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How does this process of discipleship work? Not quickly. It requires years of patient modeling and mentoring.
Holding Down the Fort

“It’s that time of year again, when the school year ends and many of the support workers who serve at the school go back to their home countries,” wrote Bill & Katie Streeter. “Some families are returning to their home countries to get their graduating senior settled into their new school, while some of us remain here in our highlands home [in Papua New Guinea] to keep things working smoothly and ensure [that] the needs of the ‘bush’ missionaries are met and the sharing of the gospel continue. Our family will be one of those ‘holding down the fort’ for now.” Pray for missionaries during these busy months of travel — as well as for those that are “holding down the fort” such as the Streeters. Read the Streeters’ update.

From Confused to Confident

“Celebrate with us as we thank the Lord for [our] Iski brothers and sisters! Just over one year ago, these dear friends told us that they were clueless as to what the message of the Bible was,” wrote Seth and Rochelle Callahan. “They were confused about life and terrified of death. And yet, yesterday, after sitting under the teaching of God’s Word for a year, ... 83 individuals were able to stand in a river and declare to those gathered on the bank that they have been saved by the blood of Christ and are children of God! … Please continue to pray for these believers who have publicly declared their faith.” Read the Callahans’ full update.

Into the Valley

“One year ago … the Agutaynen church was doing well and on top of the mountain,” wrote Stephen and Ginger Jordan. “Today, the church now appears to be going through a valley. Two weeks ago, the eldest member of our church family … passed away. Then, just a few days ago, Edmund, one of our church leaders (only 53-years old), [was] diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. … The doctor says Edmund only has two to four months with us. Please pray that Edmund, his wife, Emelda, and their youngest daughter will stand strong during this difficult time. Their older children, extended family and neighbors are putting a lot of pressure on them to return to the old religion.” Pray for Edmund, his family and the village church. Read more.

Translation Moves Ahead!

“We are very encouraged in how it’s going with the [Scripture] translation,” wrote Ralf and Elli Schlegel. “The book of Revelation is done and ready to get checked! Also the first draft of 2 Corinthians is done, but this still needs to be checked with several Dinangat people which will take another few months. [And] this week Ralf started to translate Hebrews. Please keep praying for wisdom for this enormous task of translating God’s Word.” Read the Schlegels’ full update.

Literacy for a Thriving Church

“Why literacy?” wrote Francois and Nadia Hattingh — and that’s a very good question for which they had a very good answer. “After the Bible has been translated, how will people read the Bible if their language was previously unwritten? Literacy is an integral part of the vision to see mature churches develop.” Pray for Nadia as she serves as a literacy consultant. Learn more about literacy.

“If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing poorly,” Aaron Luse said from the podium, sounding very authoritative.
It’s not About Doing It on Your Own!

“After taking a group of students from [the] University of Missouri to our [missionary] training center, I asked them what they thought,” wrote Doug and Cheryl Schaible, representatives/recruiters for Ethnos360. “[Initially, the students] thought that missionary work was basically traveling to the country you want to be involved in, being dropped off somewhere and then trying to figure out, on your own, what to do next.  After ... the tour, they ... saw how much preparation is needed to do the job well and [to] leave something that will last for a long time. … Now it is up to them to decide what to do with that information and how they can be involved in reaching those who have never heard.” Pray for hearts challenged into missions. Read Schaibles’ full update.

They’ll eat you if they have the chance!

Fauwa, a Hewa believer in Papua New Guinea, was eager to tell us the story. “We never came to this area,” Fauwa said. “My dad told everyone to avoid this place for fear of our lives. He said there were many evil female spirits that lived inside the rock, and they would come out through holes and eat us if they had the chance.” And he went on to explain in detail before ending with: “I’m not afraid anymore!” Praise God with us that there are believers among the Hewa people. Pray for the Hewa church. Read the full story.

