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
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