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  • Stories | News | Page 11 | MB Mission
    is Just another man standing in front of one of the countless grocery stores and the innumerable kiosks and Döner shops Just part of the scenery receding into the façade of Berlin Just another face another life that we pass by each day And yet one wonders what s going on behind that face What kind of life is that of just standing there all day alcohol in hand What choices were made what circumstances pushed this man to just stand drink and sell smuggled cigarettes One wonders I wonder Read more Loving Berlin An Inconvenient Opportunity A trip to the furniture shop in Zaporozhye Ukraine resulted in more than just two new chairs two complete strangers have become fast friends with John and Evelyn Wiens and are one step closer to knowing Jesus Read more An Inconvenient Opportunity Preparing the Way The Winter TREK team to Ukraine has taken the initiative to clean up and repair a playground in Zaporozhye Read more Preparing the Way Good Question For several months Laurence Hiebert a missionary serving with MB Mission in Toyota City Japan has been attending a local clinic for neck and back treatments While receiving a treatment just weeks before Christmas Laurence s doctor asked him if he had any plans for the upcoming Christmas season Laurence was stunned that he asked about this Christian holiday This man had never been to church in his life In a country of over 125 million people less than 1 of the population professes faith in Christ Dominant religions in Japan are Buddhism and Shinto Read more Good Question Always Pray Imagine that you have gone through life without hearing or understanding the gospel As an adult you begin attending church where you learn about Jesus As you grow in the knowledge

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  • Miraculous Transformation | MB Mission
    body over the past year A year before MBMSI missionaries Ricky Karen Sanchez had come home from summer holidays with their family to a desperate phone call from P Ganiga P Ganiga is one of the women who cares for the children at the Abundant Life Home an orphanage for HIV positive orphans in Thailand Golf had been found sitting outside the gate of the Abundant Life Home He had run away from an abusive living situation and he was beaten bleeding and severely dehydrated Golf was welcomed into the orphanage and they tested his blood immediately Although he was born HIV positive Golf had never taken any medication When his blood tests came back a few weeks later the doctor called them in and told them that he was surprised that Golf was still alive and functioning He was battling full blown AIDS Golf s skin was so disfigured that he couldn t be enrolled in school or go out to many public places But just a year later Golf has been transformed by God A sick and broken boy has now grown into a loved happy and healthy young man With medication good nutrition a mother s love and the love of the Father Golf s life has been radically changed forever He is now part of a family at the Abundant Life Home and has also been baptized Golf s recent blood test shocked his doctor and he exclaimed This boy must have met with a miracle Praise God that Golf is healthy and alive today Pray that he will experience complete physical healing from HIV AIDS Pray that all the glory will be given to God for the incredible transformation that has happened in Golf s life Surely He took up our infirmities and carried our

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  • Struck Down but not Destroyed | MB Mission
    photos The images from that experience will stay in my mind forever Wendy reflects It was depressing even devastating Yet we saw hope among the ruins They group arrived after driving for 10 hours There was no time to rest They immediately went to work at the Japan International Food for the Hungry distribution centre in Sendai Sorting through unending boxes of donated items they began creating order from chaos Shell shocked families came in to pick out some clothes and household supplies Driving through Ishinomaki the women were speechless The roads were vacant One elderly Japanese woman stood still overwhelmed by the rubble photo Wendy was impacted by the scene As we drove we prayed out loud that God would comfort the people here in the north In Ojika Penninsula only 2 houses remain out of 65 There is nothing left photo except a small school up the hill that was high enough to escape the tsunami 62 people currently live in that school The second day Wendy and her friends joined 100 other volunteers mostly Christian in a massive city wide clean up effort photo Mr Takahashi s grass lawn was covered by beach sand The women worked hard raking loosening and hoeing the sand Later they swept it bent over a short broom After several hours of tough labor the owner was thrilled to be able to see his grass again photo We were encouraged to see a rainbow forming in the sky behind us remembers Wendy God was watching over us Of the homes left standing most are unlivable In Mr Matsumoto s home the water rose to the second level Floorboards needed to be removed and lime spread in the basement Walls were covered in filthy layers of mud seaweed and sand Even the bathroom

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  • Answered Prayer | MB Mission
    even though he had no identification or work permit Niw had only a few coins in his pocket enough to call a pay phone near his mom s factory When a friend answered the phone he was elated Tell my mom I m coming home Niw s uncle picked him up As they were walking home other police officers tried to arrest Niw again He and his uncle ran as fast as they could narrowly escaping the police One week later Niw his mom and his uncle came to church and told the incredible story of God s miraculous answer to prayer Laa boldly declared in front of everyone I believe in Jesus Christ Our team of missionaries and Burmese believers opened the Scripture shared the Gospel and had the joy of leading the whole family to the Lord Our vision continues to be holistic church planting that transforms communities among the least reached Serious investments of time training finances and prayer are needed to minister to the least the last and the lost When I hear how Laa s family came to Christ I am reminded of the conversion story of Cornelius household in Acts 10 While Peter was sharing the Gospel with them the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message v 44 This Easter we remember that Christ s death and resurrection are what pave the way for us to live together as a community of believers We are all equal at the foot of the cross and with Peter we agree that God does not show favoritism but accepts from every nation the one who fears Him and does what is right Acts 10 34 35 We are living at a time in history when many families communities and nations who have previously been

