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Woodmont Students in Nicaragua

July 6th, 2014 · No Comments

Nicaragua, Day 1
Nicaragua, Day 2
Nicaragua, Day 3
Nicaragua, Day 4
Nicaragua, Day 5
Nicaragua, Day 6
Nicaragua Recap

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Woodmont Students Mission Trip Applications

February 25th, 2014 · No Comments

available here

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Harvest Sunday is Sunday, November 17th

November 4th, 2013 · No Comments

Harvest Sunday is one of the best traditions for the family at Woodmont Hills. For over 25 years we have brought our gifts of a Thanksgiving meal and offered it to God for His blessing. The groceries are then distributed throughout the Nashville area to families in need. Last year we gave away more than 750 bags of groceries to meet the requests from teachers, social workers, health care providers and individuals. The need is even greater this year…

Please consider donating 2 or more food bags this year.

If you can’t be here on November 17th and want to participate, you are welcome to bring your Harvest bag to the east end of the lobby or to the church office at your convenience.

This is a standardized menu – please do NOT add to/take from this list). One complete menu per bag – it will be full!

2 small boxes/envelopes of bread mix (rolls/biscuit/cornbread; NOT the large Bisquik mix)

1 box of dressing or stuffing

1 can of chicken broth

1 large can of green beans or 2 small

2 cans of corn, any style

1 box of potato mix, any style

2 boxes of macaroni and cheese

1 box of jello

1 can of fruit

1 container of fruit juice or presweetened drink or tea mix 1 can of cranberry sauce (optional)

1 box of brownie or dessert mix

(+ icing or powered sugar if needed)

This menu is for a family of 4 and should be DOUBLE BAGGED in paper (all in 1 bag) OR placed in 1 reusable CLOTH bag and brought to worship on Sunday, November 17 (keep bags with you until announced).

If you can’t be here on November 17th and want to participate, you are welcome to bring your Harvest bag to the east end of the lobby or to the church office at your convenience.

Thank you in advance for your generosity!!!

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Mission Sunday is November 3, 2013

October 1st, 2013 · No Comments

Woodmont Hills Family of God Mission Sunday Worship Web Cast Live woodmontwebcast.org/live.html

MISSION SUNDAY NOVEMBER 3, 2013

…Do YOU feel called to take a mission trip? Want to see one of our missionaries at work in his community? Save a few vacation
days, raise a little money, and it can happen! Contact one of our Mission Committee members for more details.
For up-to-date info on Woodmont Hills Missions, find us on Facebook at “Woodmont Hills Family of God Missions Group Page

GUATEMALA, DR WALTER SIERRA MOLLINEDO, CLINICA EZELL

Did you know? …that Dr. Walter Sierra Mollinedo (WH missionary and medical doctor in Guatemala) not only treats the illnesses of people in many communities, but he also shares the Gospel with those that come to see him. This movie was commissioned to celebrate the Health Talents International (the organization thru which Walter serves) 40th anniversary.

GHANA, KENNEDY OSIE-HWEDIE

Kennedy send this update.

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El Salvador Trip Report – July 2013

August 7th, 2013 · No Comments

by Ted MacDonald

This was a much needed trip. First, my wife Liesa and I are very grateful that Cheryl Lindsay joined us, as she was a tremendous help not only in translating but for bonding with the people in El Salvador. Also, a much appreciated thanks to Liesa. Her love for the people of El Salvador helps this work greatly.

Generally, the work both in Santiago de Maria and San Miguel is going very well. All the churches are growing by the grace of God, and new churches are being formed. Even small groups are maturing. Although none of the churches has elders, the main churches have solid leadership beyond our missionaries.

FUTURE PLANS:

  1. On their own, the San Miguel church has decided to do a medical mission next year. The leaders have been thoughtful about how to go about it, and they have presented a written plan. They even have a core group of two doctors, two fifth-year medical students and a well-trained respiratory therapist who will participate. There will be some challenges trying to secure medicines and Woodmont Hills may be able to help in this effort.
  2. The Santiago de Maria church wants and needs to begin building the second floor to the church classrooms. Two reasons: the growth of the church and childrens program, and the need to secure the safety of the site. Twice this year the church’s sound equipment has been stolen. Without adding the second floor, thieves cannot be kept out.
  3. To accommodate these two huge projects, I would like to lead a team next year to support this effort. I may need a team of about 10-12 helpers.
  4. In December 2013 all of El Salvador will meet for a conference in San Salvador celebrating 50 years of the “Church of Christ” in El Salvador. It might be good for us to have someone attend.

