January's Trainings and February's Travels
The month of January was filled with investment in wonderful servants like these pictured above. One of the joys of our ministry as member care workers is the time we can share with our missionaries. Have we told you lately how much we love our missionaries? Often our minds go back to the time we were newly weds and we drove off to Laredo, Texas where we worked together with a great team to help reach people on the border and in Mexico. Many of you may know that story as we found our selves overwhelmed in ministry. We certainly needed someone to come alongside of us and care for us, listen to us and pray for us, we needed a pastor! It was through that experience and our subsequent ministries in church, the hospital and counseling that led us to this work. We often ask the question, who pastors the pastor? We have regular opportunities to serve in this very capacity and we are so very thankful that God has allowed us this privilege. We are so thankful that we can partner with you in this ministry and we want you to know that it is because of your prayers and support that we have this ministry together.
Throughout January we had opportunities to serve our missionaries here at World Gospel Mission in Marion, IN. We held a Renewal with the group pictured above and we know that many were praying that God would meet with us in a way that would effective and encouraging. We are thankful that your prayers made a difference in our work and we had the joy of hearing the hearts of our missionaries and offering the gift of presence. Often we are reminded that Jesus walked with his disciples and spent time hearing them and caring for them as they were sent out to serve. During another week we had a training for the missionaries that are beginning their Home Ministry Assignment her in the USA. During this time we share tools for team building for prayer and finances. All of our missionaries are responsible for raising their own support to answer their call to serve around the world and we are thankful for your part in supporting us in this ministry.
One of the real joys we experience is a week we call Orientation Camp. This is a WGM specific training to help our new missionaries prepare to go to their field of service. This week we are ready to launch missionaries to Argentina, Kenya, Czech Republic, India here in the USA. God is at work and He is still calling people to carry the Good News of the Gospel around the World! It is awesome to partner with you and be a part of this exciting work. We rounded out the month with a specific training to help us with team development and building inner personal skills of communication and working together.
While January was full of training, February is a time for us to connect with some of our supports in this ministry. We work hard to keep in contact with our champions and bring others on board to support us in ministry. We will be speaking at churches and meeting with individuals in IN, MI, OH, SC, FL over the next three weeks. We covet your prayers as we travel many miles sharing about our ministry and engaging with people concerning their involvement in promoting member care among our missionaries. Please pray for us as we will be traveling for God to provide all that is needed and that we can be an encouragement and blessing.
Feb. 4 Somerset Congregational Church, Somerset, MI
Feb. 5 Trinity Wesleyan Church, Jackson, MI
Feb. 18 Leesburg Wesleyan Church, Leesburg, FL
Feb. 24 - 25 Wesley United Methodist Church, W. Melbourne, FL
Mar. 4 Heritage Presbyterian Chapel, Largo, FL
Thank you for your prayers and thank you for those of you that are praying for and supporting Jordan in his ministry in McAllen, Texas. He is teaching Physical Education at Taylor Christian School and is part of a ministry team in a soccer program reaching out into the community.
We are so thankful for each one of you and for your support for this ministry. You can get info to support either of us at Jordan or Ned and Marlene
See Jordan's latest post at Jordan in McAllen
Ned and Marlene McGrady
Member Health Directors
World Gospel Mission
Marion, IN 46952