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 guidestar.org/platinum. 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 amazon.com, visit smile.amazon.com, or follow this link – http://smile.amazon.com/ch/74-2192909.

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

Prayer

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.

Honduras Prayer Retreat

By Chris Briles

The Honduras prayer retreat was a great time for all involved. The team in Honduras was able to rest and refocus while enjoying times of worship, fellowship and prayer. The added fun of going to the beach and eating together promoted an atmosphere of family and helped create a peaceful atmosphere. Jim and Ruth K., and George and Angelyn R. were able to travel to Honduras and participate as well. It was great to have both of these couples join the Honduras team for a few days.

The focus of our time together was to rest and refocus and be reminded of whom we serve. Times away from our location of service are good. They allow us to reconnect with each other, and more importantly, with the Lord. I believe that at the end of our time together, each family left with a renewed sense of purpose and restored energy.

The following is Angelyn’s reflection of her first short-term trip to represent WIM’s member care team:

“There is nothing better to energize the ability to pray for those in ministry than to be with them in person on the field and walk with them through their daily activities. This is true for me, from personal experience, in Honduras! All that we witnessed the first few days of our trip emphasized the challenges of many “normal” tasks like getting a hot shower, electricity 24/7, internet connections, and travel from place to place. I left Honduras with an enhanced awareness of and appreciation for those who serve and minister on the front lines every day. It also made me realize the lifestyle of relative ease, excess, and expectation of comfort of those who live in the Western culture.

The Honduras prayer retreat was a precious opportunity to engage in team building, fellowship, heart sharing, worship, and prayer. For several on the edge of ministry burnout, the time set apart was imperative for spiritual, emotional, and physical renewal and refreshing! There were many opportunities for laughter, storytelling, and fun which are essential to balance and camaraderie. Corporate worship and lifting our voices in praise allowed the Holy Spirit to walk among us and unify our hearts. The sweetest moments of bonding were shared during times of concentrated prayer for each individual and family. Each was asked to share ministry and personal prayer concerns. Then, each was surrounded by all the others with laying on of hands to lift them before the throne of grace. It was an honor and privilege to participate in this ministry together. The end result was renewed focus, encouraged spirits, and revitalized endurance for returning to busy, full lives of service to God and others. We are part of a beautiful family in WIM! No matter where we serve, our bond is our love for the Father and the common desire to be obedient to Him.”