Check out our Winter 2013 Newsletter HERE!
We Made It to MTC!
Wow… we are amazed by God once again. We have officially started classes at the New Tribes Missionary Training Center in Missouri and we could not be more excited. This has been a “next step” for some time and it has finally begun. What really amazes us is how God provided for us to get here. Last May, we looked at the increasingly intimidating mountain of financial support that would be needed and… we shook in our boots. All we knew was this was the next step and if He wanted us there, He would have to get us there. Well, we watched as God used many of YOU to partner with us to send us to Papua New Guinea this last October and now here to the training. We wanted to thank all of you who prayed for us and came behind us financially these last few months. We are here in class because of what God did through you and we are cannot wait to dive in. This is some of best missionary training in the world and we are humbled to be apart of it.
The incoming spring semester classes are typically on the smaller side and our class is no exception. There are nine of us in our class, but boy are we diverse! We have three married couples and three single ladies. We have Germany, Ecuador, Argentina, Brazil, Papua New Guinea, New Jersey, Illinois, and California all represented in our small class! We all take the same subjects together and get to join in with the other classes on campus a few times a week for chapel and other events.
Though small, our apartment is great! Plenty of room for us to live, study, and have folks over. The campus is situated on a cove of the Lake of the Ozark and is beautiful. Lots of places to enjoy the outdoors once it gets a bit warmer! 😉
Thanks again for sending us to training! We are confident in the Lord that we are in the right place and look forward to learn all He has for us here.
SEND US TO CLASS!
We are so thankful for God’s journey these last few years and cannot believe where He has taken us. We are now excited for our next step which is to complete our training with New Tribes Mission (NTM). To do so, we must complete our training at the Missionary Training Center in Missouri which will take one year. There is so much to learn there and it builds upon the biblical education we had a New Tribes Bible Institute these last two years. Once we finish the training we will be officially eligible to become members of New Tribes Mission who’s heartbeat is to reach the remaining 2000+ unreached people groups around the world for Christ.
WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT
Our prayer is that we would be aligning our lives to God’s will which is to reach the lost and make disciples of every tribe, tongue, and nation. We believe God has been preparing us to be apart of this by reaching out to the Missionary Kids (MKs). Successful ministry to MKs would be to help reinforce them while on the mission field spiritually, socially and emotionally, reintegrate them smoothly through cross-cultural transition into their “passport” culture, and help reestablish their foundation of faith. We feel strongly that this ministry is vital to reaching the nations as it helps missionary families remain healthy and able to stay on the mission field. God’s plan truly takes a team effort. Behind the missionaries working directly in remote tribes, it takes countless other missionaries who are supporting that work. It takes pilots, supply buyers, accountants, IT, school teachers, etc. Together they work with the goal of reaching the unreached in this world. However, this “team” does not end there. It takes you, the church body to join the team in prayer and financial partnership.
A good question you may be asking is why the need for more training. Through prayer, guidance from NTM leadership, and our mentors, we truly believe this is our next step. If you are interested in hearing more about how we came to this decision, please check out our recent blog post “Why MTC” and if you are interested in learning more about ministry to MKs check out http://www.petenbree.com.
1. Can you help us get to class this January? We have already been accepted into the program but need to raise the $10,000 needed for tuition cost. Every little bit helps.
2. As we get going on this journey, we need to build our monthly financially support team. This allows us to operate to our fullest potential. Please consider joining the team.
As we continue to prepare for working with Missionary Kids we will be heading to Missouri to attend the New Tribes Missions Training Center. It will prepare us to be part of the team that is working to reach the unreached people groups of the world with the gospel, by planting tribal churches. The program provides us with the thorough training we need to be equipped for the role God has for us.
Here are the Courses we will be taking:
- Church Planting: Worldview, New Testament Church principles, practical ministry skills, folk religions, curriculum development, evangelism, the mature church model.
- Christian Living: Foundational Bible teaching, teamwork, stewardship of life and resources, discipleship, effective parenting, conflict resolution.
- Culture and Language Acquisition: Phonetics, culture and language methodology, animism, grammar, semantics and translation, literacy, phonetics.
- Complementary Courses: Missionary health and wellness, missionary technology, safety, learning styles, communication skills.
As we considered this training, we looked at it carefully to decide if it would be the right course of action for us. We believe the answer is a definite yes! To be New Tribes missionaries it is required that we must complete this final phase of training as it is designed to equip us to serve effectively in ministry.
This Training will equip us in many areas, such as:
- Teach us how to adjust and transition in a cross-cultural context. (family, parenting, culture shock, culture adaption, etc) These specific principles will be incredibly important to help us as we work with missionary kids who are going through this very transition
- Church Planting: NTM’s methodology uses a team approach to reach the unreached people groups around the world. The fact is, it takes 6 missionaries working in support roles (teachers, doctors, mechanics, finance, pilots, dorm parents ect. ) to keep 1 tribal missionary in the tribe to work on the teaching, literacy, translations, church discipleship full-time. We must work effectively as a body with many functions to reach the final goal of reaching the lost.
- Teamwork: The main reason that missionaries leave the mission field is co-worker conflict. The fact is, it is difficult to work with others and NTM understands that and teaches great courses in conflict resolution and teamwork.
- Missionary life: We will learn basic medical understanding and first-aid skills so we can keep our families and teams healthy as well as help others in tribal settings. We learn technology relevant to missions such as satellite tech, solar tech, water storage, and power. They also help us get basic understanding of technical skills such as engine repair, welding, etc. All important things to be proficient in when working in less developed countries.
- Major worldviews in the world today: We will get a great understanding of the different worldviews that are held around the world and how to plant churches effectively within those areas. This is extremely vital when it comes to cross-cultural ministry and evangelism.
- Ministry experience: During our training, we will engage in off-campus ministry each week. We are given time to go and get involved in ministry whether it be at a church, younglife, evangelism, discipleship, or any ministry opportunity we can find. This is a great chance to take what we are learning and put it into practice.
- New Tribes methodology: We will be better equipped to be life-long mobilizers no matter where we are or where we go. We will be better informed as to what it takes to be involved in cross-cultural missions and will be able to challenge others to consider being a part of missions and how they can get involved.
- Linguistics: This is important for missionaries training to do teaching, literacy, translation work. NTM teaches phonetics which is an alphabet for every sound that we can make. With that, missionaries have the ability to breakdown ANY language in the world fast. This is vital tribal missionaries, but what about us in support missions? While working with NTM, there is a very good chance that we will end up overseas often. Whether is for long-term or for frequent short-term trips, this will help us learn a language fast as well as have a clearer understanding and appreciation for what tribal missionaries are working on in the tribes.
- Discipleship. During our training, we are partnered with a staff member or couple who will intentionally pour into us. They are there to help us grow spiritually and help guide us into our career. It will be an amazing opportunity to learn and grow from incredible people.
When we finish the program at MTC we will have a better idea of what our role in NTM may look like. We do not know whether we will be stationed overseas or simply have frequent exposure on short term trips, but our ministry will be in reaching out to and caring for Missionary Kids. We will be working with NTM’s “MK Care and Education Team” at MTC throughout our time there. As we become part of that team our future roles will be more defined.