Lorne & Kathy-Lu White
Our posting in Taiwan is in an area famous for soil that will grow almost anything. One of the crops is peanuts. Trenches are plowed into the soil to permit irrigation of the mounds where the plants will grow. It does not take long for the seeds to germinate and a leafy plant to appear. However, the leafy plants do not have value to the farmer except to nourish the peanuts that grow as nodules on the roots. The valuable crop will not be seen until after the appointed length of time when the farmer brings the harvester to overturn the soil and reveal the abundance.
Sometimes we feel that church planting among the rural working class people of Taiwan is similar. We prepare the soil, plant seeds, water, fertilize, and also wait. We can do all those things, but we cannot make the seeds sprout or a harvest happen. That is God’s work.
We were encouraged over the past four years as we began to see the harvest God is producing. Individuals made initial commitments of belief. We witnessed the church’s first baptism. Regular small group meetings started. This is just a glimpse of what God is doing, creating growth in unseen areas. We believe that this is only the beginning!
We are thankful for you who have persevered with us, patiently praying, giving sacrificially, and even sending short-term workers to assist. God is at work. We are glad that you are joining Him, and us, in mission.
Tim & Brenda Tjosvold
Since 2005, Tim & Brenda have served in Niger, with their son Joseph (1998), through holistic ministry among the nomadic Muslim Tamajaq and Fulani peoples of the western part of the country. They have been leading a team of 11 International Workers striving to lay a foundation for sustainable development work which they believe the Lord has used to bless these two people groups and to pull them toward Jesus.
The holistic ministry of the Niger Team (Alliance) entails agricultural development teaching, water, and sanitation projects and trades teaching, in sewing and welding. These are all a part of our desire to make disciples among our two unreached people groups. A small body of Fulani believers is meeting and growing in Christ and in their commitment to Him and His Kingdom. We believe that the Lord is preparing a disciple making movement which will see myriads of Tamajaq and Fulani come to Christ.
The Tjosvolds are more than ever convinced that the expression of the love of God is the vehicle through which the Holy Spirit can bring many to a deep understanding of Himself in Islam and extreme poverty. The Lord has driven home to them, that prayer must be the foundation for this ministry. They are calling on the people of God to commit themselves to a new level of prayer involvement for the salvation of the Tamajaq and Fulani peoples.
Based in Langley for this year, inch Allah (God willing).
Phone Numbers: Tim – 778-685-0203 / Brenda – 778-241-1791
Paul & Janelle
We are excited to return to Abbotsford this July for a year of home assignment! Our family is wrapping up our first 4-years in the Desert Sands, and it’s been quite an adventure. We spent our first 2 years studying, listening, speaking, breathing and sleeping Arabic full-time, while building relationships with locals and learning to navigate the crazy traffic, dust & heat of our bustling desert city.
Since formal language study ended, we’ve been involved in some neat work opportunities. Paul spends most of his time managing a local media company’s online follow-up team, reaching people in our country and across the region. We can’t wait to share exciting stories about that when we meet face to face this next year! Janelle has been training oncology nurses at a new women’s cancer center and also runs English story time with local kids and their moms at the library. Our 3 kids (ages 8, 6 and 4) also have many photos and stories to share about life in the Sands, and are looking forward to playgrounds, Timbits, and blueberries in Canada!!
We are looking forward to meeting many of you, hearing about what Dad is doing in your lives and churches, and sharing a piece of Dad’s heart from our corner of the world. Please connect with us and let us know how we can serve and get to know you and your church this next year at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are available to share in Sunday services, and particularly like the opportunity to meet small groups, where we can share even more openly.
Dave & Patti Ens
A wild pipe dream of many missionaries is to actually change the country where they work. Most of them make a difference, but not highly remarkable. David & Patti Ens are involved in a ministry that really could have wide sweeping effects on Cambodia. They run a dorm in Phnom Penh city for young Khmer people from C&MA churches in the countryside that come to the city to attend one of the many universities. These kids are poor and are unable to find a safe and quiet place on their own.
The dorm houses up to ten boys and ten girls. The students sign a contract agreeing to be taught an hour a day and attend one of the C&MA churches in the city while they are residents. They are taught Foundation Material, Discipleship Courses, Leadership Lessons, Evangelism Explosion, and “English from the Book of Mark”. The students are a mix of first, second, third, and fourth years. Each year when they graduate, we have a farewell party where we pray for them and send them out into the world. After the students return to their village, they are at the very least, trained Christ followers. Some have started little schools and teach not only what they have learned in university, but also what they know about Jesus. David & Patti imagine Christian nurses, engineers, bankers, lawyers, and teachers spread all over Cambodia changing the kingdom for the better. You can help them make a difference!
Dave and Patti will be back in Abbotsford from July to December 2016 and hope to connect with churches in the CPD!