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Operations at Here2There

In late May, early June of this year I met with Stefanie Nicholson to discuss Here2There and the needs that exist within the organization. I had raised money for mission trips, went on a mission trip (Mexico 2012) and volunteered at events for the organization, but I really didn’t know what we do. After a few more meetings we determined that my skills and background were suited for the day to day operations, but I still really didn’t know what we do. Not until we opened our home, hosted our team and our Haiti partners, Beverly and Rachael, did I really come to know and understand what we actually do. Hearing their story, their needs and how we help did I truly understand our role. Hearing Beverly talk about partnership both in Haiti as well as in the states emphasized to me our main goal, connecting the missionary in the field with the church here at home. Hearing her talk about the effects they have and the love they share with children and families reminded me where the missionaries focus needs to be. That focus needs to be on their mission and not their funding. It needs to be on those around them and what God called them to do. 

As Operations Manager my role in our organization is to insure our focus is on our mission and not the process. Walking our team through Traction, a book that focuses on business principles and processes, will give us insight so we can streamline our processes, Increase our bandwidth, and duplicate at every level. We are preparing so we can help more missionaries like Beverly be on mission, help more churches be on mission, and help people like you share in building the kingdom of God.

A few weeks ago I asked the question, “Where does the business stop and ministry begin?” As we continue to grow in our quest to be better in business, we have learned that when we are about our Father’s business, we are in the middle of ministry. The more effective we are, the more He is glorified in all that we do. We are preparing for the wave. The wave of churches that catch the vision of “Being on Mission.” The wave of missionaries that understand the power of partnership and connection to their supporting churches. The wave of financial partners that catch the vision and want to support our mission. The wave of volunteers that want to do what I did before taking a greater role in the organization. The wave of prayer partners that believe.

Once you learn what we do, and the impacts we make on His Kingdom, the more you want to be a part of the wave, part of the Great Commission. 

Wayne Pierce

Operations Lead

When was the last time you called?

Recently we posted a note on Facebook urging people to take 5 minutes to call, text, Skype, FaceTime, or fax your missionaries just to say hi – they miss being in the loop. I read it and passed it on but didn’t really think too much about it right then. The thought kept coming back to me though and I couldn’t shake the idea that we take saying hi to someone for granted but when I put myself in their context it could be just the thing that they needed that day.

Just about everywhere I go in the United States people say hi to me. Even people I don’t know and have never met before will say hi in passing and often throw in the, “how are you?” question when I know they don’t really care or even want to know how I am doing. But put yourself in a world where no one looks like you and wherever you go no one says, “hi, how are you?” And every day you go out it’s almost like you don’t even exist unless of course you’re buying something. That’s a tough concept for me to really wrap my head around sometimes. If that were you, how important would it be to hear a friendly voice or see a friendly face to keep your sanity? The reality is that many of our missionaries live in that world.

I love the small little story of Epaphroditus. The Philippians church was so concerned for Paul that they sent Epaphroditus to him as a messenger and to take care of Paul’s needs. Evidently supporting Paul financially wasn’t enough for this church that they sent someone to care for him. We can certainly be caring for our missionaries in several ways but one, and possibly the easiest, is to make a phone call or Skype call to them. It certainly doesn’t have to be about anything major but could just be a check-in to see how things are going and listen and have a friendly conversation. I recently read an article titled, “Closer to the Truth about Current Missionary Attrition: An Initial Analysis of Results.” In the article they concluded that too little missionary care was the greatest preventable reason missionaries return home. We have a responsibility to our missionaries and it starts with a phone call.

Is your church in regular communication with their missionaries? Find out and if not see if there’s a way that you can get involved in brightening a kingdom worker’s day.

Here2There has many ideas and ways that you and your church can begin or continue to build on the relationship between churches and missionaries. As a church figure out ways to include them in what you’re doing. An easy way to start is to Skype them or have them record a communion meditation. Visit our website here2there.org and contact us if you want to know more.

