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Missionary Highlight: Ben and Sandy Taber

Today's Missionary Highlight: Ben and sandy taber

Serving with one mission as a videographer

 

1. Tell us about your family.

     I (Ben) have been married to my wonderful wife, Sandy, for 13 years. We have four wonderful children. Patrick is 12 and only a couple inches shorter than I am (which he loves reminding me of) and loves playing soccer. Amelia is 9 and the only girl and unfortunately one of only two girls her age amongst the missionary families who live on campus. She loves gymnastics and dance and is apart of American Heritage Girls. Elliott is 6 and our firecracker. He is constantly keeping us on our toes and besides deciding that he has to be the constant entertainment for our newborn he has decided this fall to join his brother in playing soccer. He is also involved in a TrailLife troop through a local church. And then there is he newest addition to our family. Donovan is our red headed 4.5 months old and has been a precious addition to our family, especially after we lost a pregnancy 2 years ago.  

2. How would you summarize your ministry?

    I am the lead videographer (which is easy to be when you are the only videographer) and av manager for One Mission Society. I and my family are based out of the OMS USA/World headquarters in Greenwood, Indiana. Whenever I describe what I do as a ministry, I always come back to the idea that I am a story teller. My ministry gives me the opportunity to visit One Mission Societies fields of ministry (any of 77 countries) with a camera in my hand capturing video and still images of the work that God is doing around the world through the work of our missionaries. I then have the opportunity of sharing those stories with individuals and churches who are interested in how God is moving around the world, or even more importantly, with people who don't know what God is doing and are discovering the harvest fields for the first time.

3. Favorite non-ministry activity:

   When we are not running from soccer games and scouting activities, our family enjoys hiking in our local state parks as well as camping. 

4. how you have seen God work recently?       

   In February I had the opportunity to travel to the Democratic Republic of the Congo to visit some of our African brothers in Christ who are planting churches in the area of Bukavu in the eastern DRC. Ministry for One Mission Society in Africa is unique because nearly all of it is done, not by western missionaries, but rather by the sons and daughters of Africa. We provide training, encouragement, and guidance, but the feet on the ground are African feet taking the Gospel to their own people. 

   Hermann, who is a regional coordinator in the Bukavu area, was one of our hosts. He has nine churches who meet on Sunday (traditional). Each of the nine churches have at least six cell churches associated with each traditional church and each cell church has, on average, eight home groups that meet on a regular basis.  While we were there, Hermann took us around to several of his churches in the area, some who met under trees for lack of a physical building or the means to build one. We also visited a literacy program that these brothers are using as an evangelism and community outreach tool.  Our African brothers in Christ have ambitious goals and Hermann is one of the nearly 50 regional coordinators using Village Church Planting to plant churches in 30 African nations.  

  Two events stand out to me from this trip. The first was a visit to a meeting under a tree in the late afternoon African heat. This wasn't a regular church meeting, but rather, it was a group of African youth from several surrounding churches who gather together weekly to practice music so they can help lead worship in their own churches. Worship through music has always been close to my heart and this was reminiscent of my youth group when I was younger and sitting around with a bunch of friends singing and playing music late into the night. It wasn't about being good, it was about fellowship and spending time together worshipping our Lord. I had a similar experience around a campfire on the shore of a lake in Estonia many years ago. 

   The second event happened on one of the last days I was in the DRC. We had gone to church on Sunday morning and were traveling to a neighboring village in the afternoon to meet with a group of church planting workers. To get anywhere as a group (there were 4 of us traveling that day) required that we rent a Land Cruiser to navigate the poorly maintained roads. The village we were going to couldn't have been more than 30-40 km away but it took us nearly 2.5 hours to get there. When we did finally arrive we had the opportunity to interview Kikuru. Kikuru is a church planting worker and a former Muslim who learned about Jesus Christ through the teaching of one of our pastors. But not only is he a former Muslim, but he was an Imam who oversaw a number of mosques in that area before he put his faith in Jesus Christ. It was amazing to hear his testimony and his heart to take the Gospel of Christ back to the Muslim community in the DRC. 

5. PRAYER REQUESTS

Pray for:

 - Praise God for the blessing of our new son, Donovan, born May 4, our move to a bigger home, and God’s provision of a needed vehicle.

 - Pray for Ben as he is in Ecuador September 18-25: pray for creativity to know what shots will best tell the story of what God is doing and for Sandy and the kids while he is away.

 - Pray for Sandy home-schooling Patrick (6th), Amelia (4th) and Elliott (1st) along with the responsibilities of care for a newborn.

 - Pray for Michael, a videographer, who has been accepted to join our team. He has around 60% of his monthly support raised. We really need him here full time.

Thanks so much to Ben and Sandy for sharing this brief look into your life on the mission field. More missionary highlights are coming soon!

Posted by Nikki Twedt at 8:29 PM