Mid-Term Update

God has a mission to magnify His glory and to proclaim His gospel in all creation. Jesus clearly prescribes His strategy for accomplishing the mission when He commissions His followers to make disciples of all peoples. Go into all the world and make disciples that God’s glory might be magnified and His gospel proclaimed. Missions at Parkwood flows from the mission of God as we seek to participate in His mission through short-term, mid-term, and long-term sending. 

Mid-Term Missions is a missions endeavor occurring in a timeframe of two months to two years. Parkwood currently has three mid-term gospel workers on the field. 

Rebecca was recently sent by Parkwood to serve for the summer alongside Jason Griffin in Surprise, Arizona as part of our Phoenix partnership. She left Gastonia at the beginning of June and plans to return from Phoenix at the end of the summer. She is doing well and serving in the Arizona heat for the sake of the gospel. The Father is granting her valuable experience and using her life and work for His glory. Pray for Rebecca that the Father’s mercy would rest upon her and yield much fruit through the ministry He allows and blesses. 

Esperanza has been sent from Parkwood to an extreme place and frontier location. She is in a secured area where we cannot divulge her name or location for her safety, yet she has willingly and joyfully left home and comfort for the sake of the gospel among a people far from God. Pray for Esperanza and for her family as she is away; pray on behalf of her parents for their peace and that they would be strengthened by their daughter’s zeal and sacrifice for the gospel. Pray on behalf of Esperanza that she will be as wise as a serpent and as harmless as a dove and that her joy will be a never ending fountain springing up unto eternal life. 

David and Carla Demaree and their children were sent out from Parkwood in November of 2015 and are currently serving in Honduras among the Chorti through 2017. David is working in discipleship and training with Edgardo, a Chorti brother leading much of the work among his people. Pray for the Demarees as they have given this period of their lives to serve God’s glory and gospel in Honduras. Pray they will see fruit in their ministry, in Edgardo’s life and ministry, and in gospel advancement among the Chorti of Honduras. 

As our attention is called to these two ladies and this family who have given two months to two years for the sake of the gospel, please pray for them. Thank God that He has called them, and pray for His sustaining grace in their lives. Also, as you consider their going, would you consider your going? Parkwood desires to continue sending increasing numbers of short-term, mid-term, and long-term gospel workers to the nations. Pray for Rebecca, Esperanza, and the Demarees, and pray that the Lord of the harvest would send more workers into His fields that are white for harvest. 

Going with the Gospel #2

Going to the Chorti…

A mission team led adults in Bible study and ministered to children in several villages on the most recent Honduras trip. As John and Kem led a men’s Bible study in a particular village, one young man stood out in the group. 

Pam immediately recognized the young man from a trip five years ago to the same village. That day, we were told not to visit the house where the demon possessed boy was, but thanks be to God it didn’t stop us. We approached the house to be greeted by the father coming around the house with a machete (a common tool for Chorti farmers but still unnerving!). Once we explained who we were and what we were doing, he allowed us to come onto his porch, and the young man who was inside finally came out very distraught. We laid hands on him and prayed for him in spite of his clinched fist. That day we took a picture which remained on a mission team member’s refrigerator all this time.

  

The young man was interceded for continually as the picture served as a reminder. Now, to see the miracle of this man attending this Bible study on “How to be a Godly Husband” was amazing! He had a precious wife and three children. We praise God for what he allowed us to see and the work he has done in this man and among the Chorti.

In addition to this and other short-term teams, many will remember that we recently sent a mid-term family to live among the Chorti. David and Carla Demaree moved with their children to Honduras in November to disciple Edgardo and to increase gospel work in this partnership. David heard years ago about Edgardo’s desire to be discipled more deeply in the Word and ministry. In our partnership with Edgardo and the Chorti, Parkwood was faced with two options if intense discipleship were to be sought: remove Edgardo from the field and connect him to a discipling relationship, or send a discipling relationship to Edgardo on the field. As the Father called the Demaree family to Honduras, David proved to be the answer to Edgardo’s prayer and the solution to Parkwood’s direction.

  

Please continue to intercede for the Demaree family and for Edgardo and Emilio(translator and partner) as they work with David. Pray specifically for discipleship–that depth in the Word and integrity in life would deepen and increase for the sake of the gospel among the Chorti. Pray for David that he would be strengthened and given wisdom as he oversees discipleship. Pray also for Carla as she assists with language and ministry and continues to fulfill her calling as a mother. And pray for the children as they adjust to a new schedule and pattern of life. 

The mission team, upon seeing God’s hand at work in that young man, was reminded of the call of God in Isaiah 6. God calls, and we are given the opportunity to respond. Similar to Isaiah, we should raise our hand to be numbered when we hear the invitation to go and be sent. God is at work, and we have the privilege to be involved. As with the mission team and with the Demaree family, let us say with conviction, ‘Here I am; send me” (Isaiah 6:8).