There are still people in the world who regularly support missionaries and their ministries as a part of their regular giving. What are they like? Why do they support the work of missions when others don’t?
Below are a few reasons why people like us support missionaries.
People like us support missionaries.
People like us give because we know.
We know that missionaries live solely by the love gifts of others. Their good work doesn’t get done without a team of financial partners.
People like us give because we trust.
We give to people we trust because we know that their character and/or have seen their consistency.
People like us give because we care.
We actually care about the causes our missionaries represent. We may not be able to do everything, but it doesn’t stop us from doing something.
People like us give because we see worth.
We believe that our financial support actually has eternal value and worth in the sight of God and real people are impacted.
People like us give because we are thankful.
We realize that God has blessed us to be a blessing and our offerings are a tangible sign of our thankfulness.
People like us give because we are intentional.
We take time to really pray about what we should do and then we do whatever we hear. We actually go to the site and pull out our check card.
People like us give because we love Jesus.
We have been given so much because of what Jesus has done for us. We believe that Jesus is worth sharing with the world!
Please share if you are like us!
How did J. Hudson Taylor- founder of the China Inland Mission, now known as OMF, last in his faith till the very end despite the intense trials and tests of faith he experienced?
He was a man who had a powerful experiential union with Jesus Christ, but he was also a man who did not live by experience alone.
What kept him going? What did he “learn” that we can also learn?
Piper lays out three specific qualities he found in his study of Taylor’s life.
Watch it until the end to find out…
I recently wrote this short history of our campus, known by many as the U.S. Center for World Mission . Based in Pasadena, CA the campus has a rich history and legacy.
Part of my role has been to anchor our organization in that legacy while looking to the horizon for a new generation.
I hope you enjoy the story. It is a story of the intersection of intercession, faith, and missions.
A Panorama of the Former Pasadena College Before It Became the U.S. Center for World Mission.
The land on which this campus sits was once known as the Hugus Ranch. It was owned by one of the wealthiest men in Pasadena, rancher and business man John Hugus. He sold the land to the newly formed Nazarene denomination.
This campus was officially founded in 1910 and came to be known as the Nazarene University, later to be known as Pasadena College. The auditorium was completed in 1944. A.E. Spanner chronicles its amazing history in the book The Key Works.
In 1973, the Pasadena College was relocated to Point Loma in San Diego. The campus remained up for sale for the next three years and was said to have received over 200 offers for purchase, but no one was able to obtain it.
Erik Stadell, the Missionary Intercessor
In 1974, God sent a Swedish man to Pasadena to attend Fuller Seminary. He needed a home to rent for he and his family and was offered a place near the campus by one of his professors. This man’s name was Erik Stadell. He was an intercessor and would frequently take prayer walks around the campus; admiring its beauty and wondering what God might do with this place.
While on one of his walks, he passed a small prayer chapel in the middle of the campus and was allowed to enter by a security guard. As he prayed, he was arrested by the Holy Spirit in prayer and did not leave the chapel for a whole week. He emerged “absolutely certain” that the campus would become a “center for world mission” and could not be used for any other purpose.
Ralph Winter, the Missionary Activist
As the same time, Dr. Ralph D. Winter, a Pasadena native and former pioneer missionary to the Mam people of Guatemala, was teaching in Fuller seminary’s newly formed School of World Mission. In 1974, he was invited to address global leaders at Billy Graham’s Lausanne Conference on World Evangelization. In his presentation, he demonstrated the reality that there were still thousands of ethnic people groups completely cut off from any current outreach efforts.
A Collaborative Center
Upon returning to Pasadena, Winter felt that he must act to get the message out about these “hidden peoples.” He began to think of the idea of a collaborative center for world mission that would wave a banner for the last remaining unreached people groups. His desire was to bring together many different groups to work on the problem and find new solutions for breakthrough. He saw the campus as a place for “prototypes, experiments, and movements” that would impact the unreached.
Risking It All
Winter risked his reputation and his livelihood and stepped out with only $100 to his name to purchase the campus. God gave him favor and he obtained the right to purchase. He began raising funds through a small gift campaign where he encouraged people to give a $15.95 gift to help purchase the campus.
Awakening A Generation
By purchasing the campus, his primary goal was to awaken 1 million evangelicals in America to the cause of the unreached peoples. Through the hard work and sacrifice of many, young and old, his dream became a reality. Before his death in 2009, he was name by TIME magazine as one of the top 25 evangelicals in America.
The dramatic story of the founding of the U.S. Center for World Mission and the impact it has had on the world can be read in the book I Will Do A New Thing by Roberta Winter. (Now available on Kindle)
A New Day
Over the last couple of years, fresh collaborative partnerships have formed on the campus with the aim of seeing a missions renewal movement focused on the last remaining frontiers of God’s global mission emerge for a new generation.
Everything in life and ministry continues to move forward in surprising and new ways.
The scripture for this update is Isa 43:19,
“For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it?”
