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  • Sister Smith | MB Mission
    surprised when he brought in an elderly and frail lady to one of the seats introduced her as Sister Smith and then invited us to have a seat on either side of her Sister Smith was ninety years old and had a voice as frail as her body But we leaned in close to hear her amazing story She told us about how she and her husband had established this church in the 40s along with the help of missionaries But then there was a revolution in the country the church was closed and this couple felt the loss of so much they had poured their lives into They kept the Christian family together in secret home gatherings always conscious of the public security police outside but it was hard keeping secrets in such a small town When the country experienced another revolution in the mid 60s the new government began to storm homes and deal ruthlessly with anything that was construed as anti government especially church leaders Sister Smith and her husband were separated and sent to different internment camps for re education and they never saw each other again Her husband died from the torture he received Sister Smith spent twenty years in a work camp a prison like existence that was meant to re educate her For the entire time she was separated from her children family and friends As Sister Smith told us her story of intense suffering and loss I couldn t help but notice a joyful gleam in her eyes Every thirty seconds or so she would raise her voice as loudly as possible and say Thank you heavenly Father Through suffering loss and the death of her husband she never stopped believing that her life was in God s hands In the early

    Original URL path: http://www.mbmission.org/news/stories/sister-smith (2016-02-16)
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  • Young Church Leader is Martyred | MB Mission
    had been so excited about what God was doing through that person s life Recently one of our great young church leaders was murdered His name was Timothy and he was only twenty four years old He was a very bright light among our people and many expected him to have a big impact on our community Timothy was known as someone who loved God and loved his people Earlier this year he had graduated from the Evangelical Bible Institute in the capital I personally supported Timothy in his education and was thrilled about his future as a servant of God in his home province Timothy was shot on his way to visit a church in a neighboring village Timothy s family had been familiar with persecution for their faith Several years earlier his uncle and three other members of his family went missing Apparently the police had arrested all of them at night and taken them away from the village They were never seen again I would like to invite all of you brothers and sisters in Christ to pray for this family We are one in Christ and I would like to encourage all of us with this

    Original URL path: http://www.mbmission.org/news/stories/church-leader-martyred (2016-02-16)
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  • Out of Darkness into Light | MB Mission
    heaven who was more powerful than all the spirits saying Turn to Jesus and your child will be healed After PK prayed the child was immediately healed proving to Peter that the power of Jesus was greater than any spirit any sickness and greater than death itself Peter gave up his shamanism and surrendered his heart to Jesus His life was transformed and he began to share his testimony with others His fellow villagers were amazed at his story and began to put their trust in Jesus In one year alone Peter led over eight hundred people to faith in Jesus Peter s story inspires me and reminds me of what is most important in this life As I spent time with him and with others from his community in Southeast Asia we talked about the three things that endure faith hope and love Our lives can so easily become focused on other things even good things and yet we get distracted from what is most important Peter s story calls us back to simple devotion to Christ And there s more As Peter continued to preach the gospel the secret police began to follow him He was arrested on several occasions and put into prison Each time his family and fellow believers were required to provide for him during his imprisonment If they didn t bring him food he would go without With their help Peter survived imprisonment On one occasion the secret police decided to make an example of Peter After arresting him one of the local policemen beat him and smashed his face in with the butt of his rifle putting Peter into a coma Eventually fellow believers found him in the hospital They cared for their brother and prayed for him Again the church surrounded Peter

    Original URL path: http://www.mbmission.org/news/stories/out-of-darkness (2016-02-16)
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  • No Bitterness | MB Mission
    Needed Most Donate Now No Bitterness At our women s conference we had a wide variety of women attend many of whom had no church background One young woman was introduced to the story of Mennonites in Russia and stayed up until three in the morning reading Mennonite history The next day she asked me about my own family history in Ukraine I shared about the atrocities committed against my people during the 1917 revolution The young woman began to cry I told her about my grandfather and great grandfather who were murdered during that time With tears in her eyes she said After all you people have experienced in our country I can t believe that you still come back to help us I shared with this young woman that we are grateful for the opportunity to serve in Ukraine and because of Jesus we have no bitterness in our lives My husband s family also experienced tragedy John s oldest uncle on his father s side was executed in 1938 Although we were born in Canada we feel that it is a great privilege to in a sense give back to the country of our forefathers God s

