Friday, May 18, 2018

The GREATEST JOB in the Whole World!





Ned and Marlene at Sequoia National Park
We have landed back to the offices of World Gospel Mission, in Marion, IN - after several weeks of travels and ministry. We thank you so much for remembering us in your prayers and for you faithful support and financial giving for our ministry. The work at WGM continues to be on the move and we are advancing in growth and development of new ministry outreach around the world. It is exciting to see new missionaries and volunteers getting excited about the Great Commission and their part in helping to reach our world with the Gospel Message of hope and Good News. We are really excited about Jordan joining WGM full time this summer as he and 7 other potential candidates for service as missionaries will be coming to WGM for interviews and assessments for service. Jordan will be preparing to raise funds and build his support team. If you are interested in supporting him go to www.wgm.org/jordanmcgrady   .  You will be hearing more from Jordan in the weeks to come but if you want to bless him with a head start on fund raising that would be an encouragement for sure!

A break from training in Northern California

Recently we spent a week in Fresno, California for a continuing education training in becoming presenters for LIFO, a Life Orientations Survey, to help assess team work and functioning as a healthy team in ministry. We are excited to have this tool in our "ministry tool box" to offer our missionary teams as they serve around the world. Fresno is near to the beautiful Sequoia National Forest and Kings Canyon which we were able to take a day and enjoy. One highlight was the opportunity to visit Hume Lake Christian Camp which is a premier camp investing in the spiritual development of the youth. Our mentors and trainers from Link Care, Rev. Ken and Mary Royer were wonderful hosts and teachers for us during this week of learning.


During the middle of April we conducted a Renewal for 4 of our missionaries coming off of the fields of Kenya and the American Indian Field. It is always a joy for us to walk with our missionaries and to help them debrief their time of service, hear their hearts, pray with them and encourage them. We certainly have THE GREATEST job in the world. It is certainly true when the passion of your calling aligns with the job that you are doing and you are able to fulfill what you know God has called you to do. Perhaps God is calling you to serve Him? We have been praying Luke 10:2, "Jesus told them, The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field." (NIV) We choose to pray this at 10:02 AM or PM each day. If you are sensing God voice, it may be in answer to this prayer. Contact us and we will point you in the direction to best help you fulfill that call. There is nothing like serving Jesus in that sweet spot of His calling on your life!


The Hopson's in Uganda
Uganda and Kenya in East Africa were on our travel log since we last wrote to you. I think we titled the last blog "Up, Up, and Away!" Well we were up in the plane for visits to our missionaries. While international travel has its challenges we are always thankful for God's hand of protection and care over us. We know for sure it is in answer to your prayers and we thank you. In Uganda we were hosted by Kenneth and Delight Hopson. Kenneth runs a print shop (pictured here) and this is the Word of God, translated in a tribal language and being printed and ready for shipment out to the nation of Uganda. The ministry they do in Uganda is exciting and this is just a snapshot of the many ministries associated with WGM around the world. We spent several days meeting with each of our missionary families and having encouraging prayerful visits together. While travel is work, being with our missionaries and loving on them, serving them and walking with them energizes our soul! Did I mention we have the GREATEST JOB in the whole world??

Kenya Field Retreat
We were on to Kenya for the Kenyan Field Retreat that was held down on the coast of the Indian Ocean. A wonderful time of fellowship, worship, playing together and praying together made up a week that was a blessing to our missionary family. Medical ministry makes up a huge part of the work of the Kenyan field, but it is not limited only to a hospital. There is ministry to orphans, church ministry, evangelism, community health and development, farming and agricultural training and much, much more. Kenya is a beautiful place and God is doing some amazing work there in and through World Gospel Mission. And us? Our part? Well, we get the honor of coming alongside of dozens of missionaries to pastor, love and support. Did I mention that we have the GREATEST JOB in the WHOLE WORLD?

Wanta be a part?

www.wgm.org/mcgrady

Love and Prayers,
Ned and Marlene McGrady
WGM Directors of Member Health
Box 948
Marion, IN 46952

765.671.7240







 

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Up, Up and Away!


That is what is up with us this Easter! We will be UP, UP and AWAY, on an airplane that is. We fly out on Easter Sunday and arrive in Uganda to spend a week with our WGM missionaries serving there and sharing in their lives and ministries. We then fly over to Kenya and will be with our team at their annual retreat. Both of these opportunities are great times for us to continue our role of encouragement and support. We ask an interest in your prayers that we will listen well and love well while we have this chance to minister. Your prayers and financial support make this all possible thank you for your care and concern for this ministry. We simply could not do this with out both of those things.