Bryan Nicholson

Media and Marketing Lead

*https://www.alifeoverseas.com/closer-to-the-truth-about-current-missionary-attrition-an-initial-analysis-of-results/

 

Profile of a Sent One by Bradley Bell

The other day I received an e-mail from Upstream Collective which included their last blog. One of their team members, Bradley Bell wrote an amazing blog that lists “key qualities and capabilities that would seem desirable in a missionary”. Profile of a Sent One is a great resource for churches as well as they prepare to send and take care of their missionaries in the field.  If you are a church or a missionary and you need help with missions, contact Here2There Ministries at here2there.org@gmail.com. You can also check out our website, www.here2there.org.  Please enjoy this weeks blog, if you want to check out more from Upstream Collective visit their website at https://www.theupstreamcollective.org/.

What constitutes the ideal missionary candidate? It’s fitting to begin such a discussion by examining conventional wisdom on the subject. From C.T. Studd in the Congo during the 1920’s:

Send us people with initiative, who can carry themselves and others too; such as need to be carried hamper the work and weaken those who should be spending their strength for the heathen. Weaklings should be nursed at home! If any have jealousy, pride or talebearing traits lurking about them, do not send them nor any who are prone to criticize. Send only Pauls and Timothys; men who are full of zeal, holiness, and power. All others are hindrances. If you send us ten such men the work will be done. Quantity is nothing; quality is what matters.

His words are certainly bold and reflective of the times. Perhaps excessively so, though they carry certain helpful themes of initiative, endurance, focus, and unity in the face of a difficult setting. In somewhat contrasting tone, William Carey described those he aspired to work alongside in the mission:

Let us often look at Brainerd…in the woods of America pouring out his very soul before God for the people- Prayer, secret, fervent, expectant, lies at the root of all personal godliness. Competent knowledge of the languages where a missionary lives, mild and winning temper, and a heart given up to God—these are the attainments which more than all other gifts, will fit us to become God’s instruments in the great work of redemption.

Carey seems to give more attention to the inner person, the character expressed in affection for God and intercession for people. It’s also interesting and notable that he includes language acquisition dead center in that effective godliness. Now contrast it with a modern request for field workers:

Azerbaijan needs the kind of worker with a high capacity for relationship, those who are able or have learned to endure daily inconveniences or difficulties with grace and patience, those who can be purposeful and goal oriented without allowing last minute interruptions to get in the way, but instead to take advantage of these if possible. An effective worker in Azerbaijan needs to be able to learn language fluently and must demonstrate consistency and a bit of self-starting to achieve this.

Here we’re informed of several practical expectations for a fitting sent one. Based on the context of Azerbaijan, which is important to consider, the worker must be relational, goal-oriented, and motivated. Do you see some of the similarities between the three quotes?

Perhaps one of the most challenging expectations for a missionary candidate is the capacity to suffer. An arrogant deception that the North American church has embraced is the idea that ‘God loves me so much He would never ask me to do anything that is uncomfortable, let alone dangerous.’ But that flies in the face of Scripture, church history, and present day reality for most of the world.

In his book, The Problem of Pain, C.S. Lewis said, “Martyrdom always remains the supreme enacting and perfecting of Christianity. This great action has been initiated for us, done on our behalf, exemplified for our imitation, and inconceivably communicated to all believers by Christ on Calvary.” Anyone who follows after this Christ, especially those who seek to be sent, must wrestle with this reality. Mission is always at least a thousand daily deaths to self, and perhaps much more.

Given that none of us is perfect and the fact that the body of Christ is made of up many different parts, each of which is important for the functioning of the body, here is a sketch of key qualities and capabilities that would seem desirable in a missionary. The goal is to send godly people who are both competent and effective in missionary service.

1. CHRIST-LIKE CHARACTER

The most crucial characteristic of a potential sent one is a healthy, abiding relationship with Christ. If that is in place, then certain other characteristics will be natural and noticeable. The fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) sums them up; but, for the sake of specificity, here are some key qualities for missionary service: love, holiness, humility, interpersonal relationship skills, the ability to forgive and ask for forgiveness, joy, steadfastness, compassion, faithfulness, responsibility, initiative, self-control, etc. These qualities would express themselves in such areas as stewardship of time, stewardship of money, family relationships, relationships with the opposite sex, thought life, etc., as well as the healthy desire for and practice of spiritual disciplines such as prayer, reading Scripture, meditating on Scripture, memorizing Scripture, hearing the Scriptures taught, worship, fasting, fellowship with the saints, witnessing, reflection, etc.

