Holy Spirit in Action

By Chris Briles

While in Honduras last week with a team from Ferguson Church of the Nazarene, the fol­low­ing sto­ry occurred and it needs to be shared!

On Tuesday night, one of the team mem­bers, Betty, shared a sto­ry book pre­sen­ta­tion with the girls at PTC about the Holy Spirit. Also attend­ing the devo­tion time was a Honduran doc­tor who was vis­it­ing the min­istry and serv­ing the com­mu­ni­ty as well.

Betty shared a very pow­er­ful pre­sen­ta­tion on the Holy Spirit in English. The next night, the doc­tor, who knows very lit­tle English, was in a dis­cus­sion with two of the men from the team. He was com­ment­ing about the pre­sen­ta­tion, how much it meant to him and how well this old­er lady with a Scottish accent spoke Spanish. The two men both told the doc­tor that Betty does not speak Spanish and her pre­sen­ta­tion was com­plete­ly in English. The doc­tor con­tin­ued to insist that she was speak­ing in very good Spanish! Finally, they all real­ized that they had wit­nessed an Acts 2 type moment.

Never under­es­ti­mate the pow­er of what you are shar­ing, because we nev­er know how the Holy Spirit may work and what the lis­ten­er may actu­al­ly be hear­ing! Keep up the good work!


Chris and his wife Vonda have been part of WIM since 1998. They com­plet­ed lan­guage school and moved to Altotonga, Veracruz, Mexico, where they served for nine years evan­ge­liz­ing and dis­ci­pling youth and young adults. In 2008, they relo­cat­ed to New Braunfels, Texas, for Chris to serve at WIM head­quar­ters as Director of Operations. He now serves as President of the orga­ni­za­tion. In this posi­tion, he pro­motes the vision for the orga­ni­za­tion, net­works with church­es and like-mind­ed orga­ni­za­tions for the pur­pose of work­ing togeth­er, over­sees the dai­ly oper­a­tions of the office, rep­re­sents the mis­sion­ar­ies on the Board of Directors, and trav­els to vis­it and encour­age mis­sion­ar­ies serv­ing around the world. Vonda cur­rent­ly serves in the WIM office as a recep­tion­ist, pro­vid­ing assis­tance to the mis­sion­ar­ies and office per­son­nel. The Briles have three won­der­ful chil­dren, a love­ly daugh­ter-in-law, and one delight­ful grand­daugh­ter.

The Weaker Members

A tes­ti­mo­ny from a WIM mis­sion­ary

See 1 Corinthians 12:12–27

Recently at a prayer meet­ing in Mexico, we cel­e­brat­ed the Lord’s Supper. As the ‘bread’ came around, the per­son on my left made the com­ment, “This is the first time I’ve seen tor­tillas used in place of bread.” This is the sto­ry of why we used tor­tillas.

In November of 2016, I was diag­nosed with Celiac dis­ease, which means gluten caus­es a reac­tion in my intestines. This is an autoim­mune dis­ease and my body thinks that the gluten is an invad­er and my body attacks my intestines. It is painful and the aller­gic reac­tions are seri­ous.

This means that even a small piece of bread (like many church­es use to cel­e­brate the Lord’s Supper) can cause an aller­gic reac­tion that will last at least a week. I hate to be the guy at the restau­rant ask­ing ques­tions about the menu and explain­ing this, but that is me now. It also means that I abstain from tak­ing the Lord’s Supper when there are no oth­er gluten-free options.

Our mis­sions agency, World Indigenous Missions, has val­ues that we abide by. One of those val­ues is “Committed Relationships,” and sim­ply put, we do our best to love one anoth­er and to treat one anoth­er as fam­i­ly. This is not a fact to mem­o­rize with the mind, but it is some­thing that we do our best to live out prac­ti­cal­ly in the details; some­times the details are small, like a crust of bread. That crust of bread can cause a painful reac­tion to a per­son with Celiac, or it can make the Lord’s Supper a time of heal­ing.

1 Corinthians 12:26 says, “And if one mem­ber suf­fers, all the mem­bers suf­fer with it; or if one mem­ber is hon­ored, all the mem­bers rejoice with it.” At that par­tic­u­lar prayer meet­ing, our pres­i­dent, Chris Briles, joined us, and I men­tioned that I would prob­a­bly abstain from the Lord’s Supper. He told me that he would take care of it.  When he came around with the bread, I only saw one bas­ket and I thought that he had for­got­ten. When Chris came to me, he looked at me and smiled. To my sur­prise, I looked down and saw pieces of corn tor­tillas. It was in this con­text that my friend made the com­ment about this being the first time that he had seen tor­tillas used in the Lord’s Supper. I told him, “You don’t know the half of it! Those tor­tillas are for me!” Instead of suf­fer­ing and pain, I expe­ri­enced hon­or and heal­ing. These are fruits of Committed Relationships. Thank you, Chris, and thank you to every­one in WIM for your god­ly exam­ple.  

Five Missionaries Join WIM!

Hours of teach­ing by sea­soned mis­sion­ar­ies, great food, and even a float down the Comal River in New Braunfels, TX, com­prised this year’s ori­en­ta­tion and train­ing. Many months of prepa­ra­tion and prayer go into this eight-day event each year, and God answered our prayers for har­vest work­ers yet again. Five new mis­sion­ar­ies joined WIM and are prepar­ing to begin the next phase of our train­ing pro­gram.

The fol­low­ing local busi­ness­es, church­es and indi­vid­u­als were very gra­cious to pro­vide meals or dona­tions for ori­en­ta­tion. We are very grate­ful for their sup­port.

