International Conference 2016

Over 80% of our mis­sion­ar­ies attend­ed the WIM International Conference this year in San Antonio, TX. Missionaries from dif­fer­ent parts of the world such as Japan, Mexico, Africa, Ireland, and India, came togeth­er for 5 days to learn, wor­ship, and be refreshed. It was like a huge fam­i­ly reunion echo­ing WIM’s core val­ue for com­mit­ted rela­tion­ships. On Tuesday, we went to Schlitterbahn Waterpark as a group to

Best Conference Ever!”

- Dale Pugh (WIM Missionary)

fel­low­ship with one anoth­er and to relax. Throughout the week, var­i­ous mem­bers of the WIM team spoke on dif­fer­ent top­ics such as pastoral/missionary rela­tions, com­mu­ni­ca­tion, Biblical sto­ry­telling, and stew­ard­ship. We had won­der­ful times of wor­ship and prayer. The theme this year was “One Generation to the Next: Passing the Baton.” Chuck Hall hand­ed over the pres­i­den­cy of WIM to Chris Briles, the new pres­i­dent of WIM. God’s hand was evi­dent at the con­fer­ence; many lives were touched and visions were plant­ed. It was an incred­i­ble time of mul­ti­ple gen­er­a­tions of mis­sion­ar­ies com­ing togeth­er in uni­ty as a fam­i­ly. A bless­ing to all who attend­ed, this con­fer­ence was made pos­si­ble because of the pro­vi­sion of God through many gen­er­ous peo­ple. 

 

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Be Ready In and Out of Season

By Patty Schmid

I climbed aboard the city bus head­ing down­town to St Paul for my den­tal appoint­ment. Soon after I took my seat, I had the feel­ing that Jesus want­ed me to share my faith. I had recent­ly learned how to share my per­son­al tes­ti­mo­ny in two or three min­utes, and then share the gospel mes­sage just as briefly, I had even done it a few times, so I had an idea what I could say, but with whom? No one was right next to me so I looked around me and silent­ly prayed, “Lord, is it the young lady across from me? Is it the woman in the seat behind me?”

I was a bit tak­en aback by the Lord’s qui­et answer, “I want you to stand up and share with every­one.”

Lord,” I argued, “Really? I’ve nev­er done that before.” While I wait­ed a few min­utes, wrestling with my feel­ings, sev­er­al more peo­ple got on the bus, and the urge to share only got stronger. “What if peo­ple don’t like it? What if the dri­ver tells me to be qui­et, or to get off?” I thought.  “Is this real­ly you, God?” I prayed.

Who else would it be?” came the answer. This made me smile, of course! I knew it wasn’t the dev­il. So I stood up and took a few steps toward the mid­dle of the bus and spoke loud­ly so that all of the 30 or more peo­ple could hear me.

I have some­thing to share with you all. I’m 61 years old now,” I start­ed, “but when I was 16, I was look­ing for mean­ing to my life like many young peo­ple do…” Everyone stared at me in stunned silence. No one said a word. One young man kept tak­ing the ear­bud out of one ear to lis­ten, then putting it back in.   I fin­ished my lit­tle sto­ry of how I found Christ and how my life has changed, then I began telling the good news. The dri­ver sent me a dis­ap­prov­ing look in his rearview mir­ror. “Some of you may think I shouldn’t be talk­ing like this, and maybe the dri­ver doesn’t like it either, but I was on the bus one day when a woman was curs­ing and yelling for sev­er­al min­utes, and the dri­ver said noth­ing. I think I should be able to say some­thing good.” Several peo­ple nod­ded slight­ly in agree­ment and I went on, “I’ve nev­er done this before, but I felt so strong­ly that I should share it, so I’m sure some­one on this bus real­ly needs to hear this. God loves each one of you very much and wants every­thing to go well with you.” Just then a young woman stood up to get off at her stop, and as she passed me, she hand­ed me a dol­lar bill. It sur­prised me, but I just smiled and said “Thank you!” then I con­tin­ued speak­ing, “The prob­lem is that we all make bad deci­sions that cause bad con­se­quences and make us feel like we can’t come close to God.” I told about God’s solu­tion, how he sent Jesus to pay for our bad deci­sions and made it pos­si­ble for us to have a rela­tion­ship with God. I told them about the deci­sion we all need to make.

When I fin­ished, I didn’t think to lead them in a sal­va­tion prayer, but I remem­bered a lit­tle book I had with me, with scrip­tures and help­ful com­ments.  I told them how good the book was, and asked if any­one want­ed it. I made eye con­tact with sev­er­al peo­ple, but no one took it. There was one young man close to where I was stand­ing who had lis­tened intent­ly to all that I said. I looked at him and said, “You want it don’t you?” He nod­ded, and took the book. Then I sat down.

I talked a lit­tle with the woman next to me, then it was time for me to get off. A lady got off with me and then said, “I agree with every­thing you were say­ing.”

That encour­aged me. As a mat­ter of fact, I was very excit­ed about what just hap­pened. 30 peo­ple just heard the good news! In the three blocks that I had to walk to the dentist’s office, I spoke to four more peo­ple. I’ll tell you about one of them. As I walked a woman approached me, “Excuse me, could you give me 35cents for the train?”

I smiled broad­ly, “Do you know what? Someone just gave me a dol­lar. I think this is for you.” I pulled the dol­lar out of my pock­et and hand­ed it to her.

Someone gave you a dol­lar?” she asked incred­u­lous­ly.

I explained briefly, and sug­gest­ed I walk with her to the train stop.

Okay but I have to walk slow­ly because of my knee,” she said.

Oh, I’m a direc­tor of Healing Rooms,” I said. “We pray for peo­ple and see mir­a­cles all the time. I would love to pray for you.”

