History was made this week for the WAXE people group in Papua New Guinea…They were given the New Testament in their very own language!
Greg and Laura Melendes were part of the team who dedicated their lives to living among the Waxe people group building relationships, learning their language and culture, teaching them Scripture, and over time translating the New Testament into the WAXE language!
The students celebrated when they heard about the WAXE getting their New Testament
Dave is back right where he loves to be…teaching God’s Word!! We thank the Lord for this amazing and incredible privilege and responsibility. What a joy! We feel abundantly blessed to be able to serve the Lord here! This is his 7th time teaching some of his classes!
There is a guest teacher here for the next 3 weeks who is a teacher at another college. She is teaching on the Holy Land and Dave, along with a huge crowd of students, is enjoying this class very much! Dave loves to sit in classes and be taught anytime he can! Maybe one day he will be able to swing taking some classes towards a Bible degree! That would be candy for him!
It is awesome having all the students back, and we sure do enjoy having them in our home as often as possible! We love having them over for meals or game night, Packer games, doughnuts, visiting, or any other excuse we can come up with! We love the friendships God keeps building, and we feel so incredibly blessed to know these students and be able to spend these 2 years with them!
The student leaders came back about a week earlier than the semester started so they could attend the leadership training week. These are the student leaders of each dorm room, as well as leaders of many other departments.
Student leaders stayed warm inside attending training seminars that help them prepare for ministry among the student body this coming semester. History tells us that several of these students will eventually attend the Missionary Training Center, join New Tribes Mission, and be involved in spreading the gospel to unreached people groups. Pray for the hearts of students at NTBI Waukesha, that even more would see and respond to the needs in the world.
January 5th was back to school day. Reece is doing fantastic in 10th grade! He has some incredible teachers who put so much effort into making school a positive and fun learning experience. His History teacher brings history alive, and his English teacher keeps inspiring him to write books, which he has written 3 already and loves it! We are so thankful that Reece is having a great year and is learning so much!
Clark is homeschooled for 6th grade and is learning all about Lewis and Clark right now! Clark loves learning and he is also in the process of writing a book! He has the best teachers in the world! Dave teaches him Bible and math during lunch break and that is super special to have his Dad be his teacher. Mom is just normal, but DAD is awesome!!!
This Christmas was such a special family time! We enjoyed the simple treasures of games, hikes, lots of eating, watching movies, and just enjoying each other! Right after Christmas we drove to Manitoba where we had 4 fantastic days with Dave’s parents, his two brothers and their families! We partied hard All the cousins had a great time together too, and the time sadly flew by too fast. What a special Christmas!!
These three families (who are NTBI Waukesha alumni) have completed both phases of training, are in Papua New Guinea now, and have just found out the location for where they will be cross-cultural church planting! God is so good to accomplish this work through His people!
This is their schedule as seen on their blog http://blogs.ntm.org/bj-sanders/
Our schedule at a glance (subject to change!):
Friday- sign land agreement, cut trees
Couple weeks in December- mill wood
Couple weeks in January- mill wood
February- start building the Hambrices house
-Hambrices work team comes
-BJ’s parents come!!
-Start building Crabtrees house
Marchish- start building our house
-Northwest work team comes!
-move in sometime and start learning language!
More fall festival pics https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152881658397780.1073741868.362193022779&type=1
Everyone had such a fun time during School Spirit Week and getting to dress up with the theme each day… Dave’s favorite day is tatoo day! Clark drew a great anchor/cross on his arm. Our students traveled to NTM’s other Bible school campus in Michigan for a weekend full of sports. Our school lost, but everyone had fun.
Take a look at what the Lord has done through the lives of the Woodard and Holmquist families. The Bagwido now have the New Testament in their own language! This video talks about how the Lord led to this day where the Bagwido people got the Word translated and into their hands for the first time in history!
This afternoon we had our staff/freshmen meet and greet, and tonight was the semester kick-off! The guest speaker sure did an amazing job of telling his story of how he was challenged to tribal missions years ago, and how the Lord has been with him all along the way as he was able to bring the gospel to a tribe in Papua New Guinea.
We feel very blessed to be a part of the Lord’s work and to be used by Him in whatever way He wants in this new year here at school.
The maintenance team and lots of other people here have worked hard this summer to upgrade and remodel the dorm rooms! Along with new beds and furniture and paint, all the rooms look amazing! You can check out pictures of the awesome rooms here:
The student leaders have just finished 10 days of leadership training! They had classroom studying plus team builders and then the wrap up was a camping trip where the staff was also invited. Our family LOVED getting to spend those 3 days with that amazing group of students! They sure do love the Lord, and their love for people is beautiful too, which makes them the best leaders ever! They are such an encouragement and good example and blessing to us!!!
Dave had his big 40th birthday in July!!! We had such a special family day…all day was a party! Then just a couple days ago my 3 men gave me such an awesome and special birthday as well!! It looks like our summer break is wrapping up, but it sure was a fantastic summer!
We loved our 2 week camping trip back country camping in WY!! Talk about enjoying God’s creation close up! We saw a giant buck moose walk right past our tents, were heard a wolf howl and coyote too. We survived very well as we made our food over the fire and the guys swam in the river that was mostly snow melt! We were way up in elevation and the nights were a tad chilly, but the days were totally perfect! you can click on the photo tab above to see our photos or you can see them here.
This whole group of students just graduated here at NTBI! We are sorry to see them go, yet happy for them for all they have learned and grown here in these 2 years. We pray they will continue walking with the Lord as they head out, and take the gospel to many who are waiting to hear it. Thank you for praying for this group of Christ followers!