2. BIBLE KNOWLEDGE

Every sent one must absolutely know the essentials of the gospel message and understand how Scripture fuels growth in a walk with Jesus. He or she should have a working knowledge of both biblical and systematic theology, though he must not necessarily be a seminarian. The standards here will vary depending on the anticipated ministry. Many traditional mission agencies have a requirement for some college and/or seminary courses. Your church should certainly consider the wisdom of other churches and agencies, but must ultimately decide the standards you will set for those you send under the leadership of the Spirit.

3. MINISTRY SKILLS

A sent one should possess:

  • Capability, confidence, and joy in sharing the gospel
  • Ability to disciple a person into a closer walk with Jesus
  • Understanding of one’s own spiritual gifts and evidence of their use and growth in the local church
  • Application and eagerness in hospitality

4. PROFESSIONAL SKILLS

We need to send people who are well prepared to do whatever job they are going to do on the field. Their preparation would involve completing the required academic training as well as sufficient on-the-job experience to make them a helpful contributor where they will be working.

5. MISSIONS KNOWLEDGE

The candidate should have a good knowledge of the biblical basis of missions, the general history of missions, current issues in missions strategy, and more than a passing acquaintance with the history of the intended target country, including missionary efforts there both past and present. The Perspectives course is a great way to get a strong foundation here. The aim is to produce well-prepared people who are willing and able to learn from the wisdom of those who’ve gone before them, and who have been applying their knowledge in the neighborhoods long before they head to the nations.

6. EMOTIONAL WHOLENESS

One’s ego takes a beating on the mission field (which is not necessarily a bad thing!). Language learning and figuring out your ministry and how to do it effectively can take years. Before venturing into that storm, a person should have a healthy self-image and a clear understanding of who they are in Christ. Issues from the past should have been worked through so that they are no longer a consistent burden on the soul. There is not much extra energy available on the mission field to be carrying around a lot of emotional baggage.

7. CROSS-CULTURAL INTELLIGENCE

Living and communicating effectively in another culture is a challenging task! Thankfully, there are ways to develop these skills, such as building relationships with internationals at home, as well as on international mission trips. The primary point here is not knowledge but adaptability on such things as thought process, food, language, and being able to live without all the creature comforts we’re used to.

8. RELATIONAL ABILITIES/FAMILY LIFE

One of the most important abilities a missionary must have is building and sustaining harmonious relationships with a variety of other people. Interpersonal conflict is one of the major causes of missionary attrition. Therefore, good candidates are people who are thoughtful of others rather than easily irritated, can resolve conflict in peaceable ways, and work to build up others in a spirit of unity.

Also, if single, there should be a contentment with that state in life, at least as long as God keeps one there, and relationships with the opposite sex should be appropriate. If married, your relationship with your spouse should be bionically healthy and vibrant. If there are children, you should be bringing them up in the fear and admonition of the Lord.

9. LOCAL CHURCH CONNECTEDNESS

Finally, the candidate should have a deep bond with his/her local church, in areas both of fellowship and service. This would be exemplified through ministry involvement, how well they know the structure, ministries, and leadership of the church, and how well people in the church know them and their vision for ministry. There should be a wholehearted endorsement by the elders of the church of this person’s intention to serve as a sent one.

BRADLEY BELL

Bradley is the Director of Content Development. He has been at Upstream since 2014, producing blog and social media content, authoring The Sending Church Defined and Receiving Sent Ones During Reentry: The Challenges of Returning “Home” and How Churches Can Help, and serving as a board member. He is also the lead pastor at Antioch Church. As a former global sent one, Bradley reflects on missions and formation at Broken Missiology.

Peace

A while ago I did a blog about anxiety. In it I talked about the verse Philippians 4:6 where it tells us not to be anxious. In that verse I pointed out that Paul, the author of Philippians, is telling EVERYONE to not be anxious, which means EVERYONE experiences anxiety. He then goes on to tell us how NOT to be anxious: praying with thanksgiving when presenting our requests to God.

Today, I want to go to the next verse and talk about Peace. In my opinion peace is the BEST feeling in the world. I love it when everything aligns just right, and I feel at peace, and can actually relax. But, unfortunately, that feeling doesn’t come around too often and when it does, it doesn’t last as long as I’d like. In Philippians 4:7 (NKJV) it says “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds through Christ Jesus”

I think it’s safe to say that this is something we all want, to be at Peace knowing that God has it covered. There may be things that we don’t understand, or we may not really know how something is going to work out, or even how God Himself works, but knowing that He’s got it covered, and therefore we can be at Peace is an amazing feeling.

