CONTINUALLY BUSY

Blayne and Angie Waltrip, associate missionaries, are also involved in teaching and training the nations for the global harvest.

Recent conferences took them to Switzerland and Belgium, where Blayne spoke on Pentecost, Mission, and Revival, after which he ministered in a new church plant in Luzern. Pastors in Brussels, Belgium, were trained on ministry to Muslims. Next year an outreach program is expected to be launched.

In cooperation with Dr. Fred Toke, the Asia Pacific School of Mission will be initiated this fall. The 10-week program is to train missionaries, especially those in Asia, in the context of the mission field. Students learn important missionary skills while staying in three countries, including Singapore, Indonesia, and Cambodia. Unreached People Groups represent 78 percent of the population in Asia!

Blayne continues to work with SEBIMA in Argentina, CTM in Brazil, and CEMK in Venezuela to train Latin American missionaries on how to plant churches in Europe, North America, and Asia-Pacific. In addition, he is still working with leaders in Australia and Ireland to begin schools of ministry that will train ministers in these countries.

In November, the Waltrips will be arriving in Australia with a small team for their national meetings. They are anticipating seeing what God is doing and His plans there for the future.

Click here to support the Waltrips in their role as missionary teachers.

 

THE INFLUENCE OF THE LOCAL CHURCH ON GLOBAL MISSIONS

Essentially, there are three strategic ways for the local church to impact global missions—a process that has fundamentally remained unchanged throughout the New Testament era.

Charles Duncan, Missions Representative

These are: Prayer, Involvement, and Financial Support.

The most powerful affect the local church can have on global missions is prayer. Telling mission stories to children and leading them in prayer for their church’s missionaries and mission projects will have a remarkable spiritual impact. In children’s church, youth meetings, and Sunday School classes, praying for specific missionaries, for missionaries’ children, and for current mission projects will not only provide a spiritual umbrella of protection for the ones being prayed for, but will also bless the ones who are praying.

Second, the local church must actively and creatively find ways to connect/involve missionaries and mission projects relationally with the local congregation.  All age groups should be encouraged to learn the names of sponsored missionaries, names of the missionaries’ children, names of countries in which the missionaries serve, and the names of projects which are supported by the local church.

Additionally, pictures should be posted strategically to remind members of their partnership with missionaries. As the relationship builds with each missionary and each project, there will be a growing desire to increase support.

The third factor in affecting global missions is for the local church to provide funding. Just as the local church cannot survive without finances, neither can mission projects, missionaries, and missionary families survive without financial support. Although God is the supplier, He has designated the local church and individual members to take responsibility for financing missions. The local church’s financial investment will engender obedience to God’s command to “GO.”

  If the Christian movement around the world continues to expand, make disciples, develop leaders, and send missionaries, the local church, especially in the more affluent western world, must participate at each level. That is, it must be willing to prayerfully intercede, become involved directly with mission projects by connecting relationally with missionaries and missionary families, and be willing to fund the proclamation and establishment of the gospel in challenging and unreached regions of the world.

These three responsibilities to global missions—prayer, involvement, and finances—are equally important. If the local church is to make an impact, these elements must continually be employed. And if so, the future success of global missions is ensured.

—Charles Duncan, Mission Representative

SEMINAR IN MIDDLE EAST

A seminar themed “Youth Leadership to Spread the Gospel” was recently held in Joseph Colony Lahore where earlier this year Muslims burned 125 Christian homes. Through the seminar, the 75 participants were restored by the Word of God, and are focusing on spreading Jesus’ Gospel.

The workshops featured evangelism and soul winning, plus the attendees learned new ideas and practical strategies for effective leadership in the Great Commission.

Those present expressed their desire for more seminars of instruction, and felt the timing perfect for the beginning and conclusion of the seminar. Another idea was to improve the location where the seminar is held. Everyone enjoyed the excellent food provided.

To God be the glory for the growth of His kingdom in this area of the Middle East, and for those who were restored and encouraged in the work of the Lord! Another seminar is planned soon entitled, “Obedience to the Great Commission.”

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CHANNEL EMOTIONS INTO CONCRETE ACTIONS

Kristen Bruce Martinez, a graduate of Lee University, recently joined the ranks of the Short-Term missionaries through Latin American Missions. She is serving in Honduras with her husband, Natan, and summer is a busy time hosting groups of international volunteers.

Two great weeks have just been completed with a Samford University medical team in the mountains of Copán. The team visited eight villages and treated over 2,000 patients. A side benefit is the new contacts made with local pastors that will hopefully lead to important community intervention projects in their villages.

Kristen states: “Seeing such subhuman living conditions in person can incite overwhelming feelings of sadness, helplessness, and even anger. The best we can do is to channel those emotions into concrete actions. The first reaction is to meet the immediate need of food.”

In one village, it was their first time receiving a medical team and the extreme material and health deficiencies were blatantly apparent in almost every single family.

Kristen and Natan, are moving toward holistic care and sustainability in the lives of the Hondurans. They are focused on transformational development and realize more now than ever that it is not a quick and tidy process. To build a tall building, one must first have to set a deep foundation.

