World Team

World Team

- Henry and Jan Armstrong

Henry and Jan Armstrong

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Quick Update on the Armstrongs

 

April 2017

Some Personal Thoughts

I’ve come to notice lately (the last 35 years or so) that prayer letters are sometimes difficult to produce; they take a lot of work (for me, at least … perhaps others can more easily come up with exciting material.) But, the bottom line is (as we say in N. America,) or, at the end of the day, (as we say in Singapore,) this is all about prayer. Sometimes life becomes routine and not as exciting as it was in the past. But God is still there; He is still at work. And oftentimes in ways we would never think He might be working. The past 2 months held opportunities to touch the lives of several people, as well as to be encouraged and blessed by several others. Through it all we see the faithfulness of God, the faithfulness of His people whom He has placed in our lives, and His desire for us to be faithful. Your faithfulness in praying for us and (for some of you) giving financially has sustained us and encouraged us. Thank you for your part in these ministries.

Moving… in the future

Answer to prayer: A few months ago, we asked for prayer concerning our lease expiring and the need to find a new place to live by the end of May. There were several complications making it a very difficult thing. I was just informed by our landlord that we don’t need to be out of our house till the end of August. This gives us some breathing space, as there has been no time to seriously look for a new place, let alone start packing up for the move. Praise God for answered prayer! Quick trip to Kalimantan This Saturday (April 8th) I will go to Kalimantan. On the 11th, I will take a German couple to visit Berea Seminary (the school that Janet’s father started 60 years ago.) They are interested in ministry at Berea. I will make a short trip up to our old home (Serimbu) on the 12th/13th…. Then, back to Pontianak on the 15th, speak at a church there on the 16th, and 17th back to Singapore. 18th, I have SIM guests coming in, so I need to be back before they get here! Your prayers for: safety in travel, boldness in giving counsel, protection from the evil one, – are greatly appreciated.

ACTI

Many of you know that Janet and I first moved to Singapore 17 years ago to serve as Resident Trainers at Asian Cross-cultural Training Institute. We had the privilege to live at ACTI for 11 years, till they moved and restructured. For several years now ACTI has been running pre-field training courses in Chiang Mai, Thailand (4 weeks) and Singapore (2 weeks). Though we are no longer with ACTI, we are blessed with many friends from many countries, some of whom are still close friends, and we encourage every potential cross-cultural worker we meet to consider attending one of their courses. A resident training program in which people from different cultures live and learn together is, in our opinion, the best pre-field training a person can get. On March 30, I was 2 privileged to attend the graduation of the latest batch of ACTI trainees, along with others from our office.

Awaiting our 1st grandchild

Our first grandchild is due April 20th or so… Janet has been back in Canada for a few weeks, helping Joey and Byron get their new house (in Squamish, BC) ready (they moved March 18th. ) April 30th I will fly to Canada. Janet and I come back to Singapore on May 16th.

Update on little David

Some people have been asking about the little guy who had had an operation here in February. Here is a recent quote from his dad: “He does about 2 hours of therapy at home each day. Getting slowly better at controlling his head, but still not really in control for sitting, etc. His eyes sometimes seem to respond to changes in light, but there’s still much uncertainty regarding his ability to see. Otherwise things seem almost normal. His head hasn’t grown, his soft spot is pretty consistently caved in a bit. So it’s sort of just a waiting game on what functionality he will have.” They continue their ministry in Indonesia. A big thank you to all who prayed and helped out in various ways while they were here.

Financial Concern: Perhaps it is lack of faith on my part to mention this, but we are in need of more financial partners in Singapore. Part of our salary comes through World Team, and part through SIM. Our account at SIM is not doing well. Please pray with us concerning this need. Thanks so much!

 

Henry & Janet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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World Team Among the Oroko

- Dan and Lisa Friesen

http://friesen.missionsites.com/

Dan and Lisa Friesen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

February 5, 2018

Happy Hearts! Typesetting Completed!

Praise God with us that all of the funds needed for
publication have come in! Thank you to so many of you who
gave generously! Any surplus funds we have received will go
towards activities which will get the Scriptures into use such
as training people to read (especially Scripture readers for
churches), showing the Jesus film and doing follow-up, etc.
Pray that God will be preparing the Oroko people to
receive his Word and treasure it in their hearts. Pray that the
New Testaments will arrive in plenty of time for a Dedication Celebration
around November of this year.

Heavy Hearts. Pray for Cameroon!

While celebrating the happy news
above, other news in Cameroon is very
concerning. The civil unrest, which has
been going on in Cameroon for over a
year, has escalated to violent clashes
between a separatist opposition group
and the Cameroon army. For history
and news of this conflict, go to bbc.com
or voa.com and search for Cameroon.
Until recently, most of the trouble
was outside the Oroko area, but in the
past couple of weeks, many Oroko
villages have been affected. People are afraid and there is no obvious resolution
in sight. Elections are scheduled for Oct/
Nov of this year, bringing political
tensions even higher.
Pray for:
• A peaceful resolution to this conflict
• Physical safety for our Oroko friends
• Wisdom regarding our own safety
• For opportunities to still do Scripturein-
Use and literacy activities
• The church to be a shining light in the
midst of fear and confusion
• The gospel to spread

Translation Opportunities
With the Oroko New Testament off to the
publishers, we now have the opportunity to begin
using our translation skills to benefit other people
groups in Cameroon who are still lacking Scriptures
in their mother tongue. Recently, CABTAL
(Cameroon Association of Bible Translation and
Literacy) began helping three language communities
near Kumba (Bafaw, Balong, & Bomboko) to start
translation projects. We were privileged to participate
briefly in their first Translation Principles Course,
each teaching one afternoon. We hope to continue
giving assistance to these projects in the future as well
as receiving further training to be Translation
Consultants in the future.

Leadership Roles
Did you know that we were away from home 45%
of the time last year?! In addition to ministry among
the Oroko, Dan is still serving as WT Cameroon’s Field
Director (with Lisa assisting). This means overseeing
our church-planting teams spread out across Cameroon
and networking with other organizations. We visit our
field members in their ministry locations at least once
per year, encouraging them in their work, helping them
think through strategic plans, and just making sure they
are doing okay. It is exciting to see God at work among
the Baka, Bakoum, Esimbi, Fulbe and the Oroko!
Please pray for us as we also serve on the Africa Area
Leadership Team (Dan), and as the Africa Area
Mobilization Coordinator (Lisa).
Finally, there is one area of leadership we are in the
process of handing off to others. We have encouraged
OLDA (Oroko Language Development Association) to
invite CABTAL to provide help and oversight in the
upcoming Scripture-in-Use stage of the project. We
would like to step back from administration of the
project, but still be available for linguistic and technical
support. Please pray that this transition would go
smoothly.

Blessings & Appreciation
Recently, both the translation team and the local
association of churches decided to show their
appreciation for our work among the Oroko by giving
us the pictured Oroko clothing, several chickens,
plaintains and gifts of food. Likewise, we would like to
appreciate all of you for supporting us in this!

Serving through your prayers and support,

Dan, Lisa, Rachel & Joshua Friesen