At the recent dedication of the “House of Grace”, the Oasis ministry training and media center in North Africa, we reflected on the significance of an “oasis” in the desert. David wrote Psalm 63 in a physical desert that mirrored the emotional desert he was experiencing as he lived the life of a fugitive. Many of our Oasis team members can identify with that metaphor. They too are “on the run” from those who pursue them. They too live in a “dry and weary land where there is no water.”
Our times of worship, teaching, sharing and prayer in the presence of the Lord were an oasis in the lives of these leaders. Like David we could say, “my soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods.”
Several new Oasis team members shared stories of their camel outreaches into the Sahara reaching Taurig and Bedouin desert tribes. God is literally providing “water in the desert and streams in the wasteland” (Is 43:19-20) as His servants call out to Him in faith.
One of our leaders flew in from a country in the region that is currently in the middle of a major civil war. He pleaded for prayer from the West and said conditions were “a hundred times worse than what we see on TV”. We believe that God’s offer of living water has never been more timely or urgent than now in N Africa and the Middle East.
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From February 19-24 the training conference for the House Church leaders from 9 surrounding countries met at the House of Grace facility in Eg*pt with total attendance of 53. Every room was prayed through and dedicated to the work of the Lord. God’s provision has been wonderful and felt like home to all those who came that serve in other countries.
Our North American staff recently had their quarterly conference call where all our regional offices gave praise reports on how God has been moving in their regions through short-term mission trips, vision trips and church relationships. We are so thankful for our many partners who pray, who give and who go.
Items for Prayer
April 22-25 is when we will host our Spring Adventure in Abbotsford. Potential long-term missionaries are invited to come so we can get to know each other better. It is a very significant part of the discernment process and we invite your prayers during this time.
April 3-4 is when our MB Mission board meets for two days to monitor and measure how we are fulfilling our mandate. Pray for these Godly servants who sacrificially give of their time and energy to govern and lead us.