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After the giggling stopped...

“Last weekend over a thousand Nivaclé teens came here for a conference, and Shaun had the privilege of being one of the main speakers,” wrote Shaun and Melanie Humphreys, missionaries in Paraguay. “After they stopped giggling because they were surprised Shaun spoke their language, they got the chance to listen to the gospel. We were so thankful for an opportunity to plant seeds among the teens and the leaders that came along.” Pray for the seeds to take root.

Urgent: In South East Africa some of the missionaries are having difficulties renewing their permission to stay in the country. There is concern that other missionaries might face these difficulties in the future. Meetings are scheduled with relevant officials to seek renewals. Please pray that permission will be obtained for the missionaries to continue ministering.

A Night in the Jungle

“Our family recently returned from a night in the jungle of Papua … thousands of miles from any town, in the middle of deep, lush forest,” wrote Josh and Bethany Weeks. But why? After many surveys up and down steep mountains, that location has been deemed most the strategic for reaching a people group that is without Scripture in their own language. Pray as plans are made to build housing and move in. Read the Weeks’ full update.

“It’s been a crazy ride!”

“Last Sunday we met with the new Nahuatl believers to study the Word of God.  Stop and let that sink in. That could be the end of my blog, and it would still be a pretty good entry,” wrote Katie Moore, missionary in Mexico. “For those of you who have been praying with our team since the beginning, I know you are rejoicing in the mighty things God is doing.  For those of you who are just joining in, let me tell you: it’s been a crazy ride, and God is faithful.” Read more!

How has God changed your life?

“As a missions mobilizer I continually have people telling me of mission trips they’ve participated in, what they liked, what they disliked, and then they’ll usually add: ‘It really changed my life,’” wrote David Hilt. “I’ve always wanted to ask ‘how’ it changed their life … ” Would you pray for changed lives, for lives challenged to move into full-time missions? Read the Hilts’ full update.

Teens, Sports and the Gospel

“About 70 teenagers registered and enjoyed Sports Bible Camp!” wrote Darryl and Becky Jordan, missionaries in the Philippines. “We praise the Lord for safety among the players, good weather even with the scorching heat, and endurance for full-scheduled days! … On Championship Day, Gerry, an Agutaynen believer, shared the gospel before the final game.” Pray for changed hearts and changed lives. Read the Jordans’ full update.

April 29, 2018

Discipling Missionaries

“What does it mean to trust the Lord with ‘all your heart’?”
When Languages Abound

“My friends speak Sérè,” wrote Regina Kowert (with Ethnos Germany), who has been ministering in West Africa. “When they visit me and someone else from a different group is with them, they speak Wolof. My language helper speaks Jola-Fonyi, and the guard speaks Pulaar. These are only four of 39 languages in Senegal.” Pray for missionaries in linguistically complex situations. Pray for all things language-related: language-learning, literacy and translation. See our current translation projects.

The Bible never goes on Home Assignment.

The missionary team to the Wantakia people of Papua New Guinea told the villagers five things they were coming there to do. One of those was to translate the Bible. In their video titled reachWANTAKAI: five THINGS,  BJ Sanders says: “Someone once said that the greatest missionary is the Bible in their mother tongue. It never takes a furlough, and it’s never seen as an outsider.” Pray for the missionary team to the Wantakia people. Watch the video.

Words don’t always mean what we think.

“One of the things that working with people from many different cultures has taught me is that compliments, criticism, critique, encouragement, insults and so much more are all culturally bound,” wrote Joel and Andi McMartin. “There are so many times I hear words and have them strike me wrong. Then I am then left with the choice of what I hear from those words, the intended meaning or way they came across to me.” Pray for missionaries to “hear” words in their correct context. Read the McMartins’ update.

A Love/Hate Relationship with Technology

Some of us love technology. Others, like Narah Meissner have a love/hate relationship with technology. “However, last week I realized how much technology really does help in what we do,” Narah wrote. Her husband, Torre, was picking up a guest from the airport, but they didn’t know what he looked like — until he sent them a selfie! “Our first selfie for an airport pick up! Why hadn’t we thought of that sooner?” Pray for missionaries as they adjust how they do ministry in a rapidly changing world. Read the Meissners’ update.

The Complex Tapestry That Makes up Human Communication

“We just welcomed some brand new co-workers into this crazy, life-changing, emotional-roller-coaster of a job we call language and culture acquisition, which got me to thinking again about the complex tapestry that makes up human communication,” wrote DJ and Jennifer Searcy. “Apparently the human mouth can make about 500 different sounds, not even counting tone, volume, or length.  And you can rest assured that if a sound is possible to make, there’s a language somewhere out there that uses it.” Pray for missionaries in the language-learning process. Read the full update.

“Lately, my biggest fear is myself.”
You Speak What Language?

Regina Kowert, a missionary with Ethnos Germany, ministers in West Africa. She shares how her friend Khady has no Bible in her own language. Khady reads the French Bible, and she even prays in French. That may not sound so bad until you hear her say, “I don’t know how to pray in my language!” Regina response to hearing this is: “It makes me wonder when she will be able to say, ‘God speaks my language.’” Please pray for Bible translators and the literacy teachers.

Have you ever “tuned” your ears to a new language?

Getting out in the neighborhood, meeting new people, observing what daily life looks like in their new country of residence and tuning their ears to the sounds of a new language -- that’s what the “warm-up” phase of culture and language acquisition looks like for new missionaries in Asia-Pacific. “[Pray] for us and for these new coworkers during this busy time,” wrote DJ and Jennifer Searcy. Read the Searcys’ full update.

Straddling Two Worlds

Brent and Erica Haberchak are in Papua New Guinea with Ethnos360 Aviation. It is nearing the time for their home assignment. They said, “We’ve got one foot on the ground here in PNG – flying, teaching, raising kids, washing dirty clothes and peeling carrots – while our other foot has jumped the Pacific and is busily laying out a plan for what life will look like after June 5th.” Pray for missionaries preparing for transitions this summer. Read the Haberchaks’ insightful comments.

Striving for Unity

Joel and Andi McMartin minister in many places in West Africa. Joel said, “One of the things that working with people from many different cultures has taught me is that compliments, criticism, critique, encouragement, insults and so much more are all culturally bound. How often do I let myself get torn down or frustrated by what I hear from people’s words rather than the intended meaning behind their words.” Pray for them to be “Quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.” Read Joel’s thoughts on unity.

Just Starting the Journey

Some of Ethnos360 missionaries are ministering in places that are quite difficult. But the gospel is needed there, regardless of difficulty. The teaching started with a least reached people group on April 9. They were able to get through the first lesson, an introduction to where the Bible came from and how portions of the Bible ended up in the language of that people group. According to some there, the missionary spoke fluently. It seemed that the listeners were enjoying being able to understand what was taught. And understanding God’s Word is definitely what is desired. Pray for the ongoing teaching to this people group.