Power of Prayer

Video by Nathan Waggoner, missionary to Albania.

The power of prayer is emphasized throughout Scripture, and you’ve probably experienced it firsthand. At WGM, we’re highlighting the Luke 10:2 Challenge.

“He told them, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field’” (Luke 10:2 NIV).

There is no question that God is at work in our world, drawing men, women, and children to Himself. He is restoring the broken, reconciling relationships, transforming hearts and minds, and saving souls. But He is also asking us—all of us who claim Him as Lord and Savior—to join Him in this wonderful work.

ACT: Will you take the Luke 10:2 Challenge? Set an alarm or notification on your phone or calendar to remind you to pray at 10:02—a.m. or p.m., whichever fits your schedule best—for God to send more workers from around the world into His harvest field. Remember, the “mission field” isn’t just far-off places; it’s wherever people are who need to hear about the love of Jesus Christ.

A Farming Technique Changing Lives in Africa

The impact of real, physical change in community production can be life changing. In this story by Mission Network News (MNN.org), missionary to Uganda John Muehleisen speaks about how Farming God’s Way is being used by the Lord to change lives.

“Africa (MNN) — Over the many years mankind has been farming, we’ve developed a number of technologies and practices to improve crop yield. We’ve even stepped into genetic engineering to get bigger, fuller, disease-resistant plants. But one ministry is finding that despite all these efforts, modified farming techniques can’t hold a candle to the way God designed the growth of plants in our world.

“John Muehleisen is a missionary with World Gospel Mission, a ministry serving in a variety of Great Commission capacities all over the world. Muehleisen himself works with multiple ministries in the area of transformational training. He’s stationed in Uganda.

“He says, ‘We work with churches and Christian groups and try to help them have more effective ministries in their communities. “Farming God’s Way” is one of the tools we have adopted and it’s a lot of fun and quite effective.’”

“‘Farming God’s Way’ began in Zimbabwe with a farmer named Brian. His crop was failing and finally, he cried out to God for help. Muehleisen says Brian felt like God had been waiting to share something with him for quite some time. God asked Brian to consider farming His way.”

Read the rest of the story at MNN.org and find out how so many lives have been impacted by this new farming method.

ACT: Want to join WGM in God’s work in Uganda? Praying always makes a difference. You can also donate to the project, learn more, or go to Uganda to get involved in the work in person.

A Miracle Needed

The girl was not healing. Surgery after surgery, the doctors were having trouble pinpointing the cause. Something had to be done, but what? Read more to find out how a how God worked to heal her and what you can do today to help.

Story and photos by Dylan and Jessica Nugent, missionaries in Kenya:

“Four months ago, I told you about a little girl who broke her leg and both arms near her shoulders. She had been hit by a motorcycle while walking in the street and had a mild head injury to go with her orthopaedic injuries. I had never seen this injury constellation, and I shared her pre-op images along with her post-op x-rays showing a technically great result. Her shoulders were pinned through tiny incisions and her femur was fixed in anatomic position with plates and screws.

 

 

“As a young healthy girl, she would get the pins out in 4-6 weeks, start walking with crutches, and go back to school and pick up life where she left off as if nothing ever happened. High fives all around, right? Wrong.

“Two days after her first surgery, drainage started around her pins – not unusual after a few weeks, but a few days? Antibiotics were started to fend off any deep infections. The drainage persisted and her thigh wound had a small pocket of drainage too. She went back to OR for a thorough scrubbing of the wounds. The drainage continued. More antibiotics. More surgery. Eventually, her shoulders healed enough that we could remove the pins and the suspected avenue for the infection in the first place.

 

“The thigh wound was clean and was healing and we were ready to send her home. Before she could leave, the thigh wound opened again and this time, the shiny metal plate was protruding through the skin with thick greenish discharge around it. More surgery. More antibiotics. The plate was removed, but one screw remained that held one of the fragments together, and she was placed in a cast to protect the rest of the weakened bone. Within a few weeks, the bone fragment began protruding from the wound! More surgery. More antibiotics. This time the last screw and fragment of dead bone were removed and the wound was thoroughly washed again.

