Author Archives: Juliana Lopes

Happy Thanksgiving

Last month, we launched a new Order of the FLAME community in Eastern Europe. FLAME stands for Faithful Leaders As Mission Evangelists and reflects the commitment of this covenant community of pastors to offer themselves as channels of God’s grace to all people. We gathered in Sibiu, Romania and joined leaders from Hungary, Macedonia, Moldova Romania, and Ukraine. It was a Holy Spirit inspired time for all of us.

Our Bible Study teacher, Ligia Istrate, focused on the Shalom of God. What a powerful topic for our world in this moment! She mentioned a passage that I am sure many of you are familiar with – Numbers 6:24-26.

The Lord bless you and keep you;

The Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious unto you;

The Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.

God gave this blessing to Moses and instructed him to teach it to Aaron and his sons. Through Moses, God was preparing the people to enter the promised land. This was the blessing they would use when they arrived. That’s interesting timing, because for the Israelites to settle in the promised land, they would have to come in contact – and likely conflict – with those who were already living in that land.

Think about that for a minute.

A blessing given with conflict on the horizon. A promise of God’s presence and peace in the face of struggle and strife.

During our Facebook Live prayer time each week we pray for all the places and contexts where people experience violence and conflict. There are many. And yet, those are the very places that God has promised his presence and peace. Those are the very moments when God has promised never to leave us or forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:8).

Tomorrow, those of us in the United States will celebrate Thanksgiving. When I think that even in the most challenging of moments, I can claim God’s promise of peace and presence, I am deeply grateful. And that is my prayer for you. I pray that you will feel God’s face shining upon you; that you would feel his presence and his grace; and that you would experience the deep and abiding peace that only he can give.

Thank you for your faithfulness to WME, for your prayers, and for your financial support – especially in these challenging days. We are grateful for all that you are and do.

What To Watch For – December 2022

Stay up to date on upcoming events!


Thursday Facebook Live Prayer
at 8:00 AM United States Eastern Time

December 1, 8, 15, and 22, 2022

Click here to join us for morning prayer each Thursday on Facebook Live.

Led by Kim Reisman, this brief time of guided prayer brings together WME’s global Prayer and Fasting Community as well as many others to pray for our world.

 


March 13-17, 2023 – Order of the Flame

We are looking for mission-driven ministry leaders across the Methodist Wesleyan family! Are you a denomination or network leader in the Methodist Wesleyan movement? Then consider nominating emerging pastors to join Flame 2023! 

Members of the Order of the FLAME are always welcome at our annual gatherings. These times together allow for connection, new engagement with emerging leaders, and recommitment to being mission evangelists in the communities in which we serve. For more info click here. For the 2023 speakers click here.

 


July 24-29, 2023 – Metanoia – Londrina, Brazil

A continental gathering of young adult leaders created with the unique accent of the methodist movement for a new season of mission and evangelism. We are preparing for our next regional Metanoia gathering, this time in South America! Young adult leaders from all over South America will gather in Londrina, Brazil from July 24th-29th, 2023 to connect with one another, to learn from amazing teachers, and to worship together. For more information, click here.

 


Fall 2022 – Benin

“Spread holiness throughout the land”
 Webinar
Francophone (French speaking)
Additional information and registration details will be updated as they become available.

 


For specific information about any of these upcoming events,
contact us at info@worldmethodist.org. 

What To Watch For – November 2022

Stay up to date on upcoming events!


Thursday Facebook Live Prayer
at 8:00 AM United States Eastern Time

October 6, 13, 20 and 27, 2022

Click here to join us for morning prayer each Thursday on Facebook Live.

Led by Kim Reisman, this brief time of guided prayer brings together WME’s global Prayer and Fasting Community as well as many others to pray for our world and the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

 


Fall 2022 – Benin

“Spread holiness throughout the land”
 Webinar
Francophone (French speaking)
Additional information and registration details will be updated as they become available.

 


March 13-17, 2023 – Order of the Flame

We are looking for mission-driven ministry leaders across the Methodist Wesleyan family! Are you a denomination or network leader in the Methodist Wesleyan movement? Then consider nominating emerging pastors to join Flame 2023! 

Members of the Order of the FLAME are always welcome at our annual gatherings. These times together allow for connection, new engagement with emerging leaders, and recommitment to being mission evangelists in the communities in which we serve. For more info click here. For the 2023 speakers click here.

