June 2017

Eben is a Korean mission worker sent to Canada to reach the First Nations peoples. He’s one of 40 Korean workers across Canada with a focus on First Nations within a single network, and there are other networks like it. Eben's focus on learning the indigenous language, stories and values is the same approach that our global workers take in entering a new culture. He’s building relationships with First Nations families and sharing meals together. As a sign of his trusted status, Eben was invited on an extended canoe trip with First Nations leaders to remember their historic river highways and relationships.

The historic wounds between European immigrants to North America and the First Nations have been identified and, in some cases, repented for, but they can still limit trust in relationships. Koreans and other Asians find their cultural affinity with First Nations to be a strength in mission and they are walking through open doors.

For those of us who live here, viewing North America as a mission field changes how we see our neighbours and how we view ourselves. If mission is a way of life for all Christ followers and not just a location, then there are assignments here at "home" for all of us.

Opening up our dinner table or back yard to our neighbors this summer and entering their world will change both our lives and theirs. I'm inviting us to learn the culture, language and stories of our neighbors and respond with humility to their questions.

"How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation...." (Isaiah 52:7). There is a time to speak, but we must first learn another language, the language of those we are loving, as Christ loved us.

Randy Friesen
General Director

Prayer Requests

  • Pray that God would continue to call workers to the harvest, from everywhere to everywhere, including here in North America.
  • Take time to ask God if there are assignments he has for you and your family this summer, and pray about how he may want to use you.
  • Please continue to pray for the work of MB Mission, that there would be a multiplication impact as many men and women follow God's call on their lives into mission.
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LIVING FREE

Physical slavery is prevalent around the world; it takes many forms. Individuals and people groups are in bondage. Guest speaker, Randy Friesen has seen the amazing power of the Gospel to bring freedom to the oppressed. In our own lives, we can find ourselves enslaved – to sin and to fear. How can we be free? Knowing who we are in Christ is vital to our freedom.
January 2015 at Central Heights Church, Abbotsford, BC Play Button PLAY SERMON