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    The Oliver family at the Little Pink Houses of Hope beach 
      retreat - September 2012.

    To help keep folks updated with news and prayer requests for our family and ministry, we try to write up a short news and/or prayer update each month; below are our latest Oliver Family Updates:

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    We also invite you to visit (and/or subscribe to) our Pilgrim's Pathway blog
    (at www.JPOliver.com/wordpress), where Paula shares her heart and thoughts.


    June 2019

    At Ethnos360, we've started having weekly meetings with Paylocity, as we look toward transitioning our monthly payroll process to their service later this year. We've also been evaluating cloud-based software packages to keep track of donations, and have selected software (Microsoft Dynamics 365 Finance & Operations) to use for the general ledger accounting.

    Meanwhile, I continue to support our existing NTMAA accounting system, which is used at our U.S. headquarters, stateside branches, and many of our overseas locations. This past month, I was able to provide some special assistance to our Bolivia and Philippines field bookkeepers.

    May 2019

    During Joy's break between her Spring and Summer semesters at nursing school, we took a few days off to enjoy a nice family vacation, along with my mom & stepdad, at a resort in Ormond Beach. Hannah was not able to join us, as her semester had not ended yet, but we were able to spend a little time with her, as she rents a room in nearby Daytona Beach while attending Daytona State. Later in the week, we spent a day at Volcano Bay water park in Orlando and were able to meet our son, Nicholas, there also.

    At Ethnos360, we're working toward outsourcing our monthly payroll process to a payroll company (Paylocity) later this year. I've started working on the programs to do an initial export of employee data and a monthly export of payroll data, and also programs to process the post-payroll data received from Paylocity each month. We're also looking forward to watching their training videos over the weeks ahead, to learn more about how to best utilize their payroll system and services here at Ethnos360.

    April 2019

    In March, our daughters both enjoyed a week long Spring Break from their college classes. Joy had a special treat of accompanying Paula on a fun two night cruise from Palm Beach, FL, to Freeport in the Bahamas.

    At home, Paula has been enjoying working in her garden areas - pulling weeds, putting down more pine bark nuggets (with cardboard and weed block underneath) and planting beautiful flowers! Inside our home, we continue working on minor projects. This past month, one of our toilets started leaking under the base, so we ended up replacing the wax seal underneath, and then later the fill valve in the tank also.

    At Ethnos360, we've now selected a Payroll services company to help with our monthly payroll process. In preparation for that, I've written up a tentative Payroll Transition Plan with various phases and to clarify what NTMAA programming changes will be needed to outsource our payroll processing later this year.

    March 2019

    We're happy to report that, after six months of on and off looking, we finally found and purchased a 2012 Honda Civic (to replace our 2003 Honda Civic, which we passed on to Hannah in August). Our new Civic does have rust on some engine components (from spending the first three years of its life in New York) and could use a new paint job, but is running well and we are once again enjoying the nice gas mileage!

    At Ethnos360, Paula and I were able to participate in a week-long SYIS (Sharpening Your Interpersonal Skills) workshop, which included sessions such as Relationship Killers, Loving Listening, Resolving Conflicts, Managing Stress, Maintaining Margin, and Being an Encourager. We learned a lot and hope to apply some of these tools now in our marriage and other relationships.

    Meanwhile, I'm continuing to support our NTMAA accounting & administrative system, helping as part of our EIS (Enterprise Information Systems) core team, and serving as technical lead on our Payroll outsourcing project.

    February 2019

    At Ethnos360, we're looking to move our payroll processing from our NTMAA accounting system to a cloud-based payroll service over the next few months, so I've been busy researching various payroll services. (As missionaries funded via ministry support donations through Ethnos360, the IRS considers us employees; thus, Ethnos360 utilizes a monthly payroll process, provides year-end W2s & 1095s, etc.)

    In family news, Paula had a special surprise last month: Two of her sisters flew in from Arizona and joined Paula and Kathy (the fourth sister, who winters in Florida) for a sisters week together in Ft. Pierce.

    Joy and Hannah enjoyed their winter break, and are now back in their busy school routines. Nicholas was recently able to purchase a nice 2005 Ford Focus from one of our retired missionaries. His older 1998 Toyota Corolla had been having some issues and then actually died just a few days after purchasing the Ford - so that was a blessing to be able to purchase this newer vehicle from a fellow missionary.

