Brian has been working hard with a team of students who are staying over the summer to keep the school in tip top shape. His HUGE project has been stripping and re-waxing the gym floor, taking up old lines as well as laying down new lines for the volleyball court.
We had a great senior class, and if you’ve been following us on our Facebook ministry page (Search for Brian & Tamara Vetter), you saw pictures, videos, and an update on their senior project, which was to raise money for a prosthetic for New Tribes pilot Jon Leedahl, who lost a leg in a motorcycle accident overseas. We were honored to have him encourage us at the graduation ceremony.
The staff spent the week after the end of semester learning how we can better connect with and disciple the students as they prepare for future ministry themselves. It was awesome to see examples of graduates’ work in establishing tribal churches around the world, and how what we do ties in. Since we’re the first phase of training, sometimes it gets easy to lose sight of the end goal. It was great to reconnect with our church planting purpose!
On that note, I want to thank you again and again for your prayers and financial support. Too often, we think of ourselves as “New Tribes missionaries”, when in reality, we are YOUR missionaries, and New Tribes is just the structural resource that helps things run smoothly. When you pray for us, encourage us, or support us financially, YOU are helping to further the reach of the Gospel to the ends of the earth. We cannot do this without you! Thank you!
I want to be really honest with you. It’s humbling, and even a bit embarrassing to be dependent on others for your daily bread in order to continue the ministry, but it also creates a great sense of partnership, teamwork, and accountability! Every month, I look at our statement and my heart is encouraged that these people are so excited about this ministry that they sacrifice, even as little as $5 every month, to keep us working here! It reminds me of 2 Corinthians 8:12 that says, “For if the readiness is present, it is acceptable according to what a person has, not according to what he does not have“, and 2 Corinthians 9:7- “Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”
We never want you to feel like we are using our relationship with you as a way to gain funds! If you feel God is leading you to support us with the funds He has provided to you, great! On the other hand, we will shamelessly beg for prayer and we want to pray for you in return! We do not take lightly our request to partner with you to reach the 2.7 billion people that represent the unreached people groups of our world. We are grateful for your desire to help us raise up the next generation of well-prepared church planters! Thank you! We are averaging 11% support right now. In order to get to 100%, 27 families would need to support us $100 every month, or 53 families or individuals supporting us $50 every month, or whatever amount God lays on your heart.
It may not be much to you, but it’s a huge encouragement to us and it allows us to focus, not on whether or not we’ll be able to buy groceries this month, but on the students, which is why we’re here.
We will be spending the next month in California, visiting Brian’s family, friends, and church family! We are so excited to see as many as we can, though the days always seem too short. Please pray with us during this time that God will raise up people to partner with us financially. Our support is extremely low, though growing slowly, and we would love to be able to stay here at the Bible Institute, raising up the next generation of tribal church planters.
This period of Partnership Development can be very disheartening at times, and I remind myself frequently that God still works miracles, often through the most unexpected of places and people, and His timing is not ours; so try as I may to hurry Him along, our support will arrive just when He means it to, as He works in the hearts and lives of His people.
My (Tamara’s) health has been slowly improving; it’s hard to believe how sick I was just six months ago and how far we’ve come! I’m still working on healing and recovery, but it’s encouraging to see the progress we’ve made. I just finished my second round of blood tests and won’t need more until October, barring any emergencies. We tweaked some aspects of my care, and are looking forward to even more improvement.
Thank you again for your prayers and support! We love you all and are praying for you as you pray for us!
-Tamara and Brian
Increased Enrollment here at NTBI Waukesha
Brian settling into his new position as Director of Campus Ministry
Three graduate families settling into their new tribal location and starting to learn language
Safety during major renovations on campus over the summer
Graduating seniors’ future plans
Raising support to stay in our ministry here at NTBI