Click here to add your support to the ministry of Kristen and Natan: Project #102-7075-009

 

AGRICULTURAL TRAINING OPENS DOORS TO THE GOSPEL

Parachurch Missionaries Jeff and Emily Weimert serve in the Philippines.

Jeff recently had the opportunity to travel to Boracay with two of his mentors where they taught natural farming methods to over 35 local farmers. One of the mentors is a Christian businessman.

The team also taught the farmers how to establish a market for the natural produce they will grow. Boracay is a major tourist area, and features a world-famous beach. Obviously, the resorts and restaurants lacked access to fresh local produce, and the produce they do have access to is expensive and is transported from great distances.

The farmers were introduced to the resorts and restaurants, and were able to establish a connection to meet both needs … the farmers needed a way to sell what they produce and the resorts needed fresh local produce. God always makes a way.

The agricultural training is used to reach into communities that may be closed to the Gospel. In teaching this farming method, a local pastor has gone into several communist and Muslim communities. They gladly open their villages to him, and he uses the Bible as a means to teach. In some locations, the pastor has begun Bible training and theology classes.

The Weimerts want to continue to reach these communities and to see them transformed.

Click here to support the Weimarts: Project #065-0951

 

GO VISIT THE ORPHAN

Short-term missions teams and volunteers are a blessing in countless ways to the children of Casa Shalom, and the other Church of God orphanages around the world. The missions teams bring indescribable joy to the children; when the children realize someone from another country has taken his/her time and resources just to visit them, their spirits are lifted and their self-esteem is automatically boosted.

Another way in which visitors from other countries bless the orphans of Casa Shalom is through the donation of their time and talents. From construction to demolition to painting, short-term missions teams provide manual labor that many orphanages have neither man-power nor the financial resources to provide for themselves. Short-term missions teams help keep the orphanage buildings and property maintained and in great condition so the children have a secure and beautiful environment in which to grow.

The most important way in which short-term missions teams impact the orphans of Casa Shalom is by sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ with them! We have seen dozens of boys and girls at the orphanage saved under the ministry of missions teams from around the world. Numerous others have been filled with the Holy Spirit, discipled, and trained by missions teams who work in partnership with the orphanages’ pastor and leaders.

An important, and sometimes overlooked, aspect of visiting the orphan is the potential for long-term impact that goes far beyond a week or month-long visit. While all missions teams are appreciated, those who make the greatest difference in the lives of the children of Casa Shalom are those who commit long-term. They return year-after-year, developing deep and important relationships with the children of Casa Shalom, truly committing to the James 1:27 mandate for pure and undefiled religion that cares for the orphan. We know that the prayer and financial support of these men and women goes far beyond their visit. During times of trial, we can count on these men and women to intercede for the orphanage and to advocate for the funding and resources needed.

Casa Shalom and other Church of God orphanages in the United States, and all around the world, count on men and women who say “yes!” to God’s call to short-term missions to come alongside those of us in full-time orphan care to provide funding, prayer support, labor, spiritual guidance and mentorship, encouragement and so much more.

Joshua and Jessica Hansen, Casa Shalom Directors

Click here to “come alongside” Casa Shalom Orphanage: Project #040-0030

SEND LIGHT TO THE CITIES: ENGLISH & SPANISH

Send Light to the City

This video relays the urgent message that the light of Christ needs to be shared in cities. Cities are where the people are! Watch this short video now!

English

Send the Light to the Cities from Church of God World Missions on Vimeo.

Click here to partner with Church of God World Missions to Send Light to these world class cities.

Spanish

Enviar la Luz a las Ciudades from Church of God World Missions on Vimeo.

 

 

SO MANY THINGS HAVE HAPPENED

So many hours have been spent and so many things have happened … so many hours have been spent teaching Hebrew and Old Testament.  Many hours have been spent preparing for the visit of ACTEA to our college.  Other hours were spent in administrative council meetings, entertaining guests, enjoying fellowship with others, worshipping, and praying.  The list could go on and on.  But I wonder, how many of those hours will count in eternity?  I don’t know, but some, for us, have lingered on in our memories with fondness.

Lee University Visit

The visits of Murl and Carolyn Dirksen will not soon be forgotten by us.  Discipleship students embraced them both with open arms and especially those four Lee students/graduates they brought along.  In fact, the fellowship was so sweet that students insisted our Dean of Students drive several of them to the airport to see them off, to say that final sweet farewell.  Our students loved that Leslie, Abigail, Joanna, and Eli stayed in the dormitories with them, ate their food, prayed, and studied with them.  It was a cross-cultural exchange to be remembered.  Thanks to Murl and Carolyn for being a blessing to all of us.

Refugees Reaching Refugees

Four South Sudanese refugees have been with us this term.  Their visit has been sweet, too.  They are preparing to continue their studies in Kampala, but we’ll not soon forget them either.  We have been touched by their desire to reach out to the lost in the refugee camps and their drive to be better prepared to do that.  Alice found the Lord while a practicing Muslim, but each has his own special story.

