Thursday, May 11, 2017

Wherever Your Treasure is.....

Recently we celebrated a surprise "Facebook" 60th Birthday Card Shower for Marlene. Our daughter Jessica planned the electronic celebration and well over 100 cards came flooding in. We had so many we had to find a box big enough to hold the surprise which we presented to her at a family gathering.  Thank you so much for helping to make Marlene's Birthday so very special. We really appreciated it.
As we viewed this picture we saw Marlene holding a precious treasure; so many wonderful people sharing their love and appreciation with her in such a meaningful and tangible way. It was a true treasure. Our minds were then drawn to Luke 12:54 (NLT) "Wherever your treasure is, there your heart and thougths will also be."
We began thinking of all of the treasures we possess and they are so many. From the spiritual side there is the treasure we have through Christ Jesus and all the blessings He so freely gives to us. The gift of salvation, eternal life, the promise of the Holy Spirit, the daily abiding presence in our lives. Wonderful treasures. From the emotional side there is the treasure of friendship, love, and support that we find through family, loved ones and people like you. There is the blessing of a precious little one year old in our lives that brings us so much joy. We celebrated Rowen's One year birthday on April 15th, with many of our family gathered together. What a wonderful treasure we have with family. Each of you reading this update are part of the treasure, part of the family, part of our ministry, part of the team that helps to make what we do possible through your prayers for us, through your giving to our ministry and through your love and support to us. Thank you for being part of the wonderful treasure of God's gift to us.  
 
From the physical side there is the treasure of ministry that we have with God's choice servants. We have been called to serve God's servants. We are committed to the ministry of caring for missionaries serving God around the world. Our hearts and thoughts are focused on our missionaries who are real treasures too. World Gospel Mission is committed to serving people around the world. We recently returned from a visit to Kenya where we had a wonderful time of ministry to over 70 missionaries (plus kids) during a retreat on the Indian Ocean. Many of you were praying for us as we made this journey last month. We shared several days with our missionaries taking time with each family and each missionary to ask how they were doing and hear their hearts and see what God is doing in their lives and in their ministries. There were countless opportunties to pray together, encourage and support in a tangible way, the work of our missionaries. We gathered together in regular times of worship as well as fun times of actives and play. We presented the personality teaching of True Colors and everyone enjoyed learning if they were Blue, Gold, Green or Orange. Each color stands for a particular approach a person takes on relationships and personality. The whole week long, missionaries had fun sharing things like, "Well of course you need a hug, you are blue" or "Where's the party? The Oranges' are here!" or "We better be careful and do this right, we are Gold." or "Logically this doesn't add up to a true Green." It was so much fun and helpful too. What a real treasure to invest in such encouraging ways with our missionaries.

 
One of the great treasures that we experienced was a baptism in the Indian Ocean. What a sight to have over 100 Christians gathered on the shore praying together and rejoicing together as new believers in Jesus Christ were baptized. What an exciting thing to behold and what a joy to know that people around the world are making committments to follow Jesus. We praise the Lord for this and share this news with you with great joy.
 


 

Then for just a little fun, one never knows when at the Indian Ocean, buring a baptismal service when three camels may appear! Anyone for a ride???
 
 The Gospel of Luke reminds us that heavens values far surpass those of this temporal world. We are so thankful for you, who join with us regularly in keeping the focus on the eternal. Luke 12:34 "Whever your treasure is, there your heart and thoughts will be also."
 
Blessings to each of you,
 
Ned and Marlene McGrady
World Gospel Mission
Box 948
Marion, IN 46952
765-671-7240

For information on our ministry or to support us at World Gospel Mission go to:
www.wgm.org/mcgrady

 
 
 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

True Colors


 


We are coming up on the end of March and it is time for us to travel to Kenya, Africa. We have a wonderful opportunity to share in a five day retreat with nearly 70 missionaries and 45 missionary kids (Mk's).  We will be joining our retreat speakers, former WGM President, Dr. Hubert Harriman and his lovely wife, Sarah as well as other workers including Mike Banks our Mk Coordinator in what we believe will be an awesome week of refreshment and renewal for our missionaries serving throughout Kenya. We are busy packing lots of goodies to take along to bless our missionaries and Mk's.  Marlene will be presenting a teaching on True Colors, which is a personality profile learning tool that is interactive and colorful. Missionaries will find out if their color is Orange, Gold, Blue or Green - What's your color? Marlene is Orange, I am Gold, we both are strong Blue too. Do you want to find out your color?    It will be fun to be at this retreat and we are looking forward to this time so very much. We will be traving through Detroit and Amsterdam to Nairobi and will spend the next 10 days or so there before returning to Indy. We ask an interest in your prayers as we go to minister. Pray for our travels and that our ministry may be effective in encouraging and supporting our missionaries. We love this ministry of coming alongside of missionaries and we are so thankful for the opportunity to do it. We know that it is only possible because of the support and prayers you give. Thank you.

Over the past month we spoke in several churches and were able to visit with some of you while we traveled to Michigan, Florida  and Kentucky. We were thrilled to speak at Trinity Wesleyan Church in Jackson, MI, Ranchero Village Chapel, Largo, FL, Wesley Chapel UM Church, W. Melbourne, FL. and Asbury University, WGM Global Cafe', Wilmore KY.

It is always a joy for us to connect with our team of supporters as well as to meet new friends. God is working to help raise mission awareness in His church and we are excited about the prospects of reaching more people for Christ in these days. We are always interested in promoting the work of missions and we are happy to connect with you or your church. Just gives us a shout!

We had a wonderful commissioning service at WGM Marion, on March 16 when we commissioned nine missionaries to full time service. God met with us in a very special way and we sensed His annointing on the service and on these missionaries. WGM is on the move and great things are happening. Our leadership is casting a large vision to double the impact of WGM around the world. We believe that God has uniquely positioned WGM to be a key part of reaching our world for Christ. It is exciting to see the momentum build as we continue to look toward growth and positioning WGM to reach out.

Well it is time to finish packing and we will soon board the plane. We will think of you and give thanks to God for you as we travel one more time in Jesus Name. We would love to hear from you and learn how we can pray for you. May the Lord Bless you and keep you in His care.

Sincerely,
Ned and Marlene McGrady
World Gospel Mission
Box 948
Marion, IN 46952
765-671-7240

www.wgm.org/mcgrady for info on our ministry and how you can support this outreach.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

There is a River - Psalm 46

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Psa. 46:1. Over the years of following Christ there are some themes  that seem to run consistant. God is our refuge, He is our strength and He is always with us even in the hard times. His faithfulness to us is something we can depend on.
Just last week we joined the team at World Gospel Mission in Marion, IN for a day of prayer and seeking the Lord. WGM is committed to the spiritual growth and development of its employees as well as its 230 missionaries serving God around the world.
I wanted to share a thought that came to me during my time alone with the Lord. The picture at the left is actually the Mississinewa River in Marion, IN. I was studying Psa. 46 and came upon verse 4 that says, "There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells." My mind traveled back into time to a camp meeting in Wellston, OH where I grew up as a young person. This camp meeting had a huge part in my call to serve Jesus. It was during this camp meeting that I was called in to full time Christian Service and felt God's touch on my heart as I surrended my life to answer His call. As the Lord refreshed that memory in my mind, I thought of one of the young people at that camp named George that used to sing a song entitled, "There is a River" the words which came back to me, "There is a river, and it flows from deep within. There is a fountain, that frees the soul from sin. Come to this water; there is a vast supply. There is a river, that never shall run dry." It seemed like God said to me go to the river, so I went to the Mississinewa and there the Lord reminded me that He has everything that I face in His capable hands and His resources are just like this river, they flow, unending, and never will run dry.
What an encouragement to our hearts as Marlene and I serve our missionaries at WGM. We enter into many situations that we need a lot of help to carry out our responsibilities and care for our most precious resource, our missionaries. God flooded my heart with His presence inviting me to come to the river, for it will never ever run dry. I looked through some recent pictures and saw a picture on the coast of Kauai' and the vast Pacific Ocean, and then the sunset in Florida on the vast Atlantic Ocean,  and I know that Psa. 46:2 -3 "Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though the waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging....THERE IS A RIVER and from that river we can "Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth, The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Psa. 46: 10 -11.

We are mindful of this message as we minister among our missionaries. We were in the country of Peru to ring in the New Year. Marlene and I gathered just outside of Cusco, Peru with almost 50 of our WGM South America/Ibero missionaries for a reterat. We were able to spend quality time with each one and enjoyed laughing together, playing together and times of teaching and spiritual encouragement. We always enjoy prepping welcome bags of little surprises, complete with chocolate and more...to just say we love our missionaries and we care about them. The retreat was a tremendous time of refreshment and encouragement. We are often asked what is it that we do? Well, traveling to our missionaries and investing in their lives through developing relationships and coming alongside of them in their ministry is what we love to do. Many of you may remember us saying we are like the Aaron and Hur of the story of Moses praying for Joshua in Exodus Chapter 17. We help to hold up the hands of those that are ministering around the world. It is your faithful prayers and support that you give to our ministry that makes this all possible.

We returned from Peru in January, and visited Somerset Congregational Church in Somerset, MI for a missions fund raising dinner,  and then we had some time to enjoy a vacation with some close friends and supporters of ours who shared their time share with us in Hawaii. We returned from vacation to stop off in California to visit some missionaries before we returned to Marion. Our mission offices are welcoming some new personnel to help in the next phase of growth for WGM and we are excited to see what God has in store for us as we grow. On Feb. 12 we were privileged to speak at our home church, Trinity Wesleyan Church in Jackson, MI and enjoyed seeing friends and supporters of a great church that stands with us in ministry. This week finds us in Largo, FL where we spoke at Ranchero Village Chapel and connected with family and friends that are part of our support team. On, Feb. 25 -26 we will be sharing about our missionary work with a new church, Wesley United Methodist in W. Melborne, FL.

Where are we headed next? We plan to be in Marion, IN for most of the month of March to get caught up on work there (including a move of offices for us) and also to do a planning time for our Member Health Department at the mission. On March 29 we fly out to Kenya, Africa where we will join our largest team of missionaries serving through WGM at their annual retreat there. Marlene will be teaching and we will be sharing with our missionaries there. As always we ask an interest in your prayers as we make this journey.

Thank you for you support and prayers. We constantly are reminded that your support and prayers are what keep us. You are part of The River and part of the encouragement that never runs dry. Thank you.

Sincerely,
Ned and Marlene McGrady
WGM
Box 948
Marion, IN 46952
www.wgm.org/mcgrady

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year


Champions Corner
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year


December 2016

To our family and friends,
 
We bring you Christmas greetings in the wonderful name of Jesus our Immanuel, God is with us. As we share this Christmas letter with you, we pray that the Christ of Christmas will bless you with every good and perfect gift.
 
We have been reflecting on this year of travel in ministry with World Gospel Mission, and we are amazed at all the wonderful opportunities our partnership in ministry has allowed us to do together in reaching out to our world in Jesus’ Name. You have been a part of this awesome ministry, and God has worked through your prayers and financial giving.
 
This year, God has allowed us to minister in eight countries and nine states as we ministered and encouraged missionaries to 10 mission fields where WGM is sharing the life-changing message of hope in Jesus Christ. We have visited Paraguay, the Texas- Mexico Border, the American Indian Field, Kenya, and The Center in Stockton, California, Albania, Hungary, Ukraine, Uganda, and Peru. We held retreats, preached, taught, counseled, encouraged, prayed, and shared the hope of Jesus with folks around the world. God has certainly enlarged our ministry, and we thank you for being our encouragement as we have traveled tens of thousands of miles in ministry.
 
During our recent ministry visit to Europe, we were inspired by the picture here at St. Matthew’s Cathedral in Budapest, Hungary, that depicts the Lion and the Lamb. The Lion of Judah is roaring with power, fighting our battles, and at the same time He is the Lamb of God that was slain for the sins of the world. He is our Lamb whose shed blood breaks the chains that sin holds on us.
What a wonderful blessing for us to realize that the Lion and the Lamb is our strength and defender this Holy Season.
 
We were able to carry that message of hope and encouragement this year as we ministered to missionaries around the world, and we are grateful to carry this message of hope to you, our champions. The Lion of Judah is fighting for you, too. He cares about all that you are going through. We trust you will reach out to the Lamb that cares enough to provide salvation, full and free.
 
While visiting in Albania, we had the opportunity to visit the city of Durres, where we visited an amphitheater dating to the 2nd century A.D. where early Christians were fed to the lions because of their faith in Jesus Christ. Albania has been a country where persecution has been known to Christians.
The collage below depicts Marlene with our missionaries Nathan and Cydil Waggoner as we read about the early Christians who were martyred in this very spot. Notice the opening above the lion’s den which provided a surround sound effect to the amphitheater seating for the roar of the lions to incite the crowds gathered.


It seemed to us that a theme was emerging as we made our travels from field to field: the Lion and Lamb, a contrast of God’s power and God’s great grace bringing a lost world to Himself. His grace was evidenced as we also spent time with our missionaries in Hungary and Ukraine. We were so blessed to see what God is doing through the ministries of these missionaries serving with WGM.
Left: Hungary missionaries: Top left, The Duls and family; middle left, Ned with Mark Landerholm; above right, Marlene with Meg Dul, Katy Beth Searls, and Eszti Landerholm
 
Ukraine missionaries: right, The Brower family; bottom middle, Oksana, Dennis, and Bill Brower, Ned and Marlene in front of the Opera House and YES! fresh roasted coffee.

Using everything from work amongst refugees to caregiving to orphans, from church ministries to educational classes, WGM missionaries are helping to share His grace and love with a lost world.

WGM is busy increasing it's impact around the world in new and fresh ways. Perhaps God has been speaking to your heart about serving cross-culturally in mission. WGM is always looking for persons that God is calling to be a part of His Harvest around the world.

Check out WGM's Web Site for opportunities at www.wgm.org
 
 
We have also greatly enjoyed the chances we have had to connect with many of you in your churches, homes, and various walks of life. You have been close to our hearts and in our prayers.
 
One of the greatest blessings we all share is family that we hold so dear. This year we entered into the world of Grandparenthood. On April 15, 2016, our daughter and son-in- law gave us a beautiful little girl who has stolen our hearts. It has been absolutely amazing to us to see the love explode for our precious little Rowen Elizabeth Hiser (with Santa).  It seems like whenever we are traveling stateside, our car seems to have to pass through Mansfield, Ohio. (We don’t know if you have any advice as to how we can control where our car goes or not, but it sure seems to end up in Mansfield every chance it gets!) Jessica and Zac are doing well in their jobs and being new parents. We are so proud of and thankful for them. Joshua lives in Lancaster, Ohio, and works with Home Depot, designing and selling kitchens around the greater central Ohio area. Jordan is living in Indianapolis and working for a tech company as well as continuing his interests in Spanish and cross-cultural work. This past March, he returned to Ecuador to help with a soccer camp and see the church we helped to plant. He also worked at WGM’s MK camp this summer.

We can't thank you enough for what you do in partnership with us in this ministry. Your prayers and your support make all the difference. Thank you from our hearts for your faithfulness. We count it a blessing to be in this together.
 
 
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, 
Ned and Marlene McGrady
6964 Mary Ct.
Marion, IN 46953
 
Ned 727.459.2966
Marlene 517.395.0315
 
For info on giving to our ministry
 
 

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The Majestic Name of Jesus

Psalm 8 (of David; NIV84)

O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise because of your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.
When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and cowned him with glory and honor.
You made him ruler over the works of your hands; you put everything under his feet all flocks and herds, and the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas.
O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is you name in all the earth!

Recently, we returned from a visit to our inner-city mission ministry in Stockton, California. God is working to help our missionaries there to make a difference in the lives of young people that would be destined to be a part of gang life. Jesus is making a difference in this inner-city work and our WGM missionaries are doing a great job of offering a lifestyle of love in Jesus' name. Since we flew into San Fransico on our visit, we took advantage of seeing the San Fransico Bay's famous Golden Gate Bridge and the notorious Alcatraz Island. We couldn't help but think of the ministry there in Stockton, as young men and women are receiving Jesus' love, learning that He is a bridge to eternal life, and that His ways will keep them from an imprisioned life of captivity.

In reflection on the majestic name of Jesus that the Psalmist writes about, these thoughts came to our minds as we journeyed together on this visit.

"O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth." As we look out over the mountains surrounding the peaceful waters, we are awestruck at the beauty-beholding. Then we realize you have set your glory and your majesty even higher than the heavens we can see. Your majesty is greater than the beauty we can behold. From the lips of children and even infants yet to utter a word, you are given praise. Your ear is inclined, bent low to hear the praise, and even the rocks cry out in praise and the trees clap their hands, silencing the enemy and rendering the foe and avenger powerless. Your mighty hand and your outstreached arm deliever us from evil.

"O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth." We see the movement of your finger as it majestically places the sun, moon, and stars in their courses aligned. And in all this beauty and your majesty, WHO ARE WE? How is it, Lord, that you are mindful of us? How is it possible, in all your splendour, rule, and reign, that you pause to care for us? How humbling for us to realize our place, lower than you, our master, and lower than your created angels that you have given charge over us. And yet you place on us a crown, you have chosen us with glory and honor.

"O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth." You chose us and crowned us, a faliable, sinful people, made righteous by your selfless giving of life and your shedding of blood. Yes Lord, you crowned us with your righteousness and we stand in awe of you, Holy God. For you took your creation, the very works of your hands, the mountains, the seas, the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, the fish in the sea, and you made us ruler of your creation and under our feet those things abide. We are drawn to you, "O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth." Thanks be to God and His unsearchable gifts. All glory and praise to His MAJESTIC NAME!

As you look out over the mountains surrounding the peaceful waters, may you find these truths fresh upon your heart. We ask an interest in your prayers as we again travel to minister to our missionaries  - this time in Europe.

October 31 - Tirana, Albania (Arriving Nov. 1) to visit Nathan and Cydil Waggoner and family serving in the village of Vlashaj with WGM and Planters Seed Foundation.
November 4 - Budapest, Hungary to visit Dan and Katy Beth Searls and family; Gabor and Meg Dul and family; Mark and Eszti Landerholm and family, serving with WGM in various ministries.
November 8 - Lviv, Ukraine to visit Bill and Oksana Brower and family serving with WGM in the town of Berdyansk.
November 11 - Tbilisi, Georgia to visit Shushan Richardson serving with WGM in partnership with LLC International University English Language program.
November 14 - We begin our long trip back to Indiana through Amsterdam and Detroit.

We have a quick turn-around time to get to our Mental Health in Missions Conference at Pokagon State Park in Angola, Indiana, November 16-20. This conference is a highlight for us as we gather with over 100 like-minded member care persons serving missionaries around the world.

As always, we are mindful of your support and prayers. As you give to our ministry and as you pray for us, we are encouraged to continue to help serve our missionaries around the world. Thank you for your faithful giving.

