Fight the Flu with Peppermint!

Peppermint Essential Oil for Stomachache Headache and Body Ache

Mark came down with the flu this past Sunday, and spent most of his time in bed sleeping. Then came the body aches, fever, chills, and stomach pains. I had just purchased some essential oils on Amazon while we were in the States, and this was the first time I was able to try them for the flu. I was a tad sceptical at first, but now I am loving Plant Therapy’s peppermint essential oil. I’m not an all-out all-natural person, mainly because of cost, but this oil was affordable and way healthier (and cheaper) than taking Tylenol or NyQuil in my opinion!

I used a mixture of peppermint EO  (1-2 drops) and coconut oil (1 tsp – 1 Tbsp) for when Mark had headaches, body aches, stomachaches, and to reduce fever and he definitely noticed a difference! He said that the peppermint worked us as great as the Tylenol, and that after I put the oil on his stomach he was finally able to fall asleep.

Did you know that peppermint EO has the same effect as 1000mg of Tylenol? It has also been proven to inhibit strains of Staphylococcus, E. Coli, Salmonella, and Helicobacter pylori (Imai et al., 2001).

Peppermint oil is not recommended for kids under 6 years of age or for nursing moms. (High menthol content in an essential oil, as found in Japanese peppermint and Peppermint, can slow breathing in very young children. Mint is also known to decrease milk production). However, many people do use diluted peppermint oil on their children’s feet for fevers. Also, contact an aromatherapist before using while pregnant.

Other uses for peppermint essential oils:

  • Mix with 1 tsp of coconut/olive oil and rub on wrists and abdomen for motion sickness
  • Mix with lavender oil and put on bug bites to alleviate pain and swelling
  • Use in home-made hand sanitizer
  • Use in homemade insect repellant
  • Use to repel ants, mice, and spiders
  • Inhale for mental clarity and energy boost
  • Rub EO on joints to relieve arthritis pain

I’m looking forward to using my other essential oils from Plant Therapy, and will share any that I have found super beneficial to our family!

Disclaimers: I did not receive monetary compensation from Plant Therapy for my review, I just did research and really like their oils! I am also not a doctor. Products and techniques mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you have any questions regarding these or other oils – please contact a certified aromatherapists at

Off the Grid, Weekend 1

Here are some photos from our time at Off the Grid this past weekend. We enjoyed our time getting to know the youth groups from London and Pickering area, and hearing challenging stories from the missionary speakers.




Our home for two weekends:


We had half the group over for breakfast both mornings.


Three days and two nights of sessions, campfires, and fellowship.


Be praying for us this coming weekend, as Mark came down with the flu on Sunday. Hoping he will feel better soon! Leo also had a rough time this past weekend, and we’re hoping that this next weekend will go smoother!

Tot School: Red Week

Leo will be 20 months old by the end of this month. He’s beginning to need a more structured morning, so we’ve began “Tot School” to help his speech development and motor skills (and to keep help him occupied)!


We introduced Leo to the colour red this week.

Some of Leo’s favourite activities were running through red streamers I taped across the hallway, using a red Bingo dot marker, going down the red slide, walking by fire station across the street, setting the table, and watching videos of fire trucks and red parrots.

We also read red books: Clifford the Red Dog, Goodnight Moon, Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, The Story of Ferdinand, and more.







By the end of the first day, Leo could already say, “Reh” (“red”). Pretty cool, eh? You can hear him say some words he knows on a video on Mark’s Facebook page.

P.S. Leo does wear clothes ;)

Tot School Red Week markandlauren

How to Fill 5 Months

June 2015 update


While the students and their families are living up in Jungle Camp, we’ve been busy giving campus tours and sharing about the ministry of New Tribe’s Mission. Leo has been keeping us and himself busy by running around saying, “Momma” and “Dada”.

We have begun preparing to move back to the States in only 5 months! Between helping out with Off the Grid, taking a month-long trip to Bible schools in western Canada, and attending Lauren’s sister’s wedding… we’ve got a lot to do and are expecting time to fly!

We’ve also starting downsizing our belongings. We plan on fitting everything into six to ten totes, finding plane tickets, and gathering paperwork for our first visa application. During this time, we are in need of as much support as possible. If you’d like to see how you can help out with some of our projects, check out this post or our Facebook page!

IMG_0287What we’ve been up to this month:

  • We had an amazing time with the people who came to Catch the Vision. Thanks so much for praying, and keep praying for the final Catch the Vision on Aug 1-2!
  • We hosted a family visiting the MTC from the States
  • Lauren’s sister is getting married in August, so we bought plane tickets and all three of us will be in California from August 5th – 20th.
  • Mark celebrated his 25th birthday on June 29th!
  • We sent in our 90-day notice for our apartment!

Please pray with us:

  • Lauren is going on a hike with the Jungle Camp ladies this week.
  • We are helping with Off the Grid for the rest of this month.
  • We are waiting for one last transcript before we mail our visa application to the field in Asia-Pacific.
  • As we prepare to move twice in next 6 months.
  • Please pray for us as we continue to develop the Off the Grid: Exposure program (day trips) for this coming September.
  • For provision of our monthly support. Check out our latest blog post to see how much it takes each month.

Thank you for praying with us!

Till Every Tribe is Reached,

Mark, Lauren, & Leo

How much does it take?

As we begin to phase out of our ministry at NTM Canada’s headquarters (in November), and into another full-time ministry, called Partnership Development, several of you have asked, “How much support per month do you have to raise?” Before we answer the question, we thought we explain a few things first.

One misconception we often hear is in regards to New Tribes paying its missionaries a salary. Unlike many other missionary organizations, we don’t receive a salary from New Tribes Mission. All of our income comes from individuals and churches who have chosen to partner with us through sacrificially giving financial support.

So how much do we need? It takes $5,265 per month to serve in Asia-Pacific. That total is budgeted into three categories: Personal Expenses, Benefits & Taxes, and Ministry Expenses.

Personal expenses is basically what our family will be living on while we are in Asia-Pacific, and that amount is $1,890 per month. This includes groceries, housing, transportation, education, etc.

The government requires that we pay certain taxes and benefits such as pension plan, employee and employer taxes, life and medical insurance, etc. which amounts to $1,380 per month.


Ministry expenses make up the last category which is what it takes to do ministry in Asia-Pacific (starting with language learning, and moving on to church planting and Bible translation). New Tribes Mission doesn’t pay for the costs of visas, printing primers, paying language helpers, laptops to work on translation, jet fuel for airplanes, medicine for village, etc. It all comes of our (and our co-worker’s) budget, which is why this category is the most expensive at $1,995 per month.

So what does it take? $1,890 in living, $1,380 in taxes, and $1,995 for ministry, which all adds up to $5,265 per month.

When we look at this number we often are intimidated, but over that we are excited to see others partner with us. So many people can’t physically go overseas, but God has given them the ability to fill a very real, very necessary role in missions.

As we pray, and strive, to get overseas we are so thankful for your faithful obedience to God in whatever He has you in.