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  • Devastation meets Hope in Japan | MB Mission
    living in this region Yukari and her daughter must risk moving there so that she can attend a specific junior high school which will open doors for her future education In is a time of insecurity and upheaval thousands of people are taking desperate measures to protect their families Some are moving to new towns others are being transferred by their companies It is common for people to bring containers of water with them wherever they go many areas still lack access to clean drinking water Some students in our ESL classes have family members living in the areas affected by the triple disaster earthquake tsunami radiation scare and are at risk of radiation poisoning Because of the close relationships we have established with our students we have had the opportunity to share during our chapel times We share of the hope and healing we can find in Christ We express the urgency of knowing Jesus right now Our students have openly received words of Scripture The first week after the earthquake tsunami many students cried during class unable to bear the horrific tragedy and devastation caused by this natural disaster Our team listens helping to ease their pain by reminding them that God is faithful even during extremely difficult times Many of our students though still unbelievers join us fervently in prayer for those they love Our MB Mission workers on the frontlines thank you so much for your prayers and support of the people of Japan Pray that we might be a source of hope love and encouragement as we present the healing comfort of Christ during a tragic and difficult time Wendy Eros ESL Missionary in Nagoya Japan In addition to your prayers donations can be made through the following agencies Mennonite Central Committee MCC Though they

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  • Reaching the Least | MB Mission
    our large family of churches Why are we connected For over 100 years we have been living on mission sharing and living the gospel where people have not yet heard We have planted churches in places like Burnaby Bangalore and Bogota We have sent our best to express the values of the Kingdom and to plant communities of faith that bring transformation to lives families and communities Together we can pray about and respond to challenging mission locations and goals because our collective resources of people prayer and finances are greater than any one church or community acting alone The least the last and the lost are the focus of our leader Jesus and we live to follow Him Mission is core to our MB DNA Our local regional and global church planting work together defines us as a family of churches Businessmen teachers doctors pastors and farmers are getting on board and serving giving and going both short term and long term to contribute to this vision It has never been more essential to invest in this vision to reach our world with the gospel of Jesus Christ We are a family on a mission with eternity at stake As we begin 2011 let us commit ourselves to make a contribution to this mission vision in whatever way we can What I mean brothers is that the time is short From now on those who use the things of the world as if not engrossed by them For this world in its present form is passing away 1 Cor 7 29 31 You might notice a slight change in our name and branding in the coming months After extensive consultation with our constituency we are updating our name to MB Mission We pray that this clarity and simplicity contributes

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  • True Security | MB Mission
    it anymore What Sanai did was quite a remarkable act of surrender and trust Thai Buddhists wear amulets as a symbol of protection against the spirits By forfeiting her charm Sanai was letting go of her security and declaring trust in Jesus Christ as a power stronger than any other power on earth Sanai insisted that the amulet couldn t go in the garbage she didn t want somebody else to find it and worship it the way she had After repenting of her sin and inviting Jesus into her heart the pastor prayed a prayer of deliverance over Sanai to release her from bondage to idols in her life God was faithful Sanai returned to her village in the north to help take care of her daughter who had just given birth When she arrived back in the jungle and opened the doors to her home she was greeted with a house full of idols Buddhas of silver and gold God protected her from evil Immediately she thought I don t need these idols anymore She gathered up all of her idols and began distributing them to her neighbours Naturally they were curious wondering why she didn t need them anymore Sanai declared the truth with sincerity she had Jesus and He was the ultimate protector Soon her entire village heard about her faith in Christ and praise the Lord three of her friends were anxious to make the same decision God took Sanai a brand new Christian and he used her as a powerful witness to share her faith with other Buddhists Hardly sure of how to lead her friends into the Kingdom Sanai phoned her niece in Phuket and said I don t know what to do My friends want to become Christians too but I don

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  • I Want To See Jesus | MB Mission
    Wave MB Mission s church planting follow up to the tsunami disaster relief is a place where Thai children come to learn bible stories and sing songs about Jesus in their own language One day at the end of Kids Club Amanda Griffioen suggested that instead of praying for the children they teach the children how to pray They told the kids that everyone can talk to God because he s here with us and he can hear us when we pray They began the prayer session by thanking God for different things All of the children started praying together and the volume just kept rising Kids were thanking God for trees for their mom their dad and all kinds of things Next they moved on to praying for anyone who was sick These children none of whom are Christians yet all lifted their voices up to God and started praying for sick friends and family members After Kids Club everyone went home but the very next morning two little girls showed up at Rob and Judy Griffioen s gate Both of them were crying One little girl Sai was sobbing uncontrollably Judy asked what was wrong and Sai s friend replied Yesterday we were all talking to Jesus and since then we ve been trying to find him again and we can t We just want to see him Sai spoke up and told Judy I just want to see Jesus Judy talked with the girls and prayed that God would embrace them and that they would feel his presence Praise the Lord that the children in Kids Club on are such an incredible journey towards knowing Christ They are going through a process of discovering that he is a personal God Pray that these children would grow up

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