Luke 2:20 NLT– The shepherds went back to their flocks, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen. It was just as the angel had told them.
Just a little over two millennia ago an angel appeared to certain shepherds in Palestine and announced to them the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ plus the angel described the environment in which the newborn babe would be found. The shepherds went and found all was exactly as the angel had told them. They went back to their flocks glorifying and praising God. It happened exactly as the angel had described. A sure thing! Praise the Lord that as we enter into this Christmas season we can rejoice in His birth, rejoice in the wonderful salvation that He has provided, and rejoice in the fact that He is coming again! It will be exactly as described in the Word of God. It’s a sure thing!
All things were made by him; and without him nothing was made that has been made. John 1:3 KJV
Warm fall days are being experienced on the Long Beach, WA peninsula and these days are beautiful. Thank you Lord! In the photo Diann is enjoying some beach time!
Diann and I arrived in Sanford Florida on June 15th looking forward to the 2017 Pre-field Orientation (PFO) . It was a blessing to meet and interact with the many new Ethnos360 Associate Members, who I had coached through the application process over the past year. God is good!
When Diann and I entered into training with New Tribes Mission in 1981, the mission had been in existence for 39 years and NTM missionaries were carrying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ to the very remote regions of the world. This year on the 75th anniversary of the founding of NTM, our organization has a different name. Today Ethnos360 missionaries are still taking the gospel to regions around the world. Ethnos means the “nations” that Christ referred to in Matthew 28:19 and in Luke 24:47. 360 represents a full circle—-the entirety of the globe. Ethnos360 eadership has stated that, “Our vision is the same today as it was 75 years ago: A thriving church for every people”. It takes awhile to become comfortable with a new name but we are getting there!
In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly. Psalm 5:3
The big move for the home office in Sanford, Florida has finally taken place. It had been anticipated for several years with much prayer to the Lord as extensive renovations on the future office building were needing to be accomplished. Last Friday and over the weekend the anticipated move took place and now we are thankful that the work routine at the ConnectionCenter has been fully operational as of Monday. PTL!
He changes times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises up others. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning. Daniel 2 :21 NIV
We are now transitioning from summer into fall. A blessing to enjoy the warmth and colors of summer but now it is nice to see the changes of color in the leaves and feel the cooler temperatures. A good change.
This is what the Lord says: “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.–” Jeremiah 6:16 NIV
Old highway 99 took us to Rainier, Washington this last weekend. It was an enjoyable drive which brought us through tranquil country scenery.
Pastor Mark and Rainier Chapel, thank you for blessing us with the opportunity to share regarding the NTM Connection Center ministry. What a blessing to fellowship and reconnect with dear brothers and sisters in the Lord!
For from Him and through Him and for Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen.
Romans 11:36 NASB
There is the saying that “Time and Tide wait for no Man”. The days of winter continue to rush by! It has been a particularly soggy season for the Long Beach peninsula. However, today we are experiencing some sunshine, which is most encouraging! Much has been happening in the last few months in the area of mission ministry with
New Tribes Mission. Currently in my Connection Center ministry I am working with a number of people who have a desire to serve the Lord in missionary work. They
hail from all over the USA with experience in executive positions, information and communication technologies, finance, nursing, and especially education.
We recently toured a historic site in eastern Washington. It is called the B Reactor which is sitting alone n a near desert like region. The building itself is somewhat non-descript from the outside but in the interior one begins to understand what this structure is all about and the monumental work that was accomplished in an incredibly short period of time. The Manhattan Project ushered in the atomic age, for better or for worse.
Pau is a Hawaiian word meaning finished or done. My mother Ellen Yunker was raised in Hawaii on the big island and during those years she learned to speak Hawaiian and Japanese. Last month mom fell suffering a broken shoulder and hip which resulted in her being transported to St. Peter’s hospital in Olympia where she spent the final week of her remarkable life. During her time in the hospital, we would give mom water and when her thirst was satisfied she would say, “Pau”. Her life on this earth is Pau but she has left behind a wonderful legacy. Please click on this link to see a history of her life.
Much of the Northwest have been blessed with an early spring. Daffodils are blooming in profusion and the flowering plum tree situated near the house with the light pink petals has been a feast for one’s eyes. The handiwork of our Creator is on full display!
