God Provides through the Storm

Story by Shelly McCollum, Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Finance

The following story is all about how God provides through storms and how He specifically provided for WGM in a time of great need.

The economic troubles of 2008 had an impact on WGM’s charitable giving. People were losing their jobs, and although they gave as long and as much as they could, many had to reduce or drop their support of missionaries. Our staff spoke with many donors who were in tears as they shared about their struggles and how they felt bad about having to drop support. At the home office, we were trying to reduce costs and continue to provide support to our missionaries and fields. We were struggling to live within our means and still provide the support our missionaries needed. Then one day we were notified that a long-time donor of WGM had passed away and we were named as a beneficiary. This donor had faithfully supported WGM through the years. Imagine our surprise when we learned we would receive over $1.8 million! We were stunned and completely humbled. She had taken advantage of estate planning, and her ministry lives on even today! Her gift came at exactly the right time. We serve a faithful God who provides what we need when we need it.

PRAY: Whether it’s financial provision, food, shelter, or a safe environment through the challenges of life, God gives us what we need in our lives at the exact time to help us best grow in our relationship with Him. As you pray today, will you remember those around the world serving who are in need of His provision? Will you pray that they will grow in the ways they need to during this time and that when the time is right that they will receive God’s perfect provision?

Lonely Walk

Capvoices.com recently posted a story about the challenges of a believer in Yemen. Read more to learn about how this culture can be very difficult for someone of the Christian faith.

“Life for a believer from a Muslim background can be lonely in war-torn Yemen, especially for a single woman.

“Nadeen, a born and raised Yemeni woman in her late twenties, is not new to the faith. Before a civil war broke out in her country in 2015, she had already accepted Christ.

“A Christian woman she met at university was able to read the Bible and pray with Nadeen once a week. Attending classes gave her an excuse to leave home, but when Nadeen graduated, she no longer had an excuse. Nadeen found it harder to meet the woman to pray and read the Bible. Eventually, Nadeen’s disciple partner left the country—leaving Nadeen alone.

“ ‘After this woman had left my country, I didn’t have the opportunity to meet with other believers anymore,’ Nadeen shares.

“Her family was unaware of her faith, and as a single woman in a strict Muslim family, it was difficult for her to leave the house alone.

“ ‘They controlled everything I did,’ Nadeen says. ‘But in my heart, I longed to participate in prayer meetings with other believers and learn more.’ ”

To read the rest of the article visit capvoices.com.

ACT: God reaches people in all cultures and places no matter their circumstances. Will you pray today that countries around the world can be places where it is safe to share faith and have different cultures and beliefs without the fear of persecution or judgement?

Luke 10:2 Challenge – Prayer for the Harvest

The power of prayer is written about throughout Scripture, and you’ve probably seen it firsthand. At WGM, we’re emphasizing the Luke 10:2 Challenge.

“He told them, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.’” (Luke 10:2 NIV)

There is no question that God is at work in our world, drawing men, women, and children to Himself. He is restoring the broken, reconciling relationships, transforming hearts and minds, and saving souls. But He is also asking us—all of us who claim Him as Lord and Savior—to join Him in this wonderful work.

Each morning at 10:02 a.m., WGM staff members and some of our missionaries stop whatever is going on, and we pray. We pray for the Lord to send out more workers to the mission field as we seek to double our impact.

ACT: Will you take the Luke 10:2 Challenge? Set an alarm or notification on your phone or calendar to remind you to pray at 10:02—a.m. or p.m., whichever fits your schedule best—for God to send more workers from all over the world into His harvest field. Remember, the “mission field” isn’t just far-off places; it’s wherever people are who need to hear about the love of Jesus Christ.

Blessings in the “Rain” in Haiti

By Paul Shingledecker, WGM retiree

Paul Shingledecker is a retired missionary who served in Haiti as well as on WGM’s support staff. In this story, Paul shares about the devastation from natural disasters in Haiti and how the church has responded to one unfortunate event after another. Read on to learn how God uses our lowest points to bring change and growth for His kingdom work.

Haiti is known for its political upheavals and its natural disasters. Over the years, it has been hit by numerous major hurricanes. In 2010, Haiti experienced a disastrous, magnitude 7.0 earthquake that killed over 220,000 people. Since 1804 when Haiti gained its independence from France, it has been ruled by a succession of repressive, self-serving governments, including more than one dictatorship. And on top of all of this, or because of it, Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the world.

What is less well known is that in spite of all Haiti has been through, and maybe also because of it, Christianity is on the rise and the church is growing and flourishing. Protestant Christians, who numbered less than 1 percent in the 1950s, now represent over 40 percent of the population. God is on the move in Haiti.

Take the 2010 earthquake. Over 200,000 Haitians were converted as a direct result of that disaster. The Haitians in Port-au-Prince saw how their Christian friends and neighbors reacted and how they responded with hope and reached out to others—even when reeling from their own personal losses—and they liked what they saw.

I personally attended an open-air service the first Sunday after the disaster—open-air because everyone was too afraid yet at that point to go inside a building, any building, even if it was one that was still standing. It was an overwhelming experience as the crowd sang and praised God for their very lives. At one point the leader had them raise their hands and then praise God they still had arms and hands to wave to Him. Then they stomped their feet and praised God that they still had their feet and legs. Because you see, not only did just about everybody there lose loved ones, they also all had family members and friends who had had legs or arms crushed or amputated. Still they were singing and praising God. No wonder their friends were amazed and drawn to that kind of hope and resilience. For many months, the churches were overwhelmed with the new converts and scrambled to provide follow-up and training for these new Christians.

Residents pray on Sunday, October 9, 2016, at a church in Jérémie that was destroyed by Hurricane Matthew. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

We saw something similar recently when Hurricane Matthew devastated the southern part of Haiti. This Category 5 storm demolished whole neighborhoods and towns. It destroyed every building in its way and blew away all the crops, fruit trees, and even the farm animals. I understand that today many are still living in caves or lean-to shelters.

The churches, likewise, were not spared. At one point, they were saying that almost every church on the peninsula had lost its roof. However, one of the most poignant and amazing pictures that we all saw as word of the catastrophic nature of the disaster finally began to get out was from Jérémie. It was the picture of the worshipers gathered that first Sunday in their Baptist church, without a roof, dressed in their best, there to worship God and praise Him! Right next to it were aerial shots showing every building in the town either destroyed or roofless, including many of these same people’s homes!

Yes, God is building His church in Haiti in the “rain.” As missionaries in Haiti, we often said, “It can’t get any worse.” And then it did. But you can’t stop God. He said, “I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18 KJV). No rain is so strong or situation so bad that He cannot use it to strengthen His people and build His kingdom.

Will you join WGM in praying for strength for His people in Haiti? Visit wgm.org/haiti to learn more about the country  and how WGM can help you get involved today.