Hey Church Family,

I hope you’re having a good week! This week’s update is dedicated to our 2021 World Missions Offering and the giving goal of $62,560. This is much lower than our 2020 giving goal. The reason for lowering our goal is multi-faceted.

On the one hand, we’re unsure what international travel will look like for 2021. Given the uncertainty, we haven’t made definite plans for trips to India, Brazil, Lesotho, Nigeria or other countries in which we’ve had past partnerships.

The trips to the Valley are also up in the air given the current outbreak of COVID-19 down there. The fact that we’re not traveling internationally lowers the usual expenses for our missions activity in 2021.

The other reason we lowered our missions giving goal is because giving to the World Missions Offering has been decreasing throughout the year. It was slow at first but has grown more aggressive as 2020 comes to a close.

Since the end of September we’ve seen a decrease in giving to the General Fund as well. This seems to be a reality to which we’re just going to have to adjust. Prayerfully, it’s a temporary adjustment! However, given the challenges presented by COVID and the impact it has had on our church it seemed like a good stewardship of what God has entrusted us.

Before you let that frown get you upside down, you should know that we haven’t decreased ANY of our commitments to our existing partnerships. More than that, we’ve brought on two ADDITIONAL church planting partnerships and increased our commitment to planting a church in Nigeria as well.

Here’s an overview of the budget. (you can download and print out a PDF version here)

SPECIAL OFFERINGS

Lottie Moon (IMB) – $20,000

Annie Armstrong (NAMB) – $1,500

Mary Hill Davis (BGCT) – $1,000

Reach Texas (SBCT) – $1,000

Subtotal: $23,500

 

INTERNATIONAL CHURCH PLANTING

India Church Planting – $11,240

Bulgeda People Group – $6,250

Nigeria Church Planting – $2,400

Send Initiative (10%) – $5,770

Subtotal: $25,660

 

NORTH AMERICAN CHURCH PLANTING

Living Stone (Denver) – $4,800

Redemption City (Ft Worth) – $5,000

Cross Community (Brownwood) – $3,600

Subtotal: $13,400

 

WORLD MISSION GIVING GOAL – $62,560

You can click on the different links to learn more about each offering or partnership.

 

Pastor Wes gives an update on the 2021 World Missions Offering and the upcoming Christmas Eve services (as well as a few other things.)

Reaching the Unreached

One of the newer partnerships that we started last year was with Run Ministries and the Kingdom Business Project. The total investment was $25,000 over two years. Beltway partnered with us and put up half of the $25,000. We’ve committed to give the remaining $12,500 between 2020 and 2022.

The day we signed our partnership was the day a missionary couple was released to start a work among the Bulgeda people of Chad. In other words, though we haven’t paid the full $25,000 they initiated the work on the promise that the funds would be replenished. While the details cannot be put out on a medium like this, here are some of the things we expect to see from this partnership.

First, a business will be started in a community to bless the village and add value to people living there. Once the business becomes viable and self-sustaining it will be able to financially support the work of evangelism and disciple-making. The good will engendered from the business creating value among the village will pave a way for the Gospel to be heard and a church to be planted.

The $25,000 commitment also initiated a $25,000 matching commitment from the American Bible Society to accomplish the work of a Bible translation for that people group as well. This is a strategic partnership that aligns with our 2020 Vision to plant churches and send long-term missionaries from our congregation to the uttermost parts of the earth.

Even though this brave missionary couple is not from our congregation (and though we may not meet them until we meet in heaven), your giving makes it possible for a church to be planted in an area of the world we would never be able to access.

It’s just not feasible given the level of hostility to Christian believers (especially from the West). Please pray for this missionary family as they are 1 year in on the project and have battled the same challenges of a global pandemic just like we have in the United States.

Also, please know that every dollar you give to the World Missions Offering makes this kind of work possible.

New Partnerships

This is just ONE of our existing church planting partnerships. It would take multiple emails to fully unpack what’s going on in the other places we have invested. Throughout the rest of this month I’ll try and update you on these other partnerships in order to inspire vision and generosity to what we believe God wants to do through us in 2021.

