Rest For the Wicked (Me)
Cheryl and I trust that you all are doing all right. It has been a busy Spring and I am finally getting a break from all of my traveling to spend some time at home getting some things done around the house and also preparing for three events this summer and also for the Fall when business will pick up like usual.
Ministry wise, we have really enjoyed sharing with college students, teaching Perspectives, taking folks to our training center, being involved with students whom we know in the training and so on. To invest in people’s lives is a great honor and to see them moving on to reach others is what encourages us the most.
To that, we have added a podcast called, “The PreMature Bible Institute.” In this podcast, I am trying to share God’s story with college students and other interested individuals the way we did when we were with the Solong people. It has been fun and an encouragement to me once again to to think through what the Lord is trying to communicate to us. It isn’t meant to be professional, just honest. At the end of this letter, you can find the info needed to listen to it if you want to. I would be honored if you would.
Other Future Plans
I also have two other things in the works but a little background first.
In 2011, I was driving down the road and thinking, “What if something happens where I cannot travel anymore?” “How could I stay involved in informing people of the needs of tribal people?” So, I decided to work on a strategy statement that could help guide me or help me think through what the Lord would have me to do. Art Carney, a famous actor from the 40’s & 50’s once said that retirement is just being tired twice. First you are tired of working and then you are tired of not working. We don’t want to retire, just keep going to our last breath. I just found that strategy statement at the end of last year. You know what I entitled it? “The Pre-Mature Bible Institute.” How ironic.
The two things I want to accomplish is:
- A video podcast series on what it takes to see indigenous churches to maturity
- Teaching Perspectives from a tribal person’s perspective.
Too often, I think we forget about the people we are reaching and getting their input on some of the ideas that we bring to them. I have already started to incorporate some of their thoughts into my lessons but want to do more of this. I think that this will absolutely transform people’s views on church-planting in remote cultures.
We all have been doing well. Most of our family was hit this Spring with the creeping crud that went around through the country. Cheryl almost avoided all of it but the last week has had the cough. I got hit with the flu earlier in the semester but no recurrence of that plague. Just got a cold a couple of times.
Our kids are doing well. Daniel & Jane moved into their first home. Joel just passed his Powerplant tests and is now a certified aviation mechanic. He is going to start working at GE and Leah is still managing an On the Border Restaurant in Mesquite, TX. If you are down that way, stop in and say hello for us.
Cheryl is still babysitting for the grandkids a couple of days each week. She sure enjoys them and they enjoy her. She is a good grandma.
We are seeing several single students and at least three families & possibly four that are coming into Ethnos360 as a result of your partnership. It takes time to invest in them and help them to see the realities of what missionary work entails. After taking a group of students from University of Missouri (Missou)to our training center, I asked them what they were thinking on the drive down and then what they thought after seeing the training. They said that when they were driving down to the MTC, they thought that missionary work was basically traveling to the country you want to be involved in, being dropped off somewhere and then trying to figure out, on your own, what to do next. After they had the tour, they said that now they saw how much preparation is needed to do the job well and leave something that will last for a long time. Mission accomplished. Now it is up to them to decide what to do with that information and how they can be involved in reaching those who have never heard. Pray for them.
We just want to thank you for your prayers and continued involvement in this ministry. The Lord will not forget your work and labor of love.
Only through Him Who is Worthy,
Doug & Cheryl
Doug & Cheryl Schaible
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