Missions Mosaic

Focusing Full Attention on Church Planting in Ohio

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Dave Wible planted his first church back in the early 1970s, when he was a college student. That 1 church grew to more than 300 members in 3 years and became a sending church for new church plants in other northeast Ohio locations.

Exalting His Name Together in Hungary

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Tena and Paul Brock’s wedding verse—“Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together” (Psalm 34:3 NKJV)—has been their focus throughout their marriage and on the mission field. As Southern Baptist missionaries, they exalt Jesus’ name in Nagykanizsa, Hungary, a city of more than 50,000 people in the country’s southwestern corner.

From Church Planter to Pastor and Coach

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Missionaries Travis and Kristi Hart look back on the 2 1/2 years they served as church planters in Minnesota’s Twin Cities area as a time of spiritual growth. The first church they launched in the suburb of Woodbury faced many obstacles including a threat of fines from neighborhood associations for door-to-door visitation by the church. “Within a week of a vote by our group of 20 to disband the work, the Lord led us to 3 families who felt God’s call to start a church in New Prague,” Travis said.

Creative Paths

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Missionaries David and Sanan Brazzeal work to connect with the artistic community in France: painters, musicians, writers, actors, dancers, cameramen, and others who love the arts. Their creative methods include helping operate a nonprofit art space and making large art projects such as public labyrinths. “We share with people wherever they are in their spiritual life and compare the labyrinth experience with the journey of following the way of Jesus,” David said.

Missionary Spotlight Update: Christy Dyer

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Christy Dyer displays her infectious smile and welcoming spirit wherever she goes. And she is always eager to share what God is doing in New York.

Serving an “Unreached” Area in the US

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Clay Holcomb said if his city were in another country, “we would almost be considered an unreached people group.”

Right Where God Wants Them

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Dylan Kade* says he’s seen God use all kinds of things to put people right where He wants them.

Missionary Spotlight Update: Yong Min and Lois Wang

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Missionaries Yong Min and Lois Wang and their daughter, Joyce, are experiencing their first holiday season in Uruguay. They were skeptical when they were told the whole country would be in holiday mode from Christmas to the carnival in February to Easter, but now they believe it! The weather is beautiful and many people vacation during this time. 

Going Where God Wants You to Go

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Born into a Hindu family, Dan Pokharel grew up in a small rural village in Nepal. “Poverty, illiteracy, limited opportunities, and caste discrimination have existed since Nepal’s formation,” Pokharel shared. “When expectations and desire for a better life are unattainable, many immigrate. With similar expectations, I also came to the US in 2001.”

Agreeing When God Says No

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“God has called me to missions,” Mary Ellen Ragains said to her husband back when they were only dating in college. He replied, “God didn’t call me to missions. I’m going into the local church ministry.”


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8.31.15

The WMU® Executive Board had gathered in the Kentucky Room at the national office for a regularly scheduled meeting. The day had been filled with committee reports, awards for scholarships and grants for a variety of individuals, and the usual business of WMU. As a second-year state president, I had come to love the comradery and fellowship with this group and looked forward to the two board meetings each year.

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