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Articles

 

Mission Central: The context or discipleship

The Persecuted Church: INDIA

Pandemic expands ministry to Arab speakers

Segadores missionaries reach out to hidden tribes of Peru

Guests at a stranger’s table: MCC invites you to Share Your Table with those in need

Resetting the missionary paradigm

Nothing is impossible for God: Nothing!

 

 

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Pandemic expands ministry to Arab speakers

By Linda Haist

 

For more than three years, a BC man has been sharing the Gospel with strangers living around the world.

Serving as a volunteer, and using nothing more than his laptop, extra lighting, a high-definition MIC, Sherif Bekhit reaches more than 12,000 Arabic speaking people every Saturday via Facebook and Radio of Hope, a radio website.

“I teach and preach the Word of God through a 40-minute program called ‘Prophetic Messages,” he explains. “I begin with a short prayer and then a short message of encouragement, followed by teaching from the Bible. When the corona virus started, I began teaching biblical principles on overcoming fear. I conclude each program with a prayer to lead viewers to give their life to Jesus. I also pray for viewers’ needs – prayer requests that I have received during the week.”

Since the onset of the pandemic, Bekhit has seen the number of people viewing his program increase by 6,000. They include both Christians and Muslims.

Aside from preparing all the teaching for his weekly broadcasts, Bekhit is also responsible for promoting the weekly episodes, through advertising on Facebook, answering viewers’ questions, receiving their prayer requests, praying with them online or over the phone through WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger.

In addition, he follows up on their spiritual growth. “This week I received a call from a believer from a Muslim background who asked if I would meet virtually, on a weekly basis, with two groups of new believers.”

Originally from Egypt, Bekhit became involved in broadcast ministry through a friend in BC, who was aware of his ministry experience at Kasr el Dobara Evangelical Church (KDEC) in Cairo, the largest evangelical Protestant church in the Middle East.  “She introduced me to Radio of Hope’s founder, a fellow Egyptian who lives in Cyprus and is known as Brother Paulo,” he explains.

Surprisingly, Bekhit’s experience at KDEC had nothing to do with broadcasting. “My ministry there included preaching the gospel and teaching new believers the Word of God, leading small discipleship groups, as well as prayer meetings and retreats,” he says. “I was also involved in the church’s Monday evening prayer meetings for people from all backgrounds who needed to receive healing and deliverance by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

As a result of the response to Bekhit’s weekly broadcast on Radio of Hope, he has recently been asked by Brother Paulo to create five-minute teaching sessions that could be broadcast two to three times a week. “The purpose of this new program is to encourage the faith of believers as well as reaching out to non-believers with the good news.  I will share a passage of scripture and have a short time of prayer. Each episode will be different, as the Holy Spirit leads,” he explains.

Busy as he is with his radio ministry, Bekhit is also ministering to people in BC. In October 2018, he was invited by a group of Middle Eastern people to lead a Bible study in Langley. “We are now praying for a larger place where we can meet. I also have a vision for creating a Christian centre in BC where people will be ministered to regarding all aspects of life – spiritual, emotional, and physical. I believe the Lord has equipped me for this work,” he says.

 

 

 

 

MCC 100: From the outside

By Shelley Dueck

The MCC BC Homelessness Prevention Outreach Program (HPOP) is working on the frontlines to address poverty and homelessness in Abbotsford by offering a holistic response to the realities that vulnerable/homeless people face daily.  The program recognizes that people are not defined by their circumstances but by their humanity. People have difficult journeys, the goal of HPOP is to walk intentionally with people on their path toward wholeness in creating an environment of welcome, inclusion, and community.

It is funny how God works. I see the vulnerable and homeless in my community every day and want to respond, but where or how or is this the right thing to do?  I received an answer when I was chatting with Jane, the HPOP Coordinator. She was looking for someone to serve meals at the Thursday Night BBQ during the COVID crisis.  Immediately I said, “yes.”

This is my where and how.

Awkward, uncomfortable, curious, passionate, judged, and a little scared. These were the feelings that initially floated within me. The feelings did not stop me, but they were real on my first night. The line starts at 4 pm, people either sign up for a shower with Refresh Showers or wait in line for food. As they expectantly wait in line, I see them practicing social distancing. Some wearing masks and everyone, headed over to the handwashing station to practice good hygiene, reminding community members and the volunteers around them to keep safe.

My job is to collect the order, help put it together, and deliver the finished plate. There are many small yet important parts to this job: greeting the person with a smile, welcoming them to the table, listening to their order, getting the order right…

“Two burgers and a dog, mustard and relish on the dog, cheese, ketchup,

mayo, relish on the burger with potato salad”

With the plate ready I head back to the table, “Here you are, have a good night” I say. Their eyes still down they respond with, “thanks so much” then turn and head into the parking lot to eat their meal.

For the first four weeks, the routine was pretty business-like. Greet the person, get their food, and wish them a good night. Over time, I started to become curious about the individuals. Who are they? What are their names? Noticing they come every week, what are their preferences?

In the fifth week, I intentionally changed my approach.  I began with a smile and this time I included a question, I asked, “how are you tonight?” preparing myself to receive a wide range of responses, and I did.  I began to introduce myself and ask what their name was. Some were taken back, and some preferred to remain anonymous, and that was fine.  After five weeks of serving, I began remembering names and orders, which surprised people. They would respond with “Oh you remembered?!” or they would joke back, “you got my order wrong last week.” (but they still took it), I made sure it was right this week.  Not only have I noticed the people who attend the BBQ, but they have also noticed that I have been there for a while too.  Showing up every week has nurtured familiarity, connection, and mutual respect.

I have been learning and growing – my assumptions have been challenged and have been found wanting.  As I continue to invest in small ways, I see how trust is built and broken, how a kind word or a smile can build a bridge, and how shared experience brings people together, instead of judging from the outside.

The MCC BC Homelessness Prevention Outreach Program not only offers weekly meals but also runs a variety of services including the Rent Bank, emergency shelter, and sponsoring three low-barrier houses with Raven’s Moon Resource Society. Through these initiatives, the program has been able to assist people when they couldn’t make a rent payment, provide warmth during the winter months, and partner with Raven’s Moon Resource Society to house over 100 people. As the program grows, more and more people will have a place to call their own and a foundation on which to build a lasting change.

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Segadores missionaries reach out to hidden tribes of Peru

Segadores leader Peter Hocking (fourth from left) leads a Yanesha training session.

Scattered throughout the jungles and mountains of Peru are some 45 tribes, each with a distinct language and culture. Many are still unreached with the Gospel, and some live in Stone Age conditions. Some have been exploited or persecuted by those around them, and now live in hiding. But missionaries with Segadores (an Intercede International partner) have been reaching out with love in a focused and faithful way to the unreached tribes of Peru for 57 years.

