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.
We just returned safely from an unforgettable trip to Papua New Guinea! We were a part of the Hume Lake International team that went over to put together a summer camp for the New Tribes Mission’s missionary kids.
(check out our pictures here – and the videos below)
This amazing opportunity allowed me a chance to finally see where Bree spent her childhood, and this was the first time Bree has been back after almost 8 years. This trip also gave us a chance to do the kind of support ministry to MK’s that we are looking to do long-term. Camp was incredible! These kids brought so much energy (which is important for a Hume Lake camp) but also brought a sincere openness to seek the Lord and hear the message. Since most of these Missionary Kids understand the gospel already, our message was centered around making the faith their own, a personal faith. What an encouragement it was to hang out with these kids and get a chance to challenge to personal faiths in Christ. Could not have asked for a better experience.
Here is the Recap Video from camp!!!
2012 Hume Lake Papua New Guinea – Spiritual Emphasis Week from Hume Lake on Vimeo.
After camp ended, we had the opportunity to fly into a small remote tribe in the PNG highlands called Simbari. This will stand as one of the most incredible days of my life. We flew little Cessna 206’s into a remote airstrip in the middle of mountains and canyons and then spent the entire day rubbing shoulders with the believers in the village alongside the New Tribes missionaries currently living there. We learned about their lives, played sports, sang songs and listened to them sing, heard some of their testimonies, and fellowshipped by the fire. Leaving and saying goodbye was the hardest part.
Lastly, Bree and I got to stick around an extra week in the capital city, Port Moresby with Bree’s parents. They currently serve with New Tribes Mission there as the mission’s Government Representatives. They showed us all around their home area and what they do day-to-day. They also had an anniversary that week and we celebrated by taking a boat to a local resort island just outside Port Moresby for the day. It was a fast but awesome week.
This truly was one of those milestone experiences in life that we will remember forever. For many reasons, this trip was a trip of a lifetime. Thanks to all who came behind us and made it possible.
- Check out the trip pictures HERE!
- Here is a GREAT video of our trip made by Eryn our teammate!
Papua New Guinea 2012 from Eryn Holm on Vimeo.
A dream is being realized as we are making our way to Bree’s childhood home of Papua New Guinea. We cannot believe the opportunity that God has given us as we partner with Hume Lake International Ministries (www.humelake.org) and New Tribes Mission (www.ntm.org) to run Hume Lake style camp for Missionary Kids living in PNG. We will be gone from October 7th – 29th.
Keep up with our trip on Facebook and Instagram! (we’ll post as much as we can)
- Our team will be running spiritual emphases week for High School Missionary kids at a New Tribes conference center in the Highlands of PNG. We will be using the same theme/curriculum used by Hume Lake this last summer – The Phantastical Journey of the Wandering Lites.
- Bree and I have also been given the opportunity to head over to the separate Jr. High Camp on one of the days as the camp speakers. We will be tag-team teaching on “OWNING your faith.”
- After the camps are done, our team will get to spend a few days at Numonohi Christian Academy. This is where Bree went to school – elementary through High School! We will be able to hang with the students and continue to build relationships with them.
- New Tribes is planning to fly our team into a tribal work for a few days to see and experience the work of church-planting first hand.
- Lastly, Bree and I will be spending an extra week in PNG with Bree’s parents whom are New Tribes Missionaries. They live in the capital and serve as the government representatives for New Tribes.
PLEASE PRAY FOR:
- Travel mercies.
- Successful and impactful ministry to the Missionary Kids.
- Great team dynamics.
- Health for our team throughout the trip.
We are VERY excited to announce that God has provided for Bree and I to go to Papua New Guinea (PNG) for three weeks this October! We will be apart of a Hume Lake Christian Camp team that will be bringing Hume Lake style camp to the Missionary Kids there. It’s called SEW (Spiritual Emphases Weekend) and the purpose is to give Missionary Kids the opportunity to have camp much like american kids have here in the states. Bree and I will primarily be focused on being Lead counselors however, we will be sharing many other hats as well. Along with the camp, we also get a chance to go into a tribe and experience Tribal Missions in person. Lastly, we will spend time with Bree’s parents in Port Moresby, PNG’s capitol, to be a fly-on-the-wall in their ministry as New Tribes government representatives.
So thankful that God has made this trip a reality for us. It will be a very valuable experience in our future career and an amazing opportunity to finally see Bree’s childhood home.
Check out the new look of our Summer 2012 Newsletter HERE!