Thursday, July 18, 2013
Our recent ministry at World Gospel Mission, Marion, Indiana Campus has been an exciting time of seeing God at work in great ways in the lives of our missionaries. Three times a year we offer a time of RENEWAL for our missionaries that are returning for home ministry here in the USA.
We had 23 missionary adults and children that we lead through a time of spiritual encouragement, celebration, debriefing and personal renewal. God met with us in wonderful ways, as lives were encouraged and hearts were spoken to by God's faithfulness to us.
We heard celebrations of what God has done to transform the lives of His people from Uganda, Africa to Bolivia, South America and many countries in between. God is at work in His World to bring men and women and boys and girls into a personal relationship with the living Lord, Jesus. It is an absolute joy to enter into the lives of these missionaries and their precious families to help them transition and prepare for the next steps in their journey of service. Marlene and I are so thankful to God for this ministry. As a matter of fact, we believe we have the greatest job ever! It is a joy to serve and we take this moment to say "thank you" to you our champions - that pray - that give - that stand with us month by month in this work.
We ask an interest in your prayers for our travels July 28 - August 10. Jordan, Marlene and I will be traveling with Rev. and Mrs. Dale Dorothy and Rev. and Mrs. Greg Leeth to El Salvador and Honduras. We will meet our missionaries in San Salvador and travel to Jucuapa to visit the clinic and work of WGM in that part of the world. After our visit there, we will travel by van to Choluteca, Honduras where we will be visiting the houses that have been built for people as well as the vocational school that partners with Ohio State University as well as the churches in that area. Our next stop will be the capital city of Tecucigalpa. We have been told that it is the number one city in the world for per capita violence. There is a great need for the work of the church to expand and the love of Christ to be shared. In that area we will visit the ministry sight in Talanga and visit the El Manuelito Project.
El Manuelito is a ministry to the families and children that live and make their living from the dump. WGM has a ministry of child care and education/nutrition for the children living at the dump while their parents are "working" in the dump. From there we will travel to Catacamas to visit the flagship ministry of WGM Honduras, "El Sembrador" - The farm school, training young men in agriculture and education as well as teaching them about Jesus and the message of hope the Gospel message brings. We then go on to visit several other WGM ministries including La Esperanza, El Progreso, La Ceiba, the island of Roatan and on to Punta Gorda were we will visit with and minister to missionaries all along the way.
We also have recognized as God sends us on these journeys, He always has given us opportunities to minister to people all along the way, sharing the Gospel and coming alongside of missionaries to serve beside them in ministry. We ask that you will pray for us to have eyes to see what God may have us to do in ministry and outreach to the people of El Salvador and Honduras.
We then will land on the coast at Telamar, Honduras to lead a 5 day retreat with the WGM Honduras Missionary Team August 5 - 9. We are praying that God will give to us the seminars, messages and ministry that He needs our missionaries to have. We acknowledge that we need God's help as we plan and prepare and we know that the Holy Spirit must meet with us to make the difference. WILL YOU PRAY FOR US as we go on this trip? Yes, we need safety for sure, yes we need traveling mercies, and yes we need your support, but now more than ever we need God's anointing on our ministry and for those prayers we are grateful.
We look forward to updating you after our Honduras trip and will be planning to share our fall schedule of events in our coming blog next month. From our home to yours, we say, "God Bless You and thank you for standing with us!"
In Christian Love,
Ned, Marlene and Jordan McGrady
Marion, IN 46952
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