Segadores (Spanish for “Reapers”) was founded in 1963 by Peter Hocking, the son of American missionaries. Today its work is carried on primarily by indigenous Peruvian workers. Over the years, Segadores missionaries have planted dozens of churches in unevangelized areas. First, an investigative team is sent to make contact with unreached tribes, establish peaceful relations with them, and gather information about them so that Christians can learn about the tribes, pray for them and go to them as missionaries.

“Since the focus is unreached people groups, we have found it very important to do field research – missionary expeditions to seek out unreached tribes in Peru,” explains Hocking.

Once churches are planted, they are turned over to local Peruvian evangelical churches. Segadores believes that the key to the evangelization of Peru lies in the training of indigenous missionaries. Ministry leaders spend much of their time and energy traveling to remote areas to hold Bible training seminars for tribal missionaries and believers.

“For missionaries to go to unreached peoples, they cross cultural barriers,” says Hocking. “Many mistakes can be made if one isn’t properly trained to understand another culture and how to adapt. So, we have a cross-cultural missionary training program which builds on the Bible institute, and Bible training that trainees get in other Bible institutes and seminaries in Peru. This course is two months long, once a year, and in three years they can cover all the courses of the program. Five weeks of intensive studies, and then three weeks out in a tribe in a cross-cultural situation. Trainees go to live with a Christian family. We have seen the Lord bring not only Spanish-speaking missionaries to us from Peru, but we are seeing tribal missionaries and Quechua missionaries in training.”

One tribe Segadores works among is the Yaneshas, who live in the central mountainous jungle region of Peru. The mission runs a Yanesha Bible Institute, which now has a Yanesha director.

Segadores’ cross-cultural training program is offered to 15 students at a time. The second stage of training involves living with the Yanesha tribe in the jungle. Several leaders accompany the trainees as disciplers. A Yanesha Christian couple gives practical training in language, tribal customs, and how to live and work in the jungle. The tribal believers teach the trainees how to hack out a farm in the jungle, how to plant, fish, make and use a balsa raft, cook over a wood fire and prepare native foods.

This coming September and October, Segadores plans to offer intensive missionary training courses at its missionary base in the jungle town of Atalaya, Peru.

 

Community Development

Community development is one way that Segadores missionaries help Peru’s isolated tribes. Missionaries help them to come out of their poverty and improve their quality of life. They provide wells and improve their nutrition by teaching them how to plant vegetables, raise chickens, and introducing them to fish farming. Segadores missionaries also help tribal people with medical emergencies and health concerns.

The ministry encourages churches to form prayer groups praying exclusively for missions, and for unreached people groups. Segadores provides them with information and news bulletins.

Segadores also provides supplementary training of pastors in rural areas, so that churches can be stronger, and send out and support missionaries. Native churches are encouraged through seminars on Christian family life, basic youth conflicts, how to face persecution, and how to awaken missionary vision among church members.

 

Open and closed doors

“God has opened many doors for missionary work that we must take advantage of before they close,” Hocking explains. “Uncontacted tribes are coming out of hiding. The Spirit of God is drawing some of the tribes out of hiding to contact neighbouring tribes that have Christians. This now makes it easier for missionaries to find them and work with them. However, hardly anyone wants to go as a missionary to them. Meanwhile, lumbermen continue to invade their territories for illegal lumbering, killing these primitive nomads when they oppose their work.”

Segadores trains a group of Ashaninka women.

Segadores also runs into struggles sometimes. In March 2012, Hocking relates, “we had a sad setback in the work with the Ashaninka tribe where four Segadores missionary couples have been working for years. In Buenaventura, the villagers requested that our missionaries leave! The natives declared that they did not want to hear more of God because they preferred to continue with their drunken feasts. This was a shock to all of us, but our missionaries had to leave, moving out all their things to the other mission base further down the river.” Sadly, one missionary couple decided to discontinue working with Segadores because of this incident.

“Pray for the inhabitants of Buenaventura, that they might realize what a big mistake they have made in rejecting the Gospel, and might turn to God,” urges Hocking. “The chief acknowledged that we have helped his village in many ways (schools, feeding program), but that the village did not want to hear more of the Word of God. We leave that in the Lord’s hands, and press on, seeking to serve the Lord better than ever.”

“We thank the leadership of Intercede and Christians in Canada for giving us a helping hand for many years in the ministry of reaching the unreached tribes in Peru,” Hocking wrote to Intercede. “Without your help we would not have been able to make the progress that has been made.”

Please intercede for Segadores’ missionaries as they faithfully reach out to the unreached tribes of Peru.

 

  • Intercede News Service

 

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MCC100: Guests at a stranger’s table: MCC invites you to Share Your Table with those in need

by Jason Dueck

Alida Thomas has been thinking about food differently lately. She didn’t get a new cast iron frying pan or start working her way through a whole cookbook; she’s been thinking about the way community is shaped around shared meals. How we centre weddings and funerals, happy times and sad times, around eating together. This has been on her mind since she started giving through Share Your Table.

A new monthly giving program from MCC Canada, Share Your Table (http://mccshareyourtable.ca) provides food for displaced families around the world. Nearly 71 million people are displaced around the planet – the highest than at any point in history. While the causes and solutions to displacement are complicated, generosity isn’t. With a donation starting from just $7 a month, MCC provides food where there isn’t any. Each month, donors receive a story from a family helped by donations like theirs, along with recipes shared from dinner tables in that family’s region.

One such recipe is beef wat. This rich hearty stew is a common staple on dinner tables in Ethiopia, where Nyadieng Gach Gatkouth lives as a refugee since being displaced from her home in South Sudan. Thomas says the thought of sharing a meal at someone’s table, being a distant dinner guest, added a layer of personal empathy to her giving

If Alida Thomas picked a meal to share with someone around the world, it would be stamppot. Stamppot is a Dutch dish made from potatoes, mashed with carrots and onions or kale, often served with a hearty sausage. Thomas is a supporter of Share Your Table, an MCC program inviting donors to support hungry people around the world.
Share Your Table is a monthly giving program that provides emergency food to families where MCC programming exists.

“What stood out to me from the very beginning was the holistic approach,” says Thomas. “Share Your Table

is thinking about people as whole people—not just people who need food. They’re full people aside from their immediate needs.”

Thomas says if she could share a meal from her table with someone like Nyadieng, there is no doubt what would be on the menu.

“I come from a Dutch background, so it’s this dish called stamppot,” she says. “Mashed potatoes, carrots and onions all smashed together—some people do it with kale. You can add farmer sausage or rookworst. It’s lik

Alida and Nick Thomas pose for a photo in Bergen, Norway, where they travelled to visit friends in May 2019. Alida Thomas is a supporter of Share Your Table, an MCC program inviting donors to support hungry people around the world.
Share Your Table is a monthly giving program that provides emergency food to families where MCC programming exists.

e Dutch comfort food that always reminds me of being a kid. I also remember eating it a lot during university and grad school.”

