I was looking though tickets for my trip home for the summer when I realized I no longer needed to click on “round trip tickets”. I’ve been praying about whether to go home next year for a while, but the realization of what the decision meant didn’t sink in till I was looking for tickets.
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When I was a little girl growing up, whenever anyone asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up I lit up because I knew the answer, “I want to be a missionary.” My whole life has been influenced by this desire because I knew the need, I knew God’s heart for people and I wanted to be the one who went.
It all started Sunday night. I hadn’t eaten very much because from the time I got up till the time I went to church I was working in the office. After I finished in the office I went straight to church and then straight to work. As I was vacuuming at work all I could think about was food.
Believe it or not, our 3.5 years of pre-field equipping with New Tribes Mission is drawing to a close, and we’d like to take a few moments to share with you all about our future. With that said, we have posted several new blogs that are more reflections on and lessons learned from the last three years of training. Click the link at the bottom to go to the blog.
We’ve been bouncing around between Oklahoma and Arkansas ensuring that grandparents get their much needed grand-baby time! Now we’re back in Arkansas and will be at New Heights on Sunday worshiping together and touching base with some of you all.
Lael will be receiving specialized (and very intensive) linguistic training. We all have received some linguistic training during the normal 3 semester track here in Missouri, but Lael will be focusing on this specific problem: how do you accurately break down an unwritten language and produce a usable alphabet (i.e. create an orthography)?
To remedy this problem of developing an orthography, Lael will be taking the equivalent of a 20 hr. semester class load (not including several hours of practical homework each night) of solid linguistics classes. The alphabet Lael will create in the tribe will be extremely important, because it will be the foundation for literacy, Bible lesson development and Bible translation for the tribal people.
While Lael is developing her linguistic muscle, I’ll be working on staff with the mobilization and development office at the training center. I worked in that department as a student last semester for my campus work detail. I’ll be working on developing/writing/editing digital textbooks for some of the specialized courses on campus, as well as scripting various mobilization video projects. That journalism degree keeps coming in handy : )
We’ll be focusing on reconnecting back in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Wisconsin. We’ll also be trying to finish raising our recommended financial support, so we can make it to Papua New Guinea in 2014. A sincerely humble thank you to everyone who has been faithfully partnering with throughout our years of training! We couldn’t do this without you, and we wouldn’t want to! Drop us a line, if you’re interested in joining our partnership team.
Lael will be putting her linguistic skill to the test as we go to a Cherokee reservation in Tahlequah, OK for the LING Practicum. For six weeks, Lael will be working with a Cherokee language helper and develop her own alphabet for the Cherokee language. Practice makes perfect….and perfect is close enough!
Papua New Guinea accepts new missionaries in February and August (due to their six-month national culture and language program). Please pray for us as we endeavor to be wise stewards of our time and accomplish two vitally important tasks: taking the time to build relationships and plug back into life at our sending church and with friends and family, and completely raising our field-recommended financial support.
We want to accomplish both of those things well before we leave. This means that if we make it to our required financial amount, but have not had enough time to connect with our church, our ministry partners, our family and friends, we will probably go in August instead of February. Conversely, we don’t feel right about leaving prematurely with only 75% of our recommended support with a hope of just “getting by”. Getting by often translates into having to shift focus away from where it should primarily rest: the tribal people among whom we’ll be serving.
Please pray for us as this year unfolds, and God continues to surprise us with plans far more beautiful and rewarding than our own could ever hope to be.
Looking to Him,
I just got back from a wonderful week at home with my family. As I was saying my goodbyes and getting in line for the security I realized something. I wasn’t drained or worried at the thought of heading back to New Tribes Bible Institute!
Lael and I just returned from a long trek up north to Waukesha Wisconsin, where we spoke to the students at New Tribes Bible institute about what life here at the training center is like. Owing to our additional precious cargo (baby Rynn) the trip took an extra 3 hours each way, but she and Nora were pretty good most of the time.
I was able to share with the students about the in-depth look we get at animism (basic tribal belief systems) and worldview analysis (breaking down our own Western worldview and matching that against a Biblical worldview). I also shared about Hold The Ropes (HTR), which is a great time of prayer that we have several times a week. We get to pray for NTM missionaries all over the world and follow some of them as they’re teaching through creation to Christ for the first time! In a given week we pray for more than 500 missionaries and teams! How cool is it that we can play a part in what God is doing around the world…from Missouri!?
What a great opportunity to mobilize some Bible school students toward what God is doing around the world. I thank God for every opportunity he gives me to multiply myself before I go. We all have a part (or should I say “parts”) to play in His plan. Let’s get involved!
Over the past few weeks I’ve started to feel more and more like a mom. I’ve been cooking and cleaning, potty training and disciplining.
I walked into my kitchen this morning to find one of my mugs had been broken last night. My heart sunk a little bit because it was a mug I had gotten from one of my close friends years ago, but then my mind turned to something else.
As I started praying through the feelings of hurt and something being lost that I treasured God reminded me how things on this earth just don’t last forever.
Well, we just got back from a week in Wisconsin…and it was way too short! We got to stay with our friends, Mark and Marilyn Ford (and their beautiful cats…Lael was in heaven)! We also saw a ton of friends from Brooklife Church and got to worship in the new (well, it was new to us) building for the first time!
James and Abby Bartz also hosted a get together at their place for our whole house group! It was so awesome to see everyone and catch up! (and Lael’s pregnant belly thoroughly enjoyed the homemade pizza!
Because we only had a week to spend up north and had many more people we wanted to see, we’re planning to come back up to Wisconsin in August! We’ll put up some dates as soon as we get it figured out!
Several friends also joined our monthly support team, which is such a huge blessing! Thank you guys so much for your faithfulness to pray and give sacrificially! We couldn’t do what we’re doing without you all!
Speaking of doing what we’re doing, our next blog will be an update on summer plans…and longterm plans! We finally have a country and a departure date!
More to come soon…