“Our net will go deeper and wider”. This statement is one of many that we have heard over the course of our transition which has lead us to serve with YWAM much more globally than ever. The casting of our “nets” has begun with our roles being more and more defined here at the base in Kona. Many of you on our support team are not aware that I have been doing biblical (lay) counseling for years. My net has expanded to not only counseling students here at YWAM Kona, but also staff and leaders. What a privilege to counsel, mentor and coach those on the front lines! In just a few short weeks during this quarter I have been able to impact those from Korea, USA, Germany, Sweden, Holland, England and Canada- all serving in full times missions. The deepening of the net creates life for those needing refreshment, and imparts more “spiritual” tools to those bringing the good news of Jesus Christ all over the world. Plans are being made for me to train others in leadership and to teach in various schools on the campus and around the world. Upcoming trips include traveling to Belize to teach and a trip to India to help a fellow missionary overseeing orphans.
It has been so good to be here in Kona and to get going on my part in the effort to end Bible poverty. The global effort by YWAM, Wycliffe, CRU, Faith Comes By Hearing, The Seed Company, The Billy Graham Evangelical Association, The Jesus Film Project and many others to end Bible poverty has two primary objectives, and I am blessed to be personally involved in both. First, we need to see God’s word translated into every language on earth and then given to all. Second, people need to understand God’s Word, His nature and character, His desire for redemption, and His love. I am currently working hard formatting the Greek New Testament text to fit the SourceView format and will be working on the Hebrew Bible soon. I so look forward to a day soon when original languages will be incorporated into the SourceView Bible App and used in very effective ways around the world to bring translations of the Bible to the remaining 1700 or so people groups that have no bible in their own language. In addition to working hard on the research side of things, I look forward to a considerable amount of travel around the world speaking and teaching. Your prayers are most desired and appreciated!
Check out this great new 2 min video from YWAM’s founder Loren Cunningham. We are very inspired by and love working with this visionary man of God.
A Family on the GO!
Hi Friends and Family,
As a result of much prayer, listening to the Lord and extensive preparations, the transition we’ve been talking about for a long time has come to its culmination. We are very excited to now be serving globally from Kona. Please read on and be updated on our family’s extensive travels and great work around the world.
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After over 3 years of praying, listening, and preparing, our transition to Kona is now complete! We arrived on Saturday the 10th and are getting settled: learning more about our roles, teaching and travel schedules and what it’s like to live on the Big Island. We’ll send more updates soon!
This quarter at Fuller and a very “intense” Greek Intensive are just about finished. We are very excited to jump on a plane on Saturday the 3rd of September for Kansas City and YWAM Together – one of the largest gatherings of YWAMers ever! Following YWAM Together, we’ll make our way to Kona and our transition will finally be complete! Much more on that soon…
We are very excited to be in Western Washington in a few weeks and have planned two casual gathering times where we can hang out and catch up. We’d very much love to see you and hope you can drop by for a while either Saturday or Sunday, June 18th or 19th.
Saturday June 18th 1-4pm
Todd and Karen Mortensen’s
4609- 240th Street SE
Bothell WA 98021
Sunday June 19th 12-3pm
Tully’s Coffee – Canyon Park
22615 Bothell Everett Hwy
Bothell WA 98021