July - 2021
Our hearts are full of joy and in this edition we want to share this with you!
In the column HOW TO MAKE FRIENDS AND BE AN INFLUENCER, you will read an amazing testimony of how a friendship turned into a mission training school that is now graduating 23 students to become missionaries to their own nation!
In MISSION LIFESTYLE, you cannot miss the article How I Heard My Calling, written by Bettina Mattos. She gives her first hand account of when she went to Indonesia and God moved her heart.
In HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE WNI, we tell you all about our first graduation at the Mission Training Center in Indonesia! We are so proud of these young adults who are so eager to fulfill their calling among the unreached people groups.
In PROJECT REPORT, we want to share with you some of the testimonies of the kids in Brazil, who received the Bags of Hope, and how they were impacted by this project.
In GOLDEN NUGGETS LEADERSHIP LESSONS, you will find the article Becoming a Man According to God’s Heart, by our executive director, Matt Mattos. You really need to read this to understand how to grow in your relationship with God and influence others.
And finally, if you need help investing your resources, you need to check the article Wise Investing.
How To Make Friends and Be an Influencer
A KFC Friendship
How to Make Friends: This is a column in our online magazine that we love very much because our ministries are based on friendships: friendship with God, and friendships with men and women that the Lord places in our paths. Making friends is a great way of sharing life and Jesus with people.
For some, making friends can be challenging and difficult, almost like an art that they haven't mastered. But it's not. It's a simple part of life. We just need to be open and look around for opportunities.
I want to tell you that the friends you make today can transform the world tomorrow, and that the ripple effect is a real and beautiful thing.
What you will read next is the testimony of one of our leaders in Southeast Asia. Our executive director, Matt Mattos, lived in Indonesia for two years and constantly prayed that the Lord would guide him in all his interactions with local people. And He did. The Lord led Matt to travel to a different island to meet Pastor Jeverson who tells the story below:
In the beginning of 2013, I met a missionary in Indonesia, Matt Mattos, through a mutual friend. We met briefly at KFC, and I was reminded of God's calling for my life. Seven years prior to that meeting, God had called me to serve Him full time and wholeheartedly, but I rejected it. Due to not feeling able to lead, a lack of finances, and wanting to be comfortable, I gave God many excuses. I actually used to think that to serve God, it was enough to just give some money to missionary activities so I could enjoy my life freely.
But from 2006 to 2013, God started giving me a series of lessons that changed everything. Because I had a business, my life was comfortable enough, and I thought I didn't really need God. But during that period of time, my company broke and everything I had planned failed.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.” Isaiah 55:8 was a verse that changed the way I saw my ambitions and I realized how much I was limiting God. It was then that I surrendered everything. God's loving hands lifted me up and restored my life. He also gave me and my family the privilege of being involved in sharing Christ's Love and salvation to the lost and abandoned here in Indonesia, obeying the Great Commandment in Matthew 28:19: "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit."
You can be part of this mission, being a collaborator
In October 2013, my wife and I received a call from God to go work on another Indonesian Island. Having received many signs and confirmations from the Lord, we both quit our jobs, left our families, and in obedience to the Lord, we trusted Him as our biggest treasure and source of strength.
For one entire year, we had no supporters but God supplied our every need, just as He promises. We began a small business baking cakes and selling fried chicken as a means to support our family in the mission field. Through this business, we met other pastors and Christian leaders nearby and sat together to share our vision for a mission training center.
Our theological seminary, or MTC, aims to help the next generation to treasure God's Word and prepares them to be sent as missionaries into Indonesia and beyond. Brother Matt and his family - with your help, our supporters - continue to help us in prayer and the needs of the Mission Training Center, covering costs like meals, dorms, and operational costs so the MTC can fully function.
Today, we have 107 full-time students that are being equipped to be part of the next wave of missionaries in Indonesia. Twenty-three of them are graduating now in June, 2021 and will continue to serve the Lord in the regions God where will send them.
We continue to work together in this project until every ear hears the Good News of the Gospel.
When we live our lives connected to the Lord, grace, favor, and openness will generate a change. A change in hearts, a change of perspectives, a change of destiny will lead to transformed lives. Pastor Jeverson felt called to move and to open a college in a place where there were no opportunities for people to obtain higher education. He influenced the lives of many people on that island and provided the opportunity for 107 students to be impacted by the Word of God.
The month of June is very special for us. It's the month we celebrate the graduation of our first class: 23 students are receiving their diplomas. Many of them are the first in their families to get a college diploma.
Thanks to your love and support throughout the years, all of this is a reality. All of the impacts are real, made by real people, generating real change. Everything started with a conversation, an openness to communicate and love local people, an improbable idea that ended up blessing many, many people. Do you see the ripple effect here?