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Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted by Susie Locklin in Uncategorized on Nov 27th, 2014 | Comments Off

Happy Thanksgiving! Since today is Thanksgiving, I wanted this update to take the form of a few of the many things I’ve been thankful for lately. Here you go –

1. I am thankful that there is peace here in Burkina Faso. There was violence on October 30 and 31 as the country ousted Blaise Compaoré, the president for the last 27 years, from power. However, in all the changes it is said that only 24 people were killed. Lt. Col. Zida, a member of the military, took control, and after 2 weeks peacefully handed power over to the transitional president, Kafando, who will be in power for a year until the next elections. I’ve never been through some political upheaval before, and I didn’t really want to go through it at all, but I’m amazed at how peacefully it went and how quickly people returned to normal life.

2. I am thankful for the chances that I’ve had to “get away” and relax lately – a day at the pool and two days with a friend in a nearby city, where we got to go to the pool and climb on the rocks. Sometimes a break from the stresses are very nice.

3. I’ve been working on a country-wide assessment for the country of Guinea in my People Group Assessment work. I was hoping to be able to write today that I finished it, but I didn’t. But I’m thankful that I’m almost done and should be able to finish next week.

4. I’m thankful for all of you praying for me, supporting me, and in so many other ways being part of what God’s doing here. I have been reminded again lately of the spiritual warfare that is so real here (and everywhere), and how important it is that I am covered in prayer. So thankful for you!

5. I’m thankful for the chance that I got to eat turkey and other yummy Thanksgiving foods with the American missionary community here. Well, those are just a few of the things I’m thankful for. What are you thankful for?

November/December Happenings

Posted by James and Judy Burdett in Dom Christians, Ministry, Prayer Request, Uncategorized on Nov 27th, 2014 | Comments Off

Our road trip is over and we are back in El Cajon, CA at last. We are so happy to be here for the Holidays, spending them with at least two of our children.

From July 1 to November 9th, we covered 32 States, about 60 stops, traveling 17,000 miles. Many, many thanks to all of you whom we visited, for all your hospitality and graciousness to us. Too many to name but you know who you are. And many more thanks to our Lord and Savior for all the safety on the road.

We spent all of September in Sanford, FL working on the proofing and formatting of the Dom New Testament including illustrations, footnotes and cross references. However we were not able to finish it due to other circumstances. The 3rd proofing has arrived and we are working on it now to finish and return to Sanford by the end of November. God willing it will all be finished and print ready before the end of the year. Then our mission colleagues in Sanford will find the best printing facility for our Dom New Testament.

Recently there was a ladies’ get-together in the Dom. Christian women from several different Simbu language groups (Dom is one of these) met for worship, teaching and fellowship. Our Dom Christian ladies hosted the event with the help of their husbands who built the sleeping and cooking facilities. Bible teaching was provided by a Christian lady from one of the Simbu language groups and one our own NTM mission ladies. We trust that it was a refreshing time of edification and encouragement for all.

Hard to believe that the year is nearly finished and our home assignment time is half over. We have set some goals for these next six months including getting some health issues resolved. Please pray with us for the accomplishment of these goals as the Lord allows.

Gerolf, our partner, has a language evaluation coming up December 1 so we are sure that he would appreciate prayer as he gears up for that. Pray he will be relaxed and it will be a good assessment of what his language level of Dom is.

The outreach at Buala Maule continues with Bible teaching two times a week. We are pleased that 7 or 8 of women from there attended the women’s conference. Also another outreach has started in a village (Anma) a bit further on from Baula Maule so please be praying for a great response to the Gospel there.  Pray for Gena as he seems to be the only one interested in doing these outreaches.

Exciting times ahead as we enter into a whole new phase of our ministry among the Dom people. Teaching, discipling and evangelizing with a full volume, cover to cover New Testament in the Dom language instead of separate portions will be a new chapter in the lives of Dom believers and in our own as well. Thank you all so very much for making this possible through your years of prayer and giving. Praise God!

Happy Holidays to you all, Jim and Judy Burdett Dom (dome) Tribe, Papua New Guinea Partners with Gerolf and Mailis Wuest

We’re Thankful For You

Posted by David Abbott in David Abbott, Family, Kristia Abbott, Ministry on Nov 27th, 2014 | Comments Off
Family "selfie" during a walk and picnic for Katrina's birthday.

Family “selfie” during a walk and picnic for Katrina’s birthday.

We’re so thankful for being co-workers with each one of you who make up our prayer and support team, and together with you, to make disciples of all nations. This last year-and-a-half has been the toughest time of our life and your partnership has been something God has been using to keep us going.

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Warming Up

Posted by Lincoln and Alisha McIlroy in Uncategorized on Nov 27th, 2014 | Comments Off

It’s Thanksgiving today, and we’ve been in Asia-Pacific for 11 days now. We had a Thanksgiving dinner last Saturday with the other NTMers here. It’s been hard to think of it as Thanksgiving with this warm, humid weather, but we’re still definitely very thankful to God for guiding us here and for all of you who have been involved in that.

