Thursday, September 10, 2015
"Summer Time Happenings" is the title of this month's blog post. We had a very full summer of ministry and happenings and the above pictures are just a few examples of what the summer of 2015 has been like for us.
July was a full month as we again hosted over 20 missionaries and their children in a time of Renewal as they came off their fields of service for Home Ministry. This is one of the highlights of our ministry as we pour into their lives. The first picture above is some fun times we had playing Putt Putt on a local course here in Marion. Also, we participated in training for our new missionaries preparing to be sent out to the harvest field. The opportunities we have to encourage, train, and help equip our people for service is one of the greatest ministries we have here at WGM. After our July events were over we were ready for a much needed vacation and renewal time.
Many times we are asked as we are out speaking and traveling, who do you speak to and who helps you stay encouraged. We recognized that our souls were in need of some renewal and refreshment and we were able to participate in a program at Link Care in Fresno, CA. We received much needed counsel and inspiration as people spoke into our lives and helped us. We are so thankful for WGM and the opportunity we had to receive this kind of care. Caregivers need to refuel and take in so that they can continue in ministry and we thank the Lord for this opportunity.
While in California we visited our Stockton ministry, Peniel Mission where Bob, Lisa and Sarah Margaron are working with marginalized youth in this city. It was exciting for us to spend time with them and see the great things that God is doing in the lives of the young people in that city. Gangs are plenteous in Stockton, but God is continuing to use this ministry to change lives for eternity through this ministry. You have a part in this work as you support our ministry and we in turn can encourage our missionaries.
The next couple of pictures are from Yosemite National Park. We hiked many trails and enjoyed the majesty of God's beautiful creation in this truly glorious park. We have traveled many, many places around the world and are amazed at the beauty that God has right here in the USA. We enjoyed the nature and beauty as our hearts were filled with His beauty.
We returned back to Marion and had a week of "staycation" to do some needed work around our home and accomplished many work tasks that we had wanted to do. We concluded our time with a week together with our family at Lake Michigan. We enjoyed a visit to Tahquamenon Falls in the beautiful Upper Peninsula and rode bikes around Mackinaw Island, swam in Lake Michigan and enjoyed our time together as a family.
We are back at WGM and busy preparing for our September Renewal with about 20 missionaries and their kids that will join us for this special time. We covet your prayers for us as we share God's love and encouragement and we ask for God's spirit to help and bless in great ways.
We thank you very much for your continued support and prayers for our missionary ministry. God is faithful and He is using you to keep this ministry going. Thank you for your financial support and for your prayers. Your partnership together with us is priceless. You are our Champions.
May the Lord Bless you,
Ned and Marlene McGrady
World Gospel Mission
Marion, IN 46952