Last week we were grateful to receive news from the Mouk language group where we ministered in the late 80’s and early 90’s. The Mouk church has been involved in an outreach to another language group. The Mouk missionaries have been teaching the Creation to Christ lessons for several weeks. Lord willing we will soon hear of the birth of a church in another area of New Britain. Additionally, there is ongoing Bible teaching in the various Mouk villages. In one location, a new Creation to Christ series is starting up. In other locations, they are teaching through I Corinthians and Romans.
Greetings from our remote Connection Center office in Long Beach, WA! Please be in prayer for needed teachers in the upcoming school year at Numonohi Christian Academy in Papua New Guinea. Click on the image below to watch a 5 minute video. It takes a team! Dave
“And Abraham called the name of that place The Lord Will Provide, as it is said to this day, “In the mount of the Lord it will be provided.”
Greetings from Long Beach, Washington! Our arrival was in late August in this coastal town in the very southwest corner of the state. Our trip from Sanford to the west went well. Enjoyable visits with family in Arizona and Washington. Nice to hold those grandkids!
“Faithful is He who calls you and He will also bring it to pass.”—I Thessalonians 5:24
Greetings from central Florida! Our pre-field orientation (PFO) finished one week ago and we are thankful for these precious individuals, who have committed to serving the Lord in support roles here in the USA, Papua New Guinea, Thailand and the Philippines. The ten days that we spent together were a blessing. The photo above shows our PFO group in front of the NTM office building.
Greetings from Sanford! Diann and I trust that you are doing well in the month of March!
This morning I drove my friend Dion to the Greyhound bus station in Orlando. Our conversation during the drive touched on different topics with one subject being the years that Diann and I spent serving in a jungle area of Papua New Guinea ministering to the Mouk people. One aspect of our ministry included the managing of a clinic where amongst other diseases that we treated were the countless cases of malaria and a few of those cases were cerebral malaria. As a matter of fact one of our first patients was a small girl unconscious and convulsing with cerebral malaria. The Lord gave wisdom and we saw our little patient fully recover. We thank the Lord for those years in PNG! Also, praise God that He continually gives guidance to his children.
Greetings from Central Florida. In November I had sent out an article on the relief effort in the Philippines. Below is an encouraging update from last week written by NTM writer Cathy Drobnick for the NTM Daily Bulletin.
In the face of suffering and loss, God is faithfully at work in ongoing Haiyan disaster relief. View a gallery of photos from relief efforts in the Philippines.
A catastrophe is often God’s opportunity to pour out His grace. The staggering losses sustained by the people of the Philippines during the deadly destruction caused by Typhoon Haiyan are deeply disturbing from a human perspective.
For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us;
And the government will rest on His shoulders;
And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6–NASB
In September and October we traveled from Florida to the northwest and back. We were thankful for the opportunity to visit with family and ministry partners. Our only regret was not being able to visit with all of our dear friends due to time constraints. After putting many thousands of miles on the Buick we returned to Sanford on October 18th. Prayers that were raised on our behalf during the trip out west were much appreciated!
At dusk last week I stepped out the door and looked east towards the Space Coast. From Sanford, which is located 50 miles to the west, the fiery exhaust of the Delta 4 rocket was clearly visible as the craft rose through the sky with its payload. The purpose of the mission was to put a communication satellite into orbit, which will provide a significant increase in communications capability for the US and her partners. That evening I saw the flame of the rocket only. I wouldn’t have known the source of the glow in the sky if not for a news report given in advance of the launch. It was helpful information.
And they who dwell in the ends of the earth stand in awe of Thy signs; thou dost make the dawn and sunset shout for joy. Psalms 65:8
We weren’t able to spend Mother’s Day with our family but did enjoy a dinner and visiting with special friends here in Sanford. Hopefully, next year we will be able to get together with our children.
Psalm 62:5 Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him.
Greetings from Sanford, FL. We are one month into the New Year and trust that you are finding rest in the One who sends us hope.
Our thanks to all, who sent us Christmas cards through the post office and online. The messages blessed us! Also, our daughter Kristen drove down to the Sunshine State to spend time with us. It would be an understatement to say that we enjoyed her visit.
Greetings from Sanford, Florida!
Our Fall Pre-Field Orientation concluded on Friday evening and we are very thankful for the week that we were able to spend with our new associate members. Their ministry locations will be in South America and Asia-Pacific. One of the attendees said, “I came with so many questions swirling around in my head and I think I have gotten every one of them answered! I was able to take care of a lot of business and solidify a lot of concepts.”