Posts Tagged ‘new tribes mission’
Maile, Namoleya, and Suduwama–three elders from an ex-unreached tribal group called Bisorio share how the Gospel came to them and send a powerful message to the American church.
As most of you know, I was able to visit Papua New Guinea this summer, and to say the trip was well worth it would be an epic understatement. God provided an incredible measure of clarity and peace for me as our family plans to move to PNG this summer. I’ve tried encapsulate my tip into a few different snapshots that you’ll see below:
Papua New Guinea is our future home
PNG is called the land of the unexpected for a reason. Iâ€™ve never been anywhere with such a severe juxtaposition of tribal poverty and modern technology. In the highlands, I was able to Facetime with Lael from the top of a mile-high ridge! Many tribal people have cell phones but no way to charge them. The country is a place of pure transition, but there are still many remote pockets that have received little influence from the outside world. Port Moresby, the capitol city, has been the murder capitol of the world, yet the people outside the cities tended to be incredibly warm and generous. I visited every New Tribes center in Papua New Guinea, and was able to meet the missionaries who will be running our national culture and language program when we arrive in country next summer. I also soaked up as much wisdom as I could hold for building our tribal house.Â
Lead quietly and follow a big God
Our family will most likely be working in the Sepik region of the country, and I was able to spend a fair bit of time with some of the Sepik leadership. Many of these guys have phased out of their tribal works or are in the process of doing so after about ten years! This means theyâ€™ve finished Bible translation, ordained tribal elders, and handed the church over to the people! They’re moving into the background and allowing the tribal believers to step into the forefront. I feel incredibly blessed to know Lael and I will have leadership who have been there, done it, and know the necessity of walking with God through it all!
Keep your eyes fixed on the finish
Miraculously, God worked out flights between three different flight agencies so we could visit a mature tribal work. I was able to meet three living legends: Maile, Suduwama, and Namolia. These guys were from the Bisorio tribe and have been believers for more than 25 years. I was humbled by their walk, wisdom, and focus on eternity. They have evangelized their entire people group. Every single village. We were privileged to hang out with the two men, Bob Kennell and George Walker, who took the Gospel to the Bisorio. Iâ€™ve seen the fruits of walking with God to the finish in a church plant.
We serve the most faithful Provider
I met so many amazing people during my 3.5 week time in PNG, and they didnâ€™t hold back or sugar-coat missionary life. Many had endured sickness, threats, team conflict, depression, and culture shock, but they held to their Father and have experienced His provision. Itâ€™s no secret that Satan is not a fan of what our family will be doing. We need you guys to be praying for us!
Out of sight but in our hearts
I was fortunate to be able to visit some friends of ours who have just moved into an unreached tribe called the Pei people. Theyâ€™ve just finished building their tribal houses and have had their first culture and language evaluation. We were able to bring their entire team a large care-package from the States! It was awesome to see the difference the connection back home made! It was also a blessing for us to be able to witness what life will look like in about a yearâ€™s time. The sober reality hit me as I was walking back from the village and realized that one of the old men who was sick would most likely die before the team would be able to learn his language. We have an urgent task ahead of us.
Donâ€™t bother if you wonâ€™t finish
Maile, a Bisorio tribal church elder, told me that many missionaries come to PNG and leave before the task is finished. He said to stay home, if we werenâ€™t going to finish the job. This is going to take all of us working together! Thank you for choosing to be a vital member of our team!Â
Deciding to home school the boys has been a process. Honestly, if you had asked me a couple years ago if I would have ever considered homeschooling Austen, Alex, and Zeb – my answer would have been a resounding “NO!”. Oh how God can change a person’s heart. What I thought started changing my mind was that I didn’t feel Alex was challenged by school. Coupled with struggling with anxiety, socially, etc., we began to think about homeschooling him as a solution to having a happier boy. Then, as we joined New Tribes Missions (NTM), it seemed it might become a necessity.Â In early 2013, we switched Alex to virtual school. Having him in virtual school prompted us to look at ALL of our options for all three boys. We weighed the pros and cons of virtual school, public school, and home school. Meanwhile, God continued to move me in the direction of wanting more for my kids when it came to His presence in what they learned. We are thrilled at the curriculum options offered that have God at the center, and excited about the curriculum we will be using this next school year.
Over the past couple month’s we’ve been talking with families that have been home schooling for a length of time. What a wonderful resource to know several families whose children have either been completely home schooled OR mostly home schooled. They have been such an encouragement and a wealth of knowledge as we finalized our decisions. We chose the curriculum and placed our orders. While the boys have just been “done with school” (as is to be expected after just finishing the year), I waited for the boxes with heavy anticipation. I love books! I enjoy learning. I also enjoy organizing. As the boxes came, I opened them right away. I have been excitedly looking through textbooks, workbooks, novels, etc., Alex and Austen’s attitudes have slowly started to shift to excitement. First, they just watched me as I repeatedly beckoned for them to come look at this or that, thinking I must be somewhat nuts. Now, I think by the time September rolls around they will be eager to get started. (Zeb also loves to learn, but he usually has his nose in a book at some point every day so he is constantly learning new words and ideas.)
I have really started to delve into the lessons for each course. How long each lesson might take to learn, and how that translates into weeks, and so on. Suddenly, I started to feel a little unsure about all of this. What if it doesn’t all play out like it is supposed to? What if the kids are bored and unhappy? I know schooling is important for Alex and Zeb right now, but Austen is going into 9th grade! This is “for real” for him. What if I mess it all up! Â Ummm, maybe this isn’t such a good idea! Then God reminded me that He has brought us to this, and He will bring us through it (I. Thes. 5:24). Â Sounds like something we would say during a time of trial right? I don’t view this as a trial really, but it is a little scary. I am certain though that this is how He wants us to school our boys this next year. We’re going to do our thing and He will be right smack dab in the middle of it, just as He should be.
I am looking forward to spending more time with my boys each day. I look forward to seeing their faces as they learn new ideas.Â I look forward to re-learning what I may have forgotten. I look forward to practicing our Spanish together in the car as we travel across the country to the next individual, family, or church God wants us to share our ministry with. I am sure I’ll have more of those moments where I’ll wish my friends had scheduled an intervention when we decided to home school.Â However, I also know that God will once again remind me why we made the choice. I’ll probably fret that I’m doing this all wrong, but then realize that there is more than one “right way”. My boys and my husband will roll their eyes at me when my Type A personality rears its ugly head and the notebook isn’t in the order I think makes the most sense.
Most of all, as we need to travel, we will beÂ togetherÂ doing the Kingdom-building work God has called us to do.
Yep, itâ€™s time to get out our suitcases again. We are preparing for an important trip to Bolivia. We leave the end of this month for Bolivia. One project weâ€™ve been working on is to update the literacy training that missionary candidates receive and then to train the trainers. This trip to Bolivia is a part of that process. (more…)
Every quarter I have theÂ privilegeÂ of Canadianizing the NTM@work magazine. This month was special as the feature story was written by and about a Canadian family that lives just outside of Durham, Pete and Leah Humphreys.
Chelsea & I will be moving to Papua New Guinea as soon as we finish raising our support to start flying and serving the tribal missionaries.Â I wanted to share this video with you so that you could get a glimpse of what Papua New Guinea looks like, and so you could be praying for the tribal work of the Hewa as shown on this video.