Mission 10 Update

July 2021

Mission 10 is CLA’s strategic approach to expand the Kingdom of God and extend our reach so that all can learn about God’s amazing love!

Since Mission 10 was initially launched:
  • 163 people have gone on a missions trip for the first time (commanded to serve)
  • $3,125,352.49 has been given for missions and missionaries in the U.S. and around the world (compelled to give)
  • 13 new short- or long-term missionaries from CLA’s church family have chosen to GO to the missions field (called to go)

Commanded to Serve

CITY QUAKE | ARE YOU LIVING WHAT YOU BELIEVE?

The apostle Paul shares his heart and passion for Jesus in Romans 1:16-17 (NLT): “For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes — the Jew first and also the Gentile. This Good News tells us how God makes us right in his sight. This is accomplished from start to finish by faith. As the Scriptures say, ‘It is through faith that a righteous person has life.’”

Did you notice that Paul says he is not ashamed of the Good News, but instead he recognizes it is the power of God? Paul was not perfect. In fact, in I Timothy 1:15-17 (NLT) he says: “This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it: ‘Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners’ — and I am the worst of them all. But God had mercy on me so that Christ Jesus could use me as a prime example of his great patience with even the worst sinners. Then others will realize that they, too, can believe in him and receive eternal life. All honor and glory to God forever and ever! He is the eternal King, the unseen one who never dies; he alone is God. Amen.”

God does not expect you to be perfect, but He does expect you to try! Others cannot “realize what they too can have” if they do not hear His message. Eternity is for everyone, but eternity with Jesus is only for those who believe. Are you willing to share Jesus with those you come in contact with so they too can have an eternity with Jesus? He is counting on you to share His story through the whole world, including your neighborhood!

City Quake is a four-day conference that will be held at CLA August 11-14. It is designed to help equip and challenge you to share Jesus wherever you go - in the grocery store, the bank, a restaurant, or through local outreach or a missions trip. It’s important to be ready at all times to share the impact that Jesus has had on your life.

Join us for part or all of this event — you just want to be part of it! The free evening sessions will feature inspirational insights from those who took the challenge during the day and experiences they encountered to help them grow. Time is short, but eternity is forever! You and your family don’t want to miss this exciting opportunity!

Learn more and register: City Quake. 
“When you think you can’t, God says, YES YOU CAN, but you have to trust Him and be obedient to the calling.”
- Michelle Henson

Compelled to Give

GIVE YOUR TRUST | MICHELLE HENSON

In Her Own Words
My heart and passion for missions began as a young pre-teen girl while attending Missions Day at Potomac Park Camp in Falling Waters, WV. Each year, missionaries who were home itinerating would come and participate in a parade in their native costumes.

Many years later, I still can’t forget one missionary who was dressed in the Middle Eastern attire parading up the aisle. And that Sunday was a tabernacle that God spoke to my heart.

Fast forward a bit — I always felt the call to missions but never knew how the process would come about…especially now that I am married and have children.

One Sunday night, I saw a video of a project in the Dominican Republic. The only clip that I remember was of a little boy staring out the window; this gripped my heart, and I knew God was speaking to me. I had not planned on going on this trip (financially I didn’t think we could afford it), but God made it clear through my coworkers and by providing the finances. This was my first missions trip out of the country.

I have also participated in various domestic trips and often saw God move. I participated in a Convoy of Hope Outreach in Dover, DE, and had been praying that God would use me. I wasn’t sure what I would be doing but, with much prayer, I said “Yes, Lord. I will trust You and obey.” And I’m so glad I did! By the end of that day, all I could do was cry. I was so blessed to be able to pray and speak into the lives of people who needed Christ.

The most recent trip I participated in was to Jolo, WV, two years ago. For me this was a “trust God” trip. I wasn’t attending CLA at the time but was visiting my daughter and saw a missions video during Sunday service. Little did I know that God was working behind the scenes once again.

At that time, I was working at another church and had shared with the pastoral staff Pastor Shane’s heart for missions. They encouraged me to contact Curt Harris, the former Missions Director, to get some ideas. Curt encouraged me to pray, and he invited me to go with the team to Jolo. I got off the phone and felt at that moment that I was supposed to go.

