The Evolution of Gossip

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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!

Lauren’s 2014-2015 Reading List

School is starting up, and while we’re not in school anymore, we still both like to continue our “education”. One of the ways we do that is through reading and listening to books. We’ve been recommended a lot of great non-fiction books lately and thought we both write posts of books on our reading list this next semester.

What books are on your reading list? We’d love to know! Comment below!

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  1. Good News for Weary Women: Escaping the Bondage of To-Do Lists, Steps, and Bad Advice, by Elyse Fitzpatrick
  2. Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full, by Gloria Furman
  3. Women of the Word: How to Study the Bible with Both Our Hearts and Our Minds, by Jen Wilkin
  4. From Good to Grace: Letting Go of the Goodness Gospel, by Christine Hoover
  5. Everyone’s a Theologian, by R. C. Sproul
  6. Tipping Our Kings, by Jack Crabtree
  7. Taking God At His Word: Why the Bible Is Knowable, Necessary, and Enough, and What That Means for You and Me, by Kevin DeYoung
  8. Big Truths for Young Hearts: Teaching and Learning the Greatness of God, by Bruce Ware
  9. One Bible Many Versions: Are All Translations Created Equal?, by Dave Brunn
  10. Stories of Gospel Advance in the World’s Difficult Places, by Tim Keesee
  11. Canopy of Darkness, by Jonathan Kopf
  12. Indonesia, Etc.: Exploring the Improbable Nation, by Elisabeth Pisani
  13. The Moody Bible Commentary
  14. New Testament Commentary Survey, by D. A. Carson
  15. The IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament, by Craig S. Keener
  16. Grasping God’s Word: A Hands-On Approach to Reading, Interpreting, and Applying the Bible, by J. Scott Duvall and J. Daniel Hays

Off the Grid, Weekend 2

We are done with our second weekend of Off the Grid. Leo slept over at Mark’s parent’s house for both nights, which we so greatly appreciated! The youth groups and families arrived on Friday night. We showed them their houses and had a campfire. The next morning we had a pancake breakfast (half went to our house and half went to Wes & Tenley’s house).



After breakfast there were three sessions and a coffee break before lunchtime. After lunch we took them to the Dobu village for a case study and then they had free time until supper.


Part of Lauren’s responsibilities were to help wash dishes after all the meals. We had running water, but the hot water was heated up in the wood stove.


Sunday morning we had a time of worship and communion (or “breaking of the yams”). Yams and water are what many tribal believers in Papua New Guinea use for their communion. There were two more sessions before lunch on Sunday.


Want to see what some of the participants thought of Off the Grid? Watch the video below that a youth group from the previous weekend made. It’s neat to see how they were impacted by Off the Grid!

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Thanks for praying for us! Mark wasn’t sick, Leo slept well at his grandparent’s, and Lauren had a much more relaxing weekend not having to chase Leo around. We enjoyed our time getting to know some of the individuals and pray that it has challenged their thinking about church, discipleship, and tribal missions.