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Latest Update from Dorothy Forsberg

Dear supporting church Friends,

 

I have just learned that 10 videos about various aspects of SIM’s work in Benin are available on Vimeo. Here’s the link:

https://vimeo.com/channels/simbenin

 

You can see me talking in the video about Bible translation. The African man that speaks in French is our Bible translation consultant, Pastor Pierre Barassounon. My Yom colleagues are also in the video. The second part is about the Sola translation. That’s my German colleague Ulrike Heyder speaking – in English.

 

I tried to download at least the one about translation to share with you when I visit but they must have locked them. So I’m sending the link so you can see something of Benin. They are quite well done, by an Irishman.

 

I’m looking forward to visiting each of your churches, one this weekend in Flushing NY and the others on the West Coast in the weeks to come.

 

Thank you so much for standing with me over all these years for the translation of God’s Word into the Yom language. We’re nearly there. Two more years, three years max, should see it in the hands of Yom people in Benin.

 

May God richly bless you all,

 

Dorothy

Dorothy (Dodi) Forsberg

 

The Bible for the Yom People

 

on Home Assignment

from SIM Benin



Update from the Mills!

Happy 2016! We are excited to share with you in this update where we are in our funding efforts, about our move to North Carolina, and about how abundantly the Lord has been providing!
We are currently 86% fully funded for this next year, and still have more partners joining our team in the works! We have loved this fundraising time of our mission because it has provided an opportunity to strengthen and re-kindle many friendships as well as create new ones.

Our move to North Carolina went smoothly. Housing was provided to us through another Navigator couple who own their home in Jacksonville who was transitioning to ROTC ministry in Raleigh. They decided to expedite their move from June to February so that they could rent their home to us! Our new address is:

709 Vernon Drive

Jacksonville, NC 28540

We moved out of our Seattle apartment January 31st. Zack drove across country with Nadia’s dad, Bruce Richey and arrived Super Bowl Sunday. Nadia flew out to Jacksonville with Gracie (turning 2 in May), our newest addition Caleb (born 11/12/15), and her two sisters Tasha and Brooke February 18th after saying some final “see ya later’s” to friends and family in the Tacoma-Seattle area.

As we have been reflecting on this past year, with the anticipation of the birth of Caleb (who arrived 8lbs 7oz just like his sister, but wanted to beat her by being an inch longer at 21”) and the impending move, we have been considering what it means to “not forget the Lord your God.” We recently read the book of Hosea and throughout we saw God saying, “But you forgot me.” In that small sentence Zack and I hear His love and desire for us; that we would not forget Him, but that we would seek Him in everything. The prayer we have for our family and for you at the start of this year (with all of our collective plans and ambitions for 2016) is that we will not forget Him, but hear Him calling us back. Additionally, we want to let His love be the thing that motivates us to seek Him more. Lastly, we want to involve Him in our plans and allow Him to enter in and own them, altering them as He would for better.

Thank you again for joining us, please be praying for the Marines that our lives will be crossing paths with this year and the Navigator community with which we will be co-laboring.

Love always,

Zack, Nadia, Graceyn, and Caleb



News from Mark Barnes in Brazil

One sign of a nation being discipled into it’s God given purpose is it’s name will be great amongst the nations, consider Brazil’s name these days.

Zika, political corruption and crime sadly are the head lines making Brazil famous these days.

But when Jesus heard this, He said, “This sickness is not to end in death, but for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified by it.” On my most recent trip to Brazil I got infected again with renewed hope and vision for Brazil.

There is something brewing in the hard times in Brazil. Failed political and church systems are provoking a new generation of young leaders to imagine reformation, and to re-imagine church, political and economic structures. I see this on the ground in the work my team is doing in a small, real and inspiring ways.

Acts 4:34 For there was not a needy person among them, for all who were owners of land or houses would sell them and bring the proceeds of the sales and lay them at the apostles’ feet

For many years I have felt that this verse is connected to Brazil’s destiny in the world.  The “Zero %” in “no needy person”, is a token of something bigger going on. If this can be tapped into in Brazil it can flip Brazil right side up and this would be a global spectacle. I think it’s fare to say that in the book of Acts the church was living and giving the gospel of the Kingdom, as one. This is not beyond where God can take us today and surely not more than we can hope and work for.
I have a friend in BH named Cacau, Kaka lead him to the Lord a few years ago. Cacau recently traded his big mansion house for the hotel we used during our outreach in July. We are now making plans to use it as an operational base for the Deck to stage a cultural shift to dislocate criminal culture in communities over run with murder. Some much of the perpetual brokenness is rooted in culture.

New Vision – To pin point a social movement that shoots “to drop murder rates to zero”. This target adds something important to the concept of The Deck, it give us 3 things.  1) A “clear trumpet call” to rally and organize communities for life that are PROVOKED by the blood of children in their streets. 2) A clear plan with 4 broad based maneuvers with long-term and sustainable effect, scaled to move many of players in society.  3)  Zero %  also gives scale to quantify transformation efforts in communities.

With this righteous scale (Mt. 6:33, Prov 11:11) we can be more intentional in the quest to deliver the gospel of the Kingdom that constructs a superior life keeping culture to dislocated and uproot the criminal cultural that perpetuates murder and brokenness all over Brazil. To knock down murder rates many other things will fall. It is for this fight that we have been give might weapons (II Cor. 10:4) , and 4 tested components, integrated into a missional designed that makes room for all hands on DECK.

1)  the circus, 2) “friends for good in schools” (amigos do bem na escola) partnering with public school under much duress , 3) seed projects (Harvest), and 4) the hotel (yellow Axis)  –  U of N / ywam base.

(these are the quantifiable components of the deck that are intentionally applicable and transferable.)
The Outer ring represents the Kingdom community/congregation, living, cultivating and keeping the Kingdom ( Gen
2:15 ), this ring is beyond the deck design. It’s the extended movement not quantifiable but will display “a token” of the overcoming power of the age to come in this present age, “no needy persons among them” or  zero % .  No more shall an infant from there live but a few days Is 65:20, a new count of life.

In august we will be running our circo manifesto outreach in Rio during the Olympic games, together with our local team in Rio. I REALLY hope to take Barbara and Gabriel with me on this trip. This is part of the build up to launch “zero %” in target communities around Belo Horizonte next year.

I hope this short email gives a glimpse of the regions beyond that we are stretching for. Our inspiration is kept alive by God in so many ways. Those he send to stand with us count for double. Thank you for your interest and help, keep it up!

I long to spend more time in Brazil. As good as everything is for us in Fort Mill, I think I am made for Brazil.

This are some pictures of the hotel and a short video of the hotel.

peace,

mark



We have your tickets for Stadium’s Beauty & the Beast!

Stadium High School’s performance of Beauty & the Beast is on stage next week, staring many of our own FPC youth and directed by Liz Jacobsen! Liz has pre-sold us 30 tickets for this soon-to-be sold out show.
Tickets are for 1:30pm matinees on Saturday, April 2nd or Saturday, April 16th at Stadium High School’s auditorium. Email Julie Brownlee or call 253-272-3286 x115 to reserve your tickets for this family friendly show!
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