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Working with Refugees, Stage 1: Get to Know Them

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Prayer must enwrap any program for faith-based work with refugees. God must be the One who gives the vision so steadfastness occurs when days are long, times are hard, and refugee stories are painful to hear.

Missionary Spotlight Update: Bill Barker

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In May 2017, while seeking direction for ministry, Bill Barker sensed God’s voice: “I am pruning you so that you can bear more fruit.” Effective January 1, 2018, the Georgia Baptist Mission Board called Barker to serve as state missionary/director of

So You Teach Mission Friends

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My church is in the construction process for a new building. I have to admit, it doesn’t look like much yet. The church made the decision many months ago to build this new building, but you can’t tell yet that there will be anything that even looks like a building structure. For many months, there was not any visible activity at all. Even though we could not see a building going up, work was being done to prepare for the building. Plans were drawn and finalized, contracts were signed, property lines were determined, and permits were secured. A couple weeks ago, we were able to see some action as they started clearing the land. Dirt is being moved around, and some large pipes are placed on the ground. It looks like a mess right now, but I know there is going to be a brick building one day that will be a place where our church family can meet and bring glory to His name.

Christian Women’s Job Corps leader travels from South Africa for training

By Trennis Henderson, WMU National Correspondent

Why travel from South Africa to Alabama to attend a ministry training conference? For Patricia Ihlenfeldt, the answer is straightforward and succinct: “to be encouraged and refocused and reenergized.”

Christian Women’s Job Corps graduate comes full circle as CWJC site coordinator

Margaret Roland, CWJC Site Coordinator

By Trennis Henderson, WMU National Correspondent

When Margaret Roland talks about the life-changing impact that Christian Women’s Job Corps can make, she’s speaking from personal experience.

Women’s Ministry Is Not the Enemy

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One of my favorite activities in college was being part of the women’s glee club. As a nonmusic major, this outlet gave me the opportunity to be part of something I loved while getting to know other women on campus I might not know.

Shift to Something New

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What an amazing summer.

Talking about Missionaries

What is a missionary?

Finn exclaimed to his dad, “I’m going to missionary!” He said it as if missionary was the name of a place. His dad just looked at him, not knowing what to say. Since this was Finn’s first session in Mission Friends, I was very impressed that he remembered the word missionary. This happened last week at the end of our Mission Friends session as parents came to pick up their preschoolers. This was our first session in the new church year, and we had a whole new set of preschoolers who moved into our class. We have 3s and 4s, but it so happened that our entire group for this first session were 3s who had never been in Mission Friends before. Most of them were not familiar with the term missionary.

Moving Up to Children’s Missions

Moving up to the children's area at church is a big deal! This is the first transition from one age level to the next for preschoolers in your church. What can you do to make this a smooth transition for your Mission Friends who promote into GA, RA, or CA?

Show Your Children How to Love Their Neighbor

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“Please hear me, girl. The world has enough women who know how to do their hair. It needs women who know how to do hard and holy things.”—Ann Voskamp

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