When like-minded churches work together through W&D, they can have a more significant impact for the Gospel of Jesus Christ than operating as isolated islands. Lord willing, through church support and prayers, we can help many people in the developing world. If we think about the Good Samaritan story (Luke 10:25-37), we understand that each of us is to act in obedience to God to love our neighbor. Jesus told this parable in response to the question, “Who is my neighbor?” by a lawyer who wanted to justify himself before Jesus (Luke 10:29). We learn our neighbor is everywhere.
Deacons have the unique calling and privilege as God’s servants to minister to people’s needs. Just as we find during the time of the early church, offerings were taken for Christians at times of disaster and for the poor (II Corinthians 8-9, Acts 11:27-30, Romans 15:25-27).
Word & Deed, with its connections, knowledge, and experience, can help deacons fulfill their international calling as we work with indigenous churches and Christians who bring the love of Christ through deeds of mercy and Gospel proclamation to local people. If you are not already, consider partnering with W&D as a way to advance the Gospel and care for real human needs in the developing world.
We do this with occasional bulletin updates and prayer requests. We also request to send quarterly newsletters to churches, allowing parishioners to learn about the work at a more in-depth level. In addition, staff members like to come and give presentations at supporting churches when possible. There are three types of presentations:
1. Ministry Update: This update is usually a PowerPoint presentation giving specific updates on some projects worldwide. These are typically given after a service, during adult Sunday School, part of a Wednesday night program, or during a congregational meeting. The amount of time can be flexible, but usually is between 10-45 minutes.
2. Topical Subjects: W&D staff can give a presentation on subjects such as “A Biblical View of Poverty” or “Christian Persecution.” These are usually given after a service, during adult Sunday School, during a weekday Bible study, or part of a Wednesday night program. These presentations can be tailored to the amount of time the group has, but are usually 30-45 minutes.
3. Youth Groups: These are the same as the topical subjects above, but the material is geared towards highschoolers.
If you would like a staff member to visit your church, please contact us at email@example.com.
Occasionally, we facilitate groups from supporting churches to go on service project trips, working with one of our partners in Latin America. If you are interested in something like this, please contact us.
“In school, I have been taught the Word of God, which is very important to my life and that of my family. I feel happy because the teachers at La Palabra treat me very well.”
“I love the education material that Word & Deed publishes and shares. It is a wonderful way for my 7th-grade geography students to learn the history of a country, but also to learn about the creativity of God through different cultures.”
“I would like to thank the supporters of the mission for the help that they bring into my life. I love the Bible studies and learning the stories of the Bible. The groups from Canada and the USA are such a blessing and we love the games that they teach us and the Bible crafts that we do. I have been in this project for four years now and I love the Word of God… Jesus is the only hope that I have.”
“Praise God for what He is doing to expand Christian education and the opportunity to witness for Christ among the Muslims in Indonesia. We pray that He will continue to use us as a tool to bring more people to Christ and to grow his church in this nation.”
“When I was in Grade 4, I heard a presentation about the Adoration School in Haiti. That made me think about the children of my age that don’t have the privilege of going to school as I do. The question came into my mind how to raise money for them…. Then in the summer of 2020, I started my HJK Landscaping Service and went to my neighbors and worked for them. My business worked out well, so I decided to put away 10 percent of all the money I received and give it to the Adoration School in Haiti.”
“This past year Word & Deed took the initiative to work out a very important project that would place theology books in the hands of pastors across Latin America… I wish to congratulate Word & Deed for their sensitivity to such fundamental needs in the church of Latin America. Good theology will produce healthy churches. We need to always work on the foundations. On behalf of CLIR, we look forward to continued cooperation in the future.”
“We can only say thanks, because without a doubt, the Family Protection Team arrived at the right time. We felt listened to, understood, and above all we were able to recognize that God is the basis of our home. With Him restoration becomes complete and we can be a happy family.”