AN LMR PLAYS A VITAL ROLE

Have you ever asked yourself … what does LMR stand for?

Is it: lunch money receipts (LMR) or little Martian revolution (LMR), or Look, mom’s racing (LMR)?

Well, if you know anything about Church of God World Missions, you will recognize LMR stands for Local Missions Representative, an acronym that identifies one of the most important ministries in the church today.

Christians who fail to place our Lord’s Great Commission at its highest priority, miss the very heartbeat of God. On the other hand, pastors who promote a missions-minded church witness first-hand the reality of the promises of God (Malachi 3:10).

The LMR plays a vital role in assisting his/her pastor with keeping missions in the forefront at the local church level. Promotion of mission projects, missionaries, Bible schools, orphanages, and ministry that reaches beyond one’s own city limits, is the primary responsibility of the LMR.

In 1971, Dr. Bill George created the LMR platform. Since then, Church of God World Missions has encouraged every pastor to appoint a local missions representative.

Seminars and training conferences for pastors and LMRs have been conducted cross-country, providing materials and information for effective missions ministry for the local church. This program has helped produce more than 1200 LMRs who are keeping the Great Commission at the center of ministry among their own communities of faith.

Any size church will benefit with the appointment of an LMR. Individuals like Rick Alford, who serves as LMR for the Potter’s House in Columbus, Ohio, or Bob and Lisa Davis, who serve as LMRs for the Cooper City church in Miami, Florida, have done outstanding work promoting the Great Commission globally. Doyce Connell, from Warner Robins Church of God, a congregation of approximately 50 members, led their missions ministry to new heights, which touches the lives of many worldwide.

The Local Missions Representative is the link between the local church, the mission field, and the Church of God World Missions office. He/she will assist the pastor in managing fund-raising programs, overseeing short-term mission trips, and generate an awareness of missions among church members. The LMR also provides the church with missional motivation!

With the help of the LMR, Church of God World Missions now reaches into 180 nations of the world, supporting more than 600 missionaries, 134 orphanages, and 166 Bible schools. But more important, because of our combined efforts, over 1.6 million new born-again Christians have found Christ as their personal Savior since our 2012 General Assembly.

We encourage every pastor to consider appointing a Local Missions Representative to his/her church. Church of God World Missions is ready to assist in any way possible to help you promote the work of the Great Commission.

Terrell Brinson, D.D. is a Missions Representative for Church of God World Missions. He specifically interfaces with Administrative Bishops, Pastors, LMRs, and missions donors to bring a focused look at the missionaries and projects of Church of God World Missions.

PASSING OF ANNETTE BURT

Director Dr David M. Griffis and Assistant Director Dr  M. Thomas Propes, along with the World Missions Family extend heartfelt condolences to the family of Faith Annette Burt who passed away March 16, 2017 in Cleveland, Tenn.

Before her retirement, Annette was employed with World Missions as head bookkeeper upon graduating high school. Her long term tenure was marked by excellence and dedication to her work, but she was equally remembered for her love for the missionaries and nationals who served across the globe. Annette was even a Godmother to one missionary child.

A remarkable trait was her keen ability to remember detail … she had instant recall. Annette had knowledge stored in her brain that was literally comparable to modern day computers. Anyone who ever knew her would never forget her! She was truly one of a kind.

Obituary and Arrangements

Faith Annette Burt, age 79, passed away in on March 16, 2017. Born January 4, 1938, in Cleveland, TN the fourth child of Daniel and Bessie Burt. She is preceded in death by her father, Daniel H. Burt, and mother Bessie D. (Wales) Burt, sister-in-law Pauline H. Burt, nephew Forrest Michael Burt. She is survived by her sister Urline B. Steele, of Cleveland, TN and five brothers: William Glynn Burt of Cleveland, TN; Julian Ray (Kaye) Burt of Camden, SC; Daniel Lee (Beverly) Burt of Franklin, NC; Robert Larry (Lynn) Burt of Independence, KS; Paul Neil (Linda) Burt, Sr. of Murfreesboro, TN, and numerous nieces and nephews and a god-son.

Special friends: Keith and Mary Ledford, FL; Laquetta Brummett, GA; Cornelio and Annette Castelo, Mexico; Joyce Slocumb, TN; Robert and Lynn McCall, TN; Lois Walston, TN; numerous missionaries around the world.

At the time of her death she was retired as head bookkeeper from the Church of God World Missions. Annette was a 1955 graduate of Bradley High School. She graduated from the National School of Business in Cleveland, TN. Between 1955-57 she worked as PBX operator and officer clerk at Bradley Memorial Hospital. From 1957-60 she was Assistant Bookkeeper at the Church of God General Offices. She worked from 1960 until 1994 as Head Bookkeeper for World Missions, Church of God International Headquarters.

She was a lifetime attendant of North Cleveland Church of God, a member since March 1950. She was an officer and worker in Young People Endeavor (YPE). She taught Sunday school classes at different times and served as secretary of Sunday school department. A member of the Geneva Circle she served as President, Vice President, and Secretary. She was a charter member of the Crusader Choir and a member of Unity Sunday School Class at North Cleveland Church of God serving as long-time secretary-treasurer.

