The Mill’s New Year Update

Happy New Year everyone!

We thought I (Nadia) would share with you all a little bit about what I’ve been up to this past quarter. 

In September my dear friend and big sister Cher Martin (Navigators support staff, Camp Lejeune) and myself started a lady’s study in our homes once a week for the gals who have been involved with the base chapel. We decided as a group we wanted to do something in-depth, so we committed to a study on ‘The Letter of James’ by Jen Wilkin. It was basically the equivalent of a 1-credit college course, so you can imagine the style of the study! The attitude of the study was, “Study hard now, glean later,” with a focus on comprehension of the text through context, understanding word definitions, and learning the writing style and themes. It was no doubt a demanding endeavor, with 30 homework questions and an audio sermon each week! Not everyone was able to participate at this pace over the course of the 11-week study.

That said, we nick-named Sarah, “Faithful Sarah,” by week 4 because we knew we could count on her to be there with us Thursday nights. We’ve been reminded that studying the Bible and seeking understanding will often require time that has to be created, and there are times we may need to sacrifice other things in order to love God with our minds in that way (Matt. 22:37). We loved answering the 5 W’s – Who wrote it, When, To WhomWhat style, What are the central themes – because it helped us to interpret the text in brighter light. James 3:1-12 talks about our words and it was a sobering reminder to us how powerful our words truly are. It began transforming our everyday lives by changing how Cher and I respond to conflict and how Sarah responded to an environment of gossip at her work. We (embarrassingly at times) began seeing word errors we were daily making that we were blind to. I think of Proverbs 18:21 – “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits”. It has caused me to ask myself: “What am I creating by what I say? What am I not creating by the good I don’t say?”

On the home front, Hurricane Florence totaled our roof and we’ve had some leaking. Thankfully insurance has been worked out and we just had measurements taken for a shiny new metal one that should last the next 50-100 years (which in my opinion is totally worth it! I’m not sure why everyone out here has shingles if they are just going to get blown off again next year!?). From September-October, we were able to host our Marine friend, Jordan, who just returned from deployment while he awaited base housing to open up for he and his family. His wife, Veda, and two kids, Rose and Troy, ended up joining us as well the last week he was here. It was a great opportunity to “do life together” and encourage Veda (and be encouraged by Veda) in our motherhood.

November 12th we celebrated Caleb’s 3rd birthday; and in late November, we also welcomed the newest addition to our family: (then) 11-month old boxer Moana into our home- our family ‘watch dog’ and ‘designated cuddler’ while Zack is away for various ministry activities throughout the year. We really feel blessed to have found her, she is an absolute sweetheart and everything we as a family have prayed for as the first furry member of our family. 

Thank you for all your prayers and support, we love serving in this community and filled with joy to be able to partner with each of you for the sake of The Gospel!

Please join us in praying for~

  • For me (Nadia) as I’ve felt spurred on to increase my biblical literacy this year, beginning by reading through a book on good study habits.
  • Also, I (Nadia) have been asked to help again with the Base Chapel Music Ministry; for wisdom in liturgical conduction and balancing life at home. 
  • For us as we decide on a school for Gracie to attend to this upcoming school year for Kindergarten. 
  • For Zack, as he and Jon lead the ministry here at Lejeune, that they’d be attentive to God’s cultivation and abide in His Word completely.
  • Lastly, please pray also that we would be wise as stewards with everything God has given us; in particular, we have an opportunity to purchase an adjoining lot next to our own that would give us plenty of room to expand as our biological and Kingdom families grow.


FPC Missionary Christmas Card List 2018

As we get closer to the holiday season, we would love to see all of our congregation encouraging and praying for the missionary families we support here at FPC Tacoma. 

