We’ve Moved!

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New Tribes Mission’s New Home Office

It’s been a while since the move to the new offices was on the docket. Not days or weeks, but years. Yes, more years than I care to admit. But it has finally happened!

This Monday we officially began working at our new offices. And we’re loving it. We have more room, fewer people crammed into small spaces, and it is so much quieter. So much so that one of my co-workers worked partially through lunch ...

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God Plus Nothing

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NTM Founder, Paul Fleming, in Malaya.

God Plus Nothing

World War II had not yet begun, but the threat of it was already being felt. And in the Malayan jungle a different kind of war was waging, and a tall, young missionary was rapidly becoming a casualty.

For three years, Paul Fleming had fought an onslaught of malaria attacks. His once strong body was weakened by the fevers, his strength slowly fading away, and it looked as though he were beaten.

Through ...

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When the Well Runs Dry…

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The things we take for granted.

The baking was done, the kitchen cleaned, and my siblings would be joining me in an hour or so for a Thanksgiving dinner together. Relaxed, I sat sipping on coffee and flipping through the Black Friday flyers. That’s when I noticed the water pump was running continuously. And it shouldn’t have been.

A quick run through the house confirmed that there wasn’t a faucet left on, and that the pump really should not be running. Not ...

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God’s Plan

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Wishing you a Merry Christmas. Click on the photo to watch a short Christmas card video from me to you!

I’ve never been a history buff. But here I am immersed in writing historical articles, and yes, even a book about the early history of NTM. And you know what? I find myself intrigued and challenged by it.

Five Men. Five Martyrs.

One of these early stories is about the Ayoré people of Bolivia.

Little was known about the Ayorés, and what was known ...

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Where Skunks Should not Tread!

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Part of our missionary training was living for six weeks in a “home” we made of poles covered with dark and clear plastic. Kitchen cupboards, benches, and beds were all made of poles and twine. Think glorified camping.

For the most part, it was actually a fun and uneventful part of our training. For the most part. But there was this skunk roving between the houses.

And though I don’t jump and scream at every little thing, I do draw the line ...

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Answered Prayer!

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It’s been two weeks since Hurricane Matthew threatened to bring hurricane-strength winds inland. And it was really looking like it could happen.

Thankfully, Hurricane Matthew changed course slightly as the night progressed with the eye of the storm traveling off the coast. That meant that rather than hurricane-strength winds, we only experienced high winds. There were branches to clean up around the yard after the storm, but with no real damage.

Of course, the electricity went out. But I’ve got good neighbors. ...

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Under Hurricane Warning!

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This welcome does NOT extend to hurricanes!

This welcome does NOT extend to hurricanes!

Hurricane Matthew has set its sights on Florida. And tomorrow he arrives. (Or so we’re told!)

I can’t say I’m excited at his coming, but at least I’m as prepared as I can be. It’s kind of in my nature. I’ve stocked up on supplies such as water, food, batteries and a hand-crank emergency radio that will also charge my phone. Even sandbags are in place.

What I couldn’t have anticipated was a mild toothache last ...

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A Salty Rodent and the Outhouse

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Some stories are meant to be told. This one of them. It’s an old one, but as Luis and Elizabeth Trujillo told me we were laughing like it happened yesterday. But let’s get into the story.

It was back during their year living close to the Nukaks. They had a shared outhouse, and one of their co-workers, Israel, noticed that the walls were being chewed up. He was pretty convinced that a paka was the culprit.

Perchance you don’t know what a paca ...

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Colombia and Beyond

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A Desperate Need

As I shared in my last update, a young Nukak man died the day we arrived in the village there in Colombia. It brought to the forefront the sobering reality of the fragility of life and how desperately the Nukak people need the hope of the gospel.

Pray for the missionaries to reach a proficiency in culture and language in order to clearly present truths from God’s Word to the Nukak people. It was such a privilege to visit ...

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Some Things Are Just Hard

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A Life Saved

On my recent trip to Colombia, on the day I arrived in the village, a young Nukak man died. But there was a lot more behind that story. Jack Foster, a missionary working with the Nukak people wrote more about it.

The story began back in the 1990s. Derrek* was two or three-years-old at the time and critically ill. He was in dire need of medical attention if he was to survive.

Jack Foster remembers how God brought along a doctor ...

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