This is evening I realized something. It’s been – if you can believe it – two years since we arrived home from Senegal! It has gone fast, despite all that has gone on in that short amount of time. Not a day goes by that we don’t think of our friends and co-workers in Senegal and Guinea, yet we’re also very excited about where God has us right now.
It’s been a long process, but Debra’s health has definitely improved since our return home two years ago. There was an immediate boost in her health and we’ve been able to work through other things like her troublesome tonsils which are now (mostly) gone.
God has also given us an incredible ministry here that we absolutely love. Debra’s primary role is very important, and that is to be at home with the kids. She’s enjoying something she never thought she’d get to be again: a mom to a new baby. She’s also a huge help to me as I serve in NTM Canada’s home office.
I started with the goal of helping in the Communications department though at the time I really didn’t know what it would look like. Not long after beginning at the NTM office in April of 2012 I was asked to help process Associate applications, and that position soon absorbed processing applications for our missionary training program. In addition to admissions, my other full-time position is in the Communications department. It seems like every day there’s a new way for us to share what God is doing in tribal church planting. It takes a lot of work to keep these stories flowing on social media, NTM’s website, NTM email newsletters and so on. By the way, if you’re on Instagram, follow NTM’s account (@newtribes) and say hi! I love the ministry that I have, and there’s never enough time each day to get through all of things that I want to! We’re seeing God expand our reach as we share about the need for Christ in so many remote people groups. Our student intake last year was 50% higher and we’re praying for another increase this year.
The boys are doing well, it’s hard to think that Emmaus was only 3 and Canaan 5 when we came home! Canaan still talks about Senegal often and surprises us with the amount of detail that he is able to recall. Emmaus doesn’t remember much but enjoys listening to our stories.
Our years in West Africa were a very important time in our lives. Through adventures, struggles, trials and fun we learned so much from our loving Father. It’s weird sometimes to think that Berea didn’t go through all of that with us, but we don’t doubt that God has more adventure in store for the Copeland family.
Thank you for being a part of that journey! Your love and support has made it all possible, and continues to make it possible for us to be part of something that is so important. Your love and gifts are making a difference for eternity!
- Yup, mostly gone. The doctor seems to have missed a chunk. We’re hoping to find out soon if and how we need to deal with it. ↩