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Reserve a Star for Christmas

Reserve a Star for Christmas

Article submitted by Deborah Derren, Threads of Hope in Kenya The Maasai ladies from our school (and in some cases their daughters and grandmothers!) have been very busy making these hand-made stars! These have been a huge blessing for the women as it provides much needed funds for food and school fees. To reserve a […]

 

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Guatemalans Get Quality Medical Care

Guatemalans Get Quality Medical Care

Article submitted by Jason and Sonia Musgrave, Field Coordinators in Guatemala It is a real blessing for us to take part in this in serving people a few hours from where we live.  It was an interesting trip because honestly the place we went didn’t appear to be the most needy, but we found after […]

 

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Thinking of Christmas

Thinking of Christmas

Article submitted by Brenda Rose, Field Coordinator in Nicaragua Are you wondering what you can get members of your family for Christmas? Don’t have any ideas? Don’t want to just get something that will be broken in a few hours or never used. Well, let me help you find something that will help many and […]

 

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Helping the Gypsy People in Greece

Helping the Gypsy People in Greece

Article submitted by Missionary Ventures Great Britain My team and I have been working with gypsy children for more than 6 years. First we had a class with children once a week. This worked okay, but it was impossible to reach so many needs. Then we started doing classes twice a week which worked better. […]

 

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Family in India Transformed

Family in India Transformed

Article submitted by Malaki Dara, Country Director in India Venkateswarlu was an orthodox worshiper of several deities from his birth, a tradition from many generations. One day, Pastor Jayaraju came to his particular village sharing the message of the Gospel to the people. Venkateswarlu strongly opposed it and even tried to chase him out of […]

 

Peru Pastors’ Conferences

Article submitted by Gary Wadding, MVUSA Staff

My wife Vicky and I recently led MVI pastors’ conferences in three different areas of Peru: Lima, Ica and Cajamarca.  This was not the average short-term mission trip in that we only brought ourselves and a pastor friend, Richard Lord; however, the trip was so amazing, and so representative of the heart of MVI that it deserves to be mentioned.

Through our MVI representative in Peru, Alex Cotrina, conferences were arranged for pastors who ordinarily would not have the opportunity to receive pastoral training.  They were dedicated men, but most had no formal training in theology or pastoral care. Nevertheless, many had planted numerous churches, and oversaw great ministries. One man had started approximately 50 churches in his region.  They were humble men and women who were open to learn more about how to serve their Lord.  Because these people were underprivileged, we wanted to provide all training at no cost, as well as meals and housing.   What a blessing to see people donate to help cover most of these costs. The leaders still had to get to the events, and some walked as much as 8 hours to attend; but they were smiling and joyful as they arrived on foot.

The teaching was interdenominational, nothing deep or technical, but simple and foundational in nature. Vicky’s women’s sessions were the first ever provided for most of these ladies. What a response! Tears were shed and lives were changed as we addressed such topics as forgiveness, hope, the authority of the Bible, etc.  Materials were received as gifts from God, which they really were. We were received as fellow ministers of the gospel, and hearts were knit together by mutual love and respect.

Our plans were for small conferences of about 30 pastors and their wives at each one, in order to provide more opportunity for personal interaction.  But God had other plans. The first location had 50 attend, the next region saw 220 arrive, and the last one had 120.  Praise the Lord!  We are now in the process of arranging follow-up training for each of these leaders, materials that will help them continue on the path to grow in their ministry efforts.  Printed supplies and video training will be provided, along with visits and personal attention from MVI associates in their areas.

Although this was not the kind of trip that most groups will encounter, I thought you might like to know the solid foundation that MVI tries to provide for those with whom we work around the world.  They supply the faith and hard work.  We help them with training and materials.  This is the heart of MVI’s philosophy, and underlies what each short-term trip contributes in their own special way, whether it involves construction, VBS, evangelism, medical, gift bags or youth ministry.  We all join with local churches and leaders to build up the kingdom of God, and the people of God.

Thank you for your prayers and financial support to be able to do these things.  Please contact us to discuss how you might come along on a trip to see similar miracles happen, or help make them possible through your donations.

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