Please pray for the Lord’s direction for long-term ministry, and for strength and grace as she teaches school children in Togo.
Please pray for direction as Earl prepares literature, and that many would come to Christ through the Gospel message in these materials.
Please pray for wisdom and for the Lord to be magnified in their Bible study, and that many would be reached for Christ.
Please pray for balance in her work in the orphanage ministry. Pray for good health and praise for the orphan girls’ openness to the Gospel.
“It’s not safe!” some protest. “You could get mugged, kidnapped or even killed!” Since when does missionary work not involved risk? Since when should risk be a deterrent to following the Lord?
FIM missionaries in politically unstable areas are very aware of the risk. On December 9, 2014, Cephas & Nguhemen Tushima wrote, “If this continues this way, it will no longer be a matter of if, but when the Islamist fighters will reach us where we are again.” Two days later, a bomb was detonated in the city where the Tushimas live and minister, killing at least 31 people. The Tushimas and those they minister with are fine.
People take risk all the time just for fun. Taking wise risk for the sake of Christ is not foolish. John Piper wrote, “There are a thousand ways to magnify Christ in life and death. None should be scorned. All are important. But none makes the worth of Christ shine more brightly than sacrificial love for other people in the name of Jesus.”
In Islamic countries, it could take years for people to understand the Gospel and come to faith in Jesus Christ. However, certain times of the year present greater opportunities.
FIM missionary, Steve, in North Africa, wrote that this Christmas was a great occasion to share about Christ. “Quite a lot of children turned up this year. We are thankful that the seed was sown in their hearts. We continue to give out calendars for the New Year.”
Steve is also excited about a man who comes regularly to services. He also brings his children to the church services. Steve is praying that this man will understand the Gospel and receive Christ as their Savior.
Kathy Stucky provides education for a large missionary family in a remote location in Brazil. Three of the siblings and some friends organized a teen camp December 19-21 with the theme of being a good soldier of the Lord. They organized many activities such as soccer, volleyball, swimming, riding a zip line, soap-suds games, a hiking trail with many obstacles that included strap line walking and mud slides, and other fun activities. Of course there was the usual food, snacks, and more importantly, singing, devotional times, teaching from God’s Word, and counseling times.
The camp was well attended. One participant said, “I’ve never attended anything like this before.” Another made a profession of faith seeming to understand clearly that salvation is in Christ alone. Some are beginning to have daily devotions with God. Still another one is now coming to church, bringing her dad.
The team, also, did a Gospel presentation and children’s games in two Indian villages nearby. They also helped with the annual Christmas outreach with food, games, and Gospel presentation.
This document is designed to help you develop and refine your personal mission statement. Here are the introductory paragraphs. We invite you to download the PDF and follow the steps to help refine your understanding of what God is calling you to do.
Laurie Beth Jones, in her book, The Path, states that “having a clearly articulated mission statement gives one a template of purpose that can be used to initiate, evaluate, and refine all of one’s activities.”
“Mission” is defined as a specific task that a person or group is sent to perform. Having a personal mission statement helps you to focus on what God has called you to be and do.
“Vision” can be defined as looking into the future and visualizing the results that you anticipate happening as a result of your mission and the plan of action that is implemented. Developing a personal mission statement is the first step in identifying/clarifying what God has called you to do. This becomes the basis for formulating your ministry plan.
Romans 1:5, expresses in a few words the personal mission statement of the Apostle Paul. “Through him and for his name’s sake, we received grace and apostleship to call people from among all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith.”
There are several simple steps that you need to take to develop your mission statement.
Choosing a mission agency is a crucial decision that will affect both the joy
and the effectiveness of your ministry for a long time. Prayer and communication
can help you make the right choice. There are many good Mission Agencies, but not
every one may be right for you. Finding the agency that best fits you and your
ministry takes some work, but it’s well worth it.
We hope this document will assist you in thinking clearly about what will make an agency fit your call.