Stories of Others on the Same Journey

Olmstead Family

In 2009, Paul and Susan Olmstead had no idea of the journey that lay before them. 

They had always had a desire to be involved in full time ministry.

Paul grew up in a Christian home where from his earliest recollections he attended church and Sunday school. Being involved in ministry was taught as an important function in his family life.

Susan also grew up in a Christian home and during a summer VBS at their church, she dedicated her life to Jesus.  She met Paul at Liberty University where she was enrolled in Missions and Cross-Cultural Studies.

Through the years they had many “midnight talks” about ministry, but it was in 2009 that a missionary friend planted a seed about working in missions. In fact, his statement was to the effect, “If you ever decide to leave your full-time position with Chase, there are a lot of roles in missions that could use your 25+ years of experience and talents.”

That seed began to grow, and in the fall of 2010 they began an exploratory journey to be involved in a full-time ministry, possibly missions.

After completing a profile with Finishers Project, they communicated with a few key partner agencies, who answered their questions and provided more materials for review.  Paul says, “It was exciting to be able to investigate and research the different agencies and the opportunities that existed as well as communicate with the mission agencies.”  Paul and Susan did not realize that there were so many needed roles outside of being a church planter in a remote area of the world or inside a tribe.

Through many God-directed events, the door to New Tribes Mission was opened. On February 13, 2012, they were accepted by the agency to work with the Development and Mobilization Team as Ministry Partnership Development Coaches.  Their role will be to work with new missionaries who have completed the NTM Missionary Training and are beginning their partnership development (deputation). Their responsibilities will be two-fold:

  • Supervisory: accountability, weekly and monthly tracking of partnership development progress
  • Shepherding: encouragement, prayer, coaching, additional training

This is a new role with NTM Development and Mobilization.  It will provide a focused ministry to new missionaries to help them efficiently and effectively complete their partnership development.

There are some 2500 unreached people groups—people who have never heard the Good News of God’s grace. The need for people to Give and for people to Go is great. Paul and Susan shared, “We have been blessed to Give for many years. Now God has opened a door for us to Go. He is using our talents to glorify Him and expand His kingdom through working with our new missionaries; and as opportunity arises, to share the needs of current missionaries and the need for more missionaries to go.”