Overseas Missions

The Haiti Construction Team went to Cap Haitian on April 16-20 to do a construction project in that community, serving as the hands and feet of Jesus. When asked, Todd Zumbrun’s quote was, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”

A group of four went on April 12-19 to visit our long term team in Asia. They went to experience a day in the life of our mission families, encourage their work there, and share their stories of faith within their communities. While they were there, God blessed them with a divinely appointed coincidence. A young man riding a bicycle stopped to ask if they were from America, then asked the group, “Ja’ eat yet?” He had been a student of Thomas and Callie Mitchell nine years ago and now just happens to be teaching at a school where one of our missionary families lives. All in a city of six million people!

 

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The Man in White

It was a hot day in Athens and Malekah* was tired from her journey. “Yes, Malekah,” she said to herself, “you are getting old.” As a refugee from Afghanistan, she pondered how her entire life seemed like one long, arduous walk. For the past year, she had traveled almost an hour each way to get to the ministry center in Greece several times a week. During her visits, they would tell her about a man named Jesus, but each time she refused to listen. All she wanted was a hot meal and for people to leave her alone.

door2On this particular day, Malekah, pulled on the handle to go inside, but the door was locked. Familiar with the frustration of closed door after closed door, she wearily sat down on the sidewalk, leaned against the side of the building in the cool shade, and drifted off to sleep.

While she was dozing, she had a dream. In the dream, a man dressed in dazzling white appeared to her. She gasped when she saw him. He smiled at her and said, “The door is open.” She protested, “I tried it. The door is locked.” The man in all white said to her, “Malekah, I AM the door, and it is open.”

Startled from the dream, she woke up and tried the door again. This time, it was open. Bewildered and excited, she shuffled through the door, bypassed the hot meal and immediately found one of the ministry leaders and said, “Please tell me about the man who just appeared to me in my dreams.”

On that day, Malekah heard the story of Jesus for the first time with a receptive heart. Afterwards, she decided she wanted to be baptized and follow “the man in white” who introduced himself as “the open door.”

The door is open in the Mediterranean Rim and God is on the move. Weekly we are hearing stories just like the one above – Muslims who are having dreams of Jesus and then searching for people who can help them discover the God who is pursuing them. And we want to be there when they come knocking!

Our vision at Missions Resource Network is to join what God is doing among Muslim people in a region of our world where faith in Jesus has not existed for thousands of years. More Muslim people have come to faith in Jesus in the last 20 years than in the previous 1400 years combined. So many people are waiting to hear. The time to act is now. We are looking for both prayer partners and workers to join us on this journey.

Clear Creek partners with MRN to share Jesus in the Mediterranean Rim. Clear Creek also partners with a family working near this area with Muslims that are experiencing similar experiences!  Please continue to pray for these efforts!

 *Name changed for security reasons

 

Rohaan’s Dream

Rohaan is a Muslim. Or at least that’s what his ID says and that’s what his family says. Rohaan had the opportunity to go to college in the US. Away from his family and community he had tremendous freedom, but that freedom led him to drugs.  There was not a day that went by that he was not high and his life was completely consumed by his addiction. One night in desperation he cried out a prayer to God, but it wasn’t like the prayers he had grown up saying or reciting. It was from his heart; a deep-seated desire to change, but not knowing how.Picture1

And then, Rohaan had a dream. Rohaan told me his dream, but he made sure I knew it wasn’t an ordinary dream. “It was as if I was there… because I was there. It was so real” he said. His dream:

“I was standing in my home with my father and we were by a window looking out. I embraced my father and within an instant, I was in the heavenly realms. There I witnessed the most beautiful scene I had ever seen, and I was standing before God the Father and he was wearing clothes as bright as light and he was holding a giant hammer. Suddenly, the hammer came down and broke everything beneath us. Once again, I found myself with my father in our home. Except this time, everything was engulfed in flames, even my father was engulfed in flames.  I was terrified because I thought I was going to die so I embraced my father and told him ‘I just want to be in your arms’. Although the flames were all around me and I could feel them on my arms and body, they did not burn or hurt me.”

Jeremiah 23:29
Is not my word like fire, declares the Lord, and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?

After that night Rohaan said that his life started to get better. He had an overwhelming sense that God was with him, but he was still depressed and fighting addiction. Not long after his dream, there was a night where he was in an especially low state. He was depressed that he had spent all his money on drugs, and therefore had no money for food or clothes. That night he felt a strong urge to read the Bible, but he didn’t have one or know how to read one. He remembered that he had seen on tv or in movies that when Christians read the Bible it was like reading time (chapter:verse), so he looked at his phone. It was 12:22 am. He Googled 12:22 and he read the first result:

And he said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing… O you of little faith! And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried. For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them. Instead, seek his kingdom and these things will be added to you.
Luke 12:22-31

“I couldn’t believe what I had just read! God cares about what I wear! These words were like nothing I had ever heard before and I knew in my heart that they were not the words of man, but were coming from above.” Rohaan’s story of coming into the kingdom is a miracle. Rohaan returned home and faced many trials due to his new beliefs and there was no community to help him. In the states he had developed a liking for American football, so one night he decided to Google football videos. To his surprise, he learned that there was a football league in his city. He couldn’t wait to join and wouldn’t you believe it? He ended up on our team.

 

Re-entry Retreat

In October, Clear Creek hosted a re-entry retreat for four families (the Feisleys, Hardins, Mitchells, and Taylors) who have recently returned from long-term work in Asia. The weekend was led by Dottie Schultz, Mark and Jill Brazle from Mission Resource Network  (MRN). The retreat represents one more way that Clear Creek partners with and cares for our missionaries.

After spending years overseas building God’s kingdom, living, working, raising children, and making friends it is common for missionaries to encounter difficulties when they decide to move “home.” During their time together, missionary families were able to share about their time overseas and talk freely about the struggle to re-adapt to life in the US. Dedicated times such as this are vital as these families establish themselves in new places and find new ways to continue serving Jesus here in the US.

Clear Creek is thankful for these families who have spent years serving Jesus in other countries and we are pleased that we can continue to bless them even after they return to the US.