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Supercyclone Pam Devastates Vanuatu

Supercyclone Pam Devastates Vanuatu

According to one UN agency, Supercyclone Pam looks to be one of the worst disasters to have ever hit the Pacific. Category Five Cyclone Pam hit Vanuatu with devastating force with sustained wind speeds over 260 kilometers per hour that has devastated villages and communities. Food crops have been destroyed, drinking water has been contaminated, […]

 

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Gift for a Fellow Classmate in Nicaragua

Gift for a Fellow Classmate in Nicaragua

The middle school students learning at ESVO a vocational school in Managua, Nicaragua have turned their training into a practical and helpful gift. The students in the 8th grade welding class made a walker for their classmate, David. He has Cerebral Palsy and just had an operation that would allow him to use a walker. […]

 

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Are you a Dispensing Optician or Optical Assistant?

Are you a Dispensing Optician or Optical Assistant who understands spectacle prescriptions and would be able to adjust and fit glasses? Mission 4 Vision is a great charity that in partnership with Missionary Ventures sends teams to remote regions of developing countries for two weeks. They carry out comprehensive eye care programs together with evangelism. […]

 

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Small Beginnings in Playa Laguna, Dominican Republic

Small Beginnings in Playa Laguna, Dominican Republic

As our valued ministry partner, you are with us in places you may never actually visit. One of those places is Playa Laguna. When you drive into Playa Laguna, the first thing you notice is a lot of water. Everywhere. Like Redemption Village, there is a mixture of Dominicans and Haitians living in very poor […]

 

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A “Rug Shop” With Great Potential to Help Needy Mothers in Mactan Island, Cebu Philippines

A “Rug Shop” With Great Potential to Help Needy Mothers in Mactan Island, Cebu Philippines

Did you ever think RUGS could be a catalyst for developing a thriving cottage industry in a third-world community? Would you like to be instrumental in helping needy mothers learn how to make rugs that they can sell to improve their families’ lives and the lives of the people of their tiny community? Pastor Rolly […]

 

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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