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Helplessness Plus Faith

Dear Friends, In my note to you last month I shared a challenge to bring impossible prayer requests to the Lord this year.  In the light of this, I want to add another crucial thought about prayer. “Prayer…

Asking for the Impossible

Dear Friends, What are you praying for in 2016? Is there anything on your list that is impossible? My parents got me hooked on missionary biographies sometime in junior high when I was sick…

Mission at Christmas

Christmas always causes me to reflect again on missions. As someone who has moved to another culture and learned a foreign language, I am absolutely amazed at the cross cultural implications of the…

It Can Change Their Life

Dear Friends, It can change their life. Last summer over 100 college student spent three months serving with JV, learning to reach the lost, make disciples, and…

Young and Planting a Church

Could a small group of young people start a church? When the totalitarian government was toppled in Albania in 1989 there was not a single church in the entire country. In fact, only a handful of believers…

Changed Dreams: Syava’s Story

Syava Garvas, a Ukrainian from Lviv, thought he had his life planned out. At 16 years old, he wanted to finish high school, attend university, and get a job that would make him rich. In a country known…

Re-Jesus: Now That the Conference is Over

I leaned in against the table in a room set up to be a “World Café” at Josiah Venture’s Malenovice training center, as I listened to my new friend Iveta tell me about her conference experience. “When…

Re-Jesus: Pavel’s Story

I’ve always been glad that Jesus told stories to illustrate his teaching. When he talks about seeds or birds, missing coins or lost sons, it makes more sense, even today, than if he’d used complicated…

Kids that are Making a Real Difference

Dear Friends, I can still remember the anguished wails of our son Caleb the first day we dropped him off for preschool as a four-year-old. It wasn’t just being away from Mom and Dad that overloaded…

God Waited for Me: Mana’s Story

Mana Selan had never heard about God before attending an English club when she was 14. It took seven years after that for her to finally accept that Jesus died for her. Now she is sharing that news with…