Dear Team Members,
At this Special time of the year we reflect on the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ, knowing that without that without Him, life would be hopeless. What peace and joy we have knowing we serve a risen Savior. The names on the other side of this letter reflect His character and can give peace to this troubled world.
It is hard to believe that over 43 years have gone by since we loaded up our VW in June of 1969 and pulled a small trailer north to start our training at one of New Tribes Mission’s training centers. It was a journey that brought us to Australia and New Zealand for 34 years which also included trips to the Philippines, Russia, Central Asia, Thailand, Indonesia, England, and Germany. It has been a journey of living by faith all these years. Some of you have stood by us from the very beginning by praying for us and/or financially helping us while others of you joined our Team at various times in our journey.
We are so grateful for the part you have had in our lives, the students we had a part in training who are now on the field resulting in so many unreached people coming to know the Lord as their Savior. These in turn are now reaching more people in other villages with the Gospel message. Then through unforeseen circumstances, the Lord led us back to the USA 5 years ago so we could be closer to Charlie’s Mother. God’s ways are perfect and we thank Him for opening up a ministry for us with our retired NTM missionaries, some who have served the Lord 50 or more years and needing to retire to their homeland to be cared for.
Now it is time for us to retire! Even though we will be listed as retired, we will still remain as members of NTM and are free to volunteer as we desire. Even now we can see areas that the Lord has begun to impress upon our hearts to continue to be used by Him. In future letters we will share those areas. We know as believers we will never really retire, but what will change is we will be able to pace ourselves better.
So we thank the Lord for each of you who have partnered with us over these many years whether financially, in prayer, or friendship. We could not have come this far without you. As the Lord would lead you we covet your continued prayers as we move into the future.
Most of all we thank our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for coming as a babe, being the Perfect Lamb of God and dying for each one of us. HE TRULY is the REASON for the SEASON.
May you have a blessed Christmas and special New Year as you journey with Him,
Charlie & Cherrie