As a missionary, pastor, or someone working in the church, it can be tough because we KNOW that God is in control, we KNOW and have SEEN the impossible become possible, yet we still worry and fret about things working out. Whether it be our family, health, the ministry, or even getting through traffic some mornings, we all want this peace, and we know that we can attain it, because we have, but what must we do to keep it?

In verses 8-9 it continues, “Finally, brethren, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you”.

These verses make it sound so easy doesn’t it? “Wow, if I just think more “positive” then I will be more at peace”. But, when our world is spinning around (and that may be if you’ve ever had or are prone to getting panic attacks) it’s not so easy to just think about lovely things. In fact, sometimes we have to face reality. We can’t always go around thinking that everything is rainbows and butterfly’s when our world is falling apart, when we aren’t sure how we are going to make the next payment, or if someone close to us may breathe their last breath, or we received horrifying news about our own health, or are having a dispute with a close friend. It’s very difficult to think positively and be at peace in these moments. Or, sometimes, when we are going through the hardest of times, we do have peace, but it’s when we are going through the everyday routine, that we might feel burdened, that God’s not near, and lacking peace.

I think the important thing to gain from this verse is for us to make a habit. Every day when we pray, to be thankful, everyday look around us and see all the beauty and good that is around.

Years ago, I was counseling a student that was not doing well in school both academically and behaviorally. Every single day he was going home with notes from the teacher pointing out every time he got out of his seat, talked out of turn, or didn’t listen or follow directions well. The student wasn’t getting any better, and the parents and teacher were both at their wit’s end. I suggested to the teacher “I would like for you to try and find 3 good things that this student does each day, it doesn’t matter what they are just 3 good things, when he is sitting in his seat, when he is sharing, when he asks a good question, colors his page well, anything, I would like to see 3 positive things”. I did not discourage her or tell her not to continue to write about when the student was doing poorly, but when she was encouraged to write 3 things that he was doing well, naturally those negative notes got less and less, and the students behavior improved. You see, when the teacher was focusing more on finding something positive to say about the student, she didn’t have the time and opportunity to continue to see that he was misbehaving, therefore her perspective changed, and so did her attitude towards him, in turn causing him to do better as well.

I believe this is what Paul, through the Holy Spirit, is trying to teach us. He is isn’t saying that if we just think about the positive nothing negative will happen. But, if we focus on the positive things in our lives, then it won’t give room for us to LOOK for the negative things. It will completely change our outlook, and our perception. Then, once our outlook and perception changes, so does our behavior. During the good times and the bad times, we can recognize “the God of Peace” living in and around us.

1.) If you are having a hard time finding Peace today, I encourage you to pray and ask God to show you what good things He’s doing in your life

2.) I would like for you to write down 3 good things that you see each day. It can be in nature, it can be something someone said, or did that was encouraging, it could even be something like getting a good parking spot, or not having to fight through traffic!

3.) If you feel like your life is so burdened that even though there is a lot to be thankful for, you just can’t get out of the “slump”. Please contact a professional.

4.) If you have any other questions, want to know more, or need to talk, feel free to reach out to Here2There Ministries  at here2there.org@gmail.com

Christy Paul, LMHC

Seeing The BIG Picture

The Art Of Vision

How many times have you been in a place that marketed works of art and wondered, “how did the artist come up with this beautiful creation of style and color”? It is always a marvel to me how an artist can take a blank canvas, some paint and brushes of various shapes, and turn them into paintings they sell for thousands of dollars. I can’t even draw a stickman figure straight. Donna, my talented wife, is such an artist. Although she hasn’t marketed her works, she creates some beautiful pieces which adorn the walls of our home.

Recently we were in a gallery admiring the works of art displayed and engaged the hostess in conversation about the artists on display and how they work. We could more appreciate the paintings depicting scenes and objects familiar to us than those which were abstract creations. Our conversation turned to the ability of the artist to see the finished work before they brush the first stroke of paint on the canvas. My thoughts turned to the topic of “Vision”.

By definition, that is how Vision works. Vision is seeing the big picture of what God wants to do in our ministries and lives. It starts with where we are and is able to see where God wants us to go. For leaders in Churches and Missions ministries, it is the ability to see what God has placed in your heart for the direction of a ministry in a way that you can paint the picture for others to see.

