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Small Beginnings in Playa Laguna, Dominican Republic

Small Beginnings in Playa Laguna, Dominican Republic

As our valued ministry partner, you are with us in places you may never actually visit. One of those places is Playa Laguna. When you drive into Playa Laguna, the first thing you notice is a lot of water. Everywhere. Like Redemption Village, there is a mixture of Dominicans and Haitians living in very poor […]

 

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A “Rug Shop” With Great Potential to Help Needy Mothers in Mactan Island, Cebu Philippines

A “Rug Shop” With Great Potential to Help Needy Mothers in Mactan Island, Cebu Philippines

Did you ever think RUGS could be a catalyst for developing a thriving cottage industry in a third-world community? Would you like to be instrumental in helping needy mothers learn how to make rugs that they can sell to improve their families’ lives and the lives of the people of their tiny community? Pastor Rolly […]

 

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Short-Term Mission Team in Haiti

Short-term Mission Team from Abundant Life Christian Center, South Brunswick, NJ

 

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Building for Christ in Latin America—Our Project Needs You!

Building for Christ in Latin America—Our Project Needs You!

Would you like to have some hands-on experience that will make a big difference to missionaries serving in the 10/70 window—that part of the world where people are desperate to hear the gospel?  Obed and Cara Zuleta live in San Cristobal, Alta Vera Paz, Guatemala. As missionaries for Missionary Ventures, they work together with Boris […]

 

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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 […]

 

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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