As media attention has slowly faded, so have the thoughts of many people toward the refugee crises in Europe. However, AGWM missionaries in Europe are still at the front lines, engaging with refugees from countries such as Guinea, Morocco and Syria.
Knowing and respecting the language of another still opens doors. On the island of Sicily, an improbable but amazing story in missions continually is adding new chapters as that simple principle of knowing and respecting language is the basis for reaching the unreached. A missions team, headed up by AGWM missionaries Neil and Kathy Vanaria, engages with refugees arriving from a multitude of nations, tribes, peoples and languages and shares God’s word with them in their own languages. Light for the Lost is key to making this happen.
My daughter is sick, very sick. She is too weak and tired to walk further, so I carry her. Every step of the way I cry out, "God, please help."
Our country, Syria, is at war. Our home is destroyed. Most of our family are dead. We are forced to leave. We have no other choice. We had a good life in Syria, but that life is over. Everything we owned is gone, and our youngest daughter is on the verge of death.
Here’s a question I get asked everywhere I go: “I feel called to missions but fundraising really scares me.” Okay, I’m cheating a bit by saying this is a “question” I get asked often. It’s rarely a question; it’s more of a statement that’s left hanging in the air like a dialogue bubble in a comic strip. A nervous person, chewing their lip and searching my face expectantly, still expects an answer though, so I always take it as an unspoken question: *How* can I fundraise? Or perhaps more accurately, how can *I* fundraise?
On a hot evening in spring, our air conditioner had kicked on outside our bedroom window and woke me up in the middle of the night. I wasn’t able to fall back asleep after that, not because of the noise, but because God was calling me, and I told him I was willing to be a missionary.
So, you’ve made it. You’re in the field. The mission field. Now what? Maybe you have friends or colleagues that pick you up from the airport and help you acclimate. Nevertheless, the moment comes. You are alone. In your own room. To fend for yourself. And everything is different.
Missionaries Steve and Tece Entsminger recently took a group of students to a children’s ministry conference. These students are training to be pastors and church leaders at Facultad de Teología, an Assemblies of God seminary in Córdoba, Spain. During the Bible lessons at the conference, one of the students was captivated by the way the content was being presented to the point of forgetting her responsibilities as a counselor. When Tece asked later why she was so intrigued, she replied, “I had no idea you could actually minister to children!”
In 1992 missionary Rick Cunningham awoke from a dream in which he was teaching in a language he had never heard. God used that dream to call him and his wife Jan from Spain to Romania. In their first exploratory trip to Romania, the Cunninghams discovered the shocking reality that book translations had been outlawed under Communist rule, resulting in few available resources in the Romanian language. As developers of training materials in Spain, Rick and Jan felt the Holy Spirit impress them—“What you have done in Spain is tremendously needed here.” That felt need confirmed their call to move to Romania, but neither of them could have anticipated what would happen there.