WIM Mexico Conference 2018

By Vonda Briles

Recently, WIM missionaries from across Mexico gathered together in Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, for a Regional Conference – a time to refresh, encourage and build unity. This group of forty people, including guests, dedicated time together to “teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer” (Acts 2:42). A worship team formed from two local churches led us in wonderful times of worship. I was reminded of how beautiful it is to worship with believers of different cultures and languages, as Spanish and English mingled together, giving praise to God.

Each person had opportunity to share what God is doing in his or her location and area of ministry. We heard testimonies of relationships being restored, of people coming to Christ as Savior, and of God speaking through dreams. We were encouraged to hear that Mexico is sending out missionaries within its borders and across its borders to foreign lands. Several missionaries shared how God is uniting groups of pastors to meet for prayer to impact their communities and they are seeing the results of it.

During times of teaching, we focused on unity and having a kingdom perspectiveIn small groups we discussed challenges and advantages associated with kingdom perspective and personal steps to put it into practice. We were challenged to grow in leadership through listening effectively to others. What another great way to create unity in serving the Lord!

As we prayed together – for each other, for Mexico, for other nations – we joined our hearts in unity and deepened our relationships and commitment to each other. God brought healing as we prayed for each other.

As the conference drew to a close and goodbye hugs were shared, I believe each one went back to his place of service rested and motivated to continue in God’s work, empowered by the Spirit and strengthened through bonds of working together.

Vonda and her husband Chris​ 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. Vonda currently serves in the WIM office as a receptionist, providing assistance to the missionaries and office personnel. The Briles have a wonderful family of three children and a daughter-in-law, a son-in-law, and one granddaughter.

Home, in a Nutshell (Part 1)

By Janine Alvarado

I’m currently standing back in the flight attendants’ kitchen area bouncing my baby to sleep while on our trek across the Pacific. It’s been a good and exhausting trip— six plane rides for a total of 30-ish hours crossing the skies, many hugs, way too much food and an ever fluid schedule.

“It’s a new acclimation to the American way of life.”

Everyone asks how our vacation is going. “Vacation” is a debatable choice of words— something which our missions pastor and we laughed about just a couple days ago in his office.

I don’t really know how to describe trips back home now that we have kids. There’s a whole new spectrum both we and our kids go through on these trips.

We are house guests (well cared for, by the way). So we mind our P’s and Q’s and are thankful that our wonderful hosts use ear plugs for our middle of the night rendezvous with our kids.

It’s a new acclimation to the American way of life.  Finishing laundry in two hours is something that will never get old.  I secretly doubt people who tell me they love to line dry their clothes.  Clearly, they’ve never hung wet clothes in the winter and waited days for it to dry.  Besides, drier-dried clothes are so much softer, and my jeans go back to their correct shape.

We’ve been gone for three years now, and while our hosts ask us if there’s anything we’d like from the grocery store, I find myself trying to recall what American grocery stores actually have in them! They’re huge though.  HUGE.

Both of our kids went through bodily changes during their stay. A change of diet, new foods left little tummies unhappy. And— all American formulas are apparently enhanced with iron, which required us to figure out solutions for the after effects.

Pedialyte: life saver for both our kids. I think I will buy it first thing off the plane in the future. Maybe in bulk.

New schedules, new beds.

New people! Many of whom know them, but aren’t known by them.

Reuniting with grandparents and aunts, uncles, cousins. Sometimes facilitating that relationship was hard and painful. Sometimes it was easy. We made quite a scene at the airport when my almost 4 year old clung to grandma, saying she didn’t want to leave, she wanted to stay or go together.  We held up the security line as we sniffled and got our tickets and documents together and tried to do the right thing for everyone involved.

This same four year old every day, sometimes multiple times a day, asked for our schedule. “Where are we going, Mommy?” “Are there friends there?” I think her having a grasp on the schedule for the day was her way of feeling in control of her new environment.

New names. We joke because everyone she referred to as “hey, guys.”

But overall, it was an enjoyable experience. Not without many considerable difficulties— imagine a screaming, sick baby for hours on end on a flight. Or the many hours spent after the kids went to bed preparing diaper bags and activity bags and extra clothes and baby food and formula and carriers and whatever souvenir gifts or paperwork needed for the next day.

Supply lists, choosing when to run errands.

Coffee. Lots and lots of coffee.

That’s one of those good things (coffee and creamer…. what a dreamy concoction!). We had lots of great fellowship with people, great events, and so much love and support from people. People were so kind and understanding toward our kids. Many times, trusted friends would entertain our kids (when they allowed it) during events or at church missions tables.

And we survived. We learned. We grew through it.

And we thank our home communities for their love and support, to make our “not so vacation“ a very enjoyable trip.

Janine and her husband Vicente’s vision is to see Japan transformed by the gospel and a vibrant, well-equipped community of believers emerge, ready for all God has for them! Their goal is to further the Kingdom of God by all means possible, evangelizing in this unreached country and discipling believers to be disciple makers themselves.

6 Share-Worthy Bible Verses to Inspire and Encourage

Proverbs 3-5
Proverbs 3:5-6

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

Matthew 28:19-20
Matthew 28:19-20

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Isaiah 6:8
Isaiah 6:8

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

Joshua 1:9
Joshua 1:9

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Romans 10:15
Romans 10:15

And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!

Psalm 96:3
Psalm 96:3

Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples.

WIM Orientation and Training Week 2018

Photo by Tobias Cornille on Unsplash

Every year, WIM hosts a week-long Orientation and Training for prospective missionaries. It is a time when they can learn the steps to the mission field. Each “trainee” gets one-on-one attention with our member care, training, and administrative staff. The staff works hard to introduce “trainees” to the family of WIM and to answer questions regarding cross-cultural ministry. During the training, seasoned missionaries with decades of experience teach on various topics. Below is a list of some of the topics covered in the past:

  •   Cultural Adaptation
  •   Stress and Burnout
  •   Effective Team Communication
  •   Cross-Cultural Ministry
  •   Budgeting and Debt
  •   Ministry Support Team Building
  •   Vision and Personal Strategy
  •   Conflict Resolution
  •   Language Learning

This year, our orientation will take place at the WIM headquarters on June 23-30. If you are interested in joining us for Orientation and Training Week, you can begin the application process by completing the preliminary questionnaire. Please begin this process as soon as possible so we can begin the conversation with you about what you sense the Lord leading you to do and how WIM can assist you in fulfilling your calling. More information regarding the training week is available on our Orientation and Training page.

If you would like to know more about this event, please don’t hesitate to contact the WIM office.

Mexico Disaster Relief

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.