Women on Mission heard what many termed the most interesting presentation yet on Feb. 8 when Mike and Stacy Collings provided an update on their mission work in Tanzania. In spite of the coronovirus outbreak, shortly after Mike and Stacy returned to Tanzania last February, after only a few weeks of shutdown, their mayor opened everything up and told the people to get back to church, fast, and pray. Mike and Stacy began what was to be many outreaches that resulted in a great many lives being changed.
They began with door-to-door visits in the slum area of their city, where they had opportunity not only to share Christ but to pray for the people. They were able to minister to many children, conducting gatherings where every child received a children's Bible and other materials to help them grow in faith. Tanzania is a country of 60 million people, with a huge majority being 14 and under. The average age in Tanzania is 18, so much effort is made to reach out to the young people.
Mike and Stacy held several training events for pastors where 172 pastors received training. They were invited to go into schools and present their faith, and many more Bibles were given to each and every student. A local pastor later told them that through their efforts, every home in that village had a Bible.
Because they have been blessed with a printing press and other equipment, Mike is able to print books, tracts, and manuals in the Swahili language, and they gave out more than 6,130 of these, as well as 4,000 booklets that were brought in by teams. As a result of their ministering among the people, there were in excess of 759 salvations over the past 10 months.
Mike told about a translator who was waiting with him for a service to start. The translator asked Mike to tell him what he was going to share, so Mike basically told him about Jesus and what Jesus has done for each of us. The translator broke down and wept, and then asked Mike if he could become a Christian. Mike led him in a prayer of confession, and he was later baptized. Mike learned shortly after the service that evening that the translator had been a witch doctor but was now a brother in Christ.
Coming In March
When Women on Mission meet on Monday, March 8, at 10:30 a.m. in the Rock Chapel, guest speakers will be Ryan and Cathlyn Zwemke who serve at Black Forest Academy (BFA) in Kandern, Germany. BFA is an accredited Christian international school primarily serving missionaries and their families from more than 40 countries. BFA helps these families stay on the mission field through affordable Christian education.
Ryan is the high school and middle school choir director at the academy, with daily contact and interaction with the missionary kids (MKs). As a family, the Zwemkes strive to reach out to the MKs, the academy staff members, and the German community by developing relationships with MKs through class and school functions, thus opening doors to the Gospel through personal evangelism, mentoring, and weekly small-group Bible study, as well as inviting students to the family’s home to join in family life, games, family worship time, and relational discipleship. Cathlyn actively looks to invest in the single women and young mothers in the BFA community as the family works to develop evangelistic relationships with their German neighbors. Students touched by the Zwemkes’ ministry become life-givers to many others, as these MKs are globally knowledgeable of diverse cultures and are being used by God as next-generation missionaries and leaders.
Ongoing Support for Clarkston Refugee Ministry
Also at the December meeting, Women on Mission voted to support North American Mission Board missionaries Bennett and Idong Ekandem during the next year by sending $200 a month to be used in their ministry to the refugees in Clarkston. WOM has been providing donations of clothing, furniture, household items, food and personal items to the ministry for the past three years.
Who We Are
WOMEN ON MISSION have a passion for missions. We meet the second Monday of each month at 11:30 in the Ministry Center. Each month a special speaker is invited to share with us his/her time of ministry on the field, whether it be overseas or here in the United States. We have heard speakers from Russia, Albania, Turkey, Peru, Honduras, Tanzania, and many other places around the globe, as well as representatives from the ministry to refugees in Clarkston, GA, Out of Darkness Ministry in Atlanta, Voice of the Martyrs, and many other U.S.-based mission groups. We each receive a blessing from hearing the testimonies of these speakers. Often we learn of ways we can be involved in reaching out to the lost through these ministries.
In cooperation with the Atlanta Dream Center, WOM are writing messages of encouragement that can be handed out to young women who are being trafficked in Atlanta. WOM also supports Hope House of Union County by collecting personal hygiene items such as shampoo, body wash, deodorant, etc., which are distributed free of charge to Hope House clients. Through offerings collected monthly and budget funding from First Baptist, WOM are supporting the following ministries:
- Cowboy Church of Jerusalem to purchase food and new boots.
- Pure Love Pure Water for more filters to be sent to missionaries.
- The Clarkston After-School Ministry, which provides a meal for the children and to purchase supplies for the children.
- Missionaries Troy and Jeana Nicholson, whose home in Albania was damaged in a December earthquake.
Be a part of WOM
WOM supports a different missionary each year by sending them a monthly love gift. We also save and collect our loose pocket change to provide water filters for missionaries who do not have access to potable water. Periodically, we provide toiletry items which Hope House of Blairsville can share with its clients. As the Lord leads, we engage in projects which help missionaries or reach out to the lost. In all that we do, we aim to bring glory to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
We encourage you to come and join us on the second Monday of any given month. Participation is open to ALL women — young, old, or in between.