New Tribes Mission USA changed their name to Ethnos 360. “Ethnos” is the Greek word for “nations,” and 360 indicates all around the globe. Their mission remains the same, “A thriving church for every people.” They believe this new name will open more opportunities for ministry in a changing world. Written below is how you can now address checks, and also a new address to send them to. Don’t worry, if you address things to NTM or sent it to the old address, they will still get it. If you have automatic giving set up, you don’t need to change anything.
We have lots of transitions going on right now. We are done with our orientation in Madang region, and we just finished up medical training in Goroka. We are now at a New Tribes center getting ready to start bush orientation on Monday. This will be a time for us to actually live in a village where there is a church established so that we can learn from local believers and the missionary there. We will also continue our pidgin study.
Overall our boys are doing pretty well. Wyck finally started walking, and is enjoying trying to keep up with his brother, as well as learning new words every day. Ty continues to enjoy playing with Veggietales toys, watching shows, and doing a little bit of homeschooling.
Here are some photos that show some aspects of our lives here. Learning how to cook the PNG way, Wyck putting everything on his head, learning how to open a coconut with a machete, kids playing, Matt with his language helper (By the way, he’s not carrying a purse, but a bilum, which men carry as well), medical class (apparently Matt’s mouth was big enough for everyone to look in at once), Matt preaching at our evening fellowship time, and Ty wrestling with his best bud in Madang region.
Till All Know, Matt, Karissa, Ty, and Wyck Long (Tribal Church Planters in Papua New Guinea)
Founded in 1942 as New Tribes Mission
– That God will provide the perfect partners for us
– That our boys will enjoy our time in bush orientation
– That God will bring someone else into Matt’s language helper’s life to be a witness to him, and that God would draw him to Himself
– That God will comfort us as we are missing family
– Ty has handled lots of transitions fairly well
– God has faithfully brought us through the first part of our orientation here
– We get to go see what he is doing in a tribal church