Big Planet, Small World

The Cambridge Dictionary defines culture as, “the way of life of a particular people, especially as shown in their ordinary behavior and habits, their attitudes toward each other, and their moral and religious beliefs.”

There are a lot of people on this planet. In fact, there are over seven billion of us! We are spread across a place so big, that if a person could drive a car around the equator, they would travel over 24,900 miles.

These numbers seem huge, but if you think about it, we have been sharing this same planet for a very long time. So, while the vast amount of space and people has produced diverse cultures, we still share many things in common. Technology continues to lessen the cultural gap by increasing communication around the world.

No matter where people live, they smile when they are happy or cry when they are sad. As the saying goes, “Laughter is a universal language.” They also have worries and frustrations, and may even share a few of the same worries and frustrations we have!

So what’s the lesson? Don’t be afraid to connect with people from different cultures. Take time to get to know them and share about your culture as well. You may learn that you have more in common than you think. As Galatians 3:28 says, “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”

World Indigenous Missions Reaches GuideStar Platinum

WIM Reaches GuideStar Platinum

Great news!

World Indigenous Missions has earned the 2018 Platinum Seal of Transparency from GuideStar, the world’s largest source of nonprofit information. By sharing metrics that highlight progress WIM is making toward its mission, the organization is helping donors move beyond simplistic ways of nonprofit evaluation such as overhead ratios. We chose to display quantitative metrics to represent how hard WIM is working toward achieving our mission. We’re proud to use GuideStar Platinum to share our full and complete story with the world. To reach the Platinum level, we added extensive information to our Nonprofit Profile: basic contact and organizational information; in-depth financial information; quantitative information about goals, strategies, and progress toward our mission. To learn more about GuideStar Platinum, click here, or go to To learn more about GuideStar, watch their short video.

We’re thrilled that our GuideStar Platinum Nonprofit Profile and its associated benefits help us better communicate our organization’s exciting initiatives at a global scale!

2018 National Day of Prayer is May 3

NDP Promo from Cross Church on Vimeo.

What is the National Day of Prayer?

Enacted in 1952 by President Harry S. Truman, the National Day of Prayer calls for Americans of all backgrounds to join together and pray for our nation and its leaders. The National Day of Prayer website states that the theme this year is Pray for America – UNITY, based upon Ephesians 4:3 which challenges us to mobilize unified public prayer for America, “Making every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” Many communities throughout the United States hold various events and meetings in observance of National Day of Prayer. These events include prayer breakfasts, community gatherings, and National Day of Prayer church services. To find an event near you or to find ways to volunteer, be sure to visit the National Day of Prayer website here.

April is National Volunteer Month

Did you know? The month of April is designated as National Volunteer Month, and this year, National Volunteer Week is April 15-21! While volunteering is important year-round, this time is a wonderful chance to get involved and build awareness of local volunteer opportunities. This is also a great time to thank those who give their time, talent and energy to serving, so we extend our deepest gratitude to those who have volunteered.

World Indigenous Missions has many volunteer opportunities in our office here in New Braunfels, Texas. Some of the ways volunteers can serve include:

  • Stuffing envelopes
  • Working on the computer
  • Filing
  • Mowing/landscaping
  • Building maintenance
  • Helping organize events
  • Preparing meals for events

Would you like to help out, but don’t live in the area or maybe don’t have time? Below are some simple ways to help out from anywhere.

  • Follow our social media accounts. You can like our posts and share them with your friends and family to help build awareness. Our accounts include:
  • If you shop on Amazon, you can support WIM through AmazonSmile. When you shop through AmazonSmile, Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to WIM at no extra cost to you! You can shop online and help our missionaries out on the field at the same time! Instead of going to, visit, or follow this link –

These are a few ways to serve with WIM. For more information, or to get involved, contact us here.


I admit. I struggle with words, especially when it comes to prayer. I feel like nothing I say is worthy enough to be said to the Creator of the universe. Especially praying out loud. I fumble over what to say. I get overwhelmed because I want to make sure I pray the right words.

This has troubled me for some time but today I saw a wonderful Bible verse:

“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.”

Romans 8:26

This verse reminds me that even when I can’t find the right words, the Lord knows what is on my heart, whether it is something of praise or concern. There are times that I am so overwhelmed with the current situation that all I can say is “Thank you!” and/or “Help!” And while I may still turn bright red when asked to pray out loud, at least I have peace knowing that God knows what it is that I’m trying to say.