Connecting with communities through camps

Dear Friend,

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13).

I’ve been blessed to serve as the chairman of the Board for Home Missions for the past four years. In this role I read reports from all over the U.S. about the impact the Good News of Jesus is having in the 126 home missions we support. It’s inspiring and uplifting to hear how many people are being reached as our mission congregations engage in tried-and-true methods of outreach such as summer Bible camps for kids.

I often marvel at the creativity of some of our mission pastors and congregations as they plan sports, music, art, science, and other camps. I fondly remember the days when I was a district mission board chairman and a home missionary would contact me to tell me of their plans. After much research and planning, a timeline was put together and invitations were sent. Then they’d report back to me about how God had blessed their event. They could barely control their excitement!

Oftentimes they would share how many people they met that day. With even more excitement they would let me know how many repeat visitors they had. They would describe a great conversation they had with someone who said they were looking for a church or who was genuinely interested in learning more about the Bible and their Savior Jesus Christ. In one particularly memorable instance, a pastor shared how a couple of high school girls were eventually confirmed because a soccer camp introduced them to the gospel!

Home mission pastors know that more important than the success of the event are meeting people, reaching souls with the message of God’s love, and teaching them through a Bible information class. Laying out God’s promise of salvation takes time and patience, but it’s always worth the wait and effort.

It is thanks to YOU that these Bible camps are able to happen. Through your prayers and support, more souls hear that someone in their community cares about them and that Jesus loves them. Oftentimes home mission congregations are too new and small and don’t have enough money for outreach events. With support from WELS, there are funds available. On behalf of WELS Home Missions, our mission congregations, and those people who learn about Jesus’ love for them, I thank you!

There will always be more people who need to hear the truth of salvation through Jesus Christ. Please consider giving your best gift today to support WELS Home Missions as we assist small mission congregations with holding summer Bible camps for kids.

These events are where people talk, where friendships and relationships are formed, where trust begins. Most importantly, the connections made provide opportunities for home missionaries to reach out to those who attended the event to extend a personal invitation to learn more about Jesus. Praise God for these ongoing outreach opportunities!

Overflowing with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit,
Wayne Uhlhorn
Chairman, Board for Home Missions

P.S. Please join us to meet home missionaries this summer at our second annual Taste of Missions. To learn more, go to wels.net/tasteofmissions2020 or follow WELS Missions on Facebook.

 

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