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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, where Paula shares her heart and thoughts.

    January 2018

    December 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:


    • 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’s been receiving some specialized vision therapy for about nine months now, but it’s not clear if it’s made a significant improvement.
    • Praise that Paula is done with breast cancer treatment! Pray that she continues to stay cancer-free. Pray for God's help as she works toward getting trim and fit again after these past 18 months of cancer treatment.
    • Pray for our children – for Nicholas as he’s out on his own, and for Joy and Hannah, who are both in college, at home with us. We desire for them all to know, love, and walk with the Lord.
    • 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 - 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