FIVE TRENDS FOR WORLD MISSION – PART 5

MISSIONS IS COMMITTED TO FULFILLING THE GREAT COMMANDMENT

Part 5

This last article is Part 5, of a series of five trends facing World Missions, written before his passing by Dr. Bill George, Editorial Assistant to the General Overseer, for the EVANGEL’s globalCONNECT.

Victor Pagán, a former missions executive, was often heard to say, “The hand that reaches out to extend the Gospel to a man or woman is sometimes more effective if it holds a potato.” The Great Commandment (see Matthew 22:36-39) calls upon believers to love God first, and love their neighbors as they do themselves. Loving people means helping them.

The Church of God operates 131 orphanages and homes for children outside the United States. Through gifts by donors, to Serving Orphans Worldwide, and through partnerships with Operation Compassion and the Lazarus Foundation, World Missions has been able to assist 76 of the orphanages with funds or supplies at different times of need.

This is nothing more than the church should do. Loving a neighbor is manifested by caring action. For this reason, the church operates medical clinics, feeding centers, and other charitable outreaches.

The Church of God claims a great missionary heritage. Banding together to do what one church alone cannot do effectively, the church has pooled its resources of dedicated missionaries, capable national workers, and donors to touch 183 nations of the world, to recruit more than 6 million members outside North America, and to obey the Great Commission. Much remains to be done.

Let the church look toward the horizon of tomorrow, commit itself to the mission, and continue Great Commission obedience, until Christ’s “Well done, good and faithful servant” is pronounced.

Former Veteran Missionary Aviator Dies

Julius C. (Jack) Dyer, Jr., age 85, passed away Tuesday, February 7, 2017, at his home in St. Francisville, Louisiana. He was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on November 5, 1931. Jack was converted at age 12 in the Methodist church, and some years later married his next door neighbor, Shirley Mae Cooper.

Dyer graduated from Louisiana State University with a degree in mechanical engineering, and for 20 years owned an engineering consulting firm. Because he wore glasses, Jack was rejected by military aviators … something that broke his heart. Eventually, he learned how to fly, and purchased his own plane.

In 1969, Jack attended a new Church of God, and in 1970, received the baptism of the Holy Ghost. He sold his engineering business, founded and pastored a church, and in 1978 became missionary overseer of Northeast Honduras. Jack affirmed: “Aviation offered a tremendous opportunity for missionary service.” His ability to fly opened the door to minister to the Miskito Indians. World Missions loaned Dyer to World Relief in 1981, which was the implementing agency for the United Nations on a refugee program among the Miskitos. He lovingly became known as “Papa Jack.”

Other accomplishments included director the international relief and development organization, Friends of the Americas, and the building of a hospital. Jack also established a farm for the training of missionary candidates, and in 1999 was asked to go to India by an organization based in Washington, DC, to manage a project involving resettlement for Tibetan refugees.

For 26 years, Dyer delivered food and medical supplies to remote regions in Honduras and India. In a Charisma magazine article, Jack was quoted as saying, “I’m a perpetual motion machine. If I stop moving, I’ll die.” And that was exactly how it was.

Former World Missions Director Dr. Douglas LeRoy in his book entitled, SENT ONES, in which Jack and Shirley are included, he wrote … “God used Jack Dyer to make a difference in the global harvest. As a minister, aviator, engineer, humanitarian-relief work, his non-traditional missionary roles have affected the lives of thousands!”

Papa Jack had a favorite quote: “I taught you everything I know, and you still don’t know nothing!” His great works and powerful legacy live on.

Jack is survived by his wife of 65 years, Shirley; three children: Deborah Cash and husband Billy from Australia; Dennis and wife Claire; and Daniel and his wife Lorena from Honduras, all of whom are serving in missions ministry; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Visitation is at the Resthaven Funeral Home from 5 to 8 pm today and on Saturday, February 11 from 11 to 12 pm at the Healing Place Church, with the memorial service beginning at 12 pm. Bishop Ken Anderson and Bishop Roland Vaughan will conduct the service. Burial will be at Resthaven Garden of Memory.

To send a message of condolence, use www.resthavenbatonrouge.com

World Missions Director Dr. David M. Griffis and Assistant Director Dr. M. Thomas Propes extend deepest sympathy to the family of this remarkable soldier of the Cross.

