Winter t-shirt Fundraiser

We are THRILLED to be doing another t-shirt fundraiser!!
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The last one was incredibly helpful and we have loved most of all how the shirts are raising awareness of the unreached people groups that have never heard.

Little H Creative will be doing the printing again! I am so thankful for her friendship and creativity!!

and this time we have more options!!! They feature the world map and the wording “Reaching the Unreached-How will they hear unless we go- Romans 10:13-14”

Long Sleeve Bella & Canvas option-Maroon
unfortunately the maroon is not available for youth sizes so if you want a long sleeve youth it will be a grey one.
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We have Comfort Colors-  Island Reef
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Comfort Colors option 2-Washed Denim
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Thank you so much for your continuous support and willingness to get involved!!! We want to make sure to be able to deliver these by Christmas if possible.
You can use the PayPal option below or email weaver.m@hotmail.com your order to us by December 1st.

Adult and Kid sizes available! Please use the amt drop down beside the “pay with PayPal” icon and email weaver.m@hotmail.com for the details of the order-size and color

T-shirt fundraiser

Please indicate which shirt and what size you would like to get! 1. Long Sleeve Bella & Canvas- Maroon 2. Comfort Colors-Island Reef 3. Comfort Colors-Washed Denmim

$22.00

 

the bilum bag story

In our last post we shared that we were going on a web-fast for the month of October as an assignment for one of our classes. I’ll be honest-there were a few times it was really hard to keep from looking something up or wishing I could check Instagram in order to see picture updates from friends and family. Or post pictures of exciting moments for us. But overall it was a great experience. The idea of being without internet overseas in a tribe isn’t as earth shattering as it might have been otherwise. Although there were a few times I wanted to check social media, for the most part it was easy and refreshing to stay away. I thought we might have a little more time on our hands without internet but there’s just no way around staying extremely busy here. Glad to be back and thankful for the realization that I don’t need to check social media daily. We did notice how much people are on their phones outside of this campus though.. when you have no reason to be on yours its a lot more noticeable when your trying to have conversations with people and they are always looking at theirs.
We were incredibly blessed by a lady who saw our post about the web fast and sent some fun activity books for the kids and a gift card for us. God’s people are so kind!!

During the first week of October we also mentioned that we would have a field fair. It was a super busy week that was non stop but we got to know so many people serving all over the world. I love listening to people’s stories of how the Lord brought them to the place they are and just seeing how amazing He is in the special unique ways He works.
During field fair the representatives for PNG shared a story from one of their recent surveys.
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If you have heard us speak or share what the Lord is leading us to do, then you have heard us say that the people there are begging for God’s talk. There is a huge list of people groups just waiting for missionaries to come and share God’s talk in their language.
This story is yet another group asking and waiting. Please watch

We are thrilled to have been given this exact bilum bag as a constant reminder in our home of why we are here-Why we have moved away from our family, going through 4 years of training, planning to move to a foreign land surrounded by darkness, learn 2 other languages, and spend many years living in a jungle…Because these people and many others need God’s talk.
How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?” Romans 10:14

Please pray along with us for more people to go. “therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” Matthew 9:38

During field fair we also learned of more of the support roles that are needed-both state side and in the different countries. If you have skills-whether teacher, IT, media, building, mechanics, accounting, hospitality, etc… the needs are endless to serve and make it possible for church planters like us to be out in the bush. I want to encourage you to pray and see if the Lord would have you take an active part. It takes everyone doing their role the Lord has led them to do.

Thank you for your continued support and prayers!

Web-fast and recruiting

We have been learning a lot since starting orientation and classes here at the MTC. Every class and information shared is just another confirmation that the Lord has brought us here and the excitement to learn all we can.

We have been learning:
-about the community we live in now and how to get involved and minister to people in the here and now of this sub culture
-our learning styles and the value that each has in regards to team work
-an intro to understanding worldview. LOVED this class in trying to understand how worldviews are created and reinforced throughout all cultures. He emphasized Proverbs 18:13 “He who gives an answer before he hears, It is folly and shame to him.”
-learning the principles of foundational Bible teaching and the importance of chronological teaching. It is so key for people to have an accurate view of who God is, in His holiness and righteousness, as well as the reality of our own sin that separates us from Him. Until someone recognizes their need for a Savior, they won’t be able to come to a saving faith in Christ.
-about what a mature church looks like according to Scripture so that we will have an accurate goal in mind when planting a mature church. What we love about this organization is that we aren’t going to “parachute in” and tell the Gospel to people without taking the time to make sure they have a clear understanding and disciple them. Unfortunately many times a people group will learn of Jesus but not truly understand and add Him on as one of their spirits they are trying to appease.

