Get Involved Today

So much good content is going out on our missionaries’s different ministry blogs. There are many more good blogs than the ones highlighted here, so check them out at missioncentral.wordpress.com. These posts focus on praises, requests, ministry updates, and how you can get involved. Are you ready to go make a difference on a work team? Read what God’s doing in the world, and then find a way to join the cause.

Ganeys at Tenwek-

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“About a week ago, we celebrated the fourth class of residents to graduate from the Surgical Training Program at Tenwek. It was so exciting to see four very qualified, godly residents finish their training well. What an encouraging highlight in the midst of some very hard weeks. Please keep praying about the doctors’ strike in Kenya. We haven’t seen any movement toward a resolution. The patients are suffering and those still working are growing weary.”

Romdenhs in Cambodia-

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“On February 4th, Sophear turned two-years-old and on March 16th, she had surgery to close a hole in her heart. It was a very scary time for us, but we felt so supported! There were people all around the world praying for Sophear and for us! During the days and weeks leading up to and following Sophear’s surgery, we were reminded in a very real way of two important truths: 1) God is a big God and 2) He loves our precious daughter, His precious daughter. I’m reminded of the lyrical line ‘I’m no longer a slave to fear, for I am a child of God!!’ It is with confidence in this truth that I am able to go to Cambodia.”

Adventures in Chaos- Solheims

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“I’m not the only parent who has ever had to say goodbye to an only son, but today it sure feels like it. Tonight when I hug Nick goodbye, it will hurt more than any other time before. I know it’s part of being a parent to let your kids go. But what about when you’re the one going? Sending him off somehow seems easier.”

Beyond Rivers- Hidugs

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“At the end of this month (December 2016) I will mark 10 years since I left home, Eritrea. Helen will have a few more months to go after me to complete 10 years. We lived most of that period as refugees.”

Life Between the Trees- WGM Compassion

“Linda Spriegel, a WGM missionary in Kenya at Tenwek Hospital, shares in this post about the Tenwek Orphan ministry and some of the challenges they faced this past year. What should the response of the Church be to orphans and impoverished families?  There is more and more discussion on the global front about doing away with orphanages and empowering families to adopt. We’d love to hear your thoughts as you read and process Linda’s story in regard to the care of orphans.”

Lifelong Learning

The WGM Compassion blog concentrates on all kinds of ways that you can get involved in ministry—from teaching resources and encouraging videos to missions stories and educational materials. Today, WGM Compassion is sharing life learning resources…one of which is free!

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“In this busiest of busy seasons, why is this blog about educational resources?  Isn’t this quite out of place with Christmas less than two weeks away!!  This blog post is highlighting educational opportunities in wholistic transformation NOW because it will soon be time for ‘New Year’s resolutions’.  Here are two fantastic opportunities requiring just a little time each week in the new year that will reap huge blessings in your spiritual and ministry journey.

“Check out these awesome opportunities.  And this first one is offered FREE.  That alone should cause a stampede!

Monday Church is the newest and FREE online course put out by the Disciple Nations Alliance.  The Church is not a building or a Sunday-morning activity; it is the Body of Christ on mission in every sphere of society, every day of the week.  Monday Church explores the greatest tool God has given us to impact the world: our work.  God intends for our daily work to be for the service of man, the blessing of the nations, and the glory of God.

“Get a few friends together or introduce this to your Sunday School class or small group and be challenged together. There are videos to watch, together or individually, and discussion questions.  Unleash your talents for the Kingdom of God!  You won’t regret taking this course.

“Want to understand Islam better?  Houghton College here we come.  But wait – this college course is coming directly to your computer.  The course starts on January 9th and registration closes on January 3rd.  Check out the letter below and the link to the Lilias Trotter Center for more details.”

            Dear friends,

            Beginning January 9th, 2017, the Lilias Trotter Center is running the online course: The History of Islamic Theology and Movements: A Christian Investigation. The course is being taught here at Houghton College (we have 32 students registered) and we will have a team who will video the lectures and class interactions and post them online the same day.

            The class is taught Tuesday and Thursday afternoons each week (2:30-3:45 pm EST). In addition to selected readings from an authoritative history of Islam, most of the readings are taken from a wide variety of sources and will be available in the course for free download. I will be working with the Professor and interacting with online students. 

