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  • Healing Scars | MB Mission
    kids and teens at an orphanage in Volnyansk Ukraine I was drawn to Karina At first she was hesitant She wanted our love but was afraid of being hurt She had a hard time believing we could love her Eventually she softened towards us When we d arrive she was the first to greet and hug us One day Karina pulled up her sleeves and revealed that she had been cutting herself Her boyfriend had broken up with her the day before Feeling hurt and rejected cutting was a way of tangibly expressing her pain Outcast and ostracized among the other teen girls I knew she was alone I decided to walk with her to the store to buy her a pop and chocolate bar a very rare treat for her With the only Russian words I knew I said I love you and Jesus loves you I repeated these words over and over Walking home she asked me if I liked the look of her cut arms I replied When I see you hurt yourself it makes me cry Overwhelmed with emotion Karina walked away She needed space to think When I saw Karina at the last bell services her arm scars were starting to heal She said she didn t want to hurt herself anymore apologized and hugged me She seemed happier I gave her a printed photo of the two of us and she gave me her school photo When we were leaving she clung to my neck We both cried I may never see Karina again I am entrusting her to God s hands But when I share back home in Fairview OK about the orphans we met I advocate for their future one filled with Christ s love and grace Tears still well up in

    Original URL path: http://www.mbmission.org/news/stories/healing-scars (2016-02-16)
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  • The Crippled Will Walk | MB Mission
    were twisted in opposing directions She sat patiently on the sidelines while the others ran ate sang and played games Our hearts broke for her The Philippines TREK team with Irene centre God is faithful To our surprise the crutches were less than half the cost we d been quoted Our TREK team first noticed Irene sitting on a bench at a youth day we hosted She had a flip flop tied to each of her severely deformed clubbed feet One of her hands only had one finger She moved slowly and painfully with the help of her niece Both feet were twisted in opposing directions She sat patiently on the sidelines while the others ran ate sang and played games Our hearts broke for her Irene is 27 years old and a part of the ALS Alternative Learning System run by our ministry hosts here in the Philippines This course is offered to those who have not graduated from high school but would like to It is comparable to the GED in North America We began to search online for a better method to help Irene s mobility We soon discovered forearm crutches designed to help balance weight distribution on a person s limbs These would be perfect for Irene as they would decrease the pressure on her feet We doubted we could buy them because they were very expensive and ministry budgets only go so far We prayed as a team and felt God asking us to help Irene who could not afford medical care Yet it seemed there were no affordable options But God is faithful We agreed to buy the costly crutches and take the hit in our budget To our surprise at the cash register the crutches were less than half the cost we d

    Original URL path: http://www.mbmission.org/news/stories/the-crippled-will-walk (2016-02-16)
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  • Christ Without Cultural Trappings | MB Mission
    Recently I was in Tlaxiaco teaching a one week seminar for church planters working among Indigenous people in southern Mexico My job was to help them rethink the message they take in actions and words to Indigenous people We focused on three questions What does it mean to communicate the Good News to Indian people in southern Mexico Can we leave behind our own cultural norms so that they can respond to Christ without having to adopt our cultural practices Can we commission their leaders to baptize their people serve the Lord s Supper and reproduce their own congregations Tina one of seven missionary trainees is Mixtec Her family moved to Baja California to work the fields as harvesters when she was young so she never learned to speak her native tongue Her next door neighbor a missionary to this diaspora of Indigenous people brought her to Christ and discipled her right into missions On a short term trip to Morocco Tina heard God s distinct call back to her own people in southern Mexico She has already been reaching out to her mother who is gradually leaving behind her fear of evil spirits learning to call on God for protection and guidance Tina s mother has stopped setting up an altar for the dead on the Day of the Dead and no longer ties red ribbons around the limbs of her new plants and newly hatched chickens to ward off the spirits Instead she is trusting Christ Tina knows that teaching her people to trust in Christ will be a long hard road I am thrilled to be a part of Tina s journey helping her think about how the Mixtecos can come to Christ not as Latinos but as Mixtecos Very few Mixtecos ever hear the message of

    Original URL path: http://www.mbmission.org/news/stories/christ-without-cultural-trappings (2016-02-16)
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  • The Power of Protection | MB Mission
    around us knows where the five Canadians are staying They take note when we come and go They know where we buy our food They know all of our routines It is very uncommon to see other Caucasian people in this area unless they are driving in their private or company vehicles driving in and out of secured locations and gated houses We live like the locals do walking the streets taking public transport and shopping in the markets We are well known We have guards that tend our house but no electric or wired fence One night a friend from back home in Canada was prompted to wake up and pray for our team s safety She obeyed We did not know this at the time but that same night some men tried to jump over our wall and break in They were not successful but our guards were slightly scraped up and more than a bit shaken About one week later we found out about our friend s prayers from that night I praise God for His faithful people and His protection Please keep our guards in your prayers as they keep watch over our house Pray also

