By: Min. Timmeon Spencer, Field Global Missions Coordinator
As we look back on 2021, and forward to the strategies and plans God is orchestrating for 2022, we have noted how God is at work in the follow-up of many key events from last year. In the coming days, we will share various encouraging testimonies from one such important event: Missions Without Limits in the Caribbean Field.
In an effort to organize mission events and fulfill its aim to discover, develop, and deploy missionaries, the Caribbean Field Global Missions Ministry held the Mesoamerica’s 4th edition of Mission Without Limits August 16-28, 2021. This initiative was inspired by the term “glocal,” a concept that has challenged Christians across the region to think globally while acting locally. During a global pandemic, small groups of local missionaries from various countries worked at different locations, spreading God’s Word and showing his love by meeting the physical needs of the people in the community.
During the two weeks of missions, we saw the participation of over 80 local missionaries representing 5 countries and 6 districts working in 16 different sites. Many of the other districts (Leeward Virgin Islands, Trinidad and Tobago, Belize North, Dominica and Jamaica East and West) who were unable to participate due to rising cases of the COVID-19 virus still supported through prayer and encouragement the entire team of glocal workers. We give God thanks for all who served.
Following all protocol and recommendations of the World Health Organization, teams gathered in small groups of 3-15 persons per site and served in their respective communities. To kickstart the initiative, we celebrated a virtual launch and commissioning service on Monday, August 16, 2021, with multiple countries represented.
The country and district of Barbados had the greatest number of sites, totaling six overall. This effort was led by Pastor Phillip Kellman and Danielle Miller (Global Missions Assistant Coordinator for the Caribbean Field), and ably managed by the six site leaders of the North, East, West, South, Central and City Zones. During their period of missions, they did prayer walks throughout many of the communities, sharing gospel tracks and engaging with and ministering to many families there. They also gave out love hampers, hygiene kits, and emergency kits to the members of the community, which consisted of food items, toiletries, drinking water, face masks, sanitizers, and love notes.
In a known drug area called “The Block” in the City Zone, they were invited to engage with the drug leaders of this area and witness to them. This area is described by most persons living in Barbados as violent and scary. Nevertheless, God used the City Zone team so powerfully that at the end of their conversations with the drug leaders, they were given an open invitation to return. And they have been doing so since! To God be the glory! To wrap up all that happened in Barbados, we must praise God for Ms. Sandra who asked for the prayers of the North Zone team, and then immediately made the decision to accept Jesus as her personal Lord and Savior.
Danielle Miller has shared with us this very week that testimonies continue to come out of Barbados as they follow up months later in these areas. Overall, we give God praise for all that He has done during the time of Missions Without Limits in Barbados.