 


July, 2023 – Metanoia – Londrina, Brazil

 


For specific information about any of these upcoming events,
contact us at info@worldmethodist.org. 

What To Watch For – October 2022

Stay up to date on upcoming events!


Thursday Facebook Live Prayer
at 8:00 AM United States Eastern Time

October 6, 13, 20 and 27, 2022

Click here to join us for morning prayer each Thursday on Facebook Live.

Led by Kim Reisman, this brief time of guided prayer brings together WME’s global Prayer and Fasting Community as well as many others to pray for our world and the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.


October 4 & 5, 2022 – Flourish

Flourish, a brand new conference of the National Association of Evangelicals, will offer pastors and church leaders a space to have hard conversations on the toughest issues facing the Church today. Flourish will not only be an informational time, but also formational and transformational. There will still be amazing speakers, but even more importantly, talks will be followed by table discussions led by a mature evangelical leader.

For more information and to register visit: NAE.org/flourish


October 10-13, 2022 – Sibiu, Romania

“Unity In Mission”
Eastern Europe Evangelism Seminar

The Order Of The FLAME turned 25 last year. Every year, emerging pastors and spouses primarily from the US have gathered in St. Simons Island for 4 days of learning, worship, encouragement, and connecting with one another. All with a focus on mission & evangelism. Participants are nominated by denomination leaders as well as FLAME alum.

This year for the first time in several decades, FLAME is expanding beyond the US. From October 10-13, we will be gathered with a new group of pastors in Sibiu, Romania! Pastors will be attending from multiple Eastern European Countries.

Pastor Cristian Istrate is part of the Eastern Europe team and has been involved with WME since 2018. He is a church planter, and orphanage administrator, and has been an instrumental leader responding to the Ukrainian refugee crisis.


October 13-17, 2022 – Barcelona, Spain

Evangelizar en un Mundo en Llamas

At WME, one of the ways we serve the global Methodist Wesleyan movement is by accepting invitations to lead evangelism seminars around the world and online. Each seminar is a partnership between WME and the local hosts in order to provide robust training for all (lay leadership as well as clergy). Seminars are tailored to the contextual needs of the church, while maintaining our focus on mission and evangelism.


October 18 & 19, 2022 – Amplify Outreach Conference

Amplify Outreach is the annual gathering for both the Wheaton College Billy Graham Center and Outreach Magazine. During the conference you will have the opportunity to learn from our very own Executive Director and other key voices who are leading the way in helping Christians engage the culture with the gospel in the areas of evangelism, apologetics, and church leadership.

Kim Reisman will be there as a speaker to serve pastors, evangelists, and leaders who are helping churches and ministries stay on mission and effectively share the gospel. For over forty years, the Wheaton College Billy Graham Center has convened leaders to encourage, equip, and stir one another to show and share the love of Jesus. Outreach Magazine features the voices of churches and leaders in growing and multiplying gospel ministry.

For more information, visit amplifyoutreach.com


Fall 2022 – Benin

“Spread holiness throughout the land”
 Webinar
Francophone (French speaking)
Additional information and registration details will be updated as they become available.


March 13-17, 2023 – Order of the Flame

We are looking for mission-driven ministry leaders across the Methodist Wesleyan family! Are you a denomination or network leader in the Methodist Wesleyan movement? Then consider nominating emerging pastors to join Flame 2023! 

Members of the Order of the FLAME are always welcome at our annual gatherings. These times together allow for connection, new engagement with emerging leaders, and recommitment to being mission evangelists in the communities in which we serve. For more info click here. For the 2023 speakers click here.


For specific information about any of these upcoming events,
contact us at info@worldmethodist.org. 

What To Watch For – September 2022

Stay up to date on upcoming events!


Thursday Facebook Live Prayer
at 8:00 AM United States Eastern Time

September 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, 2022

Click here to join us for morning prayer each Thursday on Facebook Live.

Led by Kim Reisman, this brief time of guided prayer brings together WME’s global Prayer and Fasting Community as well as many others to pray for our world and the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.


