New Wineskins Missionary Network
20150311081823_0445.jpg

Blog

Blog


Posts in Stories
A Call to Higher Faith: Carol and Clark’s Story

Carol Rogers Smith had an encounter with Christ. She knew in that quiet moment God had called her to serve His people. She said, “Lord, if you want me to leave this home, I will.” Years later in 2007 Carol and her husband Clark traveled from Savannah, Georgia to Ridgecrest North Carolina for the New Wineskins Missionary Network Conference…

Read More
Church on the Street

There are no walls in the Rev. Bryan Bywater’s church. The “altar” is a folding table. The “pews” are the steps of Hartford City Hall.  But he has a cross and a chalice. He has communion wafers, dipped in grape juice instead of wine for the benefit of his friends in recovery. To the population he’s serving, that’s plenty. Bywater, a priest in the Anglican church of North America and a missionary for Church Army USA, has been feeding and clothing the homeless in the region for more than 20 years...

Read More
How Big is Your God, Really?

When J.B. Phillips wrote his book, Your God is too Small, the follow-up question was, "How big is your God?"  I am still asking that question in my own life.  In January, the former Archbishop and Primate of the Church of Uganda died and was celebrated.  His funeral was not only a national event, it was an international marker of the amazing changes in Africa, especially within the Anglican churches of Africa.  The Rev. Dr. David Goodhew has outlined some of the facts...

Read More
Ministry in the Market

It was my sister Mindy who suggested that we go to the market in a place called Chichicastenago in Guatemala on our trip there in January. We had asked the Lord to order our steps and Mindy began to talk to a sweet-smiled older woman named Juana. She told us how she had been very ill but that God had miraculously healed her. We followed her to her "store" which was basically her wares strewn out...

Read More
Of Bomb cyclones, Dengue fever, and God’s providence

We’d finished the first portion of Agape Year, engaging with local ministries and churches in Pittsburgh and been preparing for our time overseas with the Anglican Church in Chiang Mai, Thailand. We’d gone through thoughtful and meaningful prep and prayer with New Wineskins. We’d had a great time delving into cross cultural and ministry training with SAMS. Our bags were packed. Visas acquired. We were ready. And, then 5,000 flights were cancelled out of JFK airport due to a weather phenomenon called a “bomb cyclone”...

Read More
The New Face of Global Anglican Mission

Arlinda Sá Souza had just heard a missionary speak at her church about the 10/40 window and she felt her heart stirring with a call. “But where are you calling me, Lord?” she had asked. Later that night she was given a very detailed dream of a city on the ocean. As she shared the dream with a friend the next day her friend began laughing.  “I know that city! It’s Nazaré, Portugal.” This dream began a thirty-year journey for Arlinda, her husband Bruno, and their daughter Thais of preparing to...

Read More
I need you. You are Here. I have Found You.

Rev. John Chol Daau is an Anglican priest, journalist, and teacher. John spent his early years in the rural and indigenous culture of the Jieng people of Baping in South Sudan. At the age of ten, John’s village was invaded by the Northern Army. He was separated from his family and forced to run and hide in the wilderness and refugee camps of East Africa. He became a refugee and “Lost Boy.” John was denied every opportunity in life: no family, no educational resources, no future, but by God’s grace...

Read More
ISM Testimony: From Seeking Fame to Making Jesus Famous in Japan

Back in 2012 when I was an international student, I was invited to a Thanksgiving dinner event hosted by Truro International Programs and Services (TIPS) in Fairfax, VA. That night, we heard about the pilgrims and how they came to America, looking for something new and better than what they had in Europe. In many ways, those of us who come to America from another country are like the pilgrims, coming with hopes and dreams and expectations of a better life. I’d like to tell you a story of how my life was completely changed in coming to America...

Read More
Every Parish a Missional Parish

It was the fall of 1994 and a church plant group in the western suburbs of Fairfax County, Virginia, was excited to finally be calling its first official rector.  We expected our new rector to arrive, bless what we were doing, and simply step into the typical clergy responsibilities of preaching, celebrating, visiting the sick, and leading the staff. But as soon as the Reverend Tom Herrick arrived, he started talking about missional DNA, a vision for local and global missional involvement...

Read More
Giving Thanks for Leaking Planes: My Reflection on the 2017 New Wineskins Board Meeting

My journey began with a 5 a.m. flight out of Philadelphia.  My fellow passengers and I were packed in like big sardines, pretending not to notice each other. Suddenly, the smell of gas became quite strong, then downright powerful. When the flight attendant announced that we would need to de-board, the cries of outrage soon filled the plane...

Read More