Missionary Monthly News
Pastor Tim and Beth Heiney: The Heineys write about hosting a MOST team that came to help distribute eyeglasses.
They traveled to very remote villages experiencing the worst roads they had seen in their time in the region. Accommodations were primitive but the team of ladies ranging in age from 55-74 carried on. The villagers were excited to have better vision and the kids begged Pastor Tim to repeat and repeat the story he had told them about how Jesus loves them and has prepared a perfect home for them. One of their missionaries, a Kurankan, had been working in the village for some time and was able to minister and care for the people. Although Kurankan, he was told he could live there but could not plant a church. After the distribution of eyeglasses the village has agreed he can plant a church. Prayers answered.
Doug and Tricia Stoner: Doug has begun his position as Acting Europe Regional Leader. “We have excellent relationships among the team and the Lord has given me wisdom in my leadership more than what I am capable of in and of myself.” The leadership training, called “………InTent, which reflects our spending time in the Lord’s tent as Moses did in Exodus 33 was so full of God’s work. We praise Him for it and thanks for your help through prayer.” The Stoners ask for continued prayers for the Central Europe Area and thanksgiving that it is in good hands while Doug moves forward as Acting Europe Regional Leader. They are thankful for the prayers and financial support given to them in 2017.
Sharron Wilen: The Son and Ranch staff and volunteers are thankful for a new temporary location in Parker where they can hold sessions until they are able purchase their own property. They have developed curriculum to run their own Equine-Assisted-Learning (EAL) certification seminars as well as promo material for corporations who may be interested in the EAL program. They ask for prayers: Please pray for everybody involved in this ministry. Pray the Lord will continue to minister to, grow and bring healing to each of us…and please pray He will raise up the people and the funds needed to bring this ministry to the next level in the upcoming season!” Also pray for their financial needs in 2018. They continue – – “This Thanksgiving and every other day of the year, we give thanks for YOU!!”
John and Jenn Wolf: John writes: “When Scottish missionary Livingston ventured to bring the Gospel into central Africa, he travelled along the River Shire to the region that eventually became the beautiful country of Malawi. In August, John visited this Warm Heart of Africa and met with members and pastors of the Confessional Lutheran Church-Malawi Synod. This church has grown substantially in the past decade, with 91 congregations in Malawi and neighboring Mozambique, 11 church buildings, and only six pastors. Chichewa-speaking people are eager to hear the Gospel and know Christ as their Savior. Pr Davis Wowa, Executive Chairman of the CLCMS, graciously escorted us to visit a congregation in Liwonde enroute to his home church in Mzuzu to attend a Women’s Conference with LCMS Deaconess Grace Rao & Missionary Shara Osi. At Mzuzu, we were greeted with a jubilant song about Creation as the ladies of the Women’s League walked us into the church. Women in the CLCMS have played a valuable role in helping the church grow. Although most congregations meet under a tree or rented building, the CLCMS annually builds a new church, raising most funds themselves. The joy of stewardship and sense of ownership were blessings to see as this young church tells others about Christ.”
MISSIONS/Missionary Support Ministry
All missionaries must raise their own living expenses. The funds are received from churches and individual donors. You or your small group may, at any time, give to a specific missionary by marking their name on “Other” on your Shepherd offering envelope. Consider individually or as a group adopting one of these missionaries. More information on the missionaries can be found on the church website, or contact Maynard Buck, Mission Ministry Leader.