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I caught sight of our vision for missions when I met the Piepmeiers of
Kiana, Alaska, during chapel service at the North American Mission Board, where
I serve. These brave missionaries mesmerized me with their story. It was a cold
day to those of us in the American Bible belt, but it was like spring to the
Piepmeiers whose village is 40 miles inside the Arctic Circle. They go for
months without sun and can only measure temperatures down to minus 60, the
lowest reading on their thermometer.
My heart went out to this couple whod uprooted from their home in Missouri
to answer His call to Alaska. Their confirmation came when the family piano
sold, an item too bulky to move and one they never advertised as being for
sale. The Piepmeiers needed the money it would bring to survive in an isolated
economy where they pay $8 for a gallon of milk and $4 for a gallon of gas.
John and Kim wore the native dress of their Alaskan neighbors, she in a
colorful smock and sensible pants and both of them in snuggly moccasins, a
reminder that many of NAMBs 5,204 missionarieslike the International Mission
Boards 5,376 missionariesmove far away and to a new culture. Yet others serve
at home, remaining in their familiar surroundingsoften in their own
communitybut with a call to tell His story and change their world, their
Welcome to On Missions Special Report on the North American
Mission, an annual review of the work of missionaries and on mission
Christians and churches. You'll read stories about people like you, who are
answering His call, telling His story and changing our world. And you'll
read about the phenomenal lives and work of our Week of Prayer missionaries,
who inspire us every year as role models for leading others to Him.
We hope you enjoy this issue and will consider it a keepsake. In it youll
learn about the on mission success of the Piepmeiers (see page 35) and
many others as you travel with us across our vast continent to places as
foreign as Kiana, Alaska, and as familiar as your own backyard. And we hope
youll be inspired to participatein your own way, at your own pace, as God leads
youto a mission field of your own.
Carolyn Curtis, editor, On Mission, email@example.com
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