One of the biggest downfalls to the growth of organizations and ministries is the lack of Vision being cast which others seeking to follow can clearly define and carry out. I speak with many Pastors and Ministry Leaders who give a generic answer to the question of “What’s your vision?” Most reply, “We just want to reach a lot of people and grow God’s Kingdom”. Sure, that’s what we are all here to do.

My response is, “What People?, Where are they? How do you plan to reach them?”

As Church Partnership Lead with Here2There Ministries, part of my work is to coach Pastors, Missionaries, and Leaders to better define and see how “Vision” drives everything. It’s the map that moves all participants toward the common goal.

Have you ever gone to sites like Mapquest to get directions? They ask you for two key facts: Where are you now? Where do you want to go? These two points are also very critical in Vision discovery and definition.

Part of our Here2There core values is that we believe in the “And” of Acts 1:8 – our mandate to be witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, AND the Uttermost. I use this passage to help leaders better get a handle on their Vision. Here our work is divided up into four sections which are different from each other. Have you ever considered defining and structuring your Vision after this verse?

       What is your Jerusalem?

            What is your Judea?

                 What is Your Samaria?

                        What is your Uttermost?

I must say that most leaders and ministries put all of missions in that last category, “Uttermost” and call it “foreign missions”. Here2There Partners with churches, missionaries, and leaders to help them see that “Missions” has to do with mandates and strategies to reach the persons across the street in your communities as much as those across the globe in other cultures.

If you can’t define and articulate these components of Vision –  How will you develop plans and strategies to reach these groups? How will you identify the people and resources needed to accomplish these works? How will you train others to go? How will you raise budget to fund these works? It all starts with Vision and seeing what God has for you and the ministry in which He has placed you.

For those of you who have always felt the above information is how you have thought of “Mission”, consider that the “Vision” is seeing and defining the Big Picture. “Mission” is how we will put the paint on the canvas and accomplish the work of art in our heart. “Mission” includes defining the actions steps which must be taken to get us from point A to completion. No matter what you call it, it is still a vital part of getting ministry done.

Here2There is purposed in helping Churches, Missionaries, and Ministry Leaders discover and define their Vision in such a way that it can be translated into Mission Action Plans. A MAP answers the above questions in systematic ways which result in the Training and Mobilization of the people God has given you and the Identification and Utilization of resources needed to accomplish that Vision.

Our trainings are Vision based and Mission driven to Enable and Empower Christ Followers to do the work of Missions Wherever God has called them.

To learn more about the importance and need for Vision go to our website at here2there.org and check out our resources available to you at no charge.

Let me encourage you to read the book “Me to We” by Allan Nelson. This is a great narrative of a seasoned Pastor sharing his wisdom with a younger Pastor about getting others engaged in accomplishing Vision.

If you are a Pastor, Missionary, or Ministry Leader struggling with Vision and direction, I would love to meet with you to discuss the ways Here2There would be a valuable Partner for your ministry. Just contact us at wadinsb@gmail.org or via www.here2there.org.

Wayne Dinsbeer
Church Partnership Lead

Stop wondering in the Desert

Plan your (missions) journey

Poor Moses, he’s the butt of every illustration or joke pertaining to strategy, planning, asking for directions, humility and the list goes on. His wandering in the desert set him up for the whole world to know about him and his navigational challenges. But, what a perfect example Moses truly is on not following the plan laid out before him. For all my planners out there, don’t you just cringe when you read the story of the Israelite’s in the desert for so long, when you know they were so close to where they needed to be!!!!

Having a clear and detailed plan for your church’s mission focus is a must if you desire to reach all nations with the Gospel. Acts 1:8 is very clear of our plan, and they’ve done the hard part for you in deciding your targeted goals “…you will be my witnesses in all of Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and the Uttermost”.

You’ve heard the expression, ‘Hope is not a strategy’, well in the world of missions the word “support” has a similar meaning… it doesn’t fully provide the missionaries what they truly need from their churches.  It is vague, non-specific, not goal driven and doesn’t let you know where exactly it is you’re heading in your relationship with your missionaries. You ‘support’ your missionaries, but how exactly?

There are advantages of having a partnership plan or a strategy for your missions focus.

