by Joshua and Kelsie Steele

News from the Front

The January-March issue of our newsletter, Overseas Field Report, is now available. In this issue, we'll give you the latest news on the developing crisis in Ukraine, including how current events will affect CMO 2014. Also in this issue, meet Nathan Gregson, our newest missionary intern here in Ukraine!

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Our Position in Ukraine

As you are no doubt aware, Ukraine is in the middle of a political crisis. The details of the conflict–which have grown more gory in recent days–are readily available on major news outlets, so I won’t waste space here repeating what’s been said by others. The purpose of this post is to inform you of our family’s position in Ukraine relative to current events.

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Gathering Fruit

The October-December issue of our newsletter, Overseas Field Report, is now available. In this issue, we've got lots to report about the fruit that God is bringing in as a result of this summer's CMO project.

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The Seven Pillars of Genesis, Part 7: Joseph

The following is an excerpt taken from the twentieth and final lesson of Bible First.

Joseph’s Forgiveness

Joseph is often acclaimed as the most complete type of Christ found in the Old Testament. Entire charts have been constructed to show the numerous parallels between the life of Joseph and the life of our Savior. Of all Joseph’s qualities, his forgiveness of those who had been his persecutors is among the most Christ-like.

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The Seven Pillars of Genesis, Part 6: Jacob

The following is an excerpt taken from the twentieth and final lesson of Bible First.

Jacob’s Inheritance

Jacob, the third of the great patriarchs, seemed an unlikely candidate to carry on the Abrahamic covenant, and yet his life demonstrated a personal relationship with God and a genuine walk of faith. Many aspects of Jacob’s life parallel that of Christ, but perhaps most significant is his inheritance.

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The Seven Pillars of Genesis, Part 5: Isaac

The following is an excerpt taken from the twentieth and final lesson of Bible First.

Isaac’s Substitution

After repeatedly promising Abraham that he would become a great nation, God fulfilled His word by giving Abraham a miracle son: Isaac. Given this background, one can only imagine the shock Abraham must have experienced when God commanded him to offer Isaac as a sacrifice. Not only was human sacrifice inconsistent with God’s previous commands regarding the sanctity of life, but this new directive seemed a contradiction of His promise to make Abraham the head of a great nation. How could there ever be such a nation if God’s promised child, Isaac, was to die?

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The Seven Pillars of Genesis, Part 1: Adam

The following text is taken from the twentieth and final lesson of Bible First. As promised in a previous issue of our newsletter, we'll be publishing The Seven Pillars of Genesis as a series of blog posts over the next few weeks.

The Seven Pillars of Genesis

Genesis introduces many significant characters, but seven individuals in particular clearly illustrate the Gospel message in story form. These men–Adam, Abel, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph–are Genesis’ Seven Pillars. Their stories constitute the bulk of the Genesis narrative, each one presenting a different aspect of the Gospel and revealing God’s plan for the salvation of the world.

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230K

The May/June issue of our newsletter, Overseas Field Report, is now available. In this issue, we'll give you the very latest on our preparations for CMO 2013, including an interesting look at the importance of numbers in evangelism. Also in this issue, meet the guys who are coming for CMO this year, and learn how you can stay connected with our team throughout the project.

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Angels About Us

Tonight our family was involved in a potentially serious car accident. All five of us were coming home in very snowy weather in a taxi. As the driver tried to execute a left turn across traffic, he lost traction in the snow, and we were broadsided by an oncoming vehicle.

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