Colton and Tanja Twigg

Serving the Lord in Paraguay, South America

Twigg Family Updates ~ August 2012

Posted by Colton and Tanja Twigg in Uncategorized on Aug 30th, 2012 | Discuss This Post

Dear Faithful Prayer Partners,

It has been a busy month for us.  We have enjoyed meeting new people and seeing familiar faces.  We want to thank you all for praying for us and for financially supporting our ministry.  It has been exciting watching the Lord provide and getting us closer each day to Paraguay.  We are so thankful that you all can have a part in this as you follow this journey the Lord has us on.

MINISTRY UPDATE

This month we were able to share in 3 Churches.  Thank you to McGrawville Baptist, Jackson Baptist, and Owego First Baptist for having us come in and share with you all.  Colton was also able to give a small concert for the Broom-Tioga American Baptist Association Picnic and we had a wonderful time fellowshipping with them.  In our last update we reported that we were at 60% of our support level.  This month the Lord raised that for us to 62% ($3334.00).  That means that we are only 8% ($429.00) away from leaving for Paraguay!  How exciting is that? God has been working in the hearts of His people to help in Reaching the Lost of Paraguay for Christ.  Please continue to pray that the Lord will raise our funds for us and that He would continually prepare our hearts for Paraguay.  We can’t wait to get down to Paraguay and start learning Spanish and Paraguayan Culture and see how the Lord is going to use us there.

FAMILY UPDATE

Jehiah's Birthday Cake

This month our two oldest boys, Malachi and Noah, will be started school at Northeast Bradford Elementary School.  Malachi is in Second Grade and Noah is in Kindergarten.  They both have been super excited about attending school and riding the school bus.  On the 10th we celebrated our daughter’s birthday.  Jehiah turned three this year.  Wow, how time flies.  She has been a great joy in our family.  We also had a bigger party for her and our nephew, Aiden.  She truly enjoyed her birthday.

NEWS FROM PARAGUAY – Standing on Fence Posts and ‘Whole Cow Soup’

Missionary Moira Hall says she waited eagerly every night for the phone call from her husband, Elijah.  And Elijah says he stood balanced on a fence post each evening hoping for better cell phone reception to call Moira.  Elijah Hall was on a five-day survey trip to eastern Paraguay to three Mbya Guarani communities and learn more about this people group.  And Moira could hardly wait to hear what he discovered each day.  Elijah says that the Mbya Guarani people in Paraguay number between 14,000 and 16,000. (More Mbya Guarani live in Brazil and Argentina.)  Moira shares, “They are a people who have lived in the shadow of European ways for hundreds of years now, and yet are separate and very distinct …. They are very secretive about their religious practices and not much seems to be known about how different their heart language is from the rest of the Guarani dialects …. They are very much in need of the message of salvation in words they can understand.”  Elijah’s survey trip included many interesting introductions to the Mbya Guarani culture.  Not the least of these, he says, was the concept of what he calls “whole cow soup.”  Elijah says he was invited to join in a big tribal gathering for a meal.  “Traditionally at a big gathering, a cow is slaughtered and the least desirable parts are used first, with the best meat saved for the big barbecue on the last day.”  But Elijah was present for the first day of this process, not the last.  So instead of beef barbecue, he was served up a hearty portion of “whole cow soup.”  Included were what looked like dumpling, but were instead large portions for the cow’s stomach.  Then there were the noodles.  No, actually, the “noodles” were sections of very large veins.  Though he tried valiantly, Elijah says the soup was very chewy and he didn’t quite finish his entire bowl.  But he did gain a greater insight and heart for ministry to the Mbya Guarani people.  Moira writes, “Elijah hopes to finish his Spanish study soon.  His next evaluation will be in August, and he is working toward completing his target level by fall.  After that will be a period of time spent forming a missionary team, a possible intermediate move and a lot more survey work before finally deciding where to settle, build a house and work.  We don’t know at this point how long all that will take, but we are trusting God to show us each step.”  Elijah and Moira are encouraged by the open and humble attitude of the NTM field leadership to include and disciple them as young missionaries.  They are excited about what God has for them next.  They feel that Elijah’s recent survey trip to Mbya Guarani confirmed God’s will for them to pursue ministry with this unreached people group.  From hearts that are eager to serve they ask, “Will you pray with us as we further seek His guidance?”  Please pray for Elijah and Moira Hall and their family in their culture and language studies.  Pray that God will guide and teach them in preparation for His place of ministry for them.  Pray also for the Mbya Guarani people.  Pray that God will prepare their hearts to receive the Gospel in His time, a message that will bring the brightness of hope and the truth of His Word to their needy culture. – by Cathy Drobnick

We want to thank you so much for taking the time to read our updates and for praying for our needs.  We are so encouraged to know that you are standing beside us in this journey.  We pray the Lord’s richest blessings on you.

