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.

Make Love Known

By Sarah Pennington

“I saw something beautiful happen today. Our family was having a drink in a cafe when a gypsy child came in with an outstretched hand asking for money. We gave her some rubles and then talked with the boys about what had happened. As we left the cafe about thirty minutes later, we met the child again. She was begging on the stairs. Samuel smiled and waved and Joshua ran to her and threw his arms around her, hugging her tight. Her little face broke into a HUGE smile. My heart swelled with understanding.

“For a few seconds, she was not a beggar, but a best friend.”

She literally came alive with just a hug. She was ecstatic! For a second, she was a different child. She stands on those stairs, in the cold, in her ratty dress and probably gets ignored all day. For a few seconds, she was not a beggar, but a best friend. I realized, if she doesn’t know that I love her, then it is my fault. This moment started something in our hearts, and we are praying about it. The truth is, no one will know my love unless I make it known. So let’s make it known. Let’s love.”


Sarah and her husband Chad have a vision for sharing Christ, making disciples, and loving intentionally. They are passionate about taking back what the enemy has stolen and are committed to living a natural life in a supernatural way.

Missionary Life: The Joys and Hardships of Living in Another Culture

Living in another country and culture that is not your own can be both exciting and overwhelming. There are ups and downs, good times and bad times, victories and defeats. Have you ever lived overseas or in a different culture? Here are a few of the joys and hardships of cross-cultural living.

THE JOYS: 

  • Enjoyable and lasting friendships
  • Sharing the gospel with millions of people who have never heard of Jesus
  • Doing something we whole-heartedly believe in
  • Developing a greater understanding for God’s love and heart for the world
  • Fresh and cheap food
  • Getting to know yourself better
  • Learning how to live, thrive, and find joy in the uncomfortable

THE HARDSHIPS: 

  • Trusting in God’s provision in all areas of life: financially, emotionally and spiritually
  • Being challenged to rely more fully on God
  • Being homesick and missing friends and family
  • Not being fully known or understood by either our passport country or our host country
  • Bartering when you’re out and about in the markets
  • Learning where to focus your time
  • Learning to rely on God for everything including, finances, energy, joy, peace, health, food, rest, etc.
  • Driving a vehicle in the elements (rain, wind, beating down heat)
Have you ever lived cross-culturally?
We’d love to hear about your experience.

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9 Tips for a Great Newsletter

You’re on your way to writing a great newsletter!

Below are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind as you sit down and write about your latest trips and experiences.

  1. Ministry vision tagline

    What is your vision? If you don’t have a vision, you’re wasting your time. My guess is, if you’ve made it this far, you have a vision. Allow God to develop it. Ask yourself this, “What is the story of my vision?” This will help you if you are having a hard time articulating your vision. Tell the story through the eyes of those impacted.

  2. Keep it short

    One page is plenty. Two pages should be your maximum. Quality trumps quantity.

  3. Big action pictures

    When choosing photos, use more action shots than stiff poses.

  4. Identify your audience

    Consider targeting those who already have a passion for missions work.

  5. Use true stories to connect

    Short ministry stories will impact the reader much more personally and deeply than an itinerary of events or a dry list of strategies and projects. Avoid sermons (unless that’s your theme).

  6. Prayer requests

    These are a good addition to your publication, provided the list is concise. Follow-ups on answers to prayer are also highly recommended.

  7. Make it personal

    People want to support you! Don’t send a generic letter from the team when you can send a personal letter from you. While you might share some details about your team, also include what your hopes, fears and needs are.

  8. Be Personal

    Instead of writing to a large group of people, write as though you are writing directly to one specific person.

  9. Gratitude Sandwich

    Start your letters with a sentence that reflects how thankful you are for the support you’ve received. Then, end your letter with gratitude as well. Thank them in advance for whatever way they choose to support you.

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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