Jim Ball and I started About-Face missions as a way to help us better organize our passions to follow Christ in our lives. He and I met while both recently having a fire put in our bones by God to change our lives and start doing more to see the Gospel proclaimed and people saved all over the world. Being small budgeted middle class Americans, with very limited means, we asked God to use us and send us where ever he wanted us to go. He showed us through some short term mission trips that we can affect much in poor undeveloped countries even with very little financial resources compared to what we Americans had come to expect. Even a single person like me or Jim can do much for the kingdom of God around the world, if only we are willing to sacrifice some of our "American" lifestyle and go and give. We saw so many needs in Africa, India, Pakistan, Philippines and all around the 10/40 window being unmet, that we could not simply do nothing any longer. God clearly called us to go and be his ambassadors of Christ and to help encourage and inspire others to partner with us and take average every-day people who love Christ, and organize them into a connected and involved support system to those indigenous followers of Christ, whom God is using to do his ministry work of helping others find Christ and meeting many of their human needs along the way. Our goal is to be obedient to Christ in making disciples of all people groups, teaching them to obey all he has commanded as we know this is our job as the Church, God's collective saved in Christ people. God choose to task us with reaching all people groups and as Christ said, then the end will come. The Church age will end and Christ will return in his full glory as Judge and Ruler of righteousness! Our desire to see this happen is burning strong in us as we don't want to be people who just say we believe, but live as we really do believe. So this is why both Jim and I press on hard to focus on what more we can do to reach the unreached peoples as much as possible, while not forsaking the obvious places where the Holy Spirit is greatly working and calling us to go even outside unreached groups. All people need Jesus so our mission is to reach all to become fully devoted followers of Christ. For now, God has provided me a great career that provides me plenty of income and up to 6 weeks of vacation, so it works well for me to fulfill my job as Missionary for Christ and Co-leader of About-Face Missions. While I would love to go work with our partner ministers more than 3 trips a year, for now this is what God has me doing. Yet for Jim, it seemed clear to both Jim and I that his job was really limiting his ability to server God effectively as Missionary and Co-leader of AFM and so we both agreed God was calling him to step out from his corporate career and move full time into missionary support and work. As of this month of Septermber 2013, Jim Ball has done just that. By the provision and grace of God we have acquired enough support for him to make the move. Yet his monthly pledge base is still needs a significant more percentage, God has provided enough of a cushion of one time donations to fund him for a while. Yet moving into the less familiar ways of relying on God to provide more directly ones income is always a step of greater faith. So pray with me for great blessings on our President of AFM Jim Ball as God works among our ministry and our strategic partnerships with our supported ministries overseas and our supporting foundations and ministries here to help us! Pray for the last of Jim's support base to commit to being his and About-Face Missions partner. We all are the universal family of Christ working all together for the common goal of living for Jesus and bringing as many to faith especially giving those who never really had opportunity to have it. God loves all peoples, and so do we. When I see that we have Churches, supporting ministries like MLE Ministries, and Showers of Blessings Foundation and so many individuals coming alongside us to help us carry out the missions of Christ it brings such great joy to my heart! In turn we are able to share these blessing to our supported pastors and evangelists who are leading thousands upon thousands to faith each and every year and feed the hungry, help the sick and care for the hopeless and hurting. God is good indeed.
To learn more about About-Face missions visit our website http://www.aboutfacemissions.com/ or help support our work with your loving offerings to God. Our donation page and sign up form is here also. http://www.aboutfacemissions.com/Donate
Always your prayers and interaction with us and our pastors is welcome live or via messaging on Facebook, among our pages and groups. Start by visiting our Facebook public page and there you will see links to our private AFM group for those who are serious about being a prayer or financial partner and want to see more of what God is doing. Here is that link. https://www.facebook.com/AboutFaceMissions Lastly, if you want to do more towards helping with the great commission to reach the unreached and to support Missionary Jim Ball in the process, even if all you can sacrifice is about $10.40 a month, we highly encourage you to commit to do just that. Be a part at least at this level and help us really get the message out to those who never had real opportunity to receive the life saving message of the Gospel. Our partner ministry has set up a $10.40 monthly online donation auto charge option for you to join us called the 10.40 priority. We call it this because the 10/40 window of the world is where most these unreached people groups exist. Visit the 10/40 site here. http://www.mleministries.org/1040Priority
God be glorified in all we do as we make much of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior! Amen