Mission Bites are small glimpses of great things going on all over the world through CBF Global Missions. These bites are designed to be dropped into worship bulletins, newsletters and other materials to educate you and your congregation on the impact of your support.
You can sign-up here and each week you will receive a new Mission Bite, which may be a quote, a story, a prayer or a photo.
Below are previous Mission Bites. Please feel free to copy and past these into your next publication. Contact Marianna if you have questions or need assistance with Mission Bites.
Mission Bite #54, October 17, 2017
- God was at work
"Last February, our church considered turning our Youth House into a Refugee Ministry but realized that we neither had the financial resources nor the manpower. However, conferences with the Wyatts and local pastors convinced us that with partnerships we could do this. God was at work, and all he needed was our willingness to join him. After the unanimous vote in July to offer up our Youth House, an avalanche of workers descended upon the deteriorating house and turned it into a warm, welcome home for "the least of these" coming to our shores. We are now partners in ministry, offering up what we have for God's use to benefit those who come to our country to make a new life for themselves."
- Charles Allard, pastor of Crabtree Valley Baptist Church in Raleigh, N.C., working alongside CBF field personnel Kim and Marc Wyatt
Mission Bite #53, October 10, 2017
- Unimaginable peace
"'As-salaamu alaikum. Peace be upon you'" Ahmad and Saif grew up uttering this phrase daily in war-torn Afghanistan, but peace seemed so far away. A minority tribe, they and their families were victims of the civil unrest. Both of Ahmad's parents were killed by the Taliban and he fled to India before arriving in Southeast Asia as a refugee. Saif's story is similar. His father was killed and his brother kidnapped by the Taliban.
In our country, they met Christians and they found beloved community. They found a new family, they found faith in Jesus Christ, and they found peace. In Saif's words, 'I've looked and hoped for peace all my life. In Christ I found a peace I never imagined I'd have.'"
- Brooke and Mike, CBF field personnel in Southeast Asia
Mission Bite #52, October 3, 2017
- A taste of home
"Beloved Community at our Persian Ministry looks like members preparing food, serving it and cleaning up. Although our members often struggle financially, this is how they welcome others in appreciation for what God has done for them. This is how they use their gifts in the Beloved Community.
If you have lived in another country, you know how significant it is when you have a taste of home. This is what the Persian Ministry provides. Recently, one whom we welcomed expressed his appreciation for Beloved Community by outlining in great detail his future plan to create a Welcome Home Ministry for those who will come in the future.
Question: What's better than Beloved Community?
Answer: Multiplication of Beloved Community."
- Pat, CBF field personnel among Persian Speakers in the U.S.
Mission Bite #51, September 26, 2017
- Cow Banking
"When Alicia and Jeff Lee arrived in Macedonia six years ago, they were drawn to the rural communities outside the capital city Skopje where people felt restraint most powerfully. As they worked to build relationships with local farmers, the Lees promptly met Muharemi, an ad-man-turned-farmer, seeking to produce organic dairy products and to invest himself in the lives of farming families. With big-hearted support from CBF churches, the Lees paired funding for cows with Muharemi's land and Aya Farm was born. The entire purpose, however, is to place the power and resources in the hands of local farmers.'"
Mission Bite #50, September 19, 2017
- New field personnel commissioned to serve
"At the 2017 CBF General Assembly, four individuals were commissioned to serve as CBF field personnel in locations in the United States and China. Lesley-Ann Hix Tommey will join Rauschenbusch Metro Ministries in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of New York City, and Brittany and Casey Ramirez will serve alongside the Christian church in Chengdu, China. Stephanie Vance will transition into a role as Area Coordinator for Mission Teams with CBF Global Missions, leading the Rural Americas Team and continuing her leadership responsibilities with Together for Hope, CBF's rural poverty coalition.'You cannot do this work alone, and we cannot do it without you,' CBF Global Missions Coordinator Steven Porter told the new field personnel. 'But make no mistake, this commissioning demands as much of us as it does for you. As a Fellowship, we have committed to support -- to pray for, to pay for and to partner with field personnel who have planted their lives in some places most of us couldn't find on a map.'"
Mission Bite #49, September 5, 2017
- Accessing resources for success
"Melanie's mom doesn't speak English well, and she didn't understand much about high school. I had lunch with Melanie, who told me she had been selected to participate in her school district's International Baccalaureate program, but she didn't think her parents would have the time or money for her to participate. Melanie, the oldest of four children, wants to become a pediatrician. After explaining the IB program to her parents, they agreed that this was an honor and an opportunity that she shouldn't pass up. We loaned her a computer, helped her enroll in a summer Algebra class, and found a tutor for her. Central American parents, many with only an elementary school education, want their children to succeed, but often lack the language or educational background necessary to fully understand how to help them reach their goals. Melanie is an excellent student, setting an example for others, and making her parents very proud."
