Saving Grace World Missions Newsletter

Redefining SGWM as a Tri-Fold Ministry

At SGWM, we are passionate about Jesus’ final command to us and His call upon His church to take the gospel to the ends of the earth. We do that by following Paul’s example all through the book of Acts, by preaching the gospel, making disciples, and establishing churches. There are 3.2 billion people in the world who are still waiting to hear the gospel for the first time and we seek to mobilize, equip, and send Christians who are answering the call to Go! We do this in three ways:

  1. By being a missionary sending ministry launching missionaries from the U.S. into the foreign mission field and caring for them through administrative help, prayer support, leadership support, and general care
  2. By working with nationals in other countries who plant churches and operate Bible schools to train other nationals to go and do the same, with a specific focus on the 10/40 window
  3. By equipping young people who are passionate about foreign missions through our yearly Calvary School of Missions and through our internship program. 

Calvary School of Missions

We have just completed our 2nd year of the Calvary School of Missions, a six-week program designed to catch, equip, and mobilize young people for long term cross-cultural church planting, and it was amazing. God did life transforming work in the hearts of the students and laid a firm foundation of the call of the church and our purpose for remaining in this earth. It’s always exciting to be a part of what God is doing as He plants and waters the seeds of His Word and starts to birth new works in hearts and minds. We look forward to partnering with each of these students as they prepare to be God’s hands, feet, and mouth to the lost world that still waits to hear the name of Jesus for the first time. Please join with us in praying for these precious ones who are willing to go to the front lines, being propelled by the love of God to be His ambassadors to the world.

Church Planting Conference at Calvary Chapel Rosarito

One of the highlights this summer at the School of Missions was being able to attend the Church Planting Conference put on by Calvary Chapel Rosarito. Partnering with a church like CCR has been exciting as we see Pastor Mike Vincent’s vision of church planting in Mexico multiply and be established. In the last 20 years they have seen over 25 churches planted and are continuing to plant churches throughout Mexico and other places through their Church Planting Course which is a 2 year program designed to help mobilize, equip, and send church planters. Involving the students in this conference was such a blessing as they were able to see how church planting is God’s way to reach the world with the gospel of Jesus in real time! Please continue to pray for CCR as they continue to send laborers out into His harvest!

COVID Relief Around the World

The year 2020 has shown itself to be a year of unprecedented challenges, and SGWM has had to learn to navigate an enemy we have never faced in our lifetime, COVID 19. We have, since the onslaught of this sickness, looked for ways to reach the hurting around us. We are praising God for the open doors we have had to bring relief directly to the people in Pakistan, Belize, Peru, Mexico, Uganda, Nepal, several locations in Asia, and the US through the loving hands and feet of our missionaries and national workers on the ground. These desperately hurting people have been overwhelmed by the love shown by those who have brought the much needed provision they have received through Saving Grace World Missions and its supporters! Glory to God for the great things He has done.

Bye, September

Is it just me or did September simply fly by? 

This month has been as active as any with the internship getting fully underway! Here are a few highlights.

I had the privilege of training two of our three new interns in the office and showing them what it looks like to send someone out onto the field. It is always an educational experience for those who haven’t considered just how many hours are dedicated to such a feat. Gabby and Nathanael have both done well in their training but the bulk of what they will learn this year is hands on. Please pray for them as they continue to serve in the office and press into whatever the Lord has for their internship this year.

The first intern class of the fresh start.

Another highlight was getting to attend a dessert gathering for one of last year’s interns. A dessert gathering is basically a mission update that we host for our missionaries when they are home on furlough or about to launch into the field. It includes homemade desserts, fellowship, an update from the missionary, and prayer. Jorden Skiles is our first School of Missions graduate to be launched into the mission field and he has faithfully interned in the office for the past year. It was a very special night to see the fruit of our pastors’ labor of pouring into him and my labor (in a small way) of training him in the office come to fruition as he now takes all he has learned and prepares to launch in the spring of 2021. 