If you want to pray for us we welcome that and depend on that so much. If you want to support us, your tax deductible gift to WGM is the means that makes it possible for us to go! www.wgm.org/mcgrady is a secure on-line place to give a gift to Ned and Marlene and our ministry.

During the month of March we were able to visit the Texas Mexican Border in McAllen, Texas where Jordan is serving. Ned celebrated his birthday during that visit and we had some time to visit San Antonio where Jordan played in a basketball tournament for mission that raised money for a church mission trip to the Philippines.
We also had a couple of days on the beach to enjoy some time off. Our Border ministries are growing and Jordan is excelling in his work and ministry there at Taylor Christian School and the Taylor Community Center Sports Ministry. His ministry is dependent on your prayers and support as well. www.wgm.org/jordanmcgrady is a secure on-line place to give a gift to Jordan's ministry.

We will return from Africa and be back in the Marion area by April 16. We have a Renewal scheduled for April 25 - 27 with missionaries coming back from Africa and South America and then a week long training following that for our new missionaries. WGM continues to grow and the momentum for what God is doing in missions is building. WGM is expanding and people are being called into service. God is at work. WGM is up, up and away and we are so thankful you are on our team!

We ask an interest in your prayers as WGM continues to expand and for us as we do our best to serve the Lord in Kingdom work around the world. Best wishes to you and your family for a wonderful Easter Season.

Sincerely,
Ned and Marlene McGrady
World Gospel Mission
Box 948
Marion, IN 46952
www.wgm.org

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The Answer My Friend


I recall a song when I was a teenager, entitled "Blowing in the Wind" I looked it up and found out that Bob Dylan actually wrote the song, but I think I remember in my early years, Peter, Paul and Mary singing it. It asked a tough question, what is the answer to whatever you may be facing in life, and that the answer can be found, it is blowing in the wind, it is there.
I know that we face a lot of seemingly unanswered questions in our lives and some things we face just do not seem to be easily answered, but in the quest for answers we often end up seeking. I am reminded that when we seek, we will find. Spiritually speaking, we can find at least a peace in our hearts even in the midst of unanswered questions. We are reminded that we will find it when we seek for it with our whole heart. Or more specifically, we will find God, when we seek for Him with our all. There is an answer, blowing in the wind.
Recently Marlene and I returned from McAllen, Texas, where World Gospel Mission operates Taylor Christian School and a community soccer outreach to the children of the McAllen area. Many of you have been praying and supporting Jordan as he has gone to serve there in teaching Phys. Ed and
 coaching soccer. He has entered into the ministry there and is doing well in getting adjusted and serving alongside of a great team of WGM missionaries. Taylor Christian School has been around for decades and continues to have an impact in the lives of children living on the border of Mexico.
We helped finish up his apartment that was in need of some major remodeling and he is settling in to the ministry there. Thank you for praying for this important work. While we were there we helped with the apartment, met with many missionaries one-on-one and enjoyed some great times of fellowship together. You may recall that our missionary career began in 1985 in Laredo, TX, just three hours up the Rio Grande. There we ministered in a school much like Taylor Christian. Jessica and Joshua were both born in Laredo, and we felt that God placed a special love in our hearts for the border. Fast forward 30 years and we find our selves taking our youngest son back to the border to minister, while God continues to use us around the world to encourage and support missionaries. What an awesome God we serve! And what a joy to know that even in a world full of questions, there is a peace in knowing that God is in control. I started to think about the song, "Blowing in the Wind" because of an event that happened during our time in McAllen. We were grilling out our evening meal with one of our missionary family's after working on Jordan's apartment. A pastor friend of the mission drove in and approached us asking if we wanted to see something that we had never seen before. Peeking our curiosity we went to his van. The pastor was a
Native American. He got out a large box and opened it up and lifted out a large bald eagle. He began to tell the story. He said that because he was a Native American he requested that the Federal Government send him a bald eagle for cultural native American purposes. This young bald eagle had been found after being sucked into the whirlwind of one of the large windmills of a wind farm and had perished at the turning blades of the windmill. He received this eagle as a religious/cultural gift to be used for those purposes. As I reflected on this experience
I thought about the fact that we are often like an eagle, the whirlwind of life, the busyness of life often "sucks" us in. In takes us away from the things that are most important and occupies our lives with busy things. Not necessarily bad things, but things that often pull us away from seeking the things that may be eternal. The things that are everlasting, the things of God. I wonder today as you read this blog, are you being pulled in to a "whirlwind" of life? Do you need to take a moment, and seek the Lord? What is He saying to you? What is the message He has for you? Rest! Peace! Breathe! Seek! Find!......yes, the answer my friend, it's blowing in the wind.

