Missionary Updates

Paul and Elaine Kintner – An October 2019 Update

Dear praying friends,

 

                As mentioned in our last letter, Elaine was scheduled for an appointment with a surgeon on September 27th. We were delighted to receive a call from his office, informing us that he was adding a couple Saturdays to his schedule to make up for the days lost during the Hurricane Dorian alarm, and would we be able to come to Orlando for appointment September 14th. Of course we complied and met with the surgeon that day. He was very thorough, and a few days later scheduled the surgery for October 10th. He will doing a minimal invasive procedure called a “spinal decompression with i/OFlex”. This should relieve the nerve pain she has suffered for a long time. We count on the prayers of many, and the Lord’s healing in this process.

 

                After another busy month of production and preparation of large orders of materials of EBI for Latin America, the months of October and November will be filled with conferences in several countries and the northeastern United States, in which personnel will be participating. Biblical Counseling conferences are drawing large numbers of church leaders throughout Latin America, and our new EBI materials are especially valuable to this ministry. EBI produces 24 mini-books on counseling themes, plus a major text, “Christ-centered  Biblical Counseling.” We have prepared a packet of 4 ,mini-books to be given to over 600 participants already registered in a conference in Mexico in November, where they will have the other materials available for purchase. The foto shows us shrink-wrapping the packets.
 
 
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An Update from Carol Renner – September 26, 2019

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Carol Renner Missionary Update



September Newsletter from Arlene and Jeff Berg

Shalom, Ministry Partners,

 

Attached is our Fall Prayer Letter.  We so appreciate your love and part in the ministry!  

God’s Richest Blessings Always,

 

Arlene and Jeff



Jack and Sandy Sorg’s letter about Medical Missions 21

Read an update here from the Sorg’s. 

September 2019 Prayer Letter



September update from Bart and Emily Allen  – September 10, 2019

 

Batteries, Translation Check and Bible Lessons      

 

Hello Friends,

 

    We have to play a little catch-up here!!  Hopefully none of you have been holding your breath while waiting to hear more about the battery saga we mentioned in our last email.  We have lots to share about what’s been happening here and what is coming up, but we’ll try to keep this update from getting too long.

 

Batteries

   For any of you who might not know, our house here in the tribe is run totally off of solar power.  We have an array of panels on our roof and a bank of batteries under our house to collect and store all the energy.  We then use that energy to power our lights, computers, water pump, washer, fridge, freezer, etc.  We knew before we left for furlough last year that our aging batteries were in need of being replaced so while we were home, we ordered new ones.  But they didn’t arrive in PNG until after we were back in Amdu so we had to go for about a month without being able to use much power in the morning or after dusk.  The batteries for our team ‘office’ also needed replaced so the situation over there was about the same. 

   When the batteries finally did arrive, Bart and our teammate Benjamin had to take some time out of translation and writing Bible lessons to figure out how to get these new batteries (a different type than the old batteries) hooked up correctly.  Things went pretty smoothly with the installation at our house, and we were very thankful to once again be able to turn on lights after dark!  The office, however, was a different story.  Picture sparks flying and system readouts not showing accurate numbers!!  After many emails back and forth to our tech experts out in town and back in Missouri, they were able to get things functioning in an adequate manner.  But we knew we needed someone with more expertise to come in and troubleshoot some remaining problems. 

   Thankfully our tech guy Josh was able to make the trip from town into Amdu.  He confirmed that things at our house were hooked up properly and working like they should.  He also found and fixed a bunch of problems at the office and our coworkers’ house that none of us knew even existed.  Some of them were actually pretty serious so we were thankful not only for his expertise in fixing these issues but also for the Lord’s protection!

    We truly are a part of a larger team here!  We are out in a tribe, focusing on Bible translation and preparing to teach God’s Word to our Amdu friends, but we couldn’t stay here without the work of all the support missionaries out in town.   For those of you who also support missionaries who serve in ‘support’ roles – thank you!  They are a vital yet often less recognized part of the work of tribal church planting!!!

