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September - 2021
Hope you and your family are doing well by the grace of our Lord Jesus!
Do you have an idea of how the Gospel reached Indonesia? It was a long time ago, in 1865. From that time, we can see now God's faithfulness in making His promises flourishing in that nation, showing His love and Expanding His Kingdom. Read more in Called to be and Answer, in our column HOW TO MAKE FRIENDS AND BE AN INFLUENCER.
On MISSION LIFE STYLE, you will understand how important the work of the base missionary is. Do you know what is this? How different is this kind of missionary from those who are working in other nations? Can you also be a base missionary? Know more in the article: Behind the Scenes.
You cannot miss the beautiful testimony of Pidemon. He just graduated from our Mission Training Center in Indonesia and already is ready to serve the Lord. Read the article Living to Serve the King in the PROJECT REPORT column.
Check what are the 5 Tips To Become a Professional in Missions, in the column GOLDEN NUGGETS LEADERSHIP LESSONS and be prepared to grow more in your walk with the Lord.
Do you know how much you spend? Yes! This is a must read article in our WISE MONEY column.
And please, don’t forget to visit our online store and bless missions around the world as you shop!
May God bless you abundantly!
WNI Communication Team.
How To Make Friends and Be an Influencer
Chamado para ser a Resposta
Phillipians 1:4-6 : " In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus."
Indonesia is located in Southeast Asia and is the largest archipelago in the world with more than 17,000 islands. One of these, Nias, is an island located off the western coast of Sumatra. About the size of South Carolina, it would be easily overlooked on a map. But the Lord looked at Nias with favor when He sent the first protestant missionary E. Ludwig Denninger, who arrived there in 1865 and brought Christianity to the island. In 1875 another German missionary came and first translated the Bible into the local language.
The Gospel started changing lives and slowly spreading. A great revival took place in the early 1900s and many got saved. Years passed however, faith grew colder, and people forgot about Jesus. But the Lord didn't forget the seeds planted. He was constantly watering it, slowly bringing missionaries back to the island, lighting up in the locals the desire to serve the Lord wholeheartedly again.
In 2013 one of our local pastors in Nias met Matt Mattos, WNI Executive Director. They started dreaming about building a Mission Training Center on the island so they could train Indonesians to be the next generation of church planters and local missionaries to the Unreached People Groups of Indonesia.
As they dreamed and prayed for calling they felt in their hearts, God began moving and bringing more people together.
Today the Mission Training Center is a reality. Local and international pastors teach at our seminary, giving a strong foundation for our 100+ students' faith. These young adults are also trained in sustainable agriculture, community development and healthcare as platforms to share the gospel.
"He who began the good work (back in 1865) will carry it on to completion until the day of Jesus Christ".
E. Ludwig Denninger dared to be the answer for an entire lost island. He planted seeds that today we are growing. You can be the answer in your time. The whole world is crying out for Living Hope. God created you with gifts and talents, and we invite you to use them for His glory. Come with us to Southeast Asia, South America or to the Middle East. There are many ways you can use your skills to serve people overseas. Check worldnationsusa.org for more opportunities.
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World Nations International is a registered Christian 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, founded in November 2016. Our mission is to fight hunger and poverty through sustainable agriculture, healthcare access and community development projects in vulnerable communities worldwide.
Behind the Scenes
You can be part of this mission, being a collaborator
Since I said yes to the Lord and to His calling on my life, I decided I would go wherever He asked me to - whatever that meant. I knew He had called me into missions since I was a teenager. When I was 12 years old, I heard Him clearly talking to me to go around the world and preach the Gospel, making Him known among the nations. My whole family knew it too, His calling was very obvious in my life.
Many years passed and, since I was serving in my local church, I thought I was supposed to stay in my home country instead. But still His calling was burning in my heart. After graduating from college and working in business for years, I was planning to have a stable life and settle down, after all I wasn’t going anywhere for missions. At least that’s what I thought.
That's when Jesus decided it was time for me to go: leave everything behind and follow Him. He made it very clear since all the doors closed in my home country and all the doors were wide open for me to go to the Middle East. Suddenly I found myself in the desert, working amongst Bedouins, learning a language and a culture that was so foreign to me that I couldn’t find any common ground. Cultural shock was a daily event, but oh how I loved that!