September 3rd, 2022 – Metanoia

Metanoia 2022 will be a one day event on September 3rd at 10am (UTC +1 – British Summer Time). We’re looking forward to an amazing day of worship and teaching on evangelism and mission, hosted by the ministry team at Ransom AME Zion Church in Battersea, London. Whether online or in-person, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to learn, to worship, and to connect with Methodist Wesleyan sisters and brothers in the UK and in Europe. This event is free of charge.

Learn More


October 4 & 5, 2022 – Flourish

Flourish, a brand new conference of the National Association of Evangelicals, will offer pastors and church leaders a space to have hard conversations on the toughest issues facing the Church today. Flourish will not only be an informational time, but also formational and transformational. There will still be amazing speakers, but even more importantly, talks will be followed by table discussions led by a mature evangelical leader.

For more information and to register visit: NAE.org/flourish


October 10-13, 2022 – Sibiu, Romania

“Unity In Mission”
Eastern Europe Evangelism Seminar

The Order Of The FLAME turned 25 last year. Every year, emerging pastors and spouses primarily from the US have gathered in St. Simons Island for 4 days of learning, worship, encouragement, and connecting with one another. All with a focus on mission & evangelism. Participants are nominated by denomination leaders as well as FLAME alum.

This year for the first time in several decades, FLAME is expanding beyond the US. From October 10-13, we will be gathered with a new group of pastors in Sibiu, Romania! Pastors will be attending from multiple Eastern European Countries.

Pastor Cristian Istrate is part of the Eastern Europe team and has been involved with WME since 2018. He is a church planter, and orphanage administrator, and has been an instrumental leader responding to the Ukrainian refugee crisis.


October 13-17, 2022 – Barcelona, Spain

Evangelizar en un Mundo en Llamas

At WME, one of the ways we serve the global Methodist Wesleyan movement is by accepting invitations to lead evangelism seminars around the world and online. Each seminar is a partnership between WME and the local hosts in order to provide robust training for all (lay leadership as well as clergy). Seminars are tailored to the contextual needs of the church, while maintaining our focus on mission and evangelism.


October 18 & 19, 2022 – Amplify Outreach Conference

Amplify Outreach is the annual gathering for both the Wheaton College Billy Graham Center and Outreach Magazine. During the conference you will have the opportunity to learn from our very own Executive Director and other key voices who are leading the way in helping Christians engage the culture with the gospel in the areas of evangelism, apologetics, and church leadership.

Kim Reisman will be there as a speaker to serve pastors, evangelists, and leaders who are helping churches and ministries stay on mission and effectively share the gospel. For over forty years, the Wheaton College Billy Graham Center has convened leaders to encourage, equip, and stir one another to show and share the love of Jesus. Outreach Magazine features the voices of churches and leaders in growing and multiplying gospel ministry.

For more information, visit amplifyoutreach.com


Fall 2022 – Benin

“Spread holiness throughout the land”
 Webinar
Francophone (French speaking)
Additional information and registration details will be updated as they become available.


For specific information about any of these upcoming events,
contact us at info@worldmethodist.org. 

What To Watch For – August 2022

WME is involved in a variety of ministries and welcomes
your prayers for these upcoming events.

Thursday Facebook Live – Prayer Time ~
8am (Eastern time)

August 4, 11, 18 and 25, 2022

Join us for morning prayer each Thursday on Facebook Live.

Led by Kim Reisman, this brief time of guided prayer brings together WME’s global Prayer and Fasting Community as well as many others to pray for our world and the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

https://www.facebook.com/worldmethodistevangelism

 


 Real Faith – Real World Podcast

Tune in for engaging interviews, discussions, and teaching on a wide variety of issues.

RFRW is available on most podcast platforms, YouTube and on the WME website.

Be sure to subscribe on your favorite podcast app.


 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Metanoia Europe-August 28-September 4, 2022

A gathering of emerging young leaders who love Jesus and who are hungry to discover their next step on their faith journey. The first of several regional Metanoia gatherings around the world over the next several years. In responding to continuously changing realities of the COVID-19 pandemic and evolving global travel restrictions, we are adapting arrangements to best suit the situation while still continuing to connect leaders and help them build faith-sharing movements. Registration and more Info to come.

Ecuador-August 2022

World Methodist Evangelism works with partners around the world to provide laity and clergy the opportunity to explore the nature and practice of evangelism in a cross-cultural environment. Registration and more Info to come.

