One Sunday in Senegal, during ministry time, an older man named Doucre' asked for prayer to heal the pain in his hips. Walking was getting very difficult. I prayed for him for a minute, then asked how he was doing. He said he felt better, but I thought he was just being nice to me. So I prayed a second time.
We were led upstairs to a room where his father and about 25 others greeted us. When the birthday party quieted down and the guests began to trickle back to their homes, we were invited to pray a blessing over his father.
We met with our sons and their families to talk about, “why go?” and “why now?” We wanted our grandchildren to understand the call we felt from God. I can still hear one of our youngest grandsons answering my wife when she asked, “Do you know why Grandpa and Grandma are going to Puerto Rico?” He stood up and said...
Worship lifted off with a literal GONG! David Ruis, Canada’s National Director, led the delegates and leaders of 22 nations of the world in dynamic worship of our Great King of All Nations! Among all the different cultures and languages represented many commonalities shined through, chief among them being love for our King, followed closely by…
A team of three took off for Ethiopia recently, to spend five days investing in leaders: my wife and I, along with a young woman whose church is prayerfully considering the partnership, and she herself is discerning a possible gap year or longer in mission service after completing grad school.
As the short-term mission team prepared to leave the city, I told God, "You need to find someone for this city, because it's great, and what You have for it is great!" He said, "How about you?" Then I called my wife…
We were impacted by the love and welcome we received, by the beauty of the country, the incredible poverty; and were amazed at the resilience of the team who had to endure visa problems, water and electricity cuts, no basic medical care, and so much more.
In the Vineyard we are committed to the cause of raising up and releasing indigenous leaders, empowering local leaders to create authentically Vineyard movements that are also authentic to their local culture, and planting the kingdom seed in the fertile soil of their land and working alongside our friends to cultivate the growth.
Palu sits right on the equator on a lovely bay surrounded by mountains. The region is predominantly Muslim, and Ramadan was still going on so a lot of restaurants were closed during the day. Palu is a city known for extremist activity since the local teachings tend to be more fundamentalist, and radicals can easily hide in the nearby mountains. Our brothers and sisters in Jesus live with this stress every day, yet they continue to show God's love and remain joyful.
I’m sometimes asked, “Why missions? Why bother?” How does participating in the Ethiopia Partnership strengthen our local congregation at Renaissance Vineyard Church? Missions is a great context for discipleship. Jesus did so much of his discipleship “along the way.”