Second Quarter 2018

Psalm 115:1, “Not to us, oh,Lord, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness.”

The Lord is faithful! He proves it to us over and over again. Our hope and desire is to give Him all honor and glory for all He is and does! Every song we sing, every devotional we write and every sermon we preach is all meant to give glory to our great God, and hopefully touch a soul that needs to be encouraged or uplifted. Thank you all, our friends and supporters, for your prayers and encouragement. You are one of the ways that God proves His faithfulness…through you we receive much joy, strength and courage to continue to spread God’s love to our Low German brothers and sisters. It is a real privilege to be a part of the Family of God and to work in partnership with all of you to further His Kingdom.

These past three months…
…have been mostly spent in our home area of Winkler, Manitoba. With all the traveling we did during the winter, there were many projects needing to be completed in the office. We enjoyed singing at quite a few local events, with Andrew and Deanna joining us for three weeks to help with some concerts and a recording project. During the time they were here we got a lot of progress made on a new Low German CD.Our hope is to have this CD available by year’s end.

A special thank you to all who attended, helped with and donated at our annual spring fundraiser. It was a success and we appreciate all the support! We also thank Andrew and Deanna for making the long trip out here.

Book two of our Low German devotional series “Jieda Dach met Jesus” has been printed and released to stores. We are receiving more and more feedback from our readers and are very encouraged. Our prayer was that families and individuals could be strengthened in their walk with the Lord. We are hearing that quite a few children, as well as some adults have come to saving faith through reading these devotions, and we praise God for that. We invite you to pray with us for wisdom to continue to write stories that speak to the needs of the readers 2 and that many more could find salvation. Our goal is to have book three available before Christmas.

Just recently, we put together a little booklet entitled “30 Jeistliche Säajnungen fa Aule Kjristen” and it is printed and available for distribution. Last summer we had put together a simple pamphlet dealing with how to become a Christian, and it was in great demand at Low German events. This new booklet is kind of a follow up on that, describing the blessings and benefits of being a child of God. Again, our prayer is that it will be a real blessing and encouragement to many.

We have also had some challenges in the translation department. We had been asked to translate a certain Sunday School curriculum into Low German. We received the permission to translate it without a problem, but when it came to actually printing and publishing the material we hit some “road blocks” that we have not been able to overcome. But again, God is faithful, and provided several different curriculum for which we have received full permission to translate and publish, and distribute. So we are hard at work getting that translated. It is a long term project but we are excited about it and so are the churches that requested it. Pray with us that we will be able to get it done in a timely manner, and that God’s blessing will be on it, every step of the way.

Our in home recording studio has seen some action lately! Not only have we done some recording there ourselves, but we had a guest from Paraguay come to do a project there as well. David Toews and some of his Canadian

friends recorded a Low German project there a few weeks ago. It was a good time of connection with others involved in the same type of ministry as ourselves, and it was also a time of learning some of tricks of the trade. We praise God for giving us this studio! It saves many hours of packing up instruments and driving to other studios.

In the near future…
The churches in La Crete, Alberta,have been a source of real blessing and support to us over the years, and we were very blessed a while ago when a youth leader from there approached us about possibly sending a team of youth to our house to help us with some of the building that is still in progress!We are looking forward to having them here and working together with them to put the ceiling in our basement. This will pretty much finish the studio and office area. Also, they plan to help us build the cement pads at each of the entrances to our house. It will be a huge blessing to have those projects completed. Prayers for their safety in travel and work are much appreciated!

Several trips are planned for this summer. The first to southern Alberta on the weekend of July 20th, and shortly after that, to La Crete in early August. These events will be together with Andrew and Deanna. We look forward to ministering in those areas again! Then, in September there is another trip to Belize, where we will mostly be helping the young church in Little Belize. Diedrich and Nettie plan on being there about two weeks, and Andrew and Deanna have been asked to stay for about 2 months and help with setting up some youth and children’s ministries. Little Belize is an area that is heavy on our hearts and prayers for those young believers there are greatly needed and appreciated.