Our family had a wonderful time visiting my sister Vicki and her hubby Jesse and their little men Owen and Liam for Spring Break! We sure loved playing with our sweet little nephews/cousins and hanging out with their awesome family for a few days!
After our visit, we drove north to visit our partnering church family in New York. We enjoyed our visit there, and meeting new people, and we are very thankful for their love of the Lord and getting His Word around the world!
We also really enjoyed driving in the beautiful Appalachian mountains! We got to drive through a massive rainstorm where the thunder was crazy loud in the mountains. We also drove through our last snow of the season, but we also had beautiful sunny days during our time out there. It was a fantastic spring break! (Check out the photo tab)
Do you want to see something that excites us? Students who we got to know here at NTBI, have finished training, seen the Lord provide their financial partners….and are now on their way overseas!
These three families below were here at Bible School together and have partnered as a team to go to Papua New Guinea to take the gospel to one of the many people groups who are waiting for a missionary! That’s pretty exciting stuff!
They all have blogs, and write so well that you almost think you are there with them! Follow their stories and watch what God is doing through them.
There is an amazing lady here on staff, Stephanie Cateriny, who does an absolute stunning job of keeping the NTBI facebook page up. She takes seriously nice pictures, and keeps everything beautiful and current. She has others on her team like Priscilla Koehler, who help take crazy good pictures of events as they happen around here.
Take a little look!
Our family stayed here at the school for Christmas and it snowed and snowed! If you know us, we LOVE the snow! Our Christmas was filled with skiing, playing games, sledding, snow forting, movies, and we even got to go away for a weekend up North to Door County!!!
It was an awesome break, and then it was back to school/work like everyone else Reece got 2 days off school for -45 windchill, so that was an added bonus for the boys!
Well, we are back into regular routine now and TOMORROW all the Bible School students are returning for the brand new semester!!! We are ready and excited for all the Lord has planned in this new season!
This past weekend all of us staff ladies got to go to a beach resort and it was extra super special! That is the best way ever to get to know your co-workers and friends better and I am so thankful for each one of them! click on the link to see the pictures.http://animoto.com/play/MzLOtgDM1hjTupXYjVai2A
This week Reece headed off to public high school to start 9th grade, and as of today, he is still alive He has done super well dealing with all the stressors, and we get to hear very interesting stories at the supper table. Please pray for him in his endeavor to make a friend.
Clark also started school this week…5th grade homeschool with Mom! I am glad to say he hasn’t had a lot of stressors…besides the football team we made him join. He is doing super well in all his classes and we are thankful he has a couple other staff boys as friends… and he always looks forward to Reece coming home.
We were thrilled to be asked to be these guys’ dorm parents!! They are an awesome group and we sure look forward to this year that we get to enjoy our new family.Click on the pictures below to see some of our awesome time together yesterday!
It was very interesting hearing about the tribal work he and his family had been involved in. We got to hear about the whole process to finally get the gospel into the hands of that people group before the missionary team had to evacuate by the order of government.
His stories were good reminders of why we are here at Bible School training these young people before they head out to do the same stuff Steve was talking about.
Tomorrow is the kickoff, starting with a great guest speaker!
I didn’t hear the final count for the Freshman class yet, but last I heard it was in the high 80’s!!! That is super exciting to think about when we consider all the learning, and growing in these next 2 years! How many of these students will be directly involved in getting the gospel out to another people group who hasn’t heard yet? THAT is something to be excited about!
The student leaders of each room and the staff deans went on a camping trip during their week long leadership training program. All staff are invited to join them in the fun, and our family looks forward to it every year! We love the visiting, playing, eating and this year the weather was cool and sunny! It was a perfect camping trip!!!
I got to go to Pennsylvania to see my nephews! …and my sis and her hubby too:) I had such a special time spending a couple days getting to know Liam better and meeting Owen for the first time!! I loved those special days with Vicki and Jesse and their sweet little men!
We were very blessed to be able to spend some time in Canada in the town where our sending church is! We were given the gift of staying in our pastor’s house as their family went on vacation, and we are SO thankful for them allowing us to use their home! What a blessing!
We were able to spend time visiting with our friends, partners and family and we had such a super time!! One of the hi-lights was the Field family gathering! This was the first time in 12 years we had all been together, and the celebration was Dave’s parent’s 40th anniversary! The Fields spent the whole weekend together visiting, eating, playing and having a total blast together making super memories! (check out the photos on the photo tab.)
I (Kim) turned 40 and it was an absolutely super special day! Dave and the boys started my day off with breakfast in bed with waffles and blueberries and sausage and a great cup of coffee! They treated me to the best birthday ever, all day!!!
Our family went on a 10 day camping trip in beautiful Colorado! We hiked to some very remote places high in the mountains where we just soaked in God’s amazing creation. Cameras can’t do it justice, so we just tried to stare at it all and stick it in our memories. We camped at high elevation, so we got snowed on once, but we prefer cooler weather, so we totally loved it all!! (check out the pictures on the photo tab)
It is always wonderful seeing them grow and then leave here excited about walking with the Lord in whatever He has next for them! One thing that is a huge blessing for us, is that 75% of these graduates have plans to continue on in ministry serving the Lord!!! WOW!!!!
At the Senior banquet we heard the students share some hi-lites of their time here and also what their plans were for after grad. It is always encouraging to hear how many plan to continue on in missions.