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  • Overcoming Kindness | MB Mission
    a rumor in the village that people would be forced to convert to Christianity if this donation was accepted The principal answered Yes we received the letter But we have many needs a roof desks supplies and you have never helped us I have permission from my superiors to receive this computer You have no right to stop me With that answer the head monk turned to the children and parents and yelled You must chant We refuse this computer Then he took out a book and slapped it down on the table in front of the children and declared that anyone who wanted to receive the computer had to write their names in the book At that moment some of the children obediently chanted No computer The rest of the children looked scared sad and uncertain Meanwhile one of the monks brought his iPad right up to my face and started recording video His hand was shaking I tried to smile Praying silently I took authority over spirits of fear intimidation and jealousy Then I asked Pastor Isaiah if I could address the monks After he agreed I walked directly in front of the angry monk Through a translator I said We are sorry for upsetting you This donation of a computer today is given freely no strings attached We only desire to see the children have an opportunity to develop their education After I spoke I prayed that my eyes and smile would communicate Christ s love and peace to this man Immediately I felt a calmness come over us and some of the tension release Why have you betrayed your country and become a Christian the monk asked Isaiah It was an open door to share his testimony with everyone present Afterward the monk responded Do you mean to say that your God can help everyone No Isaiah said only those who have faith The monk looked surprised Well I just want you to know that you are forbidden from going to the next village I m going and I ll see you there Pastor Isaiah spoke boldly knowing that it was not the monk s place to restrict his movement within his own country Suddenly there was nothing more to say The monk and his cohorts quickly turned and walked out of the school The next day we trekked into another village where we were welcomed by a small group of believers and the local principal who happened to be Isaiah s aunt She advised us immediately not to go into the school knowing that the monks had amassed a larger group to oppose us We all agreed that we didn t need another confrontation Instead we decided to present the computer to the principal at her house Although we missed seeing the children at the school our time with the principal was very powerful She shared with us how deeply discouraged she was by the attacks of the abusive monk so much so that she

    Original URL path: http://www.mbmission.org/witness/spring-2015/overcoming-kindness (2016-02-16)
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  • Storytelling in Congo | MB Mission
    ready to take this teaching to local churches Nzuzi is most excited about the response in the villages We ve taken this training to some of the most remote parts of Congo where travel is extremely difficult But people are coming together from all over to study the Bible and they re being transformed Tambu a very influential village chief came to the training because he wanted to know what these pastors were teaching As he arrived he saw community leaders from churches schools and medical facilities People were taught not only to read stories from the Bible but to engage them with questions focused on observation interpretation and application I was amazed at the lively discussions Tambu said and how participants were going deeper into the story and not only grasping the meaning but sharing how it affected their lives In his childhood Tambu had heard the Gospel from missionaries and became a follower of Jesus He had grown up in the church but these seminars were different than the teaching he had previously received The format of this training is similar to the way that our ancestors shared their ideas The Bible stories are coming alive People in the churches are being impacted and empowered Tambu was in a group that studied the story in John 9 1 11 about Jesus healing a man who was blind from birth In the story the disciples assumed that the man s blindness was the result of sin But Jesus corrected them saying This happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him Tambu s eyes were opened to this reality among his own people He came to the conclusion that not all the sicknesses and problems that the villages were facing came from sorcery and witchcraft We

    Original URL path: http://www.mbmission.org/witness/spring-2015/storytelling-in-congo (2016-02-16)
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  • Disappearing Zeros | MB Mission
    all kinds of obstacles along the way we are just beginning to produce Bible stories in this difficult language Our progress is satisfying and yet we know that there are many more languages that nobody is learning and we wonder when these languages will get their turn Recently however I met a woman in a shop close to where we live She was from one of those people groups with all the zeros She began to tell us her story how she had come to be employed by Christians who showed integrity and sincerity in their pursuit of God and in how they conducted their business She shared about how she had observed Christians serving one another She was intrigued Even those that had been strangers were showing kindness to one another She found this genuine expression of love to be compelling Like most others in her people group she had diligently practiced her religion but she had no expectations of help or kindness from strangers Slowly the love that she saw helped to open the doors of her heart The barriers came down and she embraced Christ and committed herself to follow him She told us about how she