- Greg and Sue Smith, CBF field personnel in Fredericksburg, Va.
Mission Bite #48, August 29, 2017
- Seeing it for the first time
"An amazing thing happened. One of our newest students, Ben, from the mainland of China, had only attended our Tues./Thurs. English conversation classes a few times. in July he joined the Wednesday Bible Reading class for the first time. As soon as he walked in the classroom, he went straight to the table where the Bibles were laid out ready for class. Picking up one of the Bibles and excitingly thumbing through it he said under his breath, 'My first time to see a Bible.' I asked, 'Ben, did you say it's your first time to see a Bible?' He confirmed: 'Yes!' That moment was so special to witness. He fully participated in our class, and afterward, I gave him a Chinese-English New Testament and encouraged him to start reading it so we could talk more about it. This experience has challenged us to read the Bible with enthusiasm as if it were the first time seeing God's written word."
- Sarah Ballew, CBF field personnel in Macau, China
Mission Bite #47, August 22, 2017
- Showing love through a peanut butter cup
"Philip is an expert at carrying a Reese's peanut butter cup safely through a full day to give to our daughter, but he isn't our only neighbor that practices such love for her. My daughter and neighbors are slowly teaching me how to follow Jesus in his greatest commandment: to love God with all that I am, and to love my neighbor as myself. I've learned how these seemingly two commandments really are one, beautiful commandment. When we love others, we love their father. God's children fill our world and every day we have the unique opportunity to love them not because of what they have done or may do, but because they are God's children."
- Joshua Hearne, CBF field personnel in Danville, Va.
Mission Bite #46, August 15, 2017
- Transforming lives for eternity
"Without a doubt, your gifts and contributions are touching and transforming lives for eternity. How Kormariayya met Christ is nothing but a miracle. Being a snake charmer all his life, he used to catch cobra snakes, put them around his neck and walk in the community to earn money from cobra snake worshipers. One day, a cobra snake bit Komariayya and he was taken to the nearest hospital for treatment. The doctor gave up hope and told the family he would die in about an hour's time, so they should take him home make plans for his funeral. Instead, his sons took Komariayya to church. The pastor and several church members joined Komariayya's family and prayed. God gave Komariayya a second chance! He accepted Christ, was baptized and joined the church where his sons are members. Because of God's miracle and Komariayya's second life, now many in that village are learning more about Christ and joining the church. Without a doubt, God is up to something in Chelpur and a lot of neat things are taking place."
- Pastor Jonah in Chelpur, India, partner of CBF field personnel, Sam Bandela
Mission Bite #45, August 8, 2017
- When can we go back?
"Recently we hosted the youth group from a local church partner to work at Welcome House, an apartment setup for arriving refugees awaiting long-term affordable housing. After we shared briefly with the youth we sent them out into the apartment community to meet other youth and children. The youth were all over the place playing and making friends with their international neighbors. It was an amazing scene. The next morning I got an email saying some of the youth had been asking when they would be going back. This is what mission engagement looks like sometimes in North Raleigh."
- Kim and Marc Wyatt, CBF field personnel in the Research Triangle of North Carolina
Mission Bite #44, August 1, 2017
- Becoming neighbors
"A member of the church in Nesvady told me that he had begun bearing witness to Jesus Christ with the Roma family next door. Along the way, the two households began a transformative relationship. People who lived next door to each other for decades slowly became neighbors. And that is when, and how, his attempts at bearing witness bore fruit. Concluding his story of how wonderful it was to see his neighbor become part of the church, he held back tears and said, "After she was baptized, she asked me 'Why didn't you tell me sooner?'"
- Dianne and Shane McNary, CBF field personnel in Slovakia
Mission Bite #43, July 25, 2017
- Injustices for immigrants
"For a few months, I worked with a family where the mom, Wendy, was in deportation proceedings. Her husband, Geovani, had been suddenly thrust into the role of single dad and was also exposed as undocumented and was fearful. Immigrants are far from perfect, but a decision that for many of us would result in a traffic ticket, a fine, perhaps a humiliating night in jail and day in court, have life-changing consequences with the potential to destroy families and scar vulnerable children for life. That is the issue of injustice that I struggle with."
- Sue Smith, CBF field personnel, LUCHA Ministries, Fredericksburg, Va.
