The Partnership of Sending Missionaries

The Partnership of Sending Missionaries

Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, which had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. As 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. So they, being sent forth by the Holy Ghost, departed unto Seleucia; and from thence they sailed to Cyprus. — Acts 13:1-4

The church recognized spiritual leadership. 

    1. There were four prominent leaders here—vs. 1. These men were prophets and teachers and most likely served over the congregation (or with the apostles). We’re not certain of all they did, but something made them stand out above the others. God’s servants should always stand out. Wise Christian leadership will notice when God’s hand is on someone, give them opportunities to serve, and then lead in God’s work.
    2. The church sought God’s guidance on whom to send — vs. 2. They prayed and fasted, seeking God’s will for the situation. A church and an individual should always seek God’s guidance in order to make the best decisions.
    3. The church laid hands on Barnabas and Saul — vs. 3. This was not unusual, it was a sign of recognizing and passing leadership or blessing from one to another. We see this throughout the epistles, and it goes back as least as far as Moses and Joshua (Numbers 27:18-21; Deuteronomy 34:9-12).
    4. The church “sent them away” (vs. 3), likely meaning they sent them with prayer, encouragement, passage money, support to live on, and promises to stay in contact and await their return.

The Holy Spirit pointed out the leadership.

  1. It was the Holy Ghost that told the church which leaders to separate. God calls an individual, the church just recognizes and obeys God’s leading.
  2. It was the Holy Ghost who sent Barnabas and Saul. What a beautiful thing that we can partner with the Lord as He calls and sends forth laborers.

It is evident that the Holy Spirit and the church partner together to send out a missionary. The obvious conclusion is that if someone desires to serve God, the church should recognize this, and the Holy Spirit should make it obvious to both the individual and church. As with Barnabas and Saul, God chose men that were already serving and doing God’s work. What are you doing right now for God in ministry? You can’t expect God to send you if you are not currently serving Him. God uses Spirit-filled people that are busy about His business. God’s servants should be:

  1. Representing the Lord with a good testimony in the church
  2. Listening to the Lord
  3. Busy in ministry
  4. Respect church authority
VBM Update From the Homebase – Week 22

VBM Update From the Homebase – Week 22

Exciting Youth For the Gospel Event in Eaton, OH!

On Saturday we held a Y4tG in Eaton, OH. We had 60 present from the three churches that participated (First Baptist, Grace Baptist, and Cornerstone Baptist). Great young people who seemed very attentive to the need of more laborers. We sowed with preaching and influencing these young people, praying God will give us future students and missionaries from this group. 

World's Cheapest Mission Trip #1 is On!

Space is still available for the World’s Cheapest Missions Trip! Three dates are available. Join us for a great time of seeing world cultures and the need for the Gospel. visionmissions.org/wcmt

New Construction Project Started!

We began construction on the guy’s dorm, which is upstairs of the Hudson Taylor building. Full capacity will be 12 guys, and we are thrilled to have them on campus as opposed to renting another building off campus. With the guys moving on campus, we will have a couple living on the campus as well to be available for any needed issues. 

Step #2 of summer building is new classrooms in the Carey Center. We believe God will send us new students, so we are pushing forward by faith.

Arriving from Turkey!

Brady and Sarah V. arrived from Turkey and stopped by campus. What a blessing to see them here with us in the States. 

Anna Austin, Intern in Bolivia!

Anna Austin just arrived to Bolivia. Grateful to Kevin and Beth White, and to Courtney Mathos, for hosting and helping Anna. 

“Learning the Language” by Mindy Bush

(This article is written by a missionary wife and mother to other missionaries. If you are not a missionary, please continue reading. It will better help you understand how to care and pray for all your missionary partners.)

Many of you ladies are trying to currently balance language school, being a wife, raising kids and taking care of a home. My heart goes out to you because I know it’s tough. I know you’d rather get it over with and be able to start ministry and be able to be home with your kiddos more. But I want to encourage you to keep pushing through! It is so worth it in the end to be able to speak with the people you are working with. This time of language learning is so important – don’t waste it! I wanted to give you some practical tips and fun ways to keep practicing. Some of these I did, some I asked other missionary ladies to share with me and I thought they were helpful.

