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14 Oct

Old Machines Bring New Life

Too old to be used by God? Not for a collection of sewing machines! The old Singer sewing machines were accidentally shipped from Europe to a business in Sanford, Florida. Although the shop owners specialized in re-purposed antique wood and industrial antique machinery, they didn’t have a specific use for the sewing machines, and left five of them sitting out on the showroom floor. That could have been the end of the story. Yet our partners Bill and Dottie Jones had prayed for...

28 May

The Cost of Discipleship

By Joshua Hire, missionary in Peru Recently 14 men and 2 women travelled to the Shawi Discipleship Centre in Peru to learn more about God. They came from 9 different communities in all corners of the jungle. They came by boat, motorcar, walking and in the back of pickup trucks. They came in through the rain and the sun to hear God’s Word. It was a great week. We ate and fellowshipped together, played soccer, and spent many hours together in...

Typhoon Usman flooding
04 Jan

State of Calamity in Oriental Mindoro

Pastor Danny Macuha reports that a ‘State of Calamity’ has been declared, following Tropical Depression Usman, in the areas of Naujan, Baco, Calapan City, Socorro, Pinamalayan, Pola, Bongabong, and Bansud in Oriental (East) Mindoro, The Philippines. Most of the photos below were sent to him by pastors and friends in the region. Danny writes: “Please continue to pray Mindoro. To much damaged in infrastructure, rice field. and houses. Some road are not passable. some was stay in evacuation centre. Many churches was...

18 Jul

Advice for Mission Trips

We asked you on social media to give advice to someone going on their first mission trip. We got so many great responses! The most common were to “be flexible” and to “pray.” Here are some of the rest.  “It isn’t about the work you will do. It is about the friends you will make.” (Brenda Rose) “Read the book of James before you go, be very aware of how the Holy Spirit is moving. Always respect your leaders and listen to...

27 Oct

Founding a Vocational School in Nicaragua

In 2007, after serving as a teacher at Nicaragua Christian Academy and learning more of Nicaragua’s culture and struggle, missionary Mike Deibert prayed for God’s continued call for him in Nicaragua. God had always given Mike a heart for the arts, and his earlier training included blacksmithing and graphic design. He was given the vision of a vocational school, a building, and some interested students, and God set things into motioning a small village outside of Managua called...

17 May

Snowmobiles Start Churches In Russia

Years ago, Missionary Ventures helped young Pastor Nikolai Zalutsky, who is now a Bishop, to start a Bible school in Pskov, Russia. He had a vision to plant churches all over Russia. With help from the Christian Motorcyclists Association, MVI helped them purchase two snow mobiles to reach remote areas of Siberia. Through the Bible school, there are now 50 teams involved in planting churches. In the last 5 years, more than 900 churches were planted, people in 19,050 villages heard...

14 Mar

Helping a Guatemalan Church Reach Their Community

Missionaries Obed and Cara Zuleta have been encouraging a local Guatemalan church to reach out in missions. Cara writes, “They got excited and put together a few Bible classes for kids, and then Obed accompanied them to a small, poor community called Panquix. As we hoped, this church realized they could make a difference in the lives of others, and returned a second time for a 3-day Vacation Bible School. Being in a distant community, sharing with its people, got into their hearts. So...

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