Spring 2017

One Mission: Local

One Mission: Local

I love what my friend, Mark Wessner, from Westwood Church in Prince George, B.C., recently told me about how sponsoring a family from Syria impacted his church.

New Day

The Gospel has been among this people group in Asia for over 150 years, but the people have remained resistant to it. It has been a long season of breaking up hard ground and sowing seeds.

Among The Homeless

It began about thirteen years ago in Winnipeg. My older sister, Stephanie, had started living downtown with a group of Christ-followers who were intentionally building community with the poor.

Connections

PAUSE
I’m sitting in a train station in Paris, watching the trains come and go, and thousands of people on their way to make their connections at offices, airports, shops, churches, mosques, and homes.

Me and My House

My first house was a grass hut, deep in the jungles of Laos where the sun did not shine.

When We are Weak

A few days ago, our host here in Lithuania told us that his father passed away. In our weekly meeting, we cried together and mourned with our friend.

Helen's House

Her reputation preceded her. Long before I met Helen (not her real name), I had heard about her generous heart, her sharp business mind, and her passion for the work of the Gospel around the world.

Winter 2017

one mission

Embracing One Mission

Today, mission is from everywhere to everywhere.

Safari

My name is Safari, and this is how I learned the way of peace.

Jamal’s Questions

Several years ago, in a remote mountain valley in North India, a man from South India gave a Gospel tract to a young man named Jamal.

On Fire

She always sat at the back of the room during our church services, looking very smug and put together. She rarely spoke up.

If Only They Knew

People were streaming in, late-comers running to find a place in the sea of people, men at the front and women at the back.

I Need a New Boat

As a teenager in Myanmar, Maw Maw was known for stealing, drinking, smoking drugs, getting into fights, and running around with women. He was not interested in loving or caring for others at all. He was never willing to apologize or back down.

Taste and See

“As a kid, my family was a mess,” Mario Trujillo recalled his childhood in Pueblo, Colorado. “A lot of my birthday parties ended up in drinking and fighting.

Winter 2016

The Time is Now

Editorial: The Time is Now

On a recent trip to Kansas where I participated at a mobilization weekend for young leaders (read the story of the event on page 10), I met a software engineer named Nasser. Last spring, he had served on a short-term mission assignment with us in Paris.

A New Beginning

“I have never seen anything like this before,” the leader of the Oasis team said after he saw a large crowd of Arabic speakers respond to the Gospel in Germany. “I saw the Holy Spirit like an athlete running around among the people, and he was very excited.”

The 2020 Movement

A movement has begun in the Midwest of the U.S. that some have described as a train led by the Holy Spirit. Even though the passengers don’t know the destination, they are eagerly jumping on board.

Celebrating Partnerships: Panama

What happens when God brings together a missionary couple from Colombia, a church family in Saskatoon and indigenous communities in Panama?

Celebrating Partnerships: Portugal

As a church family, we’ve been supporting Otto and Marjorie Ekk for more than twenty-five years – their entire tenure in Portugal – and we’ve never sent a team to visit them. Along with my husband, Dale, I recently led a nine-member team on a thirteen-day trip to Portugal as a part of Ross Road’s new commitment to the missionaries that we support.

Remember Who We Are

Pastor Madou Traoré was in a tight spot. Instead of teaching the big group of new believers in the Nanerigé village of Zanfara, he was refereeing a heated argument. On one side was a visiting pastor from a different cultural group that Madou had invited along in an effort to build unity among the wider group of local churches.

Fall 2016

The uphill call of Christ

The Uphill Call of Christ

I recently received a phone call from a dad who was struggling with the cost of sending his young daughter on a short-term mission trip to Central Asia.

Always Smiling

Her name means, the one who is always smiling.

She rolled over on her cot and looked at me with huge eyes. I repeated my simple question, “What do you think about Jesus? Who do you think he is?”

Good Shepherd, Great Physician

In an email, Karen Hubert-Sanchez, long-term worker in Thailand, pleaded with her prayer supporters: “Would you commit to pray and fast with us for the life of our friend, Aram? She is having surgery on her liver, and the doctors are saying that she may not survive due to the high risk of hemorrhaging.”

Eight in the Bathtub

I wish you could have been there. Forty people packed into our living room, and eight courageous young believers ready to take the step of baptism.

The Sound of Peace in Burundi

“We are treated like pigs,” Jean Marie says of his people group, the Batwa in Burundi. “Often I feel like I don’t even exist in the eyes of others, like I’m not even human.”

Never Before

“I had never before met anyone like them,” Yaar said about a group of fourteen people from Kansas who were visiting Paris and staying at the hotel where he worked. “I used to watch them through the glass walls of the meeting room at the hotel during their devotions and prayer.”

Watching

They were watching.

From the sides, from the back, near the triple-locked gates, hugging the walls where barbed wire jabbed the inaccessible blue of a midday sky, mocking their lack of freedom. Watching us.