Mission Bite #42, July 18, 2017
- Unexpected church assets
"One Sunday, the translator I had scheduled for church informed me that he would be unavailable. I was panicking. When I arrived, the congregation told me that Chumcheath would translate for me. I had not heard Chumcheath speak English before, so I was a little worried. However, Chumcheath did a terrific job. I was very energized by this experience, seeing the church use its own assets to solve a problem. I helped someone participate more fully in the edification of the body of Christ. When I brought that need to the church, someone stepped up in a way they hadn't been asked to before, and the church has been stronger since then as a result."
- David Bass, CBF field personnel in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Mission Bite #41, July 11, 2017
- A Team Effort
"Last week, a number of children attended the Persian service. Three cousins from an Afghan family were cared for by our small child care team while their parents went to worship. These children were full of energy. We talked A LOT about forgiveness. A crisis arose when the youngest child bit a hole in the beautiful map of Afghanistan and the surrounding countries drawn by a 10-year-old. However, by the end of the two hours, the 10-year-old was leading the youngest child in a game of 'Simon Says.' Perfect imitation complete with peaceful interaction, admiration and good will. It took a team of dedicated workers to minister to the children so the mothers (and father) could hear the sermon, sing worship songs and pray. But the end result was heartfelt gratitude from all the mothers!"
- Pat, CBF field personnel serving with U.S. Persian Ministry
Mission Bite #40, July 5, 2017
- A little gift of love
"Last summer we were the focus of the mission giving of a church in the U.S. The children made bracelets during vacation bible school to send to Syrian students in our ministry as a part of their mission giving. The kids here were so excited to receive these little bracelets. The VBS had chosen the colors of the Syrian flag as the bead colors for the bracelets and the students were excited that people in U.S. churches are thinking of them. They know that their language classes are supported by these same churches in the U.S."
- Cooperative Baptist Fellowship field personnel serving in the Middle East
Mission Bite #39, June 27, 2017
- The Gift of Giving and Receiving
"We first met Todd years ago, when one of us was wandering the neighborhood with a backpack full of lunches on what we called the 'roving feast.' Soon we became regular guests on Todd's stoop and in his apartment. A few months back, we celebrated Todd's birthday. Todd got seconds at his birthday meal, but only after checking with everybody to see if they had already gotten some and if they wanted seconds, too. He was anxious not to take more than his share, even as we insisted that he should. Todd has learned something over the years that he continues to teach us as we share life, work, and prayers with him: the work of our hands in community isn't just about giving. Todd's hands are teaching us how to receive, as well."
- Jessica and Joshua Hearne, CBF field personnel in Danville, Va.
Mission Bite #38, June 20, 2017
- Community Health Evangelism
"Jesus ministered to people's spiritual and physical needs together, but a lot of Christian work in communities focuses only on one or the other. Is it possible to keep both the Great Command (Matt. 22:37, 39) and the Great Commission (Matt. 28:19-20) at the same time? Is it possible for Jesus' followers to work for the good of the whole person (not just their soul) and the whole community (not just the church)? We believe so, and we believe our Community Health Evangelism program, a method of working in communities to bring about spiritual, physical and social health as a way of sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ, is one way to do that here in Slovakia."
- Jon and Tanya Parks, CBF field personnel in Slovakia
Mission Bite #37, June 13, 2017
- Field trips as a family
"As Touching Miami with Love seeks to create strong communities, we create opportunities for Family Field Trips each year to provide families the opportunity to enjoy our beautiful city together. For several years in a row we have taken families to the Fun and Fit as a Family event at Jungle Island, hosted by the Food Network & Cooking Channel.
Our parents and children strolled through Jungle Island's interactive zoological park, watched chefs' presentations and learned kids' healthy-lifestyle tips. TML kids explored the food garden, free food, interactive fitness games and everything Parrot Jungle has to offer. Everyone enjoyed great family time, and who doesn't enjoy an opportunity to see your favorite famous chefs too like Guy Fieri, Rachael Ray and Robert Irvine!"
- Angel and Jason Pittman, CBF field personnel in Miami, Fla.
Mission Bite #36, June 6, 2017
- Providing hope at a stoplight
"All over our city, at every stoplight, we are faced with refugee children and mothers with small babies begging at car windows. For this reason, I keep packaged snacks in the car to hand out.
Often, these children are being used by adults who place them there with no food or water to beg from anyone passing.
This particular day, I only had two small packages of popped popcorn which were tied inside a plastic grocery bag. There were two young boys at the stoplight, so I handed them the whole bag directing them to share, and said 'Jesus Christ loves you!'
Before I got through the intersection, I glanced into my rear-view mirror and saw a shocking sight. Both boys were pulling at the grocery bag towards themselves like a tug of war, and then, one boy began ripping the grocery bag with his teeth to get to the smaller bags of popcorn -- they were so hungry.
The snacks in the car are my way of helping children in the most effective and least abusive way.
