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An Evening with “The Guys”

Posted by Jon and Adie Leedahl in Family, Ministry, Prayer Requests on Oct 31st, 2014 | Comments Off
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Ready for some guy time.

Jon is out of surgery. We have not talked with the doctors yet, but Jon is alert, admitting to pain, and talking on the phone.

He is looking forward to a few hours this evening with “the guys”: Steven Thompson and Jon Jagt. They will bring up Subway sandwiches, have some “guy” talk, and probably watch a movie. This is an important part of the effort to keep Jon spiritually and mentally strong.

The support Jon and Adie are receiving is amazing. Jon and Adie read every email, every message, every comment, every card, every letter. They can’t reply personally to most people. At this point in time it is even hard for them to keep in touch with family.

Please keep sharing your encouragement, prayers, and support. The doctors seem surprised not only by Jon’s physical stamina, but by his “mental” state, as well as Adie’s “mental” state. It is a great opportunity to testify to the power of prayer and spiritual support.

Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

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The Tropical Diet

Posted by Seth and Rochelle Callahan in Uncategorized on Oct 31st, 2014 | Comments Off

Since arriving here in Papua New Guinea 3 months ago, I’ve lost around 10-15 pounds. And, really, “lost” is the best way to describe the occurrence, since I haven’t taken any conscious, proactive steps towards skinniness. There I was, just going about my normal life, when one day, I looked in the mirror and noticed that, where there used to be a nondescript veneer of blubber, there was now a faint outline of an abdominal muscle. (I didn’t know I still had one of those!) I’ve even had to add another notch to my belt because I couldn’t cinch it tight anymore!

I’ve worked on losing weight in the past and it certainly never went like this before! In fact, I would usually experience the opposite results: intentional exercise and dietary adjustment with no real improvement. So, what magical thing had happened here? And how could I share this newfound weight-loss secret with others?

As I reflected on my situation, here’s what I came up with. I call it “The Tropical Diet.”

Contract diarrhea every couple of weeks. Around here there are several options for doing this. You can eat unwashed vegetables, drink unfiltered water, or just contract a virus/parasite from one of your neighbors in a nearby village. (I have several friends who have taken to embracing this one aspect of The Tropical Diet for months at a time!) The important thing is to choose an intestinal malady that’s right for you.

Banish all fast food chains (and restaurants in general) from the country. This one might seem a little tricky, but I’m sure it’s possible, because I’m living in a country that seems to have done it. If you’d like to strictly follow our specific model, then you would be allowed to keep one Chinese food place and a couple resorts with middle-of-the-road diner-esque menus. But you have to make sure that at least half of the normal ingredients of whatever you order have been altered in some way (sharp cheddar on your pizza, meatloaf in place of a burger…etc.). Oh, and you have to carpool every time you go.

Pay the cashier exorbitantly more than what you normally would for all of your favorite things. Sometimes it’s difficult to know just how much extra you should be paying for each item, so you might find it helpful to use this guide: Consider the joy you feel as you anticipate buying the specific food item. Now increase the cost exponentially based on the amount of happiness you presume it will give you. For example: all meat should cost 3x what you are paying now, sweetened breakfast cereal should average around 5x-6x the going rate, dairy products should cost enough to make you stop and reconsider the purchase every time, and chocolate… well, for chocolate, you just tell the clerk to charge your credit card until it won’t work anymore. (You’ll be amazed how quickly your diet changes!)

Live amongst brutally honest, physically fit, skinny people. Have you ever heard the saying, “If you want to feel skinny, hang around with people fatter than you?” Well, the converse of that statement is also true. Here in PNG, all the guys are more or less ripped. And they (and their wives) consider it nothing more than a basic observation to point out that you are not. In fact, one of the first words I learned after coming here was “traipela man,” which means, “huge guy.” You will find this to be a helpful motivator in sticking to the other points, since it’s hard to forget your diet when you’re regularly being reminded, “Yeah, you’re really fat.”

So, there you have it: The Tropical Diet – guaranteed to significantly lower your body mass index in a few short months. And, for those of you interested in faster results, there is “The Tropical Diet 2.0.” (It’s basically the same as The Tropical Diet, but you add a bought or two of malaria. I haven’t tried it yet, but I have a few friends who have, and they say it works wonders!)

No extra tools.

Posted by Michael and Stacy Creech in Uncategorized on Oct 31st, 2014 | Comments Off

After graduating, a group of guys here from the MTC went to Papua New Guinea with one of our professors (where he had previously worked and planted a church.) While they were there the church leaders wanted to send a challenge to the American church, below is that challenge:

We pray that we can be as faithful as they have been as we go and minister to those who have never heard the Gospel in West Africa, and anywhere God has us in the meantime.