After receiving her master’s degree with focuses on refugee and forced migration studies and international human rights, Thomas has worked in international development and relief. She says it’s easy to feel helpless when faced with such daunting numbers of people in need. She’s often asked herself what can ever be done to help that many people. But hope, she says, is worth working for.

“Those are 71 million stories, 71 million dreams, 71 million networks of relationships, 71 million people with unique skills, capacity, and agency, and 71 million people made in the image of, and dearly loved by God,” she says. “If we each do our part – individually, communally, nationally – to generously care for and walk with as many of those 71 million as we can, we can transform that number.”

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Sheila Vicic: an entire community goes from fear to hope

White Rock resident Sheila Vicic, 57, is back home after spending almost two months (March 17-May 12) in Cremona, Italy at the Samaritan’s Purse emergency field hospital.

Sheila was there serving as finance manager dealing with contracts, arranging services, looking after payroll and procuring supplies. She stayed out of the hospital’s patient treatment zone but was able to safely visit with patients who were able to go for brief walks.

The Samaritan’s Purse emergency field hospital was set up, at the invitation of the local government, because the number of coronavirus victims overwhelmed local medical facilities.

Sheila Vicic (right) and emergency field hospital director Bev Kauffeldt show off a gift of 100 cupcakes provided to Samaritan’s Purse staffers by the Canadian ambassador to Italy.

Sheila said her time in Cremona “was amazing. We saw an entire community go from fear to hope when we arrived.”

This is Sheila’s seventh international deployment with Samaritan’s Purse. Her previous deployments, usually with our emergency field hospitals, include:

  • Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas, 2019
  • Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, 2017
  • The ISIS-Iraqi government battle for Mosul, 2016-17 (the emergency field hospital was 20 kilometres from the fighting)
  • The Bangladesh Rohingya refugee crisis, 2017
  • The Greece refugee crisis, 2015

While she has definitely been in some risky deployments, Sheila said her husband and three adult daughters are okay with it. “It’s what they would expect me to be doing. They’re pretty chill with it because they know it fits with me.” In each case, she serves as a short-term Samaritan’s Purse employee. In Canada, Sheila deployed with Samaritan’s Purse after flooding in Windsor, Ontario, the Williams Lake BC wildfire (2017), flooding in Ontario and Quebec, and the 2016 Fort McMurray wildfire.

Sheila shares some thoughts on serving:

Q.   How did you see God moving in the midst of the fear and chaos caused by this pandemic?

A.   There are two aspects of God at work that stick with me. Unity and Providence.  In every deployment, we have unique needs to get operational – a hospital in tents still requires power, water, sanitation, assembly.  And the team needs gear and climate-appropriate clothing and food and shelter.  In the midst of fear and chaos, our Italian partners assigned by the region to help us were the conduits to the resources we needed, and when we asked – where can we get winter clothes – they knew who to call.

Miracle after miracle of provision of accommodation, clothing, food, oxygen supply, drinking water were facilitated by these co-workers; but God had prepared the hearts of the donors / owners. He had pre-positioned exactly what we would need in and near Cremona in the months leading up to our arrival. That provision, which I can confidently say exceeded €1 million, was from God’s storehouses, through the local owners, through our Italian co-workers who didn’t volunteer for this role, but were assigned it by their regional government.  All these people and businesses being used by God to provide for our facility day-by-day decreased the chaos into orderly operations.  To know, from the business perspective, that God was in the very minute details of clothing the team, oxygen systems for patients, housing and food for the team; brings confidence that God is present and near in the work we are doing in Cremona.

Unity among the local churches of all denominations often arises in crises.  In Italy, we were able to see servants from every church, including monastery and convent, join us in serving the sick and supporting our team. I see God desiring unity in His people worldwide and if I was looking for meaning in a pandemic, I would clearly see God bringing unity to His churches, no matter how they express their faith in Jesus.

 

Q.   Is there one particular person, or story, that still lingers in your memory?

A.   There are two moments that I will share – among many that will stay with me and motivate me to serve again. The first was as an observer of a ‘fence’ visit where family members could stand about 10 ft apart and visit their recovering family member. A lady who had been very ill and who hadn’t seen her son in about 6 weeks since entering the hospital system, put on her lovely pink housecoat, had her hair combed through and then told her son about her stay at the camp hospital.  It was her first time staying in a tent and so she told her son that her first ‘camping trip’ was totally lovely, the people were like family and she was having a good time and he wasn’t to worry about her.  He was to go home and eat better and she was fine.  What I loved was her resiliency to a relatively harsh hospital environment, and a brutal disease and her optimism and positivity about being in a cot, in a tent hospital in a parking lot.  To see her turning her concern to her son, for his well-being, allowed me to see that she is indeed on the mend, even though still frail and sitting in a wheelchair for this visit

Our first intubated patient that survived and was released from the tent hospital was a miracle recovery by every definition. This man arrived in our care 100% on life support and on a beautiful sunny April day, he walked out to a waiting taxi, carrying his own duffle bag and waving and calling out his thanks to God and to his caregivers.  As we stood 1-2 metres apart, masks, gloved hands clapping and cheering for him, overwhelmed by the miracle we were watching, an Italian co-worker turned to me with tears in her eyes, and we hugged.  All our protocol and PPE aside – humans and miracles need hugs and so we had a brief embrace – but an important release of all the beauty of God’s miracles that we were witness to.  Subsequently this co-worker prayed for the Lord to be her Saviour and I know that tender moment allowed her to be vulnerable in an extremely anxious and fearful environment.

 

Q.   What motivates you to serve in this way?

A.   Although the title within SP is called Finance officer or Finance manager – I prefer to think of myself as Stewardship Manager. We have been given so much by God and through our donors, but we have a lofty responsibility to manage it wisely in the field, to carefully consider what we are doing from start to finish on a deployment and to apply the God-given resources with wisdom and avoid waste. Not many accountants, CPA’s, are inclined to be in these unpredictable, risky work situations. I think by nature, accountants are risk averse and prefer order to chaos.  For me, it is safer to be obeying God’s call on my life than to be seeking safety away from risky situations – those factors of risk and chaos don’t weigh heavily on my mind while I do my work.  I’m a person who can get it done no matter what and likes to bring order out of chaos or reduce the sense of risk by bringing reason and a principled stewardship perspective to situations full of crazy variables.  I know that God has made me this way (able to process a ton of information from different sources and perspectives and see the commonality or the priority) and that He has called me to serve in tough places where these skills are needed.   By doing the relatively routine, yet decisive tasks of a finance (stewardship) role that are the necessary business end of meeting the needs of those facing crisis and disaster, I allow others to also serve in their area of strength and not have to stress over the matters of finance and payments, contracts and securing funds.

www.samaritanspurse.ca

 

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Resetting the missionary paradigm

by Frank Dabbs

After his resurrection, Jesus met his disciples on a Galilean mountain and asked them to spend the rest of their lives proclaiming the gospel. He promised to go with them to the ends of the world.

