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  • New Shoes | MB Mission
    in the area After arriving in Peru and seeing the poverty in the churches Paul and his wife decided that they would perhaps give the shoes to a needy pastor The couple said to each other We aren t sure who God wants us to give them to but he will show us when the time is right As they visited church after church and met with various leaders Paul s wife kept saying No not yet Eventually they traveled north in the country to a very dry and desolate area near the city of Piura in a village called San Antonio The people there were very poor and survived on subsistence farming That is where the team met Pastor Saul and his family They lived in a very simple house with sand floors Immediately Paul thought about the shoes and his wife agreed that this was the time to give them away After visiting with the family in their home Paul pulled the shoes out of his bag and said to Pastor Saul If these shoe fit then I would like you to have them Pastor Saul looked shocked as he tried on the shoes When they fit perfectly he let out a deep cry from his heart and began to sob You had to be there to understand what I am saying said Paul but it made all of us who were there start to cry too Then Pastor Saul explained Just this morning when I was putting on my shoes I prayed My old shoes were worn out and had holes in the soles I tried to repair them with a piece of plastic so that my foot would stay inside of them Then I stopped and asked the Lord to provide me with another pair of

    Original URL path: http://www.mbmission.org/news/stories/shoes (2016-02-16)
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  • Big-Signature People | MB Mission
    who was definitely not a big signature person in the eyes of others She was very quiet and ran a small orphanage in Phuket next door to MB Mission s Life Center She was a humble woman with a big heart and a strong faith in Jesus She was also a prayer warrior and she took seriously the Biblical command to pray for kings and for all those in authority In fact Ba Welaba had been praying fervently for the Prime Minister of Thailand for some time She had also started writing letters to encourage her and let her know that she was praying for her One day Ba Welaba received a phone call It was the Prime Minister of Thailand asking her Who are you Ba Welaba took the time to explain to the Prime Minister why she had been praying for her The Prime Minister replied simply I want to meet you Ba Welaba granted the Prime Minister s request and went to meet with her She shared further about her faith and then had the unique opportunity to pray for the Prime Minister in person In Psalm 113 it says The Lord is exalted over all the nations his glory above the heavens Who is like the Lord our God the One who sits enthroned on high who stoops down to look on the heavens and the earth He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap he seats them with princes with the princes of his people He settles the childless woman in her home as a happy mother of children vs 4 9 Ba Welaba s story is an example to me of how God s ways are so different than the ways of the world God looks at

    Original URL path: http://www.mbmission.org/news/stories/big-signature-people (2016-02-16)
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  • Ramadan | MB Mission
    This year Ramadan will last from July 10th through August 9th The following are excerpts from the newsletters of three of our workers who live among Muslims Please remember to pray for these workers during this month and for the millions of Muslims worldwide who are fasting and praying The most important day of Ramadan is the Night of Power also known as the Night of Destiny It commemorates the occasion of when the Koran was revealed to the prophet Mohammed Consequently during this night Muslims plead for God s forgiveness mercy and salvation It is believed that their fate for the following year is determined during this night It is also believed that a person s past sins can be forgiven if the person prays through the entire night This year the Night of Power will fall during the last ten days of Ramada August 1 9 On a lighter note this is also a time when extensive effort is made by the lady of the house to prepare delicious specialties for her household SB Before Ramadan started we were told by some friends here that there would be a man with a loud drum who walks through the streets and even down the halls of apartment buildings to wake people up to have breakfast before sunrise Last night at 2 30am we heard him for the first time Our son has been sick so we were already awake with him Please pray for this drummer that he will discover the love of his heavenly Father and pray also for our son that he will be able to sleep through the drumming T R We are not sure what this month will look like for us as many shops and businesses will be shut down We are expecting it

    Original URL path: http://www.mbmission.org/news/stories/ramadan (2016-02-16)
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  • Love | MB Mission
    never gives up never loses faith is always hopeful and endures through every circumstance Then I thought about the people in my life that are the hardest to love Could I say that I loved those people like this I couldn t I pondered this for a few days as I interacted with people especially my team Living in close quarters with five other people and interacting with them all day every day can be hard I asked myself if I was always patient and kind and never demanded my own way Did I love my teammates in every circumstance In Thailand our team is learning to love and we re being inspired by our experiences and by the people that we get a chance to work with Last night I went with two co workers to Bang Sai where a church is being planted among Burmese people The Burmese live very communally with doors wide open We walked up and down the streets into houses talking to people and inviting them to come to church In one of the homes an elderly lady sat before a huge altar to her god She told us that she worked as a Tarot card reader We sat on the floor together in her home and shared the Gospel with her I was learning to love this lady She told us that she was sick so we prayed for her Afterward we went back to the church and had an evening of worship Some of the church leaders shared their testimonies They have stories of wholehearted devotion for God One of the men told us about the opportunity he had to inherit a farm but how he had turned down the offer because the cost was becoming a Buddhist monk He chose to

