To all our wonderful friends and partners in this great work,
Cheryl and I want to thank you for allowing us to travel down the road finding folks to be a part of the Lord’s work in reaching remote language and ethnic groups where the gospel of the grace of God has not been presented. We count it a privilege to interact with folks who are interested in this work and want to invest in their lives to help them see the reality of what they will be facing and the rewards of having completed the goal of seeing indigenous churches being brought to maturity.
You know, at our age, many ask us about our retirement. I remember the words of Art Carney, famous comedian and actor on the Honeymooners being asked that question also. He said that being retired is just being tired twice. First you are tired of working, then you are tired of not working. We can say that we have been exhausted, but never tired of the work that we are doing. To invest in others to see them count for Jesus Christ is the greatest privilege one can have this side of Heaven. I don’t think either of us would have it any other way. Like I tell the young friends we meet on the road, “Keep pressing on and keep the faith. He is worth it.” I pray that many more will see that this world is not our home; just the place we are renting out until our Mansion is finished.
In the month of March, I traveled almost 6,000 miles. My actual distance was about 300 miles short of driving from Central Park in New York City to San Diego and back to Central Park. Lots of miles but very good. Several families have signed up to start the training in the Fall and more are coming in. It has been a very good year so far, as far as interested laborers are concerned. It might be good to explain where I have been with a map below to let you “see” where I have been.
The blue lines and arrows are the month of February. The red ones are March.
I started out my February (blue) traveling to:
Stillwater – Perspectives
Tulsa – Perspectives
Oklahoma City – Perspectives
McNeal, AZ – NTM Aviation Expo
Harrison, AR – Perspectives
Tulsa – Tulsa Bible Church Mission Exposure
Then I started my long trip.
The month of March (red) I traveled to:
Cypress, TX – Cypress Bible Church
Little Rock, AR – Possible Candidates
Conway, AR – Alex & Anna Nobles
Waukesha, WI – NTBI
Conway, AR – Central Baptist College
Ada, OK – Possible Candidates
Warsaw, IN – Wilsons
Jackson, MI – NTBI
Chicago, IL – Logos Baptist Church
Kankakee, IL – Carmicals (good reps and friends)
Indianapolis, IN – Possible candidate
Deerfield, IL – Trinity Seminary
Des Moines, IA – Baughers
Finally I came back to Wichita only to take off two days later for:
Burleson, TX – Perspectives
Fort Worth – Perspectives
North Richland Hills, TX – Perspectives
During that time I stopped off to visit my daughter in Mesquite, TX and stop by two churches (Northside Baptist Church & Woodlake Baptist Church) to visit the pastors. I am exhausted but completely refreshed at the same time.
Continue to pray for more laborers to reach those who have no chance to hear unless someone goes and tells them.
Since our last letter, we have become proud grandparents again. Joel and Katie had a son, Benjamin, and he is doing well. Cheryl takes care of the grandkids a couple of days a week and it is nice to know that we have input in their lives. We are very grateful to have the children we do and for what they mean to us.
News from Solong
Since our last letter, something wonderful has happened in the Solong language group, the people we worked with in Papua New Guinea. They have received their brand new printed New Testament. Paul and Robina Wolff have labored in this process for many years and now the folks have God’s Word in their language in a complete form. They have always had printed portions and books of the NT but now they have all of the NT in one book, AND it is a waterproof Bible. That’s right, waterproof. You could drop it into the ocean or a lake and come back a few months later, pick it up and start reading from it like it was brand new. New technology allow for this. In any event, we want to say thanks to the Wolffs for pressing on to see this accomplished.
Take care, friends. We continue to press on ourselves trying to find more laborers to reach those who have never heard. Please pray that the Lord will continue to direct us to those who would be interested in this type of work and that we would never grow weary of this task. We sure haven’t yet, thanks to you and the Lord.
Praying for you all.
Doug & Cheryl Schaible
National Representatives and Recruiters for New Tribes Mission