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Pig Project Started in Mozambique

Pig Project Started in Mozambique

A big thank you from Pastor Antonio for helping him start a pig project in Mozambique. This will enable him to continue to pastor in his community and be able to provide for his family. If you would like to give to more projects like this, please visit the MVI Gift Catalog and give now. […]

 

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Help for Family in Swaziland

Help for Family in Swaziland

I’m continually learning what it means to take courageous steps of faith and sacrifice for the sake of Christ’s Kingdom and the poor among us. It started with a typical email from the field.  In Swaziland, there is a mother Nomsa and her four children whose husband just passed away from AIDS. They came to […]

 

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Tools to Share the Gospel in Uganda

Tools to Share the Gospel in Uganda

As the Karimojong in Katwe, Uganda have spent much time preaching to and reading the Bible with their people, it has become increasingly apparent that they need a tool to use to make the Gospel easier to understand and pass on. This has led us back to a storying approach, so that even those who […]

 

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Camp Discovery in the Marshall Islands

Camp Discovery in the Marshall Islands

We just finished our summer camp/VBS! This year the theme was “Camp Discovery”. It was a journey through some of the great stories in the Bible encouraging the kids to be all they can be in God. Again this year, we had over 200 children attend. Every night they received the Word of God and […]

 

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Bible Clubs in Ngando, Kenya

Bible Clubs in Ngando, Kenya

We are gearing up for Bible clubs in Ngando again! Teachers training is this weekend and clubs will be held next week. We are all excited to hear stories of children and families that are drawn into the local churches through this time! Our budget this August is $1.50 per child for all 3 days. […]

 

The Kiss from Heaven

Article submitted by Norberto and Julie Kurrle, Field Coordinators in Paraguay

Yesterday I spent a good part of the day weeping. One of our most loved supporters died on Christmas day and we just got the news.  She had been battling cancer for over ten years. She came to visit us for the first time in 2007 on a CMA trip and we became instant friends after that.

She would write us on a weekly basis with an encouraging word.  She would send us 3-4 care packs a year, she would mail cards on our birthdays.  She would pray for us consistently.  She arranged for us to have a vehicle while we were on our last furlough and drove it from Perry, GA to Orlando, FL to deliver it to us.  Seriously, who does that?  There are very few people like Anita in our lives.  Although we rejoice that she is no longer suffering, we mourn this great loss and wonder, “Who will fill the void that she left?”  She not only was our cheerleader, she sent packages overseas to our soldiers (she served in the U.S. Air Force for 24 years) and she was very active in her church and her local CMA chapter.

Just today I picked up the package she had sent us in November.  It was the only package we received the whole year.  I couldn’t help but tell the customs clerk about the loving sender of the package.  When she got really ill, she couldn’t send packages any more.  I told the clerk she probably wouldn’t see me again, because Anita was the only person who ever sent us anything.  The clerk responded, “It seems like she sent this last package as a kiss from heaven.”  Yes, it felt like that.

When the customs agent opened the package, the tears started to flow again.  She sent a little something for everyone, even Esther Anahi’s first ornament, a motorcycle toy for Timmy, cashews for Norberto and a devotional book for me.  It was a treasure, not because of the contents, but because it was in a sense, sent from heaven with so much love.

When I was telling my mom through tears about this great loss of a servant, she said, “Pray that God would raise up more people like Anita to be a part of your team.  It might take five people to do what she did, but God will provide.”  We are praying that very prayer.

She wanted to come on this year’s CMA trip and had even signed up, but had to back out because of her health.  We were hoping to see her on furlough this coming summer, but we’ll look forward to laughing with her in heaven.  We thank God for Anita’s full life, love, giving heart and her tremendous legacy.

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