This day, I was humbled by their need, and their hunger. A certain numbness comes from the constant bombardment of beggars at every light. Those children are seeing the Lord's face through gifts given to CBF to support our Syrian relief work."
- CBF field personnel in the Middle East
Mission Bite #35, May 30, 2017
- Re-learning the world, re-learning God
"Archie came to us directly from prison, not having been out in civilian life since 1993. I began to think about current events and what life was like here in Halifax County 24 years ago. Overwhelmed was my reaction as I thought about the advent of cell phone technology and even our money system.
We have much work to do with Archie. His adjustment has been difficult as he learns about life in this new 21st century world. Hopefully, through our work with homeless men like Archie at Union Mission in Roanoke Rapids, N.C., we can help them see how God can support and sustain both in the present and future."
- Anna and LaCount Anderson, CBF field personnel in Eastern North Carolina
Mission Bite #34, May 23, 2017
- Come with a Program, Offer Loving Embrace
"Each month we have the opportunity to join fellow local believers in serving at a center for families in crisis. Few people know or care about the people who live here -- usually mothers and children from broken families. The children are often so full of excitement and energy that they probably miss most of our cleverly-crafted Bible lessons.
But even the most 'energetic' kids respond to a simple gesture: simply sitting beside them, or holding them in our lap and providing a warm, quiet embrace. We come with a program, but God reminds us time and again that what these children need most -- and what everyone needs most -- is not a story or sermon, but someone to sit with us and provide a safe and loving embrace."
- Jon and Tanya Parks, CBF field personnel in Slovakia
Mission Bite #33, May 16, 2017
- Teamwork makes the dream work...and donuts!
"Learning to work as a team is often one of the most important skills to learn, regardless of your vocation. Touching Miami with Love's culinary arts learning sessions are not just about teaching students to cook and discover if this is an area of interest for them, it's about something more. Using skills our youth developed in our Social Skills sessions, we encourage our youth to work together to solve problems, use uplifting words and insist on inclusion of all team members' ideas as they create recipes together. Recently, youth in a culinary arts session at our Overtown site used teamwork to make cinnamon sugar donuts that everyone enjoyed."
- Angel Pittman, CBF field personnel in Miami, Fla.
Mission Bite #32, May 9, 2017
- The Ministry of Family Reconciliation
"Four years ago Mina met Oiga while leading a Life Skills Manual for Youth training. Each of the 4 days of training Oiga would stay afterwards for personal counseling. The husband was no longer attending church, there was no communication with their teenage daughter, and all were hurt by an abusive pastor. After attending two different trainings, Oiga could testify that the parenting skills she learned through the trainings were working. Now the family is faithfully and actively participating in our home Bible study group, and attend and serve in a local church. We praise God that he can use us in the ministry of reconciliation."
- Gennady and Mina Podgaisky, CBF field personnel in Ukraine
Mission Bite #31, April 25, 2017
- Feeling Fears for Friend and Neighbor
""I was asked to translate for Latino parents when in tears they asked their pastor to consider becoming a temporary foster parent for their children should they be deported.
I cannot imagine facing the possibility of being separated from my children for weeks or months, even knowing they were in good hands while we were apart, or the feeling that I might lose everything I worked for all because I might happen to be confronted by an immigration official who believed I was a security or public safety threat and decide to deport me. Can we feel those fears and say we are afraid as well for our immigrant/refugee/Muslim/all vulnerable friends and neighbors?"
- Greg Smith, CBF field personnel in Fredericksburg, Va.
Mission Bite #30, April 25, 2017
Our Church is pleased to support CBF Global Missions in moments like these where bearing witness to Jesus Christ takes form through lessons that connect nutritional health and faith.
"Recently in our various children's and mothers' groups we talked about something that might seem spiritually irrelevant: good nutrition. What foods should we eat more of, and what should we eat less of? Through simple games and activities, we're giving these families tools to make better decisions about what they put into their bodies.
Is this mission work? Does Jesus care what we eat? Absolutely -- remember the times he fed crowds of people who were hungry? And remember that Paul said our bodies are temples to care for? It's a simple way to remind these children that God cares about more than just their souls -- God loves all of us. Jesus came so that we could go to heaven, but also so that we could live 'life to the full' here and now."
- Jon and Tanya Parks, CBF field personnel in Slovakia
Mission Bite #29, April 18, 2017
Our Church is pleased to support CBF Global Missions in moments like these where bearing witness to Jesus Christ takes form through reaching international students with daily Christ-centered action.