We have an exciting month ahead!
October 2 -October 27 we will be under a “Web-Fast.” The leadership here (acting in our best interest) has set up some rules and reasons why they include this in our training. Some of those reasons are:
-to build face to face relationships here (get the students out of their home sick bubble),
-to reflect and focus (developing a lifestyle of being before the Lord to listen and reflect on truth, pondering what God may desire to teach me/us with the goal of knowing Him more intimately, being transformed to be more like Him),
-to be other-centered for His sake (People are losing the ability to empathize—having a deep concern for/interest in others; and yet these are central to a fruitful life and ministry. He calls us to walk with Him and to be others-centered),
-to be better at managing our time (Digital technology can negatively impact time management and nurture the wasting of time because it invites us to do things faster and yet spend more time doing them. Field leaders have expressed concern over new missionaries coming to the field with poor time management skills, spending too much time online)

I managed to meal plan for the month of October and write out recipe cards so I won’t be dependent on Pinterest each week. I also grocery shopped for the month (got almost everything we need.) This is great training for the field as well!!

We are praying that the Holy Spirit would come to our aid in these areas by showing us as a family where we can be more intentional to glorify Him. Some of the “Web-Fast NO NO’s” include the use of: the web, social media, texting, instant messaging, television, Netflix, hulu, etc. Fortunately they have permitted us to use our home phone, cell phones (for calls only), skype, and use our email. If you know us very well you know that we shouldn’t have much of a problem with this, though it will inconvenience us some. Part of our focus over this time is to study and reflect on the book of Philippians. Each week we will write a one-page reflection of what we are learning from God’s word and through conversing with our peers. This is also good preparation for the field. We have heard that when we are interior in the bush there is a very minute chance that there will be a signal and finding one will take lots of hiking. It reminds me of that commercial “Can you hear me now?”

We also have field fair this coming week. Field fair is when many of Ethnos360’s field leadership come to inform and recruit those in the training to their field. This is an amazing time to hear and ask questions about the in’s and out’s of their regions. We are also signed up to host the representatives from PNG. We are feeling led to start a church plant in one of the unreached people groups there so this will be an amazing opportunity to be able to ask questions and get some better understanding of the opportunities there.

We would love your prayers as we get flooded with the many needs that are still all over the world. There are still about 2500 people groups that need an opportunity to hear the Gospel in their language, plus many areas that have on going work but need help finishing the task. Please pray with us that we will have discernment and wisdom this next week, the ability to process the overwhelming needs, and also enjoy the fellowship of His workers from all over.

Thank you for being a part of this with us!!

classes and daily life at the MTC

This last month has gone by in a whirlwind. It seems as though we have been here for months with the connections we have made but yet at the same time the days are slipping by. A new week begins and I blink and its already the weekend again.

The classes, the get-togethers, the Bible study, and prayer groups we are involved in are invaluable! It’s incredible to be immersed into the lifestyle here surrounded by believers who are committed to seeing unreached people come to know and follow the Lord for generations. We are constantly being poured into by missionaries who are now committed to helping the next generation of missionaries go out equipped.

Thank you to all of you who are supporting us financially and prayerfully so that we can be here!

Daily Schedule
Our days have gotten into a routine (which is awesome for me!) Chris and I are able to wake up and spend time with the Lord in His word separately and then pray together before the kids wake up. We do breakfast and Chris does their Homeschool Bible time with them before we have to be in class at 8am.
Monday- Thursdays 8am to 8:30 we meet together with our class and the class ahead of us to pray for other missionaries on the field and pray for the ministries we are involved in locally.

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groups huddled up together to pray for missionary prayer requests from all over the world

we have class time till 12 with breaks in between. The kids have done incredible at getting independent work done and love the breaks so they can run around outside or get hot chocolate.
Fridays we have Chapel time where we worship and hear from a speaker (sometimes a visiting missionary home on furlough).
We have class and then break early to do our e-linc group

Elinc is equipping through listening, interacting, nurturing, and challenging. We meet in a set group for the next 2 years, growing together, sharing our stories and what the Lord is teaching us through the classes or chapel time. We have an awesome group with some amazing leaders! Speaking of leaders-Please be praying for some dear friends of ours: The Deal Family. They have come home to the states for Shad to have Brain surgery. He is having a Left temporal lobe resection this morning (Friday Sept 29) to take away seizure causing areas. If the Lord wills they would like to be able to return to their field. Please lift Shad, Sarah and their two boys up during this time and recovery time.

