Posts Tagged ‘new tribes mission’

the YembiYembi people

Posted by David and Michelle Pierce on Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

There are still remote people groups around the world who will not hear the Gospel clearly in their own language unless someone goes to them, learns their culture and language, translates the Bible, and teaches them.

The YembiYembi people of Papua New Guinea was one of those people groups. YembiYembi: Unto the Nations is a video about how God used regular people to make His name known among these people. It’s the story of Brooks and Nina Buser and their co-workers as they labored among these people for nine years.

If you’ve ever wondered how you bring the Gospel to a people group that most people have never even heard of, it’s a good investment of a half hour. If you’re involved in or considering missions in any capacity, you’ll want to watch this. View the video from NTM’s website HERE.

Thank you for partnering with us so that we can see people like the YembiYembi brought to Christ and grown to maturity in their faith.

I.T. personnel needed in missions

Posted by David and Michelle Pierce on Thursday, June 26th, 2014

Computers are missionaries main tools. They are used in everything—learning culture and language, translating the Bible, writing Bible lessons, email (even sending out Bible lessons for printing), ordering supplies and more.

As well, every support missionary and many of the citizen staff use computers as part of their daily ministry.

The IT department at the mission center where we served in Papua New Guinea has a critical need for personnel. They have gone from five people down to one in the last two years. And now that person is leaving for several months because they have a baby on the way. Pray that the Lord would send forth workers to fill this vital role.

If you have skills in IT or other areas and desire to use them as part of the church planting team, click HERE to see the many opportunities to serve.

Where are you at?

Posted by Lourens Laureti on Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Check out this challenge and make it out for your self? R u a going, sending or just disobedient?

Everything’s bigger? Maybe…

Posted by Jack and Lael Crabtree on Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

We just returned from an amazing trip to Brenham, Texas. Bob, one of our supporters, not only gathered an astonishing amount of hand tools for our ministry, but he also spent several days teaching me various elements of woodworking, joinery, and construction.

"Perfect is close enough" when it comes to measuring.

I did my best impersonation of a Bob-Vila-shaped-sponge (that’s not a thing, is it?), while making box joints by hand, shaving/drilling/assembling a mortise and tenon platform from a fallen tree (using a shaving horse and a draw-knife), and employing various power tools. Blessed? Yes. Definitely.

Rynn gave our unfinished platform a good stress test!

Just Showing Off.

We all know God occasionally throws an inside curve ball. Usually, he’s trying to get us to back off the plate, refocus, and wait on the right pitch (I know, I know, an imperfect sports metaphor…but hey, I’ve had too much coffee to resist…). Our solar electric system is designed off a rectangular floor plan I saw in a bush house last summer in Papua New Guinea, but our team recently learned that the Wantakians live in circular houses. The only people with rectangular houses are either foreigners or very rich. We’d like to avoid propagating those stereotypes, so we scrapped the rectangle house-plan.

 

Dilemma.

What do we replace it with? A round house? We briefly looked into prefab yurts. They were cool, sturdy, and quick to construct, but expensive and devastating in regard to the relationship-building time that normally accompanies the house-building phase of ministry. The people’s round houses typically only last a few years before they have to be rebuilt, so that was out. We needed a middle option.

 

Light-bulb.

What if we threw them a curveball by building an octagonal house? Not a rectangle…not round…but round-ish. This seemed to be the perfect middle-ground, but how would we build one? What would the floor-plan look like? How would we make a sealed octagonal roof from corrugated tin?

While in Texas, an architect from our family’s church heard about our dilemma, met with Lael and me for a few hours, solved our roof problem, and volunteered to draw up professional plans for our bush house! Again, God constantly shows us that this task is impossible apart from Him and His provision through the rest of the Body! So humbling, true, and encouraging!

Some of you have said things like, “I could never do what you and Lael are doing.” Well, we can’t do it on our own either. We’re frail and fearful, but we’re willing to trust in God’s provision. Please pray that we continue to begin every day surrendered to God’s plans for our lives. That’s all any of us can do. Some of His plans are in our comfort-zone; some aren’t. All of His plans are in His comfort-zone.

May we all continue to pray the most dangerous prayer, “Jesus, I’m willing to go anywhere at anytime to do anything for You. Show me what that looks like.”

Unto the Nations

Posted by Katie Bowman on Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.” -Jim Elliot (missionary to the Auca and martyr of the faith)

Check out this first hand account of a team of missionaries who gave of themselves to see the Yembi Yembi people group reached.

