Thursday, July 25, 2013

New Role as Mission Coach


For the past few months I have been at home in Minneapolis, raising support to return to Brazil and continue my ministry there with WorldVenture. Support discovery has been a difficult journey and it has been a real challenge to find new support partners so that I could reach the 100% support level required to return to the field for another term. Because of these challenges, I have arrived at the difficult decision to bring my ministry in Brazil to a close, at least for now. Although I will not be returning to the field, I have been invited to continue in ministry with WorldVenture as a U.S.-based Mission Coach.

In this role I will be recruiting and mentoring missionary candidates as they discern God’s calling for them in missions and explore opportunities to serve with WorldVenture. I will be representing WorldVenture on college campuses, challenging students to consider missions, organizing global prayer groups, and bringing together students interested in short-term opportunities on WorldVenture fields.

Mobilizers have a vital role in missions and I am excited to see how God can use my experience and passion for missions to raise up other workers for the harvest. Jesus said that the harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. The late Dr. Ralph Winter, founder of the U.S. Center for World Mission, made this statement: “The number one priority is for more mission mobilizers. Why do I say this? Because I believe there must be at least 40,000 younger adults who have in the past few years made a missionary decision, but who will never make it to the field—due to ignorance, indifference, school debts, etc... Anyone who can help 100 missionaries to the field is more important than one missionary on the field. In fact, mission mobilization activity is more crucial than field missionary activity.”

While on Home Assignment, I have had a chance to meet with new appointees, other North Central Regional coaches, and mentor a sweet gal for a short-term trip to Japan. I am looking forward to this new role in missions.

P1180923 NC Regional Coaching Team of WorldVenture, Below coaches and appointees



I have the privilege to mentor, Phoua serving short-term in Japan, teaching English at one of WorldVenture’s ministries. She recently had a group from Brazil visit her – small world! Here is her blog:

Interested in missions? Check out the WorldVenture Discovery Group on Facebook: 

Thank you for your prayers and encouragement over the years. Your partnership in my ministry made it possible for me to impact scores of at-risk children in Brazil; together we provided them with valuable language skills and offered them hope through the gospel of Jesus Christ. My transition from international staff to U.S. staff will be effective August 1st. This new Mission Coach position is also a support-based ministry. Please pray for me as I continue to raise support for this new role of mobilizing others to cross cultures and borders to bring the life and light of Christ to the nations. And would you pray about becoming a financial partner in this work yourself? To be fully supported in this new position I need a total of around $2,500 per month in support (which is less than a support package for Brazil). To make a support commitment, please go to and click on “Donate” to get started; my account number (6154-931) will remain the same.

I will be making a trip back to Brazil in September to retrieve my things that are in storage, say my goodbyes, and seek closure in my ministry there. Please pray for me as I bring this chapter in Brazil to a close and begin a new chapter here in Minneapolis as a Mission Coach with WorldVenture. Brazil will be in my heart and prayers always.

praying for Brazil

Reaching Brazilian children – here in the US – through VBS

Even though I am not in Brazil, I have had the privilege and pleasure to attend a Brazilian church here in Minneapolis. I love being able to worship in Portuguese! 

During the month of July, a youth group from a church in Colorado came to do outreach ministry with the Brazilian church; they volunteered at ‘Feed my Starving Children’, prayer walked in the neighborhood, and held a free car wash and ministered to the people getting their cars washed.

Additionally, the group helped put on a Vacation Bible School for the church and neighborhood kids. The theme was the ‘Jungle Jaunt’ which, coincidentally, takes place in the Amazon Rainforest in Brazil. I had fun working with the group during the week and they were a huge blessing to the church and the community.

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Psalm 145:1-2

I will exalt you, my God the King; I will praise your name for ever and ever. Every day I will praise you and extol your name for ever and ever.