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UBC On Mission

2014 Missions Logo (Brown BG)In the entries below, you will find the stories and experiences of the people of UBC on mission for the glory of God.  We created this weblog so that you may join with us as we passionately seek to declare, demonstrate and display the gospel of Jesus Christ to every tribe, language, people, and nation here in our community, state, nation, and to the uttermost parts of the world.

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Posted by on May 3, 2010 in General Missions

 

East Asia – May 2018

Yesterday we were able to learn more about the Tyger people that live in this province.  Grace Rivers accompanied us to a minority people museum that gave us glimpses of their culture – tools of daily living, dress distinctions, and religious practices.

We followed that with lunch conversations with students. Afterwards we completed our final language class – table manners and how to order foods.

Part of saying goodbye in this country involves sharing a meal with friends. Grace invited us to make jiaozi (dumplings). We enjoyed time with several local friends – singing, laughing and eating.

Please be lifting us up as we are honored at a parting ceremony at the university today — that we will be gracious and express our gratitude appropriately for the welcome we have received here.  Also, pray, that as we say our final goodbye to students and faculty at a parting dinner this evening,  that our conversations to be meaningful and honoring to Him.

Written by Dottie Harris

 

East Asia – May 2018

The last couple days have been a lot of fun! On Friday the team and I were able to go out to a rural area in the mountains where the majority of the Tyger people (our unreached people group) live. Once we got to the village, we split up to prayer walk around the village and try to meet the locals. We were able to strike up a few conversations but that was it, so please be praying that God would open up doors into villages so that the gospel would be heard in these areas.

Saturday we were a part of international day which turned out to actually be a big event on campus. This was huge for our team, because it allowed us to make more connections with the students on campus. Many of the conversations since then have been really encouraging and we are seeing the Father move in the lives of some of the students we are regularly meeting up with. Please be praying that our Father would save the souls of these students.

Lastly, be praying for us as a team as we are in our last week in “Vision City”. Pray that we would be focused and be discerning on who is actually interested in the Father.

In Christ,

Logan McCollough

 

East Asia – May 2018

Hello from Vision City!

The East Asia team has had an incredible time getting to know the people and culture of this city, and we have had favor in connecting with the students here. Doing gospel work on a college campus is such a unique experience, because it allows us to use our time doing classroom presentations to get to know as many students as possible. Grace Rivers has used her connections in the language department to pair us with English students that take us to our meals, help us get around campus, and teach us about how East Asian culture and politics shapes the worldview of the people who live there. Both the men and women on the team have been able to have conversations about God with some of our new friends and we look forward to following up with them in the next week.

Ways the church can be lifting us up is continued favor in meeting new friends, building relationships, and having good conversations. Another way the church can be lifting us up is safety and health so we can continue to accomplish what we are trying to do here. We thank God for the ways we have been able to see fruit in our time here. We are thankful for the opportunity to learn about this culture and love the people who live here.

Written by Laine McGinty

 

South Africa – March 2018: Day 4

The gospel’s proclamation and protection are paramount, even across cultures. This is evidenced not only in our own country, but throughout the world, where many seek to distort the gospel or declare a different gospel. This can even be seen in how the church lives out its primary responsibilities, in both the congregation and in matters of leadership. Thus, it’s crucial that we preach and teach a faithful and biblical understanding of the gospel and how the church is to display, in both the way she carries out her duties and helps promote and protect that faithful witness. It’s to that end that over the course of this week, we (the ‘Ryans’) led a pastoral training on elders, deacons, and the congregation for refugee pastors.

We were incredibly encouraged during our time. These pastors, many from Zimbabwe and the DRC, received such teaching with humility and with careful thought and response. They are clearly thinking through such matters and were challenged by the biblical truths they heard. They asked good questions as they sought ways to practically implemented the marks of healthy church leadership into their own cultures and contexts.

Many of these pastors are coming from difficult circumstances in the countries they have left, and currently facing many struggles in the flocks they lead here in Durban. These struggles range from sheep looking for a job in a new country to being separated by miles from family.  The work of shepherding is a challenging and yet rewarding task, even among the sojourner and stranger in a very literal sense, as they see lived out on a daily basis.  We came away with a deeper appreciation for these brothers to see the Bible be held up as the rule by which we help lay the groundwork for a faithful, corporate gospel witness.  We are also better attuned to how to pray for and encourage these men, as they serve both the Word and the physical needs of the body of Christ.

Durban needs healthy churches. It is ripe with opportunity for the gospel to be made known, particularly in the hard and often-overlooked refugee community in which the Yngsdals serve.  We pray that our short time with these pastors will bring about fruit not just in their own lives, but in the lives of the churches they shepherd. Pray with us that the Lord would build his church in Durban on the solid foundation of His Word, and that these churches would lead and love one another in such a way that the glory of God and the good news of Jesus Christ is clearly put on display for the whole world to see.

