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January 25, 2015

Prayer points for this week

  • Monday: “We’re doing a lot of language study these days, which can be exhausting for the mind,” wrote Duane and Dawn Bakken, new missionaries in the Asia-Pacific region. “After being in the country for five months ... Dawn and I are both at basic high, which is where we are expected to be. … There is a long way to go, but we just have to take it one day at a time and keep our eyes on the long term goal of bringing a clear understanding of the gospel to tribes without it.” Pray for Duane and Dawn as they keep their eyes on the long term goal! Learn what basic high means …
  • Tuesday: Language learning is more than just an intellectual process. It touches missionaries on an emotional level as well. John and Jessi George, missionaries in Papua New Guinea, understand that. “In order to thoroughly learn the heart language of our people, we must be willing to even learn the things that tear at our hearts and make emotions pour out,” they wrote. Pray for John and Jessi as they learn language and build relationships among the Hewa people. Read their update ...
  • Wednesday: “We are learning more and more language every day and week,” wrote Lincoln and Alisha McIlroy, new missionaries in the Asia-Pacific region. “Hopefully, you’re impressed with my vast vocabulary already. But probably not.  We are still pretty limited in how much we can say and understand, but even a little more ability feels like an accomplishment.” Pray for the McIlroys as they work at expanding their vocabulary in their language-learning process. Sign up to get their updates …
  • Thursday: “Jason had his first evaluation in Swahili and Tanzanian culture,” wrote Jason and Coralee Garro. “On a 10 point scale, Jason got an 8 in speaking, 7 in comprehension and 6 in culture. He needs to get a 9 in all areas to be finished. … Coralee resumed language classes.” Please pray for the Garros as they continue in language and culture study. Read more on their blog …
  • Friday: “As the People Services Coordinator for NTM Philippines, it’s my privilege to have a part in helping our newest missionaries on the field to get started with their time of national culture and language acquisition,” wrote missionary Robert Smith. “It takes a team of people to help encourage and guide new missionaries through this process.” Pray for new missionaries in culture and language acquisition, and for Robert and Cirena Smith as they aid them in their progress. Read their blog post …
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January 18, 2015

Prayer points for this week

  • Monday: “Today David finished the preliminary exegetical draft of Matthew,” wrote missionary Shari Ogg. “That book alone is 13 percent of the New Testament. There is still a lot of proofing and checking before publishing but it is always encouraging to finish the draft of another book of the Bible in the Simbari language!” Shari and her husband, David, work among the Simbari people of Papua New Guinea. Pray for them as they continue the translating process. Read their update …
  • Tuesday:  “For years the missionaries (Woodard and Holmquist families) have toiled, learning the Bagwido language and culture, reducing it to its written form … beginning Bible translation and then teaching God’s wonderful redemption story,” wrote missionary Paul Wilson. And then last October, “they [the Bagwidos] received the first ever New Testament in their own language! Please join us in praising God for preserving His Word and bringing it to the Bagwido people of Papua New Guinea.” Read Paul and Andrea Wilson’s update ...
  • Wednesday: “Counting things with the Nagis means starting with your right pinky finger and counting up, including your neck, ears, eyes, nose and then working your way back down to your other pinky finger,” wrote Joanna Jansma, missionary to the Asia-Pacific region. “The Nagis usually just say ‘lots’ before they even get to their second eye though, which means that most numbers in the Bible are translated using the national numbering system which they are slowly learning.” Pray for missionaries as they translate and determine how best to translate phrases such as ‘like sand on the seashore.’ Read how missionaries to the Nagis handled it!
  • Thursday: “Working among the Da’ans, common jungle illnesses plagued all of the missionaries and their families at one time or another. Malaria, filariasis, dengue fever, scarlet fever and the frequent infections of jungle living were common. … Was it and is it worth it? The answer is yes!” wrote missionary Randy Smyth whose parents were missionaries to the Da’an people. He went on to write that “today there are churches of Bible-believing Christians among the Da’an people. … [But] still the Da’an church does not have a completed New Testament in their language. Will you pray for them?” Read Randy’s memories of moving in among the Da’an headhunters …
  • Friday: “The Bagwidos now have the New Testament in their own language!”  wrote missionaries Dave and Kim Field, who are part of the faculty team at New Tribes Bible Institute in Waukesha, Wisconsin, training the new generation of missionaries. “This video talks about how the Lord led to this day where the Bagwido people got the Word translated and into their hands for the first time in history.”  Watch the Bagwido Bible dedication video …
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January 11, 2015

