I was repeatedly struck by how important it is for the global Church to spend time together, to challenge our biases and expose our blind spots so we can remain faithful to the Gospel.
MB Mission brought over 50 national church planters and mission leaders, many of them from emerging networks which have been outside of our MB story until now. Their testimonies deeply enriched our gathering!
A man named Safari came from a refugee camp in Malawi. His name matches his amazing story! His journey from Congo began after his family was killed in an ethnic conflict. After spending years in refugee camps in Uganda, Burundi and finally Malawi, Safari found his home in God. He planted a church in the refugee camp with his wife and they opened their home to orphans and newcomers. One day, he took another destitute refugee into his home, and found out that it was the man who had killed his family back in Congo. Safari forgave him and led him to Christ. For three years, the man lived with Safari. Today, that man is one of the pastors on staff with Safari in a growing network of churches both inside and outside the refugee camp. Though he has had opportunities to immigrate to the US and Australia, Safari has refused, because he says he has found his inheritance in Malawi. Stories like this are why we need each other in this global family. They inspire us to remain faithful on mission together.
About heroes of faith like this, the Bible says, “the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, living in caves and in holes in the ground. These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised, since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect” (Hebrews 11:38-40).