Our intern and my friend, Jorden

Thank you for your prayers and support that allow me to be part of what God is doing here in training up long term missionaries as well as abroad by offering technical and administrative support to all of our missionaries. 

If you would like to be more involved or would like to support me or SGWM financially, I would love to talk with you more about it. Your support is needed and so appreciated.

Stay the Course Running Club

The running club has been going well! You could say we hit the ground running. I have a group of 4 girls who have been pretty consistent and we are now up to about 2 miles. Please continue to pray for this group to be all that the Lord desires it to be.

Prayer Requests

Please keep our new batch of interns in your prayers as they begin a year-long commitment of growing in their knowledge of God’s Word and preparing to serve Him in the foreign field.

Please pray for Jorden as he raises finances to launch out in Spring 2021.

Please pray for my family as we look to the Lord for His financial provision in our lives. 

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Thank you again! God bless and keep you and make His face shine upon you.

What an August!

Mexico Trip

What a great August! I had the opportunity to travel down to Mexico to visit with our school of missions students personally and attend Calvary Chapel Rosarito’s Church Planting Conference. It also turned into an opportunity to spend time with our newest missionary who I had the privilege of onboarding this month!

The School of Missions wrapped up on August 17th and it was such a great year of growth for our 12 students and 7 staff members. From it we are receiving two new interns and we hope to receive several more students-turned-interns in January.

Staff in light gray (missing 2) and students in dark gray

The conference was a special treat as I was able to hear from church planters and pastors who confirmed all of the reasons why SGWM exists- to go to all the world, make disciples, and raise them up to do the same, all of which is birthed out of the local church.

On Sunday morning CC Rosarito had a special send off Sunday to pray over and send a new church plant to Guatemala. It is their 25th church plant, but their very first church plant to a country other than Mexico or the USA. We were all excited to be a part of what they are doing, even if just through prayer that day.

I also had the privilege of meeting several of our missionaries working in Mexico including Pastor Mike Vincent and his family, Ron and Kristy Struska, Nancy Schipke, and our newest missionary, Hassan Villegas who I mentioned above.

Pastor Hassan has been in Mexico for approximately 18 years and in his current location, Acapulco, for 7 years. Please pray that the Lord would continue to protect their church from the cartels and from the coronavirus. Pastor Hassan and I took advantage of the time we had in the same area to get him trained on his blog and help him work out the technical issues and questions he had. We also enjoyed hearing him teach the students on the importance of faithfulness in class on Monday morning.

Stay the Course Running Club

This month I started a running club for the youth of our church to train for a fundraiser 5K that I am planning for next year (or as soon as the government begins allowing that kind of stuff). My heart for the club is to have more discipleship opportunities with the youth, help them grow in discipline, and raise awareness of the work going on among the unreached. All of the proceeds from the 5K will go toward our missionaries working in the 10/40 window (the area of the globe where there are almost zero Christians and zero access to Christ- our target area of missions). So the more participants we have, the more funds made available for the work of the Gospel. My prayer is that the students would realize that they can be involved in what God is doing around the world now- they don’t have to grow up first. They can be actively involved in bringing the Gospel to the unreached and they can involve others in it as well.

Prayer Requests

  • Training the new interns- that I would be able to teach them with clarity and simplicity and that they would be able to absorb it all.
  • My husband in Denver this weekend- Isaac is partnering with our friend, Aaron Garcia to visit one of their supporting churches in Denver, Colorado. Please pray for safety, health, and a fruitful trip as well as comfort for both of us in our first parting since marriage.
  • The running club- that more students would be interested and join us, that there would be no injuries, and that we’d have fun and grow in Christ together.

“Your Majesty, I Am Coming”

I recently read this quote from a book of mission quotes compiled by Marvin J. Newell called Expect Great Things. I think it would do us all good to read it and adopt the heart it speaks of.

