As missionaries wrap up ministry for 2021, it’s good to look back on how God was at work around the world. He equipped our missionaries with two special tools to keep the gospel moving forward: ingenuity and perseverance. Ingenuity led Nathan and Rachel Waldock to find a way to assemble their church family again (cover photo, p. 15), and it opened doors of witnessing for Europe missionaries (p. 11). Perseverance kept Joel and Beverly Shoaf praying like never before for revival (pp. 6-7), and it motivated Penny Whitty to not give up on her call to start a Christian school (pp. 12-13).
Just as trials lead to perseverance and ultimately to hope (Romans 5:3-4), hope did not disappoint in 2021. This issue of Advance is just a sampling of BMM missionaries’ ingenuity and perseverance that led to victories in the spread of the gospel across the world this year.
A mission church in northeast Brazil is coming back to life and reflecting the "light of the world" to their community and beyond.
God honored persistent prayer and brought unprecedented growth to a New Zealand church.
In one year's time, a Creative Access Nations seminary went from the smallest in its region to the largest. Read about this and five other theological education expansions in 2021.