    Meanwhile, Paula and I are also still looking for a nice used small car to replace our 2003 Honda Civic, which we passed on to Hannah - so we'd appreciate your prayers for guidance and provision of a nice replacement vehicle at a good price.

    January 2019

    December 30 was our 29th wedding anniversary and Paula's 8th cancer-versary, eight 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 last time in her right breast), Paula is doing very well, with a status of NED (No Evidence of Disease)!

    We finished 2018 off quietly, enjoying some family time over the holidays. It's been especially nice having Hannah back home with us for a month, as both girls have been enjoying their winter break.

    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 2017 and has now completed three additional semesters, working toward her ASN (from SSC) and BSN (from UCF) Nursing degrees.

    Hannah completed her AA degree at Seminole State in 2018, and is currently renting a room from a Christian family in Daytona, as she works toward a BS in Secondary Math Education at Daytona State.

    At Ethnos360, I'm continuing to support our NTMAA accounting system, while also helping in a consultative role as we look to migrate to cloud-based CRM, HR, and Finance systems in the years ahead.

    Here are some of our praise and prayer requests for 2019:

    PRAISE & PRAYER REQUESTS

    • Thank God for His great salvation and the work He is doing around the world, reaching the lost with the Gospel of Christ. Pray that He would continue to raise up folks to partner with us in this important task - through going, giving, and praying.
    • Pray for us in our relationships: with God, with each other, with our children, with others - that we would be the man & woman, husband & wife, Dad & Mom that God wants us to be.
    • Pray for Hannah, as she's still dealing with some double-vision. She went through nine months of specialized vision therapy and is continuing with ongoing vision therapy exercises on her own.
    • Pray for our children - for Nicholas as he's out on his own, for Joy working toward Nursing degrees, and for Hannah, renting a room in Daytona Beach, as she works toward a Math Education degree. We desire for them all to know, love, and walk with the Lord.
    • Praise that Paula is done with doing well health-wise, getting trim and fit again! Pray that she continues to stay cancer-free, and that she can continue to hold off on any hernia or knee surgery.
    • Pray that God would give us humble hearts and make us a real blessing with family, friends, neighbors, believers, and unbelievers.

    Thanks for your love, prayers, and encouragement!


    For our News & Prayer Requests for previous years (2007 and later) :

    Oliver Family Updates - 2018
    Oliver Family Updates - 2017
    Oliver Family Updates - 2016
    Oliver Family Updates - 2015
    Oliver Family Updates - 2014
    Oliver Family Updates - 2013
    Oliver Family Updates - 2012
    Oliver Family Updates - 2011
    Oliver Family Updates - 2010
    Oliver Family Updates - 2009
    Oliver Family Updates - 2008
    Oliver Family Updates - 2007

    From 2007-2009, we also summarized our monthly updates into a year-end Oliver Family news summary:

    2009 Oliver Family News Summary
    2008 Oliver Family News Summary
    2007 Oliver Family News Summary

    To review News & Prayer Requests from 2000-2009,
    please visit our Praise & Prayer Request archive.


    For a number of years (prior to sending our monthly Oliver Family Update emails), we periodically sent an Oliver Family Newsletter (by snail mail) to keep folks updated on our family & ministry news, praises, and prayer requests, so here are links to those:

    (These newsletters are in PDF format and can be viewed using the free Adobe® Reader®. If you don't yet have the Adobe Reader installed, you can download it for free).

    Newsletter 44 - Aug 2007
    Newsletter 43 - Mar 2007
    Newsletter 42 - Nov 2006
    Newsletter 41 - Apr 2006
    Newsletter 40 - June 2005
    Newsletter 39 - Mar 2005
    Newsletter 38 - Oct 2004
    Newsletter 37 - July 2004
    Newsletter 36 - Mar 2004
    Newsletter 35 - Sep 2003
    Newsletter 34 - Apr 2003
    Newsletter 33 - Feb 2003
    Newsletter 32 - Aug 2002
    Newsletter 31 - Mar 2002
    Newsletter 30 - Dec 2001
    Newsletter 29 - Sept 2001
    Newsletter 28 - June 2001
    Newsletter 27 - Mar 2001
    Newsletter 26 - Aug 2000
    Newsletter 25 - May 2000
    Newsletter 24 - Dec 1999