Over the last few weeks, Mexico has been hit with some of the strongest earthquakes in her history. This has left thousands homeless and countless others facing a long and uncertain road to recovery. There are communities in southern Oaxaca that are completely destroyed. Mexico City, Cuernavaca and many areas around south central Mexico sustained substantial damage. Hundreds have been killed and thousands injured
WIM has a special project set up to receive donations that will go in their entirety through our missionaries to the people affected.
Below is a link to our donation form where you can give online to help rebuild and restore what was lost through these natural disasters in Mexico. Once you are on the page, under “Special Projects,” you can give to “Disaster Relief 5000.”
Checks may be written to WIM with “5000” in the memo and mailed to the office at the address below.
World Indigenous Missions
PO Box 310627
New Braunfels, TX 78131-0627
Thank you in advance for helping with this project.
This article titled, State of the World and Finishing the Task, was originally posted by David Joannes in the Within Reach Global blog on November 16, 2016. Photo by Sharon Christina Rørvik on Unsplash
In an article titled, State of the World and Finishing the Task, David Joannes, founder of Within Reach Global, explains the state of the world with regards to reaching the unreached. Here’s what he has to say:
“Missionaries generally want to share the breakthroughs and powerful testimonies with you. To be clear, there are amazing things happening in the world and there are pockets of revival around the world.
But I feel led to share with you some of the dark realities of global missions. Eugene Bach shared something similar in his recent, incredibly moving podcast from Back To Jerusalem, Episode 162: A Crisis In The Church—What You Are Not Being Told. As you listen, I’m sure you will be blown away with the hard reality of unreached and unengaged people groups.
First of all, start by watching this video: State of the World: The Task Remaining. This post is adapted from globalfrontiermissions.org
What?! It’s the 21st century and they still haven’t heard the Gospel message? Yes. Keep learning…
Only 1 out of every 1,800 Christians decide to serve as a cross-cultural missionary. Total cross-cultural missionary task force: 400,000.
These numbers do not add up. Or in the very least, they reveal our lack of concern and priority for those who have never heard of Jesus before.
Something has to change. We need a new catalyst, a new paradigm, a radical compassion to spark in our hearts for the unreached world
Don’t be overcome by the “out of sight, out of mind” syndrome. God sees these precious ones and loves them immensely. Will you allow your heart to be broken with the things that break the heart of God and bring the Gospel message to those who have never heard before?”
“We need a new catalyst, a new paradigm, a radical compassion to spark in our hearts for the unreached world.” -David Joannes
Won’t you join God in what he is doing around the world? Let’s not forget the voiceless and those that have never heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Do you feel God leading you into becoming more involved with missions and reaching the unreached? Take the first step by contacting the WIM office, exploring our site and recent blog posts, or by giving to support those who are already on the field. You can also subscribe to our newsletter, WIM Flash, to get the latest updates on WIM and it’s missionaries. As David Joannes says in the original article (State of the World and Finishing the Task), “Don’t be overcome by the ‘out of sight, out of mind’ syndrome. God sees these precious ones and loves them immensely. Will you allow your heart to be broken with the things that break the heart of God and bring the Gospel message to those who have never heard before?”
To read more articles like these, check out Within Reach Global.
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.
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.