FIVE TRENDS FOR WORLD MISSIONS – Part 4

THE MISSION FIELD WILL INCREASINGLY BECOME A MISSIONARY FORCE

This article is Part 4 of a series of five trends facing World Missions, written before his passing by Dr. Bill George, Editorial Assistant to the General Overseer, for the EVANGEL’s globalCONNECT.

Throughout Church of God World Missions history, the places called “mission fields” have produced outstanding missionaries who have worked effectively in other countries. It is likely, even necessary, that this trend will continue.

North Americans have an image problem in many parts of the world, and entrance into certain countries is quite difficult. People from outside the United States and Canada often do not have the same problem, and they can go where North Americans cannot go. It is also true that in a number of mature missions countries—in parts of Latin America, Europe, and Asia—the theological educational preparation of ministers is equal to or superior to that demonstrated by some North American missionary applicants.

The future is positive for these non-American missionary hopefuls.

(To be continued … )

FIVE TRENDS FOR WORLD MISSIONS – Part 3

MISSIONS HAS A HEART FOR UNREACHED PEOPLE

This article is Part 3 of a series of five trends facing World Missions, written before his passing by Dr. Bill George, Editorial Assistant to the General Overseer, for the EVANGEL’s globalCONNECT.

Christian demographers tell the church that among the world’s 7.4 billion inhabitants, a little more than 3.11 billion people do not know the name of Jesus. Hundreds of groups of people exist, among whom few, if any, have ever been exposed to the message of truth. Among these numerous groups—the Joshua Project counts 6,685 of them—the Church of God has targeted 250 for concentrated attention and outreach. The people who live in the groups have no friends and neighbors who can tell them about Christ. The only way they can find out about Him and His offer of salvation is for an outsider—a missionary—to share the message. This truth affirms the Bible’s declaration:

For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? (Romans 10:13-15 NKJV).

(To be continued … )

FIVE TRENDS FACING WORLD MISSIONS, Part 2

MISSIONS MUST GO TO THE CITIES

This article is Part 2 of a series of five trends facing World Missions, written before his passing by Dr. Bill George, Editorial Assistant to the General Overseer, for the EVANGEL’s globalCONNECT.

In many nations, the pattern over the years has been to establish churches in rural areas. This methodology emerged because property and building costs are less expensive outside the cities; early missionaries who ministered in many areas often had a more rural than urban personal background; and relationships are often easier to establish and maintain among rural people.

However, in the 20th century, the emphasis moved from the country to the city. In 1950, there were 83 cities in the world with 1 million inhabitants. That count by 2014 had spiraled to nearly 500! The world is urbanizing. One of the great challenges of missions in coming years will be to strengthen the church’s presence in the urban areas of the world. It will be a costly undertaking, but the cities are where the people are. In its vision to reach the cities, World Missions has initiated the “Send the Light to the Cities Project,” focusing on 11 major cities of the world to evangelize and build training centers.

To give online, please click here to give to Project Number: 102-9435.

(To be continued … )

FIVE TRENDS FACING WORLD MISSIONS

The following is a beginning of a series of five trends facing World Missions, written before his passing by Dr. Bill George, Editorial Assistant to the General Overseer, for the EVANGEL’s globalCONNECT.

With a wonderfully escalating church-planting movement, record numbers of people confessing Christ and joining the church, and a world of people still to reach, World Missions is aware of trends that deserve attention. The first of the noteworthy five is …

MISSIONS FLOWS FROM PRAYER

Jesus gave His followers one main prayer request: “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore, pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest” (Matthew 9:37-38 NKJV).

The method of getting more missionaries into the field is prayer. When Christ’s followers pray, the Father puts it into the hearts of people to go, and into the hearts of the churches to send them. The prayer of the church must be for God to raise up missionaries and raise up missionary-sending local churches.

(To be continued …)

WALTRIP MINISTRIES: New Ways to Reach the Unreached

Associate Missionary Blayne Waltrip’s ministry involves teaching at Bible schools and seminaries around the world training pastors, leaders, and church planters. He also helps national and regional leaders to develop formal and informal education by developing new schools of ministry in various countries.

MANY TRAINED

Since 2011, thousands of leaders, pastors, and church planters have been trained around the globe, including Australia, China, France, Belgium, Canada, Germany, England, Ireland, Scotland, Switzerland, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Spain, Kenya, Tanzania, Uruguay, and the USA.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

Blayne’s upcoming schedule is off to a running start this year, and he will visit Australia, New Zealand, Philippines, California, Brazil, Argentina, Washington state, Switzerland, Belgium, Albania, Ireland, Czech Republic, India, Japan, and beginning in 2018 in India and Kenya.

