INTERNATIONAL MISSIONS FIRST AMBASSADOR TRIP
On October 17, the first International Missions Ambassador Team, led by Africa Area Director Bryce Whiting, left for Liberia. Ambassador team members (Rev. Paul Kneeland, Rev. John O. Jones, Rev. John Walsh, Miss Chelsea Date, Mr. Chase Bradley and Ms. Emily Pires) left to experience firsthand African culture and a taste of what God is doing and has planned for our Liberia AC Conference. The team will have the opportunity to share their experience of ministry in Liberia with their church members, friends and families.
CHRISTMAS IN OCTOBER
How can your church say thank you to our Advent Christian missionaries? By contributing financially to Christmas in October. Weeks ago, your church should have received the Christmas in October materials by mail. We are now midway through October, but it’s not too late to help us show our gratitude to those who have given of themselves in missionary service.
Open air meetings to springboard a church
NEWS FROM TANZANIA
A church split and the discipline exercised over its pastor is rarely a topic that others like to read about. However, when it is conducted prayerfully, humbly and with the intention of restoring fallen comrades, the Holy Spirit moves mightily and it’s a story too good to keep to ourselves.
God wants you!
As I write, I (John Gilbert) am in the middle of planning my trip to Honduras with Cristo Salva in a few weeks. I enjoy these trips that I try to take each year, not because I am the Latin America Area Director, but because they allow me to use the talents and gifts God has given me. I am a converted introvert and time with people now energizes me. In any setting – visiting, praying, treating patients, meeting new people, I am in my element where God can use me.
Being a missionary in Mexico, I’ve heard most of the reasons why people don’t go on mission trips. One of the most common is, “What can I do to contribute?” Well, that’s not yours to decide – that’s God’s job. He just wants you to show up and allow him to use and develop you. You can be part of a silent drama at an outreach event. You can play with the school kids at a visit there. You can grab a screwdriver and fix a lock or a hinge or help sort clothes. God uses everyday people.
NEWS FROM OUR INTERNATIONAL MISSIONS DIRECTOR JEFF WALSH
What happens when you bring seven potential missionaries to Charlotte for a weekend, mix in three experienced missionaries as mentors and include four other missionaries as speakers and leaders? A lot of excitement, relationship building, in-depth discussions, storytelling, learning and growing. This is what happened at Explore Missions last weekend, September 20 – 22, 2019.