For His Name and His Glory,

The Twigg Family

1 Thessalonians 5:24 ~ “He who calls you is faithful, he will surely do it.”

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Twigg Family Updates July 2012

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Dear Faithful Prayer Partners,

What a summer it has been so far.  We are looking forwad to all that the Lord has in sotroe for us, even though we do not know what it is.  We want to thank all of you for your continued prayers and financial support.  Each day we are getting closer to Paraguay and knowing you are part of our team encourages our hearts.  We pray the Lord’s richest blessings on you.

MINISTRY

This month we were able to share in three Churches and are praising the Lord for each opportunity He gives.  As far as support goes we are still hanging out at 60% (3229.00).  The Lord has been good and has brought us a long way from when we started.  When I look back two and a half years ago, the Lord has brought us very far.  He has brought us from 19% (1018.00) to 60%.  What an AMAZING GOD we

Colton Sharing about Paraguay in Sunday School!

serve!  Right now we need you, our prayer partners, to please continue to pray with us for the 10% (520.00) that we have left to leave for the field and also our start-up costs.  We know that our God can and will provide in His time and we lood forward to seeing how quickly He brings it in.  We would also ask that you would pray the Lord would prepare our hearts for Paraguay.  Would you also prayerfully consider if the Lord would have you become par of our fianacial support team?  We would love for you to join us and help us reach Paraguay for Christ.

FAMILY

The kids making Pizza with Aunt Kathy!

We finished our time in Michigan on the 10th.  We had a wonderful time; spending time as a family, seeing family, attending Tanja’s brother’s Wedding, and celebrating with Munising Baptist School’s (where Tanja went to school) 30 year Anniversary.  We were also able to celebrate the 4th, we watched the parade, had a cook out, went to the firemans’s water fight (Malachi and Noah got soaked) and enjoyed some incredible fireworks.

 

 

NEWS FROM PARAGUAY ~ Teaching Angaites Where They Stand

Missionaries Wes Goddard and his cousin Mark recently helped teach a group of new Angaite believers.  Getting there required  a 12 hour trip onan everloaded boat with standing room only.  They praised the Lord for a sofe journey.  Mark and Wes assisted an Angaite Bible Teacher as ahe taught a group of new believers from Firm Foundation Bible lessons.  “We ttaught two hours in the morning, and two hours in the afternoon during 3 days.  We did a lot of teaching about our position in Christ, as believers, and how we have an excellent standing before God, because Jesus Chrsit.”  Mark’s wife Odie accompanied them and spent much ffo her time talking with Angaite women.  After three days of teaching and encouraging the three had a n 8-hour trip downriver.  This time it was extremely cold on the deck of the boat as temperatures dropped to near freezing in the Paraguayan winter.  Praise God that the Angaite new believers are more grounded and have a better understanding of God’s Word.  Pray that Wes will continue to be used in teaching and establishing tribal believers.  Pray too for Mark and odie Goddard as they minister among the Angaite and Pai Tavy Tera peoples. ~ Dena McMaster

 

Thank you so much for taking the time to read our updates and for praying for the future ministry that God will have for us in Paraguay.  We are so encouraged to know that we are prayed for.  Thank you for faithfully serving in this way!

For His Name and His Glory,

The Twigg Family

Colton, Tanja, Malachi, Noah, Gideon, and Jehiah

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Twigg Family Updates ~ May 2012

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Dear Faithful Prayer Partners,

We had an amazing month.  It was full of celebration and rejoicing at God’s provision.  We are so thankful that we serve an Amazing God who loves us and wants to use us for His glory.  We also want to thank all of your who are letting God use you for helping us Glorify our Lord by serving Him.  It reminds me of the verse, 1 Peter 4:11b – whoeever serves is to do so as one who is serving by the strength which God supplies;  so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ.  We all have our part in reaching those who don’t know Chrsit and need to do it in the strenght and resources that He gives.  Thank you so much for your prayers and financial support that make it possible to reach Paraguayans for Christ.

MINISTRY UPDATE

This past month we only had one church scheduled to share with.  We really wanted to fill the schedule but that did not happen, we know that the Lord knows what He is doing and will fill our schedule how He wants it.  We are also pleased to announce that we have gone up 3% since our last letter!  We are now at 57% (3054.00) with actual and promised support.  We do need to be at 70% to leave in September, so that leaves us with 13% (696.00) needed per month.  We are praying to reach this goal by the end of July, so that we can go ahead and get all of our paperwork and visas done in August.  We do have enough in our savings to purchase our plane tickets, but not all the funds we need for our start up costs.  Please be praying with us that as we share with churches and individuals, that the Lord would burden their hearts for the Paraguayan people.  Will you also prayerfully consider how the Lord may want you to be involved in helping us reach this, 13%, by july?