Our family…

It has been a blessing to have Jason and Teya living nearby in Winkler again. They both completed their studies at Steinbach Bible College and graduated in April. Although they are not with us full-time, they are a great asset to this work. She has been providing us with some wonderful stories that we translate into Plautdietsch and include in the devotional books, as well as doing a lot of our typing and filing etc. Jason is working hard on a lot of “behind the scenes” work that leaves us more time for traveling and singing and writing. He will be taking on such tasks as designing prayer cards, brochures, page layouts for books and all that type of technological work. He also plans to help with “in studio” music and recording, as well as local bookings whenever possible.

Andrew and Deanna have been very hard at work in La Crete as well. Their website www.andrewanddeannafriesen.org is up and running. They are taking bookings with just the two of them, as well as teaming up with us for certain events. Andrew has been writing Low German devotionals geared for youth and young adults, and has been recording them for use on the radio wherever they are needed. He has also started posting them on a podcast that can be accessed from their website. We encourage everyone to check it out and support and encourage them in whatever way the Lord leads.

Our youngest two sons have been busy in their own ways as well. Matthew is still serving at the Bible Camp which keeps him very busy and unable to be with us at many events. We affirm him in his work though and are blessed to know he is serving others and being a blessing. Mark has just

finished his high school years! Graduation was this past week. That means one stage of life is over and another is beginning. He plans to work locally for now while prayerfully considering where God would have him be in the future. Whenever his schedule allows he still willingly joins us for local events. Your prayers for all of us are always appreciated!

Praise for:
– The positive feedback we receive from our listeners and readers. It is so encouraging to hear that this work is not in vain, but is bearing fruit by the power of the Holy Spirit!
– The people who have recently given their lives to Christ, (Also pray that they would continue to grow in their new faith).
– The successful fundraiser in May. This ministry is impossible without the support of others!
– All the good hearted people who give us their support, help and encouragement in so many ways!
– The way God is moving in the hearts of the Plautdietsch Mennonites all over the world.-The Lord’s presence in our lives, His faithfulness, protection, provision, strength, joy and love!

Pray for:
– The upcoming trips to Alberta and Belize. That hearts would be touched to respond to God’s call.
– Andrew and Deanna and the work they do to reach the younger generation of Low German Mennonites. That they would have wisdom and insight to know exactly what is needed in Little Belize during their two months there. Also that God’s hand would be on Andrew’s podcasts and radio devotionals, so that many could be blessed and strengthened in their faith.
– Jason and Teya as they join us on a part time basis.
– The devotionals we send out weekly, that they would continue to touch hearts and lead souls to faith in Christ.
– Sufficient funds for all the travel and projects now underway.

For more information about Diedrich and Nettie Friesen, you can email them at diedrichandnettiefriesen@yahoo.ca

For more information about Andrew and Deanna Friesen, you can email them at andrewanddeannafriesen@gmail.com

For more information about Multi-Nation Missions Foundation, you can visit their website at multinationmissions.org

If you wish to donate to Diedrich and Nettie or Andrew and Deanna, you may go to multinationmissions.org, click on the Donate page, and scroll down to where you find them listed.

Thank you so much for your encouragement and support in this ministry. May God bless you for it.

Working together,that the world may know who Jesus is!

First Quarter 2018

“I will praise you, O Lord, among the nations; I will sing of you among the peoples.”(Psalm 108:3)

Looking back…
That verse sums up our last few months quite well! We have done a lot of singing, and a lot of traveling. We started 2018 by working hard to get ready for our ministry trip to Belize, along with keeping up our local bookings, and sending the children’s devotional stories every week. February came, and we were off to Belize! It was so wonderful to again have Andrew and Deanna with us. They add so much to the ministry and we, as well as all who come to listen,are very blessed by their presence. They connect very well with the youth and young adults, and it is just so good to have their help with all the work, visiting, counseling and prayer that is involved with this type of ministry.