Romania-October 10-14, 2022

“Unity In Mission”
Eastern Europe Evangelism Seminar

Spain-October 13-17, 2022

In cooperation with church leadership and educational institutions in the area where the seminar is to be held in order to provide robust training for all, lay leadership as well as clergy. Seminars are generally held in the local languages and focus on educating, resourcing, connecting, and mobilizing indigenous persons to do evangelism and missions in their local contexts. Registration and more Info to come.

Benin Fall 2022

“Spread holiness throughout the land”
 Webinar
Francophone (French speaking)
Additional information and registration details will be updated as they become available.

 

For specific information about any of these upcoming events,
contact us at info@worldmethodist.org. 

The Peace of Christ

by Kim Reisman
Executive Director
World Methodist Evangelism

 

Scripture focus:

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7, NLT)

Last month we asserted that it is entirely possible for us to live out our faith in visible, tangible ways – that there are things we can do that indicate to the world that God is at the center of our lives. We explored the idea that people can witness God’s place in our lives through our behavior – all the decisions and actions of our daily lives.

But it’s not just our actions that show how God fits into our lives, it’s the way we carry ourselves as well. When we have a strong connection between our faith and our daily lives, our lives will be marked by an inner sense of peace. This peace isn’t the same as a life without problems. Like the joy we discussed a few months ago, this inner peace depends not on our outer circumstances; but on an awareness of the reality of our salvation and the confidence that God will meet our needs.

The disciples are excellent examples of the inner nature of peace. As their experience with Jesus unfolded, through his ministry, his death, and his resurrection, the disciples were never exempted from the difficulties in life. Their peace was not an external experience. On the contrary, they endured prison, interrogations, beatings, and were even martyred as a result of their faith. Thus, the peace that marks a life of faith is an interior one, the gift Jesus promised his disciples when he said, “I am leaving you with a gift – peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give isn’t like the peace the world gives. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” (John 14:27 NLT)

The problem is that there is a huge gap between what we profess and how we live. Like keeping our joy hidden, we don’t live as people with an internal sense of peace. We may claim to have abundant life, but the way we live doesn’t provide much evidence. We may insist that we are confident that God will provide for us, but the reality of our panic at the first sign of trouble says otherwise. It’s one thing to talk about peace; it’s quite another to claim it in the face of tragedy. That’s why peace is such an important fruit to foster as we seek to follow Jesus. By cultivating the peace of Christ, we close the gap between what we profess and how we live.

In October, WME provided an evangelism seminar in Romania that was attended by Christians from several Eastern European countries, including Ukraine. The Ukrainians who joined us had found refuge in Romania when their cities were overtaken by Russian troops. Yet they didn’t consider themselves refugees. Instead, they saw themselves as missionaries, faithfully showing and sharing the love of Jesus in difficult days. They sang the words “I raise a hallelujah…in the presence of my enemies” with sincere courage and joy. Inner peace radiated from them, as that refrain was transformed from poetic words of praise into genuine words of truth and power.

These Ukrainian Christians closed the gap between the claim of peace and an actual experience of it by focusing on Jesus. That’s our task as well. We remember his example, his words, his life and ministry. We remember the gift of his sacrifice on our behalf and the gift of new, abundant, and eternal life that sacrifice affords us. As Paul said, “Since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us.” (Romans 5:1, NLT)

We close the gap between our claims of peace and our actual experience of it by doing God’s will as well. Jesus said, “If you love me, obey my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor, who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth.” (John 14:15-17, NLT)

Faithful obedience is crucial to the nurture of peace. God desires us to live out our faith in the real world, not retreat from it or practice our faith in a vacuum. Therefore, God needs room to move in our lives, to act and direct us in ways that only God can know. No matter how deeply we believe we know God, we will never know God well enough to predict how God will act or what God is going to demand of us. Obedience is our necessary response. Through our obedient response and our determination to keep our mind stayed on Jesus, we will foster Christ’s peace, and others will be able to see that peace reflected in our lives.

As you pray and fast this month, reflect on whether there might be something missing from your life. Is something robbing you of peace? In a few weeks we will welcome the Prince of Peace as we celebrate Christmas. Moving ever closer to that celebration, I pray you will keep your hearts and minds stayed on Jesus, doing all that you can to keep your relationship with Christ alive and vibrant. In that way we will be able to raise our hallelujahs with truth and power.

