Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Hanging Out

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Hanging Out—Connection

Community is a key to effective ministry
By WGM Missionaries serving in Mexico
April-June 2015

The WGM Mexico missionary team uses Google Hangout to stay connected.

MARK AND SERENA DUNBAR, serving in Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico

Our Google Hangouts this last year have made us a family. We served in Honduras for over 20 years in established areas where we were constantly with other missionaries. We now live six hours north of our closest WGM missionary. In Honduras, we felt as though the field was family because missionaries were always there to help us celebrate our kids’ birthdays, discuss a ministry issue, or just visit. Now in Mexico, we also feel as though the missionaries are our family because of Hangout. When we meet together, we always find time to visit.

BILL AND LYDIA ALLSHOUSE, serving in Irapuato, Guanajuato, Mexico

When we wake up on Tuesday mornings, no matter where we are, we know we’ll be in touch with our missionaries at 9:00 a.m. It’s a time we look forward to as we get to see each other face to face and share in one another’s victories and burdens. Phone calls are nice, but it’s even better when we can see the other missionaries as they share their joys and concerns. We used to connect through emails and phone calls, but communicating through visual and audio makes a world of difference. I (Bill) enjoy the laughter, and it gives me the chance to hear the heart of each missionary, which encourages a spirit of unity. Hangout has helped us to be of one accord when we’ve had to tackle difficult challenges here on the Mexico Field.

CHRISSY GREENWELL, serving in Villa Hidalgo, Jalisco, Mexico

I’m thankful for the time we can Hangout. Moving from Saltillo to start a new work in Central Mexico has presented several challenges. As I work “alone” to grow this ministry, knowing the other missionaries are praying for me and supporting the ministry here is a great encouragement. Being able to share what God is doing and celebrate together gives that little push we all need at times in order to keep on.

PRAY: Form your own Hangout. Set up a time once a month or once a week when you hang out with others to pray for missions.
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