In His Majestic Name,
Ned and Marlene McGrady
Member Health Directors
World Gospel Mission
Box 948
Marion, IN 46952
765.671.7240

www.wgm.org/mcgrady





Friday, September 2, 2016

47 MILES TO E FUEL LEVEL LOW

47 MILES TO E FUEL LEVEL LOW came on our car as we traveled back from speaking at Pathways Community Church in Jackson, Michigan last Sunday, August 28.
We just finished sharing about our ministry as pastors and encouragers to our missionaries and there came the message FUEL LEVEL LOW.
How is your fuel level today? It is good to take a look at spiritual and emotional tanks and take note of what is in reserve and stop for a rest and a refill.  
Marlene and I spend our time in ministry day after day helping to re-fuel our missionaries and keep them running for the long haul. Cross-cultural work is never easy and pouring out to others in ministry in another language, or an unfamiliar location can certainly cause the fuel levels to run low. Traveling to another country and culture can have stressful results.
We work together with our Member Health Team at World Gospel Mission to help relieve the stressors of missionary life and work and to encourage the re-fueling of the heart and soul. The word Sabbath has become an important word to emphasize. Sabbath means, "stop,  rest, time out" and that is a word we would like to share with you today. God longs to draw close to you and to minister to your heart and soul and as a matter of fact He promises that when you draw close to Him, He will draw close to you. In that relationship God restores your soul and replenishes your tank and allows you the spiritual and emotional energy you need to continue on in deepening that relationship.
 
The statement "Work out of our rest, not rest out of our work" is something that means a lot to us. This quote is closely tied with Creation. God worked for 6 days to create everything and speak it into existence, that which never before was. The Bible tells us that the last creation was Adam and then on 7th day God rested and turned the creation over to Adam. Adam's first day, was God's 7th day, a day of REST. Sabbath rest, means to set aside time to be with the loving heavenly Father, so that re-fueling and refreshment can come and it is possible to "work out of our rest, not rest out of our work."
 
It is great for Marlene and I to remind ourselves of this truth. We can get busy in the work just like you our supporters and prayer partners. We can get busy in the work just like our missionaries, pastors and church leaders. The fuel level can get low and when the warning light comes on, take notice. Listen to your soul, draw near to the One who loves you and cares for you and know that God is with you. Re-fuel your tank in His presence and give yourself time to allow God to minister to your heart. He longs to spend time with you.
 
Next week we have the honor to work with a dozen of our missionaries coming from around the world everywhere from Kenya to Bolivia and places in between for some days of refreshment and renewal. Please pray for our Member Health Team as we pour into our missionaries and encourage them through this time of debriefing and renewal. Please pray for our Member Health Team as we transition our co-workers Frank and Sharon Martin into retirement and we continue to minister to our missionaries around the world. Please pray for our newest members of our team Greg and Teresa Leeth as they work with us and Mike Banks as he ministers to our missionary kids.
 
 As you pray for our ministry we have some travels that are coming up in the near future and we would ask you to remember us as we make plans to visit some of our mission fields. Here are some of the events:
 
Renewal  - Sept. 7 - 9 at WGM Marion, IN
Team Building Training - Sept. 12 - 15 at WGM Marion, IN
Travel to California to visit missionaries - Sept. 21 - 26
Europe Travel to Albania, Hungary, Ukraine and Georgia  - Oct. 31 - Nov. 14
Travel to Peru for South American Regional Retreat -  Dec. 30 - Jan. 8
 
Your prayers and your financial support are vital to our ministry and we never want to forget to say "Thank you" for your partnership in this work. You are our champions in this cause and we thank God for each of you. We hope and pray that your tank will be full...full of God's love and care as you continue to serve Him.
 
In Christ,
Ned and Marlene McGrady
WGM Directors of Member Health,
Box 948
Marion, IN 46952
765-671-7240
www.wgm.org\mcgrady