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Spotlight on the Gospel

Spotlight on the Gospel

World Witness is humbled to be one of thousands of churches and organizations who are being the light of Christ amid war in Ukraine. As of March, we have been able to quickly mobilize funding for our missionaries and partners on the field to transport refugees out of Ukraine to Poland, rent a storage unit to create a supply line of relief aid to inner Ukraine, help a Presbyterian pastor in Kharkiv purchase a vehicle to transport refugees to the border, supply one meal a day to Ukrainian refugees in Toledo, Spain, and much more. All this is happening through national churches creating an even bigger spotlight on the Gospel! 

Please be in prayer for our missionaries – the Wittes, van Dalens, Allers and former WW missionary Scott Andes, all of whom are the most engaged in ministry efforts among the Ukrainian refugees. Though the Ukraine situation looms large on the world and Kingdom stage, we have several updates to share, including welcoming new missionary candidates who were approved for service at our Spring Board Meeting:

  • Ben & Trish Alexander, missionary candidates, plan to serve long?term in England working with our Reformed denominational partner, EPCEW, at a church in Chelmsford, where Ben has been called as an associate minister. He is currently a pastoral assistant serving alongside Rev. Matt Joldersma at Neely’s Creek ARPC in Rock Hill, SC.
  • A.T. & Lauren Cason, missionary candidates for a 2-year term, plan to serve with EPCEW, as evangelists, using their unique ministry of folk music. The Casons are members of Reformation ARPC in Hendersonville, NC.
  • Rebekah Carson is joining the Bridge Europe team in southern Germany to assist the Thomas’ church?planting work. She will dearly miss Berlin but looks forward to serving alongside the Thomas and Allers families.
  • Rob & Claudia Holmes and Paul & Missy Robelot transitioned to work with Ethn? Outfitters, based in the U.S.
  • Elinor Griffin moved from being a 2-year worker on the Bridge Europe team to that of a career worker.
  • Sam & Martha-Margaret Cotten transitioned to the Barnabas Ministry, although they will still give time to MT3. 

CHURCH-PLANTING UPDATE 

World Witness continues the mission of growing the Reformed church among the unreached/ least-reached peoples through church planting and strengthening with like-minded partners. In the cycle of church growth are aspects such as exploratory works to determine viability of a church plant, evangelism, discipleship, and mentoring/training. Ultimately, it is our desire that these aspects establish lasting, multiplying churches where people may be saved by the work of the Holy Spirit through preaching the Word. 

World Witness’ focus on the unreached/least-reached people (less than 2% evangelical) remains strong with the vast majority of our missionaries committed to church planting and strengthening among these groups. Who are these people? Typically, when one thinks of unreached people groups, one thinks of Bridge Europe’s engagement of Turkish Muslims living in Germany or Chechen and Saudi Arabian Muslims living in France. But this group also encompasses most European nationals such as those in Spain and the United Kingdom with whom we are working. 

Regarding church planting, in total there are 7 church plants (one is exploratory) occurring between Bridge Europe and our UK/Spain teams, 2 evangelism works, and 3 mentoring/training works. In addition, we have church strengthening and support works such as the hospital and schools’ witness in Pakistan, the Barnabas Ministry’s discipling of pastors in Rwanda and Pakistan, MT3’s educating of pastors globally, and Ethn? Outfitters’ equipping the U.S. church to reach Muslims. 

All in all, we see and know that the Lord’s Church is growing. Please continue to pray He sends many new missionary church planters and church strengtheners to the harvest field among those who have not yet heard!

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