"For 17 days in February, we hosted a delightful group of 13 international students from China. We said 'grace' before our meals at home. After a few days, one of the young men staying with us had cooked some Chinese food for our dinner. We were talking about how excited we were to start eating and he said, 'Wait, aren't we going to say grace first?' So we believe that our Christian witness in word and deed made an impact. They asked many questions about church and about God and our prayer is that as they return to China to finish their education, select their career, and establish families, that thoughts of Jesus will come to their minds and that their hearts will turn toward God."
- Lita and Rick Sample, CBF field personnel in Fremont, Calif.
Mission Bite #28, April 11, 2017
Our Church is pleased to support CBF Global Missions in moments like these where bearing witness to Jesus Christ takes form through reaching the refugee community with innovative ministry and offering prayer where we cannot meet needs.
"Many of the people in the churches we work with are refugees, immigrants and migrants (often undocumented). These are wonderful folks seeking freedom and a better way of life. There are numerous members of the Mosaic Paris Choir who do not have their papers. This situation sometimes makes it impossible for them to participate in all of the activities (for example, the prison programs at Christmas). Those who have made it to Europe have a chance but their lives are still uncertain and their futures are far from settled. Pray for these precious brothers and sisters."
- David and Julie Brown, CBF field personnel in Paris, France
Mission Bite #27, April 4, 2017
Our Church is pleased to support CBF Global Missions in moments like these where bearing witness to Jesus Christ takes form through meeting the needs of a community and growing ministry with assets and passions of the community.
"Conetoe, North Carolina, is one of the country's many "food deserts," where fresh, nutritious food is not readily available. Our partner Rev. Richard Joyner started a community garden in Conetoe and enlisted the youth in the community to help him take care of it. These youth became so involved in the garden that they not only helped with the garden daily, but they also organized a non-profit called the Conetoe Family Life Center and put together a grant allowing them to build an educational building for the ministry. We are finding as we work alongside the youth and Richard Joyner, that Conetoe is also a "spiritual desert." Therefore, our hope is to provide a Christian educational piece connected to the Conetoe Family Life Center ministry through our current music and art programs."
- Anna and LaCount Anderson, CBF field personnel in Eastern North Carolina
Mission Bite #26, March 28, 2017
Our Church is pleased to support CBF Global Missions in moments like these where bearing witness to Jesus Christ takes form through
innovative ministry that improves daily life for refugees.
"Recently the ladies in my ministry and I learned to crochet "plarn" (plastic yarn) mats from used grocery bags -- a very useful skill in a country where these bags are everywhere. The crocheted mats are lightweight and waterproof. For those living in a tent year round with the cold ground in the winter and the hot air in the summer, the mats allow the air to circulate under and through the mats, providing a cooler place to sleep. At first, the ladies were surprised at the idea of using plastic bags like this, but they soon caught on and crocheted all the bags I'd brought with me. They were quite taken with the idea of using something which costs them nothing to create a useful item for their tents."
- Anonymous CBF field personnel serving in the Middle East
Mission Bite #25, March 21, 2017
Our Church is pleased to support CBF Global Missions in moments like these where bearing witness to Jesus Christ takes form through
holistic ministry that brings joy and transforms lives.
"Hannah is the first woman who I ministered to when I arrived in Uganda 3.5 years ago. God has done an incredible work in her life as she has healed and overcome incredible adversity. She was among our second group of shelter graduates. She is now in her second year at a Music college (from which she earned a scholarship) and will complete her degree at the end of next year. We are incredibly proud of Hannah and amazed at God's work in her life!"
- Missy Ward-Angalla, CBF field personnel, Kampala, Uganda
Mission Bite #24, March 14, 2017
Our Church is pleased to support CBF Global Missions in moments like these where we join partners around the world through collaborations such as the Mission Leaders Network that bear witness to Jesus Christ.
"Engaging in mission isn't a solo activity or performance. In a dynamic world, if we are going to be faithful to our calling, we need conversation partners, ideas, and resources. One of the places we should be looking for these things is in our own movement, to people and churches who share our history, values, and beliefs."
- Chris Ellis, Minister of Missions, Second Baptist Church, Little Rock, Arik. and member of CBF Missions Council
Mission Bite #23, March 7, 2017
Our Church is pleased to support CBF Global Missions in moments like these where bearing witness to Jesus Christ takes form through mutual learning and ministry together as a community.
"After experiencing homelessness for 18 years, Roland in his first night in his own home, thought it was ludicrous that he would have an empty couch when he knew there were people who didn't have a place to stay," Cooperative Baptist Fellowship field personnel Joshua Hearne said.
Roland's declaration changed the way that Hearne and his community interacted with the city.
"What hit me right between the eyes was I had never had that thought. Not once had I ever been moved beyond a vague bad feeling that I had an empty couch, an empty bed," Hearne said. "That was the time when as a community, we all kind of stopped and thought, 'Roland is right. How do we live in light of our brother's faith?'"
