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The Greatest Gift by Missy Ward-Angalla

This past fall we launched a new vocational training initiative for women from some of the most difficult backgrounds from our community. These women received two months of training in business, marketing, and practical skills. Most importantly, they had time to worship and pray together. Women from a variety of backgrounds came together in community to learn and grow. 

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More Than A Program

In December we hosted a graduation celebration for our shelter residents and families. Together we prayed, worshipped and celebrated the incredible work that God had done in their lives! Our graduations are always incredible as we reflect the change in the girls. But this one stood out to me even more… 

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Curriculum for Limited / non English Speaking Parents and Children

Ready for School! An Early Childhood Curriculum for Limited/Non-English Speaking Parents and Children Ages 3-4

 

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Karen Refugees Featured in Videos

Lita Sample shares about the ministry to Karen refugees and the response of churches in two short videos. 

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A New Heaven by Karen Morrow, CBF Field Personnel

Recently I had a glimpse of heaven which was much different than my former experience of solemn worship and praise.  I was privileged to attend the baptism of the son of one of my friends who attends our Bible Study for women from the Middle East.  

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Surprised by Grace in 2014 by Nell Green, CBF Field Personnel

If you research some of the online definitions of grace you come across words like favor, goodwill, love, kindness, mercy, forgiveness, charity, etc. This post has been swirling around in my mind for months. It seemed fitting to finally put it down ‘on paper’ so to speak on the final day of 2014. You see, on multiple occasions people have asked me how I would describe the past year or so. Every time I reply, “I have been surprised by grace…over and over again.”

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Kickball...Leaves Plenty of Time for the Bible by Lita Sample

When we began the ESL Conversation CafĂ© for internationals who needed it, there came an opportunity for a little playtime.  One Chinese Christian woman came who wanted so much for her husband to come to ESL, because he didn’t know Jesus.  

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The World Welcomed in Knoxville by Marc Wyatt

This fall we began a new three year church partner relationship with our longtime friend, Dr. Tom Ogburn and his congregation at First Baptist Church of Knoxville, Tennessee. Tom is in his first year at the church but it doesn’t take long for one to see that he is already helping shape a new direction of openness, collaboration and cross-cultural mission within the congregation and community.  

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Jahid, the Berber Pita Chef by Marc Wyatt

You aren’t Greek are you? No. I’m Moroccan. How did you know, he asked? Well, we’ve had more than one Shawarma (a Middle Eastern Chicken Pita) and we can tell you aren’t making a Greek Pita here – its Shawarma. He laughed. 

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Flip Flops for Fiji by Fran Stevenson

While we were in Fiji during the summer, we had a wonderful experience at the International Full Gospel Tabernacle Church in Nadi, Fiji.  We got involved with this church through our taxi driver.  After we came home, I put together two boxes of Bibles, journals, Christian books, and Bible study materials and sent them to the church in Fiji.  In sharing with my own small group, I was talking about how many people in Fiji, children and adults, don’t have shoes and other basic necessities.  The group decided that as a mission project, we would send a crate of those needed items to Fiji.  I never realized that my small group would be so generous.  When we met the next week, I realized that we would need a bigger crate.  

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