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A branch from the vine

Missions | One of the few cardiothoracic surgeons in Africa receives a medical missions prize from a New York philanthropist
by Emily Belz
Posted 1/23/18, 03:01 pm

A New York moment: 

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The Yomiuri Shimbun via AP

Heart of the weeping missionary

Missions | How might our communities be changed if we shed tears of compassion for the lost?
by Sophia Lee
Posted 1/01/18, 03:16 pm

A while ago, while interviewing Cynthia Ruble, an American missionary in Japan, I asked her what were her biggest challenges. I knew it was a personal question—but I didn’t expect her to start tearing up. As she recollected the helplessness and anguish of the people she serves, Ruble wiped her eyes and said, “It’s just so, so, so sad, some of these stories. ... These people have a lot of misery. Japan is a very wealthy country, but it’s full of unhappiness.”

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Mindy Belz

The church that birthed America

Missions | Learning from Pilgrims’ global evangelization
by Mindy Belz
Posted 11/09/17, 02:40 pm

AMSTERDAM—The brick alleyway leading to an inner courtyard may be lined with bicycles, but inside the cloister and across the lawn the English Reformed Church stands as it has since 1607.

The building itself dates to the Middle Ages and once served as a chapel for Beguines, a Catholic order that helped to care for the elderly in the housing enclave known as the Begijnhof. Following the Reformation it became a Protestant church and a haven for Separatists who fled England, the center of English worship in the Dutch Calvinist city.

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