During the last world war, on the Gold Coast of Africa, there lived an elderly African man who had honorably served his Majesty’s government and had been given a small pension. With it he retired to the hills to farm. One day while he was working with his hoe, he heard a message come by drumbeat across the jungle forest. He stopped to listen and to translate it for himself. He learned that a Great War had begun and that his Majesty’s government was in great need of help. About a week later at the little ramshackle post office down on the coast, the postmaster processed a grimy little postcard on which this eloquent message was written, “Your Majesty, I am coming.” May God hear that from hundreds of hearts today; “Here am I, send me.”

Warren Webster (WW1)

At Saving Grace World Missions, we desire to minister with that attitude of surrender and availability and to train up those whose hearts echo that cry. Calvary School of Missions is a program the Lord birthed out of our ministry to equip called individuals for the work of full-time ministry in a foreign context. This month was a month of incredible growth and sanctification for our 11 students and there are still two weeks to go!

I have had the privilege of facilitating the School from the office and would love to share a few highlights I’ve read in the students’ weekly updates. 

Last week the students learned about the 3 billion people of the world who have no access to the Bible, Churches, or Christians and this is what Spencer Pierschbacher had to say, “Class time this week was very heavy and eye-opening. We were learning about the state of the gospel in the world and the fact that there are still 3 billion people in the world who do not have access to it. What does that mean? They cannot even make the decision to accept or reject Jesus because they don’t even have access to that message. It’s not, “They don’t want to be Christian”, it’s “They don’t even have the ability to be Christian.” Does that rock you? It rocks me. It troubles me. It hurts me. I pray God sends me one day, but for now I know what He’s asking me to do.”

The students have been stirred up and brokenhearted for the lost people of the world even more than they were when they started the school and that’s exactly what we want! We wanted to further spur them on into the call that God has for them and show them the urgency of this task we’ve all been given. The School is designed to identify and catalyze the call of God upon future missionaries and we in the office are so excited to read the weekly updates as the Lord does just that. 

The students and staff of this year’s School have also conducted weekly COVID outreaches in the communities around them in Mexico. These outreaches have included arts, crafts, and games for kids, short messages shared by students, food distribution, and manual labor. The outreaches are essential for the students to put into practice all that they learn in the classroom, but, more than that, they’re essential for people’s eternal souls! We’re seeing many people put their faith in Christ through these events! You can read all of the student updates for yourself on the CSOM page of our website.

I have been preparing the office to receive some of these soon-to-be School of Missions Alumni as SGWM Interns where they will continue to be discipled and equipped for full-time mission work wherever the Lord would call them. I have been working with our department head, Pastor Tim Pappas, to further develop our training program and overall internship based on the things we learned from our pilot year in 2019. We are so excited to see which of our students the Lord has called as interns for the next year!

It is such a privilege to partner with these zealous future missionaries as they answer the call to go on behalf of the Gospel and as they daily cry out, “Here am I, send me.”

Thank you for partnering with me in this work of preparing them, sending them, and supporting them. 

Prayer Requests

Please keep our students and staff in Mexico in your prayers!

Please pray that the Lord would separate out those He has chosen for the Internship.

Please pray for the Lord’s provision as SGWM continues to bring COVID relief around the world.

Praise Reports

I am a married woman! Our wedding was a blessing and NO ONE got sick! We made sure that Christ was the main focus and that the Gospel went forth. 

We are seeing fruit from last year’s School of Missions and Intern program (a year of sowing for us, many years of sowing for God) as several of our alumni/interns are preparing to launch into the field. 

I got to share the Gospel with many unsaved family members and friends at my uncle’s Celebration of Life.

Below are some photos from some of our missionaries’ updates this month that I would like to share as praise reports.

Pastor Mike Vincent reopened their church in Rosarito and had 12 new believers baptized this past month!