Prayer Points for This Week

  • Monday: “NTBI is the perfect place to get grounded in the Word, fired up about God's passion for world missions, and [learn] to fellowship in a Christian community before stepping out into the ‘big world,’” wrote Katelyn P. “God has taught me so much over these two years and equipped me for what He has planned for my future.” Pray for the students at NTBI campuses to not simply acquire head-knowledge, but heart-knowledge. Pray that many students would continue on to the next phase of missions training with NTM. Check out the NTBI Facebook page …
  • Tuesday: Right now people groups are asking New Tribes Mission to send people to share the gospel with them. Many have been waiting for years. NTM’s Missionary Training Center prepares missionary candidates to serve. Pray for the students currently in the program -- and for prospective students to register. Check out missionary training …
  • Wednesday: NTM’s Missionary Training Center puts much emphasis on church planting, Christian living, culture and language acquisition, along with complementary courses which include health and wellness, missionary technology, safety, learning styles and communication skills. Pray for the teaching staff, that they will have clarity in all their presentations. Check out the courses students take ...
  • Thursday: NTM is a world-wide mission, not just in serving, but in training as well. This allows believers of various nationalities, language and ethnic groups to prepare to serve in world-wide missions. Today, please pray in particular for our training facility in Mexico which trains Spanish-speaking believers of multiple nationalities. Pray for the staff, the students and for more prospective missionaries. Check out a few of our training centers. Mexican Training Center (Instituto Misionero Transcultural) … Canadian Training Center … European Training Center (North Cotes College) …
  • Friday: What can prepare you for ministering in another country and supporting the work of missionaries in remote tribes? NTM’s Missionary Training Center does just that. “It allowed us to be a little bit prepared for what was going to occur to us once we came to the field,” said Jason Olver, a missionary on the Moi support team. “[To see] a little of what culture was going to be like and how to adjust to the culture and the different language.” Pray for missionaries who have completed the training and are now heading to their field of service. Watch the Moi support team recap the importance of training …
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January 4, 2015

Prayer Points for This Week

  • Monday: "I'm not interested in missions,” Rachel Lynn Harder said upon arriving at the Wayumi campus. "I'm just here to take care of my sister." But what Rachel encountered during her week at Wayumi changed her interests and life forever. Three years later, this not-interested-in-missions girl has graduated from New Tribes Bible Institute in Jackson, Michigan. Pray for Rachel as she seeks God’s will for the next step, and pray for our Wayumi staff as they continue to challenge people with the need of missions. Watch the video … Read what Wayumi is all about!
  • Tuesday: Catch the Vision is a campus preview event that takes place January 22-23, 2015, at our New Tribes Bible Institute campus in Waukesha, Wisconsin. It’s an opportunity to interact with staff and students, and to see how NTBI equips students to fulfill God’s vision of taking the gospel to the ends of the earth. And it’s free! Food and lodging are provided by NTBI. Pray that through this event people’s hearts will be stirred to serve in missions. Find out more about Catch the Vision …
  • Wednesday: “Diana and I are working to bridge the gap between the last reached people and the Christians who are able to send the Good News of our glorious God to them,” writes missionary Randy Smyth. Randy and his wife are Mobilization Representatives with NTM. They routinely speak at churches about God’s plan for reaching the world, and they guide missionary candidates toward the training they need to reach remote people groups with the Good News. They ask that we “please pray for opportunities to communicate what God has put on our hearts.” Check out the Smyth’s blog …
  • Thursday: In August of 2014, more than 130 freshmen joined the 150 students already attending our two NTBI campuses. History tells us that nearly 100 of these students will eventually join NTM and be involved in spreading the gospel to unreached people groups. Pray for the hearts of students at New Tribes Bible Institute campuses, that even more would see and respond to the need of missions.  Check out NTBI …
  • Friday: “This will be our first Christmas celebrated with Pal brothers and sisters in Christ,” wrote Chris and Maggie Hostetter, missionaries to Papua New Guinea. Praise the Lord with the Hostetters that years of training, language study and teaching have culminated with a church being planted this past year among the Pal people. Pray for the work among the Pal people, but also for more missionaries to be raised up to reach the yet unreached tribal people groups with the gospel. Check out the Hostetter’s blog …
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December 28, 2014

