What does our past tell us about our future?
Some things in life are non-negotiable, like World Outreach International’s (WOI) core values. So too is the very ethos that distinguishes us from other organisations. The past 80 years, as well as our present, reflect that the spiritual faith pillars, upon which WOI was founded, remain intact.
WOI’S ENDURING MINISTRY strengths continue to facilitate breakthroughs, spiritual growth and deployment of workers. These include:
PIONEERING – The Apostolic arm that sees new ground broken and the establishment of strategic ministry bases.
EVANGELISM – Identifying key entry strategies for introducing the Gospel to all ages and making disciples for Jesus Christ.
TEACHING AND TRAINING – Equipping and empowering leaders who raise up dedicated followers of Jesus.
RESOURCING – Recognising that God calls ordinary people to do extraordinary things in His Name and partnering with them to accomplish His will.
What attracted my wife, Mary, and I to WOI back in 1985, was the emphasis the organisation placed on the Person, the Power and the Presence of the Holy Spirit in every believer’s life. This truth has seen the transformation of the lives of individuals, families and whole communities the world over. Where our field personnel have not been able to remain in a region to see new believers mature spiritually, they have always had the comfort of knowing that the Holy Spirit is able to bring to maturity those who have called on His Name.
Another WOI distinctive is the bold expectation that signs and wonders will follow the preaching of the Word. Field reports continue to stream in of awesome healings and miracles, some of which we are not able to share due to security considerations. Such manifestations of the power of God often pave the way for large numbers of unbelievers coming to accept Jesus as their Lord and Saviour. Oh, that we would see such power unleashed on all unbelieving communities in our lifetime. Why not?
All bodes well for the future as World Outreach International remains true to our spiritual roots and those serving with us continue to be totally dependent on the Lord! In this, our 80th year, we believe the best and most fruitful years are now upon us. Please pray with us that the plans and purposes of the Lord through WOI will be fully accomplished, and that He will receive all the Glory.
John is the Present Emeritus of World Outreach. He lives with his wife, Mary, in New Zealand.