Relying on God

“Last week, our co-workers among the Nahuatl left ... for a period of home assignment,” wrote Jordan and Amy Husband. “Their absence until August (longer for the Hypki family) leaves the new church relying directly on the Lord rather than the missionary team — and though we would prefer not to leave at this time, we trust God’s faithfulness to work in all things for the good of His people (Romans 8:28-29a).” Pray for the infant Nahuatl church. Read the Husbands’ full update.

A New Resource

“Today we received our first consignment of books in the Loron language,” wrote Paul and Marina Briggs. “Each book has just over 300 pages of chronological Bible teaching, and the content was written primarily for Loron people who live on the coffee and cocoa plantations in southern Ivory Coast and who have little or no possibility of receiving Bible teaching in their own language. Please pray that the Lord will use this new resource to help widely-scattered Loron people come to an understanding of their need of the Saviour, and that through reading or listening to Scripture and Bible teaching in their own language, God will draw many Loron people to Himself.” Read the Briggs’ latest update.

Not What We Wanted to Hear

“Yesterday I received the news that on Thursday Rachida passed from this world to the next,” wrote Susie Locklin. “Thank you to all of you who have faithfully walked this journey with us over the past two years. … Please continue to pray for her family: her mom Awa and grandma Kadi who have both heard the gospel but aren’t quite sure they want to give everything up for it yet; her dad Aziz who also doesn’t believe; and for her great-aunt Fatoumata who is the only believer in the extended family.” Thank you for praying. Read Susie’s latest update.

“ … what a joy it was to fellowship with the Pal believers and listen to these growing men read God’s Word to the people and teach a little.”
Watching an Infant Church Grow

As the infant Nahuatl church grows, missionary Rachel Chapman is seeing many “firsts” among them. She shares these firsts:

  • The women being bold to pray out loud in front of the others.

  • Singing praises to God in a culture that doesn’t sing unless they are drunk.

  • Concern for their unbelieving family members and others in the community.

  • Inviting their family members to come hear God’s Word.

  • Showing their faith in God by not going to the witchdoctor with others from their family.

Continue to pray for the Nahuatl church in Mexico. Read Rachel’s latest update.

Technology and Missions

“May 10th was a great day of celebration as Offgrid Tech officially launched! “ wrote Robert and Terri Harmon. “Serving over 100 evangelical mission organizations, Offgrid Tech is making a difference in taking the gospel to the most remote parts of the world.” Check out their new website, and celebrate what God is doing through the team at Offgrid Tech.” Read the Harmons’ latest update.

Wrong Expectations

“When the Hewa requested missionaries come to live with them, they were expecting the God of the missionaries would bring an end to sickness and death, and also provide an endless supply of free material possessions,” wrote Jonathan Kopf in his book Canopy of Darkness. “Later, when the missionaries flew into the jungle on a helicopter to speak with the tribal leaders through interpreters, they did not realize that when the villagers told them they wanted the missionary to bring the Light of God’s Words, their dreams were antithetical to what the missionaries were planning to teach. The result was an epic clash of expectations that brought far more danger and drama than either group could have dreamed.” Read how the gospel has changed all that.

The initial draft of the Tigak New Testament is completed!

“Ned has now finished the initial drafting of the Tigak New Testament!” wrote Ned and Linn Beall, missionaries to the Tigak people of Papua New Guinea. “There is a lot more work to do ... but it is a huge accomplishment. He is now drafting the remaining parts of Genesis.” Pray for the day to come when the entire Tigak New Testament is printed and in the hands of the believers. Read the Bealls’ full update.

Focusing on Faithful Men

Remember on Wednesday we shared of how the Hewa used to be? Here’s what’s happening today: “As Susan and I make preparations to return to live full time in Hewa, our efforts will continue to be in Bible translation and teaching, but our special focus will be to lead the church in preparing Fato and five other faithful men to become the first official elders of the Hewa church (Faimpat, Yanis, Ken, Kifeson & Waina),” wrote Jonathan Kopf. “We also plan to lead nine others in preparation to be recognized as deacons. This phase of discipleship training for church leadership will require humbling accountability, but it is an essential step in the process of the church being able to care for itself, especially after the time we missionaries are no longer able to live with them full time.” Pray for the Hewa church.