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Delicious Fruit

Posted by Randy and Diana Smyth in Uncategorized on Oct 31st, 2014 | Comments Off

I love fruit! From apples and grapes to dragonfruit and rambutan, fruit is a gift from God! The fruit of our work is even more tasty. Seeing those seeds sprout and produce more seed-bearing fruit is a marvelous thing.

Our friend and missionary co-worker Jonathan wrote from the Hewa tribe about two American men who had hiked through Hewa territory across the central mountain range in 1993. Aaron and Joel were nearly speared to death by a tribal man who feared they were evil spirits because of their pale skin. “After a few very tense moments a young Hewa man named Oliteh [aka Fato] agreed to safely guide the men through the Hewa mountains. Later, after returning to the States the two men began praying that somehow [Fato] and the Hewa would hear the message of the Bible in their language and would become believers in Jesus.”

Aaron and Joel have been praying all these years. In July Aaron discovered the video “Fato’s Story” on the New Tribes Mission web site. He contacted Jonathan and wrote, “[I] wept with joy as I saw the years of prayers ANSWERED!”

Jonathan wrote, “The story of how Fato came to Christ didn’t start when we entered the Hewa mountains in 2000. We were simply an answer to years of faithful prayers of a believer who had the dream of a group of tribal people finding freedom from their fear of spirits through a relationship with their Creator.”

As our support team, you have also had an important part in Fato’s story. Working with teams of other missionaries, Randy assisted the initial survey flights in the late 1990′s. He transported people, supplies and materials in support of helicopter shuttles as the team built houses in a Hewa village. He regularly flew missionaries and supplies for the Hewa church-planting team in 2004-2006 while Diana tracked flights. Hewa Christians are now reaching villages with the Gospel where missionaries have not taught. As you prayed for us and supported us we all had a vital part in serving the Lord, taking the Gospel to the Hewa tribe. Click here for >> “Fato’s Story” << (Video link at www.ntm.org)

Team-building is the focus of our current ministry of mobilization. The people least reached with the Gospel will not be reached until Christians send messengers who are able to tell them of God’s grace. The obstacles of language, culture, distance and logistics must be overcome. The glory of God and the eternal destiny of this generation of remote people demand that we take action. Christ’s love compels us. Presenting God’s word about these things, we are fishing for fishers of men and senders who will send them on heaven’s treasure layaway plan. (Matthew 4:19; 6:19-33) (Romans 10:13-17)

New Tribes Mission has excellent training to equip Christians specifically for tribal church planting. Local churches can send their missionaries to work with a network of experienced missionaries who can help them succeed. Part of our work is to find people to direct toward our Bible Schools and Missionary Training Center. There are people groups who have been asking for missionaries for a very long time.

Diana and I are working to bridge the gap between the least reached people and the Christians who are able to send the Good News of our glorious God to them. Each seed of faith planted has the potential of sprouting into a team for reaching an entire language group of people with the Gospel. Please pray for opportunities to communicate what God has put on our hearts.

Faith comes by hearing the word of God which is carried by messengers who are sent. Resources are needed to get the message out and to build teams of Christians who will respond by faith toward reaching the least reached. If you would like to take this opportunity to expand our reach, please follow the links above.

The Great Commission includes teaching people everything Jesus commanded. Teaching remote tribal people “all things” requires a long time on location. The fruit is people who are also able to proclaim God’s glory where He is not yet known.

Thank you for your prayer and gifts to make our ministry possible! We cannot do this without you!

For the glory of God among the least reached,

Randy & Diana Smyth
Mobilization Representatives
New Tribes Mission (Aviation, too!)
Westfield, MA 01085-3157
(413) 977-4983 – mobile

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Reach your neighbor. >> Clear Gospel Architecture <<

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Delicious Fruit

Posted by Randy and Diana Smyth in Uncategorized on Oct 31st, 2014 | Comments Off

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Dear Friends,

I love fruit!  From apples and grapes to dragonfruit and rambutan, fruit is a gift from God! The fruit of our work is even more tasty. Seeing those seeds sprout and produce more seed-bearing fruit is a marvelous thing.

Our friend and missionary co-worker Jonathan wrote from the Hewa tribe about two American men who had hiked through Hewa territory across the Central Mountain Range in 1993. Aaron and Joel were nearly speared to death by a tribal man who feared they were evil spirits because of their pale skin.  “After a few very tense moments a young Hewa man named Oliteh [aka Fato] agreed to safely guide the men through the Hewa mountains. Later, after returning to the States the two men began praying that somehow [Fato] and the Hewa would hear the message of the Bible in their language and would become believers in Jesus.”