Prayer points for this week

  • Monday: Determining where best to send missionaries is a multi-faceted task. You definitely don’t want a team to invest 10 years in a language that will be forgotten in 15. And that’s just one variable. If you’re looking at hundreds of languages, you have thousands of variables. That’s where People Group Assessments come in. Pray for those involved in People Group Assessments to accurately sort through all the variables. Read moreSign up for Partner to Partner ...
  • Tuesday: People Group Assessments are the first step. They give guidance as to where to send missionaries. But the goal is to see people groups reached with the gospel -- like among the Moi tribal people. “We are in awe of what we just heard. How He took away our sins and paid for them,” said one Moi man after the teaching climaxed with the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. Pray for tribal people groups to be reached with the gospel. Watch a video of testimonies!
  • Wednesday: Trips for People Group Assessments often end up in remote, isolated and hard-to-reach locations. Pray for wisdom and safety for missionaries heading out on People Group Assessments. View photos from an assessment …  
  • Thursday: “Last month a group of former students of ours [at NTM’s Missionary Training Center] had their first contact with the Wantakian people in Papua New Guinea,” wrote missionaries Valdecio and Suzy daSilva. “In eight days they contacted nine villages, gathered language info, talked with village leaders, and told the people why they were there to visit them. … They were very excited to see them and have invited them to come and live there!” Pray for Jack and Lael Crabtree, Jeremy and Mandy Hambrice and BJ and Jill Sanders as they begin a work among the Wantakian people. Read more ... Check out the Crabtree’s blogCheck out the Sanders’ blog ...
  • Friday: “I was working on a huge country-wide assessment for the country of Guinea as part of my People Group Assessment work,” wrote missionary Susie Locklin. “It’s done! … Now it’s in the hands of NTM’s West Africa leadership to seek wisdom on what to do with the information. Between the 22 different documents it was likely well over 150 pages long. I’m glad that it’s done, but now I’m looking forward to doing another one on another country.” Pray for Susie as she heads out on People Group Assessments. Read more
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December 21, 2014

Prayer Points for This Week

  • Monday: Do you remember reading the story of Kletus and his insistence that the missionaries come to his village? We asked you to pray for the final proofing of the Waxe New Testament.  And you did. It’s completed, and in January the dedication of the Waxe New Testament takes place. Thanks for praying -- and please keep praying! Read more about translation …
  • Tuesday: God has miraculously provided two of three Kodiak aircraft needed for Papua New Guinea. Pray with us for the provision of the third Kodiak in 2015 -- and for pilots trained to fly them! Read about God’s provision of Kodiak #1And the provision of Kodiak #2
  • Wednesday: Missionary pilot Jon Leedahl was being trained to fly the Kodiak -- with the goal that he would then train missionary pilot Brent Haberchak. A serious motorcycle accident on the way home one night changed all that. His life was spared, but his leg was amputated. Pray for the adjustments for Jon and Adie Leedahl and family. Pray for Brent Haberchak and the NTM Aviation flight program in Papua New Guinea as they look to the Lord for His direction. Read the backgroundRead updates on Jon Leedahl ...
  • Thursday: As we celebrate Christmas, there are many around the world who have not heard of Jesus' birth or its significance. Please pray for prospective missionaries to enter NTM’s training program. After they’ve completed the training, pray as they raise up ministry partners in order to head off to their field of service quickly. Read more ...
  • Friday: “Men and women alike have told us and others about their new faith and freedom from sin,” wrote Chris and Maggie Hostetter after presenting the gospel to the Pal people this past November. As we go into 2015, let’s remember to pray for this new body of believers. Follow updates on the Hostetters’ blog
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December 14, 2014

