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  • The Story of Martires | MB Mission
    a doctor and a missionary so he could help people in need When he was sixteen years old Martires was given permission by his father to attend high school on the weekends as long as he did all of his work on the farm during the week Grateful and motivated he worked hard and completed high school with very good marks Soon after Martires found a job with the Miraflores church as a cleaner and security guard The Funks were attending the church and got to know Martires They discovered that he had a deep desire to grow and know God more Otto spent time with Martires almost every day mentoring him They talked about faith and what it meant to live for Jesus on a daily basis At the same time Martires was also studying to be a lab technician and eventually graduated from the program with the highest grades in his class One day Otto asked Martires What is the biggest dream you have for your life Martires was reluctant to answer but eventually he opened his heart to Otto and told him about his dream of becoming a missionary and a doctor and being able to help people living in poverty Otto affirmed Martires desire to serve God in this way and together they committed it to prayer placing his dream in God s hands A few months later Otto and Lidia received a visit from a friend of theirs who was a pastor and a businessman Their friend asked Otto about Martires noting that he saw a lot of potential in him for God s kingdom Otto spoke confidently about Martires and their friend decided that he wanted to provide Martires with the opportunity to go to university to become a doctor Martires is currently enrolled

    Original URL path: http://www.mbmission.org/news/stories/martires-story (2016-02-16)
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  • Deysi’s Story | MB Mission
    and improving her community Deysi is from the Aguaruna people in the rainforest of Peru This tribe lives in a small community of 350 people on the border of the Maranion River Their community is very secluded and survives without access to electricity internet hospitals or police There is only one telephone in their village Due to various factors including inadequate health care there is a high rate of fatality for newborn babies The closest hospital is a two hour journey down the river When the river is high there is no way to get medical care Deysi realized this was a key issue in her community and started dreaming about becoming an obstetrician so she could impact this aspect of community life Despite the fact that very few people from the Aguaruna have ever been formally educated God made a way for Deysi to pursue her calling to help women in her community have healthy babies Deysi s father a leader in the local church knew the MB Mission workers in Piura Otto and Lidia Funk He asked them to pray that God would provide a way for his daughter Deysi to attend university He knew that he didn t have the financial means to pay for her education nor did he know anyone who could host her while she studied After praying Otto and Lidia felt that God was leading them to take Deysi into their home so she could go to university She has been living with them for some time now and pursuing her studies with passion and diligence Her dream of serving her community as an obstetrician is still alive She is also learning other valuable life skills while living with the Funks including serving in the church by teaching children about Jesus Deysi regularly

    Original URL path: http://www.mbmission.org/news/stories/deysi-story (2016-02-16)
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  • From Frustration to Repentance | MB Mission
    cross cultural setting Recently I had one of the hardest days of my time teaching ESL in Japan Nothing seemed to be working and everything seemed to end up in miscommunication and frustration Some of the kids I was teaching I felt were being very disrespectful I became so frustrated at one point that I told them if they didn t want to learn we should just quit I was ready to give up I couldn t understand what was going on and why my students were treating me like that I thought I was working so hard to make the lessons fun and exciting but it seemed to be back firing In the evening after my classes I went to meet with Pastor Tanaka I voiced my concerns and explained my frustrations We talked about how I could maybe adjust my lessons to make them more accessible for the students But then he turned the conversation toward relationships in the church and the need for servant leaders who simply follow the example of Jesus I felt like slapping my head I had forgotten that I had not been a servant leader I had to ask God for forgiveness I had been so focused on teaching English that I neglected my relationships and my call to servanthood When I left that appointment with Pastor Tanaka I was asking myself different questions about teaching I was asking how I could serve my students and how I could really show them God s love I was reminded that teaching ESL was a ministry of the church and not just a way for people to learn English I was there to build relationships with the students and reach out to them From that point I had to re think my approach to teaching

    Original URL path: http://www.mbmission.org/news/stories/from-frustration-to-repentance (2016-02-16)
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  • New Clothes for Graduation | MB Mission
    a dress John asked Katya When she answered immediately No Papa I don t John began to think of a way to help Katya and her friends celebrate an important graduation Along with his wife Evelyn John Wiens has been serving for the past several years in Ukraine One of their roles is caring for orphan girls They are always looking for ways to show these young ladies the heart of a loving Father who is eager to adopt us into his family John purchased a dress and shoes for Katya whose real father is in prison and whose family is gone Then one by one the other girls came to John and Evelyn with a simple request Please help us celebrate our Grade Nine Graduation The Wiens ended up providing six new outfits in all and six pairs of new shoes in an effort to convey that God loves orphans and that his people are committed to celebrating life with those who have been neglected and forgotten For John and Evelyn buying new clothes for these orphan girls is one of the privileges and responsibilities that come along with being viewed as adoptive parents It is the Gospel that