Ryan Martin & Troglin

 

South Africa – March 2018: Day 3

Today, the college side of our team (Amie, Kyle, Jake and I) helped lead a youth conference for the Christian youth of the area. The Yngsdals informed us that many of the refugee youth are typically not discipled and do not get much training. The hope was that we, being similar in age, would be able to shed a light on what it looks like to be a faithful Christian and church member while at university.

After much thought, we decided to talk about evangelism and discipleship. We wanted to give them practical tools to go and share the gospel with their friends and their family. We desired for them to have tools to play their own role in fulfilling the Great Commission, outlined in Matthew 28:18-20. Yet not only did we desire for them to have these tools, we desired for them to understand the importance of discipleship.

To kick off this conference, we worshipped the Lord through song. Three of the refugee youth-led worship, Michael, Ralph and Frances (Siyabonga). All of them sang, played the keyboard and the drums, and were extremely talented in them all. We sang Our God, Reckless Love, and a song in their language. It was so beautiful and refreshing to sing with these brothers and sisters in Christ. What a joy to live worlds apart, in very different cultures, and yet worship the same God.

After singing, we led the youth through the two topics. We started with evangelism, walking them through specific tools they could use. We started with storying, explaining how they can use any story in the Bible to share the gospel with someone. We then walked them through God, Man, Christ, Response and the Three Circles evangelism tool.  Finally, we explained the concept of testimonies and how they could use their own stories to tell of all God has done in their life, through the power of the gospel. We had them team up in groups to practice using one or more of these tools. Initially, we were all wary of how well this practice session would go, afraid they would just spend the time talking to one another, instead of actually using the time to practice. However, the Lord is so good! As we walked around to answer any questions they may have had, we were encouraged to hear every group seeking to practice using these tools. In addition, it was expressed various times how thankful they were to be taught practical tools they can use to evangelize.

After giving them time to practice, we spoke to them about the importance of discipleship. We read 2 Timothy 2:2 and informed them if the example of Paul and Timothy. We taught that they need to have a Paul in their life as well as a Timothy.

Once this training was done, we sat down for a time of Q&A where we asked them questions about South Africa and they could ask us questions about the United States. These questions ranged from likes/dislikes to news to religion.  It was a wonderful time of cultural exchange where both sides got to understand how the other views the world.

Overall, this youth conference was a wonderful time. We all left encouraged by the deep desire these youths had to learn about evangelism and discipleship. We left knowing them better and gained an understanding of their worldview. Pray these youths would continue to seek the Lord faithfully, seeking to both evangelize and disciple. 1 Timothy 4:12 states “Do not let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.” Pray these youth would cherish and live out the word of God.

Many Blessings,

Brianna Leavell

 

South Africa – March 2018: Day 2

After the girls led a Bible study with the sewing class (see post below), Kyle and I had an opportunity to lead a Bible study on Dreadlock Corner. Many of the locals that attended the Bible study were either hairstylists that worked at the street corner or friends of the hairstylists, most all of which were Zulu or Zimbabwe refugees. Dreadlock corner is a hard place to do ministry, and yet the Yngsdals have continued to pursue them with the gospel.

The passage that Kyle and I focused on during the study was Ephesians 2:1-10, and we tried to keep the lesson as simple and gospel-centric as possible. We were able to explain to the refugees that God has beautifully and wonderfully created us in His image (Genesis 1:27), for His glory. But because of Adam and Eve’s original sin (Romans 5:12), we are born into a state of natural rebellion toward God and are by nature children of wrath (Ephesians 2:3), unable to please God without a perfect mediator in our place (Romans 3:10-12). “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ…” (Ephesians 1:4-5). And because of Christ’s final and complete work of redemption on the cross, we can be justified by faith and have peace with God (Romans 5:1; Ephesians 2:6-9).

Please pray for the ministry on Dreadlock Corner that fruit would continue to come from the Yngsdal’s work there.

Soli Deo Gloria,

Jake Adel

 

South Africa – March 2018: Day 2

Two full days in Durban have quickly passed. Today was a day of teaching, as all six of our team members had the privilege to teach the Word to refugees. Our ministry began at a sewing class for women, where Brianna and I taught the story of the Samaritan woman who met Jesus at the well. Teaching the Bible amidst cultural and language barriers was a bit out of both of our comfort zones, but I truly believe that the Lord used our imperfect teaching for the glory of His name. While we were encouraged to speak slowly and use simple English with the refugee women, this proved to be no easy task, and we had to make adjustments to our teaching along the way. I was reminded of 2 Corinthians 12:9 where God tells Paul, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” God used our teaching to show the women what it means to drink of Christ’s living water, the only water that eternally satisfies our souls. When I asked the women if they had trusted in Jesus as their source of living water, most of them smiled from ear to ear and nodded emphatically. What a sweet, sweet blessing it is to know that I have sisters in Christ who look different than me, act different than me, speak a different language, and live halfway across the world, yet we have all things in common through the blood of Christ. What a beautiful foretaste of heaven.

Please continue to pray for our ministry, as Brianna and I will be teaching the same lesson to a different group of women on Friday.

In Christ,

Amie Westerman