One Year Heart-versary

It’s been one year since Leo’s open heart surgery! Can you believe it??

Today is Leo’s 1st Heart-versary, the anniversary of the day the surgeons dismantled his heart and re-wired it into a normal heart.

His recovery has been unbelievable, with only a few minor hiccups along the way. We go back to Sick Kids for a sedated echo, cardiac check-up, and pacemaker clinic on November 12th. We are eager to see what the cardiologists and pacemaker technicians have to say, as we haven’t been at Sick Kids since May.

Here are a few photos of his recovery this past year:



1459746_10201756528007313_186550594_n10645175_10152560423953409_4619185324380197003_n “He is the Rock; his deeds are perfect.
    Everything he does is just and fair.
He is a faithful God who does no wrong;
    how just and upright he is!”
Deuteronomy 32:4

An Emptying House

August & September ’14 Newsletter

We have around 6 weeks left before we move to Texas, and a lot of traveling to do before then. Selling most of our belongings and living in a nearly empty house has been an interesting process, but has made the reality of this next stage in our life seem much more real. We were able to sit in on the Global Perspectives conference with the training staff and students. It was great to hear international New Tribes Mission leaders share what the Lord is doing around the world. As part of our team, we wanted to encourage you with what you’re support has helped accomplish!

This year New Tribes missionary teams translated the New Testament into the language of 10 people groupsin Senegal, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Brazil, Venezuela, and Mexico! How incredible is that?!

Please continue to pray with us for our remaining time here with the training centre. Our responsibilities here are not done yet and we expect great things during the next six weeks.

MTC Staff Potluck back in August

MTC Staff Potluck back in August

What we’ve been up to the past two months:

  • Aug. 5-20 – We were in California for Lauren’s sister’s wedding
  • Aug. 20-22 – Had staff orientation for the training centre
  • Aug. 29-30 – We had our 2nd yard sale and made over $450 to put towards our house start up cost for Asia-Pacific.
  • Lauren started studies to become a certified birth doula
  • Sept. 8-13 – We attended the NTM Rep Conference
  • Sept. 25-27 – We took a trip with the Kurvits and Marg Jank to New Tribes Bible Institute in Jackson, Michigan
Marg Jank sharing at NTBI Jackson

Marg Jank sharing at NTBI Jackson

Please pray with us:

  • We are working on completing a class that we missed when Leo was born.
  • Oct. 3 – Visiting Heritage College & Seminary
  • Oct. 8-9 – Lauren is taking a First Responder course
  • Oct. 10-14 – Mark will be stopping over in California
  • Oct. 14-26- Mark will be going with Tim Whatley to Bible colleges in B.C, Alberta, and Saskatchewan
  • Oct. 16 – Lauren will be an exhibitor at the ACSI Conference in Mississauga
  • Oct. 17 – Our final yard sale
  • Lauren & Leo are moving out of our apartment at the end of the month

Visited some redwoods while we were in California

Thank you for praying with us!

Till Every Tribe is Reached,

Mark, Lauren, & Leo

The Evolution of Gossip

[photo from Google Images]

This new age of super-phones and unrestricted access to the internet has brought with it many changes. Something that I’ve really appreciated is the ready access to the Word of God and teaching by gifted children of God. This interconnectivity has born something I just recently caught on to. Internet Gossip.

There seems to be a perceived disconnect between gossip and gossiping online. Maybe because of the fact that everyone can see it? Maybe because it’s not “said” but typed? Maybe just because we all have a front row seat into the lives of each other and nearly every celebrity.

Have you ever perused Twitter or Facebook and seen how many people are talking about celebs and their friends? Not to celebs and their friends, but aboutThat’s the difference. I feel comfortable saying that the majority of these comments would not fall under the mandate of Ephesians 4:29 which says, “Let no corrupt (or unwholesome) talk come out of your mouth (or maybe your keyboard?), but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear (or read it).”

I want you to know, dear brothers and sisters, that I am not exempt from this, but as the Lord has just brought this to my attention I now invite you to walk with me and keep me accountable. This is an issue that must be addressed.

Proverbs 6:16-19, “There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies and one who sows discord among brothers.”

Have you done these in the past week? How about on Facebook or Twitter?

Just some thoughts from a sanctified sinner,

Also consider: Prov 16:28, James 1:26, Proverbs 18:8, Matthew 12:36, James 4:11, 2 Timothy 2:16, Romans 1:29, Exodus 23:1, Psalms 19:5, 1 Thessalonians 4:11, 2 Corinthians 12:20.


Instead of participating in the #IceBucketChallenge that is all over social media, we are doing a #MissionsHotPepperChallenge to start raising awareness for unreached people groups. You can either eat a hot pepper (jalapeno, poblano, ghost chili pepper, etc.) and donate $10 OR donate $100 to an organization like New Tribes Mission (who works among unreached people groups). If we’re willing to do this for a terrible disease that is only temporal, we should be way more willing to do it for a terrible “disease” that is eternal.

Ready to watch Mark eat a ghost chili pepper?

You may be wondering what awareness we are raising:

  1. There are hundreds of people groups in our world, ranging from hundreds to millions of people, that have no Bible in their language or believers to share with them the Good News of Jesus Christ!
  2. Out of the world’s 7,000 languages only 456 have completed Bible translations! Over 2,500 do not have any Scripture in there language at all! That’s almost 3 billion people without access to God’s Word in their language.
  3. “American Christians spend 95% of offerings on home-based ministry, 4.5% on cross-cultural efforts in already reached people groups, and .5% to reach the unreached.” (The Traveling Team)
  4. We need people, like you and me, to help get God’s Word to these people by going, giving, and praying!

Are you up for the challenge? We want to see your video! Tag us in them on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

To make a donation to New Tribes Mission, visit or 100% of your donation will go directly to the project or missionary you donate to.

July & August Update

July & August 2014 Update

What a month we’ve had!

We started off July by working with Off the Grid (a 45-hour program centred around God’s heartbeat for the nations). The event spanned two weekends and involved us getting to live in Jungle Camp with youth groups and families from Oshawa to London. One group that stayed decided to make an awesome video about their experience at Off the Grid. It is a great watch! You can watch it, too, through the photo link below:

We hosted the last “Catch The Vision” this past weekend. We have been working hard to transition this program into “Off the Grid: Exposure”. We are very excited to see this program move along and become even more useful.

Our most exciting information this month is that we’ve been given a date to depart for “Asia-Pacific”! We will be moving to Sal@tiga in November of 2015 to begin learning Ind0nesi@n. We’ll be mailing our visa information to co-workers in Asia-Pacific while we’re here in California.

What we’ve been up to this month:

  • Lauren went on the two-day Ladies’ Hike with students from Jungle Camp.
  • We set up for Off the Grid and lived up in Jungle Camp for two weekends in July.
  • We planned, prepared, and prayed for our last Catch the Vision that took place on August 1st & 2nd.

Please pray with us:

  • We are in California until August 20th, as Lauren’s sister gets married this Saturday! We are enjoying spending time with family and reuniting with church family!
  • The fall semester at the MTC starts up with orientation on August 25th. We are excited to meet the students and their families from the U.S., Canada, Bermuda, Germany, and Taiwan!
  • NTM Canada is having a rep conference Sept. 8th-13th. Please pray for all who will be traveling and that we’d have an encouraging time together as we develop programs to mobilize believers into tribal missions!

*We are updating our partner address book! If you are one of our partners, would you be willing to reply to this e-mail and send us an updated photo of yourself (and family) and a mailing address? Thanks!*

Thank you for praying with us!

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

Sal@tiga where we’ll be living next year!