September 30, 2013
NEWS from Mission to Unreached People! As you are aware, MUP has been
in a process of change from the inside out. We have had a new
international director for a few years who has been steering the
organization to a more focused approach. We’ve moved from an
organization that was broad in terms of types of ministry to one that
is focused on sending strategy teams to help begin Church Planting
Movements among the least reached. The new name crowns the changes.
Please see the enclosed letter from Kent Parks.
The one change
related to our new name that may affect you is that, as of Oct. 1,
2013, if you send a check as a financial gift for us you will make it
out to Act Beyond. The address is the same. Remember, you are giving to
Act Beyond. You may indicate that it is for us with a note on a
separate paper indicating that you prefer it go to TK and Lynn
Newhouse. Be sure and have a look at the new website for Act Beyond,
www.beyond.org, which should be up and running in October.
recently had the privilege of attending the annual International
Orality Network conference which was held right here in Missouri. It
was great to sit with like-minded individuals and listen to excellent
speakers on a topic near to our hearts. Have you heard of the term
“digi-oral?” In his article, “I Love to Learn but I Don’t Like to
Read: The Rise of Secondary Oral Learning,” W. Jay Moon states,
“In a study over a 9-year period, 53.5% of seminary students preferred
oral learning compared to print learning.” Wow! Many people here in the
US, even highly educated people, are secondary oral learners. They know
how to read, but prefer to learn or process information in other ways
utilizing electronic audio and visual communications. We have been
working with a primarily oral culture in Cambodia for years and
thinking about how best to reach them with the good news. It turns out
that we need to do the same kind of thinking about how to reach the new
digi-oral learners here in the US.
Thanks so much for your
prayers and financial support. We are encouraged by so many of you who
wrote to let us know that you are praying for us in this difficult
period. TK continues to pursue healing. Lynn is getting more involved
in helping Act Beyond (formerly MUP) with training especially in the
area of Ministry Partner Development.
In His Grace,
TK and Lynn