Hello and warm greetings from Florida. We trust you had a wonderful Easter remembering the Lord who rose again, conquering death.
Our Easter was spent in Michigan with David and 6 friends from NTBI in Waukesha. We had a wonderful time in the snowy north! We saw some chipmunks and squirrels and tracks of rabbits and turkeys. Finally saw a group of deer on the Friday before we left, 14 in all. That was amazing! The lake was frozen over and we were able to walk on it and across it to the park area. Temperatures were cold, and we had a fire in the fireplace pretty much all the time. It was a fun break. The NTBI students were a joy to be around. They have such a hunger to know God more and to understand God’s word. We had devotions and discussion almost every morning or evening. Now we are back in weather 50+ degrees warmer. Wow, what a difference. We had fun on the ice, fishing, walking and a couple of the girls took a “Polar plunge”!
We have GOOD NEWS! Hector (Our son-in-law) received his tourist visa to the USA and it is valid for 10 years. Amy’s visa renewal (for Mexico) was approved, but needs to have an official government translation done that will cost an additional $50 or $60. They are presently on a 2 week Practicum Class in the mountains in the tribe where Hector proposed to Amy. After their Practicum, they will head to a couple of tribal villages where they will do a survey to see if one of these places would be where the Lord would have them locate to do tribal church planting. Amy is feeling better and not being sick as much as she was. They have found out that the baby is a BOY!!!
God has provided son-in-law, Brett with a full time job, and he continues to work part time at Grace Bible as well. Please pray for Brett and Debby to be able to manage their busy schedules and continue raising their girls to love the Lord, as well as continue his exercise program.
Member Services is a busy place these days. We are implementing several directives of the NTM Executive Board, as well as working through a new software program for our Personnel database. We are soon going to be implementing “Gravity” in the place of the NTM Administrative and Accounting system. Pray for us to have understanding and grace as we work through a time of double entry of information and a new learning curve. Thanks!
Later this month we will attend an open house for Florida Bible College of Tampa. David graduates from NTBI in May. June may take us to Missouri for the NTM Enrichment program for our missionaries on Home Assignment. Tim goes to NTBI in August. Amy’s baby is due in mid-September. Our summer will be a busy one! Please pray we will have wisdom as to all of these activities and what our part should be.
Thanks so much for your part in our ministry. W e appreciate your prayers so much, that support has been such a blessing. We thank the Lord for your partnership.
May the Lord encourage your hearts as you walk with Him,
George and Linda Heckman
NTM USA-Sanford FLorida
Thank you so much for your kind remembrance of our ministry this last month. We appreciate your care for us and your partnership in our ministry.
I have been thinking and have written some of my thoughts down, I am including them in an attachment on my email this month. Please let me know if you would like to take a look at it. The Lord has been encouraging my heart in Him.
We have are some photos too. I’ll see if I can get them published on this site. We have been working on our sheds. We discovered some rotting wood, and have taken it out and replaced it. Now we are trying to do the primer and paint to protect the wood. It has been cooker weather, so it is nice to work outside. Last weekend was downright chilly! (We do have a few days of winter each season. )
Grand-daughter Lilly is 2 next week. We had a wonderful time with the girls a week or two ago when Brett and Debby went for a night and day to celebrate their anniversary. We got play sand and made them private sandboxes. (see pictures below) and the next day we made them swings, and went to a park (with their Mom and Dad and Uncle Tim. Auntie Beka and Cody came too, a bit later on!) We are thankful for the direction God is giving Brett and Debby. Brett just started a new job this week, and they are looking to move in the direction of involvement in missions, somewhere. God will continue to lead them and provide for them. Brett would love to be involved teaching the Bible full time. Thanks for your prayers for them. I know you have been holding them up in prayer.
Amy has some video clips of baby now! She has it up on her Facebook page. Baby is about 3-4” long and is moving around. She is hoping to feel less nausea soon. Hector is being a great hubby, and they are enjoying their classes at the Missionary Training Center in Chihuahua.
David has been painting again! I think his last picture was done after he got over the flu! Graduation for him is in Mid-May. Pray for God to direct him in the way he should go.
