Dear family and friends,
Brad took this photo of Mr. and Mrs. Sandhill Crane (and their colt), on the property of NTM Homes. We often see sandhill cranes walking in the yards or on the soccer field. They roost at night in shallow water. They perform elaborate dancing displays in courtship and mate for life. Their call is loud and rattling and may be audible from a mile away. I find them to be amazing birds. What do you think?
Other than just finding sandhill cranes to be interesting birds in God’s creation, I have a specific connection that I would like to make about the crane FAMILY. NTM Homes is presently home to almost 150 retirees. All these folks have retired from New Tribes Mission (now called Ethnos360). There are folks living here who are staff members at NTM Homes and some are staff members at our mission headquarters which is also located in Sanford, Florida. Within our community there are many FAMILY members. The parents have spent 40, 50, or 60 years on a foreign mission field. They raised their children there and passed on the missionary vision. Therefore, many of our retirees have older adult children who are serving the Lord on mission fields in South America, Africa, Europe, Asia, and on home staff in the USA. It doesn’t stop there. Grandkids and great grandkids are also involved in reaching the unreached around the world. As Brad and I minister to our retirees, it frees up their kids to continue serving the Lord in cities and villages in various far off places. We are thankful to be players on a team that is involved in world evangelization.
Last week we attended the funeral of Jim, who was one of our residents. Jim and his wife Dene (Arlene), served in South America with New Tribes Mission for many years. After returning to the USA, they served on staff at NTM Homes. As a surveyor, Jim helped to lay out the property, including new buildings, roads, and utilities. They were retired and living in an independent duplex when we arrived on the scene. They made a move into our Assisted Living Facility (ALF) a while back. I have been helping them by cleaning their room and doing their laundry. Jim will be sadly missed, especially by his wife of almost 69 years. I am thankful that I have had the opportunity to serve the Lord as I have ministered to the folks here.
- Children and grandchildren of our residents serve among numerous unreached people groups.
- There are many health needs among our aging residents.
- Some are in the hospital, rehab facilities, or have transferred to local nursing homes.
- A number are taking treatments for cancer and other serious illnesses.
- As we see folks getting older, we know that we are now in our 60’s and feeling our age.
- Our responsibilities are multiple and varied. We never know what a day will bring forth.
- We need God’s wisdom, strength, and grace as we meet needs in our missionary community.
By His grace,
Brad and Wanda Hull