Training for the tough times

NTBI prepared Macon Hare to deal with three in-flight incidents, one of which involved the propeller coming apart over the jungle, ripping the engine out of its mounts and forcing a landing on a village soccer field. (Photo courtesy of New Tribes Mission)

NTBI prepared Macon Hare to deal with three in-flight incidents, one of which involved the propeller coming apart over the jungle, ripping the engine out of its mounts and forcing a landing on a village soccer field. (Photo courtesy of New Tribes Mission)

Int’l (NTM/MNN) — Many people quit chasing a dream or pursuing a goal because they don’t like how much work it is to accomplish. Yet many times the work is practice for what you’ll have to deal with once you reach an end. New Tribes Mission brings us a story from Macon Hare, a man who followed God’s will and found that his hard work would pay off many times in the future.  Macon Hare:

Have you ever faced a challenging or possibly life and death situation that made you ask yourself, “How did I get here? And how am I going to get through this?” I have, many times. When my child was critically ill. After the engine went out in the plane as we flew over the jungle. While we negotiated with terrorists for the release of kidnapped fellow missionaries.

During those hard times, God would take my mind back to the early days of my missionary training at the New Tribes Bible Institute in Waukesha, Wisconsin. He confirmed in my heart that I was right where He intended. Through NTBI and NTM missionary training, God had prepared me spiritually and mentally for the long haul.

It wasn’t just the massive amount of Scripture we memorized, or the building, the classrooms, or the lecture halls. It was the hearts of the students and the instructors. We were knitted together to accomplish the same mission. This fabric, woven among the men and women of God, created a team equipped to venture into the lost world with the saving power of Jesus Christ.

Knowing we were in the battle alongside other like-minded believers, sharing the same passion and rooted in the same faith, spurred each of us on to expand the Kingdom of God. The Great Commission became real. I held the hands of those who would mend the wounds of the poor. I saw the feet that would carry the message of hope.

And this all happened at NTBI. Sometimes I found that hard to fathom. I had walked through those same halls with my Dad just a few years before I enrolled there. The walls were covered with graffiti, the ceilings water-damaged. Our footsteps crunched on broken glass. I could not imagine it serving anyone else. My dad saw a place where missionaries could be trained and sent to shed light into the darkest corners of our world. His vision has borne fruit for 50 years.

These days, when I travel to remote tribes and see former killers, headhunters, and witchdoctors praising the true Creator and sharing God’s Word, it still gives me goose bumps. And whom do I find serving among the people? I find missionary after missionary whose journey began at NTBI. Their work of transforming lives is what it’s all about.

Now it’s our time to launch the next generation of men and women into the service of the King. After equipping missionaries for 50 years, the New Tribes Bible Institute campus at Waukesha, Wisconsin, is in need of work.

Please partner with NTM in support of the New Tribes Bible Institute renovations. This will aid the training of many more hundreds of missionaries. They are waiting to serve, to see lives changed.