FAMILY

This month we were able to celebrate two birthdays in family.  On the 3rd, Colton celebrated his 30th birthday; the boys keep telling him he is old.  On the 13th, our oldest, Malachi turned 7years old.  He got to share his special day with Mommy since it was Mother’s Day.  It is so hard to believe, you never want to see your kids grow older.  What a blessing our children are and we are so thankful to the Lord for entrusting Malachi to us.  We continually pray that we will be Godly examples for all our children.

NEWS FROM PARAGUAY ~ Praying all night for Shoes

Francisco, a believer in Paraguay, recently shared his testimony of God’s wonderful supply of his needs.  And his story focused on shoes.  “He was born into a family of ten children.  We were not believers and we were very poor.  I walked six kilometers (about 3.5 miles) to school.  To save money, I would cut my paper into four pieces and copy everyting the teacher wrote on the blackboard in letters as small as an ant might write.  I used each pencil until it was so small that I could not hold it anymore.  I would  study by firelight at night,” Francisco began.  He shared that then he became a believer.  He left the family farm to continue his studies.  He wanted to be a teacher.  “I was also growing in the Lord and the brothers would help me,” Francisco continues.  Local believers would allow him to sleep in the chapel.  He would sleep on a pew and wrap himslef in curtains to stay warm, carefully putting the curtains back in their proper place in the morning.  One day, these believers asked him to share a message with them from God’s Word.  Francisco wanted very much to do this.  But he felt there was one big obstacle: his shoes.  “I wanted so badly to share from the Word of God, but then I looked down at my shoes and I felt I could not.  I only had one pair and I had sewed and glued them many times…my toes were poking way out of the front of the shoes.”  Francisco knew of the only one thing to do.  He prayed.  “Lord, You know how I want to preach for You,” he cried.  “But how could I dishonor You by wearing these shoes?”  All night Francisco prayed and asked God to give him shoes.  He reminded God that he hardly had money for food and that he truly had none for shoes.  That very week God answered dramatically.  “A friend I had lent money to a long time before, sent me a pair of shoes from halfway across the country!”  And, Francisco says, God went beyond what he had asked.  He also gave him two additional pairs from other sources.  “When I stood up in front of everyone that Sunday, I said, “Brothers and sisters, we have a good God who gives good things to His people.  Make sure you are asking for what you need, and asking in faith!”  Since that time, God has continued to bless and use Francisco.  He is now a teacher in a Christian school, teaching science and the Gospel to a student body that is made up of mostly unblievers.  Missionary Elijah Hall shares, “Francisco is active in the local church, and he and his sweet wife are expecting their first child.   We are blessed to call them family in the Lord.”  Pray for Francisco and his wife as they long to shine brightly for Christ.  Pray that God will continue to bless them and provide for them and that the power of their testimony will touch many hearts.

 

Thank you so much for taking the time to read our update.  We are so thankful and blessed that you are standing behind us in prayer.  We pray God’s richest blessings on you for you faithfullness.

For His Name and His Glory,

The Twigg Family

Colton, Tanja, Malachi, Noah, Gideon, and Jehiah

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Twigg Family Updates – April 2012

Posted by Colton and Tanja Twigg in Uncategorized on Apr 30th, 2012 | Discuss This Post

Matthew 28:6 He is not here, for He has risen, as He said.  Come; see the place where He lay.

Dear Faithful Prayer Partners,

What a month it has been.  The Lord has blessed us so much.  We want to thank all of you for your love, prayers and financial support.  We are grateful to have you all part of our team.  We are so excited to share with you all some things that the Lord has been doing and glad that you will be praising the Lord with us.

MINISTRY UPDATE

This past month the Lord gave us the opportunity to share at two churches.  We would also like to share that the Lord has provided three new financial partners for us.  We are praising the Lord for Tanja’s home Church, Munising Baptist Church, in Munising Michigan for coming on board with us, Candor Congregational Church for coming on board, and also an individual.  Because of this, it has jumped our support from 49% to 54%.  That means that there is 16% ($857.00)  left to go before we can leave for the field.  We would like to leave in September, so we are asking you to pray that the Lord would supply this fairly quickly.  Would you like to be part of something bigger than yourself?  We invite you to partner with us to Reach Paraguayans for Christ.