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Our E-Linc group before getting beat in a kickball tournament on campus

We spend the afternoons doing the rest of the kids homeschool, Chris does work detail in the Garage working on campus vehicles. If you follow us on instagram or facebook you may have seen the forts and fun times the kids are having on campus. We are so blessed to have quick friends!

Local Ministry
One of our assignments here is to commit to a local church, serve and get to know the community. Just as overseas we will partner with the local church to reach those who have never heard. We are also supposed to get involved in a local outreach ministry to put some of the things we are learning into practice.

We are thrilled and thankful the Lord has lead us to the Helping Hands Homeless Shelter in the area. We have committed to a local church, Rock House, that the residents feel comfortable attending with us. We pick several up to go to church with us Sunday and Wednesday night and usually go Sunday afternoons to the Shelter for fellowship and building relationships. As a major plus the kids get to be involved with us, playing with kids currently at the shelter when we go. It has been incredible to get to know some of the residents, hear their stories, see their brokenness and have conversations with them about the Lord. He has opened doors for us to be able to connect with a few of them to do more one on one chronological teaching with. It’s humbling to see how brokenness paves the way for the truth of Christ to be understood and welcomed. It is such a contrast to a self-righteous culture that sees no need for God.

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Calyn painting nails at Helping Hands

We want to share more with you the truths and practical training we are getting soon! Till then-thank you for keeping us in your prayers as we  balance classes, home school, homework, ministry, church, and fellowships here on campus!

Summer fun

We were so blessed to be able to spend the later part of the summer visiting family, spending time with family and just having fun before moving to Missouri to begin training. We had the best time! Our van got us to New Mexico, Florida, and then Broken Bow Oklahoma before ending it off with the drive to Missouri.

We started off in July going to Sipapu New Mexico with family! It was such a good time just relaxing and watching the kids enjoy spending time with their cousins and grandparents!

After that we drove the 20 hour drive to Florida for a few days!! We got to go to the beach a couple times and it was totally worth the long day of driving!

While we were in Florida we got to stop by the home office of Ethnos 360. It was so good to visit people we have only talked to over the phone and through email and see the ins and outs, the behind the scenes work that is key to reaching the unreached.

After Florida we explored Beaver Bend State Park with our good friends! It was absolutely beautiful and warm enough to want to get in the cold river water!

July went by fast and furious with all these fun trips and time with family but thankfully we were able to have a few ‘going-away’ parties and hug everyone’s neck and say ‘see ya later’ We were overwhelmed with the love and support of so many friends and family!

August 4th (the big move date) came so quickly. We have absolutely loved our home in Loving and the preparation the Lord did in our lives to get us to this place. If you have heard our presentation for our mission then you know how the Lord used that time. Our short stay in Loving was integral to the change He did in our lives. It will always be one of our absolute favorite times.  So with that we sold a lot, packed up the rest, and moved to Missouri to begin training.

We arrived in the rain and got a lot of help from other students that selflessly helped unload and make it go by quick!

We are so thankful for the support of our friends and family that the Lord has used to get us here. His faithfulness has been proven over and over and we are beyond grateful for all of you that have played the role of giving financially and praying for us!
We are all settled in and meeting tons of great staff and students. The kids are LOVING all of the other kids to play with all day! Classes start next week and we can’t wait to learn and grow!!

One chapter ends another begins

For the last 10 years I have been a fireman. For the last 10 years every third day I was going to be at the fire station for at least 24 hours, sometimes 48. It has been such a habit to go to the station I would wake up on my day off and show up to work by accident on occasion. Our lives pretty much revolved around my job. We would make plans a year in advance so that I would be sure the days off. The time spent as a fireman has grown me beyond belief. God truly has been at work over these last 10 years. Its amazing when Meegan and I can look back and see just how God orchestrates all things for the good of those who love Him. Through just the experience in stressful situations where action needed to be taken and my crew and I were the ones to do it has been nothing short of what I can see as preparation for upcoming steps in our journey. My medical experience as a first responder has allowed me to see most people in their worst moments and has taught me to do all that I can to help them. The Apostle Paul in Romans 8:28 comes to mind, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Meegan and I are so blessed to have been apart of so many families in the fire service. Being able to spend that much time with one another at the fire station can really bring you together even though it is sometimes like a soap opera or Reality TV show. The men and women that I have served with have been nothing short of first-rate. I can’t say enough about them and what they mean to me. This may get a little corny for a second so beware. There is a tight bond that occurs when you walk into a burning building or make it through a sketchy call together. No one will ever be able to have that same experience and you can always look back and think man God was really watching over us then. Each and every officer, driver, and fellow firefighter has taught me something and I am so blessed to have served with them. As of July 3, 2017 I am no longer employed as a firefighter with the city of Weatherford Texas. My parting was very sweet and sad. When I turned in my resignation I was able to share about God’s desire to be known even to the end of the earth with a few of the chiefs. On my last shift the guys gathered together at one of the stations and threw me a going away party. The love and support is definitely felt and is so reassuring because they know why I am leaving. The Lord has made a way for my life to be a witness and I pray that He uses it to glorify Him as we continue in this next step of our journey. As most of you know we are preparing to move to Missouri on August 4. Meegan and I have taken physical steps in our family to follow wherever He leads us. It has been remarkable to see Him work in the hearts of so many, leading them to partner with us in this ministry. It has not been the easiest thing to walk away from such securities but we feel confident that the Lord has called us to go. Through all of this God has shown His faithfulness, Lamentations 3:22-23 “The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness”. With each step we take, He is there. It may not be what or when we expected it or how we thought it would happen all the time but God is truly faithful. If the Lord has led you to partner with us I would like to thank you for responding to the Lord’s call on your involvement. If you have not partnered with us but feel that the Lord is leading you to become partners with us in reaching the unreached please contact us. Again we are so thankful to all of our partners and are excited as we walk together wherever He leads.

