I recently heard the amazing story of Sean, one of our newest mission candidates. He was born in Laos during the Vietnam War and both of his parents died tragically when he was a child.
We had just arrived on the property, and we knew that the local Buddhist monks had already communicated that they were opposed to the building project.
Sonam grew up in the mountains of Tibet. Like most others in the area, his family eked out a living on a small farm, terraced on a steep hillside. In addition to looking after the few acres of land that belonged to his family, Sonam also worked odd jobs in construction. Their religion was Tibetan Buddhism, which pervaded every aspect of their lives.
As we walked up to the house, I quickly asked the Holy Spirit, “Do you have something for me about this person?” Right away, I saw a boat. Hmm. As we rang the doorbell, I wondered if there was any significance about the boat or whether I had just made it up.
Ali grew up in Iraq where eventually he became a translator for the United States military. When life became too dangerous for him to remain in his native country, he was graciously offered asylum by the US government and found himself living in a large city on the west coast.
I met Hiromi when I first arrived in Amagasaki in May 2009. She was a member of the Amagasaki MB Church where I was teaching English. About a month after I arrived, she got married.
Among the Khmu, a tribal people of Southeast Asia, where the church is growing rapidly, the question is not so much, “Is Christianity true?” For the Khmu, the real question is, “Is Jesus powerful?”
What happens when Jesus invites you to walk on water?
In the midst of the storm, you feel afraid and anxious. You’re facing something that seems impossible, maybe sickness or even death. But Jesus calls out to you and invites you to trust in him. Why?
Entering God's Story
Bashir is a member of a tribe in North Africa which comprises fifty percent of the country’s population. Despite the fact that slavery is officially outlawed in this country, current estimates state that four percent of the populace are enslaved, most of which are from Bashir’s tribe.
Recently, I went into a local prison to visit a friend of mine named Pascal. Six months ago, he was leading a church. Now he’s in prison. Six months is a long time to be in a horrible place through no fault of your own. The prison is crowded, dirty, and full of corruption.
“It takes a full day of travel for us to reach the community of Sinai,” explained Alan Foster, long-term worker in Panama, “which includes a four-hour journey in a four-wheel drive and then at least another three to four hours up the river in a dugout canoe.”
I needed a helper. I was asked to organize the children’s ministry component for a family camp, and so I needed someone to help me tell the stories in Thai. I asked one girl, but she wasn’t available. Then I thought of Guy. When I asked her, she happily agreed.
When Art Loewen retired from teaching in 1999, he was ready for a new adventure. “I enjoyed my thirty-three years as a high school mathematics teacher, but I always had this dream of being involved in cross-cultural mission work overseas.”
During my TREK assignment in Thailand, our team had the privilege to visit a remote tribal village high in the mountains of northern Thailand. We were taken there by Bin, our Thai teacher and good friend. It took more than a day for us to reach the village. It felt like we had arrived in another world.
Proclaiming the Gospel
As a child, I had a big dream about being famous, and I took many expensive music lessons to make my dream come true.
A Dream of Clean Clothes and Young Translators and Lost Sheep
I was fifteen when I was arrested. My boyfriend was thirty-five.
An Interview with an Evangelist
“I left my business because I felt a call to ministry,”
Summer 2014 - Editorial
The Khmu conference of churches in Southeast Asia has grown from one thousand believers to over thirty thousand.
Soma* was a young woman in her early twenties when her family members became the first followers of Jesus in their village.
Three years ago, at 6:00 AM on a Sunday morning, our doorbell rang, and kept ringing.
Bob and Chris Davis work in Southeast Asia with MB Mission. They are from Birch Bay, Washington, USA.
Multiplication has always been at the heart of the TREK program.
Last Christmas, a family forfeited celebrating Christmas at home, and instead travelled to Thailand for something completely different.