NEEDS (not prioritized):

  1. Boanerges desperately needs a truck. A truck is an essential part of his work and his current truck is now 20 years old with 400,000 miles on it. It breaks down often and Boanerges doesn’t have the funds to repair it properly. He can no longer locate tires for it. He needs a double cab truck. Estimated cost for a used truck will be about $15-18,000 plus taxes.
  2. Immediate health problems of missionary’s wife. The wife of one of our missionaries there has three disks/vertebras that need some kind of repair. She was admitted to the hospital while we were there because the pain was so intense. She is caught in the socialized health care system which is causing delays in immediate access to care and will complicate any future needs for healthcare. The amount of money needed for this is unknown but could be several thousand dollars.
  3. Buying power has been eroded. Credit cards and borrowed money must be used by our missionaries to take care of the unusual or unexpected things; inflation and increased taxes have eroded their buying power.
  4. Surgery for missionary’s wife. The wife of another of our missionaries there recently broke several bones in her hand, which required surgery. The surgery was an out-of-pocket expense AND she hasn’t been able to return to her work as a Respiratory Therapist which provides income for the family. Funds may be needed for some type of physical therapy.
  5. Construction of next phase of church in Santiago de Maria. We may be talking about $5,000 to $10,000. Security and growth are the reasons.

Both of our fine missionaries in El Salvador have been supported by us for more than 25 years. They are each trying to bring on the next set of leaders and it will require our support and leadership to make this transition successful over the next decade. We’ve listed some substantial needs and none are frivolous or things that can be pushed back. Some have higher priorities.

We prayerfully ask for you to approve these projects and/or allow us to appeal to the generous members of Woodmont Hills on Mission Sunday to fund these projects.

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Mission Education

August 7th, 2013 · No Comments

The Mission Committee annually allocates a small amount of money specifically for short-term foreign mission experiences for students. Priority is given to college-age young people who are members or regular worshipers at WH and to areas where we have a missionary presence.

Guatemala bridge-building – 2013 Spring Break trip

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Speaking of Guatemala, 50th Pan American Lectureship, Guatemala City, November 2-9, 2013

July 26th, 2013 · No Comments

http://lectureship.org/

From site:

About Guatemala
Guatemala City is the economic, governmental, and cultural capital of the Republic. The city also functions as the main port of entry into the country, with international airport, La Aurora International Airport and most major highways in the country originating or leading to the city. The city continues to be a pole for the attraction of immigrants from the country’s rural areas as well as foreign immigrants.

In addition to a wide variety of restaurants, hotels, shops, and a modern BRT transport system (Transmetro), the city has a wide variety of art galleries, theaters, sports venues and museums (including some fine collections of Pre-Columbian art) and continually offers an increasing amount of cultural activities. Guatemala City offers all the modern amenities along with important historic sites that a world class city can be expected to have ranging from an IMAX Theater to the Ícaro film festival (Festival Ícaro) featuring films produced in Guatemala and Central America.

The Climate of Guatemala
Guatemalans enjoy a subtropical highland climate though depending on location, it also borders on a tropical savanna climate. Temperatures are lowest in the south of the city which is at the highest altitude. Guatemala City is generally mild, almost springlike, throughout the course of the year. The average annual temperature ranges from 22 to 28 °C (72 to 82 °F) during the day, and 12 to 17 °C (54 to 63 °F) at night.

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Haiti Missions Help Needed

July 3rd, 2013 · No Comments

Originally posted in Updates from Woodmont Hills, 7-3-13:

Live Beyond, formerly known as Mobile Medical Disaster Relief, is asking for assistance with items needed for their upcoming July Missions in Haiti. Items should be marked “LIVE BEYOND” and placed in 201E.

Saline eye drops
Anti-fungal cream
Diaper wipes
Toothpaste
Toilet paper
BBQ Sauce (lg bottles)
XL bottles shampoo & conditioner
Pregnancy tests (these can be purchased from the dollar store)
Rubber exam gloves (one size fits all & XL)
Tums
Pepto Bismol tablets
Liquid INFANT Motrin and Tylenol
Alcohol prep pads
Nighttime snacks for children at the orphanage buttercrackers, Nutri-Grain Bars, individual tubs of peanut butter, Goldfish, granola bars

Any and all donations are tax deductible and much appreciated! Call (615) 460-8296 with any questions.

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Things I Have Learned From Missionaries

July 3rd, 2013 · No Comments

This content is “stolen” from Dale Hawley, Ph.D., MRN Associate Director for Missionary Care, Missions Resource Network, dale.hawley@MRNet.org with a HT to Eddison Fowler, Missionary in Belo Horizonte, Brazil [We don't directly support Eddison but I've provided a link because I know his family is looking for support - Ed Dodds]

Over the past several weeks I have gotten to spend a lot of time around missionaries. In May and June, Vicki and I were able to visit a couple of teams on the field and for the last week I have been around a number of missionaries at the annual retreat MRN hosts. Hanging around missionaries is one of my favorite things to do. I find it good for my soul. I am in the unique position of being able to get a glimpse into missionary life as an outsider and I am always learning something new. Let me share a few things I have learned in the past month:

It helps to be flexible. In the past month we had two visits scheduled with teams on the field and neither came off as scheduled. In one case we had to change venues for our meeting due to riots in the city where the team lived and in the other we had to change dates because the train we were on could not deliver us because of flooding. Needless to say, this was a bit disconcerting, but the missionaries rolled with the punches, shifting times and places to allow our time together to occur. I had the distinct feeling that altering plans to accommodate unforeseen circumstances was not a new thing for either of these teams. Having the flexibility to make adjustments on the fly was something they seemed to have plenty of experience with. I think it comes with the territory.