We are busy at work serving our NTM members. Some of the many things we are involved in includes: writing letters, filling out forms for jury duty excusals, or mortgage applications, as well as answering questions from supporting churches about their missionary’s financial support. Tracking our members as they go on and off the field, sending encouragement and information for their Home Assignment. Processing new members, and helping our older members through the process of retirement. In all of these areas, we seek to encourage and serve our mission family. Thanks for your prayers that we would be a blessing and encouragement to others.
I will go for now. I hope you’ll like the pictures. Please, let us know how we can pray for you.
In His Love,
George and Linda Heckman
NTM US Home Offices
It’s February already!!! Happy Valentine’s Day to you all!
Thank you for your continued prayer support for our ministry. We could not be here without you! You are so kind.
The Lord has been continuing to work in our lives. We are so thankful for His presence and strength. We have faced some tough things this last month and some really joyous ones too. God is so good to give us both-tough time and joyous times. That helps us grow and yet not be overcome with discouragement, as we continue trusting Him.
The kids are doing well. We will become grandparents again in mid-September. Please pray for Amy and Hector as they continue in the NTM training in Mexico. They are doing well, but nausea is not on Amy’s list of favorite things! Please pray for her also, as she is doing a translation project for the National Training Center in Mexico. It is a big job, and she will need wisdom to complete it. It will enable the Center to teach the Linguistics Course in Spanish next year.
Tim is saving money for a car and for school this fall. Please remember to pray for him to make wise choices, and grow in the areas needed so he is ready for NTBI this August. David is doing well. He enjoys school at NTBI and his ministry in the dorm and at church. He has started painting lately, and is doing well with that. Beka is recording her songs. God continues to give her new songs, and what a blessing they are. She has a concert at our church this Saturday for the Valentine Dinner. Debby and Brett are doing a super job raising their girls. Thanks for your prayers for them as they continue in church ministry and youth ministry in Palm Bay.
We are able to get back to the Youth group occasionally now. We have been very busy, but it is great to interact with the Youth as they are learning and growing. They are going through the book of Romans.
Our old doggie, Kelsey is really getting worse. She cannot always get up to stand from lying down. Please pray we would be sensitive and wise as to how to handle her in her old age. (17 years old). Proverbs says, “A wise man regards the life of his beast.” We desire to be wise with her also.
Take a look at this link regarding the NTM training. We served in the NTM training for our first 16 years in NTM. www.facebook.com/newtribes
Thanks much for your prayers, your support, and your friendship. We value your part in our lives. Please let us know how we can pray for you, too.
In Christ Alone,
George and Linda Heckman and family
We had a wonderful Christmas time with the family-grandkids, and friends. It lasted a long time this year and we were able to include the extended family in Mexico (Amy Hector and his Dad) via Skype. Great times! Lots of good memories; From monkey Bread for breakfast to the Christmas story, and the presents. Chloe almost always said with every gift, “Ohhh! Just what I wanted!” She (4) and Lily (almost 2) are a joy! We had friends over for presents and dinner. It was fun!
Thanks for the Christmas greetings you have sent. I can’t answer them all, but each one was appreciated! We sure appreciate the part you have as well, in making our New Year special too!
Beka has a recording session at Full Sail University again this week. Pleasr pray for her throat as she has been fighting a cold for a couple of weeks. She will be doing the song written for Amy & Hector’s wedding with David and Tim. That will be fun for them. Her music continues to be such a blessing, and her songs really lift up the Lord and His word. If you haven’t heard them yet, you can find some on www.facebook.com/bekaheckman. That is her band page and has some of the videos she has done as well. Very encouraging!
Tim is loving his job at Taco Bell, and doing very well. His boss is very pleased with his hard work and his big smile .
David heads back to cold Wisconsin later this week. It has been great to have him home. Please pray for him as he is trusting God to provide his finances to finish school this next semester. His job does not quite cover all of his expenses. He is learning much and growing in the Lord. Thanks!
We look forward to his new year God has provided, and look to Him for direction, for provision, and for wisdom in all we do. We are praying about when to re-involve ourselves in the Youth Group ministry. We are praying about other ways we are involved in Church and in the lives of others. Thanks much for holding us up in prayer. Please do not hesitate to contact us with your prayer requests. We would love to join you before the Throne of Grace!
Love and prayers,
George and Linda Heckman
Thank you so much for your prayers and interest in the Heckman Family over this past year. Here is an update on what we are all doing.
