Matthew 13:19 relates how Jesus, in his Parable of the Sower, said, " When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the wayside." This is one of the many passages in scripture that mention the need for understanding of the message, not just "hearing" it. There were five of us from three different mission organizations in Paraguay, who attended the ICLL7 There were five of us from three different mission organizations in Paraguay, who attended the ICLL7 With this in mind, the end of September I had the opportunity to attend the 7th International Congress on Language Learning, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. It was an encouraging and helpful time getting together with other Language Consultants and Coaches to learn form each other how to best help and equip missionaries that are ministering cross-culturally and in other languages. If missionaries are going to teach the Bible in a way the people understand it, the missionaries themselves must first understand well the people's language and culture.
"When these ladies finish up their time in Asunción and head out to work with tribal people here in our country, they are going as an arm of our church." -- Pastor Enrique The "ladies" (Jenna Currey and Rebekah Huffman) have gotten settled into an apartment near their church, been able to purchase necessary appliances and some furniture, and are in what is called a "Warm-up Stage" of their studies. The Warm-up Stage lasts for a few weeks before moving on to more in-depth language and culture study. It involves a focus on informally visiting and starting to build relationships with people in the community and church, noting common events and daily routines, training the ear to distinguish the sounds in the language, memorizing practical expressions, etc.
“Well, I found out that whenever anybody says anything to me I don’t know what they’re saying.” - Elijah, the six year old son of Bryson and Mindy White (New missionaries to Paraguay)
"It seems like we've know each other for a long time." This is the comment we've heard a couple times now from folks in Host Churches for newly arrived NTM missionaries. It is interesting, since in each case we had only know the people for 4-6 weeks. It is definitely the Lord working.
Laurie has taken on a large additional responsibility this year as the NTM Paraguay representative and Board Chairman at a local Christian School were missionary kids attend. She will be the NTM Paraguay representative at the local Christian school here, Asunción Christian Academy, and will also be the board chairman. You’ll recall that I had […]
Brad, Shilo, Gabriel, and Samuel Cain arrived the middle of June and have had a whirlwind month of orientation and introduction to Paraguay, its culture, and people. They were limited to a month, as Brad will start teaching at the NTM MK school in another part of the country, starting the middle of August, and they still need to […]
"Every time I arrive back at Peniel, to begin a new semester, I'm filled with gratitude and joy for the Lord's wonderful faithfulness to me and for this I want to exalt Him with my life." -- Maria Marta
Recently our pastor and I (Randy) attended a four day seminar on Chronological Bible teaching (Narrative).The seminar was attended by 20 pastors, missionaries, and Bible students, studying why “Chron teaching” (as it is sometimes called) is an effective tool for evangelism and discipleship, and learning how to use it.