When the morning of the trip arrived, I felt like a college student who was being dropped off for the first time. I did not know anyone except for Curt, and I could feel myself wondering — What am I doing here? I could feel tears coming, but I held them back because I knew God wanted me there. Immediately, I felt welcomed by the team.

We all worked together to accomplish one goal — to see lives changed. One man in particular, Holly Mullins, touched my heart on that trip. I will never forget how he gave his life to Christ and was baptized while we were there. What a blessing it was to see God change and transform him!

If God is speaking to you about trusting Him in the area of missions, I would encourage you to step out and take that step of faith. Will you give Him your trust? 

Special Mission 10 Offerings

Our goal is to reach a world that is dying to know Jesus. Throughout the year, we have several Mission 10 offerings that support special missions projects. Examples include converting 96 churches to daytime orphanages in Rajasthan, India; assisting King’s Castle El Salvador to reach even more people through media ministry; and renovating a building that will be a major food distribution hub and relief center for all of McDowell County, WV. As Pastor Shane has shared, please be praying about whatever God would have you give, and then obey! Our next Mission 10 offering dates are July 25 and September 26.

You can give by cash or check, drop your giving in person or mail it to the church office (please designate Mission 10). You can also give online (select Mission 10 from the dropdown options). Thank you for being the hands and feet of Jesus!
“We are fully convinced that there is NOTHING that the Holy Spirit can’t do through media!”
- Jonathan and Michelle Wellborn

Called to Go

JONATHAN AND MICHELLE WELLBORN | ARGENTINA

In Their Own Words
Yesterday we started ANOTHER national quarantine. Instead of working from home, we have been living at work! I am not even quite sure where to begin — this last year has taken us through such a wild field of emotional highs and lows that it sometimes feels like we no longer know up from down.

Living and working in the country that has held the longest record for full national quarantine, it is hard to convey the broad scope of feelings we’ve experienced. From March-October, we were not permitted to leave our home except to buy groceries, medicine and go to the bank.

As a media missionary, I have been encouraging everyone I come in contact with to have an online and digital presence since we began serving with the Assemblies of God World Missions over 20 years ago. We have been able to work with MANY churches and ministries throughout the years, but the recognition of the importance of media ministry was never more appreciated than it has been in this last year. Never before have I felt so much confirmation of our work in media ministry and in training as many media ministers as we can.

During this pandemic, our work with King’s Castle and Castle Club International was amplified like never before through newly rewritten and redesigned Castle Club manuals, as well as a new online leadership school called “CDR Institute” for King’s Castle. This presently has 85 students from all over the world. We probably will never know the full ripple effect of who we have reached in this time, but we are doing what God has been telling us to do.

Additionally, we have started several newsletters, but it is hard sometimes to put into words what is going on. It’s like something we have never experienced before — an “online revival.” We are excited to see what God is going to do this year, and we wanted to say thank you for sticking with us. Without your prayers and support, we would NOT be able to remain on the field! We are reaching so many people because of your partnership!

CHANGING LIVES IN EL SALVADOR | UPDATE FROM SYDNEY WILSON

Sydney Wilson, who is serving as a missionary at King’s Castle El Salvador this summer, recently shared some exciting updates. God is on the move and changing lives! Read more in this CLA Blog post!

Missionary Prayer Requests

Will you join us in prayer?

  • Jonathan and Michelle Wellborn - Argentina | Pray for strength and speed to complete projects, for their current and future students, for peace during the quarantine, and for their finances
  • Rick and Jennifer Pasquale - Rome, Italy | Pray for family and friends as they grieve the loss of Rick, who unexpectedly passed away
  • Amal and Gamal Gerges - Egypt | Pray as they grieve the unexpected loss of their 26 year old daughter due to a car accident as she was coming to visit them

Reaching Our Community

BACKPACKS FOR LOCAL STUDENTS

We are partnering with several local organizations to provide backpacks and school supplies to students right here in our community.

By Sunday, July 25, please consider donating a fully stocked backpack or supplies at the Volunteer Kiosk in the West Lobby. Check out the supply list and more details!

You are also invited to join our Backpack Drive Packing Party on Sunday, August 1, after second service to help prepare the collected backpacks for distribution to students. Families are welcome to participate together! This is a great opportunity to show your kids the value of serving.

A light lunch will be served at 12:30 PM in The Plaza immediately followed by the Packing Party at 1:00 PM in the West Lobby. Please register if you plan to attend.