Trott Update November 2017
Dear faithful family and friends,
Thanksgiving is just on the horizon and we have so much to be thankful for! There have been many times throughout our time here when we have received an encouraging text or message from individuals in our church family back in Tennessee. It means so much to know that you are praying for us and bringing us before the Lord. With every passing day we are more fully aware of the fact that we cannot do this on our own and we are so thankful for the Body of Christ that surrounds us. Every time we receive one of those messages I (Rachel) am reminded of our last Sunday at Valley Forge, when the entire congregation was gathered around us in prayer. What an amazing picture that is of what we are continuing to see even now, the unity of the body. Thank you for your support, your prayers, and your encouragement! We need you and are so thankful for you.
Since our last update we have gone through six classes, and while it feels like a deluge of information the Lord has been so faithful in keeping our minds alert and engaged. These classes were: New Testament Church Planting, Foundational Bible Teaching, Sustainable Integrity, Women in Ministry, Love and Respect, and Child Safety. For the sake of time I won’t go into each of them but if you are interested, feel free to ask us about them.
The training center hosts an annual event that also took place in October: Field Fair. Representatives from all of the fields or regions that Ethnos 360/NTM works in gathered for a few days with the purpose of presenting to us the needs and realities of the various fields. During these days we were able to spend time over meals with three different families, two representing Papua New Guinea and one family serving in Southeast Asia. We really enjoyed these times, asking questions about what life is like in the various areas, how the mission functions, what we could expect if we were to serve there and so much more. For two days, during class time, each of the different representatives presented their fields. They talked about the needs, the struggles, and the reality of what it would look like to serve there. It was an extremely challenging and encouraging time! With each new speaker we were made aware of the great need that there is for more laborers; each of the fields has areas they could put missionaries in today. With each presentation there was also a burden placed on every one of our hearts, a burden from the Lord for the lost. We were also encouraged through being reminded of the unity that we have in Christ. We have brothers and sisters in Christ in Paraguay, in Brazil, in Thailand, in Indonesia, in Papua New Guinea and so many more countries.
During this time we were challenged again by the Lord with the desire to serve in Papua New Guinea. We attended sessions in the afternoon with the representatives from PNG and were given a list of tribes that we could move into tomorrow if we could. These are their “Priority Tribal Groups”: Swagap, Arafundi, Lembena, Yimas, Umera, Musak, Kaiser, Tyang, Knomala, Chachet, and Wuvulu. The tribes on this list have each been asking for missionaries for over 10 years, some much more. What a sobering reality!
As we consider the great need it challenges us to not only look to the Lord to bring in laborers but also to dedicate ourselves to this training. We want to be useful tools in the Lord’s hands and are looking to Him to be molding us into His image.
If you would pray for us, there are a couple of courses that are available to us during the breaks and summers such as Greek and Linguistics. We desire to be as equipped as possible and we see many of these courses as extremely beneficial for serving on the field. Please pray for wisdom as to which courses we should take and that the Lord would provide in that.
Thank you for your love and faithfulness in praying for us and supporting us in so many ways.
Please be in prayer for:
-More laborers
-That we would remain healthy and focused on the Lord so that we can get the most out of the training
-Wisdom in taking additional courses

In Christ,

-Andrew and Rachel Trott 

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