World Indigenous Missions seeking Director of Member Care

World Indigenous Missions (WIM) has an immediate opening for a mature, experienced couple with cross-cultural Christian ministry experience to fill the position of Director of Member Care. WIM is located in New Braunfels, TX, on the edge of the Hill Country near San Antonio. This is a self-funded position.

WIM is a growing, close-knit family of 68 families and individuals currently ministering in 15 countries. Committed relationships are at the heart of our organization. Please view WIM’s website, particularly ‘Who We Are’ and ‘FAQs’: www.worldim.com

Job Description

Member care is the ongoing preparation, equipping and empowerment of cross-cultural workers to be spiritually and emotionally healthy and resilient in order to remain effective and fulfilled in their calling.

The primary responsibility of the Director of Member Care is to provide pastoral care for missionaries by coming alongside in supportive relationships to promote ongoing adjustment and growth (spiritual, emotional, and relational).

The Director of Member Care reports directly to the President and is accountable to the President and the WIM Board of Directors.

If you or someone you know might be interested, please contact Tony Bianchi by email tonybianchi@worldim.com or by calling 830-629-0863.

Keep in Step

By Morris Gurr


“But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you . . . But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on His own; He will speak only what He hears, and He will tell you what is yet to come.” — John 16:7 & 13

“Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.” — Galatians 5:25

One of the many purposes of the Holy Spirit being sent is to keep us in step with Father. If I should want to go one way and the Spirit wants me to go another way — I am not in step with the Spirit.
Spirit: “Go encourage that person over there.”
Me: “No, I am not in a place to do that.”

Spirit: “Go pray for that person over there.”
Me: “No, I’m not good at that.”

Spirit: “Go this way not that.”
Me: “Really? But I want to go that way not this way.”

Keeping in step with the Spirit requires paying attention — yes. But, it also requires obedience.
Keeping in step with the Spirit requires having hearing ears — yes. But, it also requires obedience.
Keeping in step with the Spirit requires seeing — yes. But, it also requires obedience.
Keeping in step with the Spirit requires not talking — yes. But, it also requires obedience.

He, the Holy Spirit, will gently nudge, quietly speak, lovingly show and mindfully still our lips — all of which will keep us in step with Him and Father — if only we obey.

Bottom Line: May we know, may we learn, may we accept that truly living by the Spirit is being in lock step with Him in all matters, on all occasions, for every situation and circumstance. May we come to know His gentle nudge, His quiet voice, His loving sight, His mindful closing of our lips — and obey Him.

 

Original post located here.


Morris and Sarah joined WIM in June of 2012. Morris comes from a business management and pastoral background. He and Sarah are a part of the new breed of missionaries that are “connecting to the nations.” Their desire is to impart Kingdom principles of leadership and to teach and train pastors and leaders to walk in the power of God and fulfill their calling. They have connected with indigenous pastors and leaders in Russia, India, Honduras and Mexico and are always looking to go beyond borders to wherever the Lord leads.

Orientation & Training Week 2018 was a success!

The past several days have been action-packed, full of learning (and FANTASTIC food), and fun here at WIM! Orientation and Training Week is always a blast, and this year did not disappoint. Preparation and prayer for Orientation Week begin months in advance, giving candidates the best training and preparation to be successful in the field. It was such a blessing to spend time with and get to know each missionary candidate! Please keep them in prayer as they prepare for the callings that God has given them.

 

A special thank you to the following businesses, churches, and individuals who have contributed for this Orientation & Training 2018:

Bill Miller Bar-B-Q
H-E-B
Shipley Do-Nuts
Christ Our King Anglican Church
Creekside Fellowship
First Protestant Church of New Braunfels
Freedom Fellowship Church – Owens Home Group & Young at Heart
River City Vineyard
Tree of Life Church
Las Palapas Restaurant
Vonda Briles
Mary Ann Bianchi
Misty Fraker
Ruth K.
Glenda Morris
Angelyn Rodriguez

 

Thank you also to all the volunteers, speakers and staff who dedicated their time, energy and servant hearts.

Mission Trip Packing List

You’re getting ready to go on a mission trip. How exciting! You have completed just about everything necessary to get ready to go, except for packing. Perhaps it’s because you have no idea what to pack because it’s your first trip. Maybe it’s because there are 163,000,000+ Google search results (I’m not exaggerating) related to packing for travel and it’s overwhelming. Either way, we’ve got you covered. The list below will help you pack what you need to go on your mission trip.

Before packing, check your airline’s luggage size and weight requirements. Each airline has its own restrictions as to quantity, size and weight. Some carry-on policies restrict bag weights to 11 lbs. or less and in other countries, airlines use a weight system that might add the weight of your carry-on to your checked baggage. If your flights utilize more than one airline, check the requirements of all of them.

