In Belize, 16-year-old John was already older than most of the other upcoming sophomores. But without a scholarship, he would have to wait even longer to continue school, if it was even possible at all.
In northeast Thailand, Pastor Suphon and Pastor Ying lead communities of believers who want to reach out to others in the Nong Khai province, which hugs the Mekong River along the border with Laos. These pastors and their churches are part of Mission Ventures Thailand who are planting churches all across Thailand and helping them to reach new areas. They are all very excited about the connections and open doors in Nong Khai.
In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, unreached people groups are within reach for pastors like Pastor Sethi Munenwa, who lives about 300 km (186 miles) from the Pygmy forest tribes. These tribes have historically been devalued by almost everyone. Through both colonialism and discrimination from other tribes, they have often been thought of as the lowest of people groups. Some even believe it themselves.
It’s amazing to see what can happen when just one person is empowered and equipped in their calling from the Lord. For example, Pastor José Herrera first became acquainted with Missionary Ventures in Ecuador, when he was a missionary there from his home country of Colombia. He met Don Wolfram and learned about the Bible seminary classes they were teaching in the jungle.
As a former Soviet Union country, Latvia’s population consists of many people from Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus. Since the conflict began in Ukraine, we let local people know (especially those with family in Ukraine) that the Baltic School of Ministry (BSM) was open to receiving refugees.
We all know the platform that sports athletes can have, and the same is true even for local soccer teams in rural Uganda. Missionaries Rex and Melinda Guynn wanted to bless their local soccer team, the Classic Eagles.
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When Billy and Donna Hires traveled to Malawi, they were focused on teaching in Bible schools with a local pastor. But they also came with eyes to see what God was doing all around them.
Dr. Jill (Aragón) Neely graduated from Nicaragua Christian Academy in 2004, and currently serves as the Global Health Fellowship Director at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Medical Center.
Tomás Guzaro’s life could have been nothing more than living and dying in a small village in Guatemala. But God had other plans.
On an island in the South Pacific, an impoverished community living in squatter shacks was struggling to find hope.
When the damage is extensive, what do you do first? That was the question Loyd Miguel had to ask as he visited the village of Bilwi.
Our donors are special people with God-given wisdom and compassionate hearts. We want to introduce some of them to you, starting with key members of our President’s Circle. Today we’d like you to meet Krystal Parker.
It’s Monday morning in Peru. As I lay awake on the floor under my mosquito net, I think about what life would be like on Monday morning in the United States. People would be waking up, showering, drinking coffee, and getting ready for the new work week. My Monday morning is very different.
When missionary Don Wolfram connected with Pastor José and his wife, Sofy, in Colombia, he knew they were exactly the kind of leaders Missionary Ventures is
First there were back-to-back typhoons, and now a volcano was erupting? Pastor Danny Macuha, an MVI missionary in the Philippines, could see the giant plume from the Taal volcano as he prepared to board the ferry home. What is happening now, God? he wondered. Pastor Danny had spent the last month responding to the needs…
Gladys and her four children lost everything when Guatemala’s Fuego Volcano erupted last year. The eruption killed hundreds and displaced thousands. Gladys and her children escaped with their lives, but like many others, their home was gone.
By Joshua Hire, missionary in Peru Recently 14 men and 2 women traveled to the Shawi Discipleship Center in Peru to learn more about God. They came from 9 different communities in all corners of the jungle. They came by boat, motorcar, walking and in the back of pickup trucks. They came in through…
At Missionary Ventures, we often use the word “empowered” when we talk about reaching the world with the Gospel. There are so many believers out there on the cusp of making an incredible impact for the Lord. But something has held them back. Maybe they haven’t had enough training, Maybe they lack some motivation, Maybe…
How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. It’s an old saying, but it’s a timeless principle when it comes to tackling a large goal. At Missionary Ventures, our goal is the one set before us by the final words of Christ. “Go into all the world and preach the gospel…
When Alisbell Ocón was born with Down syndrome, friends and neighbors assumed she would never go to school. In Nicaragua, children with disabilities are often viewed as a burden, because it is assumed others will need to care for them their entire lives. Many families view an education as a needless waste of time and…
We asked you on social media to give advice to someone going on their first mission trip. We got so many great responses! The most common were to “be flexible” and to “pray.” Here are some of the rest. “It isn’t about the work you will do. It is about the friends you will make.”…
Too old to be used by God? Not for a collection of sewing machines! The old Singer sewing machines were accidentally shipped from Europe to a business in Sanford, Florida. Although the shop owners specialized in re-purposed antique wood and industrial antique machinery, they didn’t have a specific use for the sewing machines, and…
The village of Chifwa Nsala in Zambia had two watering holes – large, dirty holes protected by fences made of sticks. They didn’t have a well, so instead they relied on these two holes to fill with water each rainy season
Too often, Lizzy’s school desk was empty.
The teachers would call her name, “Lizzy Paola?” yet there was rarely an answer.
She became known around school as the student who hardly ever showed up at class.
I can still remember walking across the field of peanut plants in Malawi, about to speak to an extraordinary group of people. These believers were all former Muslims who lived in the same area and came to faith in Jesus […]
Years ago, Missionary Ventures helped young Pastor Nikolai Zalutsky, who is now a Bishop, to start a Bible school in Pskov, Russia. He had a vision to plant churches all over Russia […]
I love God stories. I’d like to tell you one story that started five years ago when we’d gone to Matagalpa, Nicaragua, to purchase the property for a school […]
When Adam Olson went on a short-term trip medical mission trip to Nicaragua, it changed his perspective about life, love and the mission field […]
Lydia’s father passed away when she was young. At 16, when she was part way through her high school, her mother became ill and she had to drop out of school for lack of fees […]