Dear family and friends,

“The greatest thing anyone can do for God and man is pray. It is not the only thing; but it is the chief thing. The great people of the earth today are the people who pray. I do not mean those who talk about prayer; not those who can explain about prayer; but I mean those people who take time and pray.” (S. D. Gordon)

When Brad and I attended New Tribes Bible Institute way back in the 1970’s, we were first introduced to Day of Prayer. We did not have our regular Bible classes, but set the day aside for the purpose of prayer. I still remember those days. When we were working in a remote tribe in Thailand, our team set aside a day once a month for prayer. Our morning was devoted to bringing our needs within our tribal location before the Throne of Grace. Then in the afternoons we prayed for our missionary co-workers in the different areas of Thailand. In the evening we met once again for prayer. This time our focus was on different needs around the world. WOW! I still remember the hard work it was to spend a day in prayer, but I also remember how energized we were to keep on keeping on. This past week we had our monthly Day of Prayer here at NTM Homes in Sanford, Florida. We spent some time during our morning chapel time to pray. We prayed for our staff members and the retired missionary residents and their concerns. We prayed for needs in Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Mexico, Paraguay, Philippines, Colombia, and other far off places. We prayed for our fellow co-workers at the different training centers in the USA, Canada, England, Germany, and Australia. We read of missionaries who are struggling and those who are experiencing victory. Let’s just say, we did not run out of things to pray about!

Last month I wrote about the different folks in Papua New Guinea who now have a complete New Testament in their own language. The work is not finished until there is a church established among the people group. This takes years to accomplish. I just viewed a short 2 minute video clip titled Hewa Discipleship where Jonathan Kopf talks about why you need to live among the people in order to make disciples. He tells about the prayers of the Hewa people and how the missionary needs to understand the tribal culture in order to teach and disciple them about prayer and other important aspects of the Christian life. I think you will find it very interesting and worth your time to view.

For the months of July and August I am helping out in the Latham Center here at NTM Homes. I am filling in for one of the staff members who is currently at another mission center for the summer months. My main job is that of housekeeping. Each week I clean the rooms of some of the retired missionaries who are living in the assisted living wing as well as some who are living in the independent wing of the building. I have already been at it for two full weeks and I am enjoying it. I know that it may sound crazy to some of you, but I think it is fun to clean things! Each morning I am scheduled to clean two or three rooms. This may also include doing some laundry, putting the clean sheets back on the bed or changing a light bulb that has burnt out. Some folks leave their rooms while I am cleaning whereas others just seem to want to talk while I work. In the afternoons there are plenty of other cleaning jobs to keep me busy. This includes the conference room, vacuuming the hallways, taking out the trash, or dusting the furniture in the lobby. Let’s just say I have plenty to do.

Brad has been doing some catch up work that piled up on his desk while we were away for a couple of weeks in June. Due to the summer afternoon rains that often come our way, he has also been busy riding the tractor with the bush hog to keep the 30 acre field looking like a yard instead of a hayfield.

On a personal note, Brad and I were able to visit both of our families in Indiana and Maryland last month. It was great to see my stepmom as well as both of my brothers. It was a quick visit, but we were able to do a lot of talking and catching up on what has been happening in their lives. We were also able to be with Brad’s parents as they celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. Four of the five sons with their wives were able to attend the festivities. The church basement was crowded with lots of friends and family members. We all had a great time together.

As you have time, we would appreciate your prayers on our behalf.

  • Brad needs wisdom and accuracy as he pays bills, enters data on spread sheets, compiles monthly financial statements, etc.
  • Wanda desires to be a blessing as she cleans and interacts with the residents who live in the Latham Center. There are currently 23 residents.
  • We both rub shoulders daily with retired residents who live in the independent apartments. There are currently 75 occupied apartments here on our center.
  • Please pray that we will each have the heart of a servant as we minister here.
  • Please pray that Brad and I will treasure His Word and walk in the Spirit as we go about our daily tasks.
  • Pray for the missionaries who are scattered around the world doing discipleship as the Lord builds His church.

We appreciate you and your part in this work that God is doing in Sanford, Florida and around the globe.

By His grace,

Wanda (and Brad) Hull