    Original URL path: http://www.mbmission.org/news/stories/no-bitterness (2016-02-16)
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  • Our Sister | MB Mission
    high price for their faith One of them recently took the step of baptism and as she was coming out of the church building where she was baptized she was seen by a family friend who immediately called her brother This brother was outraged that his sister had become a Christian When she came home that day he physically assaulted her He tied her to a bed with ropes and for several hours beat her and abused her simply because she had chosen to put her faith in Christ It was only in the middle of the night that she finally escaped from her own house She went directly to the home of another Christian who gave her shelter Eventually she made her way to another city where she was given refuge in a church building Unfortunately her brother didn t give up He contacted the police tracked her down and brought her back to their family home At this point we don t know what will happen with this young woman How will her family treat her What will her future be Please pray for our sister Stories like this are common in North Africa Many young people are

    Original URL path: http://www.mbmission.org/news/stories/our-sister (2016-02-16)
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  • From Fear to Freedom | MB Mission
    in fear of being arrested and deported back to Burma I was in a meeting that afternoon when I got the call from one of our church elders Louise he said Tuchone has been arrested by the immigration police Get to the church right now As we made our way to the church we prayed for Tuchone He was one of our interns who had come to us two years earlier after fleeing from a fishing boat off the gulf of Thailand Forced to take drugs and work like a slave Tuchone had had enough Though it was a great risk to flee one day he jumped off the boat when it was docked in Angsila One of his friends who fled with him was shot but Tuchone got away Eventually he had found refuge with some Thai believers from the Bethel church They fed him and cared for him With the love of Christ made known to him in a very tangible way Tuchone put his faith in Jesus and his life began to change As a new disciple he surrendered the anger and bitterness of his past We watched as his face softened After Tuchone was baptized he entered a discipleship school and the transformation in his life continued While we were still on our way to the church Tuchone faced his captors Instead of arresting him the men demanded that he give them money Immediately Tuchone realized that these men were not the police but thugs looking for drug money When they realized that he had no money they left Still alone in the church Tuchone gave thanks to God for protecting him As he prayed he felt a strange urge from the Holy Spirit to go back to the street This was not a normal response

    Original URL path: http://www.mbmission.org/news/stories/fear-to-freedom (2016-02-16)
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  • Zahir's Story of Forgiveness | MB Mission
    woman however kept coming back buying pancakes and sharing with Zahir from the Bible After some time Zahir began to read the Bible for himself and to call on Jesus for help with his problems Miraculously each time he called out he received an answer Zahir decided to put his faith in Jesus Christ Eventually he told his mother and father about the joy and love he had found in knowing Jesus Christ He so badly wanted his parents to repent for their sins and receive eternal life like he did However Zahir s father became very angry when he learned that his son had become a Christian He beat him severely and then kicked him out of the house Zahir was in so much physical pain after the beating that he couldn t even put on his shoes So with only a pair of shoes in his hands he left home He was forbidden to come back With nowhere to go Zahir was taken in by fellow Christians at the Lighthouse Church and ended up in their discipleship school While in school God broke Zahir s heart with love and forgiveness for his family He also received a clear

    Original URL path: http://www.mbmission.org/news/stories/zahir-forgiveness (2016-02-16)
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  • Courage in the Desert | MB Mission
    not After the meal the fifty four year old man began to tell his story He said that he had been sick for one year seeking help from traditional healers and doctors but without any success Three months ago however he had a dream that gave him hope In the dream two men came to him from far away with a medicine that could heal his sickness He said to them When I saw you I thought you were the men from my dream After hearing his story the brothers told him that the medicine was Jesus They shared the Gospel with him and prayed for him in the name of Jesus Then they went to bed In the morning the man was overjoyed He had slept deeply for the first time in a year and his heart was at peace for the first time in his life His wife and four daughters witnessed the transformation and immediately surrendered their hearts to Jesus The men gave the family a Bible in their own language and committed them into the hands of God The brothers were so happy They had the opportunity to share the Gospel with some 200 people on their trip and they saw at least twenty respond in faith Yet they had run out of the necessary resources to get home so they put a call through to their brothers in Europe The team in Europe gathered their resources and quickly sent aid to their co workers giving thanks also for the exciting report For me this story beautifully illustrates not only the great courage of the brothers in the desert but also the great need for teamwork in the body of Christ We are not alone None of us work in isolation no matter where we are

    Original URL path: http://www.mbmission.org/news/stories/courage-in-the-desert (2016-02-16)
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