Theirs Truly

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“Are you going, Aunt?”

“Are you going, Cousin?”

“Are you going, Yasa?”

Half a dozen little voices called out to me from the schoolhouse, as little heads pressed and pushed to get up higher than the others or closer to the window. Their teacher didn’t call them back.

“Yes, I’m going.” I answered.

“Oh, that’s sad.” They said. “When are you coming back?”

“Next June we will come back,” I said, stepping closer the side of the schoolhouse to look up into their faces. “We will ...

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Opportunity with Obstacles

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“Because a great door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many who oppose me.” 1 Corinthians 16:9

Paul continued on working in Ephesus because he saw a great door of opportunity open for him. The fact that there were difficulties standing in his way did not negate the presence of an open door, and the fact that God had opened a door for ministry did not negate the presence of obstacles.

We see a door standing open for ...

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Language Barriers

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Cultural obstacles are formidable barriers, yet the Word of God is powerful to transform the mind of man and teach him God’s way. We know that. We experience that in our own life, when God’s Word cuts to the heart of our own American cultural barriers and shows us how much higher His Way is than ours.  But how can we share the powerful, life transforming words of Truth if they have not been translated into the hearer’s language? How ...

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Life Happens

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We truly desire to apply ourselves and learn the language. But Life happens! Both the predictable and unpredictable challenges of life take up time that we would like to spend immersing our minds in language and culture. I, Danica, spend a good part of everyday teaching Cali and Karina, who are in 3rd and 1st grade. It is a work I love, but it takes a lot of time and dedication. Jevon ends up taking apart the boat motor and ...

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False Motives and Materialism

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Does it surprise you to know that materialism is just as alive and well here in the jungle as it is back in America’s suburbs? The heart of man does not get better the farther you get from civilization. While our priority is to learn the language and teach the Word of God—because only the Word of God can truly transform and better people’s lives—our presence is often welcomed or tolerated only because of the material benefits that people hope ...

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Ourselves

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It is not only outside circumstances or hardness in other people’s hearts that can present a barrier to ministry. Hardness in our own hearts can tie our hands and make us ineffective, too.  In fact, this may be the greatest obstacle of all.  Pride, disunity, fear, prayerlessness, lack of self-discipline,…these are only a few of the enemies that can come out of our own hearts to oppose the work that we so want to do for the Kingdom here. A ...

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Cultural Barriers

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The concepts of sin and reconciliation provide an example of cultural barriers that can hinder the growth of an indigenous church to maturity.

The best we can understand at this point, as learners in this culture, it appears that an offense is only that—an offense. It becomes an offense when you are caught—at that moment, the person who caught you becomes offended and therefore you become an offender. Therefore stealing is not sin unless you are caught—but the moment you get ...

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Disciple at Home

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“What about your kids?!” was one of the biggest and most frequently asked questions we heard as we were preparing to leave the States and plunge into a strange new world, new culture, and new language with our family.

I have to admit, I’ve asked God the same question quite a few times since we’ve been here.  After all, they didn’t choose to come here like Jevon and I chose for ourselves.  I have to believe that God did not overlook ...

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Tentative Timeline

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Here’s a quick overview of our tentative plans for these next several months:

December – CLA (culture and language aquisition)

January – documents, conference, and workshop

February through June – CLA

July – back to the States for a year of home assignment and catching up with you all!

Thank you so much for your involvement in this ministry!

We will be in touch with you through e-mail, as well as through facebook when we are in the city.

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Flying back!

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After being in town for a month so Jevon and I could get a series of rabies vaccines – just a standard precaution after the tapir bites – we are so glad to be heading back to the tribe!  We are super thankful to God for the new NTM plane based here in town, and for the ASAS (MAF) pilot who flew in on a commercial flight last night just to be able to fly us back home today.  This ...
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