The passion starts with the Shenandoah Missions Family. We consider them a part of our staff on international assignment and are involved with them through prayer, encouragement, and financial support.
Our desire is to be World Christians with World Vision.
Since 1975 the people of Shenandoah have given more than $16 million to world missions through the Faith Promise Offering. This represents a great faith in a faithful God. Each year at our Annual World Missions Conference, we are joined by missionary guests from all over the world. They share with us how we are partnering with them in reaching the world for Christ. It is a time for renewed focus and commitment to our year-round emphasis on missions.
Not only do the people of Shenandoah give financially, they also give of their lives. We seek to train our young people to become servants through the Missions Apprenticeship Program (MAP). Many Shenandoah members have served on the mission field for long and short-term assignments.
KNOWING about Missions
The first step in your personal participation in Shenandoah World Missions involves KNOWING the Biblical basis for world missions and how we are embracing the opportunity to get the Gospel to the ends of the earth. Through weekly prayer profiles and updates, our monthly One Million Minutes of Prayer guide and our Annual World Missions Conference, you will learn how you can be personally, immediately, strategically, effectively, and measurably involved in world missions.
World Christian with World Vision Goal #1 - KNOWING ... the Biblical basis of Shenandoah’s plan for, and your personal responsibility in world missions.
PRAYING for Missions
The work of effective intercessory prayer on behalf of the Shenandoah Missionary Family is the most vital component of our efforts to reach the unreached. The work of world missions starts on our knees in diligent and fervent prayer. Such praying goes beyond "God bless the missionaries." This guide will enable you to pray more specifically and boldly for the Shenandoah World Missions Staff.
Goal #2 - PRAYING ... regularly for global evangelization and the Shenandoah missions staff.
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GIVING to Missions
Missionary martyr Jim Elliott remarked "He is no fool who gives that which he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose." At Shenandoah, giving to world missions is not considered a personal sacrifice, but an eternal investment. Over the years, the Shenandoah people have confidently trusted the Lord for His financial provision to do His work of world missions and the Lord has always faithfully provided through Shenandoah's Faith Promise Offering.
World Christian with World Vision Goal #3 - GIVING ... thru Faith Promise Missions Offering.
GOING on Missions
The mission field is much closer than you think. Many from Shenandoah have served around the world with short-term mission teams, encouragement visits and long-term missionary servants. Shenandoah prepares, equips and trains young and old to fulfill the biblical command to "Go!"
World Christian with World Vision Goal #4 - GOING ...to your neighbors and being ready to go wherever God leads.
CARING about Missions
A key responsibility of our role as a sending church is CARING for our missionary staff. There are 4 key ways we care for our staff:
1. Prayer - Through weekly prayer profiles, updates, the monthly One Million Minutes of Prayer guide and our Annual World Missions Conference you will learn how you can be personally involved in praying.
2. Encouragement - We seek to encourage our staff through regular contacts and other means of support.
3. Hospitality - We desire to welcome our staff home from the field with open hearts and homes. A key way we can encourage our staff is through our friendship and fellowship.
4. Advocacy - We want to be our missionary staff's biggest cheerleaders and supporters. To do that we need to know as much as we can about their field of ministry, their challenges and their personal needs.
World Christian with World Vision Goal #5 - CARING ... the Biblical basis of Shenandoah’s plan for, and your personal responsibility in world missions.
World Christians with World Vision
The plan of our Lord Jesus was for every one of His followers to be personally involved in getting the Gospel to “all the world” (Mark 16:15). The Bible mandates every believer to be personally involved in the worldwide task of reaching the ends of the earth.
World Christians with World Vision, is a theme that reflects the worldwide scope of the task we have undertaken as a church family in response to the worldwide vision God has given us. Our worldwide responsibility and opportunity flow from the fact we serve a worldwide God who “so loved the world that He gave.” The theme accents our personal responsibility to live as World Christians engaged in reaching the unreached with a world-changing message.
During our yearly World Missions Conferences, Shenandoah’s Missions Staff bring us thrilling accounts of people who have been reached, churches that have been planted, Christian leaders who have been trained, and communities that have been transformed. The successes of the past encourage and challenge each of us to become personally involved in the victories of the future.
May God encourage, equip, and enable you to live out your life as a World Christian with a World Vision.
Being a World Christian is not just for missionaries. Every follower of Jesus Christ must be completely committed to fulfilling a role in the mission of global evangelization. The following areas of commitment will enable you to be personally, immediately, strategically, effectively, and measurably involved in world missions.
- KNOWING – Every good soldier knows his mission. To fulfill your God-given mission, you must understand the Biblical basis for, Shenandoah’s plan, and your personal responsibility for global evangelization.
- PRAYING – Every good soldier communicates with his commander. To fulfill your God-given mission, you must pray regularly for global evangelization.
- GIVING – Every good soldier contributes to the cause. To fulfill your God-given mission, you must regularly give towards the cause of global evangelization.
- GOING – Every good soldier fights in the battle. To fulfill your God-given mission, you must be personally sharing Christ with others on a regular basis.
- CARING – Every good soldier cares for the other. To fulfill your God-given mission, you must be personally caring for those around you and those aboard.