May 18, 2017
Some Changes For You To Know
How many of you enjoy change? You are probably like us and avoid change unless it is completely unavoidable or so obviously necessary that it would be foolish to walk away from it. Just recently there has been a significant change to the organization that we work with that you should be aware of.
For 75 years New Tribes Mission has been taking the Gospel to unreached people groups. No organization is perfect but we continue to be proud to be a part of this mission organization's goals to see the gospel clearly communicated and New Testament churches planted and established in the hard to reach places around the globe. The Malaumanda church is just one example of this.
Times change and, believe it or not, the name 'New Tribes Mission' has become a bit of a issue in some parts of the world. The terms 'tribe' and 'mission', in particular, are not very well received. Because of this the decision was made to make a change. The new name for NTM is (drum roll please!) Ethnos360. And just to make it clear the term 'ethnos' is greek for nation or people group and '360' is our way of describing the global nature of our focus. After so many years it is hard to find a name that feels 'right'. That said we understand the need to change and are happy with what they came up with.
On a practical note, though we are now members of Ethnos360 nothing has actually changed as to what we are doing, how we are doing it OR how all of you partner with us in the task of taking the Gospel to the people here in PNG. Support to our ministry still goes to the same place. I am also pretty sure that your prayers for us and the ministry here are unaffected by this change. :-) If any of you have any questions concerning this new name then please drop us a line.
(Just last night we had a end of the year party for the 7th grade class that Stephen is a part of. It was at our house and we all had a great time. We were one of the class sponsors and this was a great group to work with.)
Heading Towards Summer
Here at Lapilo we have just another 2 1/2 weeks before school is out. The boys are counting down, and Judith and I are trying to figure out what we will do to keep them occupied over the 2 month break. By and large they have done well this year. Everything at this time in their lives is a learning experience and we are seeing each of the boys grow in their own unique ways. You can pray for us that we will be able to get a bit of family time away during this break. A busy schedule in my department as well as finances play into this decision.
One other item to pray about is concerning the Malaumandan church building project. They have raised the money to put in a cement floor in their new church but they are going to need some help to actually do the project. I would love to get in to help this with this but the logistics of actually making it happen are a bit challenging for the same reasons as stated above.
There are also quite a few consultant trips that need to happen in June, July and early August and I'm not quite sure how to make those happen as well. This is one of the most enjoyable aspects of my ministry here but it is particularly hard to balance it with everything else on my plate. Centre Operations here at Lapilo is my primary ministry and we will be very low on staff during those months.
We want to thank each and every one of you for standing with us in prayer and support. We certainly can't be here without you. Blessings to you all.
Eric and Judith, Stephen, Daniel and Timothy Hedeen
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