Before I sign off, though, I want to introduce you to Pastor Matt Kendrick who is planting Redemption City Church in Forth Worth, Texas this year. This is one of the new church planting partnerships we started this year in order to fulfill our 2020 Vision of planting/revitalizing 5 churches in North America.

Pastor Matt Kendrick explains the work taking place through Redemption City Church in Fort Worth, Texas. Broadview has financially committed to helping Redemption City Church make disciples in Forth Worth and beyond.

As Matt shared in the video, we are friends from my days at Southwestern Seminary. I was shocked when I heard he was moving back to Fort Worth to plant a church. But when he described the vision and the spiritual need in Fort Worth, I sensed the Lord’s hand in it.

Matt is a gifted leader and has a super magnetic personality. I’m excited to see what the Lord does through this partnership and Redemption City Church.

They had their first in-person preview service on Sunday and they had 71 people show up! For a COVID-19 world that’s pretty amazing.

Matt texted me,
“I couldn’t believe it as cars kept pulling in. Lost people we invited came, too! I feel like I have a hangover today though, ha.”

(I couldn’t resist adding in that last sentence. He actually said it but it gives you insight into the kind of toil a church planter faces.)

Again, your giving to the World Missions Offering helps to make this possible. Every dollar helps plant a church in Western Chad or West Fort Worth or West Bengal. And that’s just scratching the surface. Gifts to the Lottie Moon Offering and other associational offerings multiply our effectiveness beyond imagination. I’m also excited to share about what’s happening through our other strategic partnerships in future updates.

We are a Great Commandment, Great Commission, Acts 1:8 church and it takes the whole church giving, praying and going in order to really be an Acts 1:8 church. Please prayerfully consider how God would have you to give this year.

One Request, Two Levels

As I say every December, I want to challenge you to do TWO things this month. Really it’s just one thing but it’s going to work at two different levels. The one challenge is to sincerely pray and seek the Lord for how he wants you to participate in this special offering. This offering is an important thing to our church. It’s how we became a World Mission Church over a decade ago.

I know times are tough. Even as a church we are facing financial constraints and challenges. But you cannot out-give the Lord when it comes to advancing his mission among the nations. Whatever cuts we have to make as a church, we really don’t want to shrink back in our giving to missions.

Any dollars you put into the Gospel river that is flowing to the nations is money well invested. As Jesus told us, we will be “using worldly wealth to make friends for ourselves in the eternal dwellings.” (Luke 16:9)

Those are the dwellings that matter the most. Those are the friends that last forever. Those are the investments that eternally accrue. The stock market rises and then it will fall but heavenly investments produce heavenly rewards, rewards that cannot be destroyed nor stolen out from under us. (Matthew 6:20)

Here are the two things I want you to pray about.

First, I want to challenge you to consider giving a large gift to the World Missions Offering for the month of December. Christmas is when we celebrate Jesus’ birthday. We spend money on gifts for a lot of people during this month. I want to challenge you to make your biggest gift to Jesus. Dig deep and think sacrificially. Ask the Lord, “What would you have me to give this month?” 

Secondly, ask the Lord how he might use you to support the World Missions Offering on a monthly basis. The truth is, these partnerships last all year. While the giving in December typically enables us to honor our commitments to the Lottie Moon Offering and other special offerings, it is only through the ongoing monthly support that we make good on our other partnerships. You can set up a recurring gift here. Your giving will ensure we honor our commitments and see God use our church to plant other churches here in America and around the world.

The monthly commitment would obviously be a much small gift in comparison to December. You might consider dividing your December gift by 11 and break it up that way. The Lord will lead you in what you need to do. All I’m asking you to do is ASK. Let him persuade you on what’s right for you.

Final Thoughts

That’s going to be it for me. In our next update I’ll discuss our 2021 General Fund budget and hopefully highlight some of these other mission partnerships. As I mentioned in last week’s update, these trying times have really drilled home the message that we NEED THE LORD.