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“The latest x-ray after removing all the metal from the thigh. There is abnormal looking bone, but it is healing despite the bone no longer being straight.”

“Now the wound is healing well, and she is ready to go home again. Though she never looked sick and her labs were relatively normal, she has needed a total of six additional surgeries and has spent 1/3 of this year in the hospital. Her medical bill is far beyond the ability of her family to pay, and it is up to the hospital administration to decide when and how to release her despite her bill.

“This is not how she planned for her year to go. This is certainly not how I planned her recovery course to go. It has been one of those mysteries of medical care – doing the best thing possible in the best way possible, and things still go sideways. I have prayed countless times for her healing and countless times I have ruminated about why she had such a tough road: could it be nutrition? A contaminated set in the original surgery? A non-infectious allergic reaction to the metal?

“I may never know, but despite all the trails and pain, one thing I do know is, we have become great buddies over her time here, and I wonder more about what her future holds than her medical history. When she finally leaves the hospital will I get to see her again and give her my routine of high fives and arm-jiggling handshakes? Will her leg heal and allow her to live a fully functional life? Who will she become? As much as I will miss her shy smile that I try to pry out of her on rounds each day, there is nothing I want more for her than to see her walk out of the hospital and never come back (except for clinical follow-ups), so that she can live her life to the fullest.

“If you would like to help send this little girl home by supporting our compassionate fund for orthopaedic patients at Tenwek please go online to www.wgm.org/compassionate-orthopedic-care or send a gift to our ministry account at www.wgm.org/nugent and send us a note that it is for her.”

Nancy and Dylan

“The smile on my face masks the mental anguish I often feel when I think about the suffering this little girl has endured over the last four months.”

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“A smile I will miss greatly.”

“Thousands of Lives and Counting”

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How many times have you gone to do something and realized you didn’t have the proper tools? Now imagine having traveled overseas as a young doctor with very little experience and with basic supplies, trying to do complex surgeries. This is how it was for the first doctor at Tenwek Hospital. Thanks to God’s provision over the years Tenwek is now a 300-bed hospital and training center where complex surgeries are performed almost every day.

Dr. Dan Schafer, president of World Gospel Mission, had this to say about the recent photo on USAid.gov’s website-

“A picture is worth a thousand words … and sometimes represents the impact on thousands of lives and counting!

“This photo of several members of our WGM family standing outside the Tenwek Orthopedic Ward was copied from the home page of the United States Agency of International Development (US AID) – American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA) website (https://www.usaid.gov/work-usaid/business-funding/grant-programs/american-schools-and-hospitals-abroad).  There you will find this picture titled “World Gospel Mission Success Story” (the title ASHA put on the photo) with the caption, “Organizational Strengthening at Tenwek Hospital.”  This picture is one of 5 photos currently scrolling on ASHA’s website’s home page banner.

“ASHA had provided funding for the expansion of the Orthopedic Ward.  ASHA also highlighted Tenwek Hospital’s OB department as a success story at ASHA’s annual conference in 2015, and most recently, ASHA provided funding for Tenwek’s new Eye and Dental building.  ASHA has repeatedly funded projects at Tenwek because of their confidence that Tenwek will provide a high impact return on their investment.

“Tenwek is a great witness for Christ – both to the officials at ASHA and to all those who have benefited from services provided by the Tenwek doctors, nurses, and staff!  The WGM missionaries and all the other faithful members of the Tenwek family are truly transforming the lives of individuals, their communities, and the whole nation of Kenya for Christ!”

ACT: God does miracles every day just as He did through a few willing nurses and one doctor in the early days of Tenwek Hospital. Pray today and ask how God can use you to build something amazing for His glory!