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Adventure in the Caribbean

Adventure in the Caribbean

Article submitted by Nancy Long, MVUSA Staff I want to share with you an amazing opportunity I had last week. The president of Missionary Ventures asked all of the employees to consider going on a missionary trip this year. It had been 4 years since I had taken a trip to Peru, so I was […]

 

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Give Them Eyes to See

Give Them Eyes to See

Article submitted by Cody and Michaela Fulk, Field Coordinators in Uganda One way we are trying to help the community is by creating jobs. We are not big on giving handouts. For some of you that may sound strange, to that I recommend reading “When Helping Hurts.” After being involved in the community for over […]

 

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Typical Week in Birthing Center in Mexico

Typical Week in Birthing Center in Mexico

Article submitted by Lila Quezada, Field Coordinator in Mexico What is a week at Casa Compasiva like? Well, on a typical Monday I might walk in and find the midwives teaching a prenatal education class to six or eight women and some husbands/boyfriends. One midwife is leading everyone in exercises, another shares the gospel in […]

 

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Flooding in Bosnia

Flooding in Bosnia

Article submitted by MVGreatBritain Many of you may have seen news reports about unprecedented flooding in Bosnia-Herzegovina and other parts of the Balkans. Three months’ worth of rain fell in just three days. As a result, Bosnia’s rivers swelled and overflowed their banks in the worst flood ever recorded (at least 120 years). Several countries […]

 

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Invest in a Mozambique Pastor

Invest in a Mozambique Pastor

Article submitted by Kevin and Katherine Bubna, Field Coordinators in Mozambique Pastor Paul and Graca pastor a small church in Mozambique. Their congregation lovingly built a building last year where they could meet on a regular basis. Recently someone stole the plastic liner for their thatch roof and due to heavy rains the roof collapsed taking […]

 

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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