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Farm Land Opportunity in Asia

Farm Land Opportunity in Asia

Article submitted by MVI Field Coordinators in Asia Recently we were offered 8 acres of agricultural land at a discounted price for us to set up our base. The price is right, the location is ideal and the license to plant and farm has been granted by the local authorities. Please pray with us and […]

 

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Opportunities to Minister in the Philippines

Opportunities to Minister in the Philippines

Article submitted by Andrew Marriott, Director of MVNewZealand Youth Discipleship – Leadership Development -Disaster Risk Management – Sport Development Philippines Team Trip – 23 May to 5 Jun 2014 If you have a passion for, or experience in, any or all of the above topics then you could be just the kind of person we […]

 

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Advent Church’s Men’s Mission Team to Nicaragua

Advent Church’s Men’s Mission Team to Nicaragua

Article submitted by Mike & Lauren Deibert, Field Coordinators in Nicaragua We had a great group of men from our home church, Advent, join us in January.  They immediately felt like friends, hearing our story, our struggles and joys and offering us encouraging words, a picture of God’s promise for our future here, and a […]

 

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First Preschool Opened in Sani Top, Lesotho

First Preschool Opened in Sani Top, Lesotho

Article submitted by Coralie Roets, MVSouthAfrica Director Sani Top Lesotho Church opened its doors to twenty-one children – the first and only preschool in an 80 km radius. They started with nothing – no chairs, no tables, no paper. The need for education is so great in this area. If you would like to make […]

 

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A Big Thank You

A Big Thank You

Article submitted by Sue Brannan, Field Coordinator in Peru Thank you! Jim has improved the 3 aquariums in the Learning Center by adding more fish and so even a couple of kids have been encouraged to bring in a fish and crab. Jim (alias: MacGyver) is working to get the lighting and the filter systems […]

 

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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