CMS: Preparing to Make Disciples

This week, missionaries were here at World Gospel Mission headquarters for CMS (Champion Migration Strategy) Workshop. Read more to learn about some of the ways support staff came alongside the missionaries to help prepare them to recruit prayer warriors, financial supporters, and work teams to partner with their ministries.

On Monday, the time came for our 2016 MK Camp for all 8 to 18 year olds. The camp was held at Ouabache State Park near Bluffton, Indiana, while the parents were in CMS training. The theme was “Carpe Aeternitatem: why settle for just a day!” Although meals and activity times were together, camp staff ran separate tracks for the older and younger campers during the meeting times.

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Dr. Dan Schafer prays over the circle of campers by name before they leave for their Missionary Kid Camp for all 8 to 18 year olds.

During CMS, new and veteran missionaries gathered together to learn how to speak about their ministry fields and create support strategies to better understand how to get champions during their homeland ministry assignment (HMA). One important emphasis WGM focuses on is that no one can do ministry alone. Two of our Homeland Ministries support staff, Paula Crist and Jim Smith, did a terrific job teaching the sessions.

What is HMA?

Missionary disciples preparing for ministry and career missionaries returning to the United States after a term of service on the field are given a homeland ministry assignment to help build a support team. This time of HMA provides the missionaries with opportunities to share their calls to missions and to challenge believers to become actively involved in missions. Through church services, group meetings, and personal contacts, missionaries on HMA acquire the prayer and financial support they need to get to the field.

Pictured below from left to right: Dana, Hope, and Dan Jacobs (Kenya), Shelley Chapman (Nigeria), Bill and Lydia Allshouse (Mexico), and Becka Johnson (Papua New Guinea).

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Becka’s husband, Jim, was helping another missionary by working on her car so was unable to speak during chapel. Also not pictured are two missionaries who will be serving in sensitive areas.

A busy schedule of meetings, conversations, and chapel speaking made for a tiring week. Please pray for these WGM missionaries as they strive to be better equipped for the journey ahead and the hurdles they will approach on the field. May God guide and direct them as they follow the paths toward the Great Commission that He has placed on their hearts.

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