    Original URL path: http://www.mbmission.org/news/stories/where-is-home336 (2016-02-16)
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  • Where is Home? | MB Mission
    husband and I talked with our daughter about our home in Saskatchewan and our home in Central Asia But it reminded us of how confusing our lifestyle can be for our kids In the course of our conversations they hear about so many different cities and countries They know about the different places in Canada where our friends and family live and about the different places where we have visited and spent considerable time Our poor daughter must have had all sorts of place names swirling around in her head when the artist asked her that question There s a term for children who grow up outside of their parent s home culture They re called Third Culture Kids or TCK s It s important for parents to understand what their kids are going through as they move from one place to another The kids don t choose this lifestyle but it impacts their lives in a significant way As parents we want this experience to be as rich and positive as possible but we also need to be aware of the challenges We hope and pray that our children will learn the advantages of being flexible and being able to adapt easily to different settings They will probably have friends all over the world and a broader worldview Yet they will probably have to say more good byes than most children their age ever will They will probably not feel completely at home in their parent s culture nor will they ever lose the identity of foreigner in their host country They will have to figure out their identity amidst change and decide how to answer that nagging question about where home is Sometimes I m tempted to ask What am I doing to my kids But I remind

    Original URL path: http://www.mbmission.org/news/stories/where-is-home (2016-02-16)
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  • Jasmine and the Germans | MB Mission
    where they would be going on their service assignment nor did they know who would be on their team During the training phase as the leadership of TREK prayed and sought God for discernment regarding teams it was decided that Irene and Judy would both be on the team to Central Thailand When they arrived in Thailand they visited a small rural community where they met a young woman named Jasmin To their surprise Jasmin spoke German Her mother was Thai but her father was German The father had passed away but he had taught his daughter to speak German Jasmin used to be involved at the church in that community but unfortunately her mother a Buddhist had banned her from attending and forbid her to associate with Christians Fortunately when Judy and Irene arrived the mother made an exception and allowed her daughter to speak with the two new Germans in the community making it possible for the three young ladies to communicate freely and fluently in German and have complete privacy in their conversations The months that Judy and Irene have spent in Central Thailand have allowed them to invest heavily in Jasmin s life Through this situation

    Original URL path: http://www.mbmission.org/news/stories/jasmine-and-the-germans (2016-02-16)
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  • Wendy and Yuki | MB Mission
    Canada after serving for six years in Japan as a teacher of English as a Second Language ESL She made many friends during those years but Yuki is her closest As with most of Wendy s friends she met Yuki through the English class that she was teaching Yuki was a mother of two and a widow of sixteen years who was eager to learn English and make new friends After getting to know each other through the class the two friends began to spend more and more time together outside of class They enjoyed each other s company and began to share their hearts Eventually Wendy invited Yuki to church Yuki began attending and soon found herself playing the piano and organ for the worship services She struggled at times with where she fit in at church but her friendship with Wendy remained strong After some time Wendy challenged Yuki in her relationship with Jesus Yuki responded with reluctance saying I don t want to give up my freedom Yuki was from a Buddhist background and regularly went to shrines and the temple to offer prayers But when Wendy asked her about this Yuki said that it was nothing more than a religious ritual Eventually Yuki began to change She stopped praying at the shrines She started becoming more involved at church Then at Christmas in the privacy of her own heart Yuki surrendered her life and said Yes to Jesus It was only later that Wendy found out exactly what had been going on in her friend s heart but before long Yuki was talking about being baptized Four months after Yuki gave her heart to Jesus Wendy was able to witness her friend s baptism and hear her testimony The celebration happened only two weeks before Wendy

    Original URL path: http://www.mbmission.org/news/stories/wendy-yuki (2016-02-16)
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  • Spare’s Miraculous Healing | MB Mission
    dying in the hospital They asked us Could you go visit her Perhaps they hoped that we might help with some of her medical expenses God had other plans As we arrived at the hospital Pastor Isaiah turned to me and said I forgot my camera Feeling like this wasn t really an appropriate place for taking photos I said politely Why do you need your camera He replied confidently I want before and after shots for when God does a miracle When we entered Spare s hospital room it was crowded with sick people and relatives Spare was on a cot in the corner hooked up to intravenous We learned that she had already been in the hospital for two months and had received two operations to treat advanced liver cancer Now the cancer had spread throughout her body The doctor said there was no hope As we looked at Spare lying on the cot we were overwhelmed with sadness She could barely smile as we introduced ourselves and explained why we had come The room became very quiet as we shared the gospel As Pastor Isaiah bent down and whispered in her ear Spare told him Pastor I must tell you something When I was a little girl I went to church in Burma But after coming to Thailand I married a Buddhist man and turned my back on Jesus That was ten years ago Today I want to repent and put my faith in Christ again Pastor Isaiah prayed with Spare and explained that Jesus also had the power to heal quoting this Bible verse He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree so that we might die to sin and live for righteousness by his wounds you have been healed 1 Peter 2

    Original URL path: http://www.mbmission.org/news/stories/spares-story (2016-02-16)
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