2018 Annual Impact Report
Another Year for the Books.
Thank you for your continued partnership with our family as we prepare for tribal church planting in Papua New Guinea. Together, we are another year closer to the establishment of a self-sustaining, indigenous church.
OF PNG POPULATION IS UNREACHED
TRIBES ASKING FOR MISSIONARIES
2018 IN REVIEW
Semester 2 of 4 of missionary training began
Mobilization events in California
Represented Ethnos360 at Biola’s Missions Conference
Our coworkers (Jacob and Katie DeValve) graduated
Biblical Greek summer course began
Nash was born on June 6, 2018 at 8:59PM
Visited sending churches in California
Semester 3 of 4 of missionary training began
10-day outdoor living course completed
Family & friends visited our campus in Missouri
Pre-application submitted to the leadership in PNG
Completed 3-month culture & language field practicum
21 Courses Completed in 2018
Receiving training in Phonetics Church Planting Strategy Biblical Greek Linguistics Overseas Teamwork Cultural Analysis Outdoor Living Romans 12-15 Animism Honor & Shame Curriculum Development Field Health International Safety Advanced Grammar Semantics & Translation Foundational Bible Teaching
JACOB & KATIE DEVALVE
Jacob and Katie are one of a kind. As high school sweethearts from Manchester, CT, they live with a passion for missions and a strong desire to see an indigenous church planted amongst an unreached people group. Jacob graduated with a bachelors in Biblical Studies and a masters in Global Studies while competing as a decathlete at Liberty University. He will school you out on the field as well as in the classroom. Meanwhile, Katie graduated with a bachelors in History and Anthropology from University of Connecticut and completed one year of Biblical training with Ethnos360’s Bible Institute. Her fun and easy-going demeanor was the catalyst for an instant connection between our families. Post-graduation, Jacob and Katie worked as the youth directors for their home church, Trinity Covenant Church.
In 2015, Jacob and Katie spent 3 months in Papua New Guinea with Ethnos360 completing a church planting internship. This happened to be the same internship that we completed in 2014, where we both felt confirmed in our calling to church planting. After completing the internship, several of the same missionaries we spent time with saw a potential fit between our families and dropped hints to bring us together. It worked, and we met at Ethnos360’s missionary training center in the fall of 2017 after also hearing from staff members on campus that we would be a good fit. Since, we have pursued a church planting partnership with them and have enjoyed the bond and fellowship that it has brought throughout the process. As both of our families have similar experience in ministry and the field of Papua New Guinea, we feel that the Lord has blessed us immensely as we work towards a departure date of January 2020.
Jacob and Katie have two children, Gideon (2) and Adah (4mo), that have been an absolute joy to our family. There is no one that we would rather do the next 15+ years with than the DeValve family.
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A SNEAK PEEK INTO 2019
We begin our 4th and final semester of missionary training with Ethnos360. This semester will include classes on phonemics, mature church development, tech & solar panels, and so much more! We begin our semester on January 14th. Bring on the cold!
We graduate on March 30th! That still counts as March right? We are excited to be finished with our training, a process that has been almost 5 years now, but we will be sad to leave friendships and relationships that we have built here on campus.
Directly following graduation, we will have a couple weeks filled with member orientation to Ethnos360 and member interviews. We are excited to finally become members!
There is a chance that we may stay on campus an extra 5 weeks to take an advanced tech course, which would provide Michael with additional construction, electrical, and maintenance training…something that would be very beneficial overseas! If the timing of the course doesn’t work out, then we will be moving home this month!
There is another possible opportunity for our family to stay on campus: Michael has been asked to stay and help assist with the Greek summer course that runs from June to July.
You get to meet our coworkers! Our coworkers, Jacob & Katie DeValve, are from Connecticut and are planning to visit sometime during the summer to get a chance to connect with our home base. We are also looking forward to seeing them after not seeing them for over 6 months!
Diddo, except we are hoping to visit Connecticut! What’s better than a New England Fall? We are really excited about traveling out to Jacob & Katie’s hometown and connecting with their supporters!
An intentional time of rest and family as we prepare our family for the move to Papua New Guinea. One last holiday season at home before we embark on the journey of a lifetime.
After 5 years of preparation, and over 10 years of feeling led to missions, our family will move from the urban jungle of Southern California to the remote jungles of Papua New Guinea. Once we land (with our coworkers!), we will begin 6 months of orientation on the field!
For your partnership. For your Friendship. For your love.
2018 was our best year yet, and we could not have done it without our family of supporters. To God be the praise for all that he has done for us.