EASTER

This year we spent Resurrection Sunday with our home church, Peoples Baptist Church, and our family.  It was a great day of Celebrating of Christ’s rising again.  We are so thankful for Christ taking our place on that cross so that we can have a personal relationship with Him and Eternal life.  The kids enjoyed an Easter egg hunt and the time they had spending with their cousins.

 

NEWS FROM PARAGUAY

A Successful Visit

NTM missionaries are evaluating whether to begin translation among the Guarani Nandeva people.  A group of NTM missionaries, including Bryson White, recently visited several Guarani Nandeva communities.  Francisco, a Guarani Nandeva believer, was their guide.  “It was good to see the need up close and the urgency it entails,” Bryson wrote.  “Without God’s Word, people are hopelessly lost.”  One of the most important questions is whether the Guarani Nandeva language is being lost.  If the language is well on its way to being lost, the people are most likely better reached by missionaries working in Spanish and Guarani, the two principle languages of the country.  But if it is being maintained, missionaries would learn the culture and language, and help preserve both by developing a written form of the language in the process of translating the Scriptures among the Guarani Nandeva people.  Please pray for wisdom for the NTM’s leaders and the missionaries who are evaluating the information gathered, discussing options and seeking God’s will about ministry among the Guarani Nandeva people.

 

Thank you so much for taking the time to read our Updates and for Praying for us!

Serving the KING,

Colton, Tanja, Malachi, Noah, Gideon, and Jehiah

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Twigg Family Updates March 2012

Posted by Colton and Tanja Twigg in Uncategorized on Apr 9th, 2012 | Discuss This Post

Dear Faithful Prayer Partners,

What a month it has been.  The Lord has blessed us so much.  More than we could have even imagined.  It is always such an AWESOME experience to watch the Lord work on our behalf.  We want to thank you so much for your prayers and for your financial support, with the help of God’s children we are getting closer to Paraguay.

MINISTRY UPDATE

At the beginning of the month our home church held a faith promise to help us raise our support level.  In our February newsletter we shared that we were at 34% of our recommended support level.  On Sunday March 4th, the total for our faith promise was announced.  We were nervous and excited all at the same time, waiting to see how the Lord had worked in the hearts of our church family.  The amount was enough to raise our support to 49%.  Thank you so much to our church family for stepping out in faith to help us get to the field.  We are so thankful to be serving with you all.  We are getting so close to that 70% mark and would appreciate your prayers as we wait on the Lord for 21%.  That is $1125.00 per month.  Maybe the Lord could use you to help us reach the 21% that we need to leave for the field.  As you know we were making plans to leave for Paraguay in June.  Since we are not even over 50% we have decided, with much prayer and wisdom from our Pastor, we are looking at September instead.  We are continually learning that our calendar is not His calendar.  We know that He will get us to Paraguay in His time.  All He asks of us is to follow faithfully!  Please pray that the Lord would give us wisdom as we go through all of our things; wisdom as to what to keep for the states, what to take to Paraguay and what to part with.  Please also pray that we can gain some more opportunities to share about the ministry in Paraguay and for the Lord to provide Missions Minded Christians to join our support team.  Please prayerfully consider how the Lord may want you to be involved in helping us reach Paraguayans for Christ.  We would love for you to join our team, please feel free to contact us if you would like to know more about joining our team or would just like to know more.

 

FAMILY UPDATE

This past month we were able to spend some time with Colton’s brother and his boys.  We headed to Reptiland and then on to The Country Cupboard in Lewisburg PA.  The kids truly enjoyed seeing all the reptiles and spending time with their cousins.  We are so glad that they have this time together as they will not see each other for quite a while after we leave for Paraguay.

 

NEWS FROM PARAGUAY

One Blade at a Time

“Jon Quast was watching a gardener at work.  The local man had been hired to plant grass.  But surprisingly, he was not using seed or sod.  Instead, without any complaint, he patiently planted an entire yard in a very different way.  Individual blades of grass with roots attached were carefully placed in the soil one by one.  “He literally planted the entire yard one blade of grass at a time.  It took more than two 10-hour days to finish,” Jon wrote.  A fruit of God’s Spirit’s work in our lives is patience.  Jon and Jen Quast have spent years of waiting in preparation for ministry.  They have known years of what seem to be delays.  Jon shares that these delays ar actually opportunities to wait on God and trust Him for His perfect timing.  The Quast family is currently in Paraguay investing their lives in culture and language studies, waiting for God’s time to proceed into tribal ministry.  Jon and Jen realize that the times of delay are only lost if they choose to dwell “in the earthly real of frustration.”  Jon shares further, “The cool thing is, God doesn’t put timetables on that He is working all things out for good in our lives.”  Pray for Jon and Jen Quast and their children as they study and learn and grow in preparation for tribal ministry in whatever place God has planned for them.  Pray also for other missionaries who are currently being prepared by God for tribal ministry.  Pray that God will encourage them to give them grace to trust His timing and work, while He faithfully plants His lawn.  Even when He does it one blade of grass at a time.” – Cathy Drobnick

Thank you so much for taking the time to read our updates and for praying for us.  We appreciate each and every one of you.

