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Annual Impact Report

Our vision is to see a flourishing church, led by well-equipped local leaders, serving every city and neighborhood of the world.

The Change We Make


Our goal is bold: To make relevant theological education, practical training, and spiritual formation accessible to every ministry leader in every nation!


We help local church planters start new churches that proclaim Christ as Lord and pour themselves out in loving service for their communities.

Engaging in
Holistic Ministry

We partner with the Church to share the love of Christ with children-at-risk, victims of human trafficking, and families stuck in cycles of poverty and injustice.

From the President

As I write in the spring of 2020, people worldwide are living with anxiety and fear due to COVID-19. We don’t know how long this virus will last or what will be left in its wake.

Some say this is not a “blizzard” or even a “long winter” but an “ice age,” and that nothing will be the same when we come out of it.

Despite the disruption and uncertainty brought on by COVID-19, some things are not changing. First, the need is the same. In Matthew 9:36, Jesus saw that people were “harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” Human beings today are as fragile, broken, and lost as ever. All around the world, people need God.

Second, God’s character is not changing, nor is his mission. When Jesus “saw the crowds, he had compassion on them” (Mt 9:36). The risen Christ continues to send out workers with a heart of compassion and a message of hope for all people.

Scripture often calls us to remember. In this Annual Impact Report, we look back on God’s hand at work through UWM and our partners in 2019. We see anew that God is always on mission, turning evil to good and drawing a people to himself in love. This gives us courage in 2020 to hope and to persevere in his mission!

Thank you for your prayers and gifts for the ministry of United World Mission and our partners in 2019.

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Dr. John Bernard
United World Mission

2019 Year-in-Review

In 1 Corinthians 3:7 Paul says, “neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow."

As we report our 2019 ministry results, we know that many have been planting and watering for generations and that God has given the growth. We are servants who are thankful to have been a part of what God is doing.

We’re excited to present the following 2019 ministry results…


people developed through intentional spiritual formation or discipleship


leaders directly equipped by United World Mission


leaders equipped by our global partners with our help


new churches planted


people served through holistic ministries by partners with our help


global partners

2020 Strategic Goals


Mobilize 70 new U.S. missionaries and 20 non-Western missionaries for global service.


Build a coalition of U.S. churches and national partners to establish new churches in the Middle East and North Africa.


Partner with 10 seminaries globally for innovative programs to equip 1000+ Christian leaders who currently don’t have access to ministry training.



Equipping Leaders in Uganda

From Disappointment to Rejoicing

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Establishing Churches in Thailand

Empowering National Believers to Plant Churches

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Engaging in Holistic Ministry in Costa Rica

The Good News is Spreading in Squatter Communities

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Confronting the Global Leadership Challenge in China

by the Overseas Council Regional Director to China

In a world that feels more divided than ever before, United World Mission seeks to demonstrate the biblical values of love and collaboration as we cross barriers, unite Christians in partnership, and equip leaders who can form churches for the work of gospel reconciliation.

Through our Overseas Council ministry, we help seminaries around the world innovate to make ministry training accessible to the 9 out of 10 men and women who already are leading churches but have insufficient training. We call this the “Global Leadership Challenge.” China is a good example of this need. Many Chinese believers already lead churches but do not have training as pastors or teachers.

In my work in China, I serve with many experienced leaders and pastors. I have learned so much from them that I share with others who need training. My current focus is helping 50 leadership training centers where an average of 50 to 100 students are being equipped. These training centers belong to large churches and church networks made up of tens of thousands of Chinese Christians.

I am excited by the multiplication of churches resulting from equipping new leaders. For example, I am assisting one large church network in China which is committed to planting churches in large cities. We equip small group leaders through a simple, practical curriculum so that they can start new groups in homes. We follow-up with visits to these leaders as they do the small groups, mentoring and encouraging them. We plan to expand this effort to equip other leaders for the vision of reaching cities with the gospel of Christ.

At United World Mission, we think the Church is the hope of the world. And leaders shape the church!

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Regional Director

Financial Summary

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United World Mission Board of Directors

Norie Roeder,
Board Chair

Systems Test Engineer, Northrop Grumman

Dr. John Bernard

President & CEO,
United World Mission

Dr. William Blocker

President & CEO, College of Biblical Studies, Houston, TX

Steve Cahill

CEO, Cahill Construction Co.

Michele Dudley

Director, Donahue Foundation

David Dwight

Pastor, Hope Church, Richmond, VA

Jill Esau

Owner, Grencer Properties

Josue Fernandez

OC Regional Director – Latin America

Dr. Robert Ferris


Norm Miller

Chairman, Interstate Batteries

Keyla Pavia

COO, Masterworks

Todd Rankin

CEO & Managing Member, Provident Investment Company, LLC

David Rogers

Chief Development Officer at Advance Regenerative Manufacturing Institute

Daniel Solito

SVP Field Operations, TPx Communications

Jack Voelkel

Former Interim President of LAM

Tim Whitener


Thank you!

“…But be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord; always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father...”
— EPHESIANS 5:18b-20

Spiritual talk, God-filled harmonies, and thanksgiving are not reserved for Sunday Schools and Church liturgies. These are meant to be everyday practices for all disciples of Jesus. We are invited to sing, speak of God’s graces, and offer prayerful gratitude at all times and in all places, during our fellowship with one another and with God. And, yes, the pages of annual reports such as this one are opportunities to present this combination of praise and thanksgiving to God—as well as spiritual encouragement to you.

We are grateful for the works of God. Thanks be to God! We are grateful for the flourishing of churches, theological schools, church leaders, and neighborhoods that occurred in the last 12 months. We are grateful the Kingdom of God continues to spread all over the world. We thank God we can share in that work with you.

Thank you. Thank you for supporting these works and for all of your prayers. All you have given has mattered, contributing to spiritual harmony we offer in Christ together.

May the grace and peace of God be yours in abundance this year!

Going Deeper with United World Mission

This year, will you prayerfully consider the following ways to deepen your relationship with the mission of United World Mission?


Become a prayer partner! Partners in Prayer (PIP) is a monthly prayer guide for our missionaries and partners. Sign up to receive PIP here.


Are you interested in becoming a missionary? Click here for a list of open opportunities, or click here to speak with one of our Missionary Coaches!


Impact God’s kingdom by becoming a monthly financial giver to support the work God is doing through United World Mission. Would you prayerfully consider giving $25, $50, or $100 per month? Click here to become a regular supporter of the ministry of United World Mission.

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