WorldReach 2021 is now in the books, but the free flow of encouragement we received from our missionaries this past week will stay with us!

Angela Shih shared how her elementary students in Hanoi, Vietnam, were caught up in hearing the story of Jesus’ birth, death and resurrection from her. (One little guy was so angry at hearing how Jesus had been mistreated that he punched someone!) All of them heard the gospel and a few actually trusted Jesus before moving on to the next grade.

Steve Quatro gave us a sneak preview of a documentary that his ministry (Eternity Sports) recently made. It included testimonies of multiple high profile athletes coming to Christ, including the bad boy of baseball, Daryl Strawberry. Steve led us in a time of prayer for those “bad boys” in our worlds by who need the transforming grace of the gospel – a very powerful time!

We Zoomed with Andy and Margaret Andersen, and heard about a Nyamwezi evangelist named Nsolezi. They trained him as he started several churches, and is now getting ordained to lead and disciple these new churches.

To read a recent update about the Nyamwezi (and info about our ongoing prayer to see a reproducing church among them), CLICK HERE.

To hear a greeting from Andy and Margaret Andersen, CLICK HERE.

Ajay Pillai talked about thousands of church planters trained and sent to the darkest parts of India. His ministry cares for thousands of orphans, and shares the gospel in vast parts of South Asia. He mentioned the conversion of a Taliban fighter from Afghanistan. Ajay exhorted us to remain faithful to our missionary calling as a church. He said: It takes great courage to obey the great commission to make disciples of all nations! Courage is NOT the absence of fear, but the conviction that there is something more important than fear itself.Hallelujah for Church of the Open Door’s 106 years of missionary sending! Let’s remain faithful! We are on solid footing as we continue to send, and we rejoice in the free flow of grace from God through us to other people.

Thank you for being a part of WorldReach this year!

Thank you for being a significant part of all these amazing things that God is doing through your prayers, financial gifts, and words of encouragement for these dear saints!


With missions joy,

David Schaller
Associate Pastor


P.S. Though WorldReach has ended, there are still ways for you to be involved in the movement of missions at this church!

1. Contribute to the WorldReach Offering (this year it’s going to Angela Shih and Ken & Kathy Hoffman). To give online, CLICK HERE.

2. Sign up to receive a weekly update on all our missionaries, and pray for them! SUBSCRIBE HERE.

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