Serving the King together,

The Twigg Family

Colton, Tanja, Malachi, Noah, Gideon, and Jehiah

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Twigg Family Updates – February 2012

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Psalm 27:14 Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD!

Dear Faithful Prayer Partners.

Hope all is well with you all.  Things here on our end are good.  We are thankful for God’s provision through the body.  It is so cool that God knows our every need even before we ask for it.  We want to thank you all for praying and for you financial support.  It is because of your willing hearts that God uses you to help meet the needs of his people for His Glory.

Ministry Update

 

We are excited to announce that another individual has joined our financial support team.  So with this new partner that brings us up to 34%.  We are praising the Lord for even this 1% increase.  We serve an awesome God and He deserves the GLORY for even 1%.  Please continue to pray with us as we wait on the Lord for our support level to increase.

How would you like to be part of something bigger than yourself?  We are looking for team members to join our financial support team.  We cannot reach the people of Paraguay alone, it takes a whole team; people who are on the field and back home praying and giving.  Would you please prayerfully consider how the Lord of the Harvest may have you join in laboring for souls?

Paraguay Night at PBC

On Sunday the 19th, we had the opportunity to host a Paraguay night with Peoples Baptist Church, our home church.  We had the opportunity to give an update on where we are at with our percentage level and share a little from God’s word about the Harvest of Souls. We were so encouraged by the amount of people who came and we enjoyed our time of Paraguayan food and fellowship.

 

News from Paraguay – Pai Prayers Answered

 

A Pai Tavy Tera Church has a new brick building to meet in, and a group of Paraguayan youths got a closer look at church planting among remote people groups.  The Pai believers had been praying for a brick building for years, and putting aside money from their weekly offerings, but were still far short of what they would need.  “After discussing the need with a Paraguayan Christian businessman, Mike Goddard launched out by faith with the project,” wrote Mike and his wife, Trisha. “The Lord supplied $5,065 toward the building materials and 16 volunteers to get the majority of the project finished in a three-week period.”  The Pai believers helped with construction, and stepped in to finish up after the short-term team left.  Thank God for His provision for the Pai church.  Pray that the young people who went to help will grow in their understanding of God’s work among unreached people groups and in their desire to serve Him. ~Ian Fallis

 

Family

It has been a while since we have put anything about the kids in our newsletter so we thought we would update you on them.  Malachi has been busy homeschooling for 1st grade and just lost his first tooth.  We cannot believe that he is that old.  Noah has also been homeschooling; he is in pre-k and really enjoys it.  He just turned 5 right after Christmas, my how time flies.  Gideon just turned 4 and still wishes that every day was his birthday. Jehiah has grown quite a bit and has become very independent for a 2 year old.  They are looking forward to leaving for Paraguay and ask almost daily if it is time to leave yet.

 

 

We want to thank you so much for taking the time to read our updates and for PRAYING for us.  It encourages our hearts to know that you are bringing us before the Lord.

 

Serving the KING together,

 

Colton, Tanja, Malachi, Noah, Gideon, and Jehiah Twigg

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Twigg Family Updates – January 2012

Posted by Colton and Tanja Twigg in Uncategorized on Feb 14th, 2012 | Discuss This Post

Dear Faithful Prayer Partners,

Wow what a year we had in 2011.  We are so thankful that you all could be a part of it.  We are so thankful for you all who praying for us and financially supporting our ministry.  We are so thankful for another year to serve the Lord and look forward to what He is going to do in our lives.  We truly hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas and that you took time to focus on Christ, as He is the reason we celebrate Christmas.  We pray that this New Year will be a great journey with the Lord for you all

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MINISTRY UPDATE

In our last letter we shared that we were at 46%, this was according to our voucher, but when we sat down and did the real math we found that we are at 33%.  Please pray, as we need to be at 70% to leave in May, so that means that we need to raise 37% more to reach our goal.  We so grateful from where the Lord has brought us from 2 years ago, what an adventure it has been and we would not trade it for anything else.  All of our Sundays for this month were filled and we enjoy every opportunity the Lord gives us and are so thankful for the Lord helping us set up those appointments.  We are so blessed to be able to share our ministry with others.   We are looking forward to these next few months as we are preparing to leave.