Prayer points for this week

  • Monday: Missionaries Jonathan and Heidi Bamford share pictures of their village school’s opening program. A celebration took place at the completion of the covered play area project. Pray for other such community development projects. Read more …
  • Tuesday: “The people had been getting their water from a spring located on the side of the mountain,” wrote missionary-in-training Cameron Pryor after his trip to Mexico to install a water system. “Every day they would walk down to the spring and haul water back up in five-gallon buckets. One woman who did this daily was over 80 years old. The people were excited to see us and were ready to help with the project.” It’s important to make them a part of projects so that they “own” it and can maintain it. Pray for missionaries as they seek to do just that. Read more …
  • Wednesday: Richard and Wendy Rees, missionaries to the Karen people in Thailand, prayed for opportunities to share the gospel in their community. One opening they have found is through gardening. They have explored new crops and methods of planting to aid the people in how best to use the land, and what cash crops are most profitable. Pray for missionaries as they attempt to help people, not only on a spiritual level, but on a physical level as well. Read more …
  • Thursday: It’s been nearly a year since Typhoon Haiyan wreaked havoc in the Philippines. New Tribes Mission flew nearly 400 hours of relief flights, funneling donations to meet the needs at hand. “Now that most of those critical needs have been met, the remaining funds will be directed toward rebuilding communities and reestablishing the livelihoods of stricken areas in the most cost-effective ways possible,” wrote missionary pilot Steffan Pyle. “Pray that people who have never heard the Good News about Jesus will, as a result of this devastating typhoon, soon be able to hear a clear presentation of the gospel in their own language.” Read more …
  • Friday: “This week we also got the opportunity to help with an immunization day that our medical clinic hosted,” wrote Erica Haberchak, missionary in Papua New Guinea. “Our doctors and nurses were busy administering shots to over 700 people. … It was awesome to be involved in helping the surrounding villages in such a needed and practical way.” Pray for not just the spiritual, but also the physical well-being of those with whom missionaries work. Read more …
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December 7, 2014

Prayer points for this week

  • Monday: “When people think of mission work,” write missionary associates Shaune and Jenny Preston, “the first thought is of people out in the jungles, making first contact with unreached tribes and teaching the Bible day in and day out. Rightly so! That is the heart of mission work. But for those missionaries on foreign fields to do their work, they need the support of people serving at the home office …[so they can] focus their time and energy on their primary tasks.” Pray for Shaune and Jenny as they develop a team of ministry partners with the goal of joining the NTM Communications team. Click here to ask them how you can help. Read more …
  • Tuesday: “It’s been enthralling for us to see fruit for our labors, having spent these last 15 years beckoning believers to take God’s Word to unreached people,” write missionaries Dave and Joyce Hilt. Pray for New Tribes Mission representatives as they challenge believers to the task of worldwide evangelism. Read more … Why not click on the Hilts’ contact page and send them an encouraging note?
  • Wednesday: Associates serve in various ministry positions. Looking over the list of available positions to fill can be exciting -- or overwhelming! Could you pray for people to fill these roles? Check out the list of openings!
  • Thursday: “Put your experience on the team.” That’s what’s written on our Skilled Associates Program page. And associates do just that. They fill vital roles that enable church planters and Bible translators to remain focused on the work. Without a skilled support team, the timeframe in the church planting effort would be greatly increased. Consider what role you might play on the team. Wondering how to join the team?
  • Friday: “The idea to have a Thanksgiving video came from talking with Jerry Lehman, our new Creative Director,” wrote missionary Regina Rodman, one of Jerry’s teammates in NTM’s Communications Department. On her blog she explains how the team made this video to express thanks to their ministry partners. Read more from Regina’s blog ...  Check out the “Thanksgiving” video!
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November 30, 2014

Prayer points for this week

  • Monday:  “Many people seem to think that it sounds quite adventurous for a young couple to pack up their belongings and move overseas,” write Cole and Hannah Hinderager, missionaries en route to the Philippines. “However, when we began announcing that we were going to be adding a baby to the mix, we started to receive a few different responses (more along the lines of “Are you absolutely crazy!?”). Let’s pray for and encourage the many missionaries preparing to follow His lead and move to countries far different than their own. You can send them a note of encouragement at their blog.
  • Tuesday: “Getting off the plane ... I notice that I instantly feel...damp! I can’t stop looking around and smiling. It’s beautiful, hazy, warm, and so different,” writes missionary Dawn Bakken, who recently began to serve in the Asia-Pacific region. “Our house is amazing on first view. … [I] know I will have to get used to … a toilet that I scoop-flush, square bath things I am not sure how to even start to use, and especially the feeling of strangeness that everything has.” Pray for the unusual and sometimes stressful adjustments faced by new missionaries as they move overseas. If you visit their blog, you can sign up to follow their journey.
  • Wednesday: “Four women from Wantakia (the tribe we are praying about moving to) hiked over to meet us and ask if we were moving into their tribe next,” wrote BJ and Jill Sanders, missionaries to Papua New Guinea. “They really want God’s Talk in their language. We told them that we didn’t know; we were asking God where He wants us to go.” Pray for missionaries as they seek God’s guidance as to where to serve. Go to their blog to let them know you prayed for them.
  • Thursday: Missionaries Andy and Sara Royer are part of the team at New Tribes Mission Bible Institute in Brazil. The Brazilians are trained to reach, not only the unreached people groups in their own country, but those around the world. Pray for our Brazilian co-workers as many head out into tribal villages, for smooth transitions, and that God would use them mightily. Read more …
  • Friday: Moving into a remote tribal village isn’t just about getting used to how the tribal people live and do things. It’s also about how you now have to live and do things. Pray for the radical changes this entails. Have you ever planned a menu for a full month, figured out how much food is needed to provide that menu, and then sent an order to town to have someone else buy it for you? Jill Sanders has! Read how Jill handled it …
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November 23, 2014

