April Missionary of the Month
Brenda Friesen Serving in Orlando Florida with Campus Crusade
Read an update from her:
Living with Covid–19 for a year has been quite the experience. It has changed the way we do everyday life. The exciting thing is that ministry did not slow down. We just found other ways of communicating with our Missionary Kids
(MKs) around the world. Imagine if this had happened before we could Zoom® or do Facetime® online! I am sure the enemy thought he could slow us down, but I must tell you Cru® has seen more people responding to the gospel this past year. This has proven true in many of
our closed countries where our Cru® onine ministries have seen many finding our evangelistic websites.
Here is a story I read from an email I received from one of Cru’s online ministries:
A woman in a middle eastern country dreamt about Jesus on the cross night after night. She did not personally know any Christians who could answer her questions about Him. And she knew her husband would be upset about her interest. But the dream was so vivid, so
moving, that she could not get it out of her mind. Finally, she took a leap of faith. Risking it all, she decided to reach out to Cru’s® closed nation missionaries. I’m sure you can imagine that first contact—Turning the lights off, shuttering the windows and closing the drapes
... Locking the doors and tiptoeing through the house to ensure the coast was clear …. Then, heart pounding and palms sweating, picking up the phone to finally talk to a
real-life Christian about Jesus for the very first time! After years of only knowing a religion of harsh judgement, she was thrilled to hear the gospel and to give her life to Jesus! In the words of her Cru discipler:
Now, her children have come to know Jesus! Her prayer each day is for her husband to come and know Christ. We are in touch with her and continue praying with her.”
MK2MK has been busy hosting virtual Bible studies, one on one discipleships, game nights, and trainings. We have started Facebook groups with parents of MKs, adult MKs, College, and High School MKs.
A teammate and I are in charge of the Parents Facebook® page. We post resources on issues that relate to the parenting of an MK or TCKs which stands for Third Culture Kids. If you know any parents of MKs or MKs in
all the categories, I mentioned please let me know and I can invite them to one of the groups.
Once a month, I and some of our team have been meeting with elementary aged MKs, and twice a month another part of our team meets with the middle school and high school age MKs. We are now able to meet in person since Florida has opened to group gatherings, as long
as we comply with the criteria of meeting safely. The group I minister with is partnering with a Wycliffe missionary who works with their MKs, so we’ve been able to meet at their headquarters in Orlando.
It has been so great being able to meet them in person and the kids have been so excited to be with each other. These MKs are in transition and will soon be moving to another assignment with their families in June. Some of them came back from their overseas assignments because of Covid–19.
We, of course, are helping them through this transition period, and giving them the tools they need to have a successful moving experience wherever God leads them. We have shared with them about Abraham and Sarah’s not having a home to call their own, but they were
faithful to go wherever God led them. There are so many wonderful stories from the Old Testament of how God’s people handled transition. Please do pray for our Cru® families as they trust God to lead them either back overseas or to a stateside ministry.
Last year we were not able to hold our mission trips to South Africa. We were hoping we could go this summer. Unfortunately, we found out that, because of the new strain of Covid that has come upon the country of South
Africa, we cannot go. So, we have decided to invite our MKs to come to Orlando. Yes, Orlando is a mission field too!
We are partnering with a couple of churches and outreaches to help with Daily Vacation Bible Schools, do evangelism on some college campuses, and humanitarian work along with daily time in the Word and listening to talks by our Interns on MK related topics.
In May we will be holding our Internship for our College MKs as we train them to lead our two back to back mission trips. Please pray that our MKs will be safe from
catching the virus. We’ve had to come up with plans on how we will do quarantine if that happens. Our number of MKs that we will accept will be smaller because of this.
We need your prayers as we wisely plan for safe opportunities to do ministry. Of course, we would love for the Lord to bring an end to this virus. This would be a wonderful answer to our prayers. Pray
for the MKs as they raise their support trusting that God will provide all they need. If any of you would like to give towards an MKs trip let me know and I’ll let you know how you can give.
I will soon reach 50 years of service with Cru® in September, 2022. Please be praying for me as I contemplate retiring from full-time ministry with Cru to possibly being a part-time volunteer.
My team says they don’t want me to leave, so as long as I am able, I’d love to continue serving along side them, but only part time. I will keep you all informed.
Busy, but Rewarding Times So, you can tell we have had a very busy year! I’m so grateful for each one of you who have faithfully prayed and given of your resources to make it possible for me to be a part of what God is doing among our MKs.