The Voice of the Martyrs Resources: “I am N” Curriculum Kit and other “I am N” Resources

The Voice of the Martyrs has produced a number of I am N resources. One such resource is the “I am N” Curriculum Kit. This engaging video curriculum presents true stories of Christians in various parts of the world who are facing challenges due to Islamic extremism.  Ideal for small groups, campus ministries, as well as churches, I am N curriculum includes the I am N book, a participant’s guide, a facilitators guide and a six session DVD.

Each 15 minute video includes interviews with persecuted Christians, plus commentaries and teaching messages from leaders from The Voice of the Martyrs and other leading mission organizations. As you explore the six themes of sacrifice, courage, joy, perseverance, forgiveness, and faithfulness, you will be inspired to grow deeper in your relationship with Christ and, as a result, become a more effective witness to your friends, family and coworkers.

The Voice of the Martyrs has also produced an I am N devotional, a I am N wristband, an I am N  book and CD.

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Lutheran Bible Translators Serving in Cameroon

There are two missionary families serving as Lutheran Bible Translators in Cameroon.

Rev. Mike and Kara Kuhn have been Lutheran Bible Translators of Canada (LBTC) missionaries since 2012. The Kuhns come to LBTC from Calgary, where Pastor Mike was serving as Associate Pastor along with Kara’s father. From the beginning they shared interest in Bible translation, and later on Mike enrolled in the linguistics programme at Trinity Western University in Langley BC. The Kuhns were deployed to Cameroon to work with the Nizaa people, and in their short time in Galim they have made good progress. God has blessed the Kuhns and their team with some wonderful discoveries of translation work that had already been done. Mike hopes to bring some Bible to publication very soon. The Kuhns have three children, Tobias, Gideon, and Gloria.

Martin and Joan Weber have been LBTC missionaries since 1983. The Webers have been a fixture in Bible translation and literacy training in Cameroon for close to 40 years. They raised their three children while in Cameroon. The Webers have supervised two LBTC publications, a New Testament in the Kwanja languages in 2003, and a lectionary (Bible lessons of the day, often used in churches) in 2016. Once the Kwanja NT was completed, they made available to many persons portable audio players that read Bible wherever desired. Hundreds of “Proclaimers” and “Megavoice” players are now in the hands of persons who can hear the Word anytime they desire. The Webers’ work has been a great blessing to all those that heard the Bible in their heart language for the first time. They returned to Cameroon in June 2017 after a successful year-long furlough. The Webers have three grown children: Sarah, Nathan and Samuel.

If you are interested in serving as a missionary with Lutheran Bible Translators, please visit: Go!

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Tired of Sunday-only ‘churchianity’?

Tired of Sunday-only ‘churchianity’? Want to transition your group or church from Sunday-only engagement to everyday mission and discipleship?

Verge is offering a Master Class to assist you in this process.

What’s in this Master Class?

  • A 6-Module Course Designed To Guide You Through Transitioning From Sunday-only ‘Churchianity’ to Everyday Mission and Discipleship
  • Field-tested Processes For Transitioning to Become a Missional People
  • Simple Methods For Transitioning Your Church, Leaders, Metrics and Culture
  • The entire course is based on field-tested and biblical principles for transitioning.
  • You’ll get a proven process for helping you identify exactly where to start, but better yet…where NOT to invest your energy and efforts.
    Identify the areas your group or church needs to transition and exactly how your leaders, church, culture, and metrics need to change.
  • Don’t waste your time focusing on the wrong methods – find out exactly which methods will help your leaders, church and culture transition. Learn the 3 methods of transitioning… and how to leverage each for your context.
    Find out more at: Masterclass.
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Retreating with Lutheran Bible Translators in Cameroon — What a Privilege!

I was privileged to travel to Cameroon to be the Bible study leader for missionaries serving in West African countries for Lutheran Bible Translators. The retreat was five days and there were forty people that attended. The LBT(C) missionaries are pretty isolated and it had been many years since they had been able to get together for a retreat. We studied 1 Peter with the theme: “God’s New Israel: Chosen … Called … to Sojourn and Suffer in the Wilderness … but with living Hope!”We began and concluded each day with worship.

A team consisting of lay people from the Alberta-British Columbia District of Lutheran Church — Canada were essential to the formation and implementation of the retreat. The team members’ first project was to finance and plan the retreat for LBT West Africa Missionaries.  The team members traveled to Cameroon (at their own cost) to offer the children of the LBT missionary families a VBS type program while the parents were in the Bible study sessions.

Rev. Dr. James Keller, the Executive Director of Lutheran Bible Translators of Canada, led the morning worship services and delivered the homilies.

The missionaries and their families were very grateful for the opportunity to come together for Bible Study, worship and fellowship. It had been several years since they had been able to get together and they really appreciated their time together.

 

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“Christian Involvement in Public Ethical Issues” by Peter J. Scaer

In For the Life of the World, there is an article by Peter J. Scaer entitled “Christian Involvement in Public Ethical Issues.” The following excerpts are from that article.

“Some might argue that we cannot impose our beliefs on others. But this is foolishness. Almost every law has something to do with morality. Driving fast may not be immoral in and of itself, but driving recklessly puts the lives of others in danger. No one would question that there should be a law against armed robbery.  While we may have different views when it comes to gambling, the abortion matter is crystal clear. This is hardly a matter where Christians can agree to disagree. Science confirms what the Bible teaches.  Life begins at conception and we are called to defend it.”

“This is not simply a matter of abstract ethics.  There are spiritual consequences. To turn our backs on the unborn is to turn our backs on Christ Himself, who defines our humanity and died to redeem us all.  We can no more be silent about the fate of the unborn than we can walk past a man who lies half dead alongside the road.  The unborn child needs an advocate and a Good Samaritan. …”

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Reserve the Last Sunday in April for Hands-on Outreach

The Men’s Network of Lutheran Hour Ministries is encouraging you to participate in the sixth annual Men’s Network WORK DAY on Saturday, April 28.  It’s a day that you go off your church campuses and into the your local neighbourhoods and communities to help those in need.

In the past, men’s groups have set their hand to yard and landscaping work; Habitat for Humanity builds; trail clean-ups; building handicapped ramps; school and community park projects; helping seniors — those who have lost their spouses or are confined to their homes.

Go to WORKDAY to find out more about this WORK DAY.  There you will find a customizable flyer to post your project; a link to a Facebook page dedicated to WORK DAY; bulletin inserts to create interest at your church. There are even project suggestions if your group is stumped on what to do.

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I’m Back … posting!

It’s been awhile since I posted. Since my last post, I have been to Cameroon and Rwanda serving the Lord and His missionary people. What a privilege!  Many of my future posts will focus on my experiences in those countries.

My prayer for you in 2018 is that you will respond to the Lord’s invitation to “Go!” and share His love in word and deed!

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“What A Glorious Night” by the Sidewalk Prophets

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Share the True Meaning of Christmas

One of the clearest Christmas witnesses is spoken by Linus when Charlie Brown asks, “Isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?!” Linus’ recitation of Luke 2 is available on YouTube. You can link to this scene from a Charlie Brown Christmas from your Facebook page and share the wondrous message of God’s love in Christ.

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“Unto Us” by Matthew West

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