Citizen vs Green Card

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Our family is in a transition from a life in North America to being missionaries in a small country in South America. Our plan and desire was to leave yesteryear, but God is directing our steps so that HIS GLORY IS MADE KNOWN. In this posting Debby shares how we are seeing God at work in our lives, to bring glory to His name.

My husband and I are in what’s called “Ministry and Partnership Development” (MPD) or more commonly known ...

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Step by Step

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Hanuman

Huge statue of the monkey god Hanuman in the square outside our hotel

Baby Steps

In November and December we took our first trip to South Asia, the region with the most Unreached Peoples Groups in the world. Thousands of unreached groups call this part of the world home. We were blown away by the vastness, the tremendous need for committed Gospel ministers, the poverty, the oppressive idolatrous false religion, the powerful anti-Christian sentiment of the government, and how much we have to ...

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Who’s on the Translation Team?

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This picture is just a small part of the translation team. I head up the project, but I would be helpless without the help of many Isnag speakers who help with various parts of the translation process. The five Isnag in this picture are only a few of the many who provide expertise in language and culture needed to make the translation clear and meaningful.

Then of course there are the other missionaries like Vicky (pictured above) and Heidi who also ...

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We’re Here! What’s it like?

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Thanks everyone for your patience in us getting out an update. From the moment the plane wheels hit the airstrip in Madang province, we have been busy busy busy. Our first week, we went to town 3 times to learn how to shop. Grocery shopping is something that now we will do every 2 weeks and it is a half day ordeal. We usually go to 2 different small grocery stores, an open air market, and a butchery. It sure ...

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2016 Year in review and 2017 Plans

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2016 saw many changes to Joel’s ministry with Communications. It started out projecting to be a busy year, with more travel than previous years, as he was a part of a collaborative team of leaders’ working in several disciplines beyond Communications. But that role shifted quickly as big change came to the structure of the whole communications, development and mobilization teams. He then found himself in a much more stationary, but very much needed role of Business Administrator for the ...
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We’ve Moved!

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New Tribes Mission’s New Home Office

It’s been a while since the move to the new offices was on the docket. Not days or weeks, but years. Yes, more years than I care to admit. But it has finally happened!

This Monday we officially began working at our new offices. And we’re loving it. We have more room, fewer people crammed into small spaces, and it is so much quieter. So much so that one of my co-workers worked partially through lunch ...

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Walking Barefoot Down the Mountain

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It’s Monday at about 9:30 am and I am sitting in the middle of a pile of clothes and shoes and curtains and medicines and toys and books (though not many books- thank you Kindle!) and many other random items that we are trying to take back with us to PNG. My 5th grader approaches me with a math question. Because like a masochistic lunatic, I am simultaneously trying to home school and pack. I gave a quick glance and ...
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Pray for Laborers

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How has the first month and a half of 2017 been for you?  We’d love to know how we can pray for you this year.  Drop us a line if you have a minute.

This month we consultants (Jennifer and our coworker Greg) got to give a stage 3 language evaluation.  Since our new families usually only spend their first year of language and culture study here before moving on to their future region of service, we normally only deal with ...

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Two Coins

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The story in the gospel of the widow with her 2 coins has started to come alive to me recently as I have traveled around visiting some of our families.  One of my favorite parts of my ministry and talking with missionary moms.  There are a lot of challenges that missionary moms face.  Sure there is a lot carried by missionary dads as well, but I just have a soft spot for those moms.  One of the challenges for missionary ...

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St. Valentine’s Day Massacre

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Three Guinea Pigs

Our teammates started teaching the first-ever Bible lessons in the Iski language last week! Being as we are still in the “language-learning” phase of our ministry, however, we are not really able to directly contribute to their teaching efforts a whole lot. What we lack in useful ability though, we try to make up for in excited encouragement! We recently expressed this whole-hearted enthusiasm by completely abandoning them in the swampy jungle on the second day of the teaching.

It was ...

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