October 2017

I had an interesting conversation on a plane recently while flying from Tunis to Istanbul. After helping an elderly Arab businessman with his carry-on luggage, I began talking to him about our countries of origin and the need for peace in the world. I mentioned our recent peace camps and then showed him a video which depicted Syrians, Turks and North Americans experiencing God’s love together. A minute into the video he was moved to tears and asked how he could learn more about the program and support it.

When Jesus sent his disciples into the harvest, he said “When you enter a house, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’ If a man of peace is there, your peace will rest on him; if not, it will return to you” (Luke 10:5-6). Peace is not just a greeting, it’s a spiritual reality we proclaim when we enter relationships, homes and new contexts. Those who respond are receptive to God’s grace and we know them as a “person of peace.” These are the people God is preparing us to work with. Proclaiming peace was Jesus’ mission strategy.

The elderly Muslim gentleman I met on the plane spent a few days in our home recently and his understanding of Jesus as the Prince of Peace is growing. Are we living and proclaiming the Gospel of peace in Jesus? The world has never been more interested in the reality of peace than it is today!

Randy Friesen
General Director

Prayer Requests

  • Pray for these opportunities to proclaim the Gospel of peace in Jesus as you engage in new relationships and contexts.
  • Please continue to pray for the participants in these peace camps, many of whom encountered this Gospel of peace in Jesus for the first time. Pray that they would understand the truth of who Jesus is, and the depth of the peace that he is offering them.
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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.
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