Prayer points for this week

  • Monday: A while back we asked prayer for Ric and Sharon Bruce. They were new to Thailand and in the initial stages of language learning. Well, language learning continues -- and they are thankful for your prayers! They are also thankful for their “little villager,” as they sometimes call their baby boy. They say, “he breaks the ice with people we would never get to know and he opens conversations about topics that we would never cover otherwise.” Thanks for praying for Ric and Sharon. Please keep praying. And while you’re at it, what would you think of jotting them a note at the end of their blog post to encourage them along in their language study?  
  • Tuesday: Thank you for praying for our Wayumi program. “In our four weeks at camp,” wrote missionaries Chris and Denise Darland, “we saw close to 200 campers come through the program, which consists of five days of exposure to both the need for tribal missions and the reality of what tribal missions is like, taught by folks who have been in a tribal work. It is an awesome program that is not only a lot of fun, but life changing!” The Darlands are on staff at New Tribes Bible Institute in Jackson, Michigan. Maybe some of those 200 campers will one day sit under Chris’ teaching -- and head out as missionaries themselves. Read more … Check out Wayumi!
  • Wednesday: Do you remember us asking prayer for Jerry and April Lehman as they downsized and made plans to join NTM Communications here at New Tribes Mission’s home office in Florida? Thanks for praying! They have arrived, settled in, and are being a great blessing and addition to the team. Could you take a moment and write the Lehmans a note of encouragement as they make the many adjustments?
  • Thursday: It wasn’t long ago that we were asking prayer for a fleet of three Kodiak aircraft for Papua New Guinea. You prayed with us. Then you praised God with us at the provision of the first Kodiak. And while we were all praising God, He was moving hearts to provide a second one. Only one more Kodiak to go! Keep praying and praising God with us. Read more …
  • Friday: Thank you for praying for the various Bible translations taking place around the world. In the past months the Bagwido, Siawi, Waxe and Dom New Testaments have come through NTM Communications for final proofing and layout before being sent to the printers. Soon these will be in the hands of tribal people. Can you imagine the joy on their faces as they receive God’s Word in their own language? Thank you for praying -- and keep praying for the translations still in the works. Read more …
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November 16, 2014

Prayer points for this week

  • Monday: “Everybody needs the gospel,” wrote PJ and Jill Sanders, missionaries in Papua New Guinea, “but the truth is that there are only so many people coming [here] and we are only one team that can go to one place! We still feel a strong pull to survey Wantakia.” That was back in September. And now? The Sanders and two other familes are making plans to move into a Wantakia village. Why not write them a note and let them know you prayed for them? Read more about their plans...
  • Tuesday: How you ever thought of the dilemma missionaries face when multiple villages are begging for missionaries to come -- and there aren’t enough to send. What about the tribal people? Read what a tribal man wrote: “Please have pity on our lives. We don’t know what will become of us when death is on us. So am asking with a big strong request that you will come to us and teach us of this talk. … That is why I have sent this letter to you bossmen of NTM. Our language is not hard here in Isahu. Please come.” Read more …
  • Wednesday: Steve Crockett shares that God led him to work among the Moi people in the Asia-Pacific region while on a survey trip to their village. Pray for Steve as he translates Scripture and teaches God’s truth to the Moi people, and for his wife Carolyn as she homeschools and teaches literacy to the Mois. Steve and Carolyn are currently on home assignment, taking time to go around to churches, supporters and friends and updating them on the ministry with the Mois. Watch the video about Steve’s survey ... Read more updates …
  • Thursday: Here’s another excerpt from a letter from a tribal group wanting missionaries to come. “I am writing to the bossmen that are in NTM. … What’s going on with your thinking? I think you are getting tired of the letters we have written. You much be thinking like this, the road to hear the talk of God it is just for you ones. That’s why you haven’t sent anyone to us in Weku.” So many places for people group assessments. Keep praying! Read more …
  • Friday: For almost 70 years, NTM has been conducting people group assessments in some form. NTM looks to answer the following four questions with the assessment: Are the people receptive to a church planting team working among them? Can we create specific goals? Will we have a distinct impact? Will the impact be lasting? If we can answer those questions with a “yes,” then the area may be ready for a church planting team to come and share the Good News. Learn people group assessments … Or invest in a people group assessment ... 
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November 9, 2014

