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  • Vision for Mission | News | Page 18 | MB Mission
    in North Africa continues to grow as people respond to the media broadcasts and house group follow up strategy Our production team was recently given permission to use a state owned TV production area for taping The government leader for media was on the set every day and even sponsored a reception on the last day of taping for our crew Read more July 2009 June 2009 I was recently introduced to an adult education class of retirees for a presentation on mission strategy The class leader introduced me as the leader of MBMSI I could tell he felt relieved to have remembered the five letters in correct order He then began to spell out the acrostic as Mennonite Brethren Missions before his voice trailed off and he looked to me for assistance I laughed as I always do in this situation and finished the introduction with and Service International Read more June 2009 May 2009 I was recently with our media team in C iro and spent some time with a poor garbage collector I met in a cave church that had been featured on one of our satellite programs This garbage collector shared how Jesus had freed him from addictions and given him something to live for Read more May 2009 April 2009 In the Middle East there is a country of over 70 million people with only 3050 evangelical Believers one of the lowest percentages in the world There is a mosque for every 350 people the highest percentage in the world This is a young Church with many testifying to meeting Jesus through dreams and visions Read more April 2009 13 15 16 17 18 19 21 22 Page 18 of 25 English Français Listen to a recent sermon LIVING FREE Physical slavery is prevalent around

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  • Vision for Mission | News | Page 19 | MB Mission
    for Mission Vision for Mission is a newsletter from Randy Friesen General Director of MB Mission Randy highlights recent worldwide stories and events that will help you build a vision for mission March 2009 I ve been reading an interesting book called Three Cups of Tea which tells the true story of the community development work of Greg Mortenson in Northern Pakistan and Afghanistan Greg s attempt to climb K2 the world s second highest mountain with a team was hampered by bad weather near the summit Read more March 2009 Febuary 2009 For the past two weeks I have visited and been impacted by our many faithful workers and teams in Thailand and L One theme that continued to emerge from the various ministry opportunities and meetings was that we serve a God of restoration Read more Febuary 2009 January 2009 One of the world s most accomplished violinists Joshua Bell recently decided to take his 3 5 million Stradivarius to the Washington DC subway to play for passing commuters Joshua has played in the most famous performance theatres in the world including the nearby Kennedy Center for Performing Arts Read more January 2009 December 2008 The current global economic crisis is exposing some significant weaknesses in our profit driven and debt burdened financial system The resulting restructuring and consolidation of companies and regulatory bodies will change the economic landscape of our world Read more December 2008 15 16 17 18 19 21 22 23 Page 19 of 25 English Français Listen to a recent sermon LIVING FREE Physical slavery is prevalent around the world it takes many forms Individuals and people groups are in bondage Guest speaker Randy Friesen has seen the amazing power of the Gospel to bring freedom to the oppressed In our own lives we

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  • Vision for Mission | News | Page 20 | MB Mission
    Vision for Mission is being written from meetings in Peru with our Latin American workers and partners This consultation has brought together both North American workers serving in Latin America as well as Latin American church leaders committed to mission What s encouraging is that Latin American workers are increasingly going to Muslim regions such as North Africa and Central Asia to join mission work there Read more November 2008 October 2008 I was recently at a mission leaders event at which Ralph D Winter was honored for a lifetime of achievement in global mission practice reflection and leadership The William Carey Center for Global Mission Training in Pasadena CA which he founded continues to resource and train workers from across the globe in cross cultural mission Read more October 2008 September 2008 The world s attention this past month has focused on China as many of the world s best athletes competed Interestingly the western Church s attention has also focused on China as we witness the amazing growth and impact of the Chinese Church Read more September 2008 August 2008 Summer provides an opportunity for some vacation reading Here s a brief window on some of the mission related reading I ve been doing lately that you also might be interested in Safely Home Randy Alcorn With the upcoming Olympic Games focusing the spotlight on China you might be interested in a fascinating story of both the growth and challenges of the Chinese house church movement This novel is based on many true stories and is a reminder that faith grows stronger in the fire Read more August 2008 15 16 17 18 20 21 22 23 24 Page 20 of 25 English Français Listen to a recent sermon LIVING FREE Physical slavery is prevalent around the world

