At Alliance Church, we love it when our missionaries visit! They live around the world working daily to meet the physical and spiritual needs of the people in their country, sharing the love of Jesus through actions and words. When they visit us, they transport us from Wisconsin to their country through their stories of tragedy and loss, caring and hope.
Missionaries aren’t superhumans who have a unique ability to defy the odds of challenging circumstances. They are everyday Christians like you and me who have doubts, fears, and anxieties. They are concerned with how their chosen profession will affect their children. They miss their relatives who live in America. And some days they wonder if it’s all worth it.
What sets them apart is their unwavering trust in God. When things are tough, they keep their eyes on Jesus and take one step forward. When anxieties mount, they reach out to friends to pray for them. When obstacles surface, they prayerfully consider other options and when difficulties arise, they cry big tears and humbly ask God for help. They aren’t all that different from us.
When our missionaries visit us, they are encouraged by our interest in their lives, and they are strengthened by knowing that we are praying for them. We in turn are inspired by their bravery, humbled by their desire to serve God, and convicted to trust God more with the unknowns in life. Listening to their stories gives us a better understanding of how we can pray as well as why prayer is important.
In 2021 we hosted several missionary guests for special events including a French Workshop with Bob and Molly Midgette and Todd and Terri Althaus in the spring, Sunday services with Martin and Joanna Chaaya in June and a CAMA workshop and France update in August with Mike Sohm, Becca and Travis Novy, and Mally and Val McLoughlin.
Plans are currently in progress for our annual Global Connections Conference Week November 7 – 14, 2021. We have some amazing missionary guests including Pastor Pete and Alice Brokopp, who serve at the Atlanta Envision site in Clarkston, GA. We have partnered with them and send many teams to work on-site with refugees. Also joining us are Pastor Ed and Julie Mangham, who serve as the regional leadership couple over Europe and the Middle East. Our church has workers and partnerships throughout this region, so it will be wonderful to hear from them as they visit Appleton. We also have our very own, Skyler Schunke, visiting from Atlanta Envision where she helps with church planting and outreach among refugees.
We hope you will consider joining us this year for our Global Connections events including special speakers both Sundays, an International Dinner, a Women’s Lunch, and a Senior Adult Breakfast. We will also be offering a Saturday morning of workshops including:
- Muslim Diaspora in Europe and the Middle East
- Digital Outreach Resources
- Preparing & Sending Short-term Mission Teams
- Got a skill? Want to serve on the Mission Field?
- Serving as a Family on a Mission Trip
- Feel Called to Go? What’s Next?
- And More!
Learn more about these events and register: