May 24, 2018

Dear Team Members, G’Day from rainy Florida, BUT it is needed so we are not complaining. We trust this finds you well and encouraged in the Lord. Charlie’s biopsy from his colonoscopy was benign for which we are thankful. Esther still does not have the result from the scan on her head to see ifContinue reading May 24, 2018

April 2018

Dear Team Members, G’Day from Central Florida, where Spring is kicking in!!! April is almost over – IT HAS FLOWN BY!!! Our daughter Esther came down to visit with their two children, Desi (almost 8) and Majh (almost 4) for a few days the first week of April. We had so much fun going toContinue reading April 2018

March 30, 2018

March 30th, 2018 Dear Ones, This has been quite the year, not only for us, but for many of you living up North with one major winter storm after another!!!Crazy, even here in Florida, 50 degrees here seems cold, but nothing like the sub-freezing temperatures we have heard about. We have seen some beautiful winterContinue reading March 30, 2018

February 5, 2018

Dear Team Members, February 5th, 2018

Lots going on this past month as there were times we faced 32 degree weather, which we are not used to!!! Some of you have faced below freezing weather, pipes freezing, and lots of snow!! Even in Australia there has been unusual weather – really hot – then cooling down and having golf ball size hail!!

January 4, 2018

Dear Team Members,
It is hard to believe that Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day is over, BUT that is not entirely true! Yes, Christ is the reason for Christmas, BUT Christ is the reason for EVERY DAY, and being THANKFUL is what we need to be EVERY DAY ALSO!!

December 2017

Dear Team Members,

PLEASE JOIN us as we REJOICE on the 75th ANNIVERSARY of NEW TRIBES MISSION established in 1942, now called ETHNOS360. What a thrill is was to attend services which gave all the Glory to our GOD.

These are some of the Facts and Figures at what your partnership has helped make possible over the past 75 years. THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH FOR YOUR PART IN THIS!!!!!

November 28, 2017

Dear Team Members, 
Thanksgiving Day has gone by, BUT being THANKFUL for YOU is always foremost in our hearts and minds! We had a SPECIAL day with friends, and trust you had a SPECIAL DAY with family and or friends also!

In our last Update, we shared about our friends Bryan and Del Coupland and his book “Come Rest with Me” and his interview with Gracia Burnham. We have heard how that was a blessing to folk receiving our Updates, and want to share something else Bryan shared which brought tears of JOY to our hearts:

November 1, 2017

Dear Team Members,

How we THANK the Lord for each of you and the bond we have in Him Smile

How THANKFUL we are for His Word that ALWAYS encourages our hearts!!!!

It is His Word that keeps us going! I would like to share a portion of an email we received from special friends, Bryan and Del Coupland, a while back. We first met Bryan and Del in August of 1969, in Durham Ontario Canada, when we started specialized missionary training to reach unreached ethnic people. Bryan has personally dealt with cancer, as well as Del recently. He wrote the book “Come Rest in Me”, which is such a blessing. Bryan has given us permission to share the following for which we can say a BIG AMEN!!!

September 30, 2017

Dear Team Members,

We trust this finds each of you safe, well, and Encouraged in the Lord Smile This past month has flown by with so much going on in our lives, in Florida, Mexico and Puerto Rico Frown

July 24, 2017

Dear Team Members, 

Greetings from hot and humid Florida! We trust you are keeping safe and well with all the unseasonable weather around!

We are EXCITED and EVER SO THANKFUL for recent news: There are a number of new missionaries heading to the fields of Papua New Guinea, Brazil, the Philippines, and Mexico! Besides saying their good-byes to family, there will be many adjustments, and hard work. Know these new missionaries would appreciate your prayers!

July 2017

Dear Team Members,

We sure have an AWESOME GOD! How thankful we are for the Lord opening the door and meeting our needs to be able to go to see our daughter Esther and her family for 11 days! We saw Esther last year, but had not seen Ricky, Majh, and Desi for two years due to my cancer journey. They had friends who were away and allowed us to stay in their lovely home while there – GOD’S PROVISION :o) We were also able to see other friends on the way up and back, and on June 3rd we were able to have a bit of a family reunion – 15 of us as some of Charlie’s extended family lived within two hours of Esther and Ricky who now live in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia – one cousin he had not seen for around 35 years!!!!!!!!!!!! Majh, now three years old, was healthy while we were there and we trust that will continue!!!

May 18, 2017

Dear Team Members,

How we thank the Lord for each of you!!! YOU ARE ALL SPECIAL TO US Smile

Some of our retirees faithfully go to a local detention center weekly to interact with the kids there. They are praising the Lord for a good time last week with the five kids who came out for this time. They are so thankful for the hunger these kids showed for the Word of God!! Please be praying for these retirees and for these kids and others in the future to put their faith in Jesus Christ as their Savior!

May 2017

Dear Team Members,

As we celebrate 75 years since NTM was founded, we’re excited at what God has done and continues to do in missions around the world. We’re also excited to share that our mission has a new name. We are now Ethnos360. Below is an explanation from our leadership concerning the vision behind our new name.

April 28, 2017

Dear Team Members,

Time sure does fly with so many doctor appointments, BUT here we are again thanking the Lord for each of you for your love and prayers!
It seems that a good portion of our emails consist of sharing our journey this past year and a half. It has been a journey we would not like to go through again, BUT looking back we would not want to miss all the Lord has done in our hearts and lives, and the way He has used our journey to encourage others. Even last Friday, we were blown away at God using our lives in the lives of two business men we individually had in depth conversations with us about our God and our Savior!!!!!!! Mark shared how his 65-year-old father has just been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and has to retire. Then Michael shared that he is soon getting married. In talking with both of them we found out their faith was also in Jesus Christ as their Savior. Both men kept asking questions about our lives. Mark said at church, missionaries share, but he had not ever talked with one personally like we were talking. Please be praying for Mark and Michael. We personally gave them both an invitation to contact us if they would like to talk more!

April 2017


This is Cherrie writing, but all that is said is from Charlie alsoSmile Almost 54 years ago we started our journey together in June of 1963. Along with my cancer journey this past 17 months, we both have so much to be thankful for!!!!!! I love writing down parts of our life and journey, so this letter is on THANKFULNESS!!!!!!

February 2017

Dear Team Members,

WOW time flies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We had a GREAT time out in Kansas over Christmas and New Year’s visiting Ray and Janelle, our grandchildren and their spouses, and our great grandchildren!!!!!!!!! Even saw snow – not much, BUT enough for us Floridians going from 85 degrees to 0 degrees Frown We also both got colds and Charlie had bronchitis. BUT the warmth of family and friends helped to keep us warm in heart Smile

December 2016


WOW, YOU ARE ALL AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you SOOOOOO much for standing with us ALL YEAR and THROUGH THE YEARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We have an urgent prayer request: Our grandson DiMaggio, who is only 2½, has had chest problems since he was only a few months old. The last three winters and even when it is not winter, he has problems. He was in the hospital with pneumonia and high fever over the weekend. They call it RSV – Respiratory Syncytial Virus – scary when your little one (any one) cannot breath properly Frown Please be praying for his body to heal completely and the medical team caring for him, and for our daughter Esther and husband Ricky during this time, and ongoing times!!!!!!!!!!!!!

November 2016


Dear Team Members, 

WOW, where has this year gone? Even though it has been a hard year physically and emotionally, God has been good and encouraged us each step of the way. We thank you sooooo much for journeying with us, and continuing to be there for us in soooo many ways Smile

We want to wish each of you a VERY SPECIAL THANKSGIVING DAY! How we THANK the LORD for HIS GIFT of ETERNAL LIFE when our faith is in Him as our Savior, and for each one of you, who He has brought into our lives!

October 2016


Dear Team Members,

This Update comes with our Love and appreciation for each of you. Your love, care, and prayers for us mean so very much!

The past few months we have had computer problems and about a month ago both of them died, with us only being able to be online a few of those days when we had access to a visitor’s computer. Please feel free to resend us emails you may have sent this past month as we really love hearing from you!!!!!

September 2, 2016

Dear Team Members,

FINSHED! Yes, my radiation treatments are FINISHED! The radiation burns were no fun, but have healed well. Thank you so much for your prayers. Now, we just go to Orlando every three weeks until December 1st for one treatment, then we are FINISHED, except for the occasional check up with my oncologist. I have started on a medication I will take for five years – a type of hormone blocker.

