The Mission Church has chosen to focus on four specific partnerships for Global Missions: Southern Africa, the Dominican Republic, Spain, and India. By narrowing our focus to these locations, we have been able to build much stronger relationships with the missionaries and organizations.
This partnership started out in Kenya, but has since grown to include Zambia and the surrounding countries. One of the missionaries that we support is Joe Michael Kamau, who is the Africa Director for Xponent Ministries. We also support the Lighteners, who serve with Family Legacy, caring for Zambian orphans. We have taken multiple trips to Kenya and Zambia in the past, and are planning on doing more in the future.
Our church usually sends a group to the Dominican Republic every other year through Time Ministries. We also partner with Pastor Carlos and his church in Pica Pica, and have been a part of constructing several building for them over the past several years.
We support multiple missionaries in Spain, with a focus on discipleship and evangelism. Jeff and Carolyn Anderson live in Cantabria and run a discipleship program for youth. Also, Pablo and Rosa Gallego work with Partners in Evangelism in Malaga, and are focused on reaching young families with the gospel through sports and other activities. We have sent several groups to Spain for mission trips in the past, and hope to again soon.
Our focus on India has been somewhat unique in that we have focused much more heavily on the prayer aspect in this location. We have done several prayer treks through India, which have been truly incredible. We support T. Merang & Anungla Pongen, who are Indian nationals working with Pioneers, reaching the poor and illiterate of India.
Ready to get involved? There are a huge number of ways that you can help spread the gospel:
Prayer is incredibly impactful and should never be underestimated. During His time on earth, Jesus continually left us an example of blanketing ministry in prayer. And yet, so often we fail to pray until we are are in need of God's help. Adding a time of prayer for missions to your daily routine can make an incredible impact on those who are working to share God's word around the world. Each week we have a prayer sheet available at the welcome center that spotlights some organizations and people to pray for, both on a local and global scale.
Interested in learning more about God's plan for Missions? Here are a few good resources:
Perspectives is also an excellent course to take if you are interested in delving deeper into the meaning of Missions. It is a 15 week course, including speakers from numerous missions backgrounds. For more information, contact Jane Christiansen.
There are lots of opportunities available to put missions into action, from short term mission trips to local service projects. Short term mission trips are an amazing chance to serve God in a different country. Few things can compare to being immersed in a totally different culture for a week. Or, if you aren't able to participate in any of our global trips, there are always people in need in our own city. Check out the list of Missions events to see more information of what's going on right now.
Even if you are not able to go on a trip yourself, you can greatly help others who are going through financial support. International travel and living can be quite costly, so every gift is appreciated regardless of the size. Our church supports over 20 missionaries around the world, which all comes out of the Missions fund. If you are interested in giving specifically for missions, simply indicate that on your offering envelope.