Special Radio Spot

The Call Broadcast is a special radio spot you can tune in to every weekday. World Gospel Mission’s president, Dr. Dan Schafer, shares one-minute inspirational messages on issues relating to missions, holiness, and spiritual leadership. For encouragement, spiritually uplifting ways to get involved in missions, challenging devotionals, and much more, follow The Call Broadcast!

 

What Are You Challenging Yourself With?

Dr. Dan Schafer, president of WGM, shared with the headquarters staff this morning during chapel about our strategic plans for growth in the next five years as we seek to double our impact on the world. It takes a lot of planning and effort to make something like this happen, but it takes even more prayer. Read this excerpt from Kevin and Becky Zirkle’s (regional directors for Asia, Europe, and Oceania) prayer letter that dives into some of this challenge and the expectation that God will show up and provide in the midst of great need.

“What is your tradition when a new year begins? Do you write New Year’s resolutions? Do you choose a Bible verse to meditate on for the year or choose a single word that centers on your vision for the year? Do you challenge yourself in some area (besides the traditional areas of exercise and diet after all the holiday dinners)?

“Fulfilling this challenge [Dr. Schafer’s doubling of impact] involves becoming active in new areas of ministry. And it definitely depends on increased prayer support! Could God be calling you to be more directly involved in worldwide missions? Could He be calling someone in your family? Can you help us meet this challenge of doubling our impact?

“In January we conducted another Orientation Camp for new missionaries. We are excited that one of the families is going to our field of Hungary. This will increase the impact we have there through youth ministries and pastoral education. We also had a weeklong retreat in January with the other members of our department and administrative staff. This was a time to brainstorm about new avenues of ministry as well as to spend time on the nuts and bolts of what we do.

“At the end of March we will make field visits to 5 of our countries in Europe. One of the countries is a field we have not yet been to personally, so we are looking forward to seeing the ministry opportunities there. As always on a field visit, we will have business to conduct, strategic plans to review, and finances to go over. But the highlight for us is being with our missionaries, seeing the ministries they are involved in and hearing their heart for their country and people.

“We have five new missionaries who will be going to places in our region. One family is going to Cambodia, which is a new location for WGM. We also have one missionary heading to a location where we used to have personnel, but because of visa regulations we have not been able to place someone there recently. And we have one family going to Hungary. Your prayers for us and for them are much appreciated as they fundraise and prepare to go and as we help them refine their ministry plans.

“May the Lord be with you in 2017 as you serve Him where you are and also as you have an impact around the world through your prayers and support of our ministry.”

We need your prayers. We need your support. This is a big undertaking, and we need your partnership as we follow God’s will toward a future of doubled impact. We are talking about real people’s souls. What an amazing thing to be a part of today! Will you join us?

Discover Your Calling Trips: Q & A

I (Micah Metz, social media and events coordinator) recently sat down with Jared Gleason (director of Mobilization) to ask him some questions about the upcoming Discover Your Calling trips to Mexico and Uganda in July. I tried to ask questions that I thought would give you added confidence as you consider your part on these teams and calm any hidden fears you may have about being stranded on safari surrounded by lions (FYI: these are not hunting trips, so you really don’t need to worry about this).

Photo credit: Bill and Lydia Allshouse

How does funding work for these trips? Do I need to raise money?
Each team member will be given a budget amount that will include all costs for your trip. Usually, team members send letters to family, friends, coworkers, and acquaintances, inviting them to participate in cross-cultural missions with them. You can also speak to groups (church, small group, etc.) or do fundraisers with local companies and restaurants.

Who are the missionaries I’ll be working with and what are their ministries?

The Mexico team will work alongside Bill and Lydia Allshouse. Bill and Lydia have served in Mexico for many years and are excited to host teams, especially groups looking to explore how God can use them in missions. The Allshouses are involved in biblical education, pastoral and leadership development, and community transformation ministries.

John and Beth Muehlheisen will host the Uganda team. John and Beth are involved in many ministries, including leadership development, Community Health Empowerment, and business management.

Both the Mexico and Uganda teams will be exposed to several different types of ministries. The goal is to have you experience many ways you can serve in missions.

How big are the teams?
We are looking to have 10 people on each team.

Are the areas I’m going to be in safe?
Safety is a priority for the missionaries who will be hosting these teams. They know their specific areas very well and are in communication with local authorities and the U.S. consulates in their region. Although we do not anticipate any problems, our missionaries will do all that they can to keep team members safe.

What kind of projects will I get to be involved in? What does a normal day look like?
For these teams, our desire is to have you experience several different types of ministries—children/youth, community transformation, education, etc.—to give you an idea of the diversity of missions. The teams will visit these ministries during the day and then spend time in the evenings talking about the different ministries and exploring how team members can use their gifts and skills in missions. Team members will also have a cultural experience.

What other things should I know before I go?
Our team at WGM headquarters is excellent at taking care of teams and working out all of the logistics. We do our best to make your experience as smooth as possible, allowing God to work in and through you in ways you may not expect. Be prepared to be challenged to expand your worldview and to see how you can be a part of what God is doing around the world!

Who is leading the teams?
Both team leaders are members of our Mobilization Team at WGM. Victoria Herring, our executive assistant, is leading the team to Mexico. Kristina Gleason, our volunteer coordinator, will be leading the team to Uganda. They are excited to come alongside their team members to help them see their roles in missions.

“We Are Called To Africa”

The Best of the Story: Miraculous Answers to Prayer by Burnis Bushong tells so many stories of answered prayer in WGM’s history. Here’s another awesome example of God moving in unique ways to answer prayer.

A Chicago traffic cop pulled alongside a Model T Ford on Michigan Boulevard to give a curt word to four collegians: “Either drive faster or get off the boulevard!” Four students of Asbury College, Wilmore, Kentucky, had put down the top of their car to see the sights of the big city, but sightseeing was incidental to their venture of faith. They had driven to Chicago to meet the World Gospel Mission Board of Directors in its 1927 session. Their plea before the board was, “We are called to Africa. Will the mission board consider sending us to Africa?”

The treasurer frankly stated that the China Field, which was the only field, was not adequately supported and funds were low. However, Mrs. Beatrice C. Beezley, “Mother of WGM Prayer Bands,” had a word of faith in her response: “It is not how much money we have, but is it God’s will for us to open work in Africa?”

Rev. C. W. Ruth, president of the board, suggested prayer. Each one prayed fervently for clear guidance. As the quartet of young men left the room, Rev. Woodford Taylor of the China Field put his arm around Robert Smith and reassured him, “Don’t be discouraged. I believe God is in this. Hold steady and He will get you to Africa.”

The next morning, Rev. Ruth broke some electrifying news. “After we dismissed the meeting yesterday, the mail came. In it was a letter from an attorney in Iowa who was settling an estate. He told us there would be $4,000 from this estate ‘if and when you open work in Africa.’” This God-timed letter convinced all that God was guiding in their deliberations regarding work in Africa.

Three of the four men did get to Africa. Robert Smith became a pioneer missionary among the Kipsigis and led the WGM missionaries in Kenya for many years.

God’s calling provides God’s enabling. If God indeed is calling, a door will open.