Yembi Yembi

Humbling Provision

Posted by Jack and Lael Crabtree on Monday, May 19th, 2014

Transitioning to a different country might be complicated, but God has been showing off lately! We had several huge financial needs, and God completely crossed them off our list by working through his church! One family provided 90 percent of the funds we needed for our solar electric system, and we were able to purchase $12,000 worth of plane tickets for about $500 through a mixture of air miles! We serve a creative God!

Thankfully we’re on the last step of our paperwork! Everything made it through the PNG government, and now we just need to send some documents to the embassy here in the States…and wait. This month we’ll be getting everything together and loaded onto the shipping container we’re sharing with the Sanders and Hambrices. Please pray for patience and wisdom as we organize everything and try to go with minimal belongings.

 

Letters From Wantakia

Our Letters From Wantakia art event went great. Samuel Gray created an incredibly moving image called Reaching the Unreached [see below] for us, and we were able to sell signed prints and t-shirts, while informing friends about our future ministry with the Wantakian people in the central highlands of Papua New Guinea!

"Reaching the Unreached" by Samuel Gray – Christ stands on a grass airstrip in Papua New Guinea beckoning us (the birds) to come join him in the field where laborers are few.

 

Wisconsin!

We’re in Waukesha, Wisconsin saying our last goodbyes to friends from Sprizzo, Brooklife Church, and New Tribes Bible Institute! It’s been an emotional whirlwind, and we’re so thankful for the many great friendships we’ve been blessed with in the frigid north! This is a special thank you to all the Brooklifers who stopped by our table! You guys are awesome, and we’re proud to be part of the church family representing you all in Papua New Guinea!

We stayed with some amazing friends, and Nora (and Rynn) had a blast playing with Kojo!

 

Shirts!

To order a  “For This I Toil” shirt and help us get to the field, click here. Five colors available.

Next Stop: Texas

After a week to catch our breath, we’ll be taking our last big road-trip down to Texas to visit with friends, family, and supporters. This is an extra special trip (and another example of God’s creative provision), because one of our supporters has purchased many of the power and hand tools I’ll need and is going to teach me how to build furniture by hand!

 

We’re so thankful for the way the church can function together, and so humbled by everyone’s generosity. Thank you all for your prayers and support!

 

 

 

 

Where to next?

Posted by Jerry and Joyce McDaniels on Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

 

Where in the world?

Where in the world?

Lots of travels already this year and we are preparing for the next trip. Let’s see how you know your world facts and if you can discern where we are going in a few weeks… (more…)

Literacy Course in England

Posted by Jerry and Joyce McDaniels on Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

 

North Cotes Literacy Class of 2014

North Cotes Literacy Class of 2014

We are back from a wonderful time at the missionary training center in England. It was so special to see young people from all over Europe preparing for missionary service. We enjoyed every minute of the literacy course and took in some history and sites in London. For pictures, click on the photo tab above and go to the 3rd album, “our last trip.”

BLESSED! BLESSED! BLESSED!

Posted by Paul and Susan Olmstead on Monday, April 7th, 2014

We had 16 new missionaries on our Monday morning “MPD Caffeine” call today! Praise the Lord!

We trust each was encouraged in their journey…MPD journey and daily life.

God is truly moving in amazing ways with our current NTM group that is preparing to GO. Right now we have appx. 70 Units (1 unit = a single, a couple, or a family). Praise the Lord! 50 of those from within the USA. 20 from outside the USA.

Please pray for these folks as they prepare to GO! Pray for new Ministry Partners that will get them to that 100% funded finish line.

Thank you in advance for your prayers.

For more information about NTM and NTM GO opportunities, please visit: www.ntm.org/go

Kontext in March 2014

Posted by Theo and Martha Enns on Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

That is: “CONTEXT with a capital K.”

           That’s what one of our missionary training teachers kept saying to us 32 years ago, to make it stick. Well, today, knowing the Haitian CONTEXT is still very critical. For example, the Creole word “lapè” means both “fear” and “peace.” So how will the Haitians understand the context in Matthew 10:34? “Do not think that I came to bring fear/peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace/fear but a sword.”

As we develop the Bible curriculum for grade 3 students, we need to be aware of their Creole context (since they speak Creole at home) and their level of French comprehension (since they’re supposed to be taught in French at school.) This complicates how we teach Truth, and which vocabulary to use to communicate the right meaning in a relevant way.

Martha also has a unique context in her ministry (more…)