Mission Bite #22, February 28, 2017
Our Church is pleased to support CBF Global Missions in moments like these where bearing witness to Jesus Christ takes form through hospitality, prayer and faith sharing.
"I recently delivered a food basket to a new Iranian family. I had barely taken off my shoes at the door upon entering, when the husband stated taht this is truly a blessing and his wife would like to pray. We held hands around the small basket of food as she began pouring her heart out to God in her native language for the next ten minutes.
The husband shared their story, and told me that God has brought them to their 'Promised Land.' They never thought they would have the freedom to share their faith openly. In just a few weeks, they have already shared with many Internationals as well as some Americans. He asked me, 'Why do Americans take all of these freedoms and their faith for granted?' I can't help but wonder why as well."
-Nell Green, CBF field personnel in Houston, Texas
Mission Bite #21, February 21, 2017
Our Church is pleased to support CBF Global Missions in moments like these where bearing witness to Jesus Christ takes form through continued hope for transformation and commitment to sharing the Gospel.
"Many years ago, Macau was given the slogan 'Macau, city of God, there is none more loyal!' Today, Macau's loyalty is to false gods and the immoral things of man. The city seems to have been sealed up by the evil one, but we must not give up hope. Hope for change, hope for a new day, hope for Macau's people to be truly loyal to God. It is our hope that the Gospel message will gain momentum and soon be multiplying throughout the population resulting in a bast harvest of people for the Kingdom of God."
-Larry and Sarah Ballew, CBF field personnel in Macau, China
Mission Bite #20, February 14, 2017
Our Church is pleased to support CBF Global Missions in moments like these where bearing witness to Jesus Christ takes form through hospitality ministry and commitment to intentional community.
"When we helped Bruce move into a house of his own, he had everything he needed except for one item: a coffee maker. Se, we found a coffee maker for his new home. The coffee maker made a silent promise that this home would be a place of hospitality -- especially since Bruce doesn't drink coffee. He wanted the coffee maker because he knews that our little community has a particular affection for coffee and he wanted to continue to find ways to show his love in tangible ways. Bruce had learned time and again that in our work, the aroma of Christ -- that scent that tells us Jesus is near -- smells a lot like brewing coffee."
-Joshua Hearne, CBF field personnel in Danville, VA.
Mission Bite #19, February 7, 2017
Our Church is pleased to support CBF Global Missions in moments like these where bearing witness to Jesus Christ takes form through providing resources to Romany believers who are eager to learn more.
"November made the seventh time that Dutch Baptists have flown to Romania to teach at the Gypsy Smith School in Bucharest. The school meets four times a year for one-week intensive training. We resource coordinators do not have the fun of teaching these enthusiastic Romany believers ourselves, but it gives us great satisfaction to link people who have those teaching skills with leaders eager to learn; to see Christians cooperating across national, ethnic and linguistic lines to advance the Kingdom."
-Keith Holmes and Mary van Rheenen, CBF field personnel in Europe
Mission Bite #18, January 31, 2017
"After helping a new Afghan refugee family coming to Raleigh settle into their home, one neighbor brought over a home-cooked meal for the whole family to enjoy. When the mother saw that her neighbor was an Afghan mom just like her, she began to cry. We believe they were tears of happiness. She and her family are now home, safe and sound after such a long, long journey. In those covered dishes, her new neighbor gave her much more than food."
-Kim and Marc Wyatt, CBF field personnel in the North Carolina Research Triangle
Mission Bite #17, January 24, 2017
"In Strasbourg, France a group of internationals from local churches have joined together through the "Ladies in Waiting" ministry, reaching out and ministering in holistic and meaningful ways to the prostitutes who work the streets. This ministry has already made an impact in the lives of over 30 prostitutes coming from the countries of Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, France, Ghana, and Nigeria. The outreach teams of the ministry also spend time praying for each of the women they have met, praying that they would understand about a personal relationship with Christ."
- Joel and Tiffne Whitley, CBF field personnel in Strasbourg, France
Mission Bite #16, January 17, 2017
"Since its founding 12 years ago, LUCHA Ministries has been committed to serving the first-generation Latino immigrant community in Fredericksburg, Virginia through social, spiritual and community development programs. Taking on the task of helping all legally-qualified immigrants, both Latino and non-Latino alike, to legalize their status through our LUCHA Ministries' Immigration Legal Services program is a new, yet daunting, task. But we believe this is an essential step in our calling as Christians to welcome the stranger among us (Matthew 25:35-36)."
- Greg and Sue Smith, CBF field personnel in Fredericksburg, VA.
