Dear Praying Friends,
Rest For Reps
Normally, every three years, we have a representatives conference but because of Ethnos360’s 75th Anniversary, name change (Formally New Tribes Mission) and moving from our old building to a newer building down the street, it had to be delayed for a couple of years. Cheryl and I flew to Florida last month to attend the conference and we were challenged and encouraged buy some of the new initiatives proposed for the future of Ethnos360.
It was nice to just go out after a day of meetings to have supper, visit with other reps and just talk about things that we all had been doing the past 4-5 years. Some good input was the result.
One of the highlights was a riverboat ride and lunch. It was so relaxing and the weather was great. The picture at the top of this letter is Cheryl and I sitting, eating and enjoying talking to other reps. Here is the boat. A wonderful, relaxing day and grateful for the kindness of the leadership to provide this treat for us.
Half of the month of January found me in Waukesha, WI to share in the semester opener at Ethnos360 Bible Institute. I was just starting to get the flu when I shared and then spent a good amount of time in bed. I was to travel to Chicago but opted to rest instead which was a really good idea. Then the week after, I was able to sit in on some mobilization meetings and was able to get some much needed input on using social media in my area of ministry.
February also had me spending half of the month on the road. I taught Perspectives in Omaha & Lincoln, NE for the first time and they were amazing. So thankful for the interaction among the group. Then, Cheryl and I went to our reps conference in Florida only to take off two days later for Harrison, AR to teach Perspectives. Once again, a wonderful group and amazing hosts were there to hear of what God is doing in the world.
From there, I stopped off in Fayetteville, AR and spent the night with some Student Mobilization guys in their house and visited with them for a bit and stayed around and had supper and breakfast the next morning with some of the students I have met in the past. Then, the next day, I was heading for our training center in Roach, MO and thought I would see if anyone from Missouri State Stumo group in Springfield wanted to visit. What was going to be just me going by to visit some students turned into quite a few of them stopping by to visit me at Panera’s and the campus director inviting me to spend the night with his family and come to their meeting the next morning. It was amazing.
This month, I went up to the MTC and met a group of 12 students from Missou (University of Missouri) who wanted to see what our training is like. Once again, amazing. The Lord sure is opening doors.
In a couple of weeks I will be heading back up to Waukesha, WI to help with some K-State students who want to see the Bible Institute. There may be more going from other colleges but I haven’t heard yet. Please be praying that more will become interested in reaching the lost.
One Last Thing
Please don’t forget that I am doing a podcast now. I have been developing a podcast for college students teaching them the same way we taught our people in the tribe. These foundational Bible lessons are free and can be found at one of the links at the bottom of this email and you can subscribe to them. Also, if you like the podcasts, please rate them. Thanks.
If you think that others might like to listen to these, forward the links or this email to them.
Once again, if not for the kindness and generosity of those of you who pray for and support us, we would not be able to do what we do which is find those people, young and old, who want to be involved in reaching the uttermost part of the earth. There are so many young folks who would like to be involved but they just don’t know it yet. You give us the opportunity to share with them and then see them count for Christ in a way that they could never have imagined. We salute and applaud you. Thank you for helping us find these future laborers. We appreciate it.
All I can think to say is, “May the God of Glory use each one of us to see people reconciled to Him and bring honor to His name, not because He needs it but because He delights to see His children caring for others more than themselves which is the fulfillment of the greatest commandment.”
Doug & Cheryl
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