Looking Back-Praising God!

Stones of Remembrance

By Bill Evans MFM-U.S.A. National Director

In 1 Samuel 7, Samuel challenged the nation of Israel to return to their God. The people gathered at Mizpah to consecrate themselves to the Lord. As they were in the process of worshipping God, the Philistines decided to attack Mizpah. Israel heard about it, and Samuel interceded. The Lord brought about a miraculous victory. We read in verse 12, “Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen. He named it Ebenezer, saying, ‘Thus far the Lord has helped us’.”

Webster defines Ebenezer as a commemoration of divine assistance. Looking back over the last decade, we can see how God has used the ministry of Men for Missions and OMS for his glory. We remember and celebrate what God has done for us in time past.

On January 12, 2010, at approximately 4:53 pm, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake rocked southern Haiti. God used this tragedy for His glory. We began sending medical teams to help. Shortly after that, the Homes for Haiti project was born. The first home was built in August 2010. After that, another 100 homes were erected in and around Port-au-Prince. Homes for Haiti and the subsequent Bon Repos Project were a great testimony to God’s faithfulness. We learned and experienced great things throughout these two projects. On May 15, 2016, we dedicated the Bon Repos community to God in a very grand celebration.

On October 29, 2011, Doug Tankersley joined an e3 Partners evangelism team to Barranquilla, Colombia, to explore the possibilities of MFM sending evangelism teams to support ECC’s saturation vision. In response to Every Community for Christ’s vision to finish the work OMS had begun more than 60 years ago, MFM began sending evangelism teams to help share the Gospel of Jesus Christ serving alongside our national ECC partner, Satura Colombia. Since that time, MFM has sent 38 teams, with 304 short-term members, resulting in nearly 15,000 decisions for Jesus Christ. This model of evangelism is now being replicated in additional Latin American countries.

April 16, 2016, a 7.8 earthquake struck Ecuador, in the Manta region. From this tragedy, another construction-related ministry began. The Faith In Action project allowed us to help rebuild local churches and homes in the Manta region. We were blessed to send evangelism teams, VBS teams, and construction teams to minister to the people in their hours of most profound need.

In April 2017, Carl Poynter led a team to Tokyo, Japan, to help with various projects on the OMS missionary compound. There have been significant developments in ministry opportunities since that trip. The Japanese are committed to more evangelism and discipleship in their churches. Train & Multiply is growing across the nation, and Japan is ready for a great harvest. Pastor Makoto Saeki has a vibrant congregation in Kochi, and the church is committed to T & M on the island. Because of their vision for growing the church, they need a place to meet and a T & M training center. MFM sent teams in 2019 to help erect a beautiful structure.

There are many “stones of remembrance” in the last decade, and we greatly rejoice at the faithfulness of God that makes it all possible. What will we dare to trust Him for in this next decade?

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