John & Paula Oliver
|News & Prayer Requests|
Copyright © 2018, J & P Oliver
Last Updated on July 5, 2018
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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!
For our News & Prayer Requests for previous years (2007 and later) :
Oliver Family Updates - 2017
From 2007-2009, we also summarized our monthly updates into a year-end Oliver Family news summary:
To review News & Prayer Requests from 2000-2009,
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:
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Newsletter 44 - Aug 2007