[You can also view April’s Newsletter here.]
Why tribal missions? A lot of people ask us why do we want to go overseas when there is so much need here. It is true that there is need for evangelism, and especially discipleship, in our communities in North America, but the need here pales in comparison to the overwhelming and desperate need for the gospel in other places in the world.
In our town of Durham, Ontario there are 2,647 people and within its city limits there are 5 churches. In Grandview, Texas there are 9 churches for a population of only 1,579! I understand that there are different doctrinal views, but hey! There are five to nine places where people in the community can go and learn something about Jesus and be given a Bible in their own language to read.
Let’s zoom out of North America, and look at the world which has a population of almost 7 billion! Unreached people groups make up 3 billion of the world population. That’s 3 billion people who do not know who Jesus or God is, don’t have access to a Bible in their language, and where there aren’t any other believers to tell them the Good News! It’s not the same 3 billion people either, as in the last 40 years, over 1 billion people have died who have never heard of Jesus, and around 30 million people this year will perish without hearing the message of salvation (Baxter 2007).
This is why our heart’s desire is to go to the unreached, the remote tribes in Asia. Their chances of ever hearing the gospel is next to none if no one goes to them! Do we truly believe what God says about John 14:6? “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
So instead of competing with others over that youth ministry job, hoping our resume gets picked, our desire as a family is to partner with others to take the gospel to the least reached peoples in our world today. Will you join with us?
What we’ve been up to this month:
- We fellowshipped with students from NTBI Jackson who came to visit the MTC campus.
- Mark taught 1 Corinthians for two weeks this past month. He enjoyed teaching and the experience, despite it being a lot of work!
- Mark recovered from pneumonia, and Leo’s acid reflux meds were increased which has helped a lot.
- Lauren and Leo spent two weeks re-connecting with family and friends in Texas. Leo loved meeting y’all!
- Received another medical bill from Mt. Sinai, BUT Sick Kids reduced their bill by $2,000! Praise the Lord!
Please pray with us:
- We’re moving! Since Mark’s internship ends in June, we will be moving into an apartment in the town of Durham sometime in June.
- We will both be entering full-time Ministry Partnership Development in June, so that we can raise our financial support in order to serve at NTM Canada Home Office or Asia-Pacific when the time comes.
- Hoping to have an interview with the field leadership of Asia-Pacific sometime this month!
- Mark is still feeling sick, had another flare up this past week.
- Leo has a sedated echo and check-up at Sick Kids on May 15th.
Till Every Tribe is Reached,
Mark, Lauren, & Leo