    Original URL path: http://www.mbmission.org/news/stories/the-power-of-protection (2016-02-16)
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  • Thai Take-Out | MB Mission
    to go from a nearby vendor When you ve only been learning Thai for a few weeks ordering food successfully is a major challenge This particular morning was a flop The vendor called others over one by one to see if anyone could understand me Eventually I d met all the vendors at the train station Knot who is very patient with new Thai speakers and his wife Goi who speaks English helped me get my food to go That began our friendship and they became friends with all six members of our TREK team A few weeks later Knot and Goi invited our team on a tiao trip for pleasure to a waterfall in a nearby province During the trip it dawned on me we were truly friends We had moved here to Chachoengsao and we would have lots of time to build these relationships Soon after Goi agreed to teach us Thai One of the first things we learned to say was I would like to invite you to our baking class on Thursday night Can you come And Goi did come The second night she came we decorated cookies in preparation for Valentine s Day Our pastor s wife shared the Gospel and the true meaning of love By the end of the night Goi and two other women accepted Christ as their Saviour It was very special for our team when Goi came to church with us the next Sunday Goi now teaches us Bible verses in Thai at our language classes and we study the Bible together at baking classes while the treats are in the oven What a powerful witness she is to her husband Pray that she will continue to grow in faith and that Knot will come to know Him too It

    Original URL path: http://www.mbmission.org/news/stories/thai-take-out (2016-02-16)
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  • Discovering My Mission Field | MB Mission
    names They did everything they could to make us feel like we were family pouring out their love into our team This pouring into changed me deeply Although I had come with the intent to serve the people of Brazil they served me As instruments of Christ s love they broke through all language and cultural barriers between us Their hospitality showed me the impact I could have in my own home community if I shared Christ s love like they did with me God showed me that my mission is to share the same love I experienced in Brazil back home Before my plane landed in Kansas I knew what God wanted me to do I returned to my home churchat Zoar MB and began volunteering in the youth group There were teen girls who needed to feel loved and invested in There was a passion growing in my heart to open my home to guests The Brazilian believers never hesitated to extend a loving hand and I saw the effect such hospitality could have on the people in my fast paced world As I continue to develop these passions in my life I m thankful for the love

    Original URL path: http://www.mbmission.org/news/stories/discovering-my-mission-field (2016-02-16)
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  • Thai Sky | MB Mission
    sins disappear with the release of their 50 Baht 1 lanterns White paper lanterns burst with firelight as they float Bang Saen s darkening sky Loi Krathong Festival has begun The ocean tide washes over our feet as we watch the festival lights illuminate the faces of those who believe their sins disappear with the release of their 50 Baht 1 lanterns You can buy a lantern right here on the beach and light the fuse on the bottom of the cylindrical contraption Pumping it up and down helps fill the lantern with air enabling it to take flight The display is breathtaking I can barely take my eyes off the sky all night I am tempted to send one up but because of its religious significance decide against it Matthew 5 14 16 comes to mind as I watch the dark sky become lighter You are the light of the world A city set on a hill cannot be hidden Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket but on a stand and it gives light to all in the house In the same way let your light shine before others so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven Since arriving in Thailand I ve felt an urgency to tell everyone about Jesus love Can t we let everyone in on this message of eternal freedom Paper lanterns make for extraordinary photographs but they don t come close to the greatness of my Saviour In a world that can be overwhelmingly evil God calls us to shine brightly dispelling any ugliness darkness can create Our lights cannot be hidden or extinguished We shine for the glory of God Pray that the church in Thailand shines

    Original URL path: http://www.mbmission.org/news/stories/thai-sky (2016-02-16)
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  • Bridging the Culture Gap | MB Mission
    walls large gaps in the ceiling and wooden benches This was definitely not a North American church It was my evening to preach I was handed a large badge that said Pastor and given a special seat on the stage Church was to start at 5 00pm but in Congolese culture that really means 7pm We were expecting 300 people yet only seven youth sat in the benches The band started rocking and within minutes more people streamed in Dance is an integral part of Congolese culture and everyone let loose during worship The testimonies were heartfelt The service continued for hours These believers loved God and their worship was one of the most moving and inspiring experiences of my life After the service our Congolese friends asked us questions about life in Canada about our youth and the biggest struggles we face as believers I explained that many believe that because their physical needs are met they don t need God I am convinced we need to encourage our youth not to view belongings as a replacement for God Belongings are temporal Only God s saving love is eternal As we shared with each other about both cultures we agreed that the opportunity to do God s work is limitless in North America and DR Congo I cherish the memory of that evening I received more than I was able to give through the beauty of our new friends love for God Pray for the pastors of our partner churches in DR Congo Ask the Lord to protect His children and young adults from temptation in a city ridden with crime and poverty Pray for MB workers like Delphin Pierre and Muller who minister to orphans and women in this war torn country Pray too for the youth you

    Original URL path: http://www.mbmission.org/news/stories/bridging-the-culture-gap (2016-02-16)
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