God loves you and so do we.

May we share some prayer requests with you?
Please pray for Jordan as he ministers in McAllen, TX. Pray for God to use him in a great way.
Pray for us as we leave today for a visit to Asia. We will spend a week in Japan with our WGM missionaries there. Oct. 19 - 27. We will then fly to Cambodia where I will preach and visit our newest field and our missionary family there, Oct. 27 -31. Then we fly to China and visit three of our friends there, Oct. 31 - Nov. 5. Our oldest son Joshua will be visiting Japan with us. He is meeting us in Tokyo for the week, where he will be experiencing a taste of what we do in our ministry. He will also have a chance to connect with a foreign exchange student that lived with us in Spring, Arbor, Michigan when he was growing up. Please pray for all of these travels and that we may have some effective times of ministry amongst our people serving in this part of the world.

As always, we appreciate you all so much! Thank you for being a part of our ministry. May the Lord bless you and may you find His grace sufficient. He is enough for every need.

Love and prayers,
Ned and Marlene McGrady
Missionaries with World Gospel Mission
Box 948
Marion, IN 46952

www.wgm.org/mcgrady

Monday, September 25, 2017

Who's in the family?

 

 

 

 Family is life's most precious commodity. Family is a precious gift, one that refreshes the heart, renews the spirit, and reminds us just how blessed we are. We have been traveling a lot in these recent days, but we found some time over the Labor Day weekend between running from Bolivia to Indiana, from Pennsylvania to New Jersey and in between to spend some time with our family. Lake Michigan has been our family destination for a long time. Seeing  the beautiful double rainbow over Lake Michigan reminded us that God's promises are always true and we can trust Him. We enjoyed a weekend together with our Josh, Jordan, Jessi, Zac, and our baby Rowen. Rowen had her first experience recently meeting a donkey up close and in person with "Papa" and she loved it. Yes, family is life's most precious commodity and we are thankful for our family and each one of our kids. We love them all so very much and grateful to God for His abundant blessings to us. While we hold this family so dear, we realize that the family of God is so much bigger and we all are part of that great family. Even as we think of you as the reader of this blog, you are part of our family. You are reading this today because you care about us, you pray for us, you may even send in financial support for our ministry and we feel the same warm thoughts about you as we realize you are part of our family too and we are so thankful for you. Then, as we think about family, we realize that God has blessed us with an amazing missionary family that we get to
work with. During the past two weeks and over the summer we have had an the opportunity to invest in the lives of our missionaries in some incredible ways. We conducted a total of three Renewal sessions over the course of this year, yielding us the opportunity to debrief and provide spiritual support and renewal to nearly 60 missionaries serving from all parts of the world. God is doing great things and WGM is on the move to impact the world for Christ in exciting ways. We listen to story after story of a life that is changed because a missionary went to serve and we (Marlene and Ned) are privileged to partner with you in encouraging, supporting and coming alongside of these servants in their work and ministry. It may be that you are reading this blog today and God may be speaking to you about how you might become even more involved in missions. We'd love to have a conversation with you about that, the Lord of the harvest is still calling laborers into the mission field. Will you pray Luke 10:2 that the Lord of the harvest will send workers.
Many of you are aware that Jordan is heading to McAllen, Texas to WGM's border ministry to serve as a Phys Ed. teacher and soccer coach for the next year. This door of ministry has opened for him and he is excited to go. He is currently in process of raising funds to serve for the next year, and he is in need of about $4000.00 more of support to be fully funded. He will be leaving for the field on October 9. If you would like to support Jordan, your tax deductible gift can be sent to World Gospel Mission Box 948, Marion, IN 46952 or a secure gift can be given on line at www.wgm.org/jordanmcgrady We look forward to seeing what God will do through Jordan as he goes to do this important ministry.
Since we last talked to you, we had the privilege of visiting our missionaries serving in Bolivia in the month of August. We spoke to them as a group, shared a meal together, and went to some of their places of ministry. We visited the "El Alferero" ministry to university students in Santa Cruz, where our missionary Amanda Hoogcamp serves as counselor and librarian in this exciting ministry. God is working to use our WGM missionaries in some incredible ways. Your prayers for us as we come alongside of them in ministry is so important. We also traveled out about 5 hours by car to Asuncion' to visit our long term missionary Dr. Nina Kunkle who has faithfully served the Lord there all of her adult life. Dr. Kunkle was born and raised in Bolivia and has literally saved the lives of many while telling them of the eternal salvation that only Jesus can bring. Dr. Kunkle is pictured here (lower right)with the pastor and wife of the local WGM Nueva Esperanza Church (New Hope). We have a supporting church that is part of our family,    
Village Hope Church in Jackson, MI. There are a couple of ladies that recycle greeting cards into laminated tracts with the plan of salvation scriptures in Spanish on them. We took a supply of 500 of these with us and distributed them at this church and the people were so excited to take these cards out to help tell others about the love of Christ. Have you ever wondered what you could do to advance the Gospel in our world? Who would have known that recycled greetings cards could make such a difference?
We just returned from a journey out east here in the USA. We traveled to Philadelphia, PA where we had the honor of visiting the Mariam Clinic,
where long term missionaries, Dr. Michael and Kay Johnson serve in an inner city ministry. Dr. and Mrs. Johnson served for 20 years at our Tenwek hospital in Kenya, Africa until they sensed God leading them back to USA where they have started this inner city clinic serving the underserved medical needs of the people living in inner city Philly. I know that sometimes we run into people that wonder why don't we minister to the needs of the people right here in our own country. Well, the family of God is not an either/or situation, it is both. God is about redeeming and restoring lives around the world and He cares about everyone's needs from Bolivia to Philadelphia. God's people are in need of our prayers and our support and we have some great members of God's family reaching out around the world with the love of Christ. Are you interested in how you can be a part of this great work? We would love to hear more from you.


