The people of Paramount Church love the Nations of the world. Our prayer is to see the Gospel promise announced to every nation, tribe, and language. As a part of our focus on Great Commission endeavors abroad, we have adopted a missionary family serving on the continent of Asia. Due to a lack of religious freedom where they are serving, we have chosen to hide their identity, but display some details of their ministry abroad.
Erik and Julianne Morter
Or, here’s a brief update from 6-13.
The past few weeks for us were quite full. Within a 5 day period, our team hosted 6 parties for local friends where we shared the Christmas story and made sure everyone in attendance had a chance to hear the good news.
At one of the parties hosted by our semester teammates, a local student went “swimming.” After she shared her testimony in front of 30+ students who don’t know JC, her boyfriend jumped in and said, “I know what she told you, but I am her boyfriend. I know her better than anyone, and JC really has changed her life. Let me tell you how!” Please lift up this sister and ask that she would continue to grow and lead her classmates.
Our friend HH whom you have lifted up for several months now finally went “swimming” last week at our house. When we do this with new believers, we always ask four questions of them. The last one is “Will you keep following JC even when they curse you, hit you, arrest and imprison you and threaten to kill you?” We know that the Word promises believers that they will encounter difficulty, and it is a moving thing to see people confess their desire to follow JC no matter what.
2013 has the potential to be the first year in 8 years that I (Julianne) haven’t made an international move and/or birthed a child. Isn’t that exciting? We are asking the Father to give us some stability in the midst of a crazy season and to allow us to go deeper this year in our relationships with each other, our local friends, our language abilities and our influence with the Work. Will you lift this up for us as well?
ALSO! We passed! We took our language evaluation last month and both successfully passed our organization’s language requirements for long term workers. Yeah! Until now, we have been focusing most of our time on language study, but now we are able to spend less time in the classroom and more time with people here. Of course, we still have a long road to go in learning language and culture (it is never ending), but we rejoice at this huge milestone. Thanks for faithful pr!
We had two semester-long teammates from SBU with us this semester through the Hands On program. They have done so much to advance the work during their time, and we were sad to say farewell to one of them last week. His teammate is staying on until the Spring and a new student from HLG will be joining him next week. Lift up W as he finishes up his last semester and seeks to follow the Father’s leading to work among the nations. Lift up J & M as they begin a new semester here and ask that they would see many students follow JC.
We also welcomed a new journeyman teammate last week. She comes to us from South Carolina and we are thrilled to have another sweet tea-drinking friend jump into the work here. She has already met many students on the campus near her house, and we are expecting Father to do great things through her work.
Finally, we had 4 students from Oklahoma join us for 3 weeks over their Christmas break. They have a few more days before they get back on the airplane, and they have been busy on a local campus every day meeting students, sharing with as many as they can and following up with those who show interest in JC. Ask that their remaining days would be fruitful and that they would have boldness and discernment as they share.
Want to work with us? We are open to more semester students for Fall 2013 as well as Spring/Fall 2014. Openings are also still available for students wanting to join our summer team this year.
*If it seems Erik and Julianne talk funny, it’s because some of the content is disguised for safety purposes.