Did You Know?

Did you know that as part of the missionary pages on WGM’s website that we are beginning to film and attach biography videos? These videos give you the chance to hear firsthand accounts of what each missionary’s ministry is all about. Check out the videos, and find out how you can get involved in a missionary’s cause today!

Mike Banks

Dan and Dana Jacobs

Jorge and Laura Vaca

Jim and Becka Johnson

 

 

The Blessing of Forever Homes

World Gospel Mission partnered with Africa Gospel Church to build the AGC Baby Centre in Kenya. The center opened its doors to the first two babies in April 2006, and in April 2007, 24 babies were dedicated. As of April 1, 2015, a total of 312 children have called the center home, and 142 children have been adopted into their forever families. Dan and Dana Jacobs and April Hershberger are WGM missionaries who help run the center alongside local African workers.

The AGC Baby Centre posted on Facebook about several children who have found homes in the past couple months. Read on to learn how you can get involved in this ministry. James 1:27 (NIV) states, “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”

“All these children were reunited with family members: Zilah C., Kenaniah J., Benaiah M., Zacheus, Matten E., Malachi N., Victoria C., and Josiah D. We pray for God’s blessings on them all and their families.

“These children were placed in foster care: Sisters Seenoi & Ankale, and also Josephine. Thanking the Lord for this opportunity for these girls.”

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Here are three ways you can get involved in this vital ministry.

  1. Pray: for these new families and for the children who do not have forever homes yet. Pray also for the staff.
  2. Donate: Every $7 given provides one large can of formula for an orphan who does not have the option of breastfeeding. Donate here.
  3. Go: Join a work team! There is always work to be done, ranging from small building projects, painting, organizing, and, of course, playing with babies.Plan a trip here.

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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.