 

Steve & Jennifer Baughman, Wycliffe Bible Translators

4801 West Royal Palm Road, Glendale AZ 85302

Email: Steve_Baughman@sil.com

 Wycliffe Bible Translator, PO BOX 628200, Orlando, FL  32862

 

Mark & Iris Barnes, Youth with a Mission

342 Mulberry Village Lane, Ft. Mill, South Carolina 29715

Email:  stupidkool@gmail.com   341iris@gmail.com

YWAM, PO Box 60579, Colorado Springs, CO. 80960

 

Brendan & Erin Connally, Serving in Missions

Aptado 206, Abancay, Peru, South America

Email:  brendan.connally@sim.org

 

Dorothy Forsberg, Serving in Missions

SIM, B.P. 15, Parakou, Republic of Benin, West Africa

Email:  dorothy.forsberg@sim.org

 

Rob & Karen Mahon, Navigators

8412 Vina Del Sol Dr. NE, Albuquerque, NM  87122-4217

Email:  kgoldfain@gmail.com

 

Paul Lewis, Wycliffe Bible Translators

4321 Presto Circle, Grand Prairie, TX  75052

Email:  paul_lewis@sil.org

 

Edwin & Evie Martinez, Overseas Crusades International

3861 Lovett Street, Bellingham, WA 98226

Email:  edwinmartinez73@aol.com    edwinmartinez@oci.org

 

Zack & Nadia Mills, Navigators

709 Vernon Drive, Jacksonville, NC 28540

Email:  millsz1@spu.edu

 

Sue Mills, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship

3410 North Eiger Mt. Rd, Flagstaff, AZ  86004

Email:  suemills@mac.com

 

Mary Peterson, Bible Club Ministries International

711 Tijuana Apt. 19, Colorado Springs, CO 80909-5102

Email:  marycwhm@icloud.com

 

Barry & Jan Potter, Overseas Missionary Fellowship

9172 Weatherstone Ct., Highlands Ranch, CO 80126

Email:  barry.potter@omfmail.com    barryp@psmail.net

Overseas Missionary Fellowship,

10 West Dr. Creek Circle, Littleton, CO 80120

 

Jack & Nancy Snyder, TEAM

3534 East Indianapolis St., Fresno, CA 93726

Email:  jacknancysnyder@yahoo.com

 



Ministry Update from Sue Mills



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Update from the Mills

Greetings Y’all!

2016 has certainly been a bumpy year with our move, the Summer Olympics, and the Presidential election; but we are now settled in and serving Marines at Camp Lejeune. As this year comes to a close, Nadia and I wanted to share with you a few of the opportunities we’ve had while serving with The Navigator ministry here.

 

Before moving to the East Coast, our prayer was to fill a spot in the ministry that would otherwise be vacant.  Trusting God’s calling for us specifically, we can say with confidence that He has been fulfilling His promises to us over the past 9 months and we fully trust He will continue to do so!

 

When we arrived, we were encouraged to slow down and settle in, which gave Nadia and I a chance to acclimate to the weather (humidity!) and the everyday life of ministry as ‘Navigators’. We took this opportunity to set our roots deep and make new friendships with Marines and Sailors already involved with the ministry. We were especially blessed early on to have met a young Marine and his wife, Carson and Emily. Right away we connected with them on a friendship level and we have since been honored by their desire to deepen their own relationships with the Lord and even incorporate others into our weekly couple’s study as well. Carson and Emily introduced us to Jordan and Veda (pronounced ‘Vee-duh’), and weekly, the three of us couples, along with our two kids and Jordan and Veda’s daughter (Rose), share a meal and go through a study as couples, meant to build one another up and strengthen us as couples.  We are going through Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University DVD series. Carson works as an armorer (‘gun mechanic’) at one of the Marine Corp schools here at Lejeune and Emily is a childcare specialist and student; Jordan works as a communications specialist with one of the ground units at Lejeune and Veda is a full-time mother. Both couples desire to be used by God to advance God’s Kingdom as they labor with us to reach Marines and Sailors with the Gospel. Join us in asking God for wisdom as we equip and encourage Carson/Emily and Jordan/Veda as they are representing Jesus’ light in their units and families.  

 

Most every Sunday, Nadia has been rocking it with the base chapel worship team. I have been spending 3-4 days a week on and off base with various Marines helping to lead bible studies and meet individually with multiple Marines who are eager to grow in their own walks with Christ. Join us asking God that Barak (Bear-ick), Sean, Danté, Nathan, Andrés, and Randy will continue to grow in their faith as they, too, seek to reach their fellow Marines with the Gospel.  

 

Thank you all for blessing us with encouragement and support, we are eager to continue sharing with you the ways God is using us to transform the lives of Marines here at Camp Lejeune.

 

Merry Christmas,



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