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Global Hunger Relief: One Association’s Story

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“Words can never thank you enough for reminding me that God loves me and has great plans for me. You see, I was homeless, living in the woods with no food, no hope, and freezing cold in the winter.” These words of testimony were written to Operation Care last year in a 4-page letter of thanks for this ministry.

A Healthy Leader Tends to Balance Each Day

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Father, I had a letter from my friend today. It was so full of pain, Lord. I wanted to run to her and FIX IT. I wanted to DO SOMETHING! But those actions would only say doing and fixing are the answer, when You are the answer. So, Lord, instead I pray.

A Healthy Leader Needs Christian Community

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The labor of childbirth began in the wee hours of a Sunday morning. I didn’t have to race to the clinic, but I wouldn’t be teaching the children at church that morning. My husband called the Bolivian pastor to tell him we wouldn’t be at church.

A Healthy Leader’s Bible Study Goes Deep

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It didn’t take long telling Bible stories in South Asia to find out that Jesus’ healing of a bleeding woman (Mark 5:24–34) was the favorite story of many women.

A Healthy Leader’s Prayer Life Starts with Humility

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Everywhere they went, Maria and Jessica prayed. I had partnered with these 2 young Brazilian women for church planting in Bolivia. When getting in the car, these women stopped to pray. When making visits, they prayed. If someone was sick, Maria and Jessica’s first inclination was to pray.

State Missions Coffeehouse

One of our church’s most successful state missions events was the Applause! Coffeehouse. To celebrate what God is doing in our state and promote the state missions offering, the fellowship hall was transformed into a coffeehouse, complete with casual seating and subdued lighting.

Monthly Ideas to Involve Church Members in Missions

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There is good news about sharing the good news! Even if your church is without churchwide WMU or WMU missions organizations, your members can be involved in missions. Check out these monthly ideas for missions and get ready to impact those around you:
 

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Cross-Cultural Missions: Little Acts Go a Long Way

three women gathering for breakfast

“They must’ve worked a retail job before.”

One of my coworkers said that the other night as a customer walked out of our coffeehouse. The man had handled a less than ideal situation with such grace and a keen understanding that my friend knew he must’ve been on the other side of the equation before. He must’ve known what it was like to be in our shoes.           

It’s amazing what a little understanding will do.           

Cross-Cultural Missions: Show His Love Unconditionally and Consistently

serious immigrant boy

Yasin is only 9, but he’s been around long enough to know.           

Long enough to know that Jesus is important. “If I were a superhero, I’d be Victory Man—like ‘victory in Jesus.’”           

Long enough to know that if the church people show up to do a Backyard Bible Club at his Atlanta-area apartment complex, he should call all the children in the neighborhood to come.           

But don’t assume Yasin really knows.          

Cross-Cultural Missions: Don’t Cling to Comfort

three friends of different religions standing happily together

As the big plane backed away from the gate, I sank down into the seat, allowing myself to decompress. I looked out the window, tracing the city with my eyes.   

That out there—that’s a hard place.           

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