From our family to your family, may you be blessed in all ways.

Sincerely,
Ned and Marlene McGrady
Missionaries with World Gospel Mission
Directors of Member Health
Box 948
Marion, IN 46952
765-671-7240
www.wgm.org/mcgrady







 
 

Friday, August 4, 2017

Texas Mexico Border Ministries and Jordan!

Some months ago, we had the opportunity to travel to our Texas Mexico Border Ministries located in McAllen, Texas. While there, we had the opportunity to lead a growing number of missionaries from WGM in a Ministry Match Seminar to explore how to use their spiritual giftedness and personality profile to assist in the education ministry at Taylor Christian School and/or sports ministry outreach to the community. God is up to something really exciting on the Texas Mexican Border and we have strong reason to agree. We have seen a number of missionaries called to serve and to work in education and sports ministry outreach. It is very exciting.

We have a heart for this area of the world. Some of you may recall that we began our married lives 32 years ago by serving in this area of the world. Our daughter Jessica and oldest son Joshua were born on the mission field in Laredo, Texas and we know that God is concerned for these people on the border, still today.

We are very excited to announce to you that our youngest son Jordan will be returning to missionary service and will be going to McAllen, Texas with World Gospel Mission to serve for the next year as a Volunteer in Action (VIA). We ask that you would consider joining his prayer team or his team of supporters to help with this vital sports ministry outreach. 

Here is Jordan newsletter:


Dear family and friends,                                                                  July 31, 2017

 Recently I was accepted with World Gospel Mission to serve as a Volunteer In Action (VIA) in McAllen, TX on the Texas/Mexico border. As you may know, I spent most of my teenager years serving as a missionary with my parents, Ned and Marlene, in Cuenca, Ecuador. Now, I am beyond excited for the doors that God has opened so far to serve in McAllen in the fall.

For a quick update since Ecuador, I attended and graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University in the winter of 2015 with a degree in Marketing and Spanish. I then started a position in sales at a technology company in Indianapolis, IN, spending a few months learning about the tech and sales life. During that time I was also able to save up and return for a week back to Ecuador to see friends and members of our church for the first time since we left five years prior. That trip reminded me of how much I enjoyed the Spanish language, culture, and people (as well as soccer!) and began this journey of returning to missions that I am on now.

After trying a few different positions and companies around Indianapolis and having nothing working out quite liked I had planned, I decided to look around at mission opportunities related to my two favorite subjects, Spanish and sports. I began looking at mission opportunities that would allow me to do both, and during a volleyball game with missionaries from Texas this past June, I heard about the ideal ministry for me.

In McAllen, Texas, World Gospel Mission has Taylor Christian School, an elementary and middle school, as well as community soccer and basketball leagues with outreach among the Hispanic people. I will be able to come along side the current full time missionaries, coaching youth in the soccer and basketball leagues, teaching Physical Education as well as helping at the school as needed. My goal is to leave as soon as possible, but no later than October of this year, and stay until next fall, serving the full school year in McAllen. I am beyond blessed to find something so perfect for my skill set and to have this chance to serve.

