, teaching or other things. We feel like we can learn a ton from them and their experiences with the Lord. It is so amazing to meet them and see how humble they are!
We are in a lot of classes right now and finished one already. We start off slowly with mostly basic introductory kind of classes which will be build on later in the course. We will have the responsibility to do a weekly ministry to practice what we are learning here which is 8 hours per week required for Frieddy and 4 hours for Johanna. Please pray for wisdom to choose a ministry – we have a ton of options here!
Right now a class that really sticks out is worldview analysis. We will learn what worldviews are, how they develop and how they can be changed to a biblical worldview.
Everybody has a worldview. A worldview is basically the lens which we see life through. It is an even deeper level then our values.
This is the level that we don’t think about but think with. It is like a pair of glasses that we use without even recognizing all the time that we look through glasses now. Sounds a little bit confusing? It does to me! But it is important for us to understand that because that is the level in which we need to minister, instead of addressing outward behavior or values, the worldview needs to change because it influences everything else. This is ministry at the heart level. This is a huge challenge. We need the Lord to really work on their hearts when the Bible is presented. Please pray for us as we are going through classes that we will be able to learn all that what we need to go and effectively minister in a cross-cultural, third-world context. Please pray for us also that we will be able to find a good church.
We are in a place that is the exact opposite to where we lived in NTBI Jackson, MI. The landscape is very different as we have a lot of high hills and windy roads here. We also were used to living in a city right on Michigan Ave but now we live out in the woods. As in NTBI we were all living together in one big building with everybody living in his own apartment, but this place has 300 acres of space with a lot of housing units and apartments. It is a place where about 300 people live.
Being here surrounded by this gorgious landscape and right on the Lake of the Ozarks makes us feel a bit like being on vacation. But I am sure that reality will quickly begin to set in as we start classes on January 16.
Arriving here we were looking for someone who would show us our apartment. We were told before that we would get the old student housing which includes two bedrooms, a kitchen/living room area and a half bath without a shower. The shower rooms would be located outside just as the laundry rooms. But as we arrived here we found out that we actually got the new housing which has a lot more space and includes our own laundry room and shower! We were so happy and thankful for this great gift! Praise the Lord with us!
We are still trying to catch our breath as we can’t believe what an upgrade we got. We started unpacking right now and hope to get everything in order until school starts.
We arrived safely about two days ago. Due to internet connectivity we weren’t able to update our blog until now.
Thank you so much for all your prayers! We had a great trip coming down here. Especially pulling the trailer was a bit of a scary thing since it was so big and heavy but thankfully the Lord helped us to drive with it! Now we are unpacking everything and are happy to have finally arrived.
We are ready to go! Everything is packed up and put into either our trailer or trunk and we are on our way to Missouri! It will probably take us at least two days to make the 10 hour drive to Camdenton, MO. We will stop multiple times to feed Ben Elliot and stop at a motel for a night. Please pray for good weather, a good motel to stay at and a good drive!
One week ago we officially graduated from Bible School! After two years of intense Bible study and us being exposed to the Word like a fish to the water we wrapped up our time here. We are pretty sad because this has been the best time of our life, an incredible blessing and a priceless opportunity. It is over now! Now we are entering “real life”, and what we have learned these two years will be put to the test.
We had a great graduation ceremony which was interrupted by a fire alarm because of a real fire! But nobody got hurt and we could continue the ceremony after maybe 30 minutes of standing outside in the cold and freezing. Both of us got a bad cold a couple days later 🙂
Right now we are getting ready to celebrate Christmas and then start to pack up all our stuff and move down to Missouri to start the second part of our preparation for the mission field. We plan to move on January 2nd. Please pray for a smooth move and that everything might work out well.
Please continue to pray for us as we leave Bible school and need to feed ourselves on the word day by day. Pray that we will be faithful in doing this.
Watch the Graduation below:
Wayumi is over. We had an incredible time being reminded by the missionaries to keep the focus and to see God’s big plan for the world.
Starting in Genesis and walking throughout history we saw God’s desire for having a relationship with man. This relationship was hindered through the fall and in the rebellion against God, which resulted in necessary judgment of mankind at the flood and the tower of Babel. Paralleling history with Romans 1 we watched mankind becoming more and more distant to God and actually forgetting the truth about him and making up their own ideas about God. Their minds became darker and darker .
They finally arrived at a stage where they are still at today: Totally lost until somebody brings them the Gospel and the light of God’s truth will begin to enlighten their understanding.
Several missionaries who worked for more then a decade in tribal works told us how darkened the understanding of those people is. There can be no greater darkness then at the absence of light. For example: Animistic tribal people (which most of them are) view God as a distant being not involved in what is going on here on earth. In one of the tribes people feared the water because of a spirit that would make them die, but that kept them from cleaning themselves which created a bunch of deadly sicknesses for them. Another one is that people don’t drink anything when they have diarrhea – which can lead to death because of loss of fluids. Another tribe throws handicapped babies in the jungle where they get eaten alive by ants because they believe that the babies are evil spirits. There are a lot of examples where truth was turned around and exchanged with a lie.
They live in total darkness and have no access to Godly light unless someone brings it to them. What they need is truth, the truth of the Bible.
Who has the truth? It is us that possess the truth and therefore the responsibility to share it. Thinking about that again was a very challenging thought for us.