  • Go to church! Go to every service and activity that is held by the church you are attending while in language school. Go on retreats and camps, sing in the choir, serve in the nursery, go on visitation, or help the church secretary. Do everything you can to immerse yourself in the language!
  • Carry a notebook around with you everywhere you go. Write down words you see in the market, on the street, in the grocery store, and on signs. In the church services, write down every word you understand in the message. Pretty soon you will find that you are understanding so much you can’t keep up with writing them all down.  At this point, write down every word you don’t understand. The next day ask your teacher what these words mean.  
  • Invite a friend to go with you to the market or store and have them help you with the pronunciation and meanings of different things. The first question you should learn in any language should be, “What is this?”   
  • Watch movies with subtitles in the language you are learning. I would say watch movies in that language but I personally couldn’t relax enough to enjoy this! So having the subtitles on was better for me! 
  • Hang out at the park (especially if you have children) and listen to the children yelling things at each other. Listen to mothers giving instructions or commands to their children. Write them down!
  • Read your Bible in the national language. At first it may take you an hour to get through one chapter. Look up each word in the dictionary so you are understanding it. Be careful to not let this substitute your daily walk with the Lord.  If you aren’t understanding anything you aren’t being spiritually filled.  This also will be difficult in languages that do not use the Roman alphabet until you learn the characters that make up your alphabet. 
  • Read the Bible to anyone who will listen to you.  Memorize Bible verses. 
  • Learn to cook the food in the country where you are living. Ask another woman to go with you to the market, buy everything you need to cook the national food, go home and prepare an entire meal from start to finish. Invite national friends for dinner and you have just spent a few hours “learning the language” and having fun, not to mention learning LOTS about culture!
  • Use technology to learn the language, but don’t depend on it all the time!  There are apps that can translate everything you want to say from English to the language you are learning. This can be detrimental to your language learning. Uber Eats can order a pizza for you without speaking a word to anyone! Be careful to not rely so much on these methods! I remember when I wrote down word for word how to order something on the phone and I practiced it many times! 
  • Memorize their national anthem and the songs that you will be singing in church, as well as Bible verses and the books of the Bible! If you are in a secular language school, you will need to implement these things for your own good. How would it look to people if you can’t say a book of the Bible properly?
  • Switch up your conversation buddy! People you talk to and spend time with learn your way of talking and they stop correcting you. After a while those who know you well will understand you whether you say it correctly or not, and you will think you are getting good in the language even though you’re not. I am not a talker by nature so I gravitated towards ladies that talked more than me. Listening to them helped me so much! 
  • Lastly, never stop learning! Keep pushing yourself! I remember after speaking Spanish for almost 10 years a lady in our church made fun of the way I asked, “What time is it?” I was embarrassed that after all those years, I still wasn’t saying it correctly, but it made me think not to get lazy and to keep asking people to correct me – even if it’s been 10 years! So don’t settle! Give God the best you’ve got and keep learning!

Missionary Highlight - Tracy Paver, Chile

This section is so you can learn more about (or be reminded of) VBM missionaries serving around the world. We will be working in alphabetical order, and the next missionary is Tracy Paver.

I am a product of missions. Because of an American missionary that came to the Philippines, my dad got saved, and I had the blessing of growing up in a Christian home and getting saved at the age of seven. God later moved my family to Singapore and Indonesia and used my years there to open my eyes to the world’s great need for the gospel.

After high school, I attended Pensacola Christian College to pursue a nursing degree. Even in college and graduate school, the Lord continued to stir my heart for the need around the world. I got involved in Mission Prayer Band, took medical missions trips, and led a girls Bible Study at the local Juvenile Justice Center. It was also during this time that I attended the Our Generation missions camp that challenged the plans I had for my life. Romans 12:1 was preached there, and I realized that surrendering my life to serve Jesus was nothing but my reasonable service. At that camp, I gave my life to serve the Lord as a missionary. God would later use a missions trip to Latin America to confirm that desire. I have now been serving as a missionary in Chile for almost 2 years!

VBM Update From the Homebase – Week 21

VBM Update From the Homebase – Week 21

New Guy's Dorm Coming!

One of our prayers is becoming a reality as the upstairs of the Hudson Taylor building is being renovated into the new guy’s dorm. This is one of the multiple goals and plans for this summer, and it’s in preparation for the future we believe God has for OGTC. 

World's Cheapest Missions Trip Next Week!

Space is still available if you would like to join us to see the world from the convenience of the cultural melting pot of the greater Atlanta area!

Our first group of 27 visitors from Arkansas will be arriving NEXT Monday night. Please help us pray that God allows us to encourage and excite these young people about worldwide missions! 

The next groups will be: 

  1. WCMT #2 — June 11-14 – from Lakeland Baptist Temple and Twin Rivers Baptist Church in OH
  2. WCMT #3 — July 23-26 from Marlow Rd. Baptist Church in NC. 

