Fall 2016

The uphill call of Christ

The Uphill Call of Christ

I recently received a phone call from a dad who was struggling with the cost of sending his young daughter on a short-term mission trip to Central Asia.

Always Smiling

Her name means, the one who is always smiling.

She rolled over on her cot and looked at me with huge eyes. I repeated my simple question, “What do you think about Jesus? Who do you think he is?”

Good Shepherd, Great Physician

In an email, Karen Hubert-Sanchez, long-term worker in Thailand, pleaded with her prayer supporters: “Would you commit to pray and fast with us for the life of our friend, Aram? She is having surgery on her liver, and the doctors are saying that she may not survive due to the high risk of hemorrhaging.”

Eight in the Bathtub

I wish you could have been there. Forty people packed into our living room, and eight courageous young believers ready to take the step of baptism.

The Sound of Peace in Burundi

“We are treated like pigs,” Jean Marie says of his people group, the Batwa in Burundi. “Often I feel like I don’t even exist in the eyes of others, like I’m not even human.”

Never Before

“I had never before met anyone like them,” Yaar said about a group of fourteen people from Kansas who were visiting Paris and staying at the hotel where he worked. “I used to watch them through the glass walls of the meeting room at the hotel during their devotions and prayer.”

Watching

They were watching.

From the sides, from the back, near the triple-locked gates, hugging the walls where barbed wire jabbed the inaccessible blue of a midday sky, mocking their lack of freedom. Watching us.

Fall 2015

Living the Story of Hope

Editorial

Last year, in the remote indigenous village of Capitee in the rainforest of Panama, a group of forty-five youth became demonized in a short period of time, leaving the village in a massive crisis.

No Other Way?

“I’m pregnant,” our friend tells my wife, “for the fourth time, so I won’t be able to leave my house for a year.” Our friend is afraid that the government will discover her pregnancy and not allow it to continue.

Priya's Prayers

Since we’ve only lived in this country for a couple of months, I’ve really appreciated every opportunity to make new friends in our neighborhood.

On The Farm

Pat is a self-taught farmer who loves Jesus. He took up farming as a way to serve the poor and destitute in his community in Northern Thailand.

Not In Control

One thing that is abundantly clear to us during this season of instability is that we are not in control.

Imprisoned in her own Home

Rani (not her real name) is a single woman in her forties. She comes from a rural setting in North Africa where the culture is very traditional. Despite her upbringing in a conservative Muslim family, she has become a follower of Jesus.

Calgary to Istanbul

“I had never been outside of North America,” said Trevor Rysavy, a church planter in Calgary, Alberta. “My wife and I were not exactly travel savvy and, to be honest, we really had no heart for overseas mission. We were called to Calgary.”

TREK and Narnia in Paris

“Before we left for Europe, I asked God for one thing,” said Jonathan, one of the TREK participants on the all-male team of four that spent seven months in France, “that I would be able to make close friends with people who lived there. God answered that prayer in a magical way.”

Fall 2014

Training: Are you making healthy disciples?

Weighing Disciples

Randy's Editorial

Redemption

My father was an alcoholic. Therefore, my early childhood was scarred by pain and disappointment.

Put off Fear, Put on Courage

During my TREK training, God taught me something about confidence.

Transformation Among the Khmu

I grew up in a family that knew nothing about God.

Growing Leader, Growing Church

Mahmoud grew up in the Middle East in a strong Muslim family.

Discipleship in Mission

"there’s something about SOAR that keeps me coming back!”

Fall 2013

The Beauty of Christ’s Bride

The Health and Beauty of the Bride

Earlier this year, I was struck again with the great variety within the church and with how much we are loved as Christ’s bride.

Serving Backstage

Early in the morning, the three of us boarded the ferry that would take us to the island. Awaiting us there was a hill with a small old church at the top.

Becoming Healthy

Marques Mente is a dynamic young leader in the Portuguese church and the pastor of the MB congregation in Loures, Portugal.

Working Together in France

God is at work among French Mennonites, and a group of churches is experiencing renewal.

Growing Strong

His name is Oak, like the tree. He’s six years old and lives in a slum in Thailand.

Overcoming in Vancouver

It’s not hard to tell when Cecil Ramos is excited.