As many of you know, it is impossible for me to do this alone. This is why I would like to invite you to be part of this ministry! As I wrap things up in Indianapolis and transition to move to McAllen, please keep me in your prayers for safe travels, fundraising, and the coaching and (Jordan with a pastor's newborn)

teaching I will be doing within the community.

 Also, please consider becoming a part of the financial team to make this ministry possible by making a contribution toward my expenses. Trusting God to provide the necessary finances is one of the first lessons I learned, and thankfully I have seen first hand how God provides and why I can confidently trust in Him to provide the total expense for my trip of $18,700, which covers travel, housing, and other living expenses.

Please pray with me for this financial need to be met by October of this year. If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation online, visit www.wgm.org/jordanmcgrady where you can make a one time or recurring gift to my ministry. If you would prefer to send a check, please send it to Box 948, Marion IN, 46952. Any check made out to World Gospel Mission will receive a tax receipt from WGM.
 
Thank you all so much for your support of myself and my family for so many years. The same mission verse we chose ten years ago as a family on our way to Ecuador, Proverbs 3:5-6, is the same verse I am trusting in fully now; Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight”

 
Would you consider standing with me in this ministry, either through joining my prayer team, or giving to this important outreach?  If you have any questions or want to learn more about the specifics, I would love to explain in more detail!

Blessings,
Jordan McGrady
Cell phone: 517-395-0455
Email: jordanmcgrady92@gmail.com


Address: 6964 Mary Court, Marion IN, 46953
 
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Friday, June 30, 2017

Summer Highlights In Ministry

 

WGM missionaries from around the world have gathered for 2 weeks of retreat, training, and collaboration. Join us in praying for these Kingdom workers!
WGM IMPACT 2017 at Indiana Wesleyan University

We had the privilege of joining about 100 of our WGM leaders for a wonderful time of spiritual renewal and stimulating converstation during two annointed weeks of ministry and learning during the month of June.  We used the format of seasoned leaders at WGM (Pauls) interacting and discussing missional topics and outreach for growth and development of WGM with emerging leaders (Timothys).
 
God was faithful to meet with us in a dynamic and soul inspiring way. Times of prayer, worship, and discussion lead us to realize that God has a great plan in place for WGM to double the impact of mission work around the world over the next five years. As an organization we affirmed our need for passionate expressions of Prayer, Holiness, Stewardship, and Transformation to improve our focus on bringing the love of God to people around the world. We made a resolve to continue to work hard to promote spiritual and emotional health and well being for each of our missionaries and our missionary teams, encouraging WGM leaders to work together in continued greater unity and oneness of mind to see the lost brought to Christ. We were excited to consider how God may be leading us to embrace new paradigms of outreach and strategic planning to reach the world. We sensed the leadership of the Holy Spirit and the annointing power of God to more completely fulfill God's best intentions for WGM.
 
It is so exciting to see how God is at work and we are convinced that He is still calling people into missionary service. Maybe God is calling you? If so check out www.wgm.org/jobs for more information on how to serve or contact us and we would be happy to talk with you more.
 
Summertime is always a time of lots of activity around the WGM Headquarters in Marion. The month of July is packed with a Renewal Debriefing for missionaries coming home, a training for missionaries entering Home Ministry, and a final time of training to launch nine new missionaries headed out to serve around the world. We are preparing for missionaries to go to Cambodia, Kenya, Peru and Argentina. We will be involved in all of these training times during July.
 
Looking  ahead we have some time with family planned during the 4th of July. These are pictures with Ned's mom and brothers as well as our kids during the springtime this year. We look forward to being together over

Ned's Family over the Springtime
 
 
the holiday before entering into a month of training.
 August includes some educational events and visiting some missionaries stateside as well as a trip to Bolivia scheduled for August 22 - 29.  
Also looking ahead, we are planning a visit this fall to our missionaries serving in Japan and China, a part of the world that God has a heart for. As always we are interested in your prayers and thank you for your support to our mission work. The faithful giving of partners like you make our work with missionaries possible. Thank you for helping make a difference through your involvement.
 
We also like to know how we can return the blessing to you that you are to us. Please let us know how we may pray for you and what we may do to encourage you in your walk with Jesus.
Love and Prayers,
Ned and Marlene McGrady
WGM Missionaries
Box 948
Marion, IN 46953
727.459.2966
www.wgm.org/mcgrady  for more info on our ministry