"One Saturday, I visited a local Spanish church that uses a storefront for its space. It was a special gathering. Christians from different churches in the community had been invited to come together to discuss how we could work together to transform our community. It wasn't a grand Cathedral or the living room of a house church, it was a simple storefront church, but we were there, praying, worshipping and being replenished in community so that we could serve our community. That is the beautiful picture of the church that I hope to see and of which I want to be a part."
- Matt Norman, CBF field personnel in Spain
Mission Bite #14, January 3, 2017
My wife, Alicia, and I have partnered with the Jesui Refugee Service to help at the asylum center in Skopje, Macedonia. We have been serving tea and coffee there as well as in Tabanovce. We recently got to share in the success story of two girls who were in the system and have been looking for their family for 9 months. They have just recently traveled to Greece to reunify with their parents. We love being able to be a part of such stories.
- Jeff Lee, CBF field personnel, Skopje, Macedonia
Mission Bite #13, December 27, 2016
"We are working from an asset-based approach. That means we start with the assets of the community, instead of what we think are the needs. We go to our neighbors and form a relationship in which we meet their felt needs. Our primary mission is really to empower, enrich and provide the resources for our community to reach their potential, to become their best selves with the right education and opportunities. God is already at work in the lives of our children, our youth and their parents. And it is our opportunity to join with them to empower them with the great message of hope, and to provide hands-on tools to help them be all that God has called them to be."
-Angel and Jason Pittman, CBF field personnel and directors of Touching Miami with Love, Miami, Fla.
Mission Bite #12, December 20, 2016
Even though we do not have trains in Togo, a popular expression is "You wait for the train; the train does not wait for you." Being on time is not a daily value in Togo, but if it is an important meeting, then peope will show up two or three hours early for the rendezvous. My wife, Lynn, had a meeting with a batik artist who is helping us raise money for our ministry with neighborhood kids. Arriving at the appointed hour she was surprised to hear he had been waiting for over 2 hours. We give thanks to God as Togolese join us in helping in local development projects...especially those who are there before the train.
- Mike Hutchinson, CBF field personnel, Togo, West Africa
Mission Bite #11, December 13, 2016
Since Cooperative Baptist Fellowship field personnel Cecelia Beck's home is on a visible corner of her neighborhood with constant foot traffic, adults and youth alike stop by to talk about their struggles and triumphs at home or school. Neighbors also look out for Beck, taking the time to speak with her and tell her she is appreciated.
"One of my favorite neighbors was a man who once told me 'there are a million eyes watching out for you,"' Beck said.
She has learned to rely on her neighbors, whom she considers family. "It has been very important that I concentrate on 'being with' rather than 'doing for' my neighbors even though I do much for them."
Mission Bite #10, December 6, 2016
At church in Cambodia, the music leader often gets a phone call right in the middle of a song, steps outside to answer, and everybody else just keeps singing. A minute later, he will step back in and keep singing like nothing happened. As it turns out, the doors on the ground floor of the church have to be locked for security reasons. The music leader is the person you call to get in if you arrive after the doors have been locked. At first, I thought the action was a bit rude. However, it is an act of welcoming. Every call means that one more person has made the journey and the sacrifice to participate as part of the body of Christ that week.
- David Bass, CBF field personnel, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Mission Bite #9, November 29, 2016
Sewing Training Centers are key platforms to share God's true love in India. Needy widows and teenage girls are the beneficiaries of this sustainable community-based program. With six months of training, each one develops a new skill to support their family with dignity and respect. At Graduation they receive a sewing machine, a Bible and a certificate that enables them to work anywhere with job orders coming directly to their homes. This program is opening hard hearts and dark corners of the community for the Gospel.
- Sam Bandela, CBF field personnel, India
Mission Bite #8, November 21, 2016
God is at work among the Bhutanese/Nepali refugees in Fort Worth. We've had 2 new churches begun among them and recently I was invited to preach at one of them. Pastor Dal greeted me and said that today a Hindu man was accepting Christ. At the end of the service, the pastor called forward a young man who knelt before the group and was led in prayer accepting salvation in Christ. We then had the privilege of laying hands on the new believer and praying for him.
- Karen Morrow, CBF field personnel in Fort Worth, Texas
Mission Bite #7, November 14, 2016
Rockie Chick, a resident of McCreary County, Kentucky, was homeless for a year before he met Cooperative Baptist Fellowship field personnel Scarlette Jasper. Most days, he survived by catching squirrels or rabbits and sleeping in a box or wherever he could find shelter. Though there is no easy solution for the cycle of poverty, Jasper says, "The solution to persistent poverty is not a handout; it's a hand up; it means doing what Jesus did - feeding the poor, clothing those who need clothing, taking care of the sick, but also helping them make sustainable changes that move them into community and opportunities to help their neighbor. It means forming partnerships that will help engage communities in transformational development together."
