We can’t just hop on a plane to Papua New Guinea and try to do this on our own, we need you as part of the team! If you’ve trusted Christ as your Savior, then you’re part of the same Body of Christ we are! Just as every part of the Body needs to work together within churches in the United States to see the Body built up and Christ glorified, so also each member of the Body has to do its part to help take the message of Jesus Christ to the ends of the earth. Getting the Gospel to the least-reached people on the globe isn’t just our passion or our job — you can be part of the team, too, by praying for us, being an advocate for us, encouraging us, and investing financially in what God’s doing through us.
You could join our Advocates Team — you can help connect us with more people and churches in your area. You could help us find somewhere to stay when we’re near you and be our “point person” for setting up appointments to share our vision with others.
Join our Day2Pray Team — we’re looking for a team of 500 people that will commit to praying for us each week on a specific day. Maybe your Mondays and Tuesdays are really busy, but you know you have time on your Wednesday lunch break to pray for us. You don’t need to commit to praying for us at a specific time, just sign up for a day of the week that you’ll remember to lift us up before the Throne of Grace. “Brothers and sisters, pray for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you.” (2 Thess 3:1)
You can join our Refresh Team — this job is tough, and we’re going to need all the spiritual encouragement and emotional support we can get. You can email us, write us a note, or call us to let us know you’re thinking of us and praying for us. “Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the Lord’s people.” (Philemon 1:7)
Join the Giving Team — be a part of getting the Gospel to those who’ve never heard and planting a mature, self-sustaining tribal church. This is God’s work, and He funds His work through His people. God could just rain money from the clouds if He wanted, but instead He gives us the opportunity to partner with Him in what He’s doing around the world. Isn’t it incredible — the God of the universe lets us have a part in His work! He owns everything we “have”, anyway, so in giving to His work, we’re just giving back to Him out of gratitude for all He’s given us.
As missionaries with New Tribes Mission, we get the opportunity to trust God to provide regular support through individuals, rather than the organization giving us a salary. We’re responsible to cover all our ministry and personal expenses, including our “benefits” (such as taxes, health insurance and retirement) that would normally be covered by an employer (Click for Budget). We’re excited for this opportunity we get to live by faith, trusting God to stir the hearts of His people to invest in what God is doing through us.
If God’s leading you to give financially towards what He’s doing through us in Papua New Guinea, here’s a couple ways you can be a part:
- Electronic Funds Transfer: With this option, you authorize New Tribes Mission to debit your bank account a certain amount each month. Here’s more information about it, or click here for the form you need to get started.
- Give by mail: You can mail a check made out to New Tribes Mission with a note designating the funds for “Josiah & Rachel Van Der Decker” (or account #900069) to:
New Tribes Mission 1000 E. First Street Sanford, FL 32771-1487 **Please note that if the check is not made out to New Tribes Mission, it is not tax-deductible.**
- Give online: You can give online with a credit (or debit) card.
- Give by phone: To give by credit card over the phone, you can call New Tribes Mission’s toll-free number: 866-547-2460 ext. 1245
Even if we already had 100% of the financial support that we need, we would still travel around and visit our friends and family and churches. For us, it’s not about raising a certain amount of money, it’s about connecting with people, building relationships, sharing what God’s laid on our hearts, and challenging more people to consider their part in missions.