    Original URL path: http://www.mbmission.org/witness/spring-2015/disappearing-zeros (2016-02-16)
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  • facebook, cafes and bibles in the middle east | MB Mission
    two brothers prayed understanding the risks involved They had to ask the questions Is this man a true seeker Is he a member of the secret police Is he some sort of fanatic Despite the risks the two brothers felt at peace about arranging a meeting with the man They asked him to meet them at a certain café in the city where he was to ask for someone named S The two brothers went to the café and waited A little while later a man entered and made his way from table to table greeting every man in the café and asking for S The brothers sat quietly and watched Finally the man came to their table pulled up a chair and sat down directly in front of them Are you S he asked intently The two brothers listened as the man told them about how he had been seeking after Jesus and searching for a copy of the Bible When he had contacted their facebook page he had asked sincerely for a Bible but in the meantime God had miraculously provided him with one from an unlikely source On a random visit to a friend s house he

    Original URL path: http://www.mbmission.org/witness/spring-2015/acebook-cafes-and-bibles-in-the-middle-east (2016-02-16)
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  • Who Will Go? | MB Mission
    several others from the New Hope Church Roman has been making regular trips into the war zone to bring supplies to refugees soldiers and anyone else in need Today we bought about 600 kilos of food Roman reported recently As we plan these trips God provides the resources to buy the supplies Tomorrow we will load the van and drive about four hours east into the war zone We risk our lives every time we go Roman vividly describes what it feels like to be close to the gunfire and the bombing At first you just feel sick like you need to vomit It s the sound the vibrations the smell it makes you feel nauseous Any soldier can tell you what that feels like It s horrible When asked why they take the risk Roman simply responds We are compelled to do this We are commanded by Jesus to love our neighbors Right now in our country these are our neighbors As he reflected further Roman quoted directly from Ecclesiastes 7 2 It is better to enter a house of mourning than a house of feasting for death is the destiny of everyone the living should take this to heart The war has forced many in Ukraine to take this to heart While some may still believe that the war will solve their problems many are becoming disillusioned after seeing more and more senseless destruction and loss of life They re going to the front lines said Roman not to fight but to serve War makes people desperate Roman says He talks about how aggressive some of the people are in the war zone how they fight over the food But he also says that he has never seen such spiritual hunger in his country Every time we give food we give the Gospel The people are open We mostly give Christian literature and tracts but we also give New Testaments or Gospels And people are reading them Another way that church leaders in Ukraine have responded to the war is to volunteer with the military as chaplains They feel God s call to walk alongside the soldiers Although there is no official position for them the military is eager to accept them in this role They re going to the front lines said Roman not to fight but to serve Roman told the story of one chaplain that his team met in the village of Peski near Donetsk where the fighting has been most fierce When they first saw him he was surrounded by soldiers who were begging him to pray for them We ve never seen that before in Ukraine said Roman Those soldiers are desperate for God Two days later that chaplain was killed in the fighting He gave his life for the opportunity to share the Gospel with the soldiers Roman says clearly impressed by the man s courage He will be missed but there are others who are willing to go Another important aspect

    Original URL path: http://www.mbmission.org/witness/spring-2015/who-will-go (2016-02-16)
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    Original URL path: http://www.mbmission.org/witness/spring-2015/filler1 (2016-02-16)
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  • No Bible | MB Mission
    a sweet old lady who didn t talk much so we were quite lonely and idle for much of the time I really missed my Bible I knew that there were people all over the world that had never read a Bible I grew up with Bibles everywhere and I took that for granted I have always had a Bible in my own native language Even the fact that I could read was a privilege that I knew was not available to everyone One morning in the village as I looked out into the mountains I realized that God was helping me to identify with people who didn t have the Scriptures I was struck by the need for translators for people who would go and live among the people to learn their language and begin translating the Scriptures Here I was having a really hard time in Mexico without my Bible for two weeks But I knew that there were people all over the world that had never read a Bible In some places they didn t even have Bibles available in their own language and in other places Bibles weren t allowed My heart hurt for those people

    Original URL path: http://www.mbmission.org/witness/spring-2015/no-bible (2016-02-16)
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  • April's Journey | MB Mission
    it was where God wanted me to be I was completely unprepared for the news I was about to receive With my sudden return to B C I had little time to process the loss of my job I was dealing with a different kind of loss Yet I could still hear my mother s voice reminding me of the verse that she had written out for me as a child Being confident of this very thing that he who has begun a good work in you will carry it until completion until the day of Christ Jesus Philippians 1 6 God wasn t finished with me My story was not yet complete A year later I sat across the table from a couple that was serving in Europe Through a series of events God had opened my heart to the idea of long term mission overseas As the couple shared about their ministry my jaw began to drop Their team was engaged in serving immigrants and they invited me to join them They spoke about the possibility of me being involved in three areas English lessons outings around the city and conversation clubs When God calls he equips He

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