Mission Stories

Pray for Missionary Families as You Pray for Your Family

silhouette of a family of six

Families around the globe have a lot of similarities. As you pray for your family members and situations, take a moment to pray for missionary families because they are experiencing the same things: meal preparation, laundry, schooling, illness, discipline, and sharing the good news.

Trusting God to Provide

Debi Sharkey with her husband

“I was a new college student and completely broke,” recalled Debi Sharkey, head chaplain for a maximum-security prison in Louisiana. “I had used the last of my toothpaste. I needed a few dollars to do my laundry and buy toothpaste, but I wouldn’t get paid for a few weeks.”

Missionary Spotlight Update: John Mark Toby

John Mark Toby portrait

Director of Missions John Mark Toby shares that the Warren Association of Baptists in Bowling Green, Kentucky, is using the associational missions offering in 2019 to finish the building for its International Ministry Center.

Missionary Spotlight Update: Ken and Kathy Woods

Woods family portrait

If you were to ask Ken Woods what he believes is the most important aspect of keeping one’s faith strong on the missions field, he would have one answer for you—stay connected to God through His Word.

Bringing Living Water to a Desert Wasteland

aerial photo of Asian desert

An enormous desert where Pakistan, Iran, and Afghanistan meet is home to the Baloch, a Muslim people group.

Igniting Faith, Community, and Mission in Illinois

two people looking at the Bible together

“Our vision is to see the community radically transformed by the love of Jesus Christ, and our mission is to ignite faith, community, and mission in the hearts of broken people like us,” said Levi Hart, lead pastor of Ignite Church, in Br

Missionary Spotlight Update: Jamie Thompson

As you read about Jamie Thompson and his ministry in Garfield Park, a community in Chicago, you probably had some questions about the logistics of this ministry.

Missionary Spotlight Update: Mike Rhodes*

Hmong woman

“My entire team is made up [of] Hmong refugees,” said Mike Rhodes*, a church planter with his wife and 4 children in East Asia. All the people on his team left Laos as children. They lived in a refugee camp in Thailand. Later, they settled and received their education in the United States.

What a Simple Invite Can Do

Melissa's baptism at Connect Church

“The 2 of us ‘parachuted’ into the city with no team and no relationships,” Dan Sweaza shared. “We were truly starting from ground zero.”

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