The Remembrance of Life Service will be conducted Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 11 a.m. from the North Cleveland Church of God, Dixon Chapel with the Reverend Dr. Robert McCall, Reverend Mack Streun, and Reverend Dr. Mark Williams officiating.

Interment will follow in the Hillcrest Memorial Gardens with Clayton Strain, Steve McCall, Joseph Harold Webb, Mark Belk, Mike Belk Wayne Slocumb, and Bill Ballinger serving as casket bearers. Honorary casket bearers will be members of the Unity Sunday School Class and Geneva Circle.

The family request, in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Unity Sunday School Class Ministries at North Cleveland Church of God.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 until 7:00 P. M. Monday at the Jim Rush Funeral and Cremation Services North Ocoee Chapel who has charge of the arrangements.

MONTANA NATIVE AMERICAN MINISTRIES: A Higher Purpose for Living

Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live” (Ezekiel 37:9b).

The mission of the Montana Native American Ministries and Four Winds Ministry Center is to offer a higher purpose for living and equip lives by giving hope and an expected end through Jesus Christ. The ministry is overseen by founders and directors, Ron and Kathy Countryman, and their son, Justin and his wife Jessica Countryman. The Four Winds Ministry Center is located in Big Timber, Montana.

The nights in Montana are usually cool all year long. That’s why blankets and coats are needed on a regular basis, and ladies from a church in Texas hand-knitted hats and scarves. A church in Alabama provided blankets and backpacks, as well. This winter it was not uncommon for the temperature to be 38 degrees below zero at the ministry center. Brrrrrrh!

At the close of last year, MNAM delivered $3,000 worth of new clothes and blankets for the children on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation. For the Boys and Girls Club at Lame Deer, the children were provided with 105 new winter coats, 50 pairs of winter pajamas, 300 wool blankets, plus 48 sets of hand-knitted hats and scarves. The Dull Knife Day Care at Lame Deer was also given 25 pairs of infant/toddler pajamas and 25 blankets. As you can tell, staying warm is a priority in these parts!

All the items arrived just days before a season of bitter cold and snow … over 20 inches of snow with winds creating 10 foot drifts. Temperatures dropped to 38 below with a wind chill factor of 60 below zero. None of this assistance to help stay warm could have taken place without the faithful help of their supporters.

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Pentecostal Theological Seminary Joins Send Light to the Cities Effort

Acting on an invitation to speak at the Pentecostal Theological Seminary during an emphasis on missions, World Missions Director Dr. David M. Griffis presented the Send the Light to the Cities project during a chapel at the seminary. He spoke for a time as to how the Lord opened his mind and heart to focus on these urban areas where the most people are gathered.

Blayne Waltrip, long-time missionary and teacher on missions, acted in accord with Dr. Michael Baker, Chancellor of the Division of Education for the Church of God, to fulfill the emphasis for the school.

Dr. Griffis explained the strengths and needs of each of the cities to the students and faculty. He declared, “We will evangelize the cities, and will plant birthing churches that will train and send pastors to plant other birthing churches.” In the subsequent message, Griffis directed attention to the “risen Savior.”

At the close of the service, Dr. Baker addressed how the Seminary would invest in the Send the Light to the Cities endeavor. He asked the students and faculty to unite in giving $1,000 for each of the 10 cities in the initial presentation of the project. Dr. Baker further cited how investing in worldwide ministry would be a blessing for the ministry of the Seminary.

Can I Support a Missionary? Conclusion

CONCLUSION – Part Five: I Don’t Have a Lot of Money to Give

 Philippians 4:19:

“And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”

Try giving up one minor luxury—maybe that cup of gourmet coffee or some other special treat for just a week. Give the money you would’ve spent to support a missionary. I began giving to World Missions many years ago and I started with $5 per month. That was a sacrifice back then. But, the Lord has blessed me in so many ways that I continue to give and most important … pray.

Missionaries are the richest people I know. They will receive a great reward in heaven. Can you imagine all the faces they will see—changed lives touched with the Gospel?

As a ministry partner, you too will reap that same reward. You made it possible for the missionary to go to the field, you prayed for their ministry, and your prayers gave them the strength to press onward. Because of you, eternity is changed!

Invest in Souls! What better return on your investment could anyone ask for?

This is the conclusion of a five-part article series on Can I Support a Missionary? Yolanda Guy has been part of Church of God World Missions for over 30 years. She truly ministers through her work in Donor Relations. Donors – she has your heart; Missionaries – she has your back.

Can I Support a Missionary? Part Four

Part Four: Ok, So What Will It Cost Me?

Luke 12:42:

“And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing.”

 The cost is up to you. The poor widow gave all she had. The Bible says the Lord loves a cheerful giver. Seek Him and He will direct you as to how much to give.

We have many faithful partners who give from $1 per month to other individuals and churches who give much, much, more. There is one donor and his wife who are beyond faithful. Having received extra income from overtime on his job they considered taking a little trip. But, they decided to instead give to missions to support needy missionaries. What a blessing that was and what a blessing they will receive for their sacrifice. Most of the support World Missions receives is from faithful donors who have partnered with us for years.