Focus, Purpose, and Preparation

I’m digging in – got my flashlight in hand and miner’s headlamp strapped around my forehead.  I don’t want to miss anything our Lord has for me.  We know He uses all seasons, bright and sunny ones as well as those unexpected, “what is happening?” ones – for our good:  (Romans 8:28).  Oh, yeah, I’ve been through a handful of those.  Tough to figure them out… I remember in those crazy times the Lord told me (ok, sometimes screamed at me) “to get with the program Charlie Brown (Jim) and start digging in deeper, deeper! – find your focus, purpose and preparation.”  Well, this is such a season.  And so it goes…

Saving Grace World Missions Internship Program

The SGWM internship program that I’ve been a part of for over a year is winding down now. The youthful nine (myself included!) have gotten so blessed by serving in so many different ways:  church office admin, weeknight bible studies and financial management classes, Sunday morning camera streaming setup, sound board maintenance, Sunday service grounds and sanctuary setup and tear down duties, worship, welcome greeting, ushering and our latest and most needed as we speak – sanitation and cleanliness!  Gloves and masks ahoy!  

I’m rounding the bend in our year-round Bible reading program.  I am going to do it!  My first time too in one year so I am excited.  I just started Acts of the Apostles.  I’d love to anchor there for a while but I see the finish line down the straight and narrow path and I’m gonna make it.  I got plenty of water for the final stretch and a protein bar in my running belt.  Let’s go Lord!  Let’s do this thing!

Homiletics Class – Preaching the Word

Homiletics / Acts of the Apostles Classes

In addition we just completed a 13-message homiletics (fancy word for ‘the art of the art of preaching or writing sermons’) series on the book of James last week.  We had a teeny covid hiatus a bit ago but we all, guys and gals, finished strong. You know there’s no hiding behind the bushes with the Word of God.  When you have to preach a 15-20 message to an audience of Saving Grace pastors, you have to be ready.  We interns spent many hours in study and preparation for our weekly Thursday afternoon sermons.  Sure it was fun and a bit intimidating to do it in front of the “pros,” but all the training and preparation was well worth it.  I love this book!  I love the Word!

It seems like we’ve been studying Acts of the Apostles longer than Paul’s missionary journeys!  And we just finished his first one.  Whoa!  You know, I’ve journeyed through the Bible for many years. But it’s just been since the Lord led me into this mission’s thing that I’ve come to realize how important every single sentence and phrase is. I mean I always have known it but I just know it more now. Our Lord, through our teacher Pastor Trent Douglass, has spoken quite clearly how He wants to run His church, His ministries, His mission. It’s all in this book.  I think we’re finally getting it.

Brook Kidron (John 18:1)

Getting Back to the Garden

We’ve been doing a 9am Sunday church service outside in our pretty flowered courtyard since May 31st. And a couple Sundays ago we opened up our children’s ministry out in the parking lot.  How cool is that?  Now everyone’s getting fed by God’s Word.  There are still some people not showing up for obvious reasons.  It’s too bad but we all have to be careful. David says in Psalm 22:3, “But You are holy, enthroned in the praises of Israel.”  Our Lord is amongst the brethren inside or outside.  It’s really quite comfortable, though, out in the courtyard. Hope we’re not getting spoiled.  Ha!

Bon Voyage – Calvary School of Missions in Mexico

Most of our current interns attended last summer’s first Calvary School of Missions (CSOM), a super intensive 6-week program that trains and equips guys and gals who feel led by the Lord to pursue long-term cross-cultural missions. Well. Guess what?  The 2020 team just left for Mexico on July 6 – Paul and Barnabas move over!  This is how it works, seriously. Like last year, we again have a group of experienced full-term missionaries from all over the world who will be pouring their misson passion into the hearts of 13 students and 7 leaders who themselves have been knee deep (literally) in sharing the Gospel to the unreached.  I have the privilege to serve right here on the home front, in prayer.  If you are reading this newsletter, please pray for these individuals.  Calvary Chapel Saving Grace is so committed to preaching the Word; getting the forgiveness, love and compassion of Jesus Christ to be heard all the way to the ends of the earth.  The CSOM provides a power-packed venue for this to continue.  I know, this sounds crazy – to the ends of the earth, sure.  But it is true.  The Gospel is going forth to remote areas far far away. I’ve been there; I’ve seen it.  I’ve talked to brothers and sisters whose lives were radically changed by hearing and then receiving Jesus into their hearts through the Gospel preached by our own SGWM missionaries.