We started our time in Belize with several concerts in Blue Creek and Spanish Lookout. From there we headed to Colonia Del Valle in southern Mexico and spent a few days with the dear people there. It is a small, new colony with only about 13 families at this point. They don’t have an established church at the moment, but are doing their best to meet together to worship and encourage each other in the faith. They were very hospitable and appreciative of our music. We grew to love this group dearly in the few days we were there. They are much in our prayers and thoughts.

We then spent a few days in Shipyard, where we were able to reconnect with many of the people we learned to know and love while we served there from 2004 through 2009. It was such a blessing to see the spiritual growth that had taken place in the last years, and also to meet new believers who have joined the church recently. It is so good to see the work continue. God is at work in Shipyard and we praise the Lord for what He is doing.

And finally, we spent a full week in Little Belize. This is a new work that is happening, with brand new believers whose needs are great, but so is their faith! We were invited into many homes for meals, and spent much time listening to their stories and praying with them and for them. They were very hungry for anything from God’s Word. They couldn’t seem to get enough music, stories, sermons and fellowship. Again, we felt ourselves falling in love with this group of people and wishing we had more time to spend with them to help them and encourage them in their faith. They face many challenges, but they are determined to continue on this journey of trusting God.

We arrived home on February 28th, and had just enough time at home to catch up with some chores, and touch base with the family, and then we were on the road again. This time to Redcliff/Medicine Hat and Bow Island, Alberta. The EMC conference has a church plant there and we were invited to come and hold a week of evening services. It was a mixture of concert and sermon evenings. It is hard to believe, but there are many thousands of Plautdietsche Mennonites in southern Alberta who have immigrated there from Mexico, and they too, are hungry to know the truth about God and His Word.

Andrew and Deanna also joined us for the time in Alberta, and again, connected so well with the younger crowd. One evening was dedicated to the youth, and Andrew had a great devotional challenge for them, and they seemed to love hearing their take on dating, and marriage. It was a blessing to many.

Looking forward…
With all this traveling, it is sometimes a challenge to keep up with the translation projects, but we do our best. We are looking forward to getting the second devotional book printed in the next week or two. We have quite a few concerts and programs booked locally, and are looking forward to having Andrew and Deanna join us for some of those. They will also be working with us on a new CD project, and we are hoping to produce some music to post online. We also continue to send two devotional stories a week, as well as working on a Sunday School curriculum. The needs are huge, and it feels like these projects take so much time, and go so slowly. But with the Lord’s help and your prayers and support, we can keep working!

Thank you…
As always we are very appreciative of all the prayer and financial support we receive from various people. None of this would be possible without that support. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

Praise for:
– The many open doors. People are hungry for God and His Word.
– Our many friends and supporters.
– The way people respond to Andrew and Deanna, and their commitment to serving God in this way.
– The commitments and recommitments we have been blessed to see lately.

Pray for:
– Many more to come to saving faith in Christ.
– Continued prayer and financial support.
– Continued joy for this work, for both us and Andrew and Deanna.
– That we could be a consistent, godly example for the people we meet.
– Wisdom for the many decisions we have to make.
– More willing workers to go labor in the “harvest fields”of our Low German people.

Year End 2017

Looking back on 2017


As we reflect on the past year, we are again amazed at how God has led and provided. We are so blessed to know that there are people faithfully praying for us as we travel,write and translate materials,sing and speak in various countries. This work would be utterly impossible without the support, both prayer and financial of the many faithful brothers and sisters who stand behind us. We are so thankful for each and every one of you and for all you do in partnering with us to reach our Low German Mennonite people for the Lord.

If we had to choose one word to describe this past year for us, it would be the word ‘change!’ Much has changed in our family life, and that in turn affects change in the work we do. It is such a blessing to serve a God who never changes! He is the same through all the ages,and is our constant source of joy and strength. He works all the changes into our lives in His time and in His way, and the result is that His work is carried on, and His Kingdom continues to be built.With the boys getting married and leaving home, we needed to come up with a way to continue singing, and God has provided that. When we are close to home, the boys who live close by help us as they are able, and when we do longer tours, Andrew and Deanna travel with us. This means our group is not always the same, it changes with almost every booking, but the response from our listeners has been positive. And we remain committed to doing our very best at every event.

