The Dichotomy of Patience and Urgency

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I mentioned a work that was coming to a critical point in my last blog post. The SL people have now heard the Gospel. They heard if after going through 74 lessons that told the story of God’s love from Creation all the way to Christ. That’s a lot of days of teaching, and a lot of waiting on the part of the people listening. It took years for the missionaries to get to the point where they could communicate ...
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Mosaic

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Language is like a mosaic. When you have the right words and know how to put them together, it can be absolutely beautiful. Think of all the millions of things you can communicate with a limited number of words. You use different ones and put them together in different ways, and you get a new message. It’s like combining different tiles of the mosaic in different ways to get different pictures. Some are simple; some are much more complex.

And something ...

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Four Wheels

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Since our last update, we have gotten into a routine quite a bit more. We are doing language sessions 2-3 times a week, and hope to get up to 4 times pretty soon. But this is the first time we have done language study with a baby in the house. And he doesn’t help. Between Davis, house chores, homeschooling and other stuff, it is actually pretty difficult to find time to study on the computer. An important part of our ...
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TWO DITCHES

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I have heard it said that Ministry Partnership Development (MPD) has two ditches. After five years of working through our own MPD and as a MPD training facilitator and coach, there is truth to the statement.

The first ditch is the one where the missionary views support raising as something they have to do, have to endure, have to go through to get to their “real” role. The second ditch is the one where the missionary decides that raising up a team to ...

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God Plus Nothing

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NTM Founder, Paul Fleming, in Malaya.

God Plus Nothing

World War II had not yet begun, but the threat of it was already being felt. And in the Malayan jungle a different kind of war was waging, and a tall, young missionary was rapidly becoming a casualty.

For three years, Paul Fleming had fought an onslaught of malaria attacks. His once strong body was weakened by the fevers, his strength slowly fading away, and it looked as though he were beaten.

Through ...

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Going back

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Well its been just about a month since we were evacuated from the island due to an appendix that was pulling its own weight. It’s been a good time trying to regain our feet after the whirlwind of location change. It honestly took about 3 weeks before life was even feeling some what normal again. The first week obviously wasn’t feeling normal as i laid in a hospital bed eating something that was labeled as food when ...
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I’m tired of buses.

I need to buy a car!

Okay, I WANT to buy a car.

No, no, I want to buy a truck!

Well it has to have 4×4.

but maybe I will just get a smaller SUV.

Nope, I want a truck.

Oh, wait.

I don’t even have a driver’s license,

and I COULDN’T get one because my paperwork wasn’t processed…

I have been battling the decision of what vehicle to buy for MONTHS and I have several friends who have been very patiently helping me. Finally I ...

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We’re Expecting !

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      We are expecting 2017 to hold many reasons to celebrate the goodness and faithfulness of God. We are trusting God that this summer we will depart for the country of Papua New Guinea. We are excited and expectant that He will provide all we need. It is also gratifying to hear that in 2017 New Tribes Mission expects to see some great milestones reached in bringing the gospel to those who have never heard. In Papua New Guinea there ...
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The Cost to Follow Jesus

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Lately I have spent quite a bit of time thinking about the cost to following Jesus.

Honestly, the reason this has been on my mind is because there have been many times over the past almost five weeks where I have asked myself “is this worth it?”

Is it worth having dirty children every single day?

Is it worth all the mosquitoes, nets and bug spray?

Is it worth feeling silly every time I open my mouth to try to speak Swahili?

Is it worth ...

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