Philippians 4:19 – And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
Dear Faithful Prayer Partners,
As you can see we are doing things a little different. From this point on if you receive our newsletter via email you will receive it at the end of each month. We want you all to know how you can be praying for us on a monthly basis instead of quarterly. You can also check out our blog at www.ntm.org/colton_twigg, as we sometimes have other things on there. We are so thankful for all of you who bring us before the Lord. It is because of you praying that we will make it to the field.
This month has been a busy one. We have had many opportunities to share with churches and individuals. We alsohad the opportunity to be at our home church, Peoples Baptist Church, for Vacation Bible School. Colton led songs for the opening of each night and this year they chose to help us to raise funds for luggage to take to Paraguay with us. The kids did an awesome job and raised a total of $475.00. We are praising the Lord at how He takes care of our needs. On Friday August 26thwe held a Paraguay night at Colton’s Grandma’s house in Groton NY. We had an evening of fellowship and Paraguayan and American cuisine. We also shared our ministry presentation with about 40 people. For those of you who attended thank you so much for coming.
We are so excited at what the Lord is doing on our behalf. We are praising Him for the 36% He has raised for us thus far as we keep pressing toward our goal of 70% or higher by October 1st. We are hoping and praying that we can leave for Paraguay on November 8th. If the goal of 70% or higher is not met by October 1st, then we will determine on that date whether or not we will leave on November 8th. You all know that we serve a great and mighty God who can reach that for us. Please keep praying with us.
A Note from Our Pastor
CROSSING the STARTING LINE
What pre-field missionaries like the Twiggs face reminds me of footraces where the crowd of participants is so huge that several minutes elapse between the sound of the “starter’s blast”, and a runner actually getting to the official starting line. For Colton and Tanja, the “starting blast” sounded in January 2010, and for these last 20 months, they have been running hard, just to get to the “starting line” of enough regular prayer and financial support to leave for culture and language acquisition in Paraguay, SA.
As their sending church pastor, thank you for all you have done thus far for the Twiggs. I can tell you that they have been “running with patience the race that is set before them”, and that they are eagerly approaching “the starting line”. By faith, we are targeting NOVEMBER 8th as their departure date. Humanly speaking, for that to happen, we need to see their minimum monthly support level increase just over 30 percent. What would the Lord of the harvest have you and your church do? For the sake of eternal souls in Paraguay, please act prayerfully, generously, boldly, and quickly! – Pastor James Depue
A Glimpse into Our Future
Many of you already know what is in store for us when we first arrive in Paraguay. But we would like to share it with you anyway. The national language is Spanish, but just like in any other language there are different dialects. They also have another language that they speak called Guarani. We are really looking forward to learning the language and the culture of Paraguay. This is our first step of reaching Paraguayans for Christ and is very crucial. We will be taking on this culture and language as our own. It reminds me of Paul, when he wrote in 1 Corinthians, I become all things to all men that I by all means save some. We are becoming Paraguayan to reach them for Christ. Here is one example of why learning the language of a different people group is important when reaching them for Christ. The Sanapana tribe in Paraguay now has the Word of God in their language. Because the missionaries took the time to learn the language and the culture, the Sanapana people can read the Bible for themselves and can apply it to their lives and grow in their walk with the Lord. We need to continue to pray for them that they will understand the word and apply it to their lives. Pray for us as learning language will be the first thing we start with down there. Pray that we can be diligent with studying and learn to laugh when we mess up (as it is part of learning language).
We want to thank you so much for PRAYING for us. It encourages our hearts to know that you are bringing us before the Lord. We would love for you to also PARTNER with us financially. If you are interested in knowing how you can do this, please feel free to contact us. We would love to speak with you more about the ministry and Paraguay. We would also love to know how we can be PRAYING for you.
Serving the KING,
Colton, Tanja, Malachi, Noah, Gideon, and Jehiah Twigg