Vision for Mission

Vision for Mission is a newsletter from Randy Friesen, General Director of MB Mission. Randy highlights recent worldwide stories and events that will help you build a vision for mission.

The recent earthquake in the Chengdu region of western China has filled our TV screen once again with images of devastation and suffering. Thousands of people have lost everything they own and those they love the most. We have had a team in the area responding through the distribution of clothing, plastic tarps, water buckets, and essential survival items.

Read more: June 2008

I've been reading the life story of Annie (Dyck) Buhler this week. She served with MB Mission in Colombia and Panama for almost 40 years. Her gifts were in education and discipleship. Annie's adventure in mission led her to the jungle on the border of Colombia and Panama where she supported our church planting efforts in that challenging region. Her good friend Herta Voth (who also served with MB Mission for many years in that region) remembers her as a gifted servant who lived generously and with humility. Annie finished the race well. Although Herta is officially retired, she continues to run a good race.

Read more: May 2008

CBC television (a Canadian network) recently ran a story in follow up to the tsunami rebuilding work in Southern Thailand. They profiled a number of Christian groups working in the area including the Mennonite Brethren. The story suggested that the beauty and cultural history of Thai Buddhism are now being eroded by Christianity - a foreign belief system. More than that, the story implied that conversions are being bought or manipulated by unscrupulous missionaries in exchange for rebuilding work. One of our workers, Rob Griffioen, made a clear statement that our compassionate aid in the name of Christ is never done to manipulate conversions. He went on to state that biblical conversion is an experience of someone's free will response to Christ's offer of forgiveness and freedom.

Read more: April 2008

We received an email this week from one of our partners in North Africa outlining a number of churches that had been closed and leaders arrested. This communication caught my attention because we will be meeting with a number of these North African leaders this spring for ongoing equipping and discipleship. The verbal and spiritual violence they regularly face is tiring.

Read more: March 2008

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LIVING FREE

Physical slavery is prevalent around the world; it takes many forms. Individuals and people groups are in bondage. Guest speaker, Randy Friesen has seen the amazing power of the Gospel to bring freedom to the oppressed. In our own lives, we can find ourselves enslaved – to sin and to fear. How can we be free? Knowing who we are in Christ is vital to our freedom.
January 2015 at Central Heights Church, Abbotsford, BC Play Button PLAY SERMON