The Future of Global Missions

by Mike Tilley, on behalf of the Global Missions Team


 LBC member, Brita Zuelkhe, on a medical mission trip to Nicaragua

LBC member, Brita Zuelkhe, on a medical mission trip to Nicaragua

Imagine a remote village in Nicaragua with no Wi-Fi, no Starbucks, and no access to the village except by river boat. Imagine that same village teeming with children and adults in need of medical and dental supplies and services. Several members of Lake Baldwin Church will partner with Team Nicaragua April 7-15 to serve the wonderful people of this remote village.

 LBC member, Angela Robinson, on a medical mission trip to Nicaragua

LBC member, Angela Robinson, on a medical mission trip to Nicaragua

In a world of turmoil it’s encouraging to know that people are willing to sacrifice their time, talent, and treasure to bring gospel hope and to make a difference.

The Global Missions Team of Lake Baldwin Church has a clear mission: to partner with the global church to bring the gospel to the nations.

While the challenges are daunting, the opportunities have grown because we live in a globally connected world with ease of travel, ease of communication, and fewer language barriers.

Thanks to trusted relationships with people around the world, our church has formed partnerships with missionaries serving in East Asia, Mexico, and throughout Europe. Beyond that, LBC members are connected to ministry efforts in Nicaragua, Japan, Africa, and the Middle East. We designate a portion of our budget for missions support, and we are currently supporting missionaries in La Paz, Mexico; London (working with the Bangladeshi community); Toulouse, France; and a remote people group in East Asia.

What can we look forward to in 2018?

 LBC sent a team to La Paz, Mexico in July 2017

LBC sent a team to La Paz, Mexico in July 2017

  1. The medical mission to Nicaragua April 7-15, led by Brita Zuehlke, Angela Robinson, and Chris Kendall.
  2. Encouragement of LBC members preparing to serve in Bangkok, Thailand and Senegal, West Africa.
  3. Serving a Europe-wide retreat for pastors and families October 29-November 2 as part of International Christian Community.
  4. A return trip to the church-planting effort in La Paz, Mexico (2018 or 2019) which has just secured a full-time Mexican pastor to lead the work—an answer to prayer.
  5. Laying the foundation for work with international students right here in Orlando, led by LBC member and Jesus Film staff worker Don Dearing.

Why are we so hopeful as we take these steps? The first missionary, the Apostle Paul, spoke to skeptics in Athens and told them an astounding truth:

And [God] made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him.
— Acts 17:26-27

This truth can be seen vividly in today’s Europe, for example, where refugees and immigrants have come from Africa and the Middle East. These immigrants are “seeking God” in places like Athens, Geneva, Prague, Frankfurt, and other cities.

Whatever it takes, our dream is to work alongside front-line missionaries and pastors to plant thriving, gospel-centered churches among the nations.