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Leadership Classes for Youth

Leadership Classes for Youth

Obed Zuleta held leadership classes for a group of youth leaders of a local church.  They learned how to more effectively carry out their responsibilities and live each day as unto the Lord.  This youth group planned, on their own, a week-long youth Vacation Bible School (VBS) and Obed was invited to be the key […]

 

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God’s Love and Hope Spreads Through Redemption Village, Dominican Republic

God’s Love and Hope Spreads Through Redemption Village, Dominican Republic

Rick and Barbara Sucher, MVI missionaries serving in the Dominican Republic, are humbled by the changed lives they’ve seen developing before their eyes, as well as hopes and dreams being restored—all to God’s glory. Five years ago they made a visit to a poverty-stricken village in the Dominican Republic called Redemption Village. It was much […]

 

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Mission Team Trips will Change your Life!

Mission Team Trips will Change your Life!

David deAndrade experienced a thrill of a lifetime last year when he went on his first mission trip—to El Salvador with Missionary Ventures.  As a dealer with the Nautique Boat Company in Orlando, Florida, he accepted a company invitation to participate in the “Nautique Cares” outreach program. He had been praying for an opportunity to […]

 

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Building Community in El Salvador

Building Community in El Salvador

Article submitted by Bob & Marie Hamilton, Missionaries in El Salvador This past weekend we held our first Open House of 2015. This Open House was for parents to meet teachers, get to know our facilities, and hear about our vision for the new school year. For many families this is the first time they […]

 

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The Complete Ciyao Language Bible is Here

The Complete Ciyao Language Bible is Here

Article submitted by Kevin and Katherine Bubna, Missionaries in Mozambique Good News for sure! The complete Ciyao language Bible is here! Kevin handed out our first copy to Davide Matteus to use in the Chiwaya Discovery Bible Study. Please pray that many villagers will join the group to learn about God through Scripture passages in […]

 

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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