We haven’t officially started our language study yet, but we’re in what they call the ‘warm-up’ stage. We try to get out and meet our neighbors, take the angkot (like a city bus) to figure where things are at in town, use what few phrases we’ve learned and get used to the sounds of the language.  This Saturday, some of our friends who’ve been here longer, are taking us to a bigger city to do some shopping. Some things just aren’t available here.

This morning, we went to a International Christian school and applied for Elroy and Evangeline to attend there next semester. The school is only about a mile away, and if they go there, we would take them on the angkot in the morning and pick them up by the same way when they’re done. We have to wait two months before we can start riding our own motorcycles around, and we’re already very anxious for that. But it is good that we will get a little more accustomed to the way things work around here.

In another week and a half or so, we will begin our official study of the language. I, Lincoln, am expected to put in 40 hours per week on this, and Alisha 20-30 hours. As much as I love language stuff, it is a little scary to think of all that we need to do.



-We’ve got our house pretty much set up

-We’ve met a couple neighbors and learned some phrases


-We want to start building relationships with some of our neighbors

-That we will both be able to learn the language well



The McIlroys


Our house

Our house

A nearby mountain that happens to be a volcano

A nearby mountain that happens to be a volcano

Elroy riding the angkot this morning

Elroy riding the angkot this morning


With Thanksgiving

Posted by William and Katherine Streeter in Uncategorized on Nov 26th, 2014 | Comments Off

Philippians 4:6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made knows to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

With thanksgiving! What a wonderful reminder in this verse. As we celebrate another Thanksgiving Day in the U.S., we have much to be thankful for. We have a warm home to live in. We have easy access to nourishing food. We have health and safety. We have the Bible, in our very own “heart” language. In fact, we have more copies of the Bible in our home than we have people who actually know how to read in our home (we’re up to three readers, by the way).

And while we’re thankful for these things, we also want to remember and pray for the more than 2,500 people groups in the world who have never heard the gospel of Christ. Those people — men, women, and children– live each day not knowing that the God of heaven has already sent his son, Jesus, to pay for their sins. They don’t know that God loves them and wants to give them hope and a future. They don’t have a Bible in their own language.

As we celebrate Thanksgiving Day, please join us in prayer for more missionaries, as Luke 10:2 says, “Then He said to them, ‘The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.'”

A Thanksgiving Video

Posted by David and Michelle Pierce in Family, Ministry on Nov 26th, 2014 | Comments Off

With Thanksgiving coming up our team at NTM Communications got together and created a “Thank You!” video for you, our ministry partners.

Watch the video to see what we are thankful for. And get a glimpse into the team I work with each day, our different roles and how our team fits into the bigger picture of tribal missions.

Thank you for partnering with us in ministry!

What are you thankful for?

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Thankful Hearts

Posted by Joel Potter in Ministry on Nov 26th, 2014 | Comments Off

This Thanksgiving, let us take this chance to Thank YOU for your partnership in the Gospel with us! We had the chance to make this short video and I would love for you take a moment to watch it and let my WHOLE team thank you. 

Happy Thanksgiving from the PotterS

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of first fruits of his creatures.

James. 1:17,18

Why Did I Leave My Family For 10 Days?

Posted by Joel Potter in Ministry on Nov 26th, 2014 | Comments Off

Missionaries from seven different countries working on the SAME task: Reaching the Unreached.

We’ve found God to be the faithful father that His Word portrays him to be all through our lives. And this past ten days He’s again proved that and gone above and beyond on my family’s behalf and on behalf of His Church, the Body of Christ as that church – ALL AROUND THE WORLD – is working to make His salvation known to those who have been outside the reach of gospel.

Less than a month ago I was given the chance to have my understanding of how big a job that is. NTM USA is a big team of people but we’re working on an job that’s bigger than we can do and that’s why believers from many other nations are working with us. But because of the smaller size of these international partners, they’re often limited in what they could in the area of communications which is an essential part of their efforts to raise up more missionaries.

So, my team has the distinct privilege of sharing much of our toolset with these partners and the leader of my team, our Director of Communications, took me to Italy in order that I could get to know the folks in leadership of these partner nations and be an encouragement to them.