The history of Christianity for 2,000 years was shaped by the obedience of these eleven apostles to Jesus’ great commission. What do Jesus’ words mean today in the context of thousands of languages and cultures on the globe?

For two years beginning in 2017, World Partners, the mission leadership arm of the Evangelical Missionary Church of Canada, listened to and learned from the leaders and members, and worked with them to reset the EMCC missions’ paradigm. The result is a church that belongs to no nation and has no borders or boundaries.

“We work with individuals and churches in pursuing how God is nudging us all to participate in His mission in the world,” says Joel Zantingh, the executive director of World Partners.

Most of the world’s Jesus followers live south of the Tropic of Cancer (latitude 23.5 degrees north).

The new paradigm recognizes that the rebalancing of Christianity southward is fundamental to missions.

No longer are Christians from Europe and North America sent out to proselytize the heathen.

Rather, Christians across the globe are now walking together to proclaim the good news.

“We work with individuals and churches in pursuing how God is nudging us all to participate in His Mission in the world through learning, connecting and mobilizing,” says Zantingh.

The World Partners assistant director, Nicole Jones-Qandah says, “we are brothers and sisters in Christ, walking together, learning together, mutually enabling and encouraging each other, praying together and and giving spiritual and financial aid where needed.”

Three words, Learn, Connect, Mobilize, summarize the re-envisioned work of the World Partners, the EMCC ministerial leadership and the church membership.
The discovery assessment process to determine the new paradigm permeated the EMCC at the congregational, ministerial, regional and national levels.

“The buy-in to the reset paradigm is encouraging because it will affect the posture and strategic direction for the churches’ relationship with global partners, for global workers, and for development initiatives,” Zantingh says.

Learn, Connect and Mobilize has five core values.

It is commission-driven, living out the way of Jesus by listening, trusting and obeying the Spirit of Jesus, and practicing sacrificial love.
It puts relationships first by fostering mutuality with Canadians and global partners.
It is cooperative, collaborating with like-minded partners in Canada and internationally.
It is integrated, engaging churches and individuals in Jesus’ mission, offering experiences that integrate development with disciple-making.
It is culturally aware, increasing the ability of all partners to serve each other with cultural awareness and sensitivity.

“We are opening a new chapter in global missions, journeying with the body of Christ together around the world, says Zantingh.

For example, in a Latin American country, EMCC is facilitating the church in enabling Christians to train and support medical workers to be sent elsewhere on the globe.

In North Africa, a Tunisian woman who considers the EMCC to be her spiritual heritage because she met Christ through EMCC missionaries, is leading house churches and aiding women in crisis because they face violence and fear due to their faith.

World Partners is meeting with EMCC pastors, members and leaders across Canada to share the new paradigm.

Zantingh says, “There are things we cannot see. What does God want to teach us? We need to develop a learning posture.

“We need to learn from one another. We need to be inquisitive, to slow down our pace of actions, to set aside the North American results-oriented culture and patiently listen and learn.”

According to Zantingh, “followers of Jesus can be more engaged in international missions because the globe has shrunk, due to ease of travel.

“There are many more opportunities for short term teams and mission assignments.”

He says, “the EMCC is shifting its mindset to develop a global heart that knows that senders and receivers have been replaced by mutuality. Christians are a global family of equals.”

“Although the church’s paradigm has change, the scriptural mandate hasn’t.” says Jones-Qandah.

She cited Micah 6, “What does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

And Isaiah 61, “the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

For more information on the Evangelical Missionary Church of Canada World Partners, check the website at www.emcc.ca/world-partners/wp-profile.

 

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Nothing is impossible for God: Nothing!

Nearly five years ago, Give the Word was two years into our launch in Winnipeg, MB. We were a growing ministry, raising funds to give away Bibles for free to ministries that needed them across Canada.

One morning, we received a call from Reynold Maines (the son of David Maines who founded 100 Huntley Street). Reynold says, “I don’t know if you remember me but I was in Winnipeg awhile ago and we were briefly introduced. You didn’t have time to chat long but you gave me one of your Bibles and your business card.” He went on to say how they had a ministry in Uganda that was in desperate need of Bibles for community outreach and evangelism. He specified how they were looking for 500-1000 copies of the New Living Translation Bible in hardcover that would be suitable for outreach and asked if Give the Word would be able to donate them.

As much as I wanted to be able to say yes, we were not yet in the position to provide for this request. We did not have these Bibles in stock which meant we would have to take this on as a new project and raise funds for it. One thousand hardcover Bibles is no small price tag. I relayed to Reynold that we were still a small ministry and that we would not be able to provide those Bibles at this time and that we were also not set up to be able to ship a large order like this overseas, due to the high cost. He replied, “No problem at all. I didn’t know how big or small of an organization you were and figured I would just ask.”

I hung up the phone, moved on with my day and put it out of my mind.

That same night, around 6 pm, I get a phone call from Regina. It was a businessman who was asking about Give the Word. He said “We don’t know each other but I’ve been following online what you guys are doing, and noticed that you give away the New Living Translation.” “We sure do,” I told him,“what can I help you with?”

He went on to tell me his story of how he got saved through someone giving him a New Living Translation Bible and God has put it on his heart to give others that same opportunity. He ended up funding a project with his own money to have 10,000 copies printed of the New Living Translation Bible in hardcover that was designed for outreach, that also has his own personal testimony of salvation in it. He shared that an entire distribution plan for these Bibles had recently fallen apart. He says to me “Ryan, I have 10,000 Hardcover NLT Bibles in my warehouse, I don’t know what to do with. I know that my ministry can’t continue like I had planned but I’d like it to continue through Give the Word and I would like to donate the entire 10,000 Bibles to you”.

Ummm WHAT?? That’s about $150,000 worth of Bibles for absolutely free, and these were the exact Bibles that Reynold was asking for in Uganda and now we were being offered 10 times what they needed.

We accepted the offer and they were shipped to us a few days later. We even had all 10 pallets of them shipped for free from a local trucking company.

I called Reynold back and told him the news that we had the Bibles he needed, and all we had to do was figure out shipping to Uganda.

A day or two after the news about getting the Bibles for free, I visited one of our donors. He owns a farm equipment company. I sat down with him in his office and before we even started the meeting, he hands me a cheque for $10,000 and says to use it wherever it’s needed. Amazing! I decided to tell him about what had just happened and asked if he would be ok with us using some of this cheque to ship 1,000 Bibles to Uganda. He pauses for a second and starts to chuckle. He says “Ryan, I am filling a container of farm equipment at this very moment that is destined for Uganda for a humanitarian project I am working on. Why don’t I just put the Bibles in my container and that way it costs you nothing.

I was floored! Twenty-four hours ago, this Bible request was an impossible ask, but God was at work here long before those Bible were even requests – and we had 9,000 Bibles left over.

