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Journey Through Change

Journey Through Change

Serving alongside YWAM ministries in more than 185 nations lends itself to change, and not just in location. Sustaining and growing a ministry like MBI cannot be accomplished alone (in fact, over 80 friends and co-workers have labored together at one time or another over the past 18 years) and we have prayed and patiently waited for God to release His younger leader(s) in order to pass on the leadership of MBI with the charge to take it to the next level.

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The Extraordinary Ordinary

The Extraordinary Ordinary

Sometimes the amazing things volunteers accomplish are just accumulations of many small, well-done deeds. Tasks as ordinary as cooking meals, mowing lawns, cleaning toilets, or hammering nails become extraordinary in their collective effect.

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Oh, What a New Year!

Oh, What a New Year!

The concept of MBI—connecting Christians with frontline missions—is entering its 40th year. Let that sink in for a moment, if you will. Behind that seemingly simple statement are thousands upon thousands of connections between volunteers and their friends in missions who have responded to the same call: “Who shall go for us?” (Isaiah 6:8)

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A Different Kind of Vacation

A Different Kind of Vacation

Mission builder volunteers are a do-whatever-it-takes kind of people. They’re learners who aren’t afraid of new places or different cultures. They fit in almost anywhere; ready to tackle whatever work they’re handed. They love stepping into the relational and spiritual life of the campus they serve, often building life-long friendships with missionaries and other volunteers alike. Mission builders are the stuff real help is made of, which is why they’re first class world-changers.

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Easy In, Easy Out: A World of Opportunities

Easy In, Easy Out: A World of Opportunities

Mission Builders International has had one job to do since 1996: recruit volunteers to come alongside YWAM missionaries around the globe and assist them with their practical needs. Each year, hundreds of people bring their skills and strengths to jobs ranging from construction to teaching to auto maintenance to cooking. There’s always plenty to do on YWAM campuses, and volunteers can help for as little as two weeks or up to three months, allowing for easy-in, easy-out service. The downside? The need for more people—of all ages—to see what’s going on in missions and catch the vision.

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Oh, What a Year!

Oh, What a Year!

“This is what the Lord says: ‘Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls. But you said, ‘We will not walk in it’” (Jeremiah 6:16).

Forest fires rage in the West. Hurricanes batter Texas, Florida and the Carribean. Earthquakes shake cities. Nuclear war threatens nations worldwide. Economic, social and hot-button political issues stymie our government. Life is challenging to say the least! Gratefully, God is neither surprised nor daunted by the seemingly endless outpouring of doom and gloom.

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MBI Team Member Gregg Scott: Medical Equipment for Tanzania

MBI Team Member Gregg Scott: Medical Equipment for Tanzania

Our first container of medical equipment and supplies, shipped in 2016, was received gratefully by Mwanamonga villagers, three hospitals and many village dispensaries. The Mwanamonga dispensary had no beds or gurneys, and now have all they need for the size of their facility. While I didn’t get to visit every hospital and village dispensary, I did get to pass out a few wheelchairs. To be able to share some hope and dignity with folks who are Polio survivors but who have crawled on their hands and knees for the past 30 years was a highlight of my life.

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MBI Team Member Brad Rauch: The Power of One in South Africa

MBI Team Member Brad Rauch: The Power of One in South Africa

There are an estimated 3.7 million orphans in South Africa. Close to half of them have lost their parents to AIDS-related diseases, and there are many more children living with sick and bedridden caregivers. About 150,000 children are believed to be living in child-headed households. They need the hope only Jesus can bring.

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MBI Team Member Craig Blair: The Happiest Place on Earth

MBI Team Member Craig Blair: The Happiest Place on Earth

“English camp is the happiest place on earth! Coming here, you find yourself in a completely different world. You forget about your problems, you meet amazing, unique and sincere people. There is an absolutely indescribable atmosphere. This camp greatly influenced me and my life, and I am extremely grateful to the organizers and the camp team for such a place.” – Ksenia Lysenko, camper

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