New World of Hope Project

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For some kids in Bolivian’s children’s homes, choir is a breath of fresh air into their daily routine. Music allows them one more area to grow in and develop. Added to that, singing is something that anyone can do!

This is directly from Jackie:
“Many of the children that join us come with barriers to learning and development. With time and a focus on  relationship we hope to instil positive attitudes, confidence and skills that they can carry with them. We hope that the  participants will become young people who choose to follow the Lord, be active members in their churches and leaders  in their communities.”

The choir has performed for a few churches, and plans are underway to use the choir to increasingly engage with the external community. There are two options that we want to place in front of you to support this initiative.

1) Cantaremos Children’s Choir (Bolivia) #2-2376 Give a child from a home for abandoned children the opportunity to sing, play and make new friends for a year. $100 per year per child.

2) Cantaremos Children’s Choir (Bolivia) #2-2376 Give respite and encouragement to children in need by providing sheet music for an entire children’s choir. $40 per song

You can donate to this by clicking here.

The Journey in Thailand

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Many of you probably know that Randy coordinated the Journey house church plant in Langley, BC. In the last few months he and his family have made the transition to Thailand where he is continuing to share the vision of the Journey in a population that is mostly non-Christian. He’s maintaining an informative blog — and I thought it’s worth letting you know about it.

You can find it by clicking here.

Advent is a Shock to the Senses

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Let me ask you a question. What is the most important part of Christmas? People talk about keeping the main thing the main thing, and then they talk about family, or church services or an ‘attitude of gratitude’. These things are important, but I submit that they’re not the most important.

Our missionaries face culture shock, homesickness and massive change. It becomes no more apparent than Christmas season where the seasons are flipped, their families are distant and they face the daily discomfort of the spiritual battle they’ve engaged. In hard times, it becomes much easier to keep the main thing central.

Please read this story from Sheri, serving with us in Mexico. While this isn’t a long story, it isn’t an easy read. However she draws an important parallel which is really meaningful to me. You can find her recent writing by clicking here.

Let me ask another question. What part of the good news that the angels proclaimed applies to all people? If you answer that well, I think you will find the main thing. May you hold to it strongly during Christmas, and throughout the year!

It’s Indeed a Small World After All

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One of our missionaries in Bolivia referred me to this story of meeting strangers who weren’t really so strange. In a chance meeting at the recent ECHO (Education Concerns for Hunger Organization) conference in Florida, and through chance conversations, they discovered that they all had ties to the EFCCM in both Ukraine and central Africa.

Read the whole story by clicking here.

When we’re on the lookout, we find God orchestrates small moments to be such a blessing.

Medical Concerns from Around the World

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We have been alerted to a number of health concerns of our missionaries recently. Even the ones that turn out to be minor are still rather alarming when met by inadequate and untrustworthy health care. In effort to protect the privacy of our people, I don’t want to name too many specifics or identify here on the site. But at the same time, I want to raise these concerns for prayer and for support.

One of our missionaries has been diagnosed with advanced osteoporosis. It has affected her back, and weakened her whole body considerably. While this disease is usually associated with the elderly, in this case it was brought on as a side-effect from a previously prescribed medication. She is incapable of being the mother to her young children that she longs to be. Pray for healing for her, and for the strength of the whole family as they face this condition together.

Another missionary has a skin lesion that was growing rapidly and changing colour. After a return to North America for testing, it has been determined that it is not cancerous — obviously their biggest concern — but leaves a lingering uncertainty about what’s going on there. Added to that, the biopsied area is now showing signs of infection! Pray for a clear diagnosis and a treatment to be made available.

As we ramp up into the Christmas season, please keep our missionaries in your thoughts and prayers. Many are facing really challenging realities on the home front with ageing parents, and as mentioned above, their own health concerns. Pray that the Prince of Peace revealed to us 2,000 years ago would continue to make himself real to our missionaries, their families, and all the people they’re working with.