John & Paula Oliver
|Oliver Family Updates - 2018|
Copyright © 2019, J & P Oliver
Last Updated on January 21, 2019
December 2018Christmas Greetings from Sanford, Florida! Here's some of our latest Oliver family news & updates:
November 2018We're encouraged to now have the USPS electronic Address Change Service (ACS) working properly again for our quarterly Ethnos360 magazine. With hundreds of address changes received each quarter, processing them electronically via ACS saves our finance office many hours of manual entry.
Meanwhile, in October we released version 7.00 of our NTMAA system, while we also continue to research and plan for an eventual transition to cloud-based CRM, HR, Payroll, and Finance software.
At home, we accomplished several projects this past month - replacing our "drop-in" stove (the glass cooktop had developed several cracks) with a free-standing stove that we found on CraigsList, learning about and replacing a couple broken window balances, and installing new rollers and a new track cover for a sliding glass door.
Meanwhile, Paula & Joy are in New Smyrna Beach this week (November 3-10), helping as volunteers (called volun-stars) with Little Pink Houses of Hope (LPHOH), a non-profit organization which provides free week-long beach retreats for families going through breast cancer.
Back in 2012, when Paula was undergoing treatment for (her first round of) breast cancer, our family was privileged to enjoy a free week-long beach retreat in Oak Island, NC. Since then, Paula and Joy have volunteered several times to help other families enjoy a special week in the midst of their difficult breast cancer journey.
October 2018Our son, Nicholas, just joined the quarter century club, turning 25 on October 1! Our youngest, Hannah, has been living on her own in Daytona Beach (attending Daytona State College) for a month now. We're happy to still have Joy at home with us, as she commutes to Seminole State College nursing school in Altamonte Springs.
Meanwhile, Paula and I enjoyed our first-ever cruise this past month, thanks to my mom & stepdad passing on a free cruise certificate which they had received - that covered much of the cost (except port fees, taxes, and gratuities). They were able to join us for the cruise also, so we all enjoyed a four night cruise vacation in the Caribbean with lots of good food!
At Ethnos360, I'm busy helping support our NTMAA accounting and Gravity personnel systems - for example, researching some data synchronization problems at our Ethnos Canada headquarters, and correcting some duplicate personnel records. Meanwhile, we're also meeting and planning toward new cloud-based CRM, HR, & Finance systems.
September 2018Paula reached a milestone this past month - turning 60 on August 15! To celebrate, we planned a surprise birthday party with a few of her closest friends. She was very surprised and had a great time!
In late August, we moved Hannah to Daytona Beach, to work on her Math Education degree at Daytona State College (DSC). We thank God for providing a Christian family, very near the college, where she's now renting a room.
At Ethnos360, I continue supporting our NTMAA system, and am also involved with planning meetings, as we look toward implementing a CRM system, and eventually migrating our other systems (NTMAA and Gravity HR) to the cloud.
At home, we discovered that our roof is still leaking (more work to do there). Also, Hannah's 2000 Honda Odyssey van developed some issues, so we passed our 2003 Honda Civic on to her (so she could have a more reliable car to use in Daytona), and are now looking for another small reliable car for ourselves.
August 2018Our daughter, Joy, is very happy to have completed her 2nd semester of nursing school and is enjoying a break before the fall semester. Hannah is preparing for her move to Daytona Beach to continue working on her Secondary Math Education degree at Daytona State College (DSC). Paula is thankful to be doing well and celebrating her 60th birthday on August 15th!
At Ethnos360, we've formed an Enterprise Information Systems (EIS) core team, with the eventual goal of migrating our accounting & personnel records systems to the cloud. Meanwhile, we've released NTMAA version 6.99 and have also been busy helping resolve some issues with email receipts, the USPS Address Correction Service (ACS), and personnel data synchronization.
At our home (probably yours too), the projects seem endless. This past month, we (hopefully) repaired a roof leak (we'll know soon), painted a portion of our bedroom ceiling (from said leak!), replaced the ice maker in our freezer, repaired kitchen laminate flooring, and started repairs to a sliding glass door.
July 2018We just returned from a trip to Jackson, Michigan, to visit friends and share an update at Skiff Lake Bible Church. While in the Jackson area, we stopped by the Ethnos360 Bible Institute (fomerly New Tribes Bible Institute), where Paula and I met thirty years ago. We spent some enjoyable time with two staff families there, had a tour of the campus, and also learned how they use our Gravity personnel system.
Meanwhile, back at Ethnos360 headquarters, we're embarking on a multi-year, multi-phase project with the eventual goal of migrating our NTM Accounting & Administrative (NTMAA) system to a cloud-based solution (at Ethnos360 headquarters, then our stateside Bible Institutes and other training centers).
Joy celebrated her 21st birthday June 28, and I celebrated mine July 4! Joy is keeping very busy with Nursing School. Hannah is continuing as a tutor at Seminole State College until she transfers to Daytona State College next month. Paula recently joined our local YMCA and has been making excellent progress on getting back in shape.