 

Here is what you might want to pack in your checked luggage:

Clothing

Be sure to bring clothing appropriate for the culture of the country(ies) where you are travelling.

  • Pants/Capris/Long Skirts
  • Modest Shirts/Blouses
  • Sturdy, Comfortable Shoes
  • Socks
  • Pajamas
  • Underwear
  • Clothing and Shoes for Church

Toiletries (in a zip-lock baggie or a zipped plastic-lined bag in case of spills or leaks)

  • Shampoo
  • Shower Gel or Bar Soap
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Feminine Products

Outerwear

  • Jacket
  • Poncho or Raincoat
  • Hat or Bandana
  • Sunglasses

First Aid Kit

Small Packable Backpack

Hand Sanitizer

Shower Shoes/Flip Flops

Towel

Sunblock

Chapstick

Insect Repellant

Snacks

Camera

Bible

Journal

Pens

Language Dictionary

Water Bottle

Pocket Flashlight

Copy of Passport

Copy of Photo ID

Copy of International Travel Insurance Policy

 

What to bring in your carry on:

Extra change of clothes

Roll of toilet paper

Travel Documents (Purchase your travel tickets in the exact same name that appears on your passport or official ID. Ensure that all travel documents match that name precisely.)

  • Photo ID
  • Itinerary
  • Passport
  • Visa
  • Receipts or registration (CBP Form 4457) for new electronics, such as a camera or laptop, that you are taking abroad. (Only suggested if the goods are less than six months old.)
  • Medications in their original packages. Prescription medications have to be under the traveler’s name.
  • Airline Ticket confirmation
  • Birth Certificate for accompanying children under 16

Money

Travel size liquid toiletries (3.4 oz or smaller and must fit in quart size clear zip top bag according to TSA rules)

Travel/Neck Pillow

Universal Travel Adapter

Recommended Books for Missionaries

We encourage each missionary and trainee to read as many missions books as possible, especially those on this list and other books by these same authors. You may also find good missionary biographies or autobiographies in your church library.

  1. Burke, T. Anointed for Burial. Plainfield, NJ: Logos International, 1977.
  2. McGavran, Donald. The Bridges of God. London: World Dominion Press, 1981.
  3. Olson, Bruce. Bruchko. Orlando, FL: Creation House, 1989.
  4. Loss, Myron. Culture Shock. Middleburg, PA: Encouragement Ministries, 1985.
  5. Richardson, Don. Eternity in Their Hearts. Ventura, CA: Regal Books, 1985. Shibley, David. A Force on the Earth. Orlando, FL: Creation House, 1989.
  6. Tucker, Ruth. From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1983.
  7. Greenway, Roger S. Guidelines For Urban Church Planting. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1976.
  8. Hodges, Melvin. The Indigenous Church & The Missionary. South Pasadena, CA: William Carey Library, 1978.
  9. Brock, Charles. Indigenous Church Planting: A Practical Turn. Neosho, MO: Church Growth Int’l, 1994.
  10. Cunningham, Loren. Is That Really You, God? YWAM Publishing, 1996.
  11. Piper, John. Let the Nations Be Glad: The Supremacy of God in Missions. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1993.
  12. Richardson, Don. Lords of the Earth. Ventura, CA: Regal Books, 1979.
  13. Richardson, Don. Peace Child. Ventura, CA: Regal Books, 1975.
  14. Livingston, Greg. Planting Churches in Muslim Cities. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1993.
  15. Carre, Captain E. G. Praying Hyde, Apostle of Prayer: The Life Story of John Hyde. S. Plainfield, NJ: Bridge, 1982.
  16. Wimber, John. Power Evangelism. San Francisco, CA: Harper & Row, 1986.
  17. Rust, Brian and Barry McLeish. The Support Raising Handbook: A Guide for Christian Workers. Downers, Grove, IL: Intervarsity Press, 1984
  18. Dawson, John. Taking Our City For God. Orlando, FL: Creation House, 1992.
  19. Elliot, Elisabeth. Through Gates of Splendor. Wheaton, IL: Living Books, 1981.
  20. Bevere, John. Under Cover: The Promise of Protection Under His Authority. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2001.
  21. Warren, Rick. The Purpose-Driven Life. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2002.

 

William Carey Library has a list of many other books on missions and related topics. Visit https://missionbooks.org/, call 1-800-777-6371 to order, 818-798-0819 for information, or write:

William Carey Library
P.O. Box 40129
Pasadena, CA 91114