My Classroom!

Teaching VOR Refugee Zoom Classes

Teaching three days a week is really something I look forward to.  I knew it would work.  I’ve seen the Lord do it before in places where I was serving, where no one knew any English. The Holy Spirit blesses when He’s present.  What’s funny is the more I teach, the more I see how smart these gals are.  Hey, it’s not me, believe me. It’s so the Lord.

I think I’m warming up to them and they to me.  It takes time.  My students so laugh when I make mistakes (they laugh a lot!).  My biggest problem is typing.  This is all Zoom class stuff; I try to make it as interactive as I can.  So I’m flying all over the screen with this and that while the gals are all chatting in Arabic.  Who knows what they are saying. Ha! I just know we have a lot of fun.  Verb tenses are my weakness so I’m doing a bit of nighttime grammar vigils over coffee. We do a devotion at the end of each session so everyone hears the Gospel.  Zooms teaching is ok, like… ok.  I can’t wait to get back to the real classroom.  And then the gals will bring in their freshly cooked Middle East surprises.  Ahh, I’m in heaven!  Can’t wait.

Father’s Day Luncheon at Fred Jordan Missions

Fred Jordan Mission Father’s Day  Outreach

On Father’s Day Saturday I spent the day  serving at Fred Jordan Mission in skid  row LA. As I stated in a previous  newsletter, this ministry has reached out  to the homeless in so many ways for over  75 years.  You can imagine with the severe  economic climate and all going on,  the staff there is working overtime.  We  were told this was the very first Father’s  Day event FJM has ever done.  Mothers  get all the breaks.  Before handing out the food to the fathers (covid prohibits in-house dining), several of the men gave their lives to the Lord at a devo.  Such a blessing.  We prepared and packaged 300 lunches; hey, we worked our tails off!   I do have compassion for the homeless. I’m praying for more.

As I diligently seek the Lord, He leads me closer and closer to where and how He wants me to serve. Right now it’s via Zoom teaching in my dining room.  When things lighten up, I’ll be back teaching English at Voice of Refugees (VOR) offices in Anaheim, CA.  My fervency to teach remains strong – hey, stronger after every session as I’m seeing the fruit – my students and I are forming great relationships. That’s where missions starts, on Zoom, across the street or far away. 

I’m running my race.  Come run with me.  Nothing is more enjoyable for a runner than to have someone run alongside, even all the way to the finish line.  So please keep me in prayer.  And if the Lord puts it on your heart, partner with me financially as well by clicking on the Become a  Financial Partner button below. You can do this through a one-time donation or a monthly reoccurring donation. Thank you so much for your prayerful and financial support.

Praise Report

That all my family and friends here stateside are in good health.

That our church is slowly getting back into the swing of things. So thankful we all can worship and get into the Word together.

That things are starting to loosen up a bit for my church family overseas.  It’s been very hard for them.  Our Lord has answered so many prayers for their strength, health and steadfast walk with Jesus our Lord.

For blessing me with a bunch of refugee students who seem to enjoy learning English.

Prayer Requests

That the Lord would bring out more people to church on Sunday.

That the Lord would put His compassion in me for my Zoom refugee students.  Also that the Lord would give me more compassion for the homeless.

For the outpouring of the Holy Spirit onto our CSOM team, students and leaders, so that each of them would surrender their hearts more to our Lord.