Have a blessed Holiday Season. What joy to know Christ Jesus is the HOPE of our hearts and the LIGHT of our lives.
George & Linda continue serving our NTM family around the world. In the Member Services Offices we handle a great deal of paperwork and issues that keep our missionaries on the field, and able to function. Missionary tracking, correspondence, and helping folks through transitions is our focus. Linda is directing the Christmas Cantata at our church this weekend. It’s titled “A THRILL OF HOPE” and we rejoice in the Hope we have in Christ! George is keeping track of our online bookstore and together we are making the “financial ends come closer together” at the end of the year, as well as being a provision for several families who work with us in this venture.
Amy & Hector are serving in Chihuahua Mexico. Hector is in Missions training, and Amy is taking care of the NTM guest facility. They both are involved in teaching English classes to several groups, as well as working with the youth/drama team at Hector’s church. Still no word on his visa to the US, so we won’t see them this Christmas, except via Skype. (We are so thankful for that link!)
Brett & Debby are serving in Palm Bay, Florida at Grace Bible Church. They have had a lot of changes this last year, but are seeing God faithful in providing for them and leading them. Chloe (4) and Lily (1.5) are doing great and growing fast!
Beka is still living at home and working night shifts as a lead paramedic for Volusia County EVAC. She is still writing and singing songs. She and her boyfriend Cody, sand at his church last night. She looks to go to Missions training “down the road” in the not too distant future.
David will graduate from NTBI this coming May. He plans a summer course in Colorado, and then trusts that the Lord will direct him in the way that he should go.
Tim is recovering from a wisdom tooth extraction. He is working at Taco bell in Sanford. He is planning on saving his money to go to NTBI next August, and perhaps for a new vehicle which is more economical.
Thanks so much for your prayer and partnership in our ministry over the years. We are blessed through your friendship. Thank you!
He is our HOPE,
George and Linda Heckman and Family
New Tribes Mission-Home Offices
1000 East First Street
Sanford, FL 32771
REJOICE WITH US AS WE SEE YET ANOTHER LANGUAGE GROUP REACHED WITH THE GOOD NEWS OF CHRIST’S DEATH BURIAL AND RESURRECTION in PNG!
“It’s 7:30PM here (Friday their time) and we just got back from the Teaching House, heads spinning, and hearts floating high. We began today’s lesson an hour earlier (4PM), and started by acting out the crucifixion. From there we taught: Why did Jesus have to die? What did that mean for us? Why had God the Father forsaken Him? What did He mean “it is finished”? What did the torn curtain mean? How in the world did the thief get saved? From there we acted out the resurrection and then taught on the significance of it. Finally the ascension and some more teaching.
Obviously the reactions were as varied as the individuals that were in attendance, but the neat thing was to see the joy that many of these men & women wore on their faces. For the ones that have been faithfully coming and listening to this talk…wow, it was the culmination of hope for them! They finally know with clarity, the road that God made for them…Jesus Christ the Road Man…didn’t just show or make a road…He IS the Road!
Here are some of the things that a few of the folks said:
“Brandon, it’s so clear now. I used to go to church, give money, and do good. All those things I thought would make me clean in God’s eyes. But when I slept at night, truly I had no idea where I would go when I die. But now I know! Brandon, I’m not scared of dying anymore. Now we know why Gail (our co-worker who was diagnosed with severe cancer) wasn’t afraid of it either.”
Another fella just kept saying “Really?! Really!?” Everyone beside the guy kept looking at him like he was nuts, but he was just beside himself with amazement at what Jesus had completed on his behalf.
One friend said, “I’ve been listening to the whole teaching and I understand this. I believe this. I know Jesus ONLY has straightened my sin pay. Now I understand this and the first thing I’m going to do is tell me family. They need to hear this.”
Another said, “We’ve talked about it already. We’re going to be going to the next islands to share this talk (15 miles – open ocean). We’ll row in our canoes if we have to. They need to hear. They don’t understand this talk at all. None of us did. We’ve been lied to this whole time. Man, those folks who lied to us are going to carry BIG PAY for the behavior. But us, we need to get this talk to others now.”