  1. Simplifies the decision-making process.

 

No more waiting for missionaries to come to you to present their work and ask for support. You know ahead of time where God is leading you and what you are doing in those areas. It also helps you identify the next set of missionaries that are already in your church.

 

  1. Creates Natural Leaders

 

Because of the clearly laid out plans and goals in a partnership strategy, leaders will naturally gravitate to the places where they are needed most and start using their gifts, and those gifts match the needs. This eliminates mismatched volunteers

 

  1. Clears up space on your plate.

 

Partnerships define the details of who, what, when and how and now others can use that standard for how they carry out the ministry. People no longer have to wait for you to clearly lay out every detail of the plan, they can see where they are heading and what the partnership needs to look like and they can start running.

 

  1. Reaches goals

 

A strategic plan for missions gives you an advantage on your target because you can now plan better knowing where you are heading, what the needs are, what it takes to get you there and then start moving.

 

  1. Eliminates Frustration

 

Look at our list here… you have simplified the process, found the right people to do it – so you don’t have to – and you are reaching your targeted goals. This means people are sharing the Gospel and you made it happen! See, celebration!!! We can get so wound up because people aren’t doing anything to help us accomplish the vision often because we didn’t help them know how.

 

  1. Gives missionaries what they really need

Partnerships work on a common goal, increased communication and permission to be open and honest. This gives the missionaries the ability to show you their true needs and you the opportunity to meet them specifically not just throwing money at them to figure out how to do it on their own.

 

In the beginning phases of H2T I was constantly frustrated with the team, with the outcome of work we were doing, with the lack of initiation… and it put a ton of stress on me, and that was transferred to my team. As I grew in understanding, running a business, getting help from others, I realized my frustrations were all on me. I was not setting out clear directions, expectations, vision or plan for where I wanted us to go. I was trying to let it happen organically and not micromanage, but what I was really doing is not give a good plan to the vision.

Without a plan you are wandering, you are tired because you are doing all the work (because others aren’t helping) and you aren’t arriving at the vision God gave you nor helping the people who are there to get you to your goals (the missionaries).

STOP WANDERING and start planning, start raising up more missionaries, start giving your missionaries what they really need, start moving into your promised land!!!

H2T is here to help you if you are in the desert and need help making plans or know what to do with the plans you’ve been given. Call us – 904-885-5706 today to start working out your plan for the nations!

Stefanie Nicholson

Founder and Director

 

Our teams TOP 5 blogs!

Stefanie Nicholson-

It can happen to you – with the recent tragedies in our city and the increasing number of suicides due to depression, this one seems to hit very close to home. You seem to always say, “They always seemed so happy all the time” and are almost always caught off guard. I want us to stop being surprised by these events and start doing something to prevent them.
The Great Urbanization Migration – I love planning for ways to reach the nations, and I love that the nations are coming to us. I am excited about the increase of great food to our major cities, but I also look for the easier doors of opportunity to reach the nations right in your back yard.
Help Them Have Fun– As someone who has spent a large amount of time away from “home” I know the joys of receiving a special something from friends or family. Pre-planned event nights are especially fun when you don’t have access to taco seasoning (every one needs Taco Tuesday).
Is Your Manger Clean – I am so grateful to work with people and churches who are “ready” with eagerness. I love to see people who have a passion for the lost and do what they need to do to prepare themselves to be “ready”.
The Importance of Sacred Rhythms pt 1 and pt 2 – I am learning more and more how important rest, and consistent rest is. This is great for our bodies, our minds and our hearts as we lead others by example in ministry and being fully prepared to hear and follow God.
Wayne Dinsbeer-
I Came, I Served, I Got the Tee Shirt  Now What?  – This was a great follow up to Short Term Journeys and next things.
They’re Coming – The Great Urbanization Migration – what a great article which challenges us to be
ready for the Mission Field which is coming to us.
Help them have fun – this blog explains the fun of part of Partnerships which includes 9 very creative &  practical ways to minister to your Missionaries.
Bryan Nicholson-
Mark Painter-
Un necessary returns – is very pertinent to the here2there.org and addresses a significant missionary issue.
Are you living by faith – this is a real world testimony and provides a personalized encouragement
Six areas missionaries need partnership– gets right to the point and sums up well here to there’s, concept of partnership