For the safety, well-being, strength and good health for all of our SGWM missionaries serving all over the world.

That I would see what new ministries the Lord has for me to serve here on the homefront.   I know He does. Like I said, I just gotta keep seeking Him in His word, prayer and get more real with my brothers and sisters.

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Jim Needham

June 2020 Update

June was a great month of ministry and missions!

I know, that may sound weird, but it’s true. Last month we helped orchestrate several COVID relief outreaches in Nepal and various other countries like Mexico and Peru! Thanks to your generous support of our missionaries and of Saving Grace World Missions, we were able to get the funds into these countries where they were able to use them to purchase and distribute goods to the poor and needy.

Pastor Mike Vincent giving a food bag and sharing the Bread of Life in Mexico. The photo was taken from his latest update: http://sgwm.com/blog/news/vincent-family-july-2020-mission-update/
Pastor Milan delivering food to needy Christian families in Nepal. The photo was taken from the latest COVID Relief Update: http://sgwm.com/blog/news/covid-relief-update-2/

I’ve also been able to grow in my financial tasks and have learned how to run and interpret various reports that we use constantly. We are launching our Calvary School of Missions on Monday and we send the students weekly updates on their tuition donations. Last year I was entirely dependent upon our accountant to run the reports and send them to me but this year I have been able to monitor student tuition on my own and send the regular fundraising updates. 

Calvary School of Missions (CSOM) is an exciting 6-week program that allows young people who feel called to missions to explore that option and seek the heart of God in the field while receiving hands on training from veteran missionaries and pastors. We are so excited to have 13 students and 7 staff members leaving for Mexico in 4 days! We are amazed at how God has expanded our vision from 13 people total last year to 20 this year, even in the midst of a pandemic!

After the School we will launch our second annual Intern Program with brand new interns and I am excited to formulate the training curriculum and organize their in-office schedule. Pastor Tim is the head of the department and together we are improving and expanding the internship. The internship is designed to take our CSOM students one step further and effectively see them launched into the mission field. last year’s students-turned-interns are well on their way to their countries of ministry and we are excited to see the Lord send them in this next year or so. 

We have found the internship to be incredibly effective in continuing the lessons learned in Mexico and implementing them in order to launch the students into full-time cross-cultural missions.

Last year’s School of Missions students with neighborhood kids during an outreach. The photo was taken from a student-turned-intern’s update from the field: http://sgwm.com/blog/news/calvary-school-of-missions-rosarito-mexico-july-8th-august-19th/

Prayer Requests

  • Please pray for this year’s Calvary School of Missions; for all 12 students, for our 7 staff members, for those they’ll be encountering, for safety and health for all, and smooth border crossings. 
  • Please pray for this year’s interns and this upcoming year’s interns- that God would bring those we are meant to disciple and that He’d plant those who go back to their homes so that all are able to get out onto the mission field if that is His will for them.
  • Please keep our missionaries all over the world in your prayers and remember them as though chained with them.

Thank you! If you would like to be a part of what God is doing to reach the world for Christ through the ministry of Saving Grace World Missions you can help in so many ways! You can share this update, you can pray, you can adopt a missionary financially, and you can support a student at School of Missions. If you would like to learn more about any of our ministries or how you can be involved, please email me or call the office. I’d love to connect with you! 

If the Lord puts it on your heart to support a missionary financially, I am in need of monthly partners but so are many of our other missionaries. I would be glad to chat with you and hear your heart and match you with the missionary that is working in the part of the world you feel burdened for or is doing the type of ministry the Lord has put on your heart. 

Much love,

Hope

General COVID Relief Update

Through your generosity, we have been able to send over $8,400 into countries like Uganda, Pakistan, Nepal, and others where the people are hungry for more than a piece of bread. This aid has impacted over 200 families for the Gospel!

In one area where our missionaries delivered food, a family invited them in and began cooking for them. They said, “You have food?” and the young woman replied, “last night we ate our last rice and now the Lord has provided more.”

