A Ministry in Transition

The summer of 2016 brought a big transition to the life and ministry of International Mission Board missionaries James and Angela Roberts and their 3 children. They moved from northern Poland, where they spent more than 5 years, to London, England, where they will work to connect with American churches, international business professionals, and university students interested in doing missions work.

Angela Roberts said her primary responsibility at this life stage is to be a mother to her daughters who range in age from 9 years old to 25 years old. Her children are able to connect her to people she might not otherwise meet, and they open the door to having spiritual conversations with other moms.

Of the many challenges on the field, Angela Roberts said, “Learning the Polish language has probably been my biggest challenge. Satan uses this to paralyze me from talking to people. Often I open my mouth to speak or sit in the middle of a group of Polish people talking a mile a minute and I am reminded of my weakness.” She reminds herself, “It is not my abilities that will make people want to be a Christian. I am the vessel through which God draws people to [Himself]. In my broken language, God shows His power by allowing me to communicate His love for these people.”

When she feels weak, Angela Roberts claims the words of 2 Corinthians 12:9–10, “‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses. . . . For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

Prayer Requests

  • A smooth transition to a new country, culture, and ministry
  • The girls to adjust well and make friends easily
  • The couple to meet new people with whom to share Christ
  • Finding open people who are seeking God, even if they don’t yet realize they need Him

Beth Holmes watches for ministry opportunities in her hometown of Owensboro, Kentucky.

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