Our vision is to see a flourishing church, led by well-equipped local leaders, serving every city and neighborhood of the world.
That is the collective cry of people around the world about 2020. Our hearts have gone out to so many people globally who have experienced disruption, suffering, and loss, including many of you who are faithful supporters of our ministry.
In the midst of it all, two words come to my mind as I think of 2020: generosity and resilience.
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.
We partner with the local church to share the love of Christ with refugees, children-at-risk, victims of human trafficking, and families stuck in cycles of poverty and injustice.
Without question, 2020 was a difficult year marked by confusion, struggle, apprehension, and fear. It was also a year marked by determination, resilience, creativity, and accessibility. As our missionaries persevered through the challenges brought on by a global pandemic, they also expressed gratitude to God for the innovation and technology that enabled them to serve Him in transforming ways: Webinars and virtual calls that helped train, equip, and keep people connected, as well as relief efforts that provided loaves of bread and bags of rice across the globe. Your faithful encouragement helped to sustain the work He is doing in and through us!
Engaging Holistic Ministry
At Christmas, God enabled us to express one of our core values, surprise by love, through a generous financial gift made in memory of our beloved board member, Tom Gabe, who passed away in August 2020.
Statistics about the youth in Spain are not encouraging: 40% unemployment, an inability to get into a professional career until after 30 years of age, if ever, and high levels of recreational drug use, prostitution, and more.
Growing up in a life of animism, Sonko (name changed for security) became a believer in his early 20s, and learned what it meant to pass from spiritual darkness into the light that Jesus brings.
Engaging in holistic ministry
Due to the pandemic, India implemented the world’s largest lockdown from March to July, halting industries, schools and personal lives. It was historical and unprecedented. The impact on the urban poor was staggering.
Maria is a 38-year-old woman from a North African country with just 3,000 known Christians out of a population of 11 million. For years she had had doubts and questions about the Bible, and about the Quran.
Engaging in Holistic Ministry
“Lord, let them ask.” That was my prayer for a Syrian family that my ministry partner and I were about to visit. Every time we get together, we sit, have tea, and learn from each other.
As Regional Director, I walk with our seminary leaders to guide the development of quality theological training. For more than 20 years, Overseas Council, a ministry of United World Mission, has been offering workshops to equip leaders and faculty at our partner schools. One frequent theme in recent years has been the role of internet technology in theological education. We had no idea of how strategic this training was until the pandemic closed schools throughout Latin America.
Dollars in Millions
Pastor, Hope Church, Richmond, VA
President & CEO,
United World Mission
President & CEO, College of Biblical Studies, Houston, TX
CEO, Cahill Construction Co.
Director, Donahue Foundation
Owner, Grencer Properties
Chairman, Interstate Batteries
COO, Masterworks, Inc.
CEO & Managing Member, Provident Investment Company, LLC
Chief Development Officer at Advance Regenerative Manufacturing Institute
SVP Field Operations, TPx Communications
In the passage above, James tells us that the testing of our faith gives us an opportunity to increase in perseverance, which in turn matures us as believers. After reviewing this past year, we hope you see the perseverance and resilience of God’s people.
With COVID, we’ve seen shutdowns and restrictions of many kinds. With God we’ve seen the Gospel advance and open new Kingdom opportunities: from new churches planted in Muslim communities in West Africa to a resilient seminary in Cuba pivoting to train future leaders online. The plans of God will not be foiled (Psalm 33:11), and the gates of hell shall not prevail against his church (Matthew 16:18).
Our work around the world is made possible by your generosity and prayers. Thank you for continuing to walk with us to see flourishing churches changing the world for the Kingdom of God.
May the Lord bless you and keep you this year and beyond!
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