Oh…the Feet

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“…How beautiful are the feet of those who bring Good News.” Romans 10:15b

I spent some time this afternoon looking out over our missionary training center campus here on Lake of the Ozarks (Missouri). Nearly 50 years ago the Lord granted NTM this land to raise up the next generation of laborers to go out in to the great harvest (Matthew 9:37a). Year after year many have prayed Matthew 9:37-38, prayed for more to laborers to come, and God has continued ...

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More Waiting…

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“Waiting on God requires the willingness to bear uncertainty, to carry within oneself the unanswered question, lifting the heart to God about it whenever it intrudes upon one’s thoughts.”

― Elisabeth Elliot

Ah, yes. Waiting. Elisabeth Elliot said it well, having seen some of her deepest fears come to reality during her time on this earth. Yet she also found the secret of waiting, the key component for experiencing pain with joy, and uncertainty with hope. The secret is releasing our fears, ...

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Firm Foundations

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When ‘foundations’ come up in conversation with a New Tribes missionary, often the subject is an evangelism tool by Trevor McIlwain called Building on Firm Foundations. One of NTM’s primary church-planting methods is chronological Bible teaching – introducing people to their Creator in the Old Testament, and building a foundation for understanding Jesus’ death and resurrection before presenting the Gospel message. It’s an outline which aids the development of lesson plans for church planters worldwide, and for many a familiar ...
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A Taste of Mountain Life

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Greenslades, Van Wormers, and Husbands all gathered together under one roof again!

The extended Greenslade family, together again!

Greetings from Chihuahua, Mexico – where winter can’t decide if it’s coming or going, yet time keeps on rolling along!

As 2017 swings into full gear, life remains busy as ever. Daily life revolves around our ongoing study of Spanish and Mexican culture, with the end of finishing well, then moving to join our teammates working among the Nahuatl people. Amy’s full-time care of Lily means that – as expected – the time hasn’t come ...

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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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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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