Many families were brought to tears by the practical example of love that these simple food baskets represent. Please continue to pray for these families and pray that they would seek and find Jesus in the midst of these trying times.

If you would like to give more to continue the work, feel free to donate via the link below.

Serving Abroad and Preparing to Serve Abroad

Planning and Preparation

I am taking advantage of this unexpected season by preparing myself for the mission field. I am continuing to pray the Lord will lead me, in His timing and perfect will, to teach English.  I’m really open to wherever He wants to send me.  He knows that. So in preparation for my calling:

I finally got my Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Certification. How cool is that?  The 12 verb tenses were a killer. Really. Hey, this isn’t England you know. But it all worked out by God’s grace.  My final exam took forever – did a lot of praying!

Teaching English at VOR

And then few weeks before Covid-19 caused the lockdown in the states, I started teaching English at Voice of Refugees (VOR) in Anaheim.  We conduct several levels of ESL (English as a Second Language) to local refugee families. On June 1, we started online classes.  Awesome.  VOR has been around for some time and has been doing a fantastic job serving the needs of refugee families with food (around 200 families weekly!), clothing, education and many other “essentials.”Check out Voice of Refugees

Our SGWM internship program resumed after a little break, a la social distancing.  We are learning how important it is to seek the Lord diligently and consistently in prayer while reading and studying the Bible. We must be so grounded in prayer, His Word and fellowship. The early church did it and look what the Holy Spirit did for them.  It’s all throughout the Acts of the Apostles book, our missionary user manual.We so want to follow the example of the early church.  

We are all called to serve the Lord Jesus Christ – like now.   Telling others about Jesus and His love and grace wasn’t for just the apostles, prophets, priests and the clergy kind.  The Great Commission is for every believer, everywhere, old and young alike.

I want to thank all of you who have been praying for and have partnered financially with me.  My calling to teach English remains fervent.  I know the Lord is leading me down a path to serve Him to reach those who have not heard of Jesus Christ.  I know His purpose for me. His word is jumping out at me like when I was young – like all of you!  It’s exciting and fun to go after my purpose, my calling and to prepare for it day by day.  I thank the Lord for this season although it has been a sorrowful and sad one in so many ways for so many millions of people.  If you feel led to help me financially for my next trip, please click on the Financial Partner button below.  All I can say is, once the Lord gives me the green light to go, I’m outta here baby!   Thank you very much.

Praise Report

We had our first “open” church service on May 31st.  We were so cleeeen and happy to be able to worship, pray and hear the Word of God together. Let me hear an Amen!
That I am realizing more the depth of God’s love and grace for all of us. I need Him more and more (ah, I guess that’s a prayer request – sorry!)
That I am teaching English now and at the same time getting blessed by the students.
That all my family and friends are in good health

Prayer Requests

That I will continue to remain steadfast in my daily prayers and  studying the Bible in preparation for serving abroad.
To remain teachable, flexible, open, to all that the Lord has for me.   Pray the Lord continues to make me patient. 
To daily remember His compassion and mercies are new every morning.  Expect surprises, anticipate blessings just because God is good and loves us all so much.

If you’d like updates sent to your email Inbox, click on Jim Needham updates. You can reach me at jneedham@sgwm.com.  The Lord bless all of you.

Jim Needham

Things are Changing

This month has been one of incredible changes in our church, in our country, and in our world. We’ve seen the back and forth squabbles of when to open our economy and how, we’ve seen frightening protests and riots, and we’ve seen the church doors open up to continue being the pillar and ground of truth in a world where truth is so often twisted and marred. 

Last week we had our first in-person, sit-down church service in our courtyard after spending weeks in our parking lot (I lost count of how long we were out there). It was INCREDIBLE! I wish you could have been there to hear the sweet sound of God’s people praise His name in the midst of the unrest we see around us. 