Blast through time with photos over the years

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When my momma heart needs reminding

Aydin and Calyn have now finished up with their extra-curricular activities here in Graham. Aydin is done with soccer and piano lessons and Calyn is done with her dance class. I wish I could say I didn’t shed a tear but the truth is it hurts my momma heart to know they are done doing some of these things they love doing… and honestly that I love watching them do. I know Aydin will continue to play soccer wherever and we can continue learning musical instruments through the internet or something and Calyn will always be dancing throughout our house…. but its just different.

This past week the kids have been taking swim lessons to learn to do the different strokes and Aydin’s instructor came and said that he should be on the swim team. He was so proud, calling everyone to let them know his instructor  thought that he was good enough to join the swim team, which is actually just participating in a swim team camp at the end of summer. Of course it is after we move to Missouri so he wont be able to participate in it. Its so silly but I caught myself tearing up at what he is going to miss out on… pursuing those things that he is good at and enjoys…

and then the Lord gently reminded me that that’s not our purpose on this earth. I feel the Lord wrapping His arms around me reminding me of His love and goodness. He has called our family to overseas missions and there’s nothing I would rather do but when it comes to the kids it makes me a little sad to think of the things they wont get to do. I’m then reminded of all the experiences they will get that other kids would love to get to do and wont.

This specific incidence is what led me to write about it because the Lord is so good. He has been molding and preparing my kids and I continue to pray and request prayer that they will continue to have a heart for others. They get it! They get that they won’t get to do all these things they have been doing and its all for Him. They are understanding and excited for whats to come. They willingly trade these earthly joys for the joy to come of sharing the love of Christ with those who have no access. These people are worth it. The Lord Jesus Christ is worth it.

so while I’m tearing up at the thought of Aydin not getting to do the swim team camp, hes just thrilled that the instructor thought he should be in it.

“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31

As believers, our purpose on this earth is to bring God glory. Of course He can be glorified through all events and kids pursuing their passions and gifts He has given them… but for us it means being obedient to the burden He has placed on our hearts for unreached people groups. And that means seeing our kids not pursuing their gifts in team sports, lessons, or performances.. but trusting the Lord to continue to give them a heart for Him and the nations…molding and changing all of us for the purpose He has. I pray that He will bring to light the gifts He has given them and avenues to pursue those for Him.

“Serve the Lord with gladness!Come into his presence with singing! Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.” Psalm 100:2-3

Thank you for your continued prayers as we transition from Loving Texas and prepare to move to the Training Center in exactly 2 months. We are anxious to get this next step underway!

t-shirts

T-Shirts are designed!!! We love what Little H Creative has come up with to show the burden God has placed on our hearts!!

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We sent out all the info about how to get your hands on these through our first newsletter! Our hope is that this blog will be more of a personal story place and the newsletter will be for more highlights (once a month) and ways to specifically pray for us.

Here is the link to the newsletter about the shirts and you can easily subscribe to it by clicking on the top left corner where it says subscribe!

http://mailchi.mp/45f300214b26/t-shirt-fundraiser

 

We’ve Graduated!

We’ve graduated!!!

well technically… but we are still waiting to take our last final =) Saturday was the commencement ceremony down in the Woodlands area that we did not participate in. Chris has earned his Associates in Biblical Studies and I couldn’t be more proud of him!! School is not his thing and definitely did not come easy but it was incredible to see God move and work in Him in order to press forward in this burden the Lord has given us to reach the unreached.