            The course is available for an Lilias Trotter Certificate for $199, and for graduate school credit (3 credit hours) through Wesley Biblical Seminary for $637.50. Full information about the course can be found on the LTC website here.   

            I warmly commend this course to you. We expect that you will need to spend 8 – 10 hours each week, including the 2 ½ hours of watching the videoed lectures. 

            To apply, go to the course online

            Serving with you for his sake,

Director of the Lilias Trotter Center and Adjunct Professor at Wesley Biblical Seminary

Connexions

The latest blog post, “Connexions,” by Joy Phillips, WGM’s Wholistic Transformation coordinator, highlights some of the ministries going on around the world. As the Wholistic Transformation coordinator, Joy connects missionaries to other people and resources. Read more to learn how Joy is helping missionaries make valuable connections.

“Social media can be put to good use.  WGM has a new Facebook page (WGMCompassion) and a blog called Life Between the Trees to connect people with stories and resources about reaching out and sharing Jesus’ love with others.  I’m encouraging folks to sign up and I encourage you to join if you’re interested in learning, being challenged and inspired.

“In April I was able to visit Nathan and Cydil Waggoner and their two children.  They live in Albania.  I had to do a lot of studying about Albania before this trip as I knew almost nothing about it.  What a charming country.  The Waggoners were incredible hosts.  It was great to see how God is at work in their neighborhood.  I loved the chance to share some resources and tools that might be helpful as they reach out to Albanians.

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Joy Phillips and Nathan Waggoner (Photo Credit: Joy Phillips)

“I’m very excited to return to Albania in November along with Bonnie and Peder Anderson.  Bonnie was one of my Clinical Instructors in Nursing School way back when at Marion College, now Indiana Wesleyan University.  More recently Bonnie volunteered with Mango Ministries in South Sudan.

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Bonnie Anderson with patients (Photo Credit: Joy Phillips)

“In November she and her husband Peder and I will share about several transformational development tools.  Will you pray for wisdom as we prepare and teach and that the team in Albania will know how best to use what they learn?”

Check out Joy’s blog for the rest of her post and for more stories about how missionaries are being equipped and prepared to make important connections for God’s kingdom work.

Journey with Joy blog

Empty Tortillas

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Larry and Angie Overholt

In WGM Compassion‘s blog post, it states the dire need of the people in a community of Honduras for food, water, shelter, and God’s love. Read on for a story of how God used His people to give to those in need and what you can do to help the cause.

Larry Overholt and his wife, Angie, have been involved in various aspects of community development in Honduras since 1982. In this post, Larry highlights the challenges found navigating between relief and development, and the Overholts process some of these hard and challenging issues. What have been your challenges as you walk this fine line between relief, rehabilitation, and development?

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Photo Credit: Larry and Angie Overholt

“Our church has been helping build a new house for Francisco and Yolanda in one of the communities where the Shalom Church has been developing a church plant. A Hispanic church in the States had donated funds to help with construction materials. Church members from our Shalom Church in the city of Choluteca, Honduras were supervising the construction and local workers from the community were volunteering to help with the labor needed to build the house. With everyone working together, it would take about two and a half weeks to build a small secure cement block house.

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Francisco and Yolanda standing next to their house under construction. (Photo Credit: Larry and Angie Overholt)

“Francisco and Yolanda were selected by community leaders as the most economically needy people in the area. Their old adobe house had deteriorated over the years and the rainy season was about to arrive. With a leaky roof and broken down walls in the house, the couple did not look forward to enduring another rainy season.

“Francisco is older and has chronic health problems. He is no longer able to work in the fields or go fishing along the coast like most of his neighbors do for a living. He and Yolanda have a few garden plants planted around their yard but it was not enough to sustain them.

“One of the guys working on the house construction said, ‘Yolanda and Francisco have been eating empty tortillas.’”

To read the rest of this great story and learn how Francisco and Yolanda were supported, check out the WGM Compassion blog at wgmcompassion.wordpress.com.

To donate to the cause of building more homes, visit www.wgm.org/community-development.