I called Reynold and told him the news. We both just laughed and thanked God for orchestrating the impossible. To make it even sweeter, the distance from where the container was going to in Uganda to where the ministry was that needed the Bibles was only a 1 hour drive.

God’s word never returns void. It’s one of God’s many promises. Isaiah 55:11 says God’s word will never return void, but will accomplish what He desires and achieve the purpose for which He sent it.

PS…the other 9000 Bibles were donated to Bible camps across Canada as well as to some Inuit communities in Nunavut, Canada. (We even had an airline fly them up north at no cost.) Praise the Lord!

www.givetheword.ca

 

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Mission Central: The context for discipleship

By John Hall

 

Mission Central will be initiating more conversations about what it means to be a disciple in the coming years, as we try to bring about a shift in our understanding of mission. We are interested in discipleship because it is fundamentally tied to mission.

What we mean is that we serve a God who is on mission. His love compels him to reach into creation and redeem and reconcile it. In turn, he sends us, his children, to participate in his mission alongside him. As God’s children, we should be filled with the Holy Spirit and love for our father. This inner joy should lead us to proclaim loudly, in word and deed, that the Kingdom is at hand. From this perspective, mission isn’t something we do, it’s an outcome of knowing that we’re loved as a son or daughter. This knowledge contributes to our being healthy vibrant disciples.

So how do we raise up healthy vibrant disciples? Well, that would be through discipleship.

When Mission Central uses the word discipleship, we want to make sure that the context for discipleship is not misunderstood. We can never view discipleship as something that takes place completely outside of the Church, or more specifically, outside of a local worshipping community.  The local worshipping community is where disciples experience and learn the Kingdom culture and our family history. It is a place where spiritual gifts and talents are identified and nurtured and most importantly where the disciple gets released into the world to use their gifts and talents for the glory of God. This community plays a role in shaping us into the image of our Lord. This means, of course, that discipleship will only work well if the local worshipping community is healthy.

Mike Goheen, in The Church and Its Vocation, offers a great insight into what makes a local worshipping community a healthy part of the Church. He says, “Ecclesiology is first of all about the church’s identity – who we are and who we serve. And if the biblical story is not the place where our identity is forged, then by default this place will be somewhere else, almost certainly in our cultural story and social location.”

Covid-19 has caused many of us to pause and think about how we’ve been doing things. I see an incredible opportunity for Christians in North America to use this forced pause to consider how we’ve been doing church. If our communities are not forming people into a redeeming and reconciling missionary people, then we need to ask why?

Expanding on this idea, we could take another cue from Goheen, and ask two questions. First – Are we making people who look like Jesus? For me, this means that we would have a family resemblance to Jesus. It used to bug me that people I didn’t know would come up to me and say, “You remind me of your father” (or mother – I got both.) As time has passed, my appreciation for my heritage has grown more and more. Do you get mistaken for Jesus? And since we’re talking about the Church, can you connect that likeness to the influence of your community?

And second – Is the way that we “do community” presenting Jesus as King to the world? Certainly, we need to make sure that our worshipping communities are not just “come and see” gatherings, but that they are also “go into all the world” communities. But, more importantly, we need to be a people who, as Paul says, are no longer conformed to the way of the world (Rom 12:2). We have to take the time as a people to discern together how God is calling us to live as a community, a family, in a way that aligns with Kingdom values and our identity as sons and daughters of the King.

It is possible to get the right answers to the above two questions in theory, but we need to do more than understand with our head, we need to embody the answers. In other words, we need to behave like Jesus and live like we’re citizens of his Kingdom. Darrell Guder in the book Missional Church puts it this way. He says, “The aim of the church is not simply to make a given culture more just or more caring, but to shape a people into an alternative way of life. Missional communities representing the reign of God will be intentional about providing the space, the time and the resources for people to unlearn old patterns and learn new ways of living that reveal God’s transforming and healing power.” (p152)

But this won’t happen without at least one more puzzle piece. We need to be a people on mission with Christ.  Mike Goheen, quotes Jürgen Moltman who says, “the mission of Christ creates its own church.” Alternatively, you could say, that if the church doesn’t take mission seriously it’s entirely possible that we could cease to be the church. That seems a little harsh but consider Jesus’ words, “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.” (Mt 5:13) Or just as sobering, the words of God to the church of Laodicea, “So, because you are lukewarm – neither hot nor cold – I am about to spit you out of my mouth.” (Rev 3:16) Note the sanction applies to the whole community.

So, in this season of Covid-19, let’s take the time to pause and reflect on whether the identities of our local worshipping communities are being forged by the biblical story or by the culture we live in. There’s a lot at stake, not just for us, but for the world too.

 

Mission Central is a catalyst that inspires churches to be missional communities and individuals to become mature disciples of Jesus. Visit us at www.missioncentral.ca.

John Hall is the Executive Director of Mission Central.

 

 

Mission Central is a catalyst that inspires churches to be missional communities and individuals to become mature disciples of Jesus. Visit us at: www.missioncentral.ca

 

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The Persecuted Church

 

 

 

 

 

edited by Al Coats

India

In just over a month, four Christians, including two women, a teenager, and a pastor, were killed in India because of their faith. These killings, may indicate a deadly new trend in the persecution and violence facing India’s Christian community.

On May 25, the body of Bijay Mandavi, a 38-year-old Christian woman, was found in the jungle near Baddi village, Chhattisgarh. Ever since she became a Christian three years ago, she went through constant harassment and death threats, but despite this, Bijay, the mother of three children, remained steadfast in her newfound faith.

On June 4, Sombura Madkami, a 14-year-old Christian boy from Kenduguda village,  Odisha state, was brutally murdered. Local extremists had been harassing the Christians of Kenduguda for years, and more recently had threatened to kill the Christians if they continued to hold church activities in the village.

On June 7, Kande Mudu, a 27-year-old Christian, was killed after he was dragged out of his house by extremists in Bari village, Jharkhand. Mudu’s wife Bindu said, ” My husband was my everything. I cannot think of life without my husband. I do know, however, that I will continue to follow Jesus. Nothing more can be taken away from me.”

On July 10, Pastor Munsi Thado, age 35, was murdered in the forest near Badpari village, Maharashtra. He was killed because of his faith, life, and ministry to the Adivasi people in the area. He led more than 20 families to Christ since he was thrown out the village by some Hindu radicals.

In 2014, there were documented 147 violent attacks on India’s Christians community. In 2019, the latest data available, 366 attacks were documented.

In light of these recent killings, some Christians fear that a deadly new trend is emerging. Historically, incidents of persecution in India have been generally limited to physical assaults, threats, social boycotts, and the destruction of property. However, the recent killings may indicate that the severity of persecution is also increasing in addition to the frequency.

