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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Praying Friends,

Greetings from Yaounde, Cameroon! Sorry it has been so long since you’ve heard from us! In our last prayer letter, we wrote about some of the many changes that were taking place for us. Well, the changes didn’t stop with our move to Kumba! The security situation in Cameroon has continued to deteriorate, so on June 3rd, we moved from Kumba to the capital city Yaounde. The Lord was gracious and allowed us to have a good handover meeting with OBTICC (Oroko Bible Translation InterChurch Committee) and OLDA (Oroko Language Development Association). Several key people could not attend due to difficulties in safely traveling to the meeting, but a good representation were able to be there. Please pray for peace to return to Cameroon and for the Oroko people during this very difficult time.

Of course, our move to Yaounde has meant a number of adjustments for us too! We are learning more the truth of James 4:13“Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why you do not even know what will happen tomorrow…Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.”

Here are some of what’s happened since our move:

  • We have moved into a small 1-bedroom furnished apartment with one pickup load of our stuff. The rest of our things remained in Kumba for now (hopefully not forever). The apartment is a little squishy for us, but we have great neighbors and are in a good environment.
  • A week later we led (with a lot of help from our wonderful coworkers) our annual field conference. During the conference Lisa was officially confirmed as the new World Team Cameroon Field Director.
  • We decided to enroll Joshua in RFIS (Rain Forest International School) for 7th grade. This is the school Rachel attended for high school, but they also offer middle school.
  • Since Lisa would no longer need to spend 4-6 hours each day homeschooling Joshua, she agreed to teach 1 class at RFIS for the next few months. There is a teacher planning to come, but she has not yet received all of her support, so Lisa will cover for her until she arrives (mid-November??).
  • School started today! RFIS starts early to allow them to have longer breaks during the year, since many missionary kids travel a long way to get home and back.
  • Two Oroko events that were already being planned were moved from Kumba to Yaounde.

    • First, Ginny & Henry Whitney came again to do more ethnomusicology research. They were joined by an intern, Hannah. We worked alongside them to hold 2 song-writing workshops and encourage the Oroko to use authentic Oroko music in their worship. They spent about 10 days working with Oroko music and then served our Baka team in a similar way for the remainder of their time here.
    • Last week, Dan worked with Ekole Chabanga (Secretary of OLDA) to hold a dictionary workshop, training some Oroko university students, recent grads and teachers to check the existing dictionary entries to verify their accuracy. From 13 that attended, 8 were selected to work for the months of August and September on this project.
  • We have met LOTS of Oroko people right here in Yaounde. Many of the 10 Oroko clans hold cultural meetings once a month, so we have attended several of these meetings. This has given us the opportunity to update them on the translation and literacy work, show them available materials, and sell copies of the Jesus film, Scripture portions, and literacy materials.
  • As our busy summer of events comes to a close, Dan is starting to dig into understanding his role as incoming World Team Africa Area Director.

So, all in all, we are doing well, but sometimes feeling a little overwhelmed with all the changes. We are trying to sort out our living situation, our ministry roles, and how to best continue reaching out to the Oroko. Through it all, God has been faithful to provide for us as needed, but it has definitely been a stretching season!

Thanks so much for your prayers! We hope to get out a more complete prayer letter soon, but in the mean time, pray for…

  • Peace in Cameroon (look up Cameroon news on BBC for history and current events). If you dig further, keep in mind that it is very hard to get a completely unbiased report when there is conflict.
  • Safe arrival of the Oroko New Testament sometime in the next couple of months
  • Continued progress in Oroko literacy and Scripture-in-Use
  • That the Oroko dictionary workers would do a good job checking the dictionary
  • Wisdom for the Oroko leaders on how and when to dedicate the Oroko New Testament
  • Joshua adjusting to RFIS rather than homeschooling
  • Balance for Lisa as she teaches part-time and handles World Team field leadership
  • Clear direction for Dan as he learns how to effectively serve as Africa Area Director
  • Motivation and energy for all of us as we deal with all the ongoing adjustments

In His Hands,

Dan, Lisa, Rachel & Joshua Friesen