One of the changes was the addition of two wonderful daughters-in-law. We are so thankful for them. Each of them contributes to the work in her own unique way. Deanna is so gifted musically, and it is so good to have her with us on the longer tours. Teya has the wonderful gift of writing stories. Many of the stories we send out every week, have first been written by Teya, and then translated into Plautdietsch by Nettie. They are being used in many schools to teach not only reading and comprehension skills, but also biblical principles to live by. It is just so amazing to see how God has brought these young women into our lives, and how they have jumped on board and joined us in this work. All glory be to God!

Our studio is finally far enough along that we can do some recording and editing at home. Our first home recorded project was a Low German Christmas song titled “Waut Besondret” and we posted it on YouTube just before Christmas. We are still experimenting with different set ups and learning the computer programs, but we are pleased with the progress, and are looking forward to learning and producing much more in the future.

Looking forward to 2018
Our calendar is rapidly filling up for 2018, and we are busy preparing for more travels. We are increasingly being invited to do events where Diedrich and sometimes Andrew are asked to do quite a bit of speaking/teaching, and at times Nettie is asked to speak at women’s events.We have also been asked to do some children’s events, and are working on adding that to our repertoire.It is good to know the people are hungry for God’s Word and we really enjoy this added dimension to the ministry. There are several projects in the works which we hope will be completed in 2018. We plan to produce a Christmas CD in both English and Plautdietsch, print several more volumes of the children’s devotional books, and produce the notated version of the songbook. These are ambitious goals, but with God everything is possible.

Again, thank you, all for your prayers and support. You are a vital part of this ministry, and we pray God’s richest blessings for you and your loved ones all throughout 2018! May His will be done.

Andrew and Deanna…
It has been an exciting three months! Deanna and I started working with D’Friesens in October of 2017. We also helped with two mission trips during the year, one in March-April to Paraguay and Bolivia, and another one in September to Mexico.After we arrived back in Canada at the end of September we started getting our feet wet with some translation work and I started working on writing devotionals, both in English and Plautdietsch. We also started translating some songs and arranging them to suit Deanna and myself, since we live apart from my parents and won’t always be able to do concerts together with them. I have also started work on a home studio so that we can record our own music, and also to create short per-recorded programs, where a devotional gets read aloud and some music gets shared. Deanna has worked to create prayer cards and brochures for us. Currently I am working to get a stockpile of Plautdietsch devotionals ready so that some time in the new year we can begin sending them out wherever there is need. These devotionals and programs are geared towards youth/young adults, but hopefully there is something applicable for everyone.

Since we only started doing this work recently, we are also still working at raising support so that we can continue to do this full-time, so we are in the process of planning our own fundraiser here in La Crete for the middle of January.

But that is just one of the things that we are planning for the next three months! In February we have planned to travel together with my parents to Belize to do a music ministry trip, visiting the different colonies and also spending some time with a brand new church in Little Belize. My goal is to have at least one program recorded and ready to be played, so that if there is interest in other countries then we can send them out once we are back in Canada. In the meantime we will continue to practice a lot of music!Our goal is that the music we play and the devotionals we share will be an encouragement to believers, as well as a way by which more people can hear the Gospel and be saved.

Praise:
* That so many are searching for new life.
* For God’s faithful provision.
* For the new decisions made for Christ in the past year.
* For Andrew and Deanna’s decision to enter into the ministry full-time.

Pray:
* For continued protection in travel.
* For energy and enthusiasm as we meet with so many people.
* For many more people to be saved.
* For Andrew and Deanna as they continue to gather financial support.

For more information, or to donate online…-go to multinationmissions.org
or
Email: diedrichandnettiefriesen@yahoo.ca

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