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 […]
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 […]
Honduran Church Sends Offering to Haiti
Article submitted by Ed Lockett, Field Coordinator in Haiti I was visiting in a Honduran church and shared about Haiti and the poverty. The church was very receptive and decided to take up an offering for Haiti. The pastor, Pastor Pedro Santos Martinez, said that was the first time they had ever taken an offering […]
Great Short-Term Mission Team from Canada
Article submitted by Jim & Sue Brannan, Field Coordinators in Peru The last team that came had eight team members from Lakeside Church in Canada. They were a real blessing to us and our community. We were thinking it was going to be easy as this team is always very well prepared, but it turned […]
English Classes in the Dominican Republic
Article submitted by Rick & Barb Sucher, Field Coordinators in the Dominican Republic Thanks to the help of Grace Family and Cornerstone churches we were able to kick off our English classes again! We have close to 50 students learning about Jesus through learning English as their second language. About three weeks ago after going […]
Trading Leather for Canvas
After 12 years in ministry as an evangelist with the Christian Motorcyclists Association of Canada, we felt that God was calling us to hang up our leathers and move on to other things. We knew God wasn’t finished with us yet, but were unsure what He had in mind until a mysterious phone call left us in possession of a 47’ ketch rigged sailboat for ministry.
Now our family of 7 (6 sailing fulltime) has found ourselves trading our leather for canvas and without the confines of roads and highways have discovered the potential of serving God on the high seas.
The boat (aptly named Emmanuel) is now our home. We have been spending the past few months equipping her and ourselves for the cruising/ministry life. The New Year will find us heading to the Caribbean and points beyond.
Emmanuel is a vessel dedicated to serving the servants (those already doing the work) by coming alongside to equip and encourage. She will bring aid to the church in 3 ways:
1. Spiritual (scripture and training material, teaching, equipping the church)
2. Physical (food, clothing, equipment and resources)
3. Medical (medicines, vitamins and supplies. The vessel also provides an area where trained professionals can work and treat patients.) Emmanuel’s crew will always be prepared to give a reason for the hope that they have.
VISION STATEMENT: Serving the servants in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean with Emmanuel (God with us). Psalm 65:5 “You faithfully answer our prayers with awesome deeds, O God our savior. You are the hope of everyone on earth, even those who sail on distant seas”.