June 2018At Ethnos360, I'm continuing to provide support for our NTM Accounting & Administrative (NTMAA) system, used at Ethnos360 headquarters, stateside training centers, and many of our global partners around the world. We're also in the planning phase of implementing a CRM (Customer Relationship Management) system to connect with NTMAA and eventually with other cloud-based modules.
This summer, Joy continues to be very busy with her nursing school classes at Seminole State College (SSC) and clinicals at two different hospitals. Hannah is working part-time as a math tutor at SSC, while also taking an additional math class there. She's passed her General Knowledge entrance exam and so is now set to start working on her Bachelor's degree (in Secondary Math Education) this fall at Daytona State College (DSC). We're excited and thankful that God has provided a Christian family, nearby the college, where Hannah can live (renting a room) while attending DSC - a home away from home!
May 2018Good news! Paula's hernia is small enough that surgery can be postponed indefinitely! Also, we didn't find any cause of Joy's abdominal pain, but it's gone away, for which we're thankful. Thanks for praying!
Meanwhile, we're excited to announce that on May 1, our youngest daugher, Hannah, received her AA degree (summa cum laude, with a 4.0 GPA) from Seminole State College. She plans to continue at Daytona State College this fall, working toward a Bachelor degree in Secondary Math Education.
At Ethnos360, I've been enhancing our NTMAA system to utilize a new address standardization program, and learning more about SQL Server and our web-based personnel system. This past week, we also enjoyed some special meetings with encouraging messages from Aaron & Lori Luse, fellow Ethnos360 missionaries who serve among the Patpatar people of Papua New Guinea.
April 2018Paula and Joy each had some troubling abdominal pain this past month. It turns out Paula has a hernia, which will need repair in the near future; the source of Joy's intermittent pain has not yet been determined. We'd appreciate prayer for Paula's surgery, and wisdom, guidance, and healing for Joy.
Hannah turns 19 on April 18, then is slated to graduate from SSC, with her AA degree, on May 1! We recently spent an afternoon at Daytona State College, where she's planning to enroll in the Fall - to work toward a Bachelor's degree in Secondary Math Education. She loves school, math, and teaching!
At Ethnos360, we just released version 6.98 of our NTMAA system, with some enhancements to help our stateside and overseas bookkeepers. This Easter weekend, we remember Jesus' death for our sins, burial, and resurrection - the good news that God wants the whole world to have opportunity to hear!
March 2018At Ethnos360, I've been helping implement a new Positive Pay process - to help prevent check fraud - where check details (payee, amount) are provided in advance to the bank. With this info, the bank can then confirm that checks are valid prior to paying them. I've also been helping some of our stateside branches (Bible Institutes, Aviation center, Missionary Training Center) with some payables issues.
At home, Paula enjoys working in her flower garden areas and riding her new bike with Marley (our dog) alongside, and is trying to get back in shape after all the side effects of cancer treatment. (You may have seen her recent Facebook post, encouraged that she's reached her initial milestone of losing 20 lbs!)
Joy and Hannah are very busy with school, but we also enjoy fun time together as a family. We recently discovered a couple of challenging new table games that you might also enjoy: Code Names, and Set.
February 2018Paula and I spent most of January fighting a cold or flu or something; we're thankful to be doing much better now. Meanwhile, Paula did get to spend a special week with her three sisters in Ft. Pierce, and I had an interesting encounter with a homeless person (see my post at Facebook.com/JohnKOliver).
Our girls are keeping very busy with their studies at Seminole State College. Hannah has 16 credit hours this semester and also works two days a week as a tutor. Joy drives to the SSC Altamonte campus 3-4 days a week and is about to also start clinicals every Friday at a long term care facillity.
At Ethnos360 headquarters (formerly, New Tribes Mission), I've been helping with a variety of projects relating to our NTMAA accounting system - enhancements to: address standardization, email addresses on missionary statements, payable accounts, credit card donations, vendor searching by category.
January 2018December 30 was our 28th wedding anniversary and Paula’s 7th cancer-versary, seven years since Paula’s doctor found a cancerous lump in her left breast. We’re thankful that, after her more recent second cancer in 2016 (this time in her right breast), Paula is now through treatment, with a status of NED (No Evidence of Disease)!
2017 was a big year for New Tribes Mission, with the move to our new six story headquarters down the street (the previous HQ building has since been sold) as well as a new name (now Ethnos360).
We finished the year off with a week long trip to Arizona, to spend some time with Paula’s sisters and their families, and had opportunity as well to visit a supporting church and several friends in the area.
Nicholas is continuing to work full-time at Universal Studios Islands of Adventure, renting a nearby condo with a couple other roommates.
Joy received her AA degree in May and is now embarking on an intensive two year program to concurrently receive her ASN (from SSC) and BSN (from UCF) Nursing degrees.
Meanwhile, Hannah has one semester left to complete her AA degree at Seminole State, and then plans to work toward a BS in Secondary Math Education - either at UCF or Daytona State.
Here are some of our praise and prayer requests for 2018:
PRAISE & PRAYER REQUESTS
Thanks for your love, prayers, and encouragement!