Prayer points for this week

  • Monday: “One of the biggest cultural events that we’ve gotten to dip our toes into so far was a feast that was held to disperse the spirits of the dead from a community near us,” writes Danica Rich, missionary in Brazil. “These are things that we need to observe, ask questions, and find answers about before we can teach, clearly communicate the gospel, or disciple young believers in the faith.” Pray for missionaries as they take the time to understand the why behind cultural events. Read moreor send them a note to say you prayed.
  • Tuesday: Have you wondered what are some of the ways in which cultural taboos affect everyday life? Ric and Sharon Bruce, serving in the Asia-Pacific region, have been figuring that out. “There are many ways in which you can offend someone with your body posture and the way you carry yourself [here],” Ric wrote. People “try to always walk, behave and act in a humble and graceful way.” Pray for missionaries as they adapt to the dos and and don’ts of another culture. Read more …
  • Wednesday: Any activity with the Elseng people of Asia-Pacific can turn into an opportunity to study culture and language. That’s why Scott Flaugher recently went with a couple of Elseng friends to harvest sago, and why his wife Natasha often helps at the team’s medical clinic. Pray for missionaries as they look for opportunities to continue to learn, but also to build relationships. Read more …
  • Thursday: “In a culture where people change their name multiple times throughout their lifetime, it gets a little tricky when it comes to medical records. Not to mention that most national citizens do not know their date of birth,” writes Jessica Heppner, missionary to Papua New Guinea. “Having come from a medical standard that required me to double check the name and [birthday] of every one of my patients, it’s laughable when a wrinkly, gray-haired toothless woman is sitting there telling me that she’s 30.” Pray for missionaries as they learn to work with a different set of standards. Read moreor send Jessica an encouraging note.
  • Friday: “...I was surrounded by hundreds … of people who look different from me, talk different than me, smell very different than me, and in general are about as far away from what I consider “normal” (as in the culture I was raised in) as possible,” writes Erica Haberchak, missionary to Papua New Guinea. “But the sense of joy I felt in the midst of that mass of humanity was as profound as anything I’ve ever known because in that moment, just by smiling and touching and attempting to communicate, I was being who God has asked me to be, who He created me to be -- His ambassador on earth.” Pray for missionaries as they face experiences far removed from their normal way of life, that they’ll remember why they are there and experience joy in knowing they are doing what God would have them to do. Read moreor look around their blog and find other opportunities to connect with them and their work.
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November 2, 2014