I know the budgets for our missionaries and, believe me, they will not get rich. Rich, that is, by monetary means. They conduct missions services at churches to raise their budgets to go to the field; they normally raise enough funds for at least one year to sustain them while on the field. When missionaries receive furlough, it is supposed to be a time of rest and reconnecting with family. However, while on furlough, they have to continue raising their budgets so they can return to the field.

The cost to you is far outweighed by the cost of the needs of the people where a missionary labors.

This is part four of a five-part article series on Can I Support a Missionary? Yolanda Guy has been part of Church of God World Missions for over 30 years. She truly ministers through her work in Donor Relations. Donors – she has your heart; Missionaries – she has your back.

Can I Support a Missionary? Part Three

Part Three: How Can They Go If They Are Not Sent?

Romans 10:15:

“And how shall they preach, except they be sent? As it is written, how beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things.”

 Mark 16:15:

“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”

How many of us would leave our families, jobs, homes, and so forth to go around the world to another country, culture, and language? Talk about culture shock!

The call on the life of a missionary is the same call you and I have—we are all commanded to live the life of a missionary and reach the lost—there are no geographical borders.

This is part three of a five-part article series on Can I Support a Missionary? Yolanda Guy has been part of Church of God World Missions for over 30 years. She truly ministers through her work in Donor Relations. Donors – she has your heart; Missionaries – she has your back.

Can I Support a Missionary? Part Two

Be a Lifeline of Prayer—Missionaries Need You, Not Just Your Money

When I first came to work for World Missions many years ago, I was probably guilty of putting missionaries on a pedestal. You see, I had, and still do, respect that missionary call—but, you know what? They don’t wear a superhero cape!

Missionaries are just as human as you and I. They face the same challenges and difficulties that you and I do—only they are halfway around the world. I personally know missionary friends who have had to deal with illness, problems with teenagers, aged parents, and financial needs just like we do. I recall one missionary friend whose mother was suffering from the same disease as my mother. Since this is something I experienced firsthand, I felt a special burden to pray for them. Other missionaries have experienced the loss of a baby in the womb, or faced cancer, just to name a few.

Can you imagine how vital that daily prayer support covering is for a missionary? Pray for their protection, their families, health, and financial needs to be met. Build a friendship with a missionary, or ask your church to adopt a missionary family. Ask missionaries to visit your church, and keep close contact with them. Remember them on holidays and birthdays.

Missionaries need to know they are not alone. Prayer can open doors that no man can shut (Revelation 3:8).

This is part two of a five-part article series on Can I Support a Missionary? Yolanda Guy has been part of Church of God World Missions for over 30 years. She truly ministers through her work in Donor Relations. Donors – she has your heart; Missionaries – she has your back.

 

Can I Support a Missionary? Part One

Of Course You Can!

Many people think there is nothing they can do to support World Missions, and the thought of supporting a missionary seems to be overwhelming. Well, it’s NOT! Allow me a moment to explain. It is not just about money.

What a Ministry Partner Is Not

 Becoming a ministry partner does not mean you have to be rich, give away every cent you have, or pack up and leave the country. This is simply a lie the enemy wants you believe. Supporting world evangelism for the Christian should be as easy as breathing. There really is something that everyone can do.

Not Sure Where to Start?

 First, pray. Ask the Lord to direct you and He will. Need suggestions for a missionary to support? Contact our office or visit our website at www.cogwm.org.

This is part one of a five-part article series on Can I Support a Missionary? Yolanda Guy has been part of Church of God World Missions for over 30 years. She truly ministers through her work in Donor Relations. Donors – she has your heart; Missionaries – she has your back.

LOVE CONQUERS ALL

Forty-three years ago January 2017, Kuulei and Tom O’Dowd were joined together in marriage in Honaunau, Hawaii.

Both still stand amazed how God brought a wild New York young man over 6,000 miles to the shores of Kona to witness to, win, woo, and then wed his beautiful flower … Kuuleilani-nani. In spite of coming from different places and cultures, God proved faithful. Years have come and gone and they remain strong in His grace.

The O’Dowds have given the world the message of His Word. They have been invited by Church of God teacher Benson Vaughan to teach missions classes at the Church of God Seminary (SEMISUD) in Quito, Ecuador. Tom is thrilled to teach world missions to students who will take the gospel into South America, as well as to the uttermost reaches of the world. The O’Dowds have been able to equip pastors and students from around the globe to go into North Africa, the Middle East, Malta, Asia, and other areas that need the Word of Jesus Christ.

Besides being active in their new church, Grace Fellowship Church of God, the O’Dowds will be doing some major missionary travels this year in North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, Arkansas, Malta, Albania, and Austria. They are praying about going into Asia, as well as back to Ecuador, visiting Paraguay and Chile while there. The O’Dowds have found God’s people are the same all over the world; we may be separated by geography and language, but we’re all united by the love, grace, and Spirit of God.

Click here to support Kuulei and Tom O’Dowd through online giving.