Aaron and Joel have been praying all these years. In July Aaron discovered the video “Fato’s Story” on the New Tribes Mission web site. He immediately contacted Jonathan and wrote, “[I] wept with joy as I saw the years of prayers ANSWERED!”

Jonathan wrote, “The story of how Fato came to Christ didn’t start when we entered the Hewa mountains in 2000. We were simply an answer to years of faithful prayers of a believer who had the dream of a group of tribal people finding freedom from their fear of spirits through a relationship with their Creator.”

As our support team, you have also had an important part in Fato’s story. Working with teams of other missionaries, Randy assisted the initial survey flights in the late 1990′s and transported people, supplies and materials in support of helicopter shuttles as the team built houses in a Hewa village. He regularly flew missionaries and supplies for the Hewa church-planting team in 2004-2006 while Diana tracked flights. Hewa Christians are now reaching villages with the Gospel where missionaries have not taught. As you prayed for us and supported us we all had a vital part in serving the Lord, taking the Gospel to the Hewa tribe. Click here for >> “Fato’s Story” <<. (Video link at www.ntm.org)

Team-building is the focus of our current ministry of mobilization. The people least reached with the Gospel will not be reached until Christians send messengers who are able to tell them of God’s grace. The obstacles of language, culture, distance and logistics must be overcome.  The glory of God and the eternal destiny of this generation of remote people demand that we take action. Christ’s love compels us. Presenting God’s word about these things, we are fishing for fishers of men and senders who will send them on heaven’s treasure layaway plan. (Matthew 4:19; 6:19-33) (Romans 10:13-17)

New Tribes Mission has excellent training to equip Christians specifically for tribal church planting. Local churches can send their missionaries to work with a network of experienced missionaries who can help them succeed. Part of our work is to find people to direct toward our Bible Schools and Missionary Training Center. There are people groups who have been asking for missionaries for a very long time.

Diana and I are working to bridge the gap between the least reached people and the Christians who are able to send the Good News of our glorious God to them. Each seed of faith planted has the potential of sprouting into a team for reaching an entire language group of people with the Gospel.  Please pray for opportunities to communicate what God has put on our hearts.

Faith comes by hearing the word of God which is carried by messengers who are sent. Resources are needed to get the message out and to build teams of Christians who will respond by faith toward reaching the least reached. If you would like to take this opportunity to expand our reach, please follow this link. >>> http://www.ntm.org/randy_smyth/give <<<

The Great Commission includes teaching people everything Jesus commanded. Teaching remote tribal people “all things” requires a long time on location. The fruit is people who are also able to proclaim God’s glory where He is not yet known.

Thank you for your prayer and gifts to make our ministry possible! We cannot do this without you!

For the glory of God among the least reached,

Randy & Diana Smyth
Mobilization Representatives
New Tribes Mission (Aviation, too!)
Westfield, MA 01085-3157
(413) 977-4983 – mobile

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Complicated Foot Surgery

Posted by Jon and Adie Leedahl in Family, Ministry, Prayer Requests on Oct 30th, 2014 | Comments Off
What fun to see Jon's tired face turn to a big smile when his boys visit!

What fun to see Jon’s tired face turn to a big smile when his boys visit!

Jonathan will have a difficult and complicated surgery sometime tomorrow morning on his foot. (Around 9 am Friday Cairns time, 6 pm Central Time.) Metal pins and a plate will be inserted to repair the crushed  and the dislocated mid-foot.

It will be many weeks before he will be able to bear weight on that foot. No date has yet been set for the replacement and repair of his left knee ligaments.

We are pleased with the care his is receiving at Cairns Hospital. Jon’s stump is in the process of healing. He goes to physical therapy once a day, working on his upper body strength, as well as his right hip and thigh muscles.

He continues on pain medication and tires easily. The outings he has made with family and friends to the nearby outdoor restaurants have been good for his spirits.

There is a lot of healing to be done in Jon’s body and more surgeries are ahead, but Jon continues to be at peace with his situation, fully trusting our Lord.

Thank you for your continued prayers and support. It has been immensely encouraging.

Make me hear joy and gladness, that the bones You have broken may rejoice … restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and uphold me by Your generous Spirit.” Psalms 51:8,12

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God is true

Posted by Nadia Hattingh in Ministry on Oct 30th, 2014 | Comments Off

The last two months have been some of the most difficult and most wonderful times of our life! Isn’t life just FULL of contrasts? And like always when we go through hard times, we are made more than ever aware of how much we need the Lord; how absolutely impossible it is to take even one breath without Him! How wonderful to know that, in the good and the bad times, we can find our rest and security in our Father – who is, after all, the most Powerful Guy in the universe!

