August 2013 Newsletter
Current Support Level: 33%
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We had a wonderful time spending the weekends in Jungle Camp this past month. We not only had the chance to share with others about tribal missions, but we were also encouraged and challenged by the speakers.
One of the stories that we heard during Off the Grid was of a tribal man in Papua New Guinea. He had written 7 letters to New Tribes Mission… over ten years ago! In his 7th letter he wrote,
“I am Eric Kaisoa. I’m speaking for my people again. I’m writing again for the 7th time to ask if you will come to my village or not. If you’re willing to come then please, in the name of Jesus, we want someone to really come and learn our language. We’re continuing to demand this. The people are saying that you must come. I’m saying this again. I think you all didn’t get my first 6 letters. If not, alright, now is my 7th letter I’m writing again, it really must bear fruit. The people are truly crying for a missionary and for God’s talk. Plenty of my letters asking for missionaries have been wasted. Now I’m asking you to return a letter to me now. In the name of Jesus please return a letter quickly. I just want a missionary. I’m just wasting my money on these pens and paper, they don’t bear fruit. This one must produce the fruit right.”
We are excited to share that missionaries have finally moved to Eric’s tribe this year, but they found out that Eric died two years ago, without a chance to hear and understand the gospel.
This semester, the Missionary Training Centre’s challenge is “Whatever it Takes”. Are we willing to do whatever it takes to get the gospel to unreached people groups? This past year alone New Tribes has received over 100 invitations and letters from tribal people; people who see how God’s talk is changing the lives of those in neighboring tribes and want to hear God’s Talk. Let’s continue to pray, give, send, and go in order to finish the mission God has for us!
What we’ve been up to this month:
- We spent three weekends in Jungle Camp helping out with Off the Grid
- Mark has been helping friends build a fence and pergola in their backyard
- Lauren has continued to help out with Join the Impossible through managing their Facebook page and writing posts
- Praise – gained 4 new financial partners and many new prayer partners this month!
Please pray with us:
- Leo’s surgery date is still unknown! Waiting for a phone call next week!
- For patience and trust in the Lord as we wait… for support to be raised, for Leo’s surgery, for Lauren’s visa and permanent residency, and for doctors to diagnose Mark
- That we will be an encouragement and witness to nurses and patients when we are at Sick Kids hospital
- That the Lord would provide the 7% more financial support we need in order to begin working at NTM Canada
- For opportunities to speak Truth into the lives of the youth we work with
“I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning.” Psalm 130:5-6
Thank you for praying with us!
Till Every Tribe is Reached,
Mark, Lauren, & Leo