THE HARVEST

In Matthew 9:37 and 38, Jesus is telling His disciples “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the Harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”  We as a family have chosen to follow the Lord and labor for Him.  The harvest in Paraguay still needs to be brought in.  The Lord wants us to share the Gospel with them.   We are excited to see how the Lord will use us in Paraguay when we get there and have learned the language.  We would like you to also be laborers with us.  Bringing in the harvest takes many hands and we would like you to be part of our team.  We are looking for people who want to be part of something bigger than them-selves?  Why not partner with us to Expand the Reach of the Gospel in Paraguay.  We are looking for Missions Minded Christians who are willing to faithfully partner with us, not only in Prayer, but Financial Giving.  Would you prayerfully consider how the Lord may want you to be involved in helping us in our ministry?

 

 

 

PARAGUAY UPDATE

Manjui Believers Growing through God’s Word

All the pieces are coming into place for the Manjui church to stand and grow.  The Manjui New Testament is nearing completion.  Colossians and 1, 2 and 3 John were printed and made available to believers and Bible teachers in October.  With that step, 24 of the New Testament’s 27 books were printed.  Last month, 2 Corinthians was checked for comprehension, to see how well the translation was understood by Manjui people.  “This now leaves only a couple of checks to go for this difficult book,” wrote Gordie and Nancy Hunt, who work among the Manjui people.  The only books left to translate are Hebrews and Revelation.  Three of the Manjui Bible teachers were recognized as pastors and leaders last May, and these men have been teaching through Romans and Ephesians.  “The Manjui church is definitely growing spiritually as the pastors have been teaching,” the Hunts wrote.  “We are asking you to praise God for what He is doing among these people.” – Ian Fallis

We are so excited to become part of the team in Paraguay and work alongside these faithful men and women who are sharing the Gospel with the Paraguayans.  It is so neat to see stories like these, to see the hunger they have for God’s word.  Knowing that we will be part of that is something special.  Seeing lives changed like this makes it all worth it to serve our Lord.

 

We want to thank you so much for PRAYING for us. We are so encouraged; knowing that you are behind us and bringing us before the Lord. Just like we mentioned earlier, we would love to have you PARTNER with us financially and prayerfully. If you are interested in knowing more about us and our future ministry in Paraguay, feel free to contact us. We would love to talk with you more and would also like to know how we can be praying for you.

 

Serving the KING together,

 

 

Colton, Tanja, Malachi, Noah, Gideon, and Jehiah Twigg

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Twigg Family Updates – November 2011

Posted by Colton and Tanja Twigg in Uncategorized on Dec 5th, 2011 | Discuss This Post

Psalm 100:4 “Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise! Give thanks to Him, bless His name!”

Dear Faithful Prayer Partners,
We pray that you are all doing well and have enjoyed this time of Thanksgiving. We are always remindedTwigg Photo 2 that this is not the only time we should be thankful; but all the time. We have so much to be thankful for. We are so thankful for the Lord’s salvation and working in our lives. We are thankful for the opportunity to serve our amazing God. We are thankful for all of you who are praying for us and who are financially supporting our ministry. Thank you all so very much.

MINISTRY UPDATE
As the verse above tells us to come into His courts with Praise, that is what we are going to do now. We are praising the Lord for rising up another financial partner for us. Thank you to Tioga Center Baptist Church for joining the team. This now brings us up to about 48%. We are getting close to 50%; which means we will be able to purchase our tickets for Paraguay. Please continue to pray that the Lord would rise up financial partners for our ministry. Please also be praying for our support raising as the recommended support level has raised and so has our start up costs. This means that 70% for us is going to be $3750.00 per month. This is a big number, but we know that our God owns the cattle on a thousand hills. He will provide!!!! How about you? Would you like to be part of something bigger than yourself? Why not be a part of reaching the lost of Paraguay for Christ. We are looking for Missions Minded Christians to partner with us financially. If you are interested in coming beside us to reach Paraguayans, we would love to talk with you more about how you can be involved. Feel free to contact us to set up a time to meet with us.

WAYUMI
At the beginning of the month, Colton had the opportunity to attend a WAYUMI retreat. It wasWayumi 004 an amazing time. We had many different sessions and even had the opportunity to visit the tribal village. When we were in the village we got to try to figure out what certain things were called. The sessions were on what it takes to learn a language and a culture different from your own and eventually how to plant a church in that culture. Praise the Lord for a good refresher for Colton and a good opportunity to meet new people. Everyone who is interested in missions should give this a try. It will open your eyes to what Tribal Missions is about. The website is www.wayumi.com.