That people group slowly got a hold of my heart and I began immersing myself in their very different culture and loving every minute of it. I helped young children to learn: I was a teacher, I was a tutor, and I was a friend. Many times they couldn’t understand me, neither did I them, but love speaks louder than words.
Over the years our project expanded, from a kindergarten to homework club to classes for mothers, to food and clothing distribution, to visits and prayer, to getting to know them and love them dearly. Almost six years passed, I left, Covid hit and I thought I would be going back to the Middle East right away, but the Lord had a different path for my future. A very different one.
Have you heard of a base missionary? A base missionary is the one who is called to assist organizations and other fellow missionaries who are in the field. They support the church, they mobilize churches and raise supporters for the work. They train and are trained. They stay behind the scenes so the missionaries in the field can do their work and, if something happens, base missionaries are the first ones to jump in and help. Base missionaries are like the support team, the awareness team, the communications team.
They take care of and intercede for the ones who are in the field. Base missionaries understand the work being done in a different country more clearly and help communicate it with churches and supporters so the team who is in the field has enough emotional, physical and financial support to continue to make Christ known among the nations. Those people behind the scenes are so important for the work to be done. They can be psychologists, doctors, lawyers, pastors, church goers… There’s a lot to be done from the base, for any person who has a willing heart.
I didn’t expect but it was His will for me to be in the base for a time. He wanted me to use my expertise from the field to help care for other missionaries. He wanted me to use the gifts and talents I developed to bless others from the base. This was a huge leap of faith for me because I love working in the field.
The hard reality is that many people in the churches, even our supporters, don’t see base missionaries as “real missionaries”. After spending many years in the field, I understand how important it is to have a support team. Many things happen and life can change while we are away from home, so having someone to call and pray with when we need is so important. Having been a missionary in the field myself, I can attest to how important the work done from the base is.
And to those of you who are reading this article and pondering in your heart whether or not you should contact a mission agency today to help, I say: Yes! You are needed. There’s a lot to be done from the base. Your hands and prayers will be greatly appreciated. The Lord is near! The fields are white, ready for harvest, but the workers are few. If the Lord is knocking on your heart today, answer. Open the door and He will come in. Spend time in His presence and He will guide your steps.
World Nations International is always looking for friends to come and join our teams. If you are interested, please contact us.
You can be part of this mission, being a collaborator
WNI has some amazing news!
We just launched our online shop!
Buying our products, you can make a huge difference in many people’s lives. There are more than 3,000 people who have benefited through our programs in the most arid, neglected and abandoned places in South America, Africa and Asia.
Check our online store and find something for yourself or someone you love, maybe a beautiful and exclusive t-shirt or tote to change the world!
Together, through creative ways, we are changing lives!
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The theme of this year for World Nations International is "Friends for Eternity", based on Luke 16:9. Here Jesus teaches that we should be generous with our wealth in this life to bless others and make friends which will result in friendships that endure into eternity.
Living to Serve the King
“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.” 1 Timothy 4.12
This young man on the right is Pidemon. He and 22 other students like him, just graduated from our Mission Training Center in Indonesia (MTC).
These 23 young people are ready to serve the Lord Jesus among the various unreached people groups in Indonesia. After intense prayer and 5 years of preparation, they are now placed in strategic areas where they will be using their gifts and talents to preach the Gospel.
Pidemon is now part of our team, where he is joining us as one of the leaders for community development projects and evangelism.
Though he still doesn't have his financial support fully covered, he already is working to reach the unreached for Christ.
Please pray that Pidemon will have sponsors who will bless his life so he will be able to accomplish the call he received from Jesus.
Though he still doesn't have his financial support fully covered, he already is working to reach the unreached for Christ. Please pray that Pidemon will have sponsors who will bless his life so he will be able to accomplish the call he received from Jesus.
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5 Tips to be a Professional in Missions
You can be part of this mission, being a collaborator
1) Your profession is a platform. Outside of your own community your profession can be used to bless others. When we think about Unreached People Groups, there are often many needs that can be met by all sorts of professionals. By using your area of expertise to meet a need of a vulnerable community you are using your profession as a platform to reach people you otherwise might not meet. More often than not there are simple problems that can be solved simply from your understanding from living in a more developed part of the world. You can be an answer or even help the few professionals that may exist to learn more from your own expertise.