Source: http://www.persecution.org

 

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Check out the profiles on a various Missions and Ministries.
Abundance Canada
CFI – Christian Friends of Israel
Christian Service Brigade
Christianity Explored
Discipleship International
Give the Word
Great Commission Media Ministries
Himalayan Life
International Christian Embassy Jerusalem
Lighthouse Harbour Ministries
M2/W2
Middle East Christian Outreach
Mission to Seafarers
Northern Canada Evangelical Mission
Out of Zion
People International Canada
Rock Solid Refuge
Samaritan’s Purse
The Messianic Times

 

 

 

 

Abundance Canada

Faith generosity

by Yvonne Douma

Joe and Tammy Franklin (pseudonyms) grew up in a rural community where generous giving was the norm. Neighbours often went out of their way to help one another with seeding, equipment, or harvest. Their families both attended church where they put a weekly offering into the collection plate. Sunday school teachers taught them about money and generosity from a biblical perspective, and their parents continued the teaching at home, sometimes foregoing extras so the family could meet their charitable goals.

 

After they got married, Joe started his own farming business while Tammy worked as a teacher. They continued to live by their deeply-held beliefs about how they should earn, spend, and save their money following the principles modelled in the Bible. Over time, it became clear that their children were not growing up with the same kind of community they had known.

Joe and Tammy worried that generosity was being squeezed out of their modern life. Families, including their own, were incredibly busy. The couple asked their financial advisor about how they might increase their charitable donations. Their financial advisor referred them to Abundance Canada to talk about a Generosity Plan™.

 

Practicing Generosity Together
The Franklins wanted to model the principle of giving their “first fruits” to honour God and help others. I helped them set up a Gifting Fund™ that lets the entire family get involved in charitable giving. Each family member contributes what they can to the fund, and then everyone gets together at regular intervals to recommend the charities they want to support.

The younger members of the family benefit from seeing the adults in their lives prioritize charitable giving as they grow into making their own donations, and everyone gets to experience the joy of giving to causes they care about. Even as the family has expanded, the foundation has helped to keep everyone connected.

Abundance Canada is a faith-based public foundation, registered with the Canada Revenue Agency. We help people realize their philanthropy and giving potential in their lifetime and beyond. Charity registration number: 12925-3308-RR0001.

Visit abundance.ca to learn more.

 

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CFI – Christian Friends of Israel

Christian Friends of Israel offers Christian Friendship and support for Jewish people and the Nation of Israel, having a clear Biblical mandate for this hour in history. Christians are being called upon to uphold Israel and her right to exist. Now, more than ever, the Jewish people need Christians who will not only Pray for the peace of Jerusalem but openly stand on their behalf.

Some of our projects:
o Project Open Gates – assisting new immigrants from many countries return to the promised land – Israel
o Project Streams of Blessing – assisting elderly people and poor from many walks of life
o Project Bridal Salon – providing attire to Brides and Grooms at no cost
o Project Forsake Them Not – helping needy and sick Holocaust survivors
o Project David’s Shield – outreach to the Israeli soldiers
o Project Under His Wings – binding up psychological wounds and scars for victims of terrorism
o Project Communities Under Attack – reaching out to victims of rocket attacks
o Media and Development – supporting truthful information about Israel to be spread globally
o First Fruit – sowing seed into Israel – prayer and financial support.

www.cfi-canada.org 778-388-0817

 

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Christian Service Brigade

Christian Service Brigade

It’s August and time to start planning our fall ministries, but with this world of COVID, plans are always changing. It doesn’t mean that we don’t plan. It means that we seek God and plan according to His Leading, recognizing that He knows the future. And while our plans may come to nothing, He will use them to build us in other ways. How is your planning going?

Brigade is having a huge online Kickoff on Wednesday, August 26. It is for boys and their families, Brigade leaders and their churches. Two 45-minute sessions are being put together by two teams of experienced CSB staff and Brigade leaders for Stockade and Battalion. They will be presented twice that same night to allow participation from all across North America.

Check it out at www.csbbc.org/brigade-kickoff. Serving our children and youth for Christ is different today. CSB can help your men and boys.

 

www.csbbc.org

 

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Discipleship International

In Matthew 28:19-20, when Jesus tells us to go and make disciples, he clarifies what he means by saying that to disciple is to teach Christians to obey everything that God has commanded us.

As Paul put it in 1 Corinthians, discipling is saying, “follow me as I follow Christ”.

Our disciplers at Discipleship International have all had mature Christians come along beside them and say follow me as I follow Christ and then encouraged them to do likewise with other Christians.

To be a true disciple of Christ we need to be equipped and established in our faith and that is the focus of our ministry.

The key to becoming a mature Believer is how much time we spend with Jesus. “To be little with God is to be little for God”.

If you are at a place in your life where you hunger to go deeper in your relationship with God, contact at us at Discipleship International and let us guide and equip you to be a true disciple (follower) of Jesus within your local church by spending more time with Him and having mature Christians teaching you and keeping you accountable to be a true Christ follower.

www.discipleshipint.org

 

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Give the Word

Each one reach one

Imagine the impact us as believers would have if every single one of us would take opportunities to share the gospel. This world would look so much different. And yet, this is EXACTLY what Jesus has asked of every single believer. Not a single believer is exempt from the task of sharing the gospel. Many of us ask God for opportunities to share our faith but when the opportunity comes, we shy away or consider it “too awkward”. I get that we are not all evangelists at heart. Some of us are a little more introverted….but is there anything at all that is preventing you from giving someone the Word of God? Jesus often preceded his gospel message with an act of service, love, or a miracle, which then gave Him an opening to share the gospel. What if we would do that? Go and do something so outrageous for someone that is causes them to ask you. “Why would you do that for me”? And then tell them and give them a Bible. It’s that simple, and it works. If you need a Bible to give away, we’ll send you one.

Info.givetheword@gmail.com, www.givetheword.ca, 204-803-5773

Visit us on Facebook @givetheword

www.givewithword.ca
Call: 204-803-5773

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Great Commission Media Ministries

Accelerating the Great Commission

God’s Power to Transform Cities
Great Commission Media Ministries uses all the media simultaneously to proclaim the Gospel in a major city, nonstop, for a 30-day period, an idea conceived of the Holy Spirit. These month-long Mega City campaigns utilize local TV, radio, outdoor ads, billboards, banners, signs, light boxes, ads on buses and taxis, ads in newspapers, and a specially-produced evangelism book. The book has 15 high-impact transformation stories, the road map to new life in Jesus, and the prayer of salvation.
This coordinated use of media would practically reach a whole city. Participating local churches work closely with GCM Ministries during these campaigns and follow up on new Christians.

A call center operates 24/7 to receive calls from people searching for faith in God. Callers would receive the book on transformation through faith in Jesus.

 

God’s Miracle in Tanzania
The highly effective, mega-city media campaign in Tanzania was held in November 2019.

