When I was with you and was in need, I was not a burden to anyone, for the brothers who came from Macedonia fully supplied my needs. I kept myself from being a burden to you in any way, and will continue to do so.
2 Corinthians 11:9
Where God lays on our heart we must go. If we cannot go we must give! Today’s podcast continues the series about sending missionaries in the best way possible. If you haven’t heard part one click here, or part two click here.
You will do well to send them on their way in a manner worthy of God. For they went out for the sake of the Name, accepting nothing from the Gentiles. Therefore we ought to support such men, so that we may be fellow workers with the truth.
“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”
-Romans 10:13-15 NIV
Realistically not every believer is able to cross cultural or geographical boundaries to bring good news. But every believer can be involved in the process of sending those who can go. In Romans 10 we find two complementary roles: those who go; and those who send. Both roles are necessary to advance God’s great commission. Today’s podcast explores the first of six types of support every missionary needs.
With much love, The Downings
“Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing”
A shared love of serving in missions brought Jason and Abby together a few years ago when their persistent matchmaking friend Harry Nachtigall, a North American serving the Church of God in Costa Rica, introduced them from afar.Abby and Jason are excited to have the opportunity to work and raise their son Josiah in the region that has played such a critical role in their individual calls to missions as well as in the formation of their relationship.
Norberto and Nancy Kurrle are the only Global Strategy Missionaries serving in Latin America that we do not yet know. We look forward to meeting them this Summer in Orlando, when we have our first regional missionary meeting. We can’t wait to hear how their ministry in Paraguay is going!
We first met the Alyalas when they spoke at the Northeast, Ohio camp meeting. We remember speaking to them during lunch one day about their missionary work in Belize, and how to be certain of a missionary calling.
Alfonso helps church and community leaders with community initiatives, including the implementation of community service projects to satisfy basic health and educational needs. In the area of pastoral and leadership development, he facilitates training workshops and courses with pastors and teachers. Equipping and supporting pastors is a priority. He participates and teaches in regional, national, and local conferences; retreats; and seminars.
Elizabeth encourages, mentors, and coaches former students and high school teachers in their educational endeavors and challenges. She meets with women’s groups and individuals for fellowship, counseling, mutual edification, and friendship.
The mother, daughter team of Deborah and Sarah Hunnicutt are winning people for Christ in Roatan, Honduras by reaching one student at a time.
Deborah is both the school administrator and a teacher at Samuel Raymond Christian School, a community-based bilingual Christian school. She also leads English classes for adults and teaches English classes for the national police on the island. All of these ministries are a means to live out the gospel and to share it in relationship. Here is a quick interdiction video for Deborah.
Sarah has already been in Roatan, Honduras for three years and feels honored God has allowed her to be a part of the work He’s doing there. Sarah’s main job is as a teacher and mentor at a Christian school on the island, and she has a heart for the middle school students there, especially the middle school girls. In 2017, God led Sarah to connect her passion through Global Strategy. Here is Sarah’s introduction video.
Our first encounter with the Millers was when they spoke at the Newton Falls Church of God. We were serving the church at the time. The clarity of their calling stuck us as they spoke of their ministry in Bolivia.
We are honored to call them co-laborers for Christ!
One of the privileges of being a missionary is that we get to work alongside of so many dedicated people. The Jones family serves Christ in nearby Bolivia. We remember them speaking at the Capital Hill church of God in Oklahoma City when we were students at Mid-America Christian University. They have always inspired us as they serve Christ with passion.
Paul and Kattia serve alongside the national church through biblical and ministerial training of lay church leaders.
Our friends and fellow missionaries Jonathan and Beth Todd serve Christ in Brazil. We love them, support them and believe in their ministry.
Here is what our friends wrote on Facebook recently: “We have our visas, we have our plane tickets, and we are returning to Brazil on February 25! As we are getting ready to fly out, we find ourselves in the position that we are in need of more financial partners so that we can continue to serve in Brazil.”