Brian Kushman: Hispanic Ministries USA

Brian and Paula Kushman serve in Hispanic Ministries in the US.

Brian and Paula Kushman serve in Hispanic Ministries in the US.

WGM’s outreach to Latin Americans in the United States focuses on leadership training with the goal of starting Hispanic churches. As church leaders are trained, they will be able to take that spiritual foundation and leadership training with them no matter where their next work opportunity takes them. Whether they go to another state or return to their home countries, they can use their training to plant churches and lead others into the kingdom. Currently, WGM is working with churches in Virginia, New Jersey, Georgia, Ohio, Kentucky, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Texas. Three churches are recent, growing church plants.

Brian Kushman, WGM missionary who teaches theological training to Hispanic church leaders, recently talked to us about his ministry, and what God is teaching him about what missions really means.

 

 

Esther Leininger: ready to teach on Texas/Mexico Border

leininger_14Esther Leininger is headed to teach at Taylor Christian School in McAllen, Texas, on the Texas/Mexico border. Growing up as a missionary kid, travelling back and forth between Bolivia, Honduras, and the United States, Esther knows how it feels to be a foreigner. God gave her a desire to help immigrants, particularly children, through education.

“When I was a kid, it was really popular to talk about calls, especially calls to ministry, where someone would say, “God just knocked me on the head and told me ‘This is what you’re going to be doing.'” …That has not been my story at all.”

Listen to Esther talk about her journey to becoming a missionary below.

 

Language study: speaking to the heart

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Andy and Lizet Bowen are missionaries in Paraguay with their three sons.

When missionaries go to a country where the main language is not English, they spend a significant amount of time – right at the beginning of their service – in language study. The length of time may vary depending on the language or ministry focus, but everyone experiences the same feelings of frustration and fatigue as they learn to communicate in an whole new way.

Andy and Lizet Bowen serve in Paraguay, where they run the Guarani-Jopara Institute, teaching missionaries from a number of organizations Guarani, the heart language of 90% of Paraguayans. Andy firmly believes that the time and energy spent in language study are well worth the effort.

“When you learn somebody’s language, what it says to people is ‘I’m interested in you, I’m interested in your world.’ Learning somebody’s language is a powerful expression, without actually saying it, of caring for them, identifying with them. But it’s hard work. More than just a mental exercise, it’s a spiritual exercise.”

Listen to Andy’s story below as he shares his passion for helping missionaries learn Guarani.

 

She Gave the Bible Back

Donahue FamilyBev (Susanna) Donahue felt like a failure as a missionary when her friend returned the Bible she’d given her. Wasn’t that the whole reason she was even in Paraguay? What went wrong? Fortunately, that wasn’t the end of the story.

“The rain and snow come down from the heavens and stay on the ground to water the earth. They cause the grain to grow, producing seed for the farmer and bread for the hungry. It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it.” (Isaiah 55:10-11 NLT)

ACT

Is there someone in your life who has “given the Bible back?” It’s easy to feel hopeless after years of praying for them and sharing with them. Remember that God never stops pursuing those He loves. Today, pray for that person and claim God’s promise that His word never comes back empty.