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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 […]

 

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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