These are just some preliminary thoughts, words that have come out in the first hours. Obviously, as with any birth, the work has really only started. But we wanted to share with you as soon as we could so that you can glorify God with us. No numbers or anything like that, but today the Lord has definitely reaped a harvest for Himself on this little volcano in the Pacific.
Thanks so much for the prayers. We’ll send more soon.
-Brandon for the rest of the Biem Team.”
What a blessing to see God faithful as this team has done the teaching and the people have heard the GOOD NEWS!
Thanks for being a part of this team to reach the world with the Gospel! It takes a TEAM. We are thankful to be a part as we serve here at the home Offices.
Thanks for your prayers for this team, these new believers, and these people who are still thinking about what the teaching means in their lives.
Please remember to pray for us. The Lord is teaching us plenty, and we are asking to be used by Him, in His way and time. Fall brings us new challenges, and many blessings.
We rejoice that Tim has a job now again after a month or so of working on his own mowing lawns and odd jobs. He is employed at Taco Bell and is enjoying it. David is struggling to make ends meet at the Bible school, but has a great attitude and is working when he can. He does janitorial work and occasional tree trimming. He is on the student leadership team, and enjoying that. Last month he had an opportunity to sing a few of his songs on a local TV station. We are eagerly waiting to hear/see that broadcast recording online. Please pray for David and his studies at the Bible Institute, for God’s provision and David’s learning. Thanks.
We have stepped back from the Youth Group for a time and are trusting God to work in the group, and in our lives. He is faithful. George is still teaching adult Sunday School at our church, and Linda is playing Piano and leading the Choir for a Christmas Cantata.
We are trusting the Lord for direction for a trip up north this next month. Praying much for direction, and God’s wisdom regarding the timing involved and the places to go. We would like to connect with friends and churches along the way on this trip through Indiana (10/22), Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois (10/24,25), and maybe a few others. If you or someone you know would like to have a missionary share about world missions, let us know!! (Church, Sunday school, small group, home meetings, or just a meeting over coffee!). We are available!
Thanks for joining with us in prayer. Thanks for your part on our team.
With our love and prayers,
George and Linda Heckman
NTM Home Offices-Sanford Florida
Greetings from Sunny Florida! We trust the summer days were a blessing to you and yours, and that as Fall approaches, you remember with us the faithfulness of our Great God.
This first week of September brings our family about 5 birthdays in a row. Today is George’s special day. Yay! Brett’s was the 3rd and Chloe’s is the 6th. She is a big 4 year old tomorrow! Linda’s 2 brothers also have early September birthdays.
Please remember to pray for Brett and Debby. Brett still needs to find another part time job to provide for their family. He is an associate pastor at their church part time, but needs another part time job. Thanks. Also remember David at the Bible Institute in Wisconsin. He is having a great time with friends going out witnessing and inviting folks to church. He says the overall attitude at school is much better this semester. Praise the Lord. Please pray that God will provide the finances he needs as he is starting out the school year. His job doesn’t start for a bit yet, and he is a little short on his initial fees that were due in August. Our God is providing and, David is trusting for the provisions he needs. What a great time of growth! Tim is working a landscaping/yard maintenance job. This has been a great job for him. Pray that he will stay focused on the Lord each day as he works. Beka is doing well at the EVAC ambulance job. She is enjoying her nights (She works 6pm to 6 am) and taking opportunities to speak for the Lord. She keeps recording and writing songs as she goes along, too.
Amy and Hector are doing well in Mexico. Their training has begun, and they are learning lots. Please pray they have wisdom about the immigration issues they are facing. Hector needs to apply for his green card. We would os love for them to be able to come for Christmas. Pray with us for the green card process to go quickly and smoothly. Thank you!
Thank you so much for your prayers for our family. We do appreciate it so much. We do ask for continued prayer on our behalf. We know it to be God’s will for each member in our family to be wise, and make good solid choices to walk in the light of the Lord. As we face the world and the flesh and the devil each day, please hold us up as you remember us, that we all would stand strong in the Lord.
We, in the Member Services offices, continue to hone our procedures, and services to serve our members the best we can. We have a gal working with us for the next little while to help us make our manuals very user friendly, and prepare our responsibilities for the next person who takes it. We are not moving on, but the Mission wants us to write instructions for what we do and how we do it for a manual for each ministry. We did this also, years ago, in Baker. It just makes it easier to “pass the baton” when the time comes. Linda will be working with Kris on Wednesdays for the next few months to refine the Member Services Manual. Pray that we make it very usable and understandable.
