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Water Filtration System in Guatemala

Water Filtration System in Guatemala

Article submitted by Randy & Brenda Purcell, Country Directors in Guatemala Water Filtration System in Guatemala: Goal Met — and Exceeded! A huge blessing this past month is that God used many of you to help us not only meet — but exceed! — our goal of purchasing water purification systems for all 40 of […]

 

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An African Moment

An African Moment

Article submitted by Kevin Bubna, Field Coordinator in Mozambique An African Moment: It’s one of the best built mud brick, grass-thatched houses in Sambula. With a western touch – construction ideas evidently taken from missionary homes – the veranda extended well past the home with room enough for a couple of people to sit side […]

 

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Reserve a Star for Christmas

Reserve a Star for Christmas

Article submitted by Deborah Derren, Threads of Hope in Kenya The Maasai ladies from our school (and in some cases their daughters and grandmothers!) have been very busy making these hand-made stars! These have been a huge blessing for the women as it provides much needed funds for food and school fees. To reserve a […]

 

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Guatemalans Get Quality Medical Care

Guatemalans Get Quality Medical Care

Article submitted by Jason and Sonia Musgrave, Field Coordinators in Guatemala It is a real blessing for us to take part in this in serving people a few hours from where we live.  It was an interesting trip because honestly the place we went didn’t appear to be the most needy, but we found after […]

 

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Thinking of Christmas

Thinking of Christmas

Article submitted by Brenda Rose, Field Coordinator in Nicaragua Are you wondering what you can get members of your family for Christmas? Don’t have any ideas? Don’t want to just get something that will be broken in a few hours or never used. Well, let me help you find something that will help many and […]

 

Indigenous Pastor in Zambia: Bernard Sikabennu

Article submitted by Gary Wadding, MVI Missions Coordinator

As you may already know, the goal of Missionary Ventures is to partner with the indigenous church leaders around the world in order to assist them in their efforts to reach their people.  Leaders in this country go through years of college education and seminary training in order to qualify for most church positions.  In most countries the prerequisite is simply to be a born-again Christian, and to have a heart to serve God and others.  They often operate with very little resources, materials or facilities.  These leaders read what Jesus did, and then follow Him.

The story of Bernard Sikabennu is one that could be multiplied over and over.  As a child, he attended school in the remote part of Zambia where he grew up, but only for a few years.  His family couldn’t afford the meager amount needed for him to continue.  He soon began to work to help the family, as most young men do.  Later he took a job on a fishing boat operated by westerners who were very rough and paid him little.  He saw it as a way to make some money, but more importantly to learn English, which he knew would help him advance his standing in many ways.  The type of language he learned wasn’t always suitable for a Christian pastor, but it was a start.  He saved his money and used it to by books and pay for further education.  He continued to help his family, but had a dream of being a pastor.  When I met Bernard, he was one of several indigenous men going through a local training course to become a pastor.  Bernard and I became close when he served as my translator when I spoke or taught.  He became my unofficial grandson, and I became his grandfather.  Our hearts were knit together during two different visits I made to his part of Zambia over the years.

Bernard’s life has had many difficult ups and downs, but he has remained true to his calling. I checked on him recently through our MV Field Coordinator and found him still faithful in every way.  He is happy and thankful for the opportunity to serve God heading up children’s ministry in his area of Zambia.  Bernard had the heart to sacrifice and persevere in his service to God and to the Tonga people.  A little help and encouragement went a long way in his life, as it does with so many others.

Talk with us at Missionary Ventures and discuss becoming part of a short-term mission trip going to a country where your life will be enriched by meeting such people as Pastor Bernard, and you will be a blessing to them through your friendship and words of encouragement.  You will never be the same as you touch lives the way Jesus did when He walked the earth.  You are the Body of Christ.  Come meet some other wonderful parts of the Body and make the heart of your Father rejoice as you work together.  It’s easier than you think.  Just make a call (407) 859-7322 and ask for more information.

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