    Original URL path: http://www.mbmission.org/news/stories/new-clothes-for-graduation (2016-02-16)
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  • A Party for Gope | MB Mission
    for these precious people to feel valued accepted The trouble is they are so accustomed to being marginalized that they are often very difficult to get close to Gope is a different story She is only about three and a half feet tall Her physical disabilities have prevented her from ever attending school and the only employment she has ever known is begging When I started to interact with her she quickly received me as a friend We exchanged phone numbers We shared lunch together went out together She opened her heart to me and in the course of time we shared the gospel with Gope It was all so strange so new to her but she began to listen and to watch In July Gope turned forty five It was a perfect opportunity to celebrate her life We gathered a dozen people together for a party a meal some cake and a simple gift We thanked God for Gope s life and for her friendship And we sensed that God was present celebrating with us A week later when my husband Greg and another church member were at her house doing some repairs Gope responded to an invitation to

    Original URL path: http://www.mbmission.org/news/stories/a-party-for-gope (2016-02-16)
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  • A New Home for Ramya and Sethu | MB Mission
    Bethania Home for Children in South India but we put our hope in God who is a father to the fatherless Psalm 68 5 Ramya and her brother Sethu have lived at Bethania for two years now They came from a small village nearby where their parents were laborers and doing their best to raise and educate their three children However one day the father suddenly became ill his health deteriorated quickly and he died The mother was overwhelmed from the loss and afraid to face her future as a widow While Ramya and Sethu were away at school the mother gave poison to the youngest child and then took poison herself Within hours relatives found the mother and child unconscious and took them directly to the local hospital But doctors were not able to save them The young child died first and then the mother after a few days Ramya the oldest was allowed to see her mother s body but Sethu wasn t To this day not only does Sethu mourn the loss of both parents and a brother he is sad that he was never able to say goodbye After the funeral relatives decided that Ramya and Sethu s maternal grandmother would be their guardian but she was not fully able to care for them Shortly thereafter we came to know about Ramya and Sethu and invited them to come and live at Bethania Their Father in heaven had not forgotten them Today Ramya and Sethu visit their grandmother during their school vacations At Bethania we assure them that we will take care of their education and their other needs But most of all we promise to provide them with a home where they will experience the love of God Please continue to pray for the ministry

    Original URL path: http://www.mbmission.org/news/stories/a-new-home-for-ramya-and-sethu (2016-02-16)
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  • He Sees Each One | MB Mission
    know when I sit and when I rise you perceive my thoughts from afar You discern my going out and my lying down you are familiar with all my ways God loves every single person on this earth and he has a unique plan for every one of us This summer while on an ACTION team in the Philippines three of us went to a prayer meeting in Bulukbuk which was being hosted by a lady named Ate Older Sister Cora She led us to her home in the jungle not another house in sight The atmosphere was peaceful At the meeting another lady named Ate Evelyn shared about thankfulness and asked each one of us to share what we were thankful to God for Ate Cora told us how thankful she was that the ACTION team had come to the Philippines She had been praying for work opportunities for months before we were sent When we arrived here Ate Evelyn had to hire ladies to cook us meals and to clean her house because during the week she works in Manila and it just so happens that Ate Cora was one of those ladies hence providing her with work Another lady named Ate Riza was next to share and again she expressed her gratitude to God for sending our team The front yard of her house was overtaken by a landslide caused by the rain and she had absolutely no idea what she was going to do about it The day after the landslide our team decided to pay Ate Riza a visit and the boys ended up shoveling out her yard removing the big pile of dirt that almost entrapped her house Tears streaked her face as she expressed her thankfulness God has a plan for each one

    Original URL path: http://www.mbmission.org/news/stories/he-sees-each-one (2016-02-16)
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  • Faith Despite Opposition | MB Mission
    her baptism Jasmine found support at Bethel MB Church s youth group Rachel right and Jasmine became fast friends at Bethel MB Church I was impressed that Jasmine only 16 years old came to church every Sunday on her own Jasmine s father passed away and she lives with her mother and older sister She was baptized in February Although her Thai Buddhist family harassed her for her faith and refused to attend her baptism Jasmine found support at Bethel MB Church s youth group One night Jasmine s mother had a dream about Jesus She called Bethel s Pastor Naat to tell her about the dream and asked if our TREK team would come to share the Gospel with all of her friends neighbors and relatives We were excited Not only was this a chance to share the Gospel with many people but we hoped this indicated a softening of her mother s heart When our team arrived Jasmine s mom was the one carrying around the information about the Gospel making sure each person got one As we told the story of Christ repeatedly we kept praying for Jasmine s mom Unfortunately her heart did not soften Instead she became angry and forbid her daughter from returning to church It seemed like such a drastic setback I felt so sad imagining Jasmine s isolation In that moment the concept of persecution hit home Continuing in her faith would mean a lot of sacrifice and difficulty in her family Despite the heartbreak Jasmine is growing stronger in her faith A few weeks after her mother s outburst Jasmine visited us briefly at the church Persecution is drawing her closer to Jesus Her mother found her Bible and threw it away but our youth downloaded it onto her phone Now

    Original URL path: http://www.mbmission.org/news/stories/faith-despite-opposition (2016-02-16)
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