Equipping The Saints
La Gran Familia
Intercessory Prayer is the most powerful tool and an essential part of World Missions. Your prayers are needed.
The call to the great commission requires a thoughtful and knowledgeable response. Mission training prepares those who take on the mantle of mission work. The diocese strives to provide appropriate training for teams preparing for their mission trip.
Our relationship with the Anglican Diocese of Northern Malawi continues to bless us with their prayers, their strength in adversity, love and brotherhood. We build together this Church on a foundation of rock. God's children doing our best to live, worship and love one another as God commands us.
We have a long term relationship with this mission that serves children who have been abandoned and children in the community whose families can no longer take care of them. Love children? There are programs that allow us to make a huge difference in their lives. Honor a loved one during the diocese Mother's Day In-Gathering , Sponsor a Child.
We are a member of the Anglican Global Mission Partners. A network of Anglican global mission-committed organizations and individuals. As you discern your role in mission work it may be helpful to know about others who have found their way to serve God's people.
Your Prayer is Needed
Please pray for safety and security of those most precious children, youth, and employees of La Gran Familia in this time of severe unrest in Cuauhtémoc. Pray for God's angels to surround the alberque and Cristo Rey Anglicana in order that no harm come to them that love Him. Ask these things in Jesus name.
Bentons are back in Town
"We will be traveling around Texas meeting with supporters and churches starting at the end of August. If you want to meet up and hear more about this new ministry please contact us.." View the entire communication here...
The fabric you see here was commissioned to celebrate the 20th anniversary of our relationship between the Diocese of Ft. Worth and the Diocese of Northern Malawi. It has the Official Seal of both Diocese, This 43" x 76" limited edition custom print fabric is available from Charles Patton email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show your love. Makes a great wall hanging, flag, or as a wrap around skirt for the ladies.
World Mission Committee News
La Gran Familia
Love One Another
Gary Haugen: God’s Passion for the World
Team from Christ The Redeemer visits Malawi in June
Our Companion Relationship continues to grow strong as teams take the time to visit and deliver our love in person.
Felipe is Reunited with His Sister
Felipe is the 9 year old younger brother to Monica. He came to LGF in December, to seek refugee from an unstable family life and to be reunited with his sister. Monica arrived to LGF in 2015, she had run away from her family to escape the abuse of her alcoholic mother and the “revolving door” of men her mother dated. Leaving was not easy, but she could no longer handle the pressures of such an unstable family life. Monica carried the burdened of leaving her younger brother behind. Felipe had remained with their mother, living on the streets. He was not attending school and had very little to eat each day. Monica has been faithful to continuously pray for her family, that her mother would find work and stop drinking and that her brother would be safe. We (and especially Monica) are thankful that the mother allowed Felipe to join Monica at LGF. Will you join with Monica to continue praying for her mother and praising God that Felipe is now living in a loving home and able to receive an education?
Reprint from LGF June Newsletter
Love One Another: Reflections on a Mission to Malawi
by Sydney F. 12 years old
"The less fortunate will never have what they need until we, who are a little more fortunate, realize how little the less fortunate require to be happy." - Dr. James Castleton, MD
After returning from a two-week mission trip in Malawi, I reflected on this quote when thinking of the people and how little they require to be happy. In observing the people we met, it seemed that they all woke up every morning with a smiling face and made the decision to be happy with what little they had. But what about me? What do I require to be happy? I had to think about that.
In my time in Malawi, I came to appreciate the African lifestyle. There are many things about it that should be adopted into American culture. For example, the people in Malawi don't rush around all the time. They go through their day in a calm manner and take time to have real conversations with people. Their lives are so different – and they have so little – yet spiritually they are so much richer than us. If you're walking down the street in America and a woman stops you and asks you to come over to her house for tea for two hours to get to know you on a Sunday afternoon (when you already have other stuff to do), you would probably laugh in her face and walk away (hypothetically speaking). But any person in Malawi who has many more things to do in order to just survive, would accept the invitation with open arms. That is one major difference between Malawi and America. Why? Because in Malawi, people prioritize relationships with people over work.
Sydney distributes paper animals to kids at Mfula.
Bishop Fanuel shows Sydney how to tie a wrap skirt.
Sydney (12 years old)
That made me think about my life and my priorities. To be honest, I realized that I complain a lot about stupid things. The people in Malawi would give anything to live like us, with a real roof over their head and guaranteed food on the table every day. Kids there consider it a privilege to go to school (something which I complain about constantly) because very few families can make the huge sacrifices it takes to pay for school. Kids in Malawi want clothes and shoes that fit and don’t have holes in them – simple things that we overlook. We need to be more grateful for the things we have in America. I need to be more grateful.
While in Malawi, I got sick and started running a high fever. I was incredibly disappointed when I couldn’t go with our mission team to the local schools or attend the Mother’s Union Conference. All I could think about was the experiences that I was missing, and it made me sad. But as I look back on my time of lying in bed for three days with a wet sock on my head (there are no cold compresses in Malawi), I realized that God was trying to show me what it was like for these people when they get sick. For people in Malawi, sickness does not mean skipping school to lay in bed and watch TV while eating chicken noodle soup like it does at home. For most people in Malawi, there is no doctor, no medicine. Americans are so blessed.
Now that the mission trip has ended and we’re back home, what does God want us to do with what we’ve learned? There are going to be many different things that come into play when trying to help the Malawian people. First, the Malawi people are already happy so that's not what we are trying to accomplish. With that being said, we should try to make their everyday life a little bit easier – a little bit more comfortable – by making sure they get enough food to eat, have clean water, and get medical care and an education. Most importantly, while making their life easier, it is so very important that we preserve the incredible thing that is the Malawi culture. Their culture is so happy, so focused on their faith, which is something amazing and something that we want to preserve.
Compared to the people in Malawi, we have been given everything. Luke 12:48 says "from everyone to whom much has been given, much will be required; and from the one to whom much has been entrusted, even more will be demanded."
We are required to help them. We have been entrusted by God to help them. So what is God demanding from us? That we love one another as He loved us. Nothing more, nothing less.
God has shown me incredible things on this trip. I'm so blessed to have gone to Malawi. They have so little and we have so much, and yet who are the happier ones? My challenge going forward will be to remember not to get too wrapped up in this crazy American life. The Malawian people have taught me that I need to slow down, prioritize people over busyness and choose to be happy in all circumstances. To do that, I will need to keep my life centered around God. Beyond that, I’ll wait to see how God decides to use me in His plan to show His love to the people of Malawi (and maybe try to make their lives a little easier in the meantime). Will you join me?
God’s Passion for the World
Trailer for Video presentation by Gary Haugen, founder of International Justices Mission (IJM) teaching about God’s Passion for the World and our opportunity to respond.
To view the entire video and to see the Discussion Guide go to the Equipping Page.
A Mission Organization of the Diocese of Fort Worth
Bishop Jack L. Iker
“Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.”
World Mission Committee
Diocese of Fort Worth