Check it out at this link, or read below –> Update letter for May June July 2019 final
Well, the months have flown by and I wanted to be sure to let you know what God has been up to this summer. Thanks again for all your prayers and partnership. God is moving!
Saying Goodbye to An Old Friend
If you have received this letter before, Ounoas is a man you know. Ounoas came to Christ early on in our ministry to the Hadzabe and has been a man seeking God and even sharing the message of Jesus with others. Just 2 weeks ago we got a message from Mariamu letting us know that Ounoas had died. It’s a difficult loss. It feels like losing a family member. We used to call Ounoas our “Bush Grandpa.” As I reflected on Ounoas’ life, processing the grief, I was reminded of one of my favorite moments with him—watching him worship the Lord, dancing and singing songs around a campfire one night back in 2014. The Lord reminded me that Ounoas was at home with Him and gave me a picture of Ounoas dancing and singing praises to God in His presence. It was a sweet moment with the Lord, seeing that He had saved our friend. The Lord planted a fresh zeal in me with this. More people need to know Him before it’s too late.
FriendZ Mission Trip
We had another great mission trip this year with the youth from our church. It was awesome seeing our students take steps of risky obedience to the call of God—sharing the love and message of Jesus with all kinds of different people.
On one occasion we were even able to share parts of the gospel with Muslim refugees. Seeds were planted, I hope and pray that fruit will soon follow.
Stranded is a missions training for people with a heart for dark (unreached), dangerous, and despised places around the world. This was my 6th year helping to facilitate the training alongside Caleb Bislow (the founder of Unusual Soldiers). I love Stranded because I am passionate about seeing more people going to more places so that people who have never heard the name of Jesus can hear His message and believe.
This year, as with every year, a few radical Christians heard the call of the Lord to go to various places and share Jesus’ message.
I pray that more will hear the call. I pray that more will believe because more go.
For the last 2 years I have been part of a ministry called Forge where I have been in the process of being trained to be an effective itinerant (traveling) minister of the gospel. This year I also got to help with various high school-aged discipleship programs including “Detour” and “Flashpoint.” I watched God move in the lives of students in big ways! Many students are walking away equipped to be on mission every day with their friends and neighbors.
Charlie and I will be headed to South Central Asia at the end of this summer. Our goal in the first country is to scout ways to reach UUPG’s (Unreached, Unengaged People Groups, where 0% Gospel work is currently being done). We will be partnering with local Christians to see how these people groups could be reached.
In a second country we will be working to equip Christians with some tools that can help them to become missionaries in their everyday lives.
There are more than 1300 Unreached Unengaged People Groups in the world. This means that there are millions of people who have never even heard the name of Jesus or His message.
· Please pray for Onwas’ village and family. His death will not go unnoticed.
· Please pray for the Hadza in general. Please pray that more will come to know Jesus before it is too late.
· Please pray for our upcoming trip to central Asia. I certainly have had moments of fear, so please pray against that. Also, please pray for open hearts among people we meet. We also need courage to speak as we ought and wisdom.
· Please pray for Taylor and I as we navigate new opportunities. Taylor will be graduating with her masters in counseling this December and we need to know what is next.
Thank you for your continued prayers and partnership! God is moving. Your kingdom investments of prayer and finances are already yielding fruit. This project would be impossible without you. Thank you!
Nathan and Taylor