Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” Romans 10:13-15
The highest priority of our mission is not projects. It is people. The heart of our outreach is the missionary with a life calling—who leaves home, family and friends to live in a foreign land, learn a language and culture, identify with and love the people, share the good news of Jesus, and help establish a church that will endure. Even with all the technological resources and innovative ministries and programs available today, the divinely called missionary is and always will be the heart of our mission.
Because God’s servants are people, His callings are personal. For some, the call is dramatic and unforgettable. For others, it is the steadily growing realization that they have no alternative but to spend their lives taking the gospel to those who need to hear.
What compels a person to leave the comforts and security of home, family and friends to serve Christ in a foreign land? The call.
It is a privilege, responsibility and sacred trust of the World Missions Executive Committee to interview new missionary candidates. They are sacred moments. As we sit across the table from these people, we hear a wonderful progression of testimonies of how God has called each personally.
We continue to rejoice at the increasing numbers of new candidate missionaries coming to us with a divine call upon their lives to serve the Lord in the harvest field.
We wish you could sit with the committee for just a few of the interviews. This process never becomes old. As each prospective candidate shares the story of his or her divine calling, we marvel at the Lord of the Harvest’s strategic placement in a world where the lost are waiting to hear the message of Jesus.
More new missionaries than ever are coming to us with the Holy Spirit’s call upon their lives. We must send them. Their faces reflect their joyful anticipation of the ministry to which the Lord has called them.
Twice each year new missionaries begin Candidate training school at our annual Missionary Training. It is critical that we help them early in their itineration.
That is why our single most vital project is Senders Fund. When this fund was instituted, missionaries needed an average of 22 months to raise their budget and reach the field. Since the introduction of Senders Fund, the average itineration time has decreased from 22 months to just 13. That’s nine months on the field rather than itinerating! More months with missionaries preaching the gospel, planting churches, training national ministers, and serving people with the compassion of Christ.
The missionary-apostle Paul declared, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent?” (Romans 10:13–15, NIV).
Our Lord calls laborers into His harvest field. They respond in obedience. But the mission is not complete until the called are sent. And we must send them. If our Lord’s command is to all of us…He requires that each does something to take the good news of God’s saving grace to our lost world. We must all take the Great Commission to heart because it involves the whole church, those who go…and those who send.
The highest priority for our missions dollars is to rush these divinely called missionaries to the harvest field where the lost are waiting!
Would you please prayerfully consider sending an especially generous gift to help us meet this urgent need?
We just wanted to say thank you for your tireless efforts in raising funds to help candidate missionaries get closer to the field! We greatly appreciate the contribution from Senders Fund! We pray blessings over your family and this ministry!
- Dan and Abigail Blair – Slovenia
Thank you so much for all your hard work organizing the Senders Fund. What a blessing to open my monthly statement and see $2,500 from the Senders Fund. It’s an honor to serve with the Assemblies of God, and I’m constantly amazed at the love and support of everyone at the AGWM of offices to help the missionaries preparing to go to the field. Thank you!
- Jason Kohler – East Africa
We are very excited about the opportunity that has been afforded us to serve God in Germany as a part of the AGWM family. We are looking forward to the future and thankful for our leadership. We received our first statement and saw the addition of funds provided by the Senders Fund! We want to thank you for the work that you put into providing for this blessing to our ministry. It is encouraging to know that our leadership believes in us and provides resources to assist us in reaching our potential. We are praying for you and look forward to the future of working with you to reach, plant, train and serve around this world!
- Austin and Shanda Brown – Germany
Thank you for seeing God’s call on Malanie and my life to missions in Mexico and for entrusting and releasing us to represent Christ there. We are indebted to you for your approval on our missions calling. Thank you! We are humbled by your donation from the Senders Fund. This means so much to us as we are starting our missionary journey. We feel encouraged and supported through your generosity.
- Noah and Mel Lane – Mexico
We just want to say a huge THANK YOU for all that you do for the Senders Fund which we have just been tremendously blessed by. Thank you, thank you, thank you. We pray that you and your families are blessed beyond what could be asked for or imagined this Christmas season and throughout the New Year!
- Chris and Cyndi Stucchi – East Africa
Once again I would like to thank you for your efforts on my behalf. I saw in my latest disbursement statement that another deposit has been made to my account by Senders Fund. More than the financial support (which is greatly appreciated), I am moved by your act of support. I know that together we will see the rebuilding of the ancient kingdom of Cambodia. Thank you.
- Mike Reini – Cambodia
Thank you so much for all your hard work in raising money for the Senders Fund! As a newly appointed missionary, it was such a blessing to see these funds show up in my account. Thank you for your investment in new missionaries and believing in us. Thank you for helping us raise our support more quickly and get to the field faster. I am so thankful and blessed to be with such a great organization and have the incredible leadership that I do! Thank you for all that you do! I continually pray for God to give you wisdom as you lead.
- Melissa Glanzer – East Africa
I want to thank you so much for the contribution Senders Fund made to account last month. Thanks for the hard work you put in to help us new missionaries reach our budget goal and cover expenses while itinerating. I’m so glad to be part of the AGWM family! God bless you.
- Hilary Dyer – Ethiopia
Once again your hard work through Senders Fund has blessed our family! Thank you so much for all your hard work and leadership. Thank you so much.
- Dan and Abigail Blair – Slovenia