At Maranatha we are convinced of our responsibility to actively participate in fulfilling the Great Commission. Our highest aim in our missions efforts are captured below:
“Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church. Worship is. Missions exist because worship doesn’t. Worship is ultimate, not missions, because God is ultimate, not man. When this age is over, and the countless millions of the redeemed fall on their faces before the throne of God, missions will be no more. It is a temporary necessity. But worship abides forever” (John Piper, Let the Nations be Glad, p. 17).
Missions Mandate is a ministry of Inter-City Baptist Church in Allen Park, MI. They host the bi-annual SGI Conference (a missions conference for college students and young adults).
For the Sake of His Name by David Doran is an excellent book introducing believers to God's plan for the fulfillment of the Great Commission.
From the Ground Up by J. Scott Horrell provides a solid introduction to the basics of New Testament church life.
A Vision for Missions by Tom Wells gives a great overview of the key motives that should drive our missions efforts.
How to Pray for Missionaries
1. Pray for the health, safety and physical well-being of missionary families.
2. Pray for the marriages and family lives of your missionaries.
3. Pray for missionary kids.
4. Pray that the spiritual lives of missionaries will be healthy and growing.
5. Pray for team relationships.
6. Pray for friendships for our missionaries.
7. Pray for cultural adjustment, language learning and language competency.
8. Pray for victory in the arena of spiritual warfare.
9. Pray for opportunities for the gospel and for boldness in taking those opportunities to share the faith.
10. Pray for the national churches that are being established.
11. Pray for national leaders to be trained.
12. Pray for more laborers for the ripe harvest fields of the world.
Disclaimer: The Author of Hebrews exhorts believers to be discerning, saying, "solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil" (Hebrews 5:14). In light of thes texts we encourage readers to digest the resources we provide on our website with discernment (including our own material). These resources may contain ideas that we do not fully embrace. To learn more consider listening to this lecture on biblical discernment.
Maranatha’s Missionary Family
Anderson, Steve & Martha | Director
Clock, Lila | Retired
Cuthbertson, Dan & Joan | West Africa
Dillman, Don & Chris | Scotland
Dysert, Tim & Alice | Spain
Fick, Lee | Jewish Missions
Freel, Nathan & Amy | Romania
Heimerl, Kim | Brazil
Jewell, Mike & Dawn | Brazil
Knakal, Jim & Carol | Germany
Lozier, Ted & Jenell | Church Building
McKenzie, Brad & Krischa | Germany
Petersen, Lyle & Alice | Retired
Sandahl, Joel & Jodi | Germany
Stomps, Rick & Connie | Awana
Vergiels, Chris & Darcy | Brazil
Women & Teens | Pregnancy Center