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A GRANDFATHER AND GRANDSON SERVING IN ECUADOR

BY ANDY ROGERS : I recently had the privilege of visiting the village of Morete Cocha with my grandpa. My grandpa’s name is Lloyd Rogers (Missionary Prayer Handbook Day 23) and he has served the Lord in Ecuador for many years and in many jungle villages. We also traveled with Pepe. Pepe grew up in Arajuno, a Quichua community in the jungle of Ecuador. He was about eight years old when he fi rst met my grandpa and spent a lot of time with him. He still remembers how he wanted Grandpa to adopt him, even though he wasn’t an orphan! Pepe moved to Canada when he [...]

DEALING WITH CONFLICT IN YOUR ASSEMBLY

Have you ever felt the need to write up a code of conduct when working with folks within the assemblies? Most people would argue that it shouldn’t be necessary if we are in the Word. Everyone should be following the example Christ set for us and the instructions written in the New Testament. But as I was discussing conflict with a good friend of mine, she pointed out to me that not all conflicts are spiritual issues, they are often human issues. I think this is the main reason why there are many instructions in the New Testament in how [...]

WE SUFFER WITH THEM

One thing that has made an impact on my Christian life has been my awareness of the importance of remembering and serving those who suffer for their faith in Christ. In 2007, I became a local volunteer with the Voice of the Martyrs Canada, a ministry that serves the persecuted church. In my limited travels around different assemblies and reading assembly-based literature, I find this subject to be rarely addressed. Other evangelical churches that I have visited in the past also appear to be largely silent about this subject. When it is addressed, it is usually historical, hearkening back to [...]

CENTRAL AMERICA

A Short-term Trip to Help and Encourage BY CONRAD & BECKY LECHELT We recently shifted from missions work overseas to joining the MSC Canada WorkerCare team (Missionary Prayer HandbookDay 31). After being on the mission fi eld in Asia, we learned how encouraging it is to have people visit and show interest in our work and lives.We also a national or foreign worker who needs an injection of enthusiastic assistance with a building project.   Taken from CMML Missions Magazine

LOOK FOR A LYDIA

RELIEF AND GOSPEL WORK IN PILAR, PARAGUAY BY ROSEMARY KONKOL After many years of growth in the Lord and praying about full-time missions work, Dale and I met in 1997 at the Missionary Orientation Program hosted by CMML and MSC. We married and began to pray about where the Lord would have us serve together.   Taken from CMML Missions Magazine

LEADERSHIP IN THE CHURCH: NOT LIKE THE GENTILES

Whether you read research out of the National Institutes of Health[1] or simply observe children at play, you will find evidence that humans are hardwired for hierarchy. Consequently, hierarchy feels “natural.” It seems “good.” And if we’ve learned anything from post-modern culture it’s that “It can’t be wrong when it feels so right!”[2] We even have biblical passages to which we can appeal in support of hierarchy. Leadership norms Yet Jesus had a few things to say about hierarchy that don’t line up with what we often see. He didn’t deny it; He just turned it on its head: You [...]

JOHN & JENNIFER KINLAW

John’s Testimony I grew up in a family that did not know the Lord but thankfully loved me and gave me wonderful childhood memories. In high school I started to go down the wrong path. My parents divorced at the end of my senior year, and for the next 10 years I lived a life full of crime and drugs.... Jennifer’s Testimony I grew up in a home where my parents loved the Lord with all their hearts and sought to teach us to do the same. From the time I can remember, I knew that I was a sinner [...]

IS YOUR ASSEMBLY A WELCOMING CHURCH?

If you were to ask most people in assemblies today whether they thought their church was welcoming to visitors you would probably get a positive answer. The reality is that for many of us it’s very difficult to put ourselves in the shoes of a first-time visitor. We are so used to seeing what we are so used to seeing that we miss the glaring weaknesses and how we are perceived by visitors. In his book, Becoming A Welcoming Church, Thom Rainer shares some very practical and helpful thoughts on how we can be as welcoming as possible to a first-time [...]

RICH & KAREN BROWN

Karen’s Testimony My parents accepted Christ as their Savior shortly before I was born, so I had the privilege of growing up in a Christian home. At the age of four, two life-changing things happened. First, I came to understand and believe in the work of Christ. Rich’s Testimony Only a year after I was born in rural Vermont, my parents came to Christ. Through our nightly devotions together, I came to a saving knowledge of Jesus at age five. My parents had huge hearts for the unreached people groups of this world.   Taken from CMML Missions Magazine

SHOULD CHRISTIANS FAST IN THE 21ST CENTURY?

As we read through the New Testament, particularly the Gospels and Acts, we encounter the practice of fasting which is seldom given much attention in the local churches with which I am familiar. There is nothing particularly mysterious about fasting; it is simply abstaining from eating for a specified period of time. In 1 Corinthians, Paul indicates that a married couple may choose to set aside normal sexual activity during a fast, though this is not required. A fast can be absolute (no food or drink whatsoever) or partial. Most fasts, particularly longer ones, allow water or other clear beverages. [...]