Cathy Drobnick of the NTM USA website fame has written an article highlighting what we did last month. It’s available here: http://usa.ntm.org/mission-news/41227/no_haircuts_on_wednesdays_please
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This is a video we made for kids from our home church. It’s meant to present our work in a simple, easy to understand way.
This weekend we hopped on a $30 flight out of Chiang Mai to a small city lying in the other half of Northern Thailand. Thirty bucks! Sure beats almost dying on buses. The thirty minute plane ride is a six hour bus ride on winding mountain roads. Our purpose for the trip was simple: to learn about the ministry and enjoy the fellowship of fellow NTM co-workers here. They work among a people group here that has limited access to the gospel.
After a four hour delay at the airport in Chiang Mai because of an “electrical problem” on the aircraft we had a safe flight out and a wonderful visit filled with fun activities. Much of our time was spent discussing life in the village, local culture and their current ministry responsibilities. It really helped us get a clearer picture of what our lives in a similar village will look like in the future.
Recently someone on Facebook asked us, “I’m sure that you have written about it, but what is your ministry over in Thailand?” Her question made me realize we probably don’t reiterate this important point often enough. Or at the very least we can’t say it too many times. Here’s the scoop:
We left the United States six months ago to plant churches in Thailand with New Tribes Mission. Before leaving we dedicated five years of our lives to training with New Tribes, preparing our hearts and sharing our vision all over the US. Currently we live in Chiang Mai learning Thailand’s national language and and adjusting to its unique culture. Our plan is to (more…)
In the past months we’ve taken thousands of pictures but honestly we just don’t have time to post them all. On our website you’ll find some scrolling picture slideshows or you can check them all out at our picasa web albums. Here are some samples of what you’ll find in the albums:
Be sure to check out all our pictures at Picasa.
If you want more up-to-date pictures check out our mobile albums on Facebook.
They just wheeled me into my room after two hours of surgery. Apparently it was successful? I am still alive and do not have too much pain at this point. Immediatelya after surgery the doctr went home so we will have to talk with him in the morning about how things went and what my recovery will look like. We will keep you posted.
Today marked the first official day of the festival. Hundreds of people will remember it as the day they experienced tribal missions for the first time. Some came back three times, eager to learn more.
Josiah, who grew up in Papua New Guinea, is my partner. Because he is acting like a tribal person he has to wake up early and endure over an hour of makeup and costume prep before he’s ready for visitors. My job is to act as a guide as people visit him in his hut, which we’ve set up inside our tent at the festival. Josiah speaks only a New Guinean language called Kaulong inside the hut.
I model culturally appropriate behavior and help the guests with words and phrases if they get stuck. The visitors have the simple objective of getting four words in Kaulong: hammock, banana, tree, and pot. I try to push each small group of visitors that comes through to get outside their comfort zone and to engage Josiah in a conversation. Some groups need a lot of help to overcome shyness and some are so eager they offend Josiah’s tribal sensibilities. People leave completely different, amazed that 2500 people groups have yet to hear the Good News. It’s cool. Please pray for clarity, unity on our team, and changed lives.
Next week I’ll be going up to Gaylord, Michigan to represent NTM at the Big Ticket Festival, a three day Christian music extravaganza. Our goal is pretty simple: to inform, to excite and to educate anyone who will listen about how THEY can be involved in tribal evangelism. Myself and several gentlemen from New Tribes Bible Institute in Jackson will be donning tribal gear for skits and explaining several aspects of our unique work such as: language barriers, cultural barriers, and geographical barriers to the gospel’s advance in the most remote parts of the globe.
Please pray this opportunity would be fruitful and that God would be working the lives of those who visit our “tribal experience.”