...praying about taking a
short-term mission trip to...
Laurel and I are really excited about the prospects of
going to Mozambique. As in all things, it seems a long way off still, but will sneak up on
us quite rapidly. We are praying about taking a
short-term mission trip to Mozambique in March of
2002. This is a survey trip that will help to:
Prepare the ground: Get permission to work, building
relationships with government officials and national church leaders, re-establish links
with other missions.
Prepare the field: Organizationally, structurally, and
strategically. We plan on leaving our position at the New Tribes Mission Language
Institute (NTLI) in May of 2002. We will be traveling to Sao Paulo, Brazil in July where
we will be going to school to learn Portuguese.
This stage will last almost a year. At the end of that
time, we will return to the U.S. for a brief time before we fly to Mozambique. We
will need extra funds to assist with paperwork, travel costs, and moving transitions in
both of these endeavors. Please pray with us about this.
Currently Jason is still working at NTLI as a network
technician and help desk. There is much transition as NTLI plans on integrating the
language institute with the other mission institutes some time in the next 10 years. He
also teaches a computer literacy class as an elective to the students as well.
Laurel also keeps very busy taking care of the kids and
working part time in different areas at NTLI. This has been a very profitable time
of ministry for both Jason and Laurel, and they are very thrilled that we have been able
to be here during this time. Our leaving will leave an empty position and we are praying
for God to rise up someone to fill our shoes here before we leave. It would be a
real positive thing to be able to train somebody or show him the ropes.
The kids are great. Krista is a very creative writer and
artist, which isnt a trait she gets from me. Kali is in kindergarten at the same
school as Krista. She still loves animals ( we still have the bird, but we have gotten rid
of our dog). Nicholas, loves to go fishing or just ride his tricycle outside to play.
We praise God for:
|Guidance and peace in decisions made|
|Health of our Family|
|God's provision with support partners|
Please pray for:
|Increased finances as our expenses increase dramatically|
|Safety in travels|
|Wisdom as we make decisions|
Missionary Feature Story of the Month: 08-02-2001
Martin and Gracia Burnham, missionaries to the Philippines
MANILA, The Philippines (Aug. 2, 2001): The Philippine government's
efforts to crack down on supporters of the Abu Sayyaf Group appear to be disrupting the
supply structure for those holding hostage several people, including NTM missionaries
Martin and Gracia Burnham.
The Burnham children recently made a radio
to the kidnappers asking them to release their parents, but the
kidnappers have not responded so far. In fact, the Abu Sayyaf Group has not made contact
with either the Philippine government or Malaysian negotiators, and negotiations have not
Over the past several days, the kidnappers and the Burnhams have been reported
sighted at several locations on Basilan island. While these
sightings have not been confirmed, they indicate that the group is having to move
quite a bit in order to find support.
While some are raising questions about why the kidnapping has gone
on for more than two months, despite the presence of more
than 6,000 Philippine soldiers on a small island, NTM
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and Laurel Crockett
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