Youth For the Gospel - May 25th, Eaton, OH

Our next Youth for the Gospel is May 25 in Eaton, OH. You can see the full list below. Join us for one of these great events. Click here for more information: visionmissions.org/y4g 

 

  1. May 25 —Eaton, OH — First Baptist Church
  2. August 17 — Central, SC — Camp Creek Baptist Church
  3. September 14 — Calhoun, GA — Philadelphia Baptist Church
  4. September 21 — Bronx (NY City), NY — Living Hope Baptist Church
  5. September 28 — Knoxville, TN — Southside Baptist Church
  6. October 12 — St. Cloud, FL — Eastern Avenue Baptist Church
  7. October 26 — Dalton, GA — Whitfield Baptist Church

Missionary Highlight, Robbie & Lauren Prater

This section is so you can learn more about (or be reminded of) VBM missionaries serving around the world. We will be working in alphabetical order, and the next missionary is Robbie & Lauren Prater.

Robbie
For most of my childhood, “church” was just a figment of my imagination. I did not grow up attending church and was not taught that there is a God in Heaven that loves me so much that He wanted to save me from the penalty of sin. When I was 11 years old, I heard a clear presentation of the Gospel for the first time and I accepted Christ as my personal Savior. After graduating high school, I thought that I wanted to pursue veterinarian school. After studying for one semester in a secular college, I knew that was not the path the Lord wanted for my life and I answered the call to serve the Lord in full time Christian service, and more specifically, in the area of Missions.

Lauren 
I was born in a Christian home that heavily focused on ministry. Growing up, my grandfather was my pastor and my father was my youth pastor. At the age of six, I made a profession of faith but doubted my salvation for two years after. I finally realized that salvation lies in my Savior’s hands alone and not in anything I could do or say. After receiving full assurance of my salvation, I began to develop a deeper relationship with the Lord. My walk with the Lord grew stronger through the next five years as our family moved to Peru, South America as church planting missionaries. When my family returned to the states, I begged God that He would allow me to serve Him again on the mission field. At the age of 15, I surrendered to serve Him full-time on the mission field.

New Church Plant In Peru!

Congratulations to Josh & Allie Miller on the inauguration service of a new church plant!!! Praise the Lord! It takes a lot of energy, prayer, time, and love to kick off a new church, and all of us are excited to see what God is going to do through them! 

One In the Morning

One In the Morning

by Jeffrey Bush

John 5:39

Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.

 Sixteen-year old Robert Moffat had received work as an apprentice. As he was preparing to leave home, his mother came to him. Her eyes were solemn as she watched her son getting ready to go live in the world. Mrs. Moffat was a devout Christian mother and prayed that her children would follow the Lord and serve Him. 

“Robert, will you promise me something?” she asked.

Robert hesitated, “Mother, I don’t want to make a promise if I don’t know what it is. Please tell me and then I will see if I can keep the promise.” 

Mrs. Moffat’s eyes filled with tears, and Robert quickly said, “Oh, mother, ask what you will and I shall do it.” 

“I only ask, Robert,” she requested, “that you would read a chapter of the Bible once every morning and then another in the evening.” 

Robert was confused. “But, Mother, I do read my Bible.” 

“I know you do, son,” she said, “But you must read it regularly. You owe it to God to read His Word. Read it regularly, read much in the New Testament, in the Gospels, then you cannot go astray.” 

Though Robert was often influenced by the foolish, worldly crowd, he remembered the promise he had made to his mother and he kept it. It helped him to stay away from the wrong influences, and eventually turned his heart toward God. He learned to love the Scriptures; it became precious to Him. Jesus was his closest friend. 

Challenge: Do you read your Bible regularly? If you want God to speak to your heart and use you, make an effort to spend time in the Scripture. Christ cannot speak to you unless you are daily reading and searching His Word.

His Pride Killed Him

His Pride Killed Him

by Jeffrey Bush

“And upon a set day Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat upon his throne, and made an oration unto them. And the people gave a shout, saying, It is the voice of a god, and not of a man. And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost.” — Acts 12:21-23

There was no doubt Herod was a man of authority. According to Romans 13:1, the position of authority is given by God. For one to abuse a God-given position is foolish.

It was not necessarily Herod’s fault that people thought he was great, but it made him prideful, which in turn led to his destruction. 

Nebuchadnezzar had a similar situation in Daniel 4:30-34. He had authority, position, and power. He looked at all he had, and swelling in pride, he said all he had was a result of his own doing. At that moment God sent him to eat grass in the field like an animal. His pride caused him to lose it all. Contrary to the story of Herod, Nebuchadnezzar humbled himself, recognizing that all comes from God. At the moment Nebuchadnezzar looked to God, his position was restored. 

Pride always destroys, unless you recognize and repent before it’s too late. Pride looks attractive to flirt with, but it destroys every lover it’s ever had. Pride killed Herod, and pride will kill you if you do not run from it. God declares this, and history has proven it time and again. So remember, when you’re praised by others, be sure to give God the glory. Remember that when favor and fruit are evident in your life or ministry, be sure to give God the glory. All the glory belongs to the Lord, make sure you don’t forget it. Never be so arrogant as to think that who you are, what you have, or what you’ve done is because of you. Give God the glory!