Start Here. Go Everywhere.

Start Here. Go Everywhere.
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will
be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of
the earth.” Acts 1:8
One of my favorite slogans is held by a College in the northwest corner of Harvey
County, Kansas. I first saw it on a billboard while driving down I-35 from
Nebraska to Texas. It simply says, “Hesston College – Start Here, Go
Everywhere!”.
That caught my attention;Start Here, Go Everywhere”. I knew what they were
trying to say, in reference to a college experience, but that slogan has stayed
with me as it relates to the Great Commission Jesus gave His disciples in Acts
1:8. The work of reaching the world with the life changing reality of Jesus Christ
was to extend well beyond the His death, burial and resurrection. Matthew, Mark
and Acts clearly record our Lord’s final words to His disciples. Mark states it most
succinctly; “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation”. Jesus told
His disciples while standing just outside Jerusalem, “Start Here, Go Everywhere!
Fast-forward almost 2,000 years.
We at Wells Branch Community Church still take His Great Commission
seriously. We are a family of believers committed to reaching people with the life-
changing reality of Jesus Christ. It’s who we are! It is why we exist! It is the
reason we have sent James and DiDi Myer and support the work of 1520
Unreached in Tanzania. For WBCC, Austin is our “Start Here” and Tanzania is
our first door to “Go Everywhere”.
Gala and I have just returned from a two-week visit to Tanzania. It was not only a
blessing to catch up with our family, but it is life changing to see the work that is
being accomplished and the growing 1520 Unreached Ministry. By working with
two seminary trained, experienced Tanzanian pastors and their families, Pastor
Eliah Chilendu and Pastor Jacob Mwakibinga, James is seeing a God-sized
mission develop. These men have moved their families into Zaramo villages.
James is engaging with the culture, developing a ministry team, and forming over
ten church communities in remote areas. The Gospel is being lived before the
church. They have weekly Bible and theology lessons and monthly all night
prayer meetings. The study of the Word of God and discipleship is changing lives
and people are coming to faith in Jesus Christ. It was a highlight for me to be
able to preach to 25 fellow believers at the church in Kwala Village on November
15th.
I am in awe to realize that less than one year ago, that church did not exist;
this is the power of God just as He promised.
As I process my Tanzanian experience, the power of the Holy Spirit in and
through the lives of the 1520 Unreached efforts is beyond belief; the wisdom, the
opportunities, the protection, the open doors, the changed lives. Jesus told us as
we start here and go everywhere we could expect His power and such results!
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We enjoyed our time with the family in Tanzania. Here Gala and I are with James, DiDi and Moses

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Pastor Jacob and Eliah outside of Pastor Jacobs fish shop in the Kwala village.

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Jordan Hope's passion is to reach those around her and to the ends of the earth with the life changing reality of Jesus Christ. Her passion is to serve orphans in any way, shape or form. She currently works as a foster mom to adolescent boys near Austin, TX. Jordan met the Myers in 2012 and joined them in their journey to take the gospel to the unreached. She currently resides in Austin, Texas where she serves at Wells Branch Community Church as the Missions Ministry Administrator.

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