We are sending out fewer Home Assignment packets lately, as most of our travelling missionaries have returned to their places of service, or are settled in their Home Assignment places of ministry. The summer is always a very busy time of tracking folks as they leave the field and return home or return to their field of service. Pray for those who are adjusting to the “new culture of Home”. Often the changes faced in the home country are hard, and aren’t really expected! Just look at the cereal aisle in a grocery store and you can get an idea of the many, many decisions a missionary on home assignment faces at home, that they don’t face on the field! Usually cereal on the field is: 1. Too expensive to buy, and 2. There is usually a choice of 2 or 3 items to choose from. The kinds and brands and flavors and multitudes of boxes is often an overwhelming decision for a missionary at “home” again. Thanks for remembering to pray for the missionaries who are home and their adjustment.
Well, we will bid you farewell. We miss you so much. We are so thankful to know you are there for us praying and remembering us before the throne of God. Thank you so much for your care.
Love In Christ,
George and Linda Heckman
New Tribes Mission
It is a privilege to be involved in reaching people with the gospel and church planting among people groups that have not had the opportunity to hear God’s Word.
We have been working with NTM’s Personnel Dept. for the last 9 years. Our goal is to encourage and enable missionaries to complete the work that God has given them by providing the support needed from the Personnel Dept.
New Tribes Mission’s Personnel Department focuses on NTM’s most valuable asset, NTM missionaries. Our goal is to provide the logistical support each NTM missionary needs in the following ways:
• Assisting and encouraging missionaries during times of transition
o New missionaries
o Missionaries re-entering the USA for times of Home Assignment
o Missionaries returning to their field of service
o Missionaries with changes in their families or addresses
o Missionaries changing fields
o Missionaries changing ministries
o Retiring missionaries
o Missionaries who are resigning from NTM
• Assisting supporting churches, organizations and individuals
o Providing information about various kinds of support needed by their missionaries.
o Coordinating special support during times of transition.
o Providing communication support between missionaries and supporters.
• Assisting in personnel allocation.
• Handling regulatory compliance for the missionaries and NTM-like being a government representative would be on the field, only here in the US.
• Providing needed documentation and communication with other organizations and government entities.
Along with our responsibilities as a part of NTM’s Personnel Dept, we are also involved in MK and Friends youth group. This group provides MKs an opportunity to work together and study God’s Word as part of a local youth group. They also are encouraged to reach out to their friends with the gospel. We are excited to see new kids coming out, and as a group graduates each year, many are choosing to be involved in Bible School training or further Christian Education or service.
May 9, 2012
Greetings! We had a great trip to Michigan to be with David and friends on their Spring Break. The weather was cold but beautiful. One late afternoon it even snowed! It was so very pretty. We hiked and took lots of pictures.
We are excited at the opportunities that God has placed before us in the next couple of months.
Tim graduates from Trinity Christian Academy June 1, 2012. Directly after his graduation, we will be heading out to go west to El Paso, Texas, and from there to Chihuahua, Chihuahua Mexico. Debby, Brett and Chloe (3) and Lily (1), and Tim will be travelling with us as we go to Amy and Hector’s wedding.
June 9 is the big day for Amy and Hector. Grandma and Grandpa Heckman will be flying in for the wedding, as well as Beka and David. Other friends from Michigan will also be coming. Amy is holding up well, and has good ideas for all she wants at the wedding. The blend of cultures has been an interesting challenge, as you can imagine. We trust it will be a ceremony that will honor the Lord, and be a blessing to all who come.
We are processing new members for the NTM team this month in the Member Services office. This is in addition to the regular things that we deal with. Our days are full, and we trust the services we offer our Mission family will continue to be a blessing. Recently, I had a young man tell me, “I wish I had known about this before I started corresponding with the State of _______!! I’ll let our co-workers on the field know that you do this!! What a blessing!” This was to do with getting his ordination certificate Legalized by the Embassy of the country he is going to work in. It is a multi step process, and we are able o take care of that for our members. It saves a lot of time and money for us to do it for them.
