We want to invite you to come as we celebrate this year’s conference: “Arm in Arm for Fifty Years”. Meet some of those missionaries that we’ve been supporting and hear about their work. And then consider what part you are called by the Lord to play in this great mission. Will you pray? Give? Even Go? Let’s march forward together. Join us April 28–May 5!
Victor Nakah is this year’s Missions Conference keynote speaker. Victor is MTW’s new international director for sub-Saharan Africa. He and his wife Nosizo—who are native to Zimbabwe—represent MTW’s growing emphasis on national leadership. Nakah’s powerful vision for Africa and a 27-year background in ministry and leadership, made him an ideal fit for this critical role.
To sign-up for specific events, click here, sign-up in the Commons, or call Jennifer Spohr, 314.392.4740.
8:45 am Sunday School Classes
10 am Opening Worship (Victor Nakah)
5:30–7:30 pm Banquet
7–8:30 pm Ladies’ Dessert and Prayer
11 am–12:30 pm Lunch with Mike and Robin McMahan
5:30–7:30 pm Dinner at Duffy’s with Jason Polk and Susan Newkirk
6:45 am Men’s Breakfast
9–11 am Parenting with a Purpose with Michelle Call & Becky Young
5–7 pm Missionary Mingle with Ray & Michele Call and Steve & Marion Spencer
8:30–10 am Coffee with Dan & Becky Young
8:45 am Sunday School Classes
10 am Faith Promise Worship Service
5:30–7 pm Community Groups
For more information about these events, please look at our event descriptions.
Mission to the World
Ray and Michele have been working in Latin America with Mission to the World since 2006. They have spent the past four years working in Uruguay, the most secular country in the Americas, planting a church. Their desire is to see God reach many people with the Good News and to work toward planting churches throughout Latin America.
In connection with the local church, Jonathan and Leah will serve as a family within the community through neighboring, counseling, discipling, evangelizing, and teaching. Jonathan will serve as an Assistant Pastor at New Life Suwarta Sangat. And both Jonathan and Leah will serve as counselors at Kairos Community Counseling. Ultimately, the aim is to show people jesus Christ, "the author and perfector of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God" (Hebrews 12:2).
Mission to the World—Zimbabwe
Mike and Robin serve in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, where they are working with the local Presbyterian Church to help facilitate church planting. They help with leadership development and the teaching of Biblical Doctrine. Due to the high unemployment rate in Zimbabwe, they are also involved in an economic empowerment project trying to provide income-generating activites for our church members.
Mission to the World—South Africa
Susan Newkirk is an MTW missionary who works in the community of Westlake Village as part of the staff of Tokai Community Church. She coordinates a Children’s Bible Club outreach at the local school, a Girl’s Bible Club for teens, a ladies ministry, and oversees the church’s involvement in a feeding program for Westlake children. Recently doors have opened to start a reformed evangelical church in Westlake. Susan works with Hendrik Jansen, a South African, to run worship services, Sunday School, and Bible Study each week. They hope to launch the church in 2019 or in early 2020.
Mission to the World—Ethiopia
Jason and Liz Polk serve with MTW and the Ethiopia ACT Project. Their team serves over 400 families affected by chronic health problems in some of the poorest neighborhoods of Addis Ababa. Jason serves as the Church Planting and Spiritual Ministries Coordinator for Ethiopia ACT, and facilitates a church planting team of Ethiopian elders working to plant Yemesihu Tsega (Grace of the Messiah) Church. Liz is a licensed clinical social worker and has worked with women’s support groups. The team’s first church plant has been meeting for worship in the Suki community since late 2013, and they are working to begin church plants in two other communities of the city in 2019.
Genesis University—South Africa
Steve and Marion Spencer, along with their eight children and three grandchildren, have served in Africa since 1989. The Spencer’s have served in the field of Christian higher education and are currently working with Genesis University, the first and only Christian liberal arts university in South Africa.
Mission to the World—Mexico/US Border
Dan leads the border Centro para la Plantacion de Iglesias (Center for Church Planting) team, helping to train and mentor church planters,pastors, and ministry leaders. Becky works with him in discipleship and mentoring and is painting and working to develop a network of contacts in the art community for faith and art.
In addition to the missionaries above, there will be several other missionaries attending and participating the this years conference. However, for security reasons, we are unable to present their information online. Please join us during the conference to get to know all of the attending missionaries!
The Foundation of Faith Promise Giving
Since 1986, the Kirk has funded all of its missionary support through what is known as the Faith Promise Fund. In 2 Corinthians 10: 15-16, Paul sets forth the goal of Faith Promise: “But our hope is that as your faith increases, our area of influence among you may also be greatly enlarged, so that we may preach the gospel in lands beyond…” So our goal for this year, as for the past 50 years, is that we would experience increase to fund our present missionaries, plus some of those the Lord is calling to the field. We presently support 37 missionary singles and couples at an annual budget of about $226,000. But we have new missionaries, even from our own church, seeking support to go out. Can we do more?
A Faith Commitment
Faith Promise giving is based on a faith commitment driven by the desire to use our temporal goods for eternal impact. In addition to regular tithes and offerings, each church member is challenged during the conference to exercise faith in making a one-year commitment, giving weekly, monthly, or one-time, to fund the church’s missions program. The church establishes its missionary commitments for the next year based upon these anonymous commitments by our members.