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  • Vision for Mission | News | Page 21 | MB Mission
    mat and blanket rather than have PK sleep on concrete As PK worshipped and prayed the Lord called him to fast for the first 6 days Read more July 2008 June 2008 The recent earthquake in the Chengdu region of western China has filled our TV screen once again with images of devastation and suffering Thousands of people have lost everything they own and those they love the most We have had a team in the area responding through the distribution of clothing plastic tarps water buckets and essential survival items Read more June 2008 May 2008 I ve been reading the life story of Annie Dyck Buhler this week She served with MB Mission in Colombia and Panama for almost 40 years Her gifts were in education and discipleship Annie s adventure in mission led her to the jungle on the border of Colombia and Panama where she supported our church planting efforts in that challenging region Her good friend Herta Voth who also served with MB Mission for many years in that region remembers her as a gifted servant who lived generously and with humility Annie finished the race well Although Herta is officially retired she continues to run a good race Read more May 2008 April 2008 CBC television a Canadian network recently ran a story in follow up to the tsunami rebuilding work in Southern Thailand They profiled a number of Christian groups working in the area including the Mennonite Brethren The story suggested that the beauty and cultural history of Thai Buddhism are now being eroded by Christianity a foreign belief system More than that the story implied that conversions are being bought or manipulated by unscrupulous missionaries in exchange for rebuilding work One of our workers Rob Griffioen made a clear statement that our

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  • Vision for Mission | News | Page 22 | MB Mission
    outlining a number of churches that had been closed and leaders arrested This communication caught my attention because we will be meeting with a number of these North African leaders this spring for ongoing equipping and discipleship The verbal and spiritual violence they regularly face is tiring Read more March 2008 February 2008 The recent Kenya election crisis has captured the attention of the western world with pictures of violence and indications of fraud Having spent a number of years growing up in Kenya while my parents served on the MCC Teachers Abroad Program TAP in the 1960 s I ve followed the current crisis with interest Read more February 2008 January 2008 I had an interesting conversation with a young man coming out of a worship service recently He asked me what I thought about witnessing with our bodies When I looked a little puzzled he explained that he was thinking about getting a tattoo with a picture of the cross and a heart combined with a verse of scripture He wondered what I thought of that idea I asked him if he had checked out the Bible on this topic He assured me he had read the relevant scripture on tattoos and cutting from Leviticus 19 28 Read more January 2008 December 2007 I attended a baptism last month in Thailand The sun was setting over a reservoir outside Chon Buri as 21 new followers of Jesus gave public testimony to the transformation taking place in their lives The little park was crowded with families enjoying a Sunday afternoon at the beach Their curiosity grew as they listened to the worship and then watched the procession heading into the water Read more December 2007 16 17 18 20 21 22 23 24 Page 22 of 25 English Français

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  • Vision for Mission | News | Page 23 | MB Mission
    MB Mission board was a fascinating look at current realities and best practices amongst agencies currently focused on the least reached Here are some highlights Read more November 2007 October 2007 On a recent visit to Ukraine for a church planters summit that we hosted a team of young pastors gathered for several days of teaching prayer and relationship building They represented 5 young churches that have been planted in the new Union of Mennonite Churches in Ukraine These pastors have a vision for a New Testament church marked by dependency on Jesus the work of the Spirit and community outreach that represents a real alternative to the prevailing Baptist and Charismatic churches which dominate the landscape of Ukraine The challenges faced by these churches are many Read more October 2007 September 2007 This summer one of missions teams serving with MB Mission was engaged in a month long trek through a secluded alpine valley One day as the team entered a part of the valley that was several days walk from the nearest town they encountered a nomadic family s tent The team arrived just as the family was slaughtering a goat as a sacrifice for better rains grass for their herds and health The holy man who was sacrificing the goat invited the team to participate in the meal and later invited them to his family s tent higher in the mountains Neither of these families had ever met Christians before Read more September 2007 August 2007 There is nothing that can prepare you for the sensory overload of Kinshasa DR Congo The civil war and crises of the past decade have swollen the city with refugees while Kinshasa s infrastructure has degenerated Despite the incredible poverty Kinshasa is a city with new hope after the recent elections

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