How are you involved in missions?
Typically when people ask about our involvement in missions or outreach, they want to know how we're involved in sharing the gospel and serving people beyond our local community. The simple answer is that we believe the earth-shattering vision of Psalm 67 must be vision of our church.
"May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, that your way may be known on earth, your saving power among all nations. Let all the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you!" (Ps. 67:1-3)
God's commitment to glorifying the greatness of his name in all the earth lays claim to our prayers, our time, and our money as a local church. While we start with loving our neighbors next-door, we can't stop there. At present, there are three ways we're involved in extra-local missions.
As an SG church, we pool financial resources with other like-minded churches to fund church planting and pastoral training in the United States and beyond. abroad and train pastors in other countries. SGM has also coordinated international relief efforts by channelling money to indigenous churches responding to natural disasters like a tsunami in Asia or an earthquake in Haiti. More information on the SGM missions fund is available here.
2) Short-term Missions Teams
One of our church members, Maria Deloglos, is from Bolivia. Maria and her husband Chris have related with the SG church in La Paz for several decades, enabling us to send short-term missions teams from Kingsway to Bolivia throughout the year. In 2012, a group of members from our church also created the Bolivia Missions Foundation, enabling us to provide financial support for evangelistic and social justice initiatives around the country.
3) Full-time Missionary Support
We are grateful for the relationships God has given us with three full-time missionaries who are laboring to share the gospel in southeast Asia, Africa, and Bolivia. Two of them are former members of Kingsway, and one of them is engaged with an unreached people group lacking a viable Christian witness. In addition to monthly financial support, our elders provide pastoral care for these families through regular phone calls and periodic on-site visits.