 

Make the Most of It

by Paulo Lopes
Director of Emerging Leadership
World Methodist Evangelism

“Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.” (Ephesians 5:15-17 – NIV)

An English phrase I catch myself saying all the time is “I need to make time for this.” My intentions are always good when I say it. Because I realize there are things I would like to (or should) be doing with my time. Unfortunately, it seems there is never enough time to do them.

As I think about it, I realize there’s a problem with that phrase. This is because there is really no such thing as “making time.” Actually, that’s not completely true. Scripture tells us that time has an author, and He is not making more of it on this side of eternity. You see, as much as I would like to, I just can’t “make time.”

Scripture does however have a solution for us. It counsels us to redeem or “make the most of every opportunity” with the time we actually have! Like redeeming a promotional code or a gift certificate for all of its value. We are called to maximize time to its full potential. However, the danger here is to trade the biblical “making the most of every opportunity” for its counterfeit idea, carpe diem, originally found in Roman poet Horace’s work, Odes. You see, carpe diem (seize the day) is typically see as call to make one’s life extraordinary, memorable, etc. It usually involves things like jumping out of an airplane, taking a spontaneous trip, or making a big career move. But that isn’t necessarily making the most of your time. Instead, it could actually be wasting some of the most valuable opportunities God has for us in the time we’ve been given.

If you read Ephesians 5:16 in context, “making the most of every opportunity” is connected to living a life that pleases God. When the same phrase is used in another text, Colossians 4:5, the context is introducing people to Christ. You see, we redeem time when we make decisions and take actions that affect eternity, when time will cease to be.

One day time will end. Consequently, the greatest moments of our lives will be the ones we carry into eternity. Seeing coworkers and friends who are far from God be filled with life in Christ; Using our gifts and graces to solve meaningful problems and make people’s lives better as a present sign of things to come; Overcoming a sin that has plagued our family for generations; Building God-honoring families and raising children in the ways of Jesus.

We have the time to do these things every day. If something eternally insignificant is taking up the time that God has given us, we can’t make more time. Our option is to simply get rid of it. God’s power to impact the world and eternity through us is unlimited. Our time is not. Let us make the most of every opportunity!

Useful Knowledge

by Kim Reisman
Executive Director
World Methodist Evangelism

 

Scripture focus:

As we know Jesus better, his divine power gives us everything we need for living a godly life. He has called us to receive his own glory and goodness! And by that same mighty power, he has given us all of his rich and wonderful promises. He has promised that you will escape the decadence all around you caused by evil desires and that you will share in his divine nature. So make every effort to apply the benefits of these promises to your life. Then your faith will produce a life of moral excellence. A life of moral excellence leads to knowing God better. Knowing God leads to self-control. Self-control leads to patient endurance, and patient endurance leads to godliness. Godliness leads to love for other Christians, and finally you will grow to have genuine love for everyone. The more you grow like this, the more you will become productive and useful in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. (2 Peter 1:3-8, NLT)

 

One of the core commitments at World Methodist Evangelism is the belief that we show and share the love of Jesus through the wholeness of our lives – through our words, through our deeds, and through the signs that the Holy Spirit manifests in us and around us. Flowing from that commitment is the belief that it is entirely possible for us to live out our faith in visible, tangible ways – that there are things we can do that indicate to the world that God is at the center of our lives and that we take the witness of Scripture seriously in the choices we make and the commitments we undertake. It is these visible and tangible ways of living that make up our moral life – the godly life as Peter refers to it.

Our behavior and our faith are intimately intertwined as is reflected in our Scripture for this month. Peter writes, “As we know Jesus better, his divine power gives us everything we need for living a godly life.” Clearly deepening our relationship with Christ is crucial if we are to live lives of moral significance. Conversely, living a “life of moral excellence leads to knowing God better.” There is an obvious interdependency here. But it’s not simply a neatly packaged set of “steps” that will instantly make us morally excellent or magically place God at the center of our lives. Instead, our faith experience is a process of deepening our relationship with God through prayer and spiritual discipline, through the study of Scripture, and through a commitment to the moral life. Each of these components in turn strengthens the others as the process continues for the entirety of our lives. As our faith grows, our knowledge about Christ, about Scripture, about the various tenets of the Christian faith becomes productive and useful; that experience then deepens our faith, and on it goes.