A new high quality “Planting Healthy Churches” course (Bachelor’s level) was developed with Multiplication Network for schools around the world.

TESTIMONIAL

One of many testimonials states: “There is a growing need for Dr. Waltrip’s specific bent of ministry, because as we inch closer to fulfilling the Great Commission, the Holy Spirit is revealing new and creative ways to reach the unreached ones so very dear to God’s Heart. And that’s exactly what this ministry is about—finding new tools and methods to help equip the laborers in their work at the very frontier of missions.”   Safire Bose, former ASCM student from Bangladesh

Click here to give online to support Blayne Waltrip, reaching the Unreached.

SOUTH AMERICAN CALL: TAMMY’S REPORT

Tammy Owens, her husband, and son make a trip one time per year to the feeding centers sponsored by South American Call in Chimbote, Peru. This past trip provided the children with school supplies, new clothes, undergarments, and shoes. They also received gift bags full of soap, shampoo, combs, Beanie Babies, candy, and other items. A donor, Rose Haskell, made each child a hand-sewn pillowcase which featured in embroidery the words “Jesus loves you” on one side and “Jesus tea ma” on the other. The kids were thrilled with their pillows and pillowcases!

GREAT SURPRISE

The children at the New Camp Soup Kitchen were in for a great surprise. They received new bicycles! No words can explain their excitement … they would never dream they could receive such presents as bicycles.

SPECIAL BIBLES

Eleven-year-old Carmela McDaniels raised $2,500 to purchase new Bibles for the children, and each one had the child’s name engraved on it. When asked what the children’s favorite gift was, the children immediately responded with “my Bible!” A Bible is a precious possession to children who don’t have them.

CRYING OUT TO GOD

Gian Carlos, who normally does jungle trips, went and led praise and worship at each of the soup kitchens nightly. Children as young as 6-7 years of age wept and cried out to God. The altars filled with children and adults who were hungry for more of God. The children were in awe of God’s presence.

Click here to partner with Sound American Call through online giving.

NAMASTAI: Reaching the Unreached

The king will answer them, ‘I tell you all of you with certainty, since you did it for one of the least important of these brothers of mine, you did it for me’” (Matthew 25:40 ISV).

While limited information can be shared from some areas of India, the good news is that God is doing wonderful things. Much of it can be attributed to those who support and believe in the workers God has called to minister in India. The laborers are especially grateful for the prayers and financial support. God has been gracious towards the ministry, and the workers have seen His hand of protection and provision more than ever.

Additional Christian teachers are needed, however, and a Christian teacher is desperately needed for the Stella Tailoring Center, where women are taught sewing to help support themselves and their families. Another classroom is needed to accommodate the growing number of children. The summer camp they host is expecting 100-plus children.

God has answered prayer in all these situations, as the new Stella Memorial Tailoring Center has been established, and a second preschool in a new location has been started. God enabled one of the teachers to purchase a new scooter. Another one of the school’s teachers married and moved to another city, but God provided two new teachers. Praise the Lord!

India continues to evangelize and maintain its ministries to those without the knowledge of God and His love.

To support and partner with workers reaching the Unreached please click here.

More Conflict in Eastern Ukraine

As recently as June 2016, World Missions was made aware of the continuing conflict in war-torn Eastern Ukraine. Tom Rosson, regional superintendent/president CIS/ETS-Moscow, reported shelling continued to take place in towns and villages along the front. Mironovskly was littered with destroyed homes and apartment buildings, and the team had to go through multiple checkpoints and defense lines to even get on site. Deadly firefights consistently happened throughout the region.

The conflict escalates. To date, the fighting has taken on a new intensity and six villages/towns are under siege by the pro-Russian separatists. In Avdeyevka, our mission team was pulled out and evacuations of women and children began. The town is without electricity, water and heat, and the outside temperatures are in the single digits. Unfortunately, civilian casualties are a part of this awful situation.

In times of war, people of God show the love of God. If you can assist in the financial cost of evacuations, please use project number 131-8079 (“Home for the Homeless”).

Thank God, growth comes despite the military conflict, as nine new churches have been established!

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