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Missionary Page

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“The people which sat in darkness saw great light…” Matt. 4:16
“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” Mark 16:15

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A Page About and for Missionaries and Their Work

We begin with a link (CLICK HERE) that introduces some missionaries associated with the Churches of Christ in Christian Union because I’m familiar with their work and know most of them personally. There are also links to the (Nazarene Missions International) (World Gospel Mission) (One Mission Society); however, all Christian Missionaries from around the world are encouraged to share your work and/or words on this page. We want you to know that you are loved and appreciated and prayed for by your brothers and sisters in Christ.  Church leaders and supporters of missionaries are also invited to share words of encouragement, information, and/or links regarding your missionary outreach. Just complete the Leave a Reply form at the bottom of the page. Include your email address in the body of your message if you want others to be able to reach you or you may leave an anonymous message if that is best in your situation.

We realize that some missionaries must work anonymously without sharing names or personal information in order to assure the safety of their families. If you want your posting to be anonymous, just put anonymous or any word of greeting on the form where your name is requested. Your email will not show on the posting unless you include it in the body of your message. Feel free to contact elmerwinner@hotmail.com (with mp in the subject line) if you have questions or concerns about making a post or about editing or removing a post that has already been made.

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old-edit-redo[1]PRAYER: I think a missionary page must become a prayer page. It should be a place where we come to learn of the work and needs of missionaries and then take them to the Lord in supportive prayer on a regular basis.  Will you commit your prayer support for God’s missionaries including those you learn about on this page? It WILL make a difference! May the (click Prayer Quotes) and the following poem remind us of the place and importance of prayer in missionary work.

Pray — Go — Give

Three things the Master hath to do,
And we who serve Him here below
And long to see His Kingdom come
May Pray or Give or Go.

He needs them all — the Open Hand
The Willing Feet, the Praying Heart–
To work together and to weave
A three-fold cord that shall not part.

Nor shall the giver count his gift
As greater than the worker’s deed,
Nor he in turn his service boast
Above the prayers that voice the need.

Not all can Go; not all can Give
To speed the message on its way,
But young or old, or rich or poor,
Or strong or weak — we all can Pray–

Pray that the gold-filled hands may Give
To arm the others for the fray;
That those who hear the call may Go,
And pray–that other hearts may Pray!
–Annie Johnson Flint

old-edit-redo[1]BIBLE VERSES FOR MISSIONS: The concept of crossing geographical or cultural boundaries to carry the teachings of God goes all the way back to the Old Testament. Missions didn’t start with the Great Commission, but has been a part of God’s plan since the beginning. Isaiah 6:8 “Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.”

Kings Encouraged People to Declare the Glory of the Lord

2 Kings 17:27, 28 “Then the king of Assyria commanded, saying, Carry thither one of the priests whom ye brought from thence; and let them go and dwell there, and let him teach them the manner of the God of the land. Then one of the priests whom they had carried away from Samaria came and dwelt in Bethel, and taught them how they should fear the LORD.”

1 Chronicles 16:23, 24 Sing unto the LORD, all the earth; shew forth from day to day his salvation. Declare his glory among the heathen; his marvellous works among all nations.”

Psalm 18:49Therefore will I give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and sing praises unto thy name.”

Psalm 96:3Declare his glory among the heathen, his wonders among all people.”

Prophets Proclaimed His Name

Isaiah 43:6, 7 “I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back: bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth; Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.”

Jonah 3:1, 2And the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the second time, saying, Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great city, and preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee.”

Jesus Encouraged His Disciples to Go Tell It

Matthew 24:14 “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.”

Matthew 28:19, 20 “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”

Mark 16:15 “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”

Luke 24:47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.”

Acts 1:8But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”

The Lord Sent Paul (Saul) and Barnabas to Preach to the Gentiles

Acts 13:2, 3As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them. And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.”

Acts 13:47For so hath the Lord commanded us, saying, I have set thee to be a light of the Gentiles, that thou shouldest be for salvation unto the ends of the earth.”

Acts 20:24 “But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.”

… These Bible verses for missions were found at whatchristianswanttoknow.com

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HELPFUL RESOURCES, the first four are shared by a missionary named, Leatha:

Jesus Film Harvest Partners — “It’s About Saving People.” (Bible Story Cloth recommended)
Firm Foundations — Missionary Proven Educational Materials
Simply the Story — Inductive Bible Study “Oral Style”
Story Audio-Visuals — Telling the Story of Jesus in Every Language

The Bible and Phone Minute — The book may be a helpful resource for many that preach and teach the Word. Teaching and study guides with commentary on all the devotionals are available from this website. Scriptures in the book include passages from nearly every chapter in the NT plus a few from the OT.
Read Along Bible Stories for Boys & Girls — What better place is there to sow the seed of God’s Word than into the hearts and minds of boys and girls? …And what better way is there to do it than with Bible Stories nearly all children love and enjoy? There is no expense involved for parents or teachers; all that’s needed is a telephone or a computer, and most children like spending time on both.

Other Sites of a general nature with several links to various resources:
World Christian Missionary Resources — Helping You Share Jesus with Your World
Mission Finder — Resources for Christian Missionaries
Missionary Resource List — Missions Resources Shared by David Crane

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2 responses to “Missionary Page

  1. elmerwinner

    June 16, 2015 at 8:54 am

    October, 2015
    Good News! Here’s the most recent message from Matt and Joy with WGM. Thanks to everyone four your prayers and gifts that made it possible for them to go!

