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.
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!
– 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!
– 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 [email protected]
For more information about Andrew and Deanna Friesen, you can email them at [email protected]
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!