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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 […]

 

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Short-Term Mission Team in Haiti

Short-term Mission Team from Abundant Life Christian Center, South Brunswick, NJ

 

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Building for Christ in Latin America—Our Project Needs You!

Building for Christ in Latin America—Our Project Needs You!

Would you like to have some hands-on experience that will make a big difference to missionaries serving in the 10/70 window—that part of the world where people are desperate to hear the gospel?  Obed and Cara Zuleta live in San Cristobal, Alta Vera Paz, Guatemala. As missionaries for Missionary Ventures, they work together with Boris […]

 

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Leadership Classes for Youth

Leadership Classes for Youth

Obed Zuleta held leadership classes for a group of youth leaders of a local church.  They learned how to more effectively carry out their responsibilities and live each day as unto the Lord.  This youth group planned, on their own, a week-long youth Vacation Bible School (VBS) and Obed was invited to be the key […]

 

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Reflections from Nicaragua

Reflections from Nicaragua

After a nice year-end furlough in the States, I returned to Nicaragua with a renewed vision and groundedness in my Gospel call.  Last year was awesome!  At the Nicaragua Christian Academy, Matagalpa (NCAM), our school year ended with joy and celebration for all that the Lord had accomplished. Only He could have kept our sanity […]

 

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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