Oct 1, 2012

The Call

If you've read this blog at all over the last year and a half, you probably know that Josh and I have a heart for missions, and that our goal has always been to go into the field to serve our Lord as a missionary pilot, and teacher.

Lately, Josh and I have been feeling the Lord working in our hearts and in the situations around us. We have felt that the Lord is preparing our hearts to go to the mission field. Not knowing His plans or His timeline, we wrote a letter to New Tribes Mission Aviation [NTMA] about a month ago, asking them to consider us for service due to their desperate pilot need.



We got "The Call" to go to missions!!

No, really. The phone actually rang, and there was a real person on the other end asking us to serve as missionaries with New Tribes Mission Aviation in Papua New Guinea. 


So what does this mean?
  • Sometime this month, Josh and I will get on a plane and fly to McNeil, Arizona for a week in order to do the evaluation of flight and preparedness. If all goes well there, we will officially be Associates of NTM [New Tribes Mission].
  • Then, we'll begin raising support, going through our belongings to decide what is going to PNG with us and what is staying in Florida {selling, storing, gifting...}
  • Once the school year ends, we'll go back to Arizona, this time for two months of training.
  • After that, we have to renew Josh's green card, and sometime before October 2013, Josh and I will be in Papua New Guinea, serving our Lord as missionaries.

New Tribes Mission is an international, non-denomination mission organization with an awesome goal, one that Josh and I are very excited about: to build mature, self-supporting churches in tribal areas of the world that have never heard the Gospel before. They do this by putting missionaries out among the tribal people, where they then learn the language and culture of the people, who often don't have a written language at all [Papua New Guinea has over 880 different languages!]. The missionaries develop a written language for the people, and then teach them how to read and write in their own language. Then, the Bible is translated into their heart language. The end goal is to plant a church in the tribe; churches that will stand with its own elders to then reach others with the Gospel. This exciting ministry would not be able to function without a large support team on the field, which includes pilots [to transport missionaries and cargo in and out of the villages] and teachers [to teach the missionary kids]. To learn more about New Tribes Mission, please visit their site.

We are both very excited about this new chapter in our lives, even while we are a little bit scared of just how big of a leap this is. Trust me, this blog will hear a lot about our journey to the field, and life once we get there. What a BIG adventure our lives are becoming!!

4 comments:

  1. Can't wait to see what God will do next! So excited for you both and proud to be yours!

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  2. It's so very exciting to be a part (through this blog) of what God is doing in your lives. Even though it will be hard to see you two leave, it's wonderful just knowing you are being open and obedient to His will . Thank you for your willingness to share with us and pray you will continue. God bless you both as you prepare for the next chapter.

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  3. Wow, Erin this is amazing! I didn't know you were doing this until my grandma mentioned a couple at her church who were my age and going into missions. I realized she was talking about you and your husband. So amazing! I'll be praying for you guys and if you need anything, please let me know. xo Aubrey

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    1. Wow, Aubrey! Who is your grandma? Thank you! I particularly treasure prayers. :) I will let you know if we need anything else.
      xx

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