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A Stirring

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There is a stirring in the Alliance family. God is awakening us to Kingdom realities. Regional SEEK gatherings, Envision site ministries, and new opportunities for Alliance people to serve in their churches and communities are His invitations for us to join Him in the things closest to His heart.

As a result, we are growing in our realization that one of our world’s greatest injustices is that many people still have no access to the gospel. This reality is spurring a generation of new workers committed to taking the good news to the hurting and overlooked.

Recently at an event, I met Dr. Rebekah, who felt called when she was 17 to be a missionary doctor. After several years of study and practice, she is ready to serve overseas along with her family. She is an example of the types of vocational workers The Alliance sends out.

Another worker classification is the clergy track. These workers, after studying theology and cross-cultural ministry, are developed in one of our Alliance churches and are ordained or consecrated through their district. Tim Crouch, vice president for International Ministries, has noted that if we seek to build networks of churches, we need people who have experience in the church.

Many workers after their first term overseas note that serving in a church was one of the best things that prepared them for international ministry. Currently, The Alliance has 55 people serving in U.S. churches in 15 districts—20 of these candidates have applied to be sent overseas in 2019.

For the first time in 10 years, International Ministries has seen applications for overseas ministry opportunities rise dramatically—a 30-percent increase this year alone. Also this year, 60 new positions have opened for passionate, well-equipped new workers to serve as clergy, vocational, and community development workers in some of the world’s most spiritually desolate places.

We have also seen growing diversity on our teams. In each of the past five years, we have had the privilege of sending people from the Puerto Rico District. This year a young Hmong couple, who fell in love at Simpson University (Redding, Calif.) because of their passion for the Middle East, is learning Arabic in a Middle-Eastern country. A Chinese woman from the Metro District, who attended one of our Alliance Chinese churches, is serving in the Middle East. There is a stirring in our multicultural districts.

As this stirring is moving through the Alliance family, could this be a tipping point for funding and sending new workers? We cannot miss the opportunity we have this year to send those whom God has called and who have prepared to bring the gospel to those with no access.

Help send and support new Alliance workers through the 2018 Alliance Year-End Offering

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