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Dear friends, family, and partners in the gospel,

You're in for a special treat in this update! We are en route to the field, so we don't yet have any of our own stories to tell, but we can share what God is doing elsewhere! Read about how a tribal church that was planted by Ethnos360 missionaries in an undisclosed country is reaching beyond its village borders. Individuals and village names have been changed for their protection, but the story is alive and recent. Please pray for these believers and for those who are hearing God's life-giving message for the first time!!

Here goes...

Back in 2000, shortly after the J people embraced the Gospel, they began to speak of their concern for the members of their tribe living in the village of KM. That village was the other large village in the J people group with approx. 400 people living there. A priest and some nuns had worked there for years teaching in the national language which the people of KM could not understand. Over the next ten years all attempts by the believers to gain access to that village to share the Gospel were met with rejection. ‘If anyone is going to teach anyone, we will teach you,’ was the declared attitude of the people of KM. The believer’s response to that was, ‘We will continue to try and win their trust. In the meantime, let’s work to reach all the smaller villages around us’. They did, and after nearly 20 years God has answered their prayers and rewarded their efforts.
 
Nilo with his family.

 
By invitation, five families made the 10-day hike to KM village earlier this year to begin teaching God’s Word. Nilo, the man in these photos is one of those men. He is one of the main Bible teachers in the J church. I remember the first time I ever met him. His clan came out of the jungle for the very first time just before we began Bible teaching. He was out of his element in our village. He was illiterate and completely unfamiliar with anything from the outside world. But he was a quick learner. Very curious. And over the next few years he learned to read, became a believer, and was one of the four men we trained to do medical work.
Nilo treating a young burn victim.
Reports are hard to come by, but we heard that the first week of teaching in KM saw 50 people come out to be taught. By the second week, the number was 120. Could be more by now. Amazing! We are so excited about this.
That second week, tragedy struck for Nilo. His wife, pictured in the top photo holding her youngest, died during labor.  We understand her labor lasted four days and there was no medical help available. Nilo is now a single father of five and at the beginning of the biggest outreach in the history of the J church. We are broken hearted for him. Please join us in praying for him regularly through this. We are praying that his faith in the midst of such loss will be a powerful testimony to the people of KM village. Please pray for wisdom for Nilo and the four other men as they teach.
Nilo teaching Romans to a group of new believers he evengelized a few years ago.
Prayer Requests:
  • Pray for the J church and the KM village outreach (God knows the real names).
  • We have an opportunity to share at Grace Bible Church in North Carolina this week, 24 July. Please pray for clarity as we share, challenged hearts, and that we will represent Him well.
  • We also have an opportunity to help out with the kids at a Sudanese conference this week, 26-27 July. Pray for kids' open hearts and a sweet time of fellowship for the Sudanese believers. More on this in our next update.
  • Praise and prayer as God continues to raise up a partnership team around us, so we can go to PNG in January.
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