Mission Frontiers July-Aug Edition, Guest Edited by John Lambert
In February, our third son was born “healthy and strong.” Having a new baby has meant a whole new world of adjustments, but we are really enjoying being parents to this precious addition. Our other two boys love him and are great big brothers. Jacqueline is loving being a new mom again, even though she is still missing out on lots of sleep!
We recently moved into a new home. My family and I were privileged to move into the home of our late founder, Dr. Ralph D. Winter. God faithfully also provided a house full of nice furniture by an unknown missionary surgeon and his wife who were looking to “bless a missionary family.” Great story that I don’t have space to go into here, but amazing in timing and quality! We also inherited the beautiful gardening work of Dr. Winter’s wife, Barb. I am now on watering duty.
For the last year I have been project manager on a major initiative that is renaming, rebranding, and relaunching our ministries; the U.S. Center for World Mission, the Frontier Mission Fellowship, and our historic 17 acre ministry campus along with the creation of a new collaborative lab space focused on missions. I will be presenting an internal roll out to over 150 of our staff and their families within the next couple of weeks! I am also taking the lead on the external roll out in the months to come. Lots left to be done.
We recently published the July-Aug edition of our ministry magazine, Mission Frontiers, which I guest edited and helped to write. This edition’s theme is “Lifestyle of Prayer: A Furnace for Mission.” The main article, Critical Mass, was written by me as well as many other articles and interviews.
The strength of this edition for me is that the content spotlights the collaborative partnerships that I have been involved in developing over the last two years. The edition will be sent all over the world soon and will be available online for free starting in July. I hear that 3,000 free copies will be given out at very popular minister’s conference in the days to come. I hope you can check it out and share the articles!
In July, I will be traveling to share our stories and raise support for our work. My trip July 10th-22nd will take me on brief stops in Baton Rouge, Pensacola, Atlanta, and Charlotte. If you are interested in inviting me to minister or speak at your church or event within the next year, contact me. I am forming my schedule now for 2015.
While in Pensacola, I will join many friends for the 50th Anniversary of Liberty Church. I will be sharing briefly with those in attendance on how God started my missions journey through the influence of Liberty. After the celebration, I am happy to announce, I will be receiving new ordination through the Church Foundational Network (CFN). I believe the Lord has led me back to my roots. I look forward to serving the Liberty and CFN family in the in the years to come and growing our relationship.
After my short trip to connect and raise support, I will return to Pasadena just in time for the last half of “21 Project.” This event was something I, along with our Youth With a Mission (YWAM) partners, worked hard to see happen on our campus. I look forward to meeting the founders of YWAM, Loren and Darlene Cunningham, as well as the nearly 200 university students who will be with us from all over the West Coast. I have great expectations for what God will do through this event!
Beyond July I will be back in Atlanta for the North American Mission Leader’s Conference and then back in Los Angeles for the Exponential West conference at Saddleback Church. Moving toward the new year I am looking forward to being with tens of thousands of young people at the OneThing conference in Kansas City along with the OneThing leadership summit where I hope to share our PRIME vision.
PRIME is a new initiative that I am currently helping to shape here at the Center. It stands for Prayer, Research, Innovation, Media, and Engagement. It is a strategy focused on the least reached people groups in the world. Many major global partners have already shown strong interest. You will hear more about PRIME before the end of the year. I am so excited about this work and it is fulfilling a word from the Lord that was given to me when Jacqueline shortly after our marriage.
By the way, in June we celebrated 13 years as a couple on mission together!
The new year 2015 puts me in Southeast Asia for at least three weeks, meeting with global leaders and traveling to meet with indigenous leaders doing evangelism and outreach to their people. I hope to present a paper that will become a part of a book that is published by William Carey Library Publishers.
Well, this is the end of this “short” report!
I invite you to partner with us as a new partner! We would be honored to have you on our team and pray for you as we work to serve in the realm of frontier missions.
Click here to join us today.
What does it look like for innovative thinkers to combine their talents with a desire for social good that makes an impact among unreached people groups in places like India?
One recent example of how the world of innovation converged with the world of social good is through the work of a company called Wello. Though Wello is not specifically a missional social enterprise, they are an interesting case study for those who might consider following in their innovative approaches and adding a missional component.
The folks at Wello started by asking the question, “How might we improve the experience of collecting, storing, and using water?” It was a simple question that had great potential impact on the lives of women and girls in rural India if they could find the right answer.
With a population of over 1 billion people, India has many women who have to gather water daily from long distances. They are affected in many ways. In short, the daily burden of water collection undermines productivity, limits educational opportunities and traps households in poverty. Wello focuses on reducing the negative social, economic and health consequences of carrying heavy loads of water over long distances.
Watch Cynthia Koenig tell the Wello Water Wheel story at TEDx. Great stuff!
I hope some of you reading will be inspired to bring together innovation, social good, and missional focus into similar projects that turn “crisis into opportunity” for good. There are many other problems among the unreached peoples that could potentially be impacted by innovative solutions motivated by social good.
And in our case, innovative solutions fueled with a passion to share the Good News of Jesus, both in word and in deed.