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Relationship Building Principle-Praise Reports

May 19th, 2015 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Relationship-Building Principle comes from Acts 14:26.

This chapter of the Bible traces the missionary adventures of Paul and Barnabas as they went to different places to share the Gospel. Eventually, they went back to Antioch, which was their launching point.

As they arrived, they gathered the church together to report all that God had done through them and how He had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles. And they stayed there a long time with the disciples.

When missionaries return to their launching point, the church that supports their work, they have the opportunity to share what God is doing through their work, and the church has the opportunity to celebrate with the missionary. Praise reports from the mission field have a way of showing the church how their support is making a difference for the Gospel, and energizes the church to continue supporting the work of missions.

This can happen on a personal level between friends too, where we share how we have seen God at work, and encourage one another to keep shining the light of the Gospel by being a faithful witness for Jesus.

Sharing praise reports of how God is at work is a vital relationship-building principle to take to heart in the Year of Connection.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

Moment Of Celebration-Praise Reports

February 26th, 2014 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Moment of Celebration reflects on a praise report from two missionaries.

Sometimes, missionaries come back to the church from where they were sent to report on what God has done through their outreach. This also happened in the Bible.

Acts 14 traces the missionary adventures of Paul and Barnabas as they went to different communities to share the hope of the Gospel. Eventually, they went back to Antioch, their launching point.

According to Acts 14:26, on arriving there, they gathered the church together and reported all that God had done through them and how he had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles. And they stayed there a long time with the disciples.

When missionaries return to share their stories, the church has the opportunity to join in on the celebration of what God is doing. Sometimes, we might wonder what kind of impact our financial gifts or prayers, or letters of encouragement to missionaries is really accomplishing. Praise reports answer those questions and encourage the church to keep supporting the work of missions.

Praise reports from missionaries are reasons to be glad in the Year of Celebration.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

STACEY GOES TO HAITI

November 22nd, 2011 No comments


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See how God is at work in Catel, Guinea Bissau

June 7th, 2010 2 comments

LISA LANDIS – Gibby Mane of Catel Village, Guinea Bissau shares his testimony with Beryl Forrester. God is doing great things in West Africa through the work of Eastern Mennonite Missions.  Help us share Jesus with the good people of Gambia & Guinea Bissau.  Click here for how you can help! And thanks for doing what you can.


Can Giving a Radio Change a Person’s Life?

June 1st, 2010 No comments

JOHN SUMMERVILLE, TWR – GUEST BLOGGER.  A few years ago, while I was serving in the military, I was depressed and disgusted with my life. One day when I was on patrol duty around the barracks, I resolved to take my life with my weapon of service. Suddenly, a friend arrived to relieve me of my patrol. Seeing my depression, he held out a small radio receiver and said, “Take this receiver. I received a broadcast from abroad; somebody was speaking our language. Go take a rest and listen well to what the speaker says.”

I turned on the small receiver and a few minutes later I heard a voice read Acts 16:27-31: The jailer woke up, and when he saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped. But Paul shouted, “Don’t harm yourself! We are all here!” The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.” Through this verse, I believe I heard the voice of Jesus tell me, “Do not give yourself over to death, believe only! I am here to give you life. I will give life to you and to your family, and to your friend that is with you!”

You can change a person’s life by giving a radio.  Your gift of $75 provides a beautiful hard bound study bible, a portable radio, and 7 books that correspond with the radio programs heard over TWR.  Be a part of something big.  https://www.twr.org/campaign/rck-wjtl2010

John Summerville is the Director of Radio Station Partnerships.
TWR broadcasts Jesus in 220 languages utilizing AM, FM, shortwave and the Internet.

Chris Strayer Talks About Food for the Poor

May 4th, 2009 No comments
I tried to take a pic... did not work real well. :)

I tried to take a pic... did not work real well. :)

Click HERE to listen to Chris Strayer on the Get Up and Go Show as he talks about his experience in Haiti with Food for the Poor.

More from Haiti

March 29th, 2009 No comments
A boy waiting to get the food for his family

A boy waiting to get the food for his family

Notice the girl and her blind dad.... she brings him to the feeding center every day. She is 11 years old and we ended up getting to spend some time with them at there home, a 10x10 cement room.

Notice the girl and her blind dad.... she brings him to the feeding center every day. She is 11 years old and we ended up getting to spend some time with them at there home, a 10x10 cement room.

Homemade Sandals

Homemade Sandals

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The school that is run by the church and supported by Food for the Poor

The school that is run by the church and supported by Food for the Poor

Making a fishing net

Making a fishing net

Sister Mallle Fenna who runs a home for elderly Haitians.

Sister Mallle Fenna who runs a home for elderly Haitians.