- Blake Tommey, collegiate minister at the University of Virginia
Mission Bite #6, November 8, 2016
Our Church is pleased to support CBF Global Missions in moments like these where unity and love are modeled and shared.
“We met Rene several years ago when he was working at the Children’s Center, an outreach of Bethel Ministries/Litomerice Baptist Church. I was immediately impressed by his commitment to serving others and we remained friends even after the Center closed. I know Rene to be a compassionate and committed servant, and I was honored to be present at his appointment service. At the service, an elder who happened to be Baptist shared how meaningful Rene’s friendship has been to him. He said, “I consider him my brother.” He continued through his tears, “We are brothers here and we will be brothers in heaven.” By bridging generations, races, and church affiliation these two brothers deconstruct the rhetoric of intolerance against “anti-sociables” as the Roma are euphemistically called by some Czech politicians. Deconstructing the myth that Roma and non-Rom Czechs cannot relate to the other, the reign of God grows as these men from different worlds learn to live in beloved community.
- Dianne and Shane McNary, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Field Personnel, Slovakia
Mission Bite #5, October 31, 2016
Our Church is pleased to support CBF Global Missions in moments like these, building community among the Roma people in Slovakia:
“There were so many great times at camp with the Roma kids. But watching their sweet little faces singing ‘We are the world, we are the children, we are the ones to make a brighter day, so let’s start giving….. It’s true, we make a better day, just you and me’ was a special treat. Watching them love on my kids and watching my girls love them back was a gift beyond measure. We were truly forming together!”
- Tanya Parks, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Field Personnel, Kosice, Slovakia
Our Church is pleased to support CBF Global Missions in moments like these showing love and hospitality to refugees in Uganda:
"Here in Uganda, refugees are required to return to primary school if they want to complete their educations. This often means adults and youth must return to primary school, even as far back as the first grade. Can you imagine returning to the first grade now, knowing you have another 12 years to go before you can complete school and get a job? Jade and I have dreamed of being able to provide our students with an accelerated education program...in a quick and dignified way. We pray that by enabling our students to earn a high school diploma, they’ll be better equipped to thrive in Uganda, or wherever they go. Who knows, they may even become the change-makers and leaders their home countries will need in the future."
- Shelah Acker, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Field Personnel, Uganda
Mission Bite #3, October 17, 2016
Our Church is pleased to support CBF Global Missions in moments like these serving communities and sharing the Gospel in Spain:
“When I visit churches here in Europe, I love to go into the sanctuary and listen. In the silence, I can almost hear the people of the centuries past as they came to pray, worship and replenish themselves for their everyday lives. Recently, I visited a local Spanish church that uses a storefront for its space. Christians from different churches in the community had been invited to come together to discuss how we could work together to transform our community. We sat and talked about practical ways to serve and love our community. I sat and listened. It wasn’t a grand Cathedral or a living room, it was a simple storefront church, but we were there, praying, worshiping and being replenished in community so that we could serve our community.”
- Matt Norman, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Field Personnel, Barcelona, Spain
Mission Bite #2, October 10, 2016
Our Church is pleased to support CBF Global Missions in moments like these offering hope and hospitality to Muslim neighbors in Southeast Asia:
“September began with our neighbors celebrating Eid al-Adha, the Feast of the Sacrifice. This is an important Muslim holiday that commemorates Abraham's faith through the sacrifice of sheep, goats and cows. It was fun teaching our children about the holiday and how to pronounce the Arabic words (eed-al-odd-ha!). They asked, "Dad, why don't we do sacrifices?" We had the opportunity to share this month with our children and our neighbors that Jesus is the final sacrifice.
We came to this country knowing God called us here to walk alongside people as they made their way through the decisions of life and faith. This month has been full of one-on-one conversations with students and young adults. Our study of the Song of Solomon has opened the door to many private discussions with students about their relationships. One does not feel loved, and other is unsure of which path is right. Another is recovering from abuse from within the church, but is running back to Jesus who she desperately missed during her time away."
- Mike and Brooke, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Field Personnel serving in Southeast Asia
Mission Bite #1, October 3, 2016
Our Church is pleased to support CBF Global Missions in moments like these offering hope and hospitality to refugees and immigrants around the world:
“My new friend and I were driving around Raleigh yesterday collecting furniture and other household donations when he stated 'The roads are good here. In my country when it rains the roads become rivers. It is very hard to drive during the rainy season.' A little while later he asked, 'when is the rainy season here?'
Please remember to pray for internationals new to the US. It's a whole new world for many who now live here.”
- Marc Wyatt, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Field Personnel in North Carolina advocating for internationals