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Yesterday one of my fellow elders who served for over 32 years in our assembly stepped back from the elders group. He will be missed to say the least. While we haven’t always agreed on every decision since I joined the elders over 6 years ago, we have never had angry or bitter words against each other (or in the elder’s group). I wouldn’t have wanted our leadership without him. Here are 5 reasons a group of leaders is so important to the growth of a local church. 1. Teamwork guards against extreme views The danger of a one-man leadership [...]


Gather the people together . . . that they may hear and that they may learn to fear the Lord your God and carefully observe all the words of this law.” (Deuteronomy 31:12) The red sun of dawn stretched its golden arms over the eastern horizon of the centuries-old city of Luanda. Many inhabitants of that African city still slept, but one Portuguese couple had been awake all night. On that July day in 1971, shortly after sunrise, their middle child, a boy, was born. Taken from CMML Missions Magazine


In August 2018, we completed 10 years of being in Nicaragua. It has not always been easy, and we have learned a great deal about spiritual warfare. But we have seen the hand of the Lord work in amazing ways. The hand that was in control at the beginning is still in control today. We serve an amazing God, and Deuteronomy 31:8 still rings true for us. Taken from CMML Missions Magazine


Some years ago I was invited to attend a football game at the “big house”.  No, no, not the prison! The “big house” is the nickname of University of Michigan football stadium in Ann Arbor. The stadium is huge with a seating capacity for over one hundred and seven thousand spectators. I have never been so cold. I even went and bought a Michigan ‘hoodie’ in an attempt to get warm, but I digress…. A hundred and seven thousand people in the stands all watching two small teams of eleven players each, plus three officials. That’s just 25 people providing [...]


Aviation Strengthens Ministry Efforts in Zambia BY CHRIS BRUNDAGE For the past five years, I have been involved in mission aviation at Chitokoloki is a Mission Hospital. Chitokoloki is a busy, rural hospital with 110 beds and a team of missionaries, including a doctor, nurses, administrative support, and maintenance workers, from Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom. Chitokoloki is situated more than 350 miles from Lusaka, Zambia’s capital city. Taken from CMML Missions Magazine


What is fellowship? Is it merely sharing a meal together? Is it praying together? Is it both? Is going over to a shut-in’s house or showing hospitality?  Words matter There are two Hebrew words translated as fellowship in the KJV, one noun and one verb. In the Greek there are both feminine and masculine nouns and a verb.  Secular dictionary definitions are, frankly, nebulous and unclear. You could say a club, union league, alliance, confederacy or guild is a fellowship. I can leave any one of those and it’s no big deal. I was in a game club when I [...]


Years ago, in an effort to encourage workers who labor for the Lord in tension-filled regions throughout Asia, the assembly missionary service organizations agreed to treat them to a retreat. The first such retreat was held in Hong Kong, and Sheldon and Nisa Crutchfield (MPH Day 7) were the key organizers. With this, they began what has become an event that is convened every four or five years. Taken from CMML Missions Magazine


If I asked you right now to picture a peaceful scene in your mind’s eye, what would you see? A mother snuggling a sleeping infant?The muffled hush of freshly fallen snow?Something else entirely? Christmas…the celebration of the birth Jesus Christ, the prince of peace. I wonder how peaceful that birth night was? My realistic mind tends to doubt that it was quite as peaceful as the carols Silent Night or Oh Little Town of Bethlehem might portray. There is rather little that is peaceful in the process of birthing a baby. Maybe the “heavenly peace” came after? Regardless, the birth of our glorious Prince [...]


Serving in Belize Heather’s TestimonyI grew up as a missionary kid in both Kenya and Burundi. I, too, was brought up in a Christian home, and I realized that I needed to be saved at age three. Ian’s TestimonyI was blessed to grow up in a Christian home where going to church was twice, or sometimes three times, on Sundays and every Thursday evening for Bible study. Taken from CMML Missions Magazine


Are you a disciple maker? Now don’t misunderstand my question. I did not ask, are you an evangelist?  The Lord Jesus in His last requests to His disciples gives a very simple command. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. Matthew 28:19-20. What does it take to make a disciple? Well it takes a team. It takes some to plant the seed, some to water [...]