    Yes. We made it to Uganda. Two months later, we feel like we are coming up for a breath and able to communicate. It has been a whirlwind of setting up our home, getting the kids adjusted to school, dealing with sickness, learning to navigate Kampala, making new friends, meeting new ministry partners, and finding furniture at a decent price. Oh-and very importantly, training our new German shepherd pup and guard dog –Magnus.

    God has confirmed in our minds that Kampala is where we are supposed to be. I am so thankful to Christine Stanfield, who prayed that we would find a house that would be just right for us. We love our new home even with its quirks-moldy cabinets, flooding yard, slanting floors, oh and a baby snake in our kitchen which Matt fearlessly killed for his wife. I must add that we have fantastic neighbors, Justin and Debby Williams-friends from our Indianapolis days. We couldn’t have planned that if we had tried.

    Judah and Lily have adjusted to city living and going to school, although we have had both tears and joy. Several nights ago, I (Joy) was laying on our bed talking to the kids. Lily was reminding us of the time she asked Jesus into her heart. Judah then said something very insightful and touching. He said, “Mama, I asked Jesus into my heart when we lived in Jinja (Uganda). Maybe that’s why I feel so at home in Uganda.” I can’t tell you how much it means to me that both of my kids know Jesus, but the fact that my son considers Africa to be “home” and attributes this feeling to the place where he first met Jesus is sweet. How precious it is-the moment when we find Jesus. While we were on Homeland Ministry Assignment we shared a passage from Acts 17:26-27 about how God moves people to different places so that “they should seek him and feel their way toward Him and find Him”. What a great reminder from Judah that God uses the movements of people and places so that they will seek him and find him.

    We praise God that we can plug into these movements of people. University students and refugees are moving to Kampala from various places. We believe that many of them will seek him and find him here. Thank you for your prayer, support, and your part in this Ministry. May God bless you as you plug into the movements of people around this world.

    For His Glory,

    Joy (for the Burkes)
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    Now, here’s the previous message received from Matt and Joy Burke just a few months ago:

    We are at 80%!

    June 2015

    What an amazing milestone! Now we look forward to seeing how God will provide the remaining amount. Admittedly, our faith is often weak and we wonder how the rest will come. Then, at other times, our faith soars as we see God provide for us in unexpected ways. This morning our faith was challenged as Joy read to Lily and Judah from a book about George Muller.

    George Muller ran an orphanage in England entirely on faith. We were moved by the way God provided for George Muller and 300 children. One morning they woke to NO food. Muller prayed “Dear God, we thank you for what you are going to give us to eat. Amen.”1 Then he told the children to be seated. A knock came at the door where a baker stood with enough bread for the children. Minutes later a milkman came by saying that he needed to offload several cans of milk in order to fix his cart. The milk was given to the orphanage. This event prompted one girl to begin ending her prayer requests with “…like you do for George Muller. Amen.”

    Reaching for 90%

    That is our prayer as a family. We are amazed by George Muller’s faith, but more than that-we are amazed by how God answered. We are praying to reach 90% in the next couple of weeks so that we can purchase our plane tickets. Please join us in praying for 90% as we pray that God will answer our prayers, like He did for George Muller. Thank you for your partnership in this ministry.

    In Christ,

    The Burkes

    WGM Logo Give online at: http://www.wgm.org/burke

    Contributions may be sent to:

    World Gospel Mission

    P.O. Box 948

    Marion, IN

    46952-0948(Please include “12277-Burke” on checks)

    Contact: JoyandMatt.Burke@gmail.com
    1051 North Brainerd Avenue, Avon Park, FL 33825
    Skype: MattandJoy.Burke
    706-615-3688

     
  2. elmerwinner

    March 15, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    Here’s the latest newsletter from Matt and Joy Burke:

    Greetings from Kampala!

    We are in the middle of a heat wave here in Uganda. It is the dry season, though the humidity remains high and sleeping is difficult. A cold blast of Midwest air would feel great right now. So if you are living in a cold State, go outside and enjoy the cold for us!

    We have not written in a while, so here is a brief update. The last several months have been a very fulfilling time for us. Your prayers and financial support have enabled us to engage in ministry that we are passionate about. Here are some highlights:

    •Trainings in Community Health Empowerment (CHE) in Kamuli, Masese, and Kampala.
    •Oral Bible studies (storying) with refugees.
    •Women’s Discipleship at Refuge and Hope–praying with and encouraging ladies, several who have seen great trauma.
    •Weekly small group of university men who meet in our home.
    •Teaching Bible classes at Refuge and Hope.

    We are amazed at the opportunities that we have been given. While Uganda is on the far southern edge of the 10/40 window, regional conflicts have forced unreached people groups to flee to our city–people who were previously out of reach. It is good to be on a team with others who recognize the strategic importance of reaching this population now.

    Let us share a story that really excites us. We recently met a man who comes from the Blue Nile region of Sudan. Raised in another religion, he has recently come to faith in Jesus. Now that he is a believer he is soaking up every bit of Bible that he can get. He is a very bold witness for Jesus among his friends and has already experienced ostracism for his stand. His new goal in life is to learn the Bible very well so that he can teach and tell others about Jesus. So we have begun to meet weekly for Bible study.

    Judah and Lily are enjoying school. Their social life with birthday parties and afterschool club (Lily in gymnastics, Judah in Tae-kwon-do) keep us busy as well. We are thankful for their teachers who are so committed to their education.

    Thank you for enabling us to live here in Kampala and for being such an integral part of the ministry here.

    Joy, Matt, Judah, and Lily

     

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