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Jesus and Jack

In late Winter, with great trepidation, I make my annual trek to a local accounting office to file my tax return. However, I know I will also spend an extra hour listening to my exuberant accountant share about his most recent mission adventures.

Jack Roach is a respected local CPA. But anyone who knows him has no doubt that his considerable energy and strongest passion is directed toward sharing the love of Jesus through ministry. Besides local work in jail ministry, Jack’s lay-led mission projects take teams of volunteers into risky corners of our globe to share the gospel, provide practical service, and encourage believers.

I know, besides my tax results, I will be inspired by how Jack perseveres in prayer for a young Muslim girl who calls him “father.” His burden and the giving of others enabled her to receive medical treatment. We join Jack in longing for the day she embraces the Light of the World and comes to know the “Everlasting Father” through the salvation of her soul.

The Testing that Produces Perseverance

Early in my walk with Christ, I had no idea how much faith is tested through the trials, heartaches, and afflictions of this life. I had thought you focused on acting out your faith through Christian service and that was the best way to express your love for Christ.

But I had lessons yet to learn, and a gracious God who would teach me.

The frailties of life would become like a “friend” who came and knocked on the door of my heart every now and then. When I accepted them and let them into my life, it also allowed my best friend, Jesus, to work in the situation.

After our son’s diagnosis of autism, the entire family dynamics would change in our house. Sometimes the struggle seemed too much to bear. But it didn’t take too long into this life journey to realize God was showing me what it meant to persevere through faith.

Affliction has refined my beliefs,

helped slough off the deadness of my fleshly nature,

and helped me effectively serve God in so many ways.

When God sends us straight into the storms of life, it’s no accident.

Trust me…he knows what He is doing.

La Union Femenil Misionera

¡​La Junta de Misiones Internacionales busca más misioneros hispanos!

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Cómo usar el paquete de énfasis (WMU Emphasis Kit 2015–2016)

¡Bienvenido a la Unión Femenil Misionera!

La UFM es la expresión hispana de Woman's Missionary Union (WMU). Incluye organizaciones de niveles por edad, Familias en Misiones y actividades intergeneracionales. Hay muchas oportunidades para que toda la congregación pueda participar en la obra misionera para el reino de Dios.

La UFM también ofrece recursos en español para usar en la iglesia. (En wmustore.com ponga "Spanish" en la caja de "Search".)

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Why Wait?

Do you wait well? Or do you give up quickly if the line is long, the results aren’t immediate, or a prayer isn’t answered? Sometimes the fulfillment of even a God-given vision takes more time than expected and tests our capacity to persevere.

I have been inspired by the perseverance of my friend Doug as I have watched him hold fast and “chase after” his God-sent dream. For several years, Doug, a local architect with a young family and church leadership role, has vigilantly pursued his vision for a children’s interactive Bible museum in our city.

He has patiently (or not!) sought support, funding, and possible locations while gathering a creative leadership team to provide counsel and a support base to brainstorm and bounce off ideas about decision making. He has also developed extensive plans and story themes while pursuing community dialogue and involvement from local citizens and churches.

Missionary Spotlight Update: Eric and Kristi Stanton

The Patagonia region of Argentina is plagued with high divorce rates and broken homes. But missionaries Eric and Kristi Stanton know that in order to have healthy churches, it’s vital to have healthy individuals and families.

That’s why they are praising the Lord for the opportunity to use marriage enrichment resources to train key leaders. These leaders, in turn, are beginning to gather small groups in their homes to share the truth of God’s Word with other couples.

Like the Stantons, ask God to work mightily in the lives and homes of people throughout the region, saving those who are lost and restoring marriages.

Most Argentines consider themselves Christians because of their Roman Catholic heritage, but the Stantons realize they do not know Christ. So the missionaries are training believers and sharing Bible study tools and resources as they cast the vision for believers to share Christ with their families and neighbors.

Pray the Stantons would see Argentines moving farther into Patagonia, carrying the gospel to those who have not heard.