I’m sensing in my Spirit the need for us to gather and pray. Not a one-off prayer meeting but a season of extended, unhurried undistracted time with God. We need to be able to hear his voice and experience his presence so that we have clarity on what to do moving forward.

I envision God using these “prayer meetings” to ignite something special in our church. I envision God answering specific prayers in measurable and miraculous kinds of ways. I’m still working out the logistics and hope to have something organized by January of 2021. The staff and I will discuss it during our staff retreat in January as well.

We need the Lord. We need worship in which we experience God’s presence and hear him speak. Please join me in praying that the Lord will continue moving us the right direction and we will be sensitive to his leadership on this matter.

Unsurprisingly, other churches in the city of Abilene have been sensing the same thing. (this is one the reasons I know this is from the Lord) 1-Kingdom and the affiliated churches are hosting a City-Wide prayer meeting this coming Sunday at 6:00PM. The meeting will be hosted over Zoom. Up to 3,000 people can attend. Just use the following meeting Zoom ID: 875-0893-0027

The Lord is moving and for that I’m grateful. If there’s anyway I can pray for you please let me know! You can just reply to this message. I hope you have a great rest of your week and maybe I’ll see some of you Sunday. If not, I’ll catch for “At Home” worship online or in the app.

Until He Comes,

Pastor Wes

ANNOUCEMENTS & UPCOMING EVENTS

City-Wide ZOOM Prayer Meeting

Broadview has been invited to join in a city-wide zoom prayer meeting.  We have had a wonderful response from dozens of churches and leaders.  We have made arrangements for a call to be held Sunday, December 13th at 6 PM.  It can accommodate up to 3,000 participants.

This will be a 1 hour prayer meeting by zoom.  We will have a short time of worship followed by a variety of pastor’s who will lead in prayer for our city, city leaders, those affected by Covid, our nation, and other critical issues facing the church in this season.

December Family Mission Opportunity

For the month of December, the Preschool and Children’s Ministry will be collecting money for the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. Each child will receive an individual bank to collect funds throughout the month.

You can also give a cash or check donation using the World Missions Offering envelopes from the Lottie Moon tree located on the Connect Table in the Gathering Place or West Campus Sanctuary. This project is a great opportunity for teaching your children (or learning yourself!) the story behind the Lottie Moon Offering.

Learn more about Lottie Moon and her compelling story here. 

Families In Need Tree

Because of your generosity ALL of the ornaments from the Families in Need Tree have been taken care of. Come check out the tree this Sunday and see the gifts pile in underneath it. These gifts will be delivered to families in need around the city of Abilene. It’s been awesome to see every need get met by families in our church. Way to Bles the City!

 

Join us for our Christmas Eve Candlelight Service this Christmas Eve. We will have TWO services this December 24th.

At 4:30 there will be a short “Family Style” service. This service won’t have lit candles. Instead there will be kid-friendly glow sticks. In place of a sermon there will be a kid-friendly Christmas story. Families will be in and out under 30 minutes so they can get home to their other Christmas plans.

The 6:00 service will be the traditional Candlelight Service. We will sing Christmas carols, there will be a short Biblical meditation on the message of Christmas and then we will finish the advent wreath by lighting the Christ candle and singing Silent Night together.

It’s one of my favorite family traditions! I hope you’ll join us for either service and invite a friend.

New Ladies Bible Study
Starts January 13th – 10AM & 6:30PM

 

Do you ever feel like the happy ending of your story is a million miles away? Then you know how the Jewish people felt when they returned to their wrecked land after exile and began rebuilding the temple. They were distracted, discouraged, and ready to throw in the towel.

But the prophet Haggai reminded them they could find courage in the God who had never left them. Sometimes the landscapes of our lives feel wrecked, with our hope and purpose in shambles. We too get distracted and discouraged. However, God’s presence and promises give us courage to press on and trust Him with our story.

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