Accreditation Visit

Accreditation Committee

The visit of Dr. Chemengich from  ACTEA was great, too, like a celebration.  We’re still hoping for affiliate status.  The final verdict is not yet in because they are concerned about how few students we have.  We’re concerned, too, but we are excited about the possibility of starting our own “TOT” diploma program here in November.  We are believing many students will come, not only from Kenya, but surrounding nations.  Pray with us, please!

You Can Partner With Discipleship College

Now, if you’d like to help bring students to Discipleship, we’d be eager to help you do just that.  If you’d like to bring a student from Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Malawi, Central Republic of the Congo, South Sudan, or Burundi,  $70 a month will pay for tuition and fees for a diploma student. $30 more a month will make it possible to bring a qualified degree candidate. We’d like to have a student from each country at the college for each program: diploma and degree.  Thank you in advance.  Your partnership is key!

—Marcia Anderson, Missionary Teacher to Kenya, #060-0054

Click here to support Marcia Anderson as she trains students.

Click here to support Discipleship College as they impact Africa with the Gospel.

Project #101-7001

 

ONE OF THE MOST MIRACULOUS THINGS …

Benjamin Salmon, a short-term missionary-at-large, reveals one of the most miraculous things he has seen God do on the missions field:

“A couple of years ago, we met a young man named “Dek.” Dek is Filipino and he lives in one of the poorest and most violent slums of Manila. From a young age, he was part of a gang. His hunched shoulders caused him to stand a little lower than his 5 ft. 9 in. height. His tough, bracing stare easily made him seem like the kind of guy you wouldn’t want to cross paths with alone on the street. It wasn’t uncommon for him to be involved in gang fights; friends dying from knife wounds and drug overdose was typical among his circle. Dek was headed down the exact same path as so many before him … stuck in violence, in poverty, in a life of pain. For generations, his family had lived in the slums, had been part of gangs, and died young.

“But then Dek met Jesus, and Jesus completely rewrote his future! When you meet Dek now, you would never guess his past. His warm smile, welcoming eyes, and confidence invite strangers to sit by him for hours telling him their stories. He’s become a leader among his neighborhood and many others, mentoring little boys and keeping them out of gangs. He is the example of manhood to fathers in the slums … the example of what you can become, the example of hope in his community. This year, Dek is graduating from college. His dream is to be a pastor. He’s made missions trips to another country to help raise leaders from within the slums of Myanmar to share the Gospel. Not only has Dek’s life been completely rewritten, but so has his little brother’s, his father’s, his friends, and many generations to come.

“It’s an incredible miracle every time someone meets Jesus!

“Often, we think that miracles are only magical signs and wonders from heaven (the blind seeing, the crippled walking), but watching a life that was headed for pain, for destruction and evil being completely turned around into a life that brings Jesus to others, is a miracle in and of itself. Salvation is beautiful!”

Click here to support the Salmons as they minister to those who need a new future.

Note: A short-term missionary-at-large is a person who desires to serve less than four years, typically a few weeks or months at a time. They feel compelled to share the Good News in another culture, but do not desire to make it a lifetime commitment. Short-term missionaries are volunteers who wish to use their talents for the Lord, and the Church of God simply provides an opportunity and place for their involvement.

 

 

 

 

FINDING A FOREVER FAMILY

When is it my turn?”  “Will I be next?”

These are just some of the questions often asked by orphaned children when one of their friends in an orphanage finally gets to leave with an adoptive family. As heartbreaking as these questions are to hear asked, especially when grabbing your hand or sitting beside you with longing eyes, the more poignant moments come when a child distances him/herself from everyone as you break the news one of the other kids has been chosen by an adoptive family. The unspoken pain of wanting to belong in a family is in every child’s heart.

The term “Forever Family” is widely used in circles of adoption. It is a concept used to describe the sense of permanency, of having been chosen, of not being left behind. For adoptive parents, it gives assurance that the child they have adopted will not be taken away from them. For believers like us, it is a descriptive term that reminds us “family” is one of God’s institutions to demonstrate His eternal plan to adopt and make us His very own.

Like other licensed child-caring institutions, Samaritan’s Place exists to bridge the gap and help children who have known great loss; loss of parents, a sense of security, and of feeling protected. Our part, then, is to care for these orphaned children … for a time. With a goal to prepare them for adoption—legally, emotionally, spiritually, and relationally—we try to do it with the utmost excellence. They are worth it—to Him and to us!

When an orphaned child is admitted at Samaritan’s Place, we first conduct due diligence in searching for family members that might want to take them. We make sure all possible chances of reunification have been exhausted. If that is not possible, and no forever family is found for them in the Philippines, their journey then begins toward a foreign forever family.

Christ’s words in James 1:27, to care for orphans, reverberates true in our hearts as we do our part in living out pure religion and undefiled. As long as orphaned children in the Philippines need a place, we will be here for them. Our prayer at Samaritan’s Place, though, is that we would all lose our jobs, because that will mean every child has a home and a forever family.

Click here to support the ministry of Samaritan’s Place: Project Number 062-0001-019

Samaritan’s Place is an effective children’s home in the Philippines with a successful adoption program. Marilen and Marc Morris oversee this fruitful ministry for orphaned children.