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.

The Battle To Believe

“I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours.”
– Mark 11:24 NLT

The year 2011 was not a good year financially for many people. The recession continued, people lost their jobs, and some lost their houses. Giving to churches, missionaries, and other charitable organizations were down.

As was the case with many others, so it was with us: our income dropped considerably last year. As I thought about this, I became very discouraged. A dark cloud of unbelief settled over me. I found it very difficult to believe that God would continue to provide for us. For a while, things looked bleak, almost hopeless.

I consider myself to be an optimist.  I believe that God will take care of us, and I try to encourage others to believe the same. However, on this occasion it took every ounce of strength that I had just to believe. In the middle of a spiritual battle simply believing what you know to be true can be a great challenge.

When everything is going well and you feel very close to God, it is easy to believe. It seems foolish to think you would ever doubt.  But during times of testing or times of spiritual attack, it can be very difficult to believe. Spiritual warfare is real.

Luke speaks of the time when Jairus was struggling to believe.  He received word that his daughter had died. “Hearing this, Jesus said to Jairus, ‘Don’t be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed’ ” (Luke 8:50 NIV).

I am reminded of another father who had to wrestle with unbelief.  His son had an evil spirit that robbed him of his speech. It caused him to have seizures and sometimes would throw him into the fire to try to kill him. The disciples could not cast it out. When the boy was brought to Jesus, the demon “threw the child into a violent convulsion, and he fell to the ground, writhing and foaming at the mouth” (Mark 9:20 NLT).

The father said to Jesus, “Have mercy on us and help us, if you can.”
Jesus responded, “What do you mean, ‘If I can’?”  “Anything is possible if a person believes.”  Then the father cried out, “I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief” (Mark 9:22-24)!  This father had to fight to believe.

Believing is not only the battle that we must win, it is the work that we must do.  Jesus says, “This is the only work God wants from you: Believe in the one he has sent” (John 6:29 NLT).  We all have been called to believe, and not just in His promises, but also in the person of Jesus, “the one he has sent.”  Even when we find it difficult, we must believe.  For “all things are possible to him who believes” (Mark 9:23 NKJ).

Helping Missionaries Win the Battle

WIM is more than just another missions agency.
It’s a family.

We will serve you, train you and care for you,

WIM is a close-knit family of individuals with big dreams for the nations. We operate through personal relationships with our members. We are a family. When asked what WIM is, any one of our missionaries will tell you that it is a family. As a core value, committed relationships are the heart of our organization. WIM can help its members to be the most effective missionaries possible, enabling us to accomplish much more together as a family than would be possible as individuals.