Get out of the car. Reflecting on her experiences as a missionary, one woman told a story that really stuck with me. One day she went to pick up her child from school and, unexpectedly found herself there 15 minutes early. She discovered she had a choice – enjoy 15 minutes of quiet in the car (a rare treat) or stand in front of her child’s school in hopes of striking up a conversation with another waiting parent. She was just learning the language and the idea of initiating a conversation with someone new was daunting. But getting to know people in this culture was why she had moved to this new place. In the end, she decided to get out of the car and see what happened. Sure enough, a great conversation with a new person ensued.

This seems like a powerful metaphor for what missions is all about. It involves leaving your comfort zone to do something new and sometimes scary. It calls for taking risks – some small, some big – on a daily basis, trusting that God will do something with your actions that you could never predict. And each of these acts of faith begins with the decision to take the first step – to get out of the car.

Missions is not a 9:00-5:00 job. In North America many of us are used to a clear routine in our work schedules that draws a distinct line between our work and the rest of our lives. We often operate on a Monday-Friday, forty-hour work week that leaves weekends to our discretion. I realize the line between work and not-work is increasingly blurred for many folks, especially with the advent of technological devices that allow us to always be in touch. But this is really the case with missionaries I have encountered. First, many of the expectations we have about work are socially constructed. Most cultures throughout the world do not delineate work/non-work time in the same way as Americans.

Second, the nature of missions is not particularly conducive to a prescribed schedule. Opportunities to serve and advance the cause of Christ don’t necessarily happen according to our schedules (witness the interruption in Jesus’ journey to heal Jairus’ daughter by a woman in need of healing). Consequently, missionaries often find themselves working when the rest of us might be relaxing and, conversely, they may need to recoup their energies when much of the rest of the world is at work. This isn’t an issue of work ethic; to the contrary, most missionaries I have encountered are among the most hard working, driven people I know. It is about the nature of missions. Being a missionary is not a job, it is a calling.

It’s all about relationships. Over the years I have worked with a number of teams as they were forming. Typically, a lot of thought and energy has been invested in strategizing during this period of team formation – what part of the city are we going to live in, what is the best way to learn language, what sort of approach should we take in reaching out to the people in our new country. This kind of planning is good and appropriate during these early stages, but as I visit with missionaries who have been on the field for awhile it seems like the conversation is less about strategy and more about the relationships they have developed with people. They talk about their language tutor or the person they see every day at the bakery or the local person who provides security for their house or the friend they met at their kids’ school who is seriously considering the claims of Christ. Ministry is not so much about the grand plan as it is about the daily interactions occurring with the people they are in relationship with. And with this comes the realization that being a missionary is less about accomplishing a task than it is about living an incarnate life among people who do not yet know Jesus. Dan Bouchelle’s book review of Friendship at the Margins in this newsletter gets at this very issue.

One day at a time. To people who are not missionaries, the life of a missionary often seems exotic and romantic. Missionaries are sometimes typecast as super spiritual people who are engaged in one adventure after the next – generally involving danger, faith shaping experiences, or strange food. To be sure, many missionaries have great stories about all of these things (especially food) but a typical day in their lives may be as pedantic as for the rest of us. They have meals to fix and kids to care for. Their work includes things they love doing and things they would rather not do. Their cars break down from time to time and they get frustrated by technology glitches. It is true that life is often more challenging because they are operating in a different culture with a different language but, like most of us, their lives are typified by routines and not adventures. Most missionaries I know don’t want the responsibility of carrying around the label of “super spiritual adventure seeker.” They want to be seen as regular folks who have been called to serve God in a different place than most people.

I don’t read a lot of blogs, but in preparing this newsletter I discovered one that I think is worth sharing. Laura Parker was a missionary for several years in Southeast Asia. Her pieces reflect an everyday-ness that describes the joy and struggle of living as a missionary. Here is a link to an entry called Stressed-Out Missionary (http://www.lauraleighparker.com/2012/03/stress-missionary/) that talks about how stressors on the field can be amplified by the cultural stress already experienced by cross cultural workers. If you explore her posts I think you will find others that unpack everyday issues that describe missionary life.

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Medina Trip News; About: Middle School Mission Albany

July 3rd, 2013 · No Comments

Medina updates here.

While over at the Woodmont Students Woodmont YG Blog

Medina Application Form

About: Middle School Mission Albany

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