Missions Mosaic

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.

Missionary Focus Update: Anthony and Judi Stover


Anthony and Judi Stover* and their 3 daughters have been in their new location in Southeast Asia for several months now working with South Asians. Anthony Stover teaches English with a local organization, and Judi Stover homeschools the children and is busy making friends in their new environment.

Easter Traditions = Open Doors in Central Asia


Kathryn Philips*, a worker in Central Asia, has many restrictions placed on her sharing of the gospel. Despite the limitations, Easter has always been a great opportunity for spiritual conversations and open doors.

Spring Brings Opportunities to Enjoy the “Son” in Canada

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Easter is one of the first long holiday weekends of the year. It is also one of the first weekends of sunshine and blue skies. The nice weather signals residents of Burnaby, British Columbia—many of whom are international students—to head outdoors for gardening, recreation, and exercise. Families have more time to stop and visit with old acquaintances and strike up conversations with newcomers.

It’s Raining Eggs in Michigan!


A rainstorm consisting of 3,000 candy-filled plastic eggs was surely not on the weather map for that Saturday in April. But Pastor Scott Blanchard was aware of the forecast and had planned every detail. However, he underestimated how many people would show up for the Easter egg drop. There were 10,000 families who witnessed the event and caught the falling eggs.

Engaging in a Spiritual Battle in Zambia

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God called Gerri Helton to the mission field when she was 14. “But He had much ‘work’ to do to/in me before He was ready to send me to the mission field. I was 57 years old when I got to the field here in the bush of Zambia,” Helton said.

Reaching Hispanics for Christ in San Antonio


“At 19 years old, I went to college in Ocosingo, Chiapas, where I first felt called to missions,” Olber Roblero said. Born and raised in Mexico, Roblero had parents who unknowingly prepared him for God’s call by taking the family door-to-door to share the gospel on weekends.

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When we met in Houston last year for the WMU® Missions Celebration and Annual Meeting, we launched the Join One Million Men campaign designed to address the issue of pornography. The goal was to raise awareness and encourage conversation in the church as well as develop a ministry plan to help men live free of pornography.

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