I will add a bit about the Patpatar teaching for your information here as well-just an update to last month’s blurb. More information is available on the NTM website. Just put Patpatar in the search blank. What exciting and encouraging news! Thanks for being a part in this work!
“Patpatar believers are filled with joy at the changes that Firm Foundation Bible lessons from God’s Word are making in their lives.”
Aaron and Lori (the missionaries) are rejoicing to see many joy-filled evidences of God’s work in the Patpatar people in drawing them to Christ through the teaching of His Word. They share, “Please continue to pray because some have heard, but have not yet placed their trust in Christ. Also, pray for those who have become Christians, but their spouses and children have not yet heard and understood the truth.”
One impact of the Gospel, God’s Good News, is that distress and fear are replaced with peace and joy. Aaron shares further, “Many of those who got saved have formerly practiced a mix of traditional beliefs and religious beliefs. Now they are wanting to go and tell people about the lies and deception of sorcery, magic and spirits. Others who have formerly led religious meetings are now apologizing for misguiding and misinterpreting God’s Word.”
God’s Word accomplishes what He sends it forth to do. Praise God for the joy and transformation that is evidenced daily in new Patpatar believers. Remember to pray for them to grow in Christ and in obedience to Him. Pray also for those whom God’s Spirit is urging to share with others the wonders of what God has done in their lives. Pray that God will use their testimonies to bring many others to trust Christ as Savior.”
We appreciate your prayer and moral support for our ministries. We rejoice that God continues to give us a teaching outlet with the MK & Friends Youth Group, as well as George’s Adult Sunday School class.
Thanks for remembering us in prayer!
In Him, George and Linda Heckman
April 3, 2012
PATPATAR UPDATE: PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Aaron L. wants our prayers and rejoicing too. Due to unrelenting rain these outreaches were delayed.
If we are able to carry on with the teaching this week, it will mean that the first group will be taught on the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus on Good Friday. The other two groups will hear the Gospel message the week after Easter.
More detail wanted? Read on, and be praying!
The Bible teaching that was to take place last Friday. This did not happen as planned. Within an hour of the arrival of all the families on Tuesday it began to rain and storm. For the next 30 hours there was hardly a break in the rain. The roads became flooded, the sea became rough, and the yards became swimming pools.
The Bible teaching was cancelled on both Wednesday and Friday. The two places where we meet were muddy and wet. The wind was blowing hard and most all of the Patpatar were hidden away in their bamboo huts with the windows closed tight. Lord willing the sun will reappear in this rain forest this coming week and we will be able to resume the teaching. If we are able to carry on with the teaching this week, it will mean that the first group will be taught on the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus on Good Friday. The other two groups will hear the Gospel message the week after Easter.
Thank you for continuing to pray for us and the Patpatar people,
Aaron for the family
Fact: The typical 90% humidity reaches nearly 100% during these times of rainy weather. Even indoors clothes do not dry out for several days.
Dear Praying Friends,
Thank you so much for your part in the team job of seeing the Gospel of Jesus Christ go out into all the world.
We appreciate your part on our team. Your faithful support and prayer has been an encouragement to us in days when we shake our heads and wonder what God will do, and then He is ALWAYS FAITHFUL!
Our family has busy days ahead. Hector did not get his visa to come to the US, so the wedding will probably be June 9 in Mexico. Tim will graduate June 1 in Deltona. George and Linda, and a few friends, will be going to Michigan to see David and some former Youth Group kids for their Spring Break. We leave Thursday (April 5!). Bea is going on Full time status with the EVAC ambulance company in Volusia county. She should clear, and be able to work as a Paramedic with them soon. Little granddaughter Lily has started walking. We were able to spend her birthday with Debby’s whole family. It was nice.
Youth group had their second outreach last night, helping serve at a dinner for needy people in the community, and offer encouragement and the message of good news. We have 7 or 8 graduates this year in our Youth Group. We will start hearing their testimonies in the coming weeks.
We hope that you are encouraged and have great joy as you remember our Savior and His resurrection, this Easter. What a wondrous joy we can have as we realize we have all we need in HIM, and He is alive, giving us the power to live for Him, each day!
May you realize your rich blessings in HIM today!
George and Linda Heckman and family
New Tribes Mission