From the conference, all worship times and main sessions* will once again be available live and free for you and your teams to join us in getting inspired by what God is doing in the hearts of the nations and through leaders and congregations of our Vineyard tribe all over the world.
Slam-dunk, home run, hole-in-one, two-point conversion...yep we are describing the Wednesday afternoon Vineyard Missions Around-the-World Reception at July’s 2017 Vineyard National Conference: Together Leaning Outward. Wish you were there? Read about what happened, grab onto the momentum, and begin inviting people to join you in God’s mission like never before!
Earlier this week, our Coordinator of the Learning Community Team, Mark Walked shared about missions misconceptions. He says, “Missionary work is not easy. But sometimes we make missions look even more difficult for ourselves because of misconceptions about what missions is. When we fix our own misconceptions first, we may find ourselves much more fit for missions than we first thought.”
International missions. You might consider going, and then again, you might not.
If “we’ve got enough to do right around us,” as some have said, then why should we spend the energy and resources to go to a foreign place and spend so much money and learn a new language and culture? In fact, isn’t it a waste of resources to do so when there is such low-hanging fruit that is close by, where you already know the language and customs, and the Bible is already accessible? That’s a good question. A really good question.
I share this story from a place of extreme gratefulness to God…I had a traumatic experience flying as a young teenager, and it has left its mark on each of my flying experiences since. Two common themes for me in going was facing my fear of flying and leaving my children at home. As a parent of young kids, I have wrestled with having both my husband Jim and I leave the country together (on the same plane)! Both themes weave a web of fear that has kept me, at times, caught in its sticky threads. I’ll share the story of my trip to Ethiopia in March 2017.
In May 2016, as I watched Milton be released as the first National Director of the Association of Vineyard Churches Brazil and Elba Dolan released to work with Milton overseeing the Northern Amazon Region and its Vineyard churches, my heart was full of gratitude for what the Lord has allowed me to observe over these many years. The Vineyard Movement in Brazil is alive and thriving with over 100 churches spread from the remotest parts of the Amazon to the largest cities in southern Brazil. The Xingu Mission has done a wonderful job in planting churches and raising up leaders, and now the Brazilian Partnership has the privilege of coming alongside the indigenous Brazilian Leadership Team as they take responsibility to plant churches and raise up new leaders.