Cast your cares on the Lord – provides practical care steps 2 identified circumstances.
Too much compassion – does a good job of explaining compassion fatigue, providing examples of compassion fatigue symptoms, and starts one down the path of considering ways of dealing with that condition.
Wayne Pierce
Gina Gant-
Most missionaries have a hard time taking care of themselves. This blog helps us remember how important self care is in ministry. It’s a great resource for churches to help partner with their missionaries.
Is your manger clean – life needs to get messy so we can let God take control and help us produce fruit in our lives
The great migration we don’t all have no to leave our country to reach people, God is bringing them to us.
Sometimes we just need to step out of our comfort zone to see God’s faithfulness
Too much compassion This topic is one of my passions, helping people in ministry learn to take better care of themselves before it’s too late.

My M&M Experience

You are probably wondering what these things have to do with each other. They all teach us how God is able to work through the most unusual things in our life to bring about His plan. Let me explain:

The first week of July Donna and I were returning from a week of camping in some great State Parks in Alabama. We have enjoyed the camping experience since our children were small and we were all in a pop-up camper. Now our children are grown, our camping is done in a little larger RV, but the hiking, biking, and just being in the awesome Nature that God created is still something we enjoy.

22 miles west of Tallahassee, Florida, God gave us an experience which proved to be the highlight of our trip. Now in the previous week we had hiked to waterfalls, done some biking, eaten at some great local restaurants, viewed July 4th Fireworks, and  even toured a battleship, the USS Alabama. But what happened this day topped it all, We had a Flat Tire!

Usually a flat tire isn’t that big a deal, but when it is on your RV it becomes bigger. Couple that with being on the side of a busy major highway I-10 and it further complicates matters. No problem, we have AAA. So I called them for assistance only to be made aware that our coverage does not include our RV. We needed help so they did get someone coming to our rescue.

I then called our insurance company as we have Roadside Assistance coverage on all our vehicles. This call proved to be of greater success as they said we were covered up to $400. They even offered to pay directly for the service call.

After a couple of hours of waiting and rocking as vehicles sped by us, Steve, the Tire Service Tech finally arrived. Upon looking at our situation he began working to replace our shredded tire. It was about 15 minutes into his work that the Holy Spirit spoke to me and said it is time for you to go to work for Me. I knew exactly what I was to do.

Right there on the side of I-10 I began a conversation about the Lord with Steve, an older gentleman. He said he lived across the street from a church and attended occasionally. I then asked if he knew for sure that he was going to heaven, to which he replied, “No, but that would be a good thing to know.” As I shared with him about God’s love for him I could tell he had not heard this before. Just as we finished talking about how our sin separates us from God, it was time to move to the other side of the RV. Steve wanted to check the other tires.

Now we were on the traffic side of the vehicle with cars and trucks speeding by just inches from us. Steve, said to me, “Go on, I want to hear the rest.” My heart rejoiced and feared at the same time. With my back to the on coming traffic, I remember thinking, “O God, Please keep us safe. I know I am going to heaven if I get hit, but Steve isn’t until I get him to a prayer of salvation.” Donna could see in the mirror what was happening and began to pray for me. I continued, now yelling so he could hear, telling Steve how Christ died to forgive his sins and desires to save him. Right there on the side of I-10 Steve prayed to receive Christ as his Savior.

I could see an immediate peace on his face as we talked about his decision (away from the traffic). I wrote the verses down I had shared with him and encouraged him to share his decision with his family and Pastor. He said he would.

Then I asked Steve if anyone had ever told him they were glad they had a flat tire. He said, “No one.” I told him I was glad because God had given us a Divine Appointment to meet and talk. Steve agreed.

You may say what does this have to do with Here 2 There and our work. We are all about being “On Mission”. That isn’t just about work done on a foreign field somewhere, but it is about each follower of Christ being ready to share their faith Anytime, Anywhere, with Anyone. The work of H2T is about training up believers who are ready, willing, and able to be Mobilized for Mission when the Spirit calls.

H2T is focused on establishing “Partnerships” with Missionaries, individuals and Churches. We desire to have an ongoing relationship that focuses on preparing Churches and Missionaries to accomplish the Vision God has given them for His work.

Would you say that most people in your church know how God has gifted them to serve Him? Is the majority of membership engaged in an area of Service for the Lord some place either in the Church or reaching the Community and World? Have you ever considered that You are “On Mission” with God every minute of your life. Are you equipped to be Mobilized at any moment to do His work? Our Resources and Training Materials do exactly that for Missionaries, Church Leaders and Members.

