Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The Enemy Attacks on All Fronts

The Enemy Attacks on All Fronts

By Chrissy Greenwell, Missionary, Mexico
January-March 2015

The Enemy Attacks on All Fronts
Moving day had arrived. What an exciting time to move into a new area of ministry! The previous four months had been filled with activity and many struggles. Thank you to all who prayed. I needed your prayer support!

Isaiah 43:1-2 has taken on more meaning for me in this transition. Since moving to Villa Hidalgo, I’ve confronted many problems; yet, I know these verses to be true. The Lord has “called me by name” and I am His. I trust in His protection and provision for what is to come. Without your support, this ministry will not grow. Will others join me in prayer?

Let me give you an idea of what I have encountered in these last months. One major detail to be finished on the house I rented was the covering for the skylight. Some thought I was crazy for leaving my belongings in the house and traveling, but I knew God would protect everything…and He did. Once the skylight was in place, the rains came. Sadly, the newly installed covering didn’t work and I had a waterfall in my hall. That added to the water coming in through the back door. As I looked at what was happening, frustration set in. However, as I gave the situation over to God, I could hear His words, “When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown.”  His promise is reassuring.

A few weeks later, while making breakfast for some guests, the flame on the stove consumed the skillet for a few seconds. Odd, but I figured it was the end of the gas in the stationary tank on the roof. At that moment, the gas truck was in front of my house, so I asked the workers to fill the tank. A few minutes later, I heard shouts that something was wrong on the roof. The regulator for the tank had completely frozen. I learned that it was a miracle the gas pipes hadn’t exploded! So much pressure was coming out of the tank that the pipes shouldn’t have held. Again, I saw God’s hand of protection. Do you see the impact your prayers have?

Isaiah wrote, “When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up” (43:2 TLB). I’m thankful there wasn’t an explosion, but looking at the phrase “fire of oppression,” I believe that is what I’m facing here in Villa Hidalgo. Too many strange things happen, like flat tires, mechanical problems with my car, and more, practically every day. It has been difficult, but the enemy will not gain the victory!

Make a difference on your knees.
PRAY: We all need to encourage and lift one another up in prayer, as well as challenge and spur one another on as members of the body of Christ. Are you actively involved in the role God has called you to play? Download How to Pray for Missionaries at

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Prayer Calendar: February 22-28, 2015

As we enter this last week of February please take time to use this missions prayer point this week:

PRAY for the Holy Spirit to empower missionaries who are facing spiritual and physical attacks. 

We all need to encourage and lift one another up in prayer, as well as challenge and spur one another on as members of the body of Christ.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

God is Still Calling

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God Is Still Calling

By Todd Eckhardt, Support Staff
January-March 2015

God Is Still Calling
One of many things I love about the Word of God is how timeless it is. The truth that led my parents into ministry leads me. The foundation that the Bible gave to guide the founders of World Gospel Mission guides us today. His Word is timeless.

WGM still experiences the timeless truth of what we have labeled the Great Commission. Just as Jesus charged the early church to go and make disciples, He gives us the same marching orders today. The call to fulfill the Great Commission is timeless.

As we focus on God answering prayer, WGM has a front-row seat to seeing God answer the prayer for providing workers to fulfill the Great Commission. God is still calling people from your church to serve the world. Thank the Lord for those who say yes to His call!

In 2014, WGM appointed 20 new missionaries to work around the world. We see doctors going to serve. School teachers saying yes to the Great Commission. Business leaders leaving their U.S. employment to serve the needs in other regions in the name of Jesus. Construction workers asking God to help them build more than structures. Men and women from all walks of life, of all ages and family backgrounds are still answering the call of God to serve in missions. This indeed is an answer to prayer.

What about you? Are you fulfilling the Great Commission? Some are called to fulfill it in their own city, while others are called to fulfill it around the world. Whatever your call, please say yes.

GO: If your call is for full-time service in missions, WGM would love to assist you with the process of seeing this call become a reality. Contact our Great Commission mobilizer today at and find out how you can fulfill your call.

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Prayer Calendar: Feb. 15-21, 2015

Welcome to the start of a new week! Take time to reflect on this missions prayer point inspired by The Call magazine:

PRAY that God will continue to call committed individuals to serve Him on the mission field. 

What about you? Are you fulfilling the Great Commission? Some are called to fulfill it in their own city, while others are called to fulfill it around the world. Whatever your call, please say yes.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Partners in Prayer

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Partners in Prayer

Tenwek School of Nursing: A ministry of Tenwek Hospital and YOU!
By Barbara Pinkley, Missionary, Kenya
January-March 2015

Partners in Prayer: Tenwek School of Nursing
Since July 1987, Tenwek School of Nursing in Bomet, Kenya, has trained nurses to “Care in Christ’s Name.” Many people have worked together to have a part in the student nurses’ training—both in the classroom and in the clinical areas—to help them learn, gain confidence, and reach out to those in need. However, did you know that some of the most important people who help train these students and help them succeed have never been to Kenya? How is that possible? Through the vital ministry of prayer.

Yes, through prayer, we have seen students pass exams. They still have to study hard, but you should see their faces light up when we tell them that many people are praying for them. 
God has blessed our nursing school over the years with a high pass rate on the national exams. We don’t take this for granted, and we believe it’s because of the effective prayers of many people all around the world.

Passing exams is important, but best of all is seeing our students reach out and touch lives physically, emotionally, and spiritually as they care in Christ’s name. Thanks for being part of the team that stands with us as we train nurses.