 

Translation Check

   On the heels of having our tech issues resolved came the next big event – another translation check!  Our consultant Jason, who has years of experience and a wealth of knowledge pertaining to Bible translation, came to check the next section of Bible portions (more than 300 verses) that Bart and our teammate Missy had translated. The whole translation process is long with many steps that help to ensure accuracy, comprehension and readability. 

   So, what does a translation check look like?  Picture Bart and our consultant Jason with their computers open on the table, sitting with 3 or 4 Amdu guys for several hours.  Jason asks Bart to read a section of verses in Amdu.  The Amdu guys listen as Bart reads, then Jason asks them to tell him, in the trade language Melanesian Pidgin, what they heard.  If they leave out parts of the passage or if they misunderstand something, Jason might ask a few clarifying questions.  This process is repeated until the whole passage is done.  By the end, Jason can tell where there might be some problems that need to be looked at again and what parts are accurately and clearly communicating.  Once the check is over and we make final changes that are approved by Jason, the verses are ready to be used in our Bible teaching and eventually printed to give to our Amdu friends. 

   This translation check went very well.  Of course, there is a huge amount of translation work still ahead, but as we keep moving along, it was great to hear Jason’s encouragement that the Amdu translation is going well.    

 

Bible Lessons

   With the translation check behind us, we sat down as a team to talk about how to continue making progress toward our goal of teaching God’s Word to our Amdu community.  Since translation is in a good place, it was decided that Bart would shift gears a little and begin to help Benjamin in the Bible lesson writing process.  That is another huge task – writing clear, understandable lessons that not only explain God’s Word but also at the same time dispel the wrong thinking that the Amdu people have always believed.   There are so many things they believe that are in direct contradiction to the Truth.  They need a new foundation – one based on Truth that is only found in God the Creator.   Just like with translation, the Bible lessons need to be accurate and understandable to our Amdu friends.  The illustrations have to be ones to which they can relate.  All the little nuances of grammar need to be correct or the teaching will communicate something we don’t intend to communicate!!!  Also like translation, the lesson writing process is done working closely with our Amdu friends giving input and correction to make it all clear and accurate.  The work is intense and the hours are long.

   That catches you up to the present!  In just a couple days, two more consultants will be flying to Amdu to spend a few days (September 10-12) with us for a Bible lesson check.  Bart and Benjamin will practice teaching a couple of the early Bible lessons to a group of our Amdu friends.  These consultants, who have both gone through this whole process in the respective tribes in which they worked, will give us feedback about the Bible lessons and about our timeline for beginning the chronological Bible teaching.  We look forward to their advice and the wisdom they will share with us from their years of experience.  And we’ll let you know more about the timeline of beginning the Bible teaching as we get a clearer picture after this consultant visit. 

 

Prayer Requests

  So, how can you be praying for us?  Here are a few current requests:

 

  1. For Bart and Benjamin as they prepare to ‘practice teach’ 4 Bible lessons – 2 each
  2. Safe flights for our consultants coming in (Sept. 10-12)
  3. For the lesson evaluations – that we would get helpful feedback and good advice from these guys who have already experienced doing what we are heading into
  4. For endurance to keep going with the hard work/long hours of getting translation and Bible lessons ready to begin the actual teaching
  5. For another year of homeschooling – the boys are in 11th, 9th, 3rd and 1st grades
  6. For constant dependence on the Lord for living and working in this remote place and for wisdom in interacting with our Amdu community

 

Thank You!

 

  It never seems enough to just say ‘thank you’ to those of you who faithfully pray for us, support us financially and encourage us by keeping in touch with us via email.  We are grateful for you and how you are a part of the Amdu ministry even though you are halfway around the world.   We praise the Lord for the support team He has put together.  He daily encourages us to keep pressing on so that the Amdu people can hear His message – and He often uses you to be that encouragement.  Thank you!

