Monday, February 19, 2018

Team in Focus: Southeast Asia Tip of the Spear

IMB job #: 6154 & 6155
Location: Southeast Asia Tip of the Spear
Team size:  2 teams of 4
Field expense:  $1373 plus round trip travel, immunizations, passport & travel insurance costs

GO into a new area to build relationships and give a verbal witness while demonstrating a life witness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Gather data for long-term personnel and their partners. Be a bringer of light this summer!

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Dates for Summer 2018
June 4  Team leaders arrive @ orientation
June 7 Team members arrive @ orientation
June 12  Teams depart ATL for the field via ATL
August 1  Teams return for debrief via ATL
August 4  Students return home

Friday, February 16, 2018

Team in Focus: Rockin' Romania

IMB job #: 6505

Location: Romania
Team size: 10
Field expense: $1539

Use your musical skills to teach young people to play guitar, keyboard, flute, drums & percussion. Help local believers develop music teams for worship. Local young people have little to no access in musical training. Offer tutoring for children in the community allowing the local ministry to develop relationships with the families. Team will be working directly with a national pastor.


Dates for Summer 2018
June 4  Team leader training begins (Alabama)
June 7  Team member training begins (Alabama)
June 12  Teams deploy for the field
Aug 1  Teams return to US for debrief (Alabama)
Aug 4  Teams return home

Sunday, December 10, 2017

LMCO Day 8: Why Prayer Matters

When it comes to praying for missionaries, IMB President David Platt said there’s one thing to keep in mind.

It matters.

When we pray, God works.

It isn’t just a rushed or mechanical exercise, he said—”God has ordained our prayer as a means to accomplish His purpose in the world. We’ve got to be aware that our praying for boldness for missionaries is actually going to affect whether or not they have boldness. When we pray, God works.”

He offered some real and powerful ways to pray for missionaries:

  • PRAY they would be confident to preach God’s Word—not just to do relief work or learn culture well, but to speak truth with boldness, no matter the circumstances.
  • PRAY the gospel would be clear through missionaries’ lives and words and that God would open hearts.
  • PRAY missionaries will be at peace with other believers, that Satan would not have success in attacking families, friends and ministry partners.
  • PRAY for them to have joy when they suffer, kindness when they are slandered and patience when things are hard. Pray for God to help them persevere—fighting the battle for souls is hard, but it’s worth it.
  • PRAY God would give them success in sharing the gospel with others, that they would see disciples made and churches planted.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

LMCO Day 7: What God Has Done

Dilara’s* heart nearly jumped out of her chest when she found the building. She had seen it in a dream—Jesus had picked her up from her bed one night and led her there through the streets of her Central Asian town. In the dream, He had asked her if she was ready to believe, and she’d seen three men standing in the front of the church. When she found the building a few weeks later and walked inside, she was greeted by one of those men. Today, she’s a believer.

Like with Dilara, in every corner of the world, God is drawing hearts to Himself in amazing ways.

Just ask the woman in Southeast Asia healed from partial deafness after an IMB missionary prayed over her. Or ask the dad in France who believed after a “chance” encounter with a follower of Christ at his son’s soccer game. Or ask the man in Slovenia struggling with mental illness who cried out to God and now is living a life surrendered to Jesus. Though the ground can be hard, stories of miracles and changed lives abound.

  • PRAY for God to continue to work in mysterious ways in the lives of people all over the world.
  • PRAY for hearts from every people group to be drawn to worship Jesus.

*Name changed

Friday, December 8, 2017

LMCO Day 6: Mikeska Family

At Shane and Lindsay Mikeska’s house in London, Christmas tradition is anything but traditional. Holiday after holiday, the world converges in their kitchen.

“Last year, we had an Iranian student and Indian student baking Christmas cookies with a girl from Lebanon and another from Hong Kong,” Shane said. And as they all sat down to eat dinner, a traditional Mexican meal that the Mikeskas prepare every year on Christmas Day, more kept coming.
“One girl who came was Iranian, and she realized that another Iranian girl sitting at our table was a Christian, so she asked her to tell her story,” Shane said. “For 45 minutes, this girl boldly shared the gospel.” It’s something the Mikeskas, IMB missionaries, say happens all the time in their city. London has 48 universities, and a quarter of the student population comes from other countries. Across the city, 300 languages are spoken.

We have the world at our fingertips, and we have an amazing capacity to be senders to the world.

“It’s fascinating and unusual,” Shane said. “We have the world at our fingertips, and we have an amazing capacity to be senders to the world.”

  • PRAY the Mikeskas would continue to form strategic friendships with internationals in order to reach unreached people groups in London.
  • PRAY God would put a desire in the hearts of new believers to take the gospel back to their countries.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

LMCO Day 5: The Forgotten Refugee

Don Alan* says he remembers a refugee telling him once that he didn’t feel alive, but he wasn’t dead either—he was somewhere in between.

“Hopelessness is a universal feeling among refugees,” Don said. “They feel forgotten.” That’s why IMB missionaries like Don, who serves in North Africa and the Middle East, and Seth Payton*, who works with refugees in Europe, spend their lives taking hope into those hopeless places.

Refugees come to Europe looking for a better life, and many times they find nothing.

“Refugees come to Europe looking for a better life, and many times they find nothing,” Seth said. Often, they’ve paid traffickers a high price for a long, miserable trip across the desert packed into a standing-room-only truck and then a dangerous boat ride across the Mediterranean Sea. If they make it alive, then they often can’t get jobs. They spend their days scrounging for food and their nights packed into an apartment with 15 other people.

“We pray that through this time God will open their hearts and draw them into His kingdom through the hope that He offers,” Seth said. “Hundreds of refugees from closed countries are becoming believers in Europe. So there are great things happening in the midst of a heartbreaking situation.”

  • PRAY for God to meet refugees in their pain with the hope of the gospel.
  • PRAY for people to feel God’s call to share Christ with refugees in the United States and abroad.

*Names changed

LMCO Day 4: Mexico City Team

When you’re a team of 12, how do you even start to reach a city of more than 28 million people? That’s a question Todd Beel’s team in Mexico City asks itself a lot.

He and fellow IMB missionaries in the megacity hail from places ranging from Colombia to Cuba and from Korea to Tennessee. They represent a diverse collection of backgrounds and skillsets all working together. Some work with young families, others with theological training, and others with university students. And they have one vision—to see the world worship Jesus and for it to start right where they are.

This is a massive city, there are unreached people
and places within it, and we want to take the gospel
to those places.

“This is a massive city,” Todd said. “There are unreached people and places within it, and we want to take the gospel to those places.”

Todd’s team is seeing it start to happen already, and they’re seeing new believers catch a vision for reaching the nations. That’s exactly what they pray for. “Because this is a world-class city, it has connections around the world and people are coming and going every day, so this city has a reach worldwide,” Todd said.

  • PRAY for churches to be planted in the unreached neighborhoods of Mexico City.
  • PRAY for God to call out among His people in Mexico those that He would like to go into the most unreached pockets of the city, of the country, and out into the nations.