Missions Mosaic

Walking with the Wild Spirit


Pawa’a is a Hawaiian word that means wild, untamed. North American Mission Board church planter and pastor Arjay Gruspe started Pawa’a Community Church in Honolulu, Hawaii, 7 years ago.

Forsaking 2 Dead Sides for 1 Living Savior


“A few months ago, God showed me just how powerful His Word is and how He calls each of us individually,” said Jessica Taylor*, missionary to Sub-Saharan African peoples. She and a team member were teaching in a village one Sunday. It was a typical day, with much activity going on in the courtyard.

Missionary Focus Update: Earl and Robin Pinkston


Returning to Malta from a 5-month stateside assignment, Earl and Robin Pinkston are witnessing continuous local church growth. They are seeing a growing cooperation between churches, which has sparked a second summer women’s retreat. American and European short-term workers are assisting in the seed sowing and evangelism, and the Pinkstons are thrilled to have a new couple with a brand-new baby serving 2 years with them.

Seeing Changed Lives Makes Difficulty of Canadian Church Planting Worth It


Through a church plant in Mississauga, Ontario, Brett and Kathryn Porter minister to newcomers, especially refugees from all over the world: Namibia, Guatemala, Colombia, the Philippines, Uganda, the Dominican Republic, China, and Jamaica. “Over half of the people who live in Mississauga were born outside of Canada, so God has given us a heart for the nations here,” Kathryn Porter said.

Speaking the Language Opens the Door to Build Friendships with Displaced South Asians


Missionaries Burt and Susan Galvin* reach out to South Asian people who have left their home country for various reasons. “Many have been pushed out of their homeland because of their religious beliefs and are unable to return,” Susan Galvin said. “Some have come to find work because their families are unable to feed them. Almost all have left everything behind and are vulnerable.

Connecting Churches with Refugees Eases Their Transition to Las Vegas


About 45% of the 2 million people living in Las Vegas, Nevada, either were born outside the United States or speak a language other than English in the home. The tourist economy in Las Vegas attracts refugees from other countries who eventually find employment and develop independence.

Striving to be a Voice in the Lehigh Valley


Joseph Velarde lives in one of the least churched areas of the United States. As a church planter in Allentown, Pennsylvania, he cannot just put out a sign saying, “Church Services 11:00 a.m.,” and expect anyone to show up. The Lehigh Valley metro area (Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton) is not that kind of place.

Working the Night Shift in Brazil


Ramona Reese is a day person who needs 8 hours of sleep. Trouble is she lives in Rio de Janeiro, where “Brazilians work morning, noon, and night.”

Holding Out Hope in Cercado Lima


Quentin and Gina Roberts are not afraid to dream big. Despite the fact that they minister in a part of Lima, Peru, that is home to the addicted, the abandoned, and the sexually exploited, they have great hopes for this once proud city.

Missionary Focus Update: Mid-Valley CWJC/CMJC


Mid-Valley Christian Women’s Job Corps/Christian Men’s Job Corps in Fresno, California, needs your prayers. The number of board members has dwindled because of relocation, and those who remain work full time and are unable to attend board meetings and community venues where they can promote the ministry.

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It’s that time of year again! Children are back in school, wide-eyed young adults are on college campuses, and those of us in leadership in the church realize a new church year is upon us. Hopefully your WMU® leadership team has already met and developed a calendar of great missions learning experiences for all ages as well as ministry projects that will impact your community and beyond in the coming year.

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