Monthly Archives: February 2014

February 2014 Newsletter

Elyse and our language helper Pramila

Elyse and our language helper Pramila

The long road to the field gets shorter every day. We’ve reached nearly 75% of our required monthly support. Thank you for your love and generosity. We are so close and you all have been a part of our journey. Please keep praying for us. Our hearts ache for Africa and to begin the work. Pray for patience for us and also for the last quarter to come in quickly.

As part of our preparation to go overseas we spent the month of January in Palmer Lake. MTI (Mission Training International) offers an excellent course to help missionaries prepare to leave home, adapt well to a new culture, learn a new language and various other transitional issues we face in moving overseas. We’ve met some wonderful missionaries and learned a lot. We’re sad to leave but also more excited for getting to Johannesburg with a better understanding of ourselves and our ministry.

A Practical Demonstration of Transition at MTI

A Practical Demonstration of Transition at MTI

Earlier in January, Elyse’s Papa (Grandfather) took a turn for the worse. On January 23rd he went to be with the Lord. He meant so much to all of us. He was a quality man, put his family first and was rarely shaken. The next few months will be emotional as we say farewell to a beloved father and grandfather. Please pray for our family in this time of grieving and that the great comforter will be near.

Thank you all for your perseverance with us in our journey to minister with TWR. Everything you all have done for us means the world and we could not be where we are today without you. We thank God that we have such dedicated friends and family.

Ongoing Recovery in the Philippines

Sometimes after a tragedy or natural disaster it’s easy to forget the recovery lasts for months and years. The small islands still only have power in certain areas. The need for food and water has been met for many people, but one extremely important need is spiritual food. After disasters the cleanup is rarely simply physical. Many people are trying to understand the loss of life and property and need someone to lean on.

TWR sent a team to pass out 300 radios in the Philippines so the natives could get our broadcasts from Guam. They took food, water and a source of hope for many. TWR personnel will be continuing to minister in the country by giving out radios and sharing the message of Christ. Please keep praying for wisdom as the organization continues ministering to the victims.

We also published a listener letter with our newsletter.  You can read it here: A Family Changed

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A Family Changed

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We received the following response from a listener of “Isolomndeni” (“Eye of the Family”). This is a program and designed to equip families for the pressures and struggles of everyday life. We held a seminar in partnership with Family Impact, an organization that seeks to help build up families and communities in Africa.

“Every day when I was participating at the training discussion groups, I was able to exchange lots of information with my colleagues and this helped me to see things differently.

“I began to change not only in my attitude of doing things, but also in my way of perceiving life as a whole. Every evening I would give feedback to my husband and this made us to have quality time and discussions, which were no longer happening in our life. On Saturday, I invited him to join the seminar.

“He is usually a shy and reserved person but I was so surprised to see him opening up and engaging in discussion sessions. I want to thank TWR and ‘Family Impact’ for this wonderful transformation. My family will never be the same again. As I leave this hall today, I am going to start from scratch and be a wise builder.”

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