Unto the Nations

March 2014 Newsletter

Have you wondered what planting a church in an unreached people group is like? Some missionaries with New Tribes Mission in Papua New Guinea produced a film, YembiYembi: Unto the Nations. It’s a 30-minute documentary that answers questions many people never knew they had about what it takes to reach the unreached! Take some time to watch YembiYembi and tell us what you think!

After spending three weeks in beautiful and sunny California, Mark is glad to be home! Sadly, it was snowing upon his arrival, but the maple sap is flowing, geese are returning, and we are hoping that spring weather will arrive soon!

What we’ve been up to this month:

  • Mark returned from a very encouraging trip to California! Thanks to all who met with him during his time there.
  • Lauren shared on a panel of missionaries at Heritage College & Seminary and engaged with many of the students afterwards.
  • Seven Bible school students came to visit the MTC campus.
  • Leo had his last monthly RSV shot…ever! We will miss his wonderful nurse (pictured below right).
  • Our support level has ALMOST increased to 75% Praise the Lord! If you are interested in partnering with us financially, you can find out more information here.

Please pray with us:

  • Lauren meets with Immigration on April 11th to become a Canadian Permanent Resident!
  • Mark has finished his medicine for GAD and is hoping to not need further treatment.
  • As we develop curriculum and materials for a weekend mobilization conference for high school and college students. Hoping to have our next event on May 3 & 4.

Thank you for praying with us!

Till every tribe is reached or Christ calls us home,
Mark, Lauren, & Leo

A Spring gladly welcomed!

Mark has been enjoying his time in sunny California, staying at Lauren’s parents house and catching up with our friends and ministry partners there while donning flip flops and eating supper on the back patio.

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Lauren and Leo have been impressed with the snow piles in the parking lots. Though it was finally above 1*C (or 33*F), there is snow in forecast for tomorrow, which is the first day of spring.

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1964910_10152135008118409_181198412_nPlease pray for Mark as he shares our vision in ministry with friends in California, and that he won’t be too depressed when he returns to a winter wonderland on April 1st. ;)

 

Help Share Christ’s Hope!

February 2014 Update

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Suffering has been on our mind a lot this past month. Though many times it is hard to thank God for what He allows in our lives, we can’t express enough our gratitude to Him for giving us His Word and the Holy Spirit to use it to comfort us and encourage us during difficult circumstances. We think of millions of men, women, and children in unreached people groups who are suffering in fear, without knowledge of Jesus Christ and the hope and joy that is available through Him!

If you haven’t seen the video, Fato’s Story, yet. Click on the link to watch Fato’s testimony of how Jesus freed him of his fear of the spirits.

Praise the Lord with us that 100 Bible translations are currently in process by missionaries serving with New Tribes Mission. NTM estimates that it takes 15 years and $277,000 from the time a work starts until a Bible is printed. If you would like to help with Bible translation, you can give towards the translation works or pray specifically for the Jalunga translation and and Dom New Testament.

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Praises this past month:

  • Mark went with some NTM reps to speak at Heritage College & Seminary about tribal missions and the training. Many students were interested in training for church planting!
  • A student from the training centre was able to go with Mark to the New Tribes Bible Institutes in Wisconsin and Michigan. They spoke in chapels that week and had a great time connecting with students there.
  • Lauren received a phone call from the immigration office saying that her application for permanent residency in Canada has been approved! She will be having a landing interview some time in April. Hoping that she and Leo can take a trip to California sometime this spring!

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Please pray with us:

  • Mark flies to California on March 10th and is staying till April 1st. He’s hoping to visit with some of our partners, attend a wedding, and share about our passion for church planting in unreached people groups with church groups and individuals. If you know anyone in the Bay Area who shares our passion, we’d love to meet with them! Just reply to this e-mail and we’ll get in touch.
  • Now that Lauren has (almost) received her “PR” we are asking for wisdom and guidance in our decision making; if we should go ahead and move to Asia-Pacific in April 2015 or pursue Lauren’s Canadian citizenship.
  • As we prepare to host five groups of prospective students coming to visit the campus this month.

Thank you for praying with us!

Till Every Tribe is Reached,
Mark, Lauren, & Leo

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Repping for the Unreached

January 2014 Update

We are excited to share that we have begun our roles in the mobilization department for the Missionary Training Centre (MTC)! After sitting in a week of PR meetings, we’ve realized the importance for full-time representatives to share NTM’s vision with churches and individuals. We are pumped up and ready to tell people in Canada (and the U.S.) about how they can be involved in reaching the unreached.

You may wonder why rep work is needed. Why is it beneficial for church planting? Because there are unreached people groups dying without hearing the gospel, and God’s heart is for them to be reconciled with Him. He wants to save people from every tribe, tongue, and nation, and He has commanded us to make disciples in these places. About 15% of Canadians are evangelical Christians, and our passion right now is to share with them how they can be a part of the Great Commission. Just this past month we’ve already encountered many believers who want to help reach the unreached, but don’t know what to do next. It’s been amazing sharing with them on social media on in person how they can be involved… whether it is by giving to Bible translations, praying for more laborers, helping out with construction projects, being church planters, etc.

1555348_10152054014018409_724031984_nOur new roles:

  • Mark is working on the mobilization team and is responsible for giving campus tours, hosting prospective students, speaking and sharing at conferences and schools about New Tribes Mission and the MTC. He will also be co-teaching a class at the MTC again later this semester.
  • Lauren is working on the mobilization team by managing MTC’s Facebook page, blogging for MTC’s website, admin work for Mark, planning weekend events for groups, etc. She is also helping out NTMC’s communications department by engaging with people on Twitter (@NewTribes), creating an iBook welcome packet, helping with promotional videos, graphic design, and other projects.

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What we’ve been up to this month:

  • We enjoyed hosting a prospective student from Bermuda this month. While he was here we saw it fitting to partake in a Polar Bear Dip. Here’s the video of us jumping in a frozen creek.
  • We organized a weekend conference for a group of college students from Southern Ontario.
  • Lauren has been approved to apply for permanent residency! This next process takes around 8 months.
  • Mark is leading a Bible study with a group of young men.
  • Leo loves to show off and lately he enjoys standing, saying “bzzzzz”, and coloring. He is also getting his 1st molar.

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Please pray with us:

  • Mark will be attending a missions conference at Heritage College & Seminary on Feb 10-12th
  • Mark will be speaking in chapels at the NTBI’s in Wisconsin & Michigan from Feb 16-22nd. Please be praying that he can find someone to go with him.
  • We are excited to help out with Off the Grid again this summer.
  • That Lauren would grow more comfortable in driving our manual car (especially with Mark being away a lot these next two months).
  • For Mark as we seek to find a medication to help his GAD.

Thank you for praying with us!

Till Every Tribe is Reached,
Mark, Lauren, & Leo