THE EPISCOPAL DIOCESE OF FORT WORTH
The Rt. Rev. Ryan S. Reed, D.D., Bishop of Fort Worth
Participating in Global Mission on any level transforms our perspective of God and His plan for the nations. Seeing God at work in the world inspires and reminds us of our purpose and role in both the Great Commission and the Great Commandment given to us by our Lord Jesus Christ.
The World Mission Committee is appointed to provide resources to the congregations of the Diocese so that each church can receive the blessings participation in mission can bring.
The goal has always been for every church in the Diocese to participate in Global Mission in some way. Participation can be through prayer, financial support, or sending and receiving missionaries.
As a Diocese, we continue to focus on strategic partnerships and relationships in order to provide congregations with opportunities for engagement.
The Diocese seeks to support its neighbors in Mexico, its friends in Malawi; and now it is reaching towards countries where Christianity is a small minority, by beginning to partner in prayer with the Diocese of Mandalay in Myanmar.
I encourage every congregation to find ways to participate. Look through the pages of this Web site to see what God has already done and see where he may be calling you to join him.
Angelica came to live at La Gran Familia along with her 3 brothers, Javier, Manuel, and Jesus. They had been living in poverty with their father. He could no longer take care of them, so he brought them to LGF. Angelica was only 5 years old. At LGF she was able to have 3 meals each day, a bed to sleep in, a shower to stay clean, and clean clothes to wear! She was able to go to school and learn how to read! She went to church and learned about how Jesus loved her. She acquired quite a few new brothers and sisters that all got along splendidly with each other. She was happy!
At age 9 she received notice that her father had disappeared. Alas, after a month, he was found dead. She would miss the times he would come visit her and her brothers at LGF.
When Angelica turned 16 she left LGF. She remembered having so much support and so many positive experiences at La Gran Familia. The only thing she wanted to do now was to find her family.
She did finally find her family. She married a wonderful man, Isamel and they have 2 beautiful children! They live and work on a ranch close to Cuauhtemoc. At age 26 Angelica is a wonderful mother. She had quite a bit of experience taking care of the little ones at La Gran Familia!
She has learned to see life differently, with more joy resolving life’s problems that come along.
Watch for more success stories in the near future. God is watching over La Gran Familia and all that live and work there. He is always there when our short-term mission teams arrive.
“Let the little children come to me,
and do not forbid them; for of such is the
kingdom of heaven”
Thank you to all those who were able to help and make a donation towards For the Nations Refugee Outreach thru the St. Andrew’s Parish. Three car loads and a truck load were delivered for distribution to the families arriving from Afghanistan…all of these gifts are sure to be a blessing. We really hope that this is just one way that they feel the love of God as they are in the midst of a very tough time.
For more information or to stay up to date with For The Nation… contact Kaitlyn at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website at ftnro.org
Carrying Christ’s Love Out to The World…
Joining together as the body of Christ with For The Nations Outreach to shine His love into the lives of these families.
Pray for Afghanistan
With the collapse of the government, the expansion of extremism, food shortages and the raging pandemic, Afghanistan needs urgent prayer from the global Church right now, more than ever.
- Please pray for the small group of believers in the country. They are walking on eggshells and are uncertain who to trust. Pray that they find strength, wisdom and supernatural peace in God’s promises.
- Pray for the displaced. A new wave of refugees is expected to come from Afghanistan to many parts of the Middle East and the rest of the world. Pray for God’s protection and provision over them in their journeys.
- Pray for the Women. Many women fear that Taliban rule means they will be stripped of opportunities for education. Women involved in education during the past years could also be at risk – pray for protection.
- Pray for the sick. Though under-reported in international media, COVID-19 cases are spiking in the country and hospitals are limited in what they can offer. There is no certainty as to how the healthcare system will be able to sustain itself with the new Taliban government. Pray that the healthcare system will not collapse.
- Pray that the country will not be a haven for extremists. The Taliban government of 20 years ago are know enablers of extremist Islamic organizations. With their new found control over Afghanistan, the country could be host to a new generation of terror groups.
Opportunities to Engage
Engaging the church in mission can feel like an overwhelming task, even for congregations that have been mission focused for years; maintaining commitment, and enthusiasm can prove difficult. We want to help.
The World Mission Committee understands the importance of consistently providing communication that updates, inspires, and challenges each of us to make commitments, remain engaged, and push ourselves into new mission frontiers.
The World Mission Committee provides resources and mission opportunities through three main strategic relationships:
- Diocese of Northern Malawi Partnership and Centurion Program
- La Gran Familia Relationship and Sponsor A Child Program
- Diocese of Mandalay, Myanmar Partnership
The World Mission Committee provides opportunities for participation in these relationships through:
- Short term mission trips
- Prayer guides
- Support through Centurion Program and Sponsor A Child Program
We strive to provide updated and consistent communication through newsletters and web updates.
The Rev. Alan Horton