August 2016

Dear Team members,

WOW, TIME SURE DOES FLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We can’t believe it has been 50 YEARS this month that our missionary journey started!!!!!!!!! So here is a bit of a History lesson SmileIn July of 1963 Charlie entered the Air Force. We lived three years in Biloxi Mississippi. It was there, our lives changed all because of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Charlie got an early discharge from the Air Force to pursue becoming a minister. So, 50 years ago, in August of 1966 we started Bible School in Chattanooga Tennessee. While there, our future was redirected and our hearts were challenged for overseas ministry to work with the unreached in places like Papua New Guinea where so many language groups do not have any of the Word of God in their language, some who have not even seen a white person. Well, our direction later changed a bit, as after our Missionary training with New Tribes Mission in Ontario Canada and then our Language School Training in Missouri, we were asked to consider going to help in the New Tribes Language School in Australia for two years. Well, that ended up being 34 years, with five of those years being in New Zealand as the Language School moved there for a few years. Charlie was a linguist, and though we did not get to serve in Papua New Guinea, we did have a part in training folk from Australia, New Zealand, Korea, England, Germany, and Fiji, who themselves have been used of the Lord around the world. I often laugh, as Charlie was the one with a proper degree, Graduate of Theology, and I had a PHT Degree – Pushing Hubby through Degree Smile WELL, we did do it together!

July 5, 2016

Dear Stretcher Bearers, July 5th, 2016

We trust this finds you encouraged in our Precious Lord and Savior, in the midst of sooooo many discouraging issues in our world these days.

I can’t believe it has been almost nine months since my cancer was found, then diagnosed, and chemotherapy started December 17th, 2015. I remember the first time we went down to Orlando to see my Oncologist, Dr. Molthrope. It was a shock to my system, seeing folk in the hall bald, or wearing caps to cover the baldness, walking with canes, then to see a lady in the hall sitting on a bench, wrapped in a blanket, but sitting all alone. It broke my heart to see someone facing their journey all alone. I am so thankful for Charlie and his daily care for me. My chemotherapy treatments ended the end of March – they lasted twelve weeks. During that period of time it was hard to get folk to talk about the Lord, possibly for a number of reasons with the journey they were facing. Recently, after sooo many months, one lady, we had not seen since earlier this year, came up to us and gave me a big hug with a BIG smile on her face. It has been worth it being part of the journey of so many. We are not finished with our journey, and probably will never be until we go home to be with our Lord and Savior. Our lives will never be the same!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Things that use to seem sooooo important are no longer important. Material things do not have their hold on me like they used to. People are more important, and of course Jesus is more precious than ever!

Mid-June mini-update

June 22, 2016

As we were driving to see the radiologist this afternoon for the first time, this verse was in my mind: Philippians 4:6 & 7 – “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and supplication WITH THANKSGIVING, let your requests be made known UNTO GOD and the PEACE of GOD, which passeth all understanding, shall KEEP YOUR HEARTS and minds through CHRIST JESUS.” We were VERY impressed with Dr. Lester and his explanation as to why I still need radiation treatment. He was thorough and explained that even though there was just one lymph  that showed the cancer and a trace of cancer in the fat surrounding that lymph node, this means I still need to have radiation treatment. I have God’s peace, in the midst of my human emotions! I have an appointment on this Thursday morning at 11am to start the next segment of this journey. Once I start the actual treatments they will last six weeks, five days a week (each treatment lasts about 10 minutes)- give or take days off for holidays and machine breakdowns which require repairs. So sometime in August I will be finished, with only my every three weeks infusion of Herceptin until the end of the year with the oncologist. Thank you soooo much for your prayers and we covet your continued prayers. Knowing YOU are HERE IN MY HEART MEANS SOOOO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Please continue to pray for my younger sister Lynda. She has a doctor’s appointment early July regarding the two blood clots – one in both lungs, and her heart condition which includes a new murmur and a left bundle branch block. She tries to walk a little each day which is good.

Trusting the Lord to encourage each of you day by day.

With our Love,

Cherrie & Charlie


June 16, 2016

How THANKFUL we are for your continued prayers for my cancer journey Smile

Current prayers requests are:

This coming Tuesday the 21st at 2:15 I have an appointment with a Dr Lester here in Sanford. He is a Radiologist and he will be looking over all my reports to determine if I need radiation treatment or not. There is a good possibility I won’t!! We have been told he is excellent and will not do it if it is not necessary. If it is necessary, the treatments will be here in Sanford, not Orlando, we think five days a week for five weeks. Sounds like the sessions are not long at all.