We need your continued prayers that we will continue to train and graduate nurses who maintain high standards of excellence in their profession as well as in reflecting Jesus.

We are counting on your faithful prayers. They really do reach us and accomplish their work—even when electricity, or internet, or phones do not reach us. Effective prayer is hard work, so thank you for working and standing with us as we join God in what He is doing in Kenya. “The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” (James 5:16 NIV)

MoreMORE: To find out more about Tenwek School of Nursing, go to

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

One Step at a Time

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One Step at a Time

By Esther LeiningerMissionary DiscipleTexas/Mexico Border Ministries
January-March 2015

One Step at a TimeWhen I was a child, I heard stories of great missionaries who were called by God to go to dangerous, unknown places to share the gospel with the lost. Some received the call like Moses, maybe not with a burning bush, but definitely with some great sign of God’s power. Some received the call like Elijah, who heard a still, small voice calling him to follow where God led.

My call was nothing like that. I did not have a great sign from God or a still, small voice that told me what to do. I’ve simply followed God one step at a time.
My parents, Tom and Karen Leininger [former WGM missionaries], were called to missions before I was born. I was raised in Bolivia for seven years and Honduras for two years. Overseas ministry was my life, and I loved it. I was 12 when we returned to the United States and did not understand why we could not stay missionaries forever. I realized then that if I wanted to be a missionary, I would have to work hard, and, of course, follow God’s lead.

At first, I wondered if being a missionary was just what I wanted and not what God wanted. However, as God began opening doors for me to continue missions work, I began to realize that God’s desires for my life and my personal desire to be a missionary were the same.
God first began opening doors when I went on a missions trip to Haiti in 2008. During college, I went on two more missions trips—one to Russia for a week and one to Bolivia for four months. On both trips, I kept testing to see whether my call to missions was what God wanted, and both times I felt a great deal of peace about the situation.

Every new step, every new opportunity, has brought me closer to being a career missionary teacher at Taylor Christian School in McAllen, Texas. Sometimes I still wonder if I am just doing what I want to do, but I believe God gives us the desires of our hearts that mirror His own. Often He did not give me the answers I wanted when I wanted them, but He always gave me answers before I needed them. He has always been faithful to me, and I can be sure I am in the center of His will by simply following Him one step at a time.

MoreMORE: Stay connected with Esther at

Monday, February 9, 2015

Prayer Calendar: February 8-14, 2015

Your missions prayer point inspired by The Call magazine for this week is:

PRAY for new missionaries like Esther Leininger who are taking steps to follow God. 

Stay connected with Esther and learn more about her missions journey at

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Take a Risk?

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Take a Risk?

By Twana Johnson, Missionary, Mexico
January-March 2015

Take a Risk?
I just got off the phone from talking and praying with my prayer partner who happens to live in another country. We are so thankful for modern technology that allows us to be able to do this for free. What an encouragement she was to me! And what a privilege that she not only trusts me with her burdens, but also that I can be vulnerable with her. I know that when we are done praying, she still likes me and respects me.

It made me think about prayer partners. Many have prayed for us over the years. I still have those who prayed for me as a child growing up on the mission field. Those prayers have been invaluable. Praying with someone on a regular basis not only brings encouragement but also deepens one’s faith, relationship, and spiritual growth.
When we first moved into the city of Santa Cruz, Bolivia, we lived close to other missionaries. At that time, our kids were small. The other couples had kids in boarding school. We ladies decided to get together and pray for our children on a regular basis. This was very helpful for me as the other ladies were older and wiser and could give advice on raising children overseas. It also provided an emotional and spiritual support base for me, a new missionary with so much to learn. It also helped with the interpersonal relationships of people living so close to each other. When you pray together, it is hard to have grudges! That bond is still there to this day. The three of us still get together or call as often as possible to share and pray for our kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids. The Lord has blessed me.

Through the years, I have been privileged to have other prayer partners—my age and younger (my turn to encourage the younger generation). What a blessing that has been to our lives. I firmly believe that many prayers have been answered because of this. This has also helped tremendously in times of stress or discouragement; someone else helps bring those burdens to the Lord. As the Bible says, “Bear each other’s burdens” (Galatians 6:2). Sometimes all we’ve needed is someone safe to express these with and then we have been able to sort it out.

Do you have a prayer partner? (Some may call it an accountability partner). If you do, you know what I’m talking about. If you don’t, look around—maybe someone else needs that encouragement of bearing each other’s burdens. Remember, prayer partners are just that. This is not a time to complain about others or gossip; it is a time to pray for each other. You both need to remember that the other trusts you with their burdens, so honor that trust and don’t share it with others unless given permission. Remember to pray for those requests throughout the week. It may take a couple of times before you develop trust. Trust God to show you. And if your friend lets you down (this can happen, but usually not intentionally), remember why you are praying together, and forgive. The benefits far outweigh the risks, and sharing makes the load lighter. I pray that you will rejoice in those benefits.

MoreMORE: If you are looking for other resources to help you pray, visit WGM’s Pinterest page at

Monday, February 2, 2015

Prayer Calendar: February 1-7, 21015

Welcome to February! As we kick off this first week together here's a great missions prayer point and challenge to consider:

ASK God to reveal someone whom you can intentionally partner with in prayer. 

Do you have a prayer partner? (Some may call it an accountability partner). If you don’t, look around—maybe someone else needs that encouragement of bearing each other’s burdens. Remember, prayer partners are just that. This is not a time to complain about others or gossip; it is a time to pray for each other.

For those of you who do have a prayer partner has this relationship blessed your life?