 

 

Because He alone is worthy,

Bart, Emily and boys

 

 

Bart and Emily Allen

Tribal Church Planters among the Amdu People

Papua New Guinea

https://blogs.ethnos360.org/bart-allen



Kintner’s September 2019 Update

               “O Lord, our Lord, How excellent is Your name in all the earth, who have

 set your glory above the heavens!”  Psalm 8:1

                Our letter this month comes a little late, or early as the date may indicate, as we wait out the hurricane Dorian here in Florida. The Village Emergency Response Team motto is “Prepare for one Storm and Pray for none.” We began preparation last Friday, and today, Tuesday, September 3rdanticipate saying “goodbye” to Dorian, and begin getting back to normal. God is good, all the time!

 

                August was a very busy month at EBI, with the EXPOLIT conference in Miami, August 7-11, which resulted in acquiring several new commercial customers throughout Latin America for EBI materials. Since the conference, we have attended to over $20,000 of orders, mostly from new customers. We are glad to see our materials now available in bookstores, rather than individuals having to order through Sebring, FL. This increase has put a demand on all of us in the office. We like to see material going out on pallets, rather than mail or UPS.

 

                We continue our regular ministries at the State Prison and County Jail, though they were suspended for the duration of the hurricane. Paul has a Bible study with Hispanic guys, some who have been incarcerated many years, but gained a wealth of spiritual growth, while Elaine, in the County Jail, ministers to troubled women who are there for shorter terms, and some repeated offenders. Several of the women have made professions of faith, but follow-up after release is very difficult, though a few maintain contact.

 

                Elaine had her appointment with an orthopedic surgeon July 30th, discovering he no longer operates, however referred her to a surgeon in Orlando. She met with surgeon’s PA August 23rd, who then scheduled an appointment with the surgeon September 27th. Everything takes time! Pray with us that that appointment results in the treatment necessary to relieve her pain.  God is in control.

               

                                                                                                                                       

   Paul and Elaine Kintner



Joy’s Joyful Jottings – August 2019

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Kintner’s July Newsletter – 2019

 July, 2019                                           

                “From Miletus he (Paul) sent to Ephesus and called for the elders of the church…So now brethren I                 commend you to God and to the work of His grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.” Acts 20:17 and 32.

 

                I am not the Apostle Paul, but in the same manner, I was able to visit the pastors and churches in Cuenca, Ecuador where we served from 1991-2004, and meet with the pastors of seven of the churches in that city. What a delight it was to see many of the people from our time there walking faithfully with the Lord as well as the new generation of young people. A fine group of dedicated pastors met for a dinner to get acquainted, fellowship and pray together. Our BMM field administrator and his wife came up from Peru to meet with us also. We were encouraged by progress in the churches, and the level of leadership by these pastors. We observed a lack of systematic fellowship between the pastors and their families. We are suggesting a planned spiritual retreat in the future where the pastors and their families spend a week at our camp to rest, get acquainted, spiritually refreshed, and encourage each other in the ministry.

 

                Meanwhile, here at EBI we are assembling the latest eight mini-books on counseling themes, cutting, folding, collating, scoring the covers, and stapling the 24,000 books. Others in the office are preparing a display for the EXPOLIT conference in Miami, August 5 through 10 where major editorials and distributors gather to present their publications and major orders are placed for export.

 

                Elaine has patiently waited for a response from neurosurgeons within the Medicare and supplemental health program here in Florida, but there has been no response. She currently has an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon here in Sebring on Tuesday, July 30th. Please continue to pray with us as the pain level is extreme, and pain medication is not sufficient. We continue to wait on the Lord for His will in this matter.

PRAISE                                                                                                  PRAYER REQUESTS

Profitable, safe trip to Ecuador                                                  Elaine’s need for surgery to relieve pain

Growth of churches and pastors in Ecuador                         Ministry in County Jail and State Prison

New publications at EBI                                                                Expolit conference August5-10

 

In His service,   

Paul and Elaine Kintner