Frequently Asked Questions for Adult Missions

What is the difference between WMU and Women on Mission and Adults on Mission? Aren't they the same thing?

WMU is the overarching missions organization for all age levels, from preschool to adult. It has the word Woman in its title because it was started by women and in most churches is coordinated by women. Women on Mission is the organization within WMU for women. The relationship is similar to your Bible study or Sunday School program in your church. Sunday School is the term for all the classes, no matter what the age level is. Within Sunday School you have adult classes, children's classes, etc. Adults on Mission is a coed organization for women and men in mission.

What are the positions of leadership needed for Women on Mission and Adults on Mission?

Suffering Produces Perseverance for Ohio Church Planter

Ohio

Jonathan Smith is a church planter—which he said was never on his radar—at Berachah Church in Columbus, Ohio. He was serving on another church’s staff when God changed his direction.

“The lead pastor I was working with was involved in sinful and destructive behavior,” Smith explained. “It rattled me and caused me to question things I had never questioned before.”

But in the end, he realized that God used the situation to place the passion in his heart for church planting. “In a very real way, I was called to plant a church out of a challenging situation that required perseverance when everything humanly within myself wanted to throw in the towel.”

One key step in planting a church was finding a place to meet, especially to “have greater visibility, as well as stability in our community . . . to better reach others who need to meet Jesus.” During the last 5 years, Smith has seen the church grow from a house to a grocery store to a funeral home to a private school and now to the city’s recreation center. While he tried to fix the problem of location, he learned that God was “building His church. It is His timing and plan, not mine.”

Teaching God’s Word in a Diverse Environment

Diverse Environment

In a city of 14 million people from almost every ethnic and religious group, Kevin and Laura Baggett persevere in their efforts to teach the Word of God. Buenos Aires, Argentina, is defined by diversity, which challenges the Baggetts and their 2 children, Cylia and Lucas, every day.

Laura Baggett paints a vivid picture: “In one city block, you might encounter a successful lawyer on his way to a meeting, a homeless child asking for money, a Peruvian woman buying vegetables from a Bolivian teenager, a talented Argentine playing an instrument, an immigrant from Senegal selling jewelry on the sidewalk, an elderly woman walking to the Catholic church carrying a picture of a saint while whispering a prayer to Mary, an Orthodox Jew dressed in a black suit and hat stopping by his business, a Muslim woman covered by her hijab walking closely with her children, an atheist university student waiting on the bus boasting a T-shirt with profanity, and an agnostic taxi driver wearing a red ribbon to ward off evil thought.”

Never Give Up When Someone You Love Is Lost

Never Give UP

As much as you love your family members and friends and desire for them to know Jesus, remember that God loves them more and His will is that all should be saved (2 Peter 3:9).

View your personal relationships as your missions field. Be intentional, but avoid appearing judgmental. Guard against being “holier than thou.” Always let your words and deeds be spoken and done in love. Sometimes this is difficult because of age differences and generational cultural changes. However, God does not change. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever—a fact people often forget or choose to ignore.

Trading Up: Hurt for Healing

Trading Up: Bible Stories That Move Us from Pain to Peace

Bartering was popular when I was a young mother. That was the way we often managed to have better clothes for our children, haircuts, music lessons, or even luxuries such as massages. The idea was to trade with your friends: your talents for their knowledge, your professional skills (i.e., hairdresser) for theirs (i.e., masseuse). Oftentimes we knew we had really “traded up.” We were thrilled with our bargaining powers.

The plan was our way of taking what we had and trading it for what we needed. Using this same principle, Janet Erwin and Murselle McMillan wrote Trading Up: Bible Stories That Move Us from Pain to Peace. This WMU resource is designed, through the use of Bible stories and study guides, to help victims of post-traumatic stress disorder trade up: fear traded for hope, anger for forgiveness, and guilt for truth. Giving pain up to God and receiving His gift of healing in return is trading up at its best.

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