We were singing Tremble and the chorus says, “Jesus, Jesus, You make the darkness tremble. Jesus, Jesus, You silence fear,” and the bridge continues, “Your name is a light that the shadows can’t deny, Your name cannot be overcome. Your name is alive, forever lifted high, Your name cannot be overcome.”

How true are those words and how they filled my heart with hope as we sang them together. It was empowering and uplifting, a moment that gave us a tiny glimpse of our eternity in heaven. 

We paused our missionary prayer meetings as we transitioned back into the office but are picking back up on a once a month basis and I am so excited! We will have them on the first Thursday of every month until the end of the year and then we will reevaluate. 

From what I hear from my missionary friends, things are steadying out. We’ve received fewer emergency requests for help and through all of this we have been able to send over $4,000 of aid to numerous countries. It has been a joy simply to be a gear in the machine by which God ministers to people around the world.

I have taken on the new responsibility of processing check donations so I get to be part of the relationship with the senders and then I get to send the money to the missionaries so that they can minister to the people. I see the Lord use my little office job as a great bridge between the support of the sending Church and the needs of the mission field and it is an honor.

Like our missionaries, my position is entirely support based and I have been blessed to receive my salary up until now from a generous one-time donation. That donation is now gone and God is going to provide for my needs by some other means. I pray that that includes you. If you feel called to support the work that we are doing here at SGWM, specifically the work that I do in the office, I would be outrageously blessed by your financial support. 

You can click on the link below to make a one-time or recurring gift of any size. 

The Lord is the one who provides for all of my needs and I thank you in advance for your faithfulness to Him in donating if He has called you to be a vessel through which He provides for me. 

With love,

Hope

Praise Reports

  • We are back in church and God has raised up trainees who will help with the live-streaming of service so that I am not the only person capable.
  • The high school students are doing well for the most part and are excited to get back in church.

Prayer Requests

  • Please continue to pray for our country and our law enforcement.
  • Please lift up my wedding- it is increasingly difficult to plan with all of the back and forth of our government and with the current unrest. 
  • Please pray for our missionaries who serve in countries where this is the ordinary. Pray that God would fill them with greater strength and boldness to carry His name to all people.

May Update

“In every situation, no matter what the circumstances, be thankful and continually give thanks to God; for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thess. 5:18 (ASB version)

These are definitely different times that we are living in! We are making adjustments in the way we minister and meet the needs of the people here in Tijuana with the Coronavirus pandemic, as I’m sure you all are as well. We have to be creative, and so far all is well. I am thankful and blessed to serve God in whatever capacity I am able to. Here are a few highlights of these past two months:

Since we are not able to have our after school program/soup kitchen, we are driving to the kids’ homes and passing out “dispensas” (care packages) of food and health and hygiene supplies. This has been a great blessing for our families as many are out of work and literally have no food!

April 30th in Mexico is “Día del Niño” (Kid’s Day), and is a huge celebration honoring all of the kids (and there are many)! We were not able to have our big party this year, so we received some donations of clothes and toys from our dentist friend and were able to bless the kids, all 40 of them received something. Just seeing their smiles brightened our day!

We collaborated with Calvary Chapel Tijuana in blessing all of the front line workers here in Tijuana–doctors, police officers, fire-fighters, ambulance drivers, and even patients with medical supplies. We received a donation of 15,000 face shields, 12,000 face masks, 15,000 gloves, hand sanitizers, cleaning supplies, three medical tents, and 30 plastic folding chairs , so the entire church body came together to make the face shields. It was a great opportunity for many to serve and keep busy during this time, and it blessed the workers, as you can imagine, tremendously, as they don’t have these supplies. They have to purchase them with their own funds.

three vehicles filled with medical supplies for Tijuana

I am reading Bible stories on facebook live to the kids every day at 12:00. My prayer is to reach the kids and their parents for the gospel. (I’m sure the parents are listening too)!