Training in Houston
A few weeks ago found me in Houston, Texas. Why was I there?
One of the divisions of EFCA’s mission arm ReachGlobal is Crisis Response. These dedicated women and men are often on site at various disasters like hurricanes, tornados, earthquakes, and floods a day or two afterward. Their mission goes beyond the immediate. Some Crisis Response staff will relocate to a disaster-struck site and live there for months or even years, helping people recover and rebuild. Their aim is not only to repair houses, but to establish relationships and open the way for the gospel to be proclaimed. One example: some of our Crisis Response ReachGlobal staff are living and ministering in the New Orleans area, 10 years after Hurricane Katrina. For more on this ministry, go HERE.
I have been involved in helping to train new missionaries for EFCA ReachGlobal for 11 years now. In that time, more than 300 adult missionaries have been prepared and are now in 3 dozen nations. Crisis Response staff are also ReachGlobal missionaries, but due to their ministry, they needed training that would be somewhat different from what we provide to our international staff.
I flew to Houston, where Crisis Response has a base that is working with victims of Hurricane Harvey. I joined several other trainers and together we led new Crisis Response staff through a number of key topics and exercises designed to their particular ministry situation.
Meanwhile, 20 new missionaries are working their way through our four-week online course in preparation for a four-day event we will hold in July. These 20 are heading to places in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Europe.
- Praise that all my students at CGST in the Philippines earned passing grades.
- For strength and encouragement for our new Crisis Response missionaries as they apply what they’ve learned.
- For good learning for the 20 new international missionaries in their online course.
And thanks to God for your partnership of prayer and finance.
For His Kingdom,
Ernest & Donna
Manges - Training those who are reaching the world
ReachGlobal - the
international mission of the EFCA
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