A young boy at the Notre Dame de l'Espoir Boys Home

A young boy at the Notre Dame de l'Espoir Boys Home

Sister Flore who runs the Notre Dame de l'Espoir Boys Home

Sister Flore who runs the Notre Dame de l'Espoir Boys Home

A young girl at the Little Children of Jesus Home, a home for handicapped children.... (this place is one of those places that tugs at your heart)

A young girl at the Little Children of Jesus Home, a home for handicapped children.... (this place is one of those places that tugs at your heart)

Sister Marie Passe and young girl at the Little Children of Jesus Home

Sister Marie Passe and young girl at the Little Children of Jesus Home

The beds Little Children of Jesus Home. They are beyond full with 102 children being care by a staff of 78. Keep in mind these children are all handicapped so these beds make it rather hard for the staff to care for these young ones

The beds Little Children of Jesus Home. They are beyond full with 102 children being care by a staff of 78. Keep in mind these children are all handicapped so these beds make it rather hard for the staff to care for these young ones

wow.. what else can I say. It was alot of fun to get the kids to smile. This is a young girl at the Maison D'Amor Girls Home during there lunch.

wow.. what else can I say. It was alot of fun to get the kids to smile. This is a young girl at the Maison D'Amor Girls Home during there lunch.

On the back of a shirt of one of the young girls at the Maison D'Amor Girls Home.

On the back of a shirt of one of the young girls at the Maison D'Amor Girls Home.

I tried to take a pic... did not work real well. :)

I tried to take a pic... did not work real well. :)

Maison D'Amor Girls Home

Maison D'Amor Girls Home

Lisa Landis live with Mennonite Disaster Service in LA March 9-14th

March 2nd, 2009 No comments

I invite you to join me as I broadcast live March 9-14th from the Cameron, Louisiana and Diamond, Louisiana Mennonite Disaster Service projects.

Let me tell you about the work of MDS. MDS is a channel through which the church can respond to those affected by disasters in Canada and the United States by providing volunteer labor. MDS works to clean up, repair and rebuild homes.  While that is the focus, the activity becomes a means of touching lives and helping people regain faith and wholeness. In the words of one homeowner in Point Aux Chenes, LA-“MDS didn’t just bring financial aid and volunteers-they brought hope!”

MDS would not be able to help without thousands of volunteers giving of their time & talents.  In 2006 alone, over 6,000 volunteers served with MDS.  While the program is supported by the human and financial resources of Mennonite churches in the US and Canada, the organization works alongside multiple faith-based agencies, churches, government and private organizations when responding to the needs of disaster survivors.  The mission of MDS is to assist families while allowing them to “see a sermon”.  They believe that volunteer action best demonstrates God’s love and the disaster response projects provide opportunities for short and long term volunteers to express their faith through service.

I’ll be in Cameron the evening of March 8-10 and I will be in Diamond, LA March 12-14th.  I invite you to listen along on the radio as I bring you live audio as well as video reports to wjtl.com.  I have great respect for the work of MDS.  I am honored to be able to give you a behind the scenes look at what it means to be a short-term MDS volunteer AND to meet the many people who have witnessed God’s love through the compassion and servant spirit of MDS.

Some of you may be surprised to learn that the rebuilding and cleanup in the region from the damaging effects of Hurricane Katrina (Aug 2005) and Hurricane Rita (2005) and Hurricane Ike (2008) continues today!  Here is some information about each project.  And look for blog updates Sunday night March 8th when I’m scheduled to arrive in Cameron, LA for volunteer orientation.  Talk to you then!

Cameron, Louisiana

Disaster Description

Cameron Parish, in the southwest corner of Louisiana next to Texas , was known as a beach and fishing destination before it was devastated by Hurricane Rita in September 2005. Three years after Rita hit there are still many vacant lots and many residents have not returned to the area.

Update September 2008: Hurricane Ike caused widespread damage to Cameron.  Some reports are that damage from Ike is as bad as or worse than damage from Rita.  MDS personnel are currently assessing damage for response this winter.

MDS Response

MDS set up a project site on a vacant property east of the town of Cameron. With God’s help over the last three years volunteers completed numerous repair jobs and nine new homes in partnership with Faith Share, an ecumenical group that is working as the Long Term Recovery Committee. Many willing volunteers worked hard to help restore hope to Cameron and it’s surrounding communities.

Diamond, Louisiana

Disaster Description

Diamond is located in Plaquemines Parish, south of New Orleans. Because Plaquemines Parish encompasses the first 70 miles of the Mississippi River it is host to several oil refineries.

Diamond sustained almost a direct hit by the eye of Hurricane Katrina in August 2005. Most buildings were destroyed. Because of the great displacement of the local population, many people are still doing the physical work of rebuilding their communities. MDS is repairing and rebuilding homes in the Plaquemines Parish as well as rebuilding homes of members of the Grand Bayou Community, a Native American community.

MDS Response

MDS has repaired numerous homes and has rebuilt nine homes. The work continues throughout the summer in Plaquemines Parish and more homes in the Grand Bayou will be rebuilt this fall.

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