Over 140,000 people have called the call centre to find out how their lives can change. An incredible 70% of calls are from Muslims. For many Muslims, it is a risky step of faith to contact a Christian call center or talk to believers.

One of the stories in the evangelistic campaign book and in all major media in Tanzania was about a home grown Muslim named Mesek.

Mesek was on a mission to convert every Christian in Tanzania to Islam. But, in the process, Jesus saved his soul and delivered him from the clutches of Satan. He was a Tanzanian “Saul of Tarsus” on an unholy mission. Mesek’s transformation story triggered thousands of calls from Muslims across Tanzania, wanting to know more about his faith in the God of the Bible.

We originally printed 30,000 evangelism books for distribution, but we upped the printing to 90,000. The demand was so great that last week we placed an order for 100,000 more books. A massive follow-up operation is now taking place.

This Gospel of the Kingdom will be preached throughout the world as a testimony to all nations. Let us go together into all the world and preach the Gospel. Matthew 24:14, Mark 16:15.

For more information or to partner with us in missions, go to our website: www.gcmministries.com or call us toll free: 877-674-5630.

 

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Himalayan Life

We are a Christian charity that exists to enhance the lives of children in the Himalayas.

Through protecting, nurturing and educating children, we aim to move them from a place of not life to life. Our work is literally about life and death as we provide comprehensive care to street children, abandoned children, slave children, and other socio-economically disadvantaged children. We touch the lives of a wide range of children through meaningful school- and community-based programs by standing in the gap so that these children choose life.

Your big-hearted partnership will bring disadvantaged children in the Himalayas from a place of not life to life. So thank you for the part that you play in making these children flourish.

This past year, we served over 2,085 children through all of our programs. Of these, 231 children were provided homes! In addition, through these programs, we helped provide 323,000 meals.

 

www.himalayanlife.com

 

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International Christian Embassy Jerusalem

The International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ) was founded in 1980 by a group of Christian visionaries who paved the way for God’s work between Israel and His Church. ICEJ has progressed to include Aliyah, helping to build bomb shelters, advocacy for the State of Israel, the Feast of Tabernacles, support for Holocaust survivors and more.

ICEJ has also built strategic partnerships with Yad Vashem, the Jerusalem Post, Knesset and private Israeli institutions. We are proud to have inspired a pathway of encouragement between Evangelicals and Israel.

One of the ways we are helping to reverse centuries of Christian anti-Semitism is by educating the next generation of young Christian leaders with the truth about Israel.
Last year, 10 of our top young leaders attended monthly advocacy and leadership training which focused on support of Israel. These students were handpicked for their eagerness to learn about Israel advocacy and their faithful commitment to the Lord’s biblical mandate to love and bless the Jewish people.

After receiving in-depth instruction and training, our students went on a 12-day visit to Israel in July. They returned invigorated and equipped to defeat the insidious BDS movement, debunk lies about Israel and advance that Israel is the only beacon of freedom and democracy in the Middle East.

At 40, the ICEJ looks back with awe and thankfulness on the miracles God worked through our ministry in the past four decades.

Because of your generous support, ICEJ Canada will continue educating about and supporting Israel.

We need your generous support to continue with this educational program.

Please help us and visit http://icejcanada.org/banquet or call 1-866-324-9133.

 

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Lighthouse Harbour Ministries

“Wait for the Lord: be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” (Ps. 27:14)

King David knew hardship.  In Scripture it is recorded that David experienced acute opposition from many sources.  However, in Psalm 27, for example, one can also notice that he was encouraged to wait and see God’s goodness transpire.

At present, many seafarers are suffering mental anguish because of virus-related travel restrictions.  A number of these mariners have been on their ships far beyond their contracts expiries; some as long as fifteen months!  Also, because of the uncertain future caused by the virus, they don’t know when they will return home.  As with King David, they are learning lessons of waiting.  Please pray that the Lord will lead these fellows to place their hope in Jesus and “see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” (v. 13)  For more about Lighthouse: www.sealight.org

 

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M2/W2

At M2/W2 Association – Restorative Christian Ministries, we believe in second chances. After all, each of us got a second chance. We chose to turn away from one path and discover what God has for us on another – the narrow path of faith. Everyone’s journey is different, though, and we face unique obstacles.

For someone who is in prison or transitioning back into society, belief in a second chance is critical. It’s a source of hope and purpose. When you believe that change is possible, it empowers you to live for something bigger than yourself.

Our organization has three programs, each designed to support and encourage people who are committed to change yet face the emotional, spiritual, and physical obstacles that often result from incarceration.

For over five decades, our one-on-one mentorship program has been equipping volunteers to go into prisons and build relationships with people behind bars. In time, these connections become lasting friendships based on mutual respect and affection.

At Hidden Treasures Thrift Stores in Abbotsford and Chilliwack, inmates on work release gain employment experience alongside store staff and volunteers from the community. The proceeds from selling quality used items help support our ministry.

The No One Leaves Alone (NOLA) program lifts up former inmates as they seek restoration and healing as free men and women. Each NOLA member works with a circle of volunteers and staff who help that member find their place in the community and make the most of their second chance. To learn how you can make an impact visit m2w2.com

 

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Middle East Christian Outreach

I want to make the most difference possible when it comes to reaching out to those who have yet to experience a relationship with Jesus. The older I get, the more I understand the concept of making disciples.

The one-to-one relationship gets most of my time. Although I may still dream of the masses coming to faith, I know it is my gift of time to disciple that makes most of the difference. It happened with Jesus, and it happened with Paul, and it has happened with so many others.

Those we spend time with may become the next generational leaders. “And what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.” 2 Timothy 2:2.

Visit us at www.mecocanada.ca.

Erwin van Laar is the President of MECO Canada, called to serve those in and from the Middle East
www.mecocanada.ca

 

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Mission to Seafarers

We all sin and fall short of the glory of God, but ‘in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ’ Ephesians 2:13.

You have been brought near so that you can encounter the risen Lord and follow his example, ‘love one another as I have loved you’ John 13:34. Your response has been made essential in showing God’s love for the world.

The work of seafarers in supplying us with what we need esp. in times of crisis means that they offer an essential service to all of us and we acknowledge that at the Mission to Seafarers and your prayers and other ways you can say and show thanks do too.

Go to www.flyingangel.ca to learn more.

 

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Northern Canada Evangelical Mission

Our missionaries are active across Canada in evangelism, discipling, and ministering to the needs of the whole person. We do these within the framework of the bigger picture – we believe that establishing local fellowship groups and churches is central to the Great Commission and the building of God’s Kingdom among Canada’s First Peoples.
There are still many Aboriginal communities without a healthy Bible-based church. Can you imagine anything more rewarding than seeing, firsthand, a church planted where there previously wasn’t one?