PARAGUAY NEWS

Who is to Blame?
field-news-who-is-to-blame-595x300The village was immobilized by fear. An 8-year-old girl died and everyone was looking for someone to blame. They were sure it was witchcraft but didn’t know who put the curse on the girl. Missionary Elijah Hall had just arrived and asked what happened. “Oh, it’s a very serious charge,” the missionary in the tribe replied. “If they think there is enough evidence, the person could be put to death. Usually the person they blame is old, or a woman, someone who cannot do much to defend themselves.”
In the midst of this darkness and suspicion the chief of the village stood for truth. He is a Christian and one of the elders in the church. This small, built older man is leading the believers to a new awareness of Christ’s power. “I am always amazed at how the Lord gives him so much wisdom to deal with these situations. First he will ask if she was taken to the doctor, and what the autopsy said, and then he will tell the other we have no proof of witchcraft” the missionary told Elijah.
“What wonderful things the Lord is doing in the lives of the people here,” wrote Elijah. “There is a church packed full every Sunday, five elders to shepherd the flock, and a room full of materials for the believers who teach their neighbors, once a week to read and write and share the truth with them from beginning to end of the Scriptures.” Praise God with us for this brave believer who is standing in the gap against those who are involved in practicing witchcraft and those who are fearful of the results. The people are growing in their knowledge of the Lord, but pray that they will have the courage to witness of God’s saving grace to those who are still in the clutch of Satan.

We want to thank you so much for PRAYING for us. We are so encouraged; knowing that you are behind us and bringing us before the Lord. Just like we mentioned earlier, we would love to have you PARTNER with us financially and prayerfully. If you are interested in knowing more about us and our future ministry in Paraguay, feel free to contact us. We would love to talk with you more and would also like to know how we can be praying for you.

Serving the KING together,
Colton, Tanja, Malachi, Noah, Gideon, and Jehiah Twigg

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Twigg Family Updates – October 2011

Posted by Colton and Tanja Twigg in Uncategorized on Nov 10th, 2011 | Discuss This Post

Dear Faithful Prayer Partners,

We are so thankful for you all.  We are so blessed to have you behind us in this ministry.  We want to thank Twigg Photo 2you so much for reading our newsletters and for bringing us before the Lord.  This month went by a little slower for us and we spent a lot of family time together.  So thank you again for all your prayers and financial support.

MINISTRY UPDATE

This month we had the opportunity to be involved in two Missions Conferences.  The first one was at Summer Hill Baptist Church in Cortland New York.  The theme was Rescue the PerishinLadies Breakfastg.  While there Tanja had the opportunity to share her testimony with the ladies of the church at a ladies breakfast.  We guys had a nice time of fellowship at the church with some amazing breakfast casserole.  The other was at Draper Baptist Church in Wellsboro Pennsylvania.  We also had the opportunity to set up our table at a Missions Dinner at Braintrim Baptist Church in Laceyville Pennsylvania.  We were able to meet new folks and we are so thankful that we could share our hearts for Paraguay with them all.

In the way of financial support we have had two individuals join our team.  This now brings our support up to about 46% ($2163.00), all Praise to the Lord. That leaves us with 24% ($1129.00) more to gain in financial support. Please pray as we try to set up appointments, we are finding it very hard during these rough economic times. So this is not a time to become discouraged but a time to lean ever so much more on the Lord; knowing, by Faith, that He will provide all that we need and that He will bring the right financial partners our way. We are looking for Missions Minded Christians who would prayerfully consider helping us reach the people of Paraguay for Christ.  If you are interested in knowing more about Paraguay or even how you may join our support team, we would love to talk with you.

A NEW MEMBER OF THE FAMILYVan 002

We would like to introduce you to the newest member of the family.  No, it is not a baby, but a mini-van.  We are now driving a 2006 Dodge Grand Caravan and we are so thankful for this new vehicle.  We really enjoyed having the Expedition but our budget did not.  With the economy the way that it is, putting gas into it was costing way too much.  Please pray for a quick sale of our old vehicle.

CHANGE

The one thingDSCN0427 that I love about this time of year is the changing of the leaves.  This time of change brings cooler weather, pumpkins, jumping in leaf piles, and the smells of apple groves.  Sometimes change is good and sometimes not enjoyable.  In May, our family will have an experience in change.  We will be changing our lives from an American point of view to a Paraguayan point of view.  When you think of all the things that will take place during that change, it can make your head spin.  I have been told that your culture is what and why you do, think, and feel the way you do.  It involves our language, beliefs, and views of life, work, economy, food, manners, and even our sleep.  Everything we do is dictated by our culture.  Culture even tells you what the norm is and the right way of doing things.  So with that said we will be changing the norm in our lives.  Starting in January we will be taking a step in the direction of changing a bit of our culture.  We will be starting to learn basic Spanish with Rosetta Stone.  Spanish is the National Language of Paraguay and we are so excited to start this new chapter on our road towards Paraguay.  Please pray for us as we start learning Spanish, learning a new language isn’t always as easy as we may think it is.  Pray that we can be diligent. Even though this is a good change it isn’t going to be the easiest.  The same is so in our walk with Christ.  There are so many changes that we make in our lives to become more like Christ and they are not always easy.  God wants us to do our best for Him in our walk with Him and that even means in all our preparations for life and ministry.