It was great seeing friends at the conference and Literacy workshop in the city. It was so encouraging to hear testimonies of the Lord’s guidance, his provision and his plan in motion! Thinking back on what the Lord has done strengthened our faith and put things into perspective. The Literacy consultation back in the villages right thereafter was very blessed (see other blogs for more on this). The three consultants stayed with us for 5 days.

The other side of the coin is less encouraging…

Scattered through all of this were an attack in the city on Nadia and Heidi and minutes later a robbery. A few days later back in the villages, Nadia found a man with a bag in his hands in our house. Turned out that he is not a thief, but possessed… We are not sure how long he has been in the house, but by the lingering smell it could have been a while. All three our kids were in the house during this time, but unaware of his presence.

We have no running water, since our solar water pump broke.

We had some weird health issues through the last months too: Both Waldo and Heidi had fevers at different times and Heidi also developed a strange rash, others of us had (or have!) runny tummies on and off. Francois has a bum knee from a fall and is fighting something – it seems his immune system is really low. During the conference Nadia had a root canal, then an abscess while being consulted for the Literacy work she is involved with… It finally resulted in her losing the tooth on our return to the city and so the battle with The Tooth came to an end! A battle that started nearly 3 years ago with a loose filling and one local dentist.

Some of our family back in SA is also going through tough times and it is making it just a bit harder to be far from loved ones!

But, let us put this behind us. Our earthly reality is but “light and momentary”. This soon shall pass! Truly this saying, penned by Paul, is trustworthy: In dying with Christ, true life we gain (2 Tim 2:11). For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed to us! (Rom 8:18). None of the challenges or trials even closely compare to what the apostle Paul went through… And that doesn’t come close to what Christ suffered for our sake.

Let us stay firm in what we believe, moving forward with our eyes on Jesus. Soon, His Name will be glorified over all the earth!

My parents came to visit!!!

Posted by Crystal Pierce in Family, Ministry, News Article on Oct 29th, 2014 | Comments Off

This month my parents came down to Chihuahua for ten days.  While it wasn’t their first trip to Mexico, it was their first time to Chihuahua & they got their passports stamped!  They really enjoyed their time here meeting my friends, seeing my church, and the ministry that I’m a part of.  We had a great trip to the mountains to see the Copper Canyon.  We also enjoyed the history of Chihuahua according to Hector & doing tourist things in downtown.  My parents also really appreciated my Mexican and missionary friends that are here to take care of me.  We spent time visiting with my coworkers, with Hector & Amy, with the students, and also visiting a longtime friend and his wife: Glenn & Teo.  They loved all the food!  The only thing my dad didn’t really like was at some of the restaurants they put cinnamon in the coffee.

I also got to enjoy a few days with my Great Uncle & Aunt, and my mom’s cousin in New Mexico.  It was a nice relaxing time for me.

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The Copper Canyon

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Touristing Downtown Chihuahua

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Visiting Glenn in his new office

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Trip to the Mountains

Posted by Crystal Pierce in Ministry, News Article on Oct 29th, 2014 | Comments Off

In September we took the students on a four day trip to the mountains.  We visited two of our former students that are beginning to learn Tarahumara language and culture study.  We also visited some Tarahumara communities and different missions out there.  One of our goals during this trip was to see which area would be open to allowing us to do our 5 week language practicum in the Springtime there.  We got some areas checked out and now we are praying for where God would lead us.
I really enjoyed the time getting to know the students better and interact with them.  We all really enjoyed the time in nature, getting to meet new people, and enjoying life outside of the city!
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With Jona, Erendira, & Vicente

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Visiting our former students Luis & Hugo

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First selfie of the trip. With Edwin & Anita, Bilma, Erendira & Vicente

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Last selfie of the trip :)

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First Step Video

Posted by Regina Sullivan in Ministry, Watch a video! on Oct 29th, 2014 | Comments Off
These pics illustration the steps in a People Group Assessment in our latest Partner-to-Partner newsletter.

These pics illustration the steps in a People Group Assessment in our latest Partner-to-Partner newsletter.

Our team has been working hard to develop materials for a year-end project, which helps us with the first step of church planting – locating the people to work with!

Here's the header with Larry Brown's picture!

Here’s the header with Larry Brown’s picture!

Our October Partner-2-Partner newsletter already came out and shared about the topic.  In the next two months we have a few emails and a letter from NTM US CEO Larry Brown coming out as well.

And of course, a video!  We found a great template and stock footage to put this together with a low budget.

Casey Short worked out the concept and wrote the first script.  Then I condensed the script to fit the template.  Having Jerry Lehman, our new Art Direction, and David Pierce, our new Web Content Administrator, giving input, helped to keep the project moving and finish it fairly quickly.

Without further ado, here it is!

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