Warriors Needed: This work is not my own

Chrissy Greenwell is a missionary serving in church ministries in Mexico. In this excerpt from her latest prayer letter, Chrissy shares about the biblical value placed on warriors and explains how you can become a warrior yourself.

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“In my devotional readings these past several weeks, I’ve noticed a recurring theme of warriors. There were warriors in the Old Testament who went out to conquer the Promised Land. There were warriors who went out to defeat the enemy and take back that which was stolen. There were also warriors (prophets) who battled the enemy by declaring the prophetic words of the Lord. In the New Testament we read of warriors who didn’t give up their faith but held on to the hope they had in Jesus Christ. Other warriors were taken unjustly before kings and other rulers, and there they seized the opportunity given to proclaim the Good News. And as Paul wrote to the churches, he sought warriors to join him in battle.

“Though separated by a great physical distance, know that I count on you, dear warriors, to help carry this ministry through to glory! Without your continued prayer and financial support, I could not be here, and many lives would be untouched. Thank you for joining me as the churches joined Paul. I want to share these words (Colossians 4:2-6) which Paul wrote to the church in Colossae. It is our mandate as warriors working together.

Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison—that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak. Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.

Will you lift up Chrissy’s prayer requests: local churches, special ministry events, pastors, and missionaries in Mexico?

Building the Kingdom in Mexico

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“But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15b NKJV).

“And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church…” (Matthew 16:18a NKJV).

Bill and Lydia Allshouse are missionaries in Mexico who concentrate on church-planting ministries. Check out this blog post, which shares highlights from their prayer letter, to read about the great things God is doing in and through their ministry.

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Photo Credit: Bill and Lydia Allshouse

In the beginning, the church was built on the faith of people like Peter and the apostles who had witnessed Christ’s resurrection and spread the Gospel throughout the region. Today that same mandate continues to build His church here in Mexico. People have sensed His calling to come together and work to extend God’s kingdom. Whether it’s with hammer & nails, concrete, crayons, crafts, hugs or prayers, these kingdom builders have been a witness to the abundant life found in Jesus.”

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Photo Credit: Bill and Lydia Allshouse

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The Trinity team finishing the walls for Pastor Francisco and his family. Photo Credit: Bill and Lydia Allshouse

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“A vision for a more permanent place for the kids’ club and community outreach in Bella Vista started to take shape with the donation of pallets from two different factories in the area. The Lord then sent two teams to work alongside the people from Transformation Church and the community on the project.

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Photo Credit: Bill and Lydia Allshouse

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“The ‘cabin’ is now complete with concrete floor where kids’ club, adult education, cooking and nutrition classes take place. It’s the beginning of a center that will impact the community for the Kingdom.”

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Photo Credit: Bill and Lydia Allshouse

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Building the Kingdom through evangelism was the passion of the Howardsville Michigan team as they shared the message of Christ’s love through song, drama and clowns. Communities in Valle de Santiago and Morelia were two of the places that were impacted this year.”

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Photo Credit: Bill and Lydia Allshouse

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Photo Credit: Bill and Lydia Allshouse

To learn more about how you can partner with Bill and Lydia, check out their ministry page at www.wgm.org/allshouse. To learn how you can serve on the field, visit www.wgm.org/serve.

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.

Discipling Others: Mark and Serena Dunbar in Mexico

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Theological education in Mexico

What is missions all about? That’s the question Mark and Serena Dunbar answered in their latest prayer letter. Simply stated, they say missions is all about “discipling others.” One of their favorite verses is 2 Timothy 2:2, “What you have heard from me through many witnesses entrust to faithful people who will be able to teach others as well.” And that has been their ministry focus while serving in Mexico.

As they reach people spiritually, physically, and socially, they are also meeting people’s educational needs. The classes they started on community development have led to community marriage classes while the theological education group in Saltillo has grown from three students to seven. A new class of 10 students is also being started in Monterrey.

“If you could see the difference [theological education] has made in the lives of the students, you would be amazed,” Mark and Serena shared. “The pastor of several of the students was sharing last week how it has transformed the students’ lives in how they testify to others and in their ministries.”

These changes have inspired three students from a church in Matehuala to attend classes, but they need scholarships. Would you or someone you know be willing to help further the theological education of people in Mexico?

GIVE: Approximately $25 per month will help pay for a student’s theological education. This covers the cost of books, travel for the teacher, and the student’s lunch. Make checks payable to World Gospel Mission and write Mexico TEE Scholarship Fund on the memo line. Send check donations to:

World Gospel Mission
P.O. Box 948
Marion, IN 46952-0948