Travels, Past and Future

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Stepping into the boat to cross the muddy jungle river felt in some ways like stepping back in time to when we lived in a village not too far from the one I was about to visit.  Last week the Lord gave me (Jennifer) the opportunity to travel back to our former island and help give a stage 1 evaluation to a family who is learning a small ethnic language in the jungle.  This was my first experience helping to ...

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Needs Met, and Needs to Pray About

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At the beginning of this month, we gave stage 2 evaluations to a family and a single lady who have been here studying for a year now.  They all made great progress, and now they are moving on to a different island to finish their national language and culture studies and then join a ministry.  The single lady (who also happens to be our close family friend, Amy, whom we’ve known for many years) left on the 20th, and the ...
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A Week in the Life

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People often ask us what a typical week looks like for us in this consulting/orienting ministry.  It’s a hard question to answer, since there really is not such a thing as a “typical” week.  Most years our lives more or less follow a 4-month cycle as we get new families every 4 months and step them through the process of orientation and their first stage of language study.  At the same time, we’re also continuing to provide oversight for 2 ...
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Pray for Laborers

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How has the first month and a half of 2017 been for you?  We’d love to know how we can pray for you this year.  Drop us a line if you have a minute.

This month we consultants (Jennifer and our coworker Greg) got to give a stage 3 language evaluation.  Since our new families usually only spend their first year of language and culture study here before moving on to their future region of service, we normally only deal with ...

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Christmas in Common

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Most missionaries from western countries who serve far from home would be willing to tell you that Christmas is not an easy time of year.  Our first Christmas on the field was spent in a remote village.  Unlike most new missionary families, we actually did get to spend Christmas with at least part of our family.  DJ’s parents were serving in that remote village.  We also got to experience our first near-sinking while navigating one of the sets of rapids on ...
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New Year News

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Thank you so much for your prayers for us over the past few months.  We are so thankful for the Lord’s protection in our travels as we made 3 trips this past fall—2 to our former island of ministry and one for just me (Jennifer) to another southeast Asian country to attend culture and language consultant meetings.  We enjoyed the fellowship in 2 different Hobongan villages during our October trip to our former ministry location.  I also very much enjoyed ...
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Endurance & Progress

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First day of school, Fall 2016

Back in late July we noted that the previous 2 months had been almost the busiest of our lives and that we hoped not to have to maintain that pace for the rest of the year.  The Lord did allow that pace to continue for another month, until late August.  Just in the past week or two things seem to be returning to a more normal, manageable level of busy.  Thank you so much for ...

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Marathon at Sprint Speeds

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We hope that all of you in the northern hemisphere have had a great “summerDSCN2930 (2) vacation.”  We know that for many of you this time of year is just as busy with work and responsibilities as any other time of the year.  For us the last couple months (and especially the last few weeks) have been the busiest time of our whole year (at least we sincerely hope not to have to maintain this pace for the rest of the ...
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Goodbyes

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On February 10, just a little over a month after we said goodbye and returned to Asia Pacific, the Lord called my grandmother home to be with Him.  Maw Maw leaves behind a legacy of love and care freely given to everyone who crossed her path.  She always knew when someone needed an open door, a warm meal, and a place to feel at home.  Please pray for all of her family as we are deeply grieving, but at the ...
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Home for the Holidays

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This year we have the rare opportunity to spend the holidays with family in our home country.  We’ve already enjoyed two different family Thanksgiving dinners and a Thanksgiving dinner at church too.  The week of Thanksgiving was a very hard one for my (Jennifer’s) grandmother.  She was in a great deal of pain due to complications from her cancer, and for most of the week she wasn’t even able to be up.  But on Thanksgiving Day when the whole extended ...
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