We stopped right there and she allowed me to lay my hand on her knee while I com­mand­ed heal­ing in Jesus name. “Now check it out!” I said.

She moved her leg around and I could see by the aston­ish­ment in her face that her knee was healed! “It’s bet­ter!” She exclaimed.

I want to encour­age every­one to be bold and step out and fol­low Paul’s advice to Timothy: “Preach the word; be ready in sea­son and out of sea­son… do the work of an evan­ge­list, ful­fill your min­istry.” (II Timothy 4:2,5)


Patty and her hus­band John were called as mis­sion­ar­ies to Mexico in 1998. They were on the field full-time from 2000 to 2006. Since 2006, their min­istry has been more focused on heal­ing which includes inner heal­ing and deliv­er­ance. They are direc­tors of Healing Rooms in the USA and have received cer­ti­fi­ca­tion for inner heal­ing min­istry. They spend six months of the year in Mexico work­ing with Healing Rooms there. They are involved in the train­ing and encour­age­ment of prospec­tive mis­sion­ar­ies both in Mexico and the USA. Patty has authored a book called Sweetness and Light. John has authored Exploring the Father’s Heart: Love in Action, the first book of a series.

Fruitful Team Visit

Group of people standing in front of Japanese landmark

By Vicente & Janine Alvarado

In late June, a team from our home church vis­it­ed to put on a VBS along with a num­ber of oth­er out­reach­es. It was the first short-term team vis­it that we planned from start to fin­ish, so it was a tri­al run for us. We attempt­ed to put into prac­tice all we’ve learned to make it a fruit­ful trip. We put on sev­er­al children’s pro­grams to bless and boost ongo­ing children’s out­reach­es and min­istries. The response of the kids was amaz­ing — they learned and had fun doing so!  We also spent time prayer walk­ing with spe­cif­ic pur­pos­es each day. Not only was it a bless­ing for the peo­ple and min­istries in Japan, but also the team had a great time explor­ing and learn­ing more about this won­der­ful cul­ture. We look for­ward to see­ing the fruit that will come out of this trip!

Photo Credit: Angelito Van Dam


Vicente and Janine met each oth­er while serv­ing in Tokyo in 2010. They mar­ried in 2012 in the US and are now launch­ing back out to where it all began. Their vision is to see Japan trans­formed by the Gospel and a vibrant com­mu­ni­ty of believ­ers emerge to trans­form their cul­ture.

Seven New Missionaries Join WIM

Group of people studying missions

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. Seven 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.

Christ our King Anglican Church

Dottie Collins’ home group

Creekside Fellowship

Bill Miller Bar-B-Q

Blue Bell Creameries

CiCi’s Pizza

HEB

Las Palapas

Mamacita’s

Montana Mike’s

Shipley Do-Nuts

Naegelin’s Bakery

Dayspring Church

First Protestant Church of New Braunfels

Mary Nell Hall

Judy Holman

Nicole King

Paula Molz

River City Vineyard Community Church

Vonda Briles

Silo Food Bank

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

THANK YOU EVERYONE!

 

78% of Muslims will never meet a Christian — but these did

children surrounding van

By Lara Hochstetler

In March, I flew to Kurdistan to work with four beau­ti­ful women who live there long-term. These women are heroes, and they deeply impact­ed my life.

We just “hap­pened” to be vis­it­ing the same place Canon Andrew White was vis­it­ing. We had the hon­or of spend­ing quite some time with him, lis­ten­ing to sto­ries and learn­ing much. We even had our very own Easter ser­vice with him! Andrew is a patri­arch of the region and devotes his life to see­ing relief and rec­on­cil­i­a­tion there.

We spent a few after­noons with some beau­ti­ful Yazidi fam­i­lies. Yazidis are an eth­nic group pri­mar­i­ly from the Nineveh Region of Northern Iraq. Due to the cur­rent per­se­cu­tion and geno­cide, they have been forced to flee their homes. We played with their chil­dren, lis­tened to their sto­ries, and learned what they believe. My friends got to share the gospel with one fam­i­ly who then invit­ed them to come share sto­ries from the Bible. Previously, many Yazidis had been com­plete­ly unreached and now many are hear­ing about Jesus for the very first time.

In a refugee camp, we served a group of Muslim ladies who have been through intense trau­ma. Almost all of them have lost fam­i­ly mem­bers in bru­tal, bar­bar­ic ways. We sat with them as they processed through their pain using sim­ple art to express their inter­nal trau­ma. They opened up to us and trust­ed us with the hard­est and worst of sto­ries. As one mama began to share her sto­ry, we felt Holy Spirit’s gen­tle­ness come into the room and every woman began to weep. It was an hon­or to sit and hold these mamas’ hands as they cried. That day we got to be the tan­gi­ble pres­ence of Jesus to them.

It is known that 78% of Muslims will nev­er actu­al­ly meet a Christian. Their per­cep­tion of who we are comes from movies, sto­ries and gos­sip. If we will not be will­ing to go and show this region who Jesus actu­al­ly is, how will they ever know? This region is hun­gry for Him! Don’t believe the lie that Muslims are not open to the Gospel. It just sim­ply is not true. The har­vest is ripe and labor­ers are few, but praise the Lord, there are more and more peo­ple like the beau­ti­ful women who now live there long-term. They are run­ning into the dark­ness and to be avail­able for God to use there.


Lara joined WIM in 2014. She has a pas­sion for the Middle East and desires to work with lead­ers to teach her­itage, longevi­ty and lega­cy in all realms of soci­ety. Her desire is to see Kingdom her­itage and cul­tur­al trans­for­ma­tion by meet­ing prac­ti­cal needs and empow­er­ing peo­ple to see all that God has for them. Read more on her blog, The Journey of Trust.