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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The Dog Ate My Homework!

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Photo of a US Passport Cover

Our applications for entry into PNG were approved, but as you may have heard, we’re still waiting for the official stamps to be entered into our passports. The process is taking longer than expected for several reasons. Someone important in the immigration office of PNG died this week, some offices have been moving, and computers have been down. So, our passports are in the safe keeping of the Papua New Guinea embassy in Washington DC.

In ...

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Am I Enough?

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Am I enough? A voice whispers in the depths of my spirit. Fear, doubt, grief, and anger swirl through my heart and the feet of my soul struggle for anchor. I thrash, I despair, I fight, and I surrender. And in the midst of the quiet, soul-churning chaos I hear, Am I enough?

I’ve heard this voice before. I’ve heard this voice in seasons of joy and peace when it whispers direction and inspires gratitude to protect against complacency. But ...

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Preparation

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Catching the “Waves”

Confident in Him who knows the futture

Preparation for ministry in Papua New Guinea has many facets.  New Tribes Mission has wisely grouped these paper work projects into ” Waves”.  That is so we can focus on a manageable number of projects at a time.  If they all came at once we would become overwhelmed by their shear weight and volume.

We currently are finishing up Wave 2 which involves the official submission of our visa and work permits to ...

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The Problem with Prayer

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Have you ever been talking to someone on the phone, only to realize that the connection has been lost? Sometimes prayer feels that way. While I’m praying through a list of people and things, giving thanks and asking for help, the feeling creeps up that I’m putting someone to sleep (actually, if it’s the first thing in the morning, there’s a real chance that I put myself to sleep).

I know God listens. I John 5:14 says that we can be confident that ...

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#BLESSED #CHALLENGED

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#BLESSED #CHALLENGED

This morning I received a video from a mission visit (non NTM) to a state in Asia Mainland (“…inhabited by 16 major tribes along with other sub-tribes. Each tribe is distinct in character from the other in terms of customs, language, and dress.”). A number of the villages have Bible-teaching, believing churches and a great work is being done by the Lord in this area often called one of the many “forgotten peoples”.

As I watched the video (2x) there ...

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Happy New Year!!

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Happy New Year!!

Here we are, the last day of 2016!! What a year, huh?! For us, the year has been filled with a range of emotions. The symbolism does not go unnoticed as we spend this last day of 2016 packing up our house, ready to begin a new chapter and season at the Missionary Training Center in Missouri. As we pack boxes and sort things to give and things to keep, we are also sorting through the nine years ...

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