Category Archives: With Our Missionaries

Called to Serve: ‘This is Where My Heart Is’

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Venus Cote

MARITIMES – Venus Cote grew up with her grandparents on the Cote Reserve in east-central Saskatchewan after her mother passed away. She remembers, right from the start, being surrounded by alcoholism. “It was the only life I knew,” she recalls. “It was how my family dealt with hurts and losses.”

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Benny and Ester Fehr Assigned to Bolivia

by Ken Zacharias, Director of Global Outreach

Benny and Ester Fehr and their four children left for Bolivia in late January to begin ministry with EMC Missions. They arrived safely.

They have been assigned to lead the radio ministry for the MEM in the San Jose/Hacienda Verde area. A secondary assignment is to work alongside the youth in the Hacienda Verde church. The Fehrs are members in the Mount Salem Community Church (EMC) near Alymer, Ont., where they have served in the Pastor of Care position.

South Sudan: Amid a Civil War, He Plants a Church

by Gordon Skopnik

He grew up in war, born into a family that practiced witchcraft and worshiped evil spirits. Even as a boy, he was not happy about this. One time he opposed his grandmother and destroyed her shrine. Suddenly his eyes were forced shut and started to bleed. Somehow he felt God was with him; he believed that God had a plan for him and God healed his eyes. So he committed himself to God and refused to worship at his grandmother’s shrines. Continue reading South Sudan: Amid a Civil War, He Plants a Church

Reflections on Our Connection to the EMC

by Kent Dueck

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Kent and Sandy Dueck with their children

WINNIPEG It’s been close to 33 years since the first ministry initiative in what is now Inner City Youth Alive. I have fond recollections of the willingness of Fort Garry EMC to help launch this initiative. Many EMC churches got on board and soon EMMC and CMC churches. Continue reading Reflections on Our Connection to the EMC

Kenya: A Bible in Rendille, a Cause for Celebration

by Melvin and Kari Peters

In 1907, two AIM missionaries journeyed on foot into northern Kenya to survey the Rendille and Samburu people. It wouldn’t be until 1960, when the Kenyan government lifted restrictions to missionary work in the north, that the first missionaries began working with the people groups living in what has been described, by A. Beaman in his doctoral thesis on the Rendille, as “one of the most forbidding human habitats in all of East Africa.”

In 1965, Earl Anderson was the first AIM missionary to move to LogLogo and begin working with the Rendille people, bringing not only the gospel, but also improvements to daily life such as boreholes, medical care, and schools.

The Rendille, numbering about 65,000 people, are found in the northern part of Kenya, occupying nearly 14,500 sq. km of arid semi-desert in southern Marsabit District. The Rendille people are traditionally pastoralists keeping goats, sheep, donkeys, and camels.

This year marks the completion of a monumental undertaking that began nearly 40 years ago. In 1981, Nick and Lynne Swanepoel, missionaries with AIM, began the development of the Rendille language and oversaw the translation of the New Testament by Bible translation and literacy work.

On Aug. 18, 2018, people gathered in Korr from around the world to celebrate the completion of this project. Three of MAF’s airplanes were involved in bringing people to and from Korr for the celebrations. And MAF had the honour of flying in the newly printed New Testaments to be distributed at the celebrations.

Melvin and Kari Peters (La Crete) serve in Kenya with EMC Missions and Mission Aviation Fellowship Canada.