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River Marion Nichols

Posted by Carly Nichols in Family, Just life on Nov 26th, 2014 | Comments Off

River Marion NicholsThese last few weeks have been a flurry of excitement, emotion and adjustment! On Wednesday, October, 29, 2014 we welcomed our daughter to the world! Her entrance was not at all like I imagined (the birth story is a whole story in itself!) but she arrived eventually and she was beautiful and healthy and we are thrilled! We loved the journey over these last months of discussing names and meanings and in the end we named her River Marion Nichols. We chose the name River because of our roots and our passion for the beautiful people that live along the banks of the Amazon river. This common thread between Pete and I was one of the first things that drew us together. His grandparents worked with a small group of people in Bolivia and so Pete grew up hearing the stories of these wise, amazing people. I, at the same, knew a couple that also had worked with that exact same group and so we discovered early on the miracle of how we had both grown up hearing the stories of the same tiny group of about 100 people who speak their own language and have their own culture and who live in the Amazon Basin. We both separately went on in our late teens and twenties to visit various parts of that region of the world. My love for the Chayahuita people in Peru and Pete’s passion for the people that he has met along the way are what drives us on in our work here at New Tribes. All that to say the meaning of the name River was loaded as soon as we thought of it and we could think of nothing more perfect. We chose the middle name Marion because of the amazing woman my mother is, and also because it’s a derivative of the name Mary which means “wished for child”. After this journey we’ve been on the past few years, the meaning of that was just so appropriate. River was born weighing 7 lbs and was 21 inches long. She was perfection if I’ve ever seen it.

She is a month old now and today her Grandma and Aunts and Uncles from Michigan are on their way to see her! Most of them have not met her so we are really excited to spend these next days together as we celebrate American Thanksgiving! We will post more about our beautiful River in the days ahead…

Time to upgrade Regina’s laptop!

Posted by Regina Rodman in Ministry on Nov 26th, 2014 | Comments Off
My laptop in the Moi tribe

FIlming the video “Awayo” in the Moi Tribe 6 years ago with my old laptop with Ben Smallbone

6 years ago, God provided a refurbished macbook pro laptop which I’ve been using for field video work as well as personal use.  The laptop has seen some great times in the Moi tribe, working on the Awayo video.  And ingesting footage at Wayumi.  Working in the Philippines.  Laying out newsletters.  Local interviews.  And so much more.

And now it’s time to part paths.  Not just because I want to upgrade, but because when we were filming Shane’s video in Wisconsin, I was a little concerned about the harddrive running out of space and crashing.  It got all the way down to about 12mb.  Another inciting event was when my work machine was upgraded to Adobe Creative Cloud 2014 – I knew the laptop could not upgrade and still function.

I was holding off the upgrade to maximize resources, and because it’s been a great little machine and because computers change so quickly!  I wanted this one to last as long as possible and then also be able to get a newer model to replace it – so that model can see a lot of use.

Now the time has come to upgrade my laptop.  The cost will be $3187.42 for a refurbished macbook pro laptop.

This laptop project has several benefits:

1.  Works with current editing software.   We just upgraded our video editing suite to the latest version of Adobe Creative Cloud, and Apple is releasing a new OS.  I use the laptop when we work on video shoots stateside or overseas, and this will allow it to function the most smoothly.

2.  Works with current Operating System Software.  Apple is releasing a new OS – Yosemite, and my old laptop has not been upgraded to the one before this because I was not sure how it would effect system performance speeds as well as hard drive space.  A new laptop will have the specs it needs for working well under the latest OS.

3.  1 TB flash drive.   The last couple of shoots, my laptop has been running out of hard drive space – all the way down to 17mb at times.   This laptop is needed for capturing and downloading video files from the camera card when we are on location.  Having a larger drive, especially one with flash, will be more reliable and effective.

4. Speed.  Let’s just face it – this new computer will be faster across the board!  2.6Ghz quad-core processor, with 16GB ram and 2GB built-in to the graphics card.  This will allow me to work faster to maximize processing time on location.

4. Refurbished.   Purchasing a refurbished machine will save money while still being able to have current features.

5. Use of resources.    I’ve been thinking about upgrading for the past three years, but just haven’t had a peace about purchasing a new model.  I wanted my old computer to last as long as possible to get the best use out of it.   Now the time has come to update my six-year-old computer!

6. 1/3 of project is funded.   $1000 in gifts has already been set aside for this project, so it has a jump-start.

Cost breakdown of $3187.42:

Computer: $2629

Service Plan:  $349

Adaptor Cable: $29

Tax: $180.42

Goal:  I’m trying to raise funds for this through December.

8.  Of course, the main benefit is that the videos we make help with mobilizing missionaries and fundraising, so that more unreached people groups will hear the Gospel.  This tool will help us continue to make great videos.   One of our latest videos coming out is about funding People Group Assessments – research and survey trips to find unreached people, so that new missionaries can move into locations with no access to the Gospel.

Link to computer details:


Would you like to help with the project? If so, you have several options.

1. Write a check made out to New Tribes Mission, and mail it to: New Tribes Mission, 1000 E 1st St, Sanford, FL 32771-1487.  Include a note “for the ministry of Regina Rodman/laptop project”

2. Give Online by credit card. Just enter an amount on the give page on my blog, hit submit, and it will let you checkout on usa.ntm.org. Also, in step 1 you can click to “add instructions for the finance office”.  Type “laptop project” in the comment space.   Also note that missionaries pay a 2.2% transaction fee.

3. To give by debit card call the NTM Finance office at 866-547-2460.

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