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

* Donations that are tagged D’Friesens or Andrew & Deanna go directly into their ministry accounts.
* Donations that are tagged D’Friesens Projects go into their joint project account.

Third Quarter 2017

“Your righteousness reaches to the skies, O God, you who have done great things. Who, O God, is like you?”(Psalm 71:19)

When we look back at the past three months, we have to agree whole-heartedly with this verse. The Lord truly has done great things and we stand in awe of Him.

Spring went by so fast, and the busyness of translating, writing, traveling and singing continued as we headed into summer. With the commitment to write two devotionals per week, and with plans to have Sunday School materials available by winter, we have been very busy, not to mention the traveling and singing that we do on an ongoing basis.

We spent one week on the road in southern Alberta in July, with great attendance and wonderful responses from the people. Then we changed gears for Jason & Teya’s wedding in August. And before we knew it, September was here and off we went to Mexico.

Nettie and I attended the Low German media conference in Cuauhtémoc, Chihuahua, Mexico. It was good to be there and be reminded again of the great need for Low German resources and how we can and are making a difference. At this conference we met many new people also passionately working to provide resources for our Low German people. We also learned a lot. The topics that were covered included international copyright laws and agreements, and introduction to producing videos, recorded music and radio programs. We were inspired to do more.

After the conference,Andrew and Deanna joined us for two weeks of music ministry throughout the Mennonite colonies scattered all over Mexico. We presented 11 music programs in many different locations from Oasis, to Cuauhtémoc, to Santa Rita, to Durango, and La Honda, etc.We also did one Sunday morning service with singing and preaching, as well as a full day of preaching, singing, children’s feature, and sharing at an all-day gospel festival.For many of the Low German people, this was a first as far as Low German music is concerned. Many had never seen this type of thing before and were so touched by the Gospel through music in their heart language. It was good to see lives changed as a result. God is great and He has done marvelous things. We give all praise to Him.Already we have been asked about going back.

Back home, we continue to work on two devotionals every week. We are very close to publishing the second book of our devotional series. As well, we are just about ready to start printing Sunday School materials in Low German for preschoolers. Besides all this, we continue to travel and sing, and write/translate more songs for a new CD, as well as continuing to develop materials for radio.

We are very excited about Andrew & Deanna going into full time Low German ministry (partnering with us), specifically with youth and young adults in mind. We look forward to seeing how God will do amazing things through them to reach the young people for Jesus Christ.

The work never ends, and as long as God gives breath and energy, we will keep on praying and working to bring the Low German Mennonites the Gospel of Jesus Christ in their own heart language. We pray the Lord of the harvest to send forth more workers to bring the harvest in, till everyone knows Jesus personally as Lord and Savior. All praise to Him.

In His service, Diedrich & Nettie and family

Praise for:
1) A very good Low German Media Conference, where many new contacts and connections were made, and we were inspired and encouraged.
2) A wonderful tour through Mexico.
3) Lives changed and commitments made to God.
4) A loving, supportive family which continues to help out as much as possible.
5) New vision and focus.

Pray for:
1) Andrew and Deanna as they step into full-time ministry, partnering with us to produce music and materials for our Low German brothers and sisters.
2) Adequate financial support for Andrew and Deanna.
3) Continued safety in all our travels.
4) Energy to keep up with our schedule.
5) Protection from spiritual attack.

For more information, or to donate online,
go to multinationmissions.org

or

Email: diedrichandnettiefriesen@yahoo.ca