We have career church multiplying opportunities, as well as short- and long-term ministry openings in Bible camps, publishing, television, office, and facilities maintenance.
Visit our website (www.ncem.ca) or call 306-764-3388. See how God is working among Canada’s First Peoples when you tune in to our TV program Tribal Trails … or watch anytime online at www.tribaltrails.org … and come see us at Missions Fest Vancouver, Jan. 31-Feb. 1!

 

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Out of Zion

Bringing light and blessings to the nations

Out of Zion Ministries is based on Mt. Carmel in northern Israel. Founder David Silver immigrated to Israel with his wife Josie and two sons in 1992.
David and Josie began to participate in evangelism campaigns in Russia and Central Asia in 1995, planting Messianic congregations and seeing large numbers of Jewish people coming into the Kingdom.

In 1997, David sensed the LORD directing him to take the message of the Biblical relationship of the Church, Israel and the Jewish people, to the nations. Since that time, David has ministered the Word of GOD in more than 40 nations, and has been coming to Canada since 2003.

David has written a book, A Slow Train Coming, which is a very simple but informative look at the history, present and future of Israel and the Church. The Out of Zion website contains numerous articles and teaching videos that scriptually clarify this very important subject.

www.out-of-zion.com

 

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People International Canada

People International Canada serves in greater Central Asia often referred to as the Stans. Our friends and those we minister to are shop keepers, teachers, bakers, taxi drivers, grandmas, farmers and business people. Our goal is to invest in local believers and build up the local churches. In one country we work in, a “Gypsy” or Roma ministry has begun. One of our team members has a special interest in Gypsies. He ministers in a gypsy community where many have now come to Jesus. Not only have they decided to follow Jesus, but the decision has changed their lives: they have registered their marriages, put their children in school, and started working! No one has ever heard of such life changes before in this country. This is the real outcome of sharing Jesus in hard-to-reach places. People’s lives are transformed. Communities are changed for the good.

www.gopeople.ca

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Rock Solid Refuge

 

At Rock Solid Refuge we believe that building relationships is the single most influential thing we can do to help our students succeed!    

So our goal is to build influence and help them see that personal change is both good and necessary.

We know kids change through Relationships, not simply from the exercise of Authority.

Below are some points that we think would be valuable for you the parent to consider:

  • If your teen doesn’t have a relationship with you, they will have it with someone else.
  • If they don’t get their wisdom from you they will search for it somewhere else.
  • If they don’t spend time with you they will spend it with someone else.
  • If you don’t give them value, then they will find their value elsewhere.
  • A young person best recognizes wisdom when there is a Relationship.
  • Often a relationship problem is actually a communication problem.
  • Ask question.  Asking questions shows young people that you value what they think, and has an amazing way to get them THINKING more.For more on this, or other parenting topics, go to https://rocksolidrefuge.com/resources/

For help with a teen in crisis go to rocksolidrefuge.com or to partner with us and help change a life forever go to https://rocksolidrefuge.com/donate-2/

 

 

 

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Samaritan’s Purse

Exhausted flood victims receive vital help from Samaritan’s Purse and people like you Volunteers provide physical, spiritual aid in Jesus Name to grateful northern Alberta family

By Frank King

The situation at Gerry Gaunt’s home in Fort McMurray, Alberta was bad. So bad, that the 53-year-old machinist didn’t step off his property for a week after the Clearwater River flooded in late April, depositing almost four feet of water in his shop and nearly two feet in his house.

“I wasn’t expecting the water to breach the house,” he said quietly while sitting on a garden tractor. Once the floodwaters receded, Gerry used that tractor to move dirt around the house and encourage the water underneath his home—which doesn’t have a basement—to finally drain away.

“I didn’t realize the gravity of the situation; I was concerned, but optimistic,” he said.

The gravity of the situation became frighteningly clear when Sheri, Gerry’s wife, and their three dogs had to be kayaked out of the property by one of their sons, as rising water cut off the home from rescue vehicles.

 

An overwhelming amount of work

Samaritan’s Purse staff and local volunteers clean out Gerry and Sheri Gaunt’s flood-damaged home in the remote northern Alberta city of Fort McMurray. Generous Canadians like you make it possible for Samaritan’s Purse to offer this vital disaster relief work, in Jesus’ Name, at no cost to homeowners.

After the floodwaters disappeared, the amount of work ahead of Gerry and his family was overwhelming. He felt he had no choice but to stay on the property, sleeping in an RV so he could spend as much time as possible cleaning up.

That’s when an army of orange-shirted Samaritan’s Purse volunteers arrived to offer a welcome light at the end of a long, dark tunnel that was looming ahead of the Gaunt family.

Thanks to prayers and support from people like you, the team was able to bring in specialized recovery equipment and spend two days removing waterlogged furniture and belongings, tearing away soaked drywall and flooring, and spraying to stop mold growth. All this at no cost to the Gaunt family.

As Samaritan’s Purse volunteers respond, the organization is investing extra resources and taking special precautions, while coordinating with government officials, to protect them and those they serve from COVID-19.

 

Offering stability in an unstable time

“This is a big help,” Gerry said gratefully as he watched volunteers coming and going from his home, many of them carrying tools or removing damaged drywall. “It would take me a long time to get this work done.”

The timely help and professionalism of the Samaritan’s Purse volunteer team also impressed Gerry. “Everyone’s polite and courteous. They offer stability in an unstable time,” he said.

The Gaunts are just one of more than 90 Fort McMurray families that reached out for help after the ice-jammed Clearwater and Athabasca Rivers drowned their homes.

Please continue to pray for them. Many are still recovering from the devastating wildfire that ripped through Fort McMurray in 2016, while also dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic and very challenging economic times.

In times of disaster, you can continue to bring stability, help, and hope in Jesus’ Name to hurting Canadian families. As you do, you “bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2, ESV). Please visit SamaritansPurse.ca to learn how you can help.

 

Feature article on Samaritans Purse’s work in Italy

 

 

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The Messianic Times

Are you in touch with what God is doing with the Jewish people? Are you seeking Jewish roots studies?

The Messianic Times has the distinction of being the only international Messianic Jewish newspaper in the world. The newspaper began in 1990 with a vision that coincided with the explosive growth of the end time revival of the Jewish People which continues to this very day.

Six issues per year jam packed with everything messianic and Jewish-roots oriented to serve the ever-expanding Messianic Jewish Community and the growing Evangelical Christian community, who fully supports the work that the Lord has done in Israel, North America and worldwide.

Articles on biblical holidays – messianic celebrations and recipes
Special Messianic Israel Section, Israeli current events and analysis
Current Messianic books, music, Messianic leaders teaching articles
and much more…

We provide accurate, authoritative, and current information to unite the international Messianic Jewish community, teach Christians the Jewish roots of their faith, and proclaim that Yeshua is the Jewish Messiah.

Our newly designed state-of-the-art website provides a format that reaches beyond our many readers and supporters. Check us out at www.messianictimes.com and read our constantly updated blogs from Jerusalem.

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