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Instead of attending the ceremony we enjoyed little miss’s last dance recital. She LOVES to dance and I pray that she continues to wherever she is! This recital had us both in tears and I am so thankful for these precious memories!

The Seminary we attended is Grace School of Theology and we highly recommend it for anyone that would love to learn more about God’s Word from the comfort of your computer!

From Chris:
Has anyone ever told you or maybe you have said it yourself, “It felt like it was just yesterday when I….” Well for me it really does seem like it was just yesterday that Meegan and I had enrolled in our first seminary classes at Grace School of Theology. For those of you who may not know me I’m not the most well educated person on this earth or most times even in in a room with only two people in it. I can laugh at myself though. Meegan and I were taking a stewardship class and the professor contacted her a few weeks into the sixteen-week class and told her that she better teach me how to use an apostrophe or I may not make it through his class. Just so happens I think I made a higher grade in that class than she did. Our time spent going through these courses was a very growing experience, especially spiritually. I was able to study God’s word like never before, which was very fulfilling. Most of the professors are involved in some sort of ministry and have lots of experience to aid in their teaching. Our family had to slow down and both Meegan and I had to focus on putting school first. Many times we would have short breaks and got to recharge and focus on our kiddos. Throughout the last two years many of you have been praying for us and as a result we have finished, Thank You from the bottom of my heart! God has absolutely blessed us through this time and has personally reaffirmed His call on my family’s lives to “GO”.

From me (Meegan):
Bible School for me has been an incredible growing experience. There is just something about learning and taking classes about something you truly care about and know will have a huge impact on your relationship with Christ, others, and for the ministry you are going into. I feel as though I wasted years in college with classes that I have not and never plan on using. However, with Grace School of Theology every class, every lecture, every reading assignment has been an impactful and meaningful experience to focus in on how this matters for eternity. I’ve loved getting to learn more theology and important principles with bible study and interpreting His word. My love for the Scriptures has grown immensely through this process! I am so thankful the Lord has allowed us to complete the Bible training while still living in Loving the last couple years. When we signed up for this it was such a step of faith to work full time, start homeschooling for the first time, and start taking seminary classes but the Lord was so faithful at every step to give us what we needed, whether it was understanding, time, time management, etc. He was so good to get us through each class and each stress of trying to meet deadlines and deal with difficult material that really challenged us. The last two years has been a whirlwind that is hard to believe that we are finally finished. It has flown by as if it was yesterday we started taking these small steps of faith to follow the Lord into missions and the steps the organization required. It’s just hard to put into words the grace and love God has poured out on us through the stress and the reassurance He gives when we felt overwhelmed. I know it wont be the last time!

“And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9

On a side note-We also celebrated 12 years of marriage Sunday! God is good!

and Aydin had a great fundraiser so he could go to Camp Chaparral this summer-Thank you to everyone that ordered cookies-we had a great time baking together!

 

  • As this chapter closes and we head into a busy summer, we are super excited about all the ministry opportunities, family time, and fun that we will have before we make the big move to Missouri at the beginning of August.
  • We are trusting God to provide the remaining amount needed for training and would love to set up a time to share with your family or small group how you can be involved!
  • We are working on getting the monthly newsletter up and going. Please subscribe to it in the top right hand corner of the blog!

All Nations

We have some super exciting news and want to make sure you all hear it from us before any confusion sets in.

The organization we are about to enter into training with has changed their name after 75 years and with great reason! New Tribes Mission has decided to change their name to adapt to a changing world, we truly appreciate the leadership of this organization that want to make sure the Gospel can go out to all people without hindrances and without offending people groups who would refer not to be addressed as ‘tribes’. They also work in some areas where missions are restricted and dropping the word ‘mission’ from the organization’s name would be very helpful.

The new name is Ethnos360

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(copied from ethnos360.org/about)
Ethnos
is the “nations” that Christ referred to when He commanded His followers to “make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19) and “…that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all the nations…” (Luke 24:47). It’s the word from which we get ethnic, and it means people groups. Ethnos is pronounced with a long ‘o’ sound, as in the word ‘go’.

360 represents the entirety of the globe — all 360 degrees. Our goal is to go wherever in the world is necessary to see a thriving church for every people, not only to focus on one particular type of people group.

360 also represents the full-circle work of a Great Commission ministry. We begin with thriving churches sending believers to an unreached people group, and keep working until there’s a thriving church sending out believers.

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You can check out the new introduction video at
https://vimeo.com/215315386?ref=fb-share