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 perspective. In 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 three wonderful children, a lovely daughter-in-law, and one delightful granddaughter.