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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 […]

 

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Take a Short-Term Trip to Fiji

Have you ever thought of spending time doing missions work within the local villages of Fiji? Well, here’s your opportunity to join Sidney & Janet Tuitama’s family team working alongside the MVFiji team. Last year, the team witnessed ground-breaking opportunities and new doors opening within the areas they ministered in. The team is returning to […]

 

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College Student Outreach in Thailand

Article submitted by John Williams, Director of MVAustralia Plenty Valley Christian College has sent small groups of Year 10 students to Thailand as a part of a mission team for years now. The opportunity is one that allows students to gain a better understanding of poverty, how to work as a team, to serve others […]

 

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Short-Term Missions Team in Nicaragua

Short-Term Missions Team in Nicaragua

Article submitted by Eric & Marilyn Loftsgard, MVI Country Directors in Nicaragua We recently hosted a short-term missions team in Nicaragua from Bend, Oregon who worked with Tesoros de Dios, House of Hope and NCA Nejapa. On closing night as the team gathered to sum up their experience in Nicaragua, Laurie shared some thoughts that […]

 

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Opportune Moment to Give to Birth Center in Mexico

Opportune Moment to Give to Birth Center in Mexico

Article submitted by Lila Quezada, Field Coordinator in Mexico “If you were looking for the opportune moment… that was it.” This quote by the esteemed Captain Jack Sparrow from the movie Pirates of the Caribbean has been running through my brain all week. I keep thinking how maybe somebody has been wanting to donate funds […]

 

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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