A Journey Begins… 2011 June Update Phil and Janelle Sutton
Our transition from the field of PNG to USA Headquarters is complete. It has taken us from spending time with our prayer and financial supporters to starting our new ministries. We have enjoyed the time we have had with people while on our “Home Assignment”. Each morning you can find us getting on our bicycles heading on our journey to the mission. It is really nice to be close enough to ride the ¾ of mile to the mission. It’s good exercise too!
Phil - Both Janelle and I have been in the office for two weeks now. I am working with the candidate office being trained as a “Candidate Coach”. I always wanted to be a coach. I never thought that I would be coaching people in the process of becoming missionaries in a cross-cultural setting. Coaching involves giving advice for a candidate to connect with their home church. We see the local church being a vital part in sending these missionaries around the world. I get a chance to interact with many pastors who have a heart to see a member of their church being involved with reaching the unreached around the world. Pray for Harold as he tries to press his 12 years of experience as the Candidate Administrator into my brain.
Janelle - Janelle has been learning how to update the personnel data base from Becky. It is important to keep records up to date so that our member care and representatives can see the latest prayer requests of our missionaries. Their prayer letters also reveal information on new members of the family born, changes in ministry, marriages, etc… Janelle then gathers that information and often verifies with the missionary that a change is needed. Pray for Janelle as she continues to be taught new responsibilities.
PFO – In the next couple of weeks there will be 17 new candidates going through training prior to going to the field as associate missionaries. The candidates come from over all the USA to Sanford NTM USA headquarters for Pre Field Orientation. They will be exposed to how to better adjust to cross cultural situations. Over the next several weeks they will start a journey to the field. Pray for them as many of them are leaving family and friends for the first time. Pray that they have a core group of people and churches to hold them up in prayer for their 1-4 year assignment overseas.
Financial Update – We thank everyone who keeps giving to our ministry. We could not function without those financial gifts. We continue to trust God to see more people who can financially partner with us as we do our ministry here in Sanford Florida. We are not given a salary like a normal business, but totally rely on financial partners to meet our daily needs.
Yours in reaching the unreached around the world,
Phil and Janelle Sutton