Drought in the Marshall Islands
Article submitted by Steve & Shawn Clark, MVI Field Coordinators in the Marshall Islands We have sent out a prayer request before, but we want to bring it to your attention again. Many of our northern atolls have not had rain in over five months. The water lens that they do have on a few [...]
Luther Meier Shares His Testimony
Luther Meier, MVI Vice-President-at-Large, shares his testimony courtesy of Influence Living
When Choices Really Tear Us Up Inside
Article submitted by Brad and Camie Matlack, Field Coordinators in Kenya A 32-year old lady has been sharing her dream since the day we met her. As we studied God’s Word together in a ladies’ Bible group, her prayers were consistent. She just wanted to FINISH school! Without even a primary education, this dream appeared [...]
Growing and growing in the Marshall Islands!
Article submitted by Steve & Shawn Clark, Field Coordinators in the Marshall Islands We are seeing so many changes in the lives of people in Majuro and in the church. One of the areas under going change is our children’s department at Majuro English Assembly (MEA) headed up by Edna our Christian Education Coordinator. Edna [...]
Library Books for Nicaragua
Article submitted by Elisabeth Elliott, Field Specialist in Nicaragua We’re 3 months into school, and we have settled in to about as much of a “normal” routine as we will this first year. We celebrated International Book Day here last week by dressing up as our favorite book characters and visiting the library. I can’t [...]
Inspiration from an MVI Missionary in SE Asia
Article submitted by Julie Merrin, Field Coordinator in SE Asia
Things I Have Learned from My Little Girl: I Want Someone Close Beside Me
That is a familiar cry from my little social butterfly. I guess some kids actually enjoy spending time alone…for a while, but not my daughter. She needs to learn to do it, so I insist on some quiet time on a regular basis where she can learn to play on her own and entertain herself, but this virtually always meets with resistance. “I want someone close beside me!” I remind her that Jesus is always with her. “But I want someone I can SEE!” Rachel knows Jesus is always with her, but as a human being, sometimes she just wants someone she can see and touch.
That is a common human condition. Yes, God is with us always. His Holy Spirit can speak to us in our hearts in ways that no human being can speak. But I believe he also understands that there are times when we need “God with skin on”. That is why we…the Church…the body of Christ is here. God wants us to reach out to those who are hurting – to those who need to know that someone is close beside them. God is always there, and He is perfectly capable of touching hurting hearts all on His own, without us. But often, He chooses to offer comfort through the hands of His children reaching out, through the eyes of His children that can cry with those who hurt, and through the feet of His children who will go out of their way to offer practical help.
I wonder who around you needs someone to be close beside them? Will you be “God with skin on” to someone today?
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