Highlights of 2019

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December 1, 2019

Greetings to you each, and thanks to all of you that have supported and prayed for this ministry during the past year. Our almost completed calendar year has proven to be an eventful season of growth and change! I’ve highlighted a few of the bigger events and changes below.

Vision and Mission. We've worked hard this year to articulate our vision, mission, and core values. Along with that process came a few changes, such as an updated logo and a new tagline: Partnering with Anabaptist churches for the unreached.

Apologetics Film. Another thing that has kept us extra busy within the past six months is the new DVD that we hope to be able put out on our display tables during the 2020 tour. “God’s Word: Enduring through the Ages” has been a really intense and rewarding project. We hope to be able to review this film in the final stage of production at the Board and Advisors annual meeting on the weekend of January 3-4. Paul Shirk, Adam Boyd, and Joe Root did an excellent job of articulating many convincing evidences regarding the authenticity of the Scriptures. We are excited to see what God may do with this film—including raising awareness of the need for translation!

New Building The building project plans continue to creep steadily one inch at a time throughout the permitting process. It’s taken over a year to get to the point of breaking ground! We’ve appreciate your support and prayers. We finally have green lights from nearly all the necessary departments now. We finally were able to break ground this week; a moment that I think we as staff will always remember! We’re hoping to have the footers, foundation, and slab all finished up before the ground freezes (typically by the end of the calendar year).

Mixtec Team. We really enjoyed the chance to have the Mixtec team here with us this past fall. The Wagoner’s came back from Mexico to join these new team members for the first half of this final month of training. The Hege’s and Flory’s finished up their training just before Thanksgiving and plan to head down to Mexico the end of this year. Picture below: a group of school students sent a package for each of them during their time here.

The New Year The Apostle James exhorted us to say "if the Lord wills" when speaking of future plans. Therefore, with that opening statement we now close with a few things we anticipate seeing the LORD do in the not-too-distant future.

  1. Annual Board & Advisers Meeting coming up in Belleville on January 3-4th. We anticipate this time!
  2. A new staff member to start serving as an assistant to our executive team sometime in 2020. We’ve been thinking and praying about this need for some time and are beginning to actively recruit for this position.
  3. Office spaces inside a new building; hoping we’ll be able to move in this spring.

God is good and we are honored to serve Him with you in the work of the Harvest!

Until the nations worship,
Joel Martin

  • “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17
  • “Repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And you are witness of these things.” Luke 24:47, 48
  • “Go therefore, and make disciples of all nations.” Matthew 28:19
  • “In you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” Genesis 12:3
  • “That the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ through the Gospel.” Ephesians 3:6
  • “That they all may be one; as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You, that they also may be one in Us; that the world may believe that You sent Me.” John 17:21
  • “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations’?” Mark 11:17
  • “Ask of me, and I will give You the nations for Your inheritance.” Psalm 2:8
  • “Behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes.” Revelation 7:9
  • “Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified.” 2 Thessalonians 3:1
  • “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” 2 Timothy 3:16
  • “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105
  • “As cold water to a weary soul, so is good news from a far country.” Proverbs 25:25
  • “More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.” Psalm 19:10
  • “All the ends of the world shall remember and turn to the LORD, and all the families of the nations shall worship before You.” Psalm 22:27
  • “Truly, as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD.” Numbers 14:21
  • “Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples. For the LORD is great and greatly to be praised; He is to be feared above all gods.” Psalm 96:3, 4
  • “For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.” Habakkuk 2:14
  • “That all the peoples of the earth may know that the Lord is God; there is no other.” 1 Kings 8:60
  • “For from the rising of the sun, even to its going down, My name shall be great among the Gentiles; in every place incense shall be offered to My name, and a pure offering; for My name shall be great among the nations.” Malachi 1:11
  • “All nations whom You have made shall come and worship before You, O Lord, and shall glorify Your name.” Psalm 86:9
  • “For as the earth brings forth its bud, as the garden causes the things that are sown in it to spring forth, so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.” Isaiah 61:11
  • "Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!" Psalm 46:10
  • "This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth." 1 Timothy 2:3, 4
  • "You are worthy. . .; for You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and have made us kings and priests to our God." Revelation 5:9, 10