At the recent 2018 General Assembly World Missions Conference, the topic of “When We Reach Out, God Reaches In,” could not have been more profound. Several pastors approached the subject by sharing testimonies of how this concept was experienced by them and their congregations. An obvious thread of truth runs through their testimonies.

Pastor Rodney Vickers of Azalea Gardens Church of God spoke of the culture of his church and the impact of World Missions. Theirs is a culture of generosity (tithes and giving), of partnership, of positive momentum, of inclusion/diversity, and of “go and send.” Azalea Gardens has always been a missions-minded church, as in 1950, when the congregation gave a $5,000 missions offering—a great amount of money at that time.