Laying Ground Work

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Do you remember the excitement of Christmas morning when you were a child? That kind of anticipation should be part of our Christian walk and everyday lives when it comes to the work Christ can do. Andy and Lizet Bowen, missionaries in Paraguay, recently posted on their ministry page something we are anticipating as a WGM family.

“At Silvio Pettirossi International Airport picking up new Men With Vision director Jim Smith. He’s come to lay some ground work for MWV’S 2018 annual project which is the construction of a house where missionary families will live while they’re studying Guarani. Watch this space for details of how you can be involved!”

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Photo credit: Bowen Ministry page

God is at work, and you can be part of that work! You may be asking yourself: what is Men With Vision? Praying, practicing, and promoting missions—that’s what Men With Vision is all about! But don’t let the name mislead you; men and women of all ages can be involved.

MWV offers a pathway to increase the ability of Christians to take the gospel around the world. Through meeting together for fellowship and prayer, MWV members take advantage of service opportunities that impact their local communities and the world for Christ.

Being part of MWV can enrich your walk with Christ in many ways. Through community projects, ministry teams, an annual project, emergency support, and relationships, MWV serves WGM missionaries and ministries around the world.

ACT: If you would like to learn more or get involved in Men With Vision, visit www.wgm.org/mwv.

Doing Good?

A boy, age 11, wakes up and gets ready for school. His father is eagerly waiting for him on the sunken couch. The man shouts obscenities at his son, because the boy did not clean up a mess his dog had made during the night. Although this task is an impossibility, yes, since the boy was sleeping, the father’s anger goes unquenched. Yelling is not enough; he chases after the boy, grabbing onto his hoodie. His grasp slips, and the boy escapes out the door. The boy knows what’s waiting at home when he returns.

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An old man wakes up, his joints sore as he places his feet on the cold floor. He prays, “God, please place in my path someone who I can encourage today,” as he buttons his shirt to go out and have his regular coffee with his buddies. An accident in the road makes the man anxious as he knows he is going to be late; he hates to be late. He arrives at the regular place late, as he expected, and a boy is outside asking for someone to buy his breakfast.

The old man walks toward the front door and looks the boy up and down. He can tell from the looks of this boy that he does not come from the good part of town, so he gives the boy what he can, some advice: “Son, you need to get to school. It will do you a world of good to have an education.” The boy looks at the old man and then sees a person behind him. He asks the second person for breakfast, ignoring the old man’s loving advice. The old man thinks to himself, “Some people just don’t want help; too bad.”

The old man then has a fantastic conversation with his buddies about the past week’s church service. He leaves the restaurant feeling very good about himself. Then he notices the boy is gone. He thinks to himself, “Maybe he did go to school.” He smiles and walks back to his car, proudly thinking he’s really made a difference; and it’s only 10 a.m. He thanks God and goes back home to rest.

The old man assumed the boy’s needs and his situation. He thought the boy was skipping school or maybe not attending at all. In reality, he just needed some breakfast before school because he couldn’t go back home.

This story is not just for you but for me as well. I find it very convicting. I can often be judgmental. Many times, it is not harsh, negative judgements but just assumptions on what people need and where they are in life. The thing that’s hard about this story is that the man’s heart was in the right place; he intended to help. What can we do? How do we fix this and avoid missing the opportunities that are provided for us every day?

Luke 7:34 (NIV) states exactly what Jesus did and the example we should follow: “The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners” [bold added for emphasis]. Did you see that word “friend?”

ACT: This week, get to know someone personally who you think is in need. If we are to live on mission in our communities, it requires more than giving some money or going to some events in the community. It involves more than just buying someone breakfast and feeling good about it. It requires building relationships and community with those who are much like ourselves—hungry to be known and to have their basic needs met. I want to be called “friend” by anyone who will have me, don’t you? Who will you share life with this week?

Personal Time with God Is Life Saving!

“Last night I wanted to end my life. When I fell asleep, I had a dream, and you were in it, so I have come to you this morning.”

John and Linda Spriegel are missionaries serving in Kenya. Linda helps coordinate a women’s Bible study and ministry project called Tabitha Ministry. The needs being met by this group are significant!  

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“Tabitha leaders fit snuggly into our new living room”. Photo credit: Spriegels

“Julianna, one of our top Bible study leaders, welcomed the distraught woman into her home and listened to her hopeless story. When the knock on the door had come, Julianna had been in the middle of her quiet time with the Lord, meditating on Matthew 11:28–30. She knew the Lord wanted this woman to hear His words of comfort and hope. ‘Come to me, you who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.’ After a heartfelt time of sharing and prayer together, her friend left with renewed faith.

“Peris and I (Linda) have given our top twenty Bible study leaders a Sabbath rest from any responsibilities for three months, to give time for all of us to focus on deepening our personal devotion to Christ. With their busy lives, it is difficult for our leaders to take the crucial time to sit before the Lord, to be rooted and established in Him. And without this vital ‘abiding,’ our work will be shallow. God is blessing these weeks, as the scenario above testifies.”

ACT: Will you pray for Tabitha Ministry in Kenya? May the leaders continue to have the encouragement and protection they need from God. May the participants feel the love of Christ and understand His vision through these groups.

Journey 10.40

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Where does your passion intersect with God’s heart? Do you feel He is leading you to explore ministry among Muslims but don’t know where to begin or even what that looks like?

Next summer you can be a part of our Journey 10.40 trip, an awesome experience in Europe and the Middle East where God is doing some amazing things among Muslims. In just eight and a half weeks, you’ll be able to serve in ministry in three countries in the 10/40 Window, learning from missionaries serving among people in Spain, Jordan, and Albania.

As a member of the Journey 10.40 trip, you’ll walk alongside a multicultural team of missionaries serving in Spain as they minister to North African immigrants. The next leg of your trip will take you to Jordan, where you will study Arabic and get to know refugees and Christian workers who have stories to tell. Finally, you’ll travel to Albania to be trained in the skill of storytelling, while having time to invest in Albanian youth.

enjoying family timeIf you feel God is calling you to serve in Muslim ministry, this is the experience for you. Space for this trip is limited, and applications are due by December 1, 2017. Team members will be notified on December 15 if they have been accepted.

DATES:

May 16–19: training in Marion, Indiana
May 19–June 3: Spain
June 3–June 28: Jordan
June 28–July 13: Albania
July 13: back in the U.S.