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Live Global Conference

Live Global Conference

West Park Baptist Church in Knoxville

West Park Baptiste Church in Knoxville, TN held their annual global conference from February 23 to March 1. Because “Live Global” was the theme of the conference, many of the featured speakers were our team leaders and teammates. The conference highlighted the outstanding work of our teammates and partners around the world.

Live Global Leaders Spoke to Local Pastors

On Monday morning of the conference, many pastors and representatives of local churches met for breakfast at West Park to hear from Live Global leaders. George, Andrew, and Matt shared stories about how the ministry of partnership and relationships with national ministry workers started and grew. Additionally, they shared our vision of adding many new teammates and contributors from churches across the USA to serve partners around the world.

Our Part in the Conference

We had the opportunity to participate during the whole week of the conference by sharing our ministry vision with small and large groups. Tony and Joy spoke to Adult Bible Fellowships. Then we greeted the congregation in a worship service and gave them a brief update. At lunchtime on Tuesday, we shared stories with a large gathering of senior adults. Our son Teddy spoke to a couple of the groups. He did an outstanding job.

Teddy speaks to Senior Adults
Partnership Update February and March 2020

Partnership Update February and March 2020

Moving toward our next goal: 50%

We have been amazed at how God has brought individuals, couples, families, and churches into partnership with us during our first months as part of the Live Global team. Our goal for February was to reach 33% of our monthly support. We surpassed that goal and started toward our next one which is 50% by the end of May. It looks like we will have added a two more partners in March and two existing partners increased their monthly commitment! When all of the giving for March is recorded, we will be well on our way to crashing through the 50% mark by May. God is doing great things for us.

Coronavirus creates some challenges

In the current COVID-19 crisis we understand that no one knows what will happen in the coming months. Many people are uncomfortable making partnership commitments for monthly giving. We understand that, and we’re adjusting our ministry conversations accordingly. At this uncertain time we most urgently need to pray for one another. We will be seeking partnership in prayer: we’ll commit to pray for you, and please pray for us. More importantly we ask our partners to be attentive to our newsletters and other means of communication from Live Global to pray for our partners around the world, who are serving Jesus in difficult places during challenging times. They desperately need all of us to pray. Thank you.

Visit to Manta, Ecuador

Visit to Manta, Ecuador

February 13 to 17, we had the privilege of being in Manta, Ecuador. We truly enjoyed being reunited with our church family at Iglesia Bīblica Bautista de Manta. We were invited to join a meeting of the pastors and deacons. Joy spoke with the wives and Tony with the husbands. We talked about teamwork, communication, and solving problems in ministry. We shared about our new ministry roles, and how the Live Global Team might be of service to them in the future. On Sunday, Joy spoke to the women’s Bible class about the Servant of the Lord in Isaiah, and Tony spoke to the men about the church in Antioch from the book of Acts. The congregation filled the building with joyful worship. Tony preached about “The Door God Opened to the Nations” emphasizing global Christian missions. It was a brief but encouraging trip to visit people we love.

Joy with women of the ministry team of IBB Manta
Tony with the men of the ministry team of IBB Manta
Tony preaching at IBB Manta
Sunday morning Women’s Bible Class IBB Manta
Teamwork

Teamwork

One thing we love about Live Global is Teamwork.

We are loving being part of a team that prays for one another, works together, and keeps the vision in focus. Everyone uses their talents, gifts, and experiences as part of the team. Together we support, encourage, and enhance the outstanding minsitries carried out by our friends and partners around the world. This is a New Testament missions principle. From Acts 20:4-5 we can infer that there were 9 people from 7 different places working together during Paul’s Third Missionary Journey! We all have a role to play on the team. Although we joined Live Global just a few months ago and are still raising funds toward full support, we already have opportunities to contribute to the global team. When you pray, give, communicate, and encourage, you are part of the team too! 

Building Bridges

Building Bridges

What is your ministry with Live Global?

One way to describe our ministry as part of the Live Global Team is by thinking of a bridge. We help to build relationship bridges between people who want to reach the nations with the Good News. In this video, Tony uses a bridge to illustrate our ministry.

Partnership Update #1

Partnership Update #1

First Goal Reached: 25%

Since we are members of the Live Global Team one of our first priorities is to build a team of praying and giving partners who will pray for us, encourage us, and be used by God to provide our family needs and ministry support. This team makes it possible for us to dedicate ourselves completely to developing international partnerships and strong relationships for the Gospel. They are also the most likely churches and individuals to come alongside our international friends in the near future. They will be helping, encouraging, and training our global partners for effective ministry.

We got started in the months of November and December by seeing 24 donor churches and individuals give through ABWE for our Live Global ministry. They generously provided over 25% of our monthly support requirement! That is a great start, but we have a lot of work to do to reach our required support level. The next goal is to cross the 33% plateau — one third. We would love to break through that mark by the end of February. Please join us, our partners, and teammates in building effective Gospel relationships to reach, teach, train, and equip God’s people around the world. Will you pray for God to provide our full support team?

Cuba Trip December 2019

Cuba Trip December 2019

In early December 2019 Tony traveled to Jatibonico, Cuba with one of our Live Global teammates.
Jatibonico is in the center of the island.
Primera Iglesia Bautista in Jatibonico
The spacious church was beautifully decorated for Christmas.
We traveled around Jatibonico by horse and cart.
The church that meets here is preparing to build.
Live Global partnerships make a big difference.
Pray for our church-planting partners in Cuba.
You can have a part in these projects through Live Global.
It is exciting to see these growing congregations.
Pray for those who advance the Gospel in Cuba.
Pray for God to call more laborers into his harvest.