2) English is an asset .
If you speak English this is a huge blessing around the world. In many parts of the world there are people wanting to learn English and this can be an open door for you to reach far off places. Very often you can find jobs for teaching English and use this as a way to get into a country of interest. This can open up doors for you to build relationships and better understand where your area of expertise may be needed within the community.
3) Volunteer jobs are available.
If you want to explore the options you have within missions you can start by looking at the various types of trips available. There are always short, mid and long term trips available all over the world, even within WNI we have trips where you can be involved in using different areas of knowledge to bless others abroad. (Note: Volunteering for an NGO is a highly prized experience on a resume that can help you for future job positions)
4) You can be a tentmaker. Tentmaking is a category of missionary where you work in a national company in a foreign country as a way to have an income outside of your mission work. It’s a great way to get a visa and be available in a country of interest and then connect with others. Add value where you are working and then find ways to bless others in your community through local volunteer projects.
5) Like minded professionals are valuable mentors. If you’re looking to leverage your own profession to work in a developing country, it’s great to have a mentor. Networking is hugely important in the mission world. If you want to be a professional in missions it’s really important to start networking with people you already know where you live and from there expand to others you can connect with internationally. This can be through social media connections that develop into mentor type relationships. Mentors can help us through the vast adaptations you encounter when you are on missions abroad. Having people around you who will guide you and help troubleshoot decisions you have to make will help you be successful. Being a professional in missions is an exciting challenge and an opportunity to grow, make a difference and do something meaningful with your knowledge.
Here are World Nations we love professionals who have a desire to do missions. Send us an email and we will be glad to help you on your journey to becoming a professional in missions.
Do you know how much you spend?
“But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand.
You can be part of this mission, being a collaborator
It sounds like a silly question, but do you really know how much your monthly cost of living is? Do you have a well-planned budget anticipating all your monthly expenses? In addition to having a budget, do you keep track of and write down everything that is spent in the month so that you can manage your expenses? As Peter Drucker would say: “what is not measured cannot be managed”.
You may have an idea and say you know how much you spend on grocery shopping, for example, but if you actually start writing down I can guarantee you will be surprised. This is because when we neglect the small daily expenses they can become considerable amounts in the sum of the entire month
But how important is it to have a planned budget and write down the expenses? Here we can mention two very important benefits: writing down your expenses is the most efficient way to know if you are not spending more than you earn; Keeping track of your spending is important to keep track of your household inflation rate. Calm down, let's explain.
It should be obvious that a person cannot spend more than he earns, as this seems illogical. But it is not. In modern societies, people have access to various financial tools that allow them to leverage themselves, that is, to have a present purchasing power in addition to their income.
This is possible through credit, whether it is available on credit cards or bank account limits, real estate financing, etc. Today it is not very difficult for a person to have a credit card limit of 10,000 (or even more) and a salary of only 5,000. And that can be a big trap. Present consumption beyond its real purchasing power will certainly occur in the need to reduce future purchasing power, as one day the bill will reach everyone. Because easy money may even exist, but there is no free money. Therefore, recording and tracking our expenses is essential so that we do not get into debt.
Only by controlling what you spend, you will be able to see it in terms of values. If you manage to keep your expenses constant at the same level, your family inflation rate is not causing you losses, but if you notice that every month your money seems to be getting shorter, you need to take action. In order not to impoverish over the years, we need to earn more, or spend less (if it is possible to do both, it would be the best).
Another very important issue, and one that most people end up ignoring, is the power of inflation to destroy property. If you received the same monetary value in the last 5 years and the average annual inflation was 5%, in a simple way we can say that you now earn 25% less than 5 years ago. But more important than the official government data on inflation, is that you learn to measure the inflation in your house. Because it can be even smaller or larger than the official data.
But why is it important that I keep track of my spending and write it down meticulously? Why pay attention to these financial details? Because this is essential for you to be able to efficiently manage the resources God gives to us every month. Always remember that what you actually have is not yours, they are resources given by God to be managed in the best way possible, to bless the greatest number of people as possible, for His honor and glory.
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