On our website you will find training tools and resources which are available to assist Missionaries, individuals and Churches in training people for Kingdom Work. One resource you will find is a witnessing tool called STEP OUT, which gives 4 Simple Steps to a Church On Mission – Serve, Tell, Eat, Pray.  I encourage you to check us out at Here2There.org.

By the way, our tire repair came to a little over $400, which the insurance company is paying. For a couple of hours delay on the highway Steve knows he is a Child of God.

Now, that’s a Great Flat Tire!

Wayne Dinsbeer

Church Partnership Lead

Cast your cares on the Lord

Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall (Psalm 55:22).

A few months ago I wrote a blog about anxiety. In that blog we discussed that everyone has anxiety. This month I am going to continue with that same theme.

In the verse above it states Cast your cares on the Lord.  I wonder how heavy your load gets or how burdened you feel before you decide to cast your cares on the Lord?

Often, we as Christians (and many times those of us in ministry) feel like we have to do everything ourselves. We have so many things to balance. Not just our ministry-seeking to bring people to salvation, but having to raise money, budget wisely, parent our children, be a good spouse, and maintain our home, not to mention all the meetings to attend, and spending time with friends and neighbors.  

Its no wonder that we feel stressed and burdened. But, as the scripture says, once we give our care to the Lord, he will SUSTAIN you. Sustain. What a great word. According to Websters dictionary it means to give support or RELIEF . Isnt that something we all want? Support and especially RELIEF!? Isnt it great to know that once we RELEASE our cares to the Lord, he will give us RELIEF. And, then it doesnt stop there. He gives us another promise. He will never let the righteous fall.

I think sometimes the reason we dont want to release our cares, isnt because we doubt relief, I am sure we know and acknowledge that letting go, will feel good, but I think one of the major problems is realizing that he wont let us fall. Holding on to our cares can be like a false sense of security or confidence. We think that if we can just handle all of this then we will become successfulBut in reality the more we pile on, the less we can and will succeed, and tend to fall!

1.) Think about something that you need to give to the Lord today?

Is it your time? Money? Family? An obsessive thought? A difficult decision? Or something else?

2.) How can you give this burden over to the Lord?

Through prayer? Speaking to a loved one? Asking for help? Or seeking professional advice? Or something else?

3.) What would it feel like to have relief from your burdens or cares?

4.) Through the coming weeks I encourage you to RELEASE cares to the Lord, feel the RELIEF from your burdens, and trust that God will not allow you to fall.

For more information or if you need to talk to someone please dont hesitate to contact Here to There Ministries at here2there.org@gmail.com

Christy Paul, LMHC

Your Land of Milk and Honey

In Numbers 13 Moses sends out a leader from each of the tribes of Israel to spy on the land of Canaan which the Lord had promised to his people. So we see these men spend 40 days surveying the land and preparing a report to bring back to Moses and the Israelites.

Now, they know that this is the land that God promised to give them but all they can think about are the obstacles that they perceive are in their way. They even bring back fruit from the land to show how lush it is. The first thing they said to Moses was, “It really is a land flowing with milk and honey.” So, God tells them this is what I want for you, they go and see that it was what God said it was.

BUT, the next thing they say is Anak is there, the people are very strong, the cities have very high walls. Then, the lies start to spread throughout the camp convincing the rest of the Israelite’s that they would have been better off to die in the misery of slavery than to follow God to the promised land.

What promised land is God trying to lead you to right now? What are your Anaks? What are the high city walls? What are the lies that you’re hearing that are scaring you from the milk and honey that God wants you to have?

Romans 8:28, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” Yet, we allow fear and lies to scare us away from the Good that God has for us. Don’t let the lies of Satan keep you from the land of milk and honey.

Partnering with your missionaries can be messy and difficult but God desires to guide you to a place of amazing joy. Don’t believe the lies that make it seem impossible but trust that God will make the way. Missionaries and churches can help each other get to the promised land. Here2There can help you learn more about what partnerships are and how to create them. Please check out our website at http://www.here2there.org/resources/. If you have any questions you can email us at Here2there.org@gmail.com.

Bryan Nicholson

Media and Marketing Lead