Bill Miller Bar-B- Q

HEB

Las Palapas

McBees BBQ

Montana Mike’s

Papa John’s Pizza

Shipley Donuts

Thank you to the fol­low­ing church­es and indi­vid­u­als for pro­vid­ing meals or dona­tions:

Christ our King Anglican Church

Creekside Fellowship

Freedom Fellowship – Owens Home Group

First Protestant Church of New Braunfels

River City Vineyard Community Church

Tree of Life Church

Eunice Bez

Dotty Collins’ home group

Win and Caroline Baggett

Fritzie Cox

Brian and Julie Gallichio

Mary Nell Hall

Mike and Paula Molz

Many, many thanks to all the vol­un­teers, speak­ers and WIM Staff who have ded­i­cat­ed their time, ener­gy and ser­vant hearts.

THANK YOU EVERYONE!

Praying for the Machete Wielding Chief

By Ron Mouser

What are you doing here?” barked the angry village chief with a machete in his hand.

I was with a group of our mis­sion school stu­dents in a small remote vil­lage that can only be reached by boat. On the way, we had been regaled with sto­ries of how the locals in this region are prone to take the law into their own hands… and how they don’t take kind­ly to strangers. We heard sto­ries about machete attacks, indi­vid­u­als being tied up… and how wood was stacked around one woman to set her on fire. Honestly, I had heard sim­i­lar scary sto­ries before about oth­er vil­lages where I worked with my fam­i­ly. In fact, that was exact­ly why I brought the stu­dents. Because sim­ply mem­o­riz­ing infor­ma­tion about how to make peace­ful con­tact in a poten­tial­ly vio­lent area is not the same as prac­ti­cal “hands on” expe­ri­ence. I did talk about strate­gies with the stu­dents but I am cer­tain what gal­va­nized the les­son in their minds was walk­ing through the process togeth­er in the adren­a­line of the moment. And it was effec­tive. About 10 min­utes after our fright­ful greet­ing, the machete wield­ing chief was sit­ting with his bar­ren wife and hold­ing her hand as the stu­dents and I prayed for God to give them chil­dren.

I have been in con­tact with the chief sev­er­al times since that vis­it and we are tak­ing a min­istry team to the area next month! Please keep us, the stu­dents and the school in your prayers as we push for­ward, togeth­er with your help, to obey the great com­mis­sion.

 


In September of 2008, Ron and Ivonne Mouser aban­doned all of their earth­ly pos­ses­sions that would not fit in a truck and moved to Arriaga Chiapas, Mexico, along with two young sons. In Arriaga, they helped in the admin­is­tra­tion of an orphan­age, shared the pas­toral respon­si­bil­i­ties of a local church, and built a thriv­ing youth min­istry. At the end of 2011, they left Arriaga to pio­neer a new work among the mar­gin­al­ized peo­ple groups liv­ing in the poor­est part of Mexico around the city of Comitan de Dominguez, Chiapas. Their cur­rent vision is to plant a youth-focused church based on a foun­da­tion of small dis­ci­ple­ship groups in homes and schools that will serve as an inter­na­tion­al train­ing ground for cross-cul­tur­al mis­sions. They now have four sons.

Writing Effective Newsletters

*Some of the infor­ma­tion in this arti­cle was tak­en from an arti­cle writ­ten by Ethan Kotel called How to Write Effective Copy


When writ­ing a newslet­ter, it is impor­tant to clear­ly com­mu­ni­cate your vision and pur­pose to your read­er. Below are some tips that will help you through the process of writ­ing your next newslet­ter.

1) Know Your Audience

  • Who is my audi­ence?

It is impor­tant when you sit down to begin to write that you con­sid­er who will be read­ing your newslet­ter. Think about each of your read­ers on an indi­vid­ual basis and as a whole. What is their age? What is their gen­der? What do they do for a liv­ing? How do they know you? What do they real­ly want to hear from you?

Use these pieces of infor­ma­tion to write a clear, more per­son­al­ized let­ter for spe­cif­ic groups of peo­ple or indi­vid­u­als.

2) Consider Your Platform and Format

  • Consider how your read­ers will receive your newslet­ter

Will you send it in an email, through MailChimp or Campaign Monitor, as a PDF, or will you send it out via “snail” mail?

  • Emails
    • Instead of writ­ing one email to your entire list, split your con­tact list by age, loca­tion, gen­der or oth­er cat­e­gories.
    • Create one basic email tem­plate and change it accord­ing to who will receive it. This will help you cre­ate a more per­son­al­ized email which will make your read­ers more like­ly to respond and engage with you.

3) Avoid being gener­ic

  • Use excit­ing action verbs that draw your read­ers in and inspire them to take action.
  • Clearly spell out what your read­er should do.
  • Make sure that every word you write has a spe­cif­ic pur­pose, is strong and force­ful, and moves the read­er into tak­ing action.

4) Edit

  • Ask your­self: Is this infor­ma­tion real­ly nec­es­sary?
  • Rewrite, rewrite, rewrite!

Go over your let­ter sev­er­al times to give your­self a chance to rethink sen­tences and infor­ma­tion you used. Ask a friend or a rel­a­tive to read it to gain a fresh new per­spec­tive. He/she may catch some­thing you missed.

  • Remember: Consider your audi­ence and what is appro­pri­ate for them.

It’s not hard to write effec­tive let­ters. By fol­low­ing these four tips, you can cre­ate more effec­tive and com­pelling newslet­ters which will inspire and moti­vate your read­ers into action and pos­si­bly turn them into sup­port­ers.