Prayer points for this week

  • Monday: ”We have been absolutely thrilled to be part of the first outreach of the … Mwinika church to another people group,” wrote Francois and Nadia Hattingh, missionaries in Mozambique. Tribal missionaries Abar, Liberia and their children moved into a predominantly Marevone village and chronological Bible lessons have begun. “Close to 100 people arrived, eager to hear the first lesson from Genesis 1,” wrote Nadia. “Abar and Liberia are very encouraged by the way they have been received and the continued openness of the community.” Pray that this openness to hearing the teaching will continue. At the Hattinghs’ blog, you can read how it startedand the update ...
  • Tuesday: Missionaries teach with an incredible goal in mind, praying that the spiritual eyes of unreached people will open to the truths of God’s Word. The testimony of Stanley, a Patpatar believer from Papua New Guinea, is an answer to prayers: “Now that I clearly understand, I can no longer believe in fireflies, ginger and rituals [the traditional beliefs]. It is not my works, but only the death of Jesus, the work of His death and resurrection in our place for our sins.” Pray for missionaries as they teach, and for eyes to be opened to God’s saving message.  Read more
  • Wednesday: “I liked the teaching today. I could understand everything! It is in my own language and this is good. I want to come again and hear more.” Francois and Nadia Hattingh, missionaries to the Mwinika people in Mozambique, were thrilled to hear these words from a man who had openly refused to listen to the Bible teaching the previous year. Pray for hearts that are receptive to be taught from God’s Word. You can send Francois and Nadia a note to say you prayed.
  • Thursday: “Our [evening Bible teaching] groups have dwindled and that’s been sad for us to see because we so long for all to hear the truth and respond in faith. … But we rejoice in those that are sticking in there with us, as many have seemed very interested in knowing more and baby sprouts of beginning faith seem to be growing,” wrote Tim and Andrea Ullum, missionaries in the Asia-Pacific region. “Continue to pray with us that each of these dear friends will thrive and grow under the teaching of truth.” Read more, and find out how you can connect with the Ullums at their blog.
  • Friday: A new water tower became an illustration for Stephen and Ginger Jordan, missionaries in the Philippines. “Just like this new cement tower, when we share the gospel among the Agutaynens, we don’t skip the foundation and just build a post. We first need a firm foundation,” they wrote. “At this time, there are six home Bible studies taking place in the village. Please pray with us that these Agutaynens will accept God’s Word and believe in Him alone.” Follow the teaching and more at the Jordans’ blog.
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October 26, 2014

Prayer points for this week

  • Monday: A fleet of three Kodiaks for Papua New Guinea seemed like only a dream last year, but God miraculously provided the first one. “Missionaries can breathe easier knowing that soon the Kodiak will be in Papua New Guinea to sustain them as they bring Jesus to difficult remote settings and provide medevac capabilities for them and their families -- even to Australia,” writes Phil Koop, Executive Director of NTM Aviation.  Pray for the remaining costs and logistics in getting not only this first Kodiak to Papua New Guinea, but the remaining desired planes. Read more …
  • Tuesday: “Kodiak #1 is nearing its final stages of preparation. Kodiak #2 will need all the same outfitting — the HF radio, satellite tracking system, other equipment and tools, ferry flight and paperwork — and finances to cover all those items,” wrote Phil Koop, executive director of NTMA. “Just as God is providing for the final costs of Kodiak #1, we are confident that He will do the same for Kodiak #2. It is clear that He wants isolated people to meet Him, and He is providing the transportation for it to happen!” Keep praying! Read more …
  • Wednesday: For many of our missionaries, the airplane is their lifeline in times of emergency. Danny and Philippa Brooks can testify to that. An emergency flight was prayed into existence to save their daughter’s life. With a typhoon inbound, God opened a corridor through the weather to make the flight possible. Pray for our pilots, for wisdom and for safety in flights. Watch a video of the Brooks’ story ...
  • Thursday: When missionaries Gene and Carol Trudeau in the Philippines heard that NTM Aviation had plans to get a helicopter for their region, they were excited. And with reason! “What a blessing a helicopter would be for us! No more need for our 4x4 off-road truck that needs constant maintenance because of having to cross a river with water up over the engine in order to get to our airstrip five miles away. No more needing to deal with the weeds and grass on that airstrip which is 55 feet wide and about 1000 feet long -- a major continuing maintenance project. A helicopter could land right next to the village.” Read more … Or check out the project ...
  • Friday: Each year the Lightspeed Aviation Foundation selects contenders for a $2,000 to $10,000 grant. New Tribes Mission was selected again this year -- but time is running out! Today (Friday) is the last day to vote to move NTM up in the ranks. NTM Aviation decided that any grant received will be used toward the purchase and equipping of Kodiak aircraft for Papua New Guinea. Please vote and share today!
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October 24, 2014

Jon Leedahl lost his leg but his life was saved after a serious accident in Papua New Guinea on Oct. 15. Please pray:

  • For Jon’s healing, upcoming surgeries on both legs, and the beginning stages of physical therapy.
  • For Jon, Adie, Jaeden, Levi, and Jace and for all the dynamics in working out what family life will look like for now.
  • Praise God for the medical team in the Cairns Hospital and for the friends and family who are helping them with the physical and emotional hurdles they are facing at this time.
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