We want to thank you so much for PRAYING for us.  We are so encouraged; know that you are behind us and bringing us before the Lord.  Just like we mentioned earlier, we would love to have you PARTNER with us financially and prayerfully.  If you are interested in knowing more about us and our future ministry in Paraguay, feel free to contact us.  We would love to talk with you more and would also like to know how we can be praying for you.

Serving the KING together,

Colton, Tanja, Malachi, Noah, Gideon, and Jehiah Twigg

Acts 1:7 – He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority.”

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Twigg Family Updates – September 2011

Posted by Colton and Tanja Twigg in Uncategorized on Oct 11th, 2011 | Discuss This Post

Isaiah 25:1 – O LORD, you are my God; I will exalt you; I will praise your name, for you have done wonderful things, plans formed of old, faithful and sure.

Dear Faithful Prayer Partners,

008Wow, another month has flown by.  It seems like the days just keep getting shorter and shorter.  It just shows us how important it is for us to be doing what God asks of us.  The month was a busy one, but we are pretty sure they will not slow down from this point on.  We want to thank you so much for all your prayers, the Lord has been answering your prayers and we are so excited to see Him working on our behalf.

MINISTRY UPDATE

We have had the opportunity to share with four churches this month.  We would like to thank Pompey Community Church for joining our financial support team.  We would also like to send out a big thank you to Munising Baptist Church for your generous gift towards our start up costs.  We are so excited to be working with these guys to Expand the Reach of the Gospel in Paraguay.  In our last letter we were at 34% of our monthly recommended support level.  We are praising the Lord that we are now currently at 43%. We know that a lot needs to happen in order for this to happen.   We need at least 30% more in monthly support. We are praising the Lord for what He has provided thus far for monthly support and our start up costs.

So with that picture, of where we are at percentage wise, we are looking for people.  Not just any people, but Missions Minded Christians.  Christians who want to see the people of Paraguay come to know Christ as Savior.  For those of you who are interested we are challenging you to take on 1% of our support each month, which works out to be $50.00 per month.  If you are interested and have any questions please feel free to contact us.  We know that because the national economy that this may not be possible for everyone, but the one thing that you can do is pray.  You can be praying that the Lord will rise up financial partners for us.

Many of you have praying for the meeting that we had with our sending church on October 2nd.  The meeting was to determine whether or not we would be leaving on November 8th.  Well the decision has been made and we all agreed that because of the financial state of the world today that we will wait until May 2012 to leave for Paraguay.  We are not upset by this because we know that this is God’s timeline and not our own.  We trust that this news has not discouraged you because we are not.  We are praising the Lord for watching over us because He alone knows how much support we really need. Please continue to pray that the Lord will prepare our hearts for Paraguay and for the Ministry He has for us.

ADJUSTMENTS!

Terere CircleWhen we think of our life now and for the future, the word that comes to mind is adjustment.  As you just read we are adjusting right now, but are not discouraged.  We know that God has His great plan before Him, we as His followers just need to follow where He leads.  In our near future we will continue go through adjustments.  When we step foot off the plane we will be adjusting our lives to a new language, culture, people, and way of doing things.  This word can be scary to think about because of what our new life will entail, but we have the opportunity to serve our Amazing God in the country of Paraguay.  This word should not come to any surprise for us as believers.  God calls us to adjust things in our lives as we live for Him on a daily basis.   Sometimes they are not easy and other times they are, but the one thing we can be sure of is the fact that God is in complete control no matter what is before us.  This time is a time to be completely reliant on Him.  We truly believe that He allows us to go through these adjustments to teach us and to mold us for something He has for us down the road.  That is why we have chosen to be flexible in whatever God has for us and our family in Paraguay.  We are praising Him for the things that He is teaching us through raising support and preparing for the field. Please be praying with us about the adjustment that will be taking place throughout these next 8 months and beyond.

We want to thank you so much for PRAYING for us.  It encourages our hearts to know that you are bringing us before the Lord.  We would love for you to also PARTNER with us financially.  If you are interested in knowing how you can do this, please feel free to contact us.  We would love to speak with you more about the ministry and Paraguay.  We would also love to know how we can be PRAYING for you.

Serving the KING,

Colton, Tanja, Malachi, Noah, Gideon, and Jehiah Twigg

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