BuzZ Online 1 May 2009

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After a long absence — and some technical difficulties on this episode — the BuzZ Online podcast makes a triumphal return. David and Vanessa were interns with the EFCCM last year in Ukraine. Here they describe a number of the elements they saw in Ukraine that are desperate for intervention, and they articulate a number of the ways that we can help.

Warning: Some of the things discussed in this episode are not particularly child-friendly. Parental guidance advised.

BuzZ Online 20 Nov 2008

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After listening to this podcast, I hope you feel inspired to drop one of our missionaries an encouraging note.
Among other topics, Dewey and Joan present clearly how much it means for our people to know that they have people in Canada who are thinking about them, and supporting them.

BuzZ Online 14 Nov 2008

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It’s a pleasure to welcome Larry and Diane to the EFCCM’s studio. (Which is really just an office with some audio equipment thrown in. But doesn’t “studio” sound better?) They have served in Thailand for a number of years, and in this edition they share about the ministries they are involved in, and their future directions.

In this podcast, Larry mentions animism. If you’re not familiar with the term, it’s the belief that spirits — particularly the spirits of ancestors — have unpredictable influence in daily life. They must be placated by performing certain rites, or consulting witch doctors. (An internet search will provide more info.) When Larry says that people are told to kill their animals, recognise that an animal may be the only livelihood for a whole family. It’s a steep price!

There are a few references in here to a World of Hope. It’s inspiring to me how it’s catching on! (The new one should be in the mail by the end of today!) Larry shares an update about last year’s Thailand project, and offers some new ones for this year. If you want to see the projects highlighted for a World of Hope ’08, please take a look at this pdf, and look for Asia.

There are people that are getting involved in a number of ways, from giving to going. If you’re keen on going to help, you can e-mail Rich, our Personnel Director. And if you’re interested in partnering directly with Larry and Diane as they follow God’s call, you can e-mail them by clicking here.

BuzZ Online 02 Nov 2008

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After far too long a pause, the EFCCM’s podcast returns!

In Canada, the term Mennonite is most often used to describe clearly Christian denominations. But for those in the secluded colonies of Bolivia, the connection between “Mennonite” and “Christian” is tenuous at best. The colonies’ repressed existence has birthed many significant problems. Strict leadership holds people in superstitious fear, glued to tradition. And the extremely narrow view of morality confines people to such narrow choices that rebellion is inevitable.

For some, a belief in Christ is their rebellion of choice — and it’s sad to hear of the pain that awaits those who choose faith. For others it’s shocking behaviour, including sexual immorality and substance abuse. These are the specific areas that Rudy and Erna want to address.

I caught them toward the end of their Home Assignment (they’re set to return to Bolivia in January), and was fortunate to share this share a few moments over the phone. (And now that I’ve figured out how, I can record a podcast with anyone who has a phone!) Radio ministry has caught the ears of the Mennonites, and many of them listen in secret. They are hearing of a better way to live, and have experienced the first tastes of what faith in Christ means. They’re eager for more. But radio can only take them so far. Rudy and Erna are working to provide a place that welcomes Mennonites, and which will provide both fellowship and discipleship.

If you would like to support Rudy and Erna in their ministry, you can drop them a line here, and look for their project in this year’s A World of Hope project list.

BuzZ Online 03.09.2008

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Writing that short update from Europe reminded me about a podcast that I recorded and edited but never posted. This was created a while ago — it is with gratitude and humility that we rejoice that Norm has now returned to the field. And we wish him continued health so that he can keep serving his Lord.