February 2017 Update from David & Shari Ogg

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John Ogg’s injury and recovery

As most of you know we arrived in the USA for home assignment in July and right after landing we received the news that David’s father had fallen and broken his neck at the C-2 vertebrae. Much of our time during the first few months home was spent in and out of hospitals. Most of the doctors didn’t expect him to recover however God had other plans. He has been out of the hospital for months ...

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2016 Year in review and 2017 Plans

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2016 saw many changes to Joel’s ministry with Communications. It started out projecting to be a busy year, with more travel than previous years, as he was a part of a collaborative team of leaders’ working in several disciplines beyond Communications. But that role shifted quickly as big change came to the structure of the whole communications, development and mobilization teams. He then found himself in a much more stationary, but very much needed role of Business Administrator for the ...
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St. Valentine’s Day Massacre

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Three Guinea Pigs

Our teammates started teaching the first-ever Bible lessons in the Iski language last week! Being as we are still in the “language-learning” phase of our ministry, however, we are not really able to directly contribute to their teaching efforts a whole lot. What we lack in useful ability though, we try to make up for in excited encouragement! We recently expressed this whole-hearted enthusiasm by completely abandoning them in the swampy jungle on the second day of the teaching.

It was ...

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TWO DITCHES

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I have heard it said that Ministry Partnership Development (MPD) has two ditches. After five years of working through our own MPD and as a MPD training facilitator and coach, there is truth to the statement.

The first ditch is the one where the missionary views support raising as something they have to do, have to endure, have to go through to get to their “real” role. The second ditch is the one where the missionary decides that raising up a team to ...

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Living out of a Box

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Saying good-bye to the Patpatar…for a little while.

As I piled into the boat with Aaron and my girls, I shook my head and felt like crying. I thought I’d have another week for this transition. I wasn’t quite ready to leave the Patpatar behind yet.

This is just one illustration of some of the things that have been happening in our lives lately. We’ve had some transitions that we expected to make, with some unexpected twists and turns.

Living out of a ...

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Story in January 2017

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Want a challenge?

    Mom Enns, Christmas 2016

Often we pick a goal or resolution for the New Year, and this year Martha and I were at a mission workshop January 4-6. The workshop was for international missionary trainers. Martha and I were there on behalf of the training program in West Africa, where our co-workers are training Africans to be effective in reaching people from different ethnic backgrounds – many without God’s Word in their own language. The workshop centered ...

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75 years and Counting

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Did you know Macon Celebrated his 75th Birthday last Christmas Day?

Did you know that NTM is celebrating 75 years of ministry in 2017? This year you will see some great articles in NTM@Work both from our past and for our hopes for the future of reaching more tribal peoples.

You are part of planting tribal churches that are grounded in the foundational truths of God’s Word, who are sharing within their communities and reaching out to neighboring communities.

Katy and I thank ...

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2016 Year in Review

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Each year seems to fly by so very fast and here we are well into January 2017. We love this time of year with cooler weather.

As we look back to 2016 we are reminded of God’s faithfulness to us at all times but especially in times of uncertainty. There were a lot of unknowns for us while we were home in Canada. What job would Eli get? When would we return to the Philippines? Would we have enough money to ...

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Practicing Thankfulness

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“I used to believe that God could bring good things from hard times, almost like a cosmic consolation prize for having endured something unfortunate or unfair. Now that I’ve walked with Him this far through this fight, I am certain of this one truth: Some beautiful things can only be found in the hardest times.” Bo Stern in Beautiful Battlefields

I’ve been reading this great book by Bo Stern, whose husband was diagnosed and eventually died from ALS. Her words have ...

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