John & Paula Oliver - Missionaries with New Tribes Mission
Serving at NTM International Headquarters in Sanford, Florida
Newsletter 30 - December 2001
In our last newsletter, we asked for prayer for Paula, her mom, and the rest of her family, as her father, Walter Mayshar, was nearing the end of his battle with brain cancer. On September 1, Wally (Dad) passed from this life to the next, forever free of cancer. We take encouragement from the above words of I Corinthians 15, remembering that because Jesus Christ has died for our sins, was buried, and was raised from the dead, there is hope!
Years ago, when Adam disobeyed God, sin entered the world, and because of sin, death. Because of Adam's sin, all of his descendants came under the curse of death. Because of Christ's death, however, on our behalf (paying the penalty for our sins) and his resurrection from the dead, all who believe in Christ will live!
We remember then that our time on earth is short. For some, time is shorter than for others, and none of us know the number of our days. Let us who believe in Christ remember, then, that we are strangers and pilgrims on this earth, ambassadors for Christ. There are still many around the world for whom Christ died who have not yet had the opportunity to hear and believe the good news. Pray that the Lord of the harvest will send forth more laborers into His harvest.
My main project here at NTM International Headquarters has been the architecture, design, and programming of a comprehensive Accounting and Administrative system for New Tribes Mission. We researched, designed, and programmed each module, customized to meet the specific needs of the various NTM departments. We were able to finish transitioning to the NTMAA system just in time to meet the special Y2K needs; since then we have continued to enhance the system.
More recently, we have been working hard to migrate our NTMAA system from FoxPro for DOS to Visual FoxPro, a 32-bit Windows program. We have also installed a subset of the NTMAA system at our NTM Aviation center in McNeal, Arizona where they are able to use our purchasing/inventory/sales subsystem to better track aircraft and avionics parts.
As far as the future, we have several options. These include: making some of our NTMAA data available on the internet for missionaries, donors, and/or the general public; enhancing the NTMAA system so that it can handle the multi-currency and outstation needs of our field locations; and releasing the NTMAA system as a distributed personnel records system that can be used by NTM locations worldwide. I have recently completed an NTMAA Strategic Options document that lists some of steps involved and anticipated costs and benefits of these and various other options.
Thanks for being part of our team through your prayers, encouragement, and support. Let us know how we can be praying for you also.
We wish you a Joyous Christmas and a Happy New Year!
John, Paula, Nicholas, Joy, and Hannah Oliver J