How then do we begin to be “more productive and useful in our knowledge of Jesus Christ”? How do we strengthen our moral lives? The foundation for such an undertaking is very simple. We begin with moral sincerity. We must truly want to live a moral life; we must earnestly desire to apply Scripture to our daily lives with integrity and power.

There may be some of us who need to start one step earlier. We may need to begin by asking God to help us want to live a moral life. A deliberate commitment to moral integrity that extends beyond simply wanting to “be a good person” may be something that has been externally placed upon us rather than springing from within ourselves. Thus, our first task is to ask God to help us desire that deeper commitment, to help us actually want it rather than feeling we ought to have it.

As we begin the process of strengthening our moral selves, we must start where we are – not where we think we should be. We must ask for and accept the forgiveness God offers in order to be free from the guilt of the past that so often constrains us. For some of us this is an ongoing part of our spiritual journey, but for others this may be a giant first step. Regardless of where you are on your journey, moral sincerity is a gift from God; for it is God whose divine power gives us everything we need to live a godly life.

A second foundation for a commitment to the moral life is the community of faith. Moral excellence is a “lived reality” that is strengthened by the community of believers. As social beings, we are constantly being shaped by the culture that surrounds us. Thus, if we are to succeed in our commitment to the moral life, we must surround ourselves with others who treasure virtue, who are dedicated to teaching and living the moral life. These monthly devotionals may be helpful on a personal level. They may launch you on your journey of knowing God more deeply and living in ways that reflect that relationship. However, our striving to apply Scripture to our daily lives with integrity and power – to live out our faith in visible and tangible ways – that striving will not be consistently rewarding without the support of a morally serious community committed to providing direction and encouragement.

Following Jesus involves action. We commit ourselves to Scripture, to prayer, and to living in ways that reflect our faith. In other words, we behave in ways that reflect God’s place at the center of our lives. This behavior is not confined to specific activities such as church attendance; but it extends to our daily lives and all the decisions and actions that take place there. As we commit ourselves to following in this way, Peter’s word will become more and more true in our lives, we “will grow to have genuine love for everyone” – something desperately needed in our world.

As you pray and fast this month, I challenge you to think seriously about the ways in which you want to strengthen the moral fabric of your life and then find a community that can support you in your effort. As you do this, I pray that you will remember that through the Holy Spirit, Jesus has given us “everything we need for living a godly life. He has called us to receive his own glory and goodness! And by that same mighty power, he has given us all of his rich and wonderful promises.”

The Methodist Movement Around The World – Russia

by Bonnie Hollabaugh
Director of Development
World Methodist Evangelism

In August Rev. Fedor Kim, our Regional Secretary in Russia, made a 16 hour journey from Moscow (around one thousand miles!) for a mission trip to serve the Roma people in the South Russia region. Rev Kim and Irina Mitina, one of the UM pastors who serves in this small village, hosted an educational camp for children.

Rev. Kim spoke about his trip and the lesson he learned.

“In my view of gypsies I focused mostly on what they do not have, rather than on what they have, and we planned our mission and its goal according to that view. We thought that we were supposed to bring them all the things we have in our comfortable life; literacy and education, skills and occupations, good traditions and manners, hygiene, good clothes, devices and other necessary things.  It was clear for me that we must help them to live a more provided, comfortable and interesting life. 

One of the families invited us to their home. During the visit to their home, I expected to become surer in my view, but I discovered something special. I discovered a big loving family. Despite needs and lack of money, all the things they do not have and all the things they do differently than how I would, they have a big family and seem happy. They have something we lost or are losing – their big family happiness and traditions. For me as a Christian, what they have is much dearer than what I was going to bring.

Upon returning home, I am wondering if something I bring as a missioner, with my consumer views destroy the values they have. Perhaps our first goal as missioners must be to bring the Gospel in order to help them keep their treasure firstly, and then transform their life and traditions only if that is what they would like.”

Thank you Rev. Kim for your faithfulness to mission and for your reflections! You remind us that our primary roll is to bring the Gospel to others, not to assume our way of life is better.

Thank you, friends, for your prayers and financial support to spread the message of Christ throughout the world.

 

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