John and Mary are based in Singapore. John serves as the Director of World Outreach International (WOI), a multiracial fellowship of Christians and ministries focused on the least reached peoples of the world. WOI has more than 350 fulltime personnel serving in over 60 nations on five continents. John heads an executive team of senior missionaries, pastors and a board of leaders who oversee the field personnel, various ministries and WOI bases around the world.
Greetings from Singapore! Some exciting developments and events have happened that we want to share with you.
David’s Engaged! Our youngest son David, sprang a surprise on his long-time girlfriend, Penny, when he travelled to Chennai, India earlier this month to pop the question! Although Penny’s parents and siblings were aware of David’s plans (as were we), Penny had no idea what was about to happen. She was called home from their church around 5pm on a Thursday night and brought up to the roof top of their apartment block where David and some local musician friends struck up the notes for David to sing Franky Valli’s song, “I can’t take my eyes off you.” He is a real romantic like his dad!! “Yeah, right,” says Mary!! He sang really well to a stunned young lady who eventually had a beaming smile on her face. With the song completed, he got down on one knee and asked her to marry him. With the biggest smile ever, she said, YES!! Penny’s family and ourselves were all obscured from her view at first, and we came out of our hiding places as he proposed. We are thrilled for them both. They plan to marry in NZ next March 08, then have another wedding ‘celebration’ in Chennai later the same month.
WOI Meetings. There have been a series of annual WOI leadership meetings in Singapore last month that coincided with the official opening and dedication of the new debt free WO International Office. It was great to celebrate God’s amazing provision with colleagues and friends. This year WOI has also launched five regional vision teams (RVTs), ie two in Africa and three in Asia. One outcome we are hoping from these strategic gatherings is to identify future candidates for consideration as regional leaders, who will relate to field personnel. As we write this three RVTs have taken place in West Kalimantan (Indonesia), Mozambique and Thailand. The India sub-continent and West Africa are still to happen. We have been greatly encouraged by listening to what the Holy Spirit is saying through the participants about future ministry developments in their respective regions. These are exciting times.
New Mission DVD. WOI has just produced a 3-part teaching DVD series on cross-cultural mission designed for local church small groups. The goal of this series is to help Christian people understand the nature and challenge of missions through discussion and reflection. Check out the promo on the WOI website www.world-outreach.com A small manual / notes comes with it. A great investment for your church programme in 2014!
On-Line Legacy Magazine. Those who know WOI are very familiar with our popular NATIONS magazine. Now we have launched a really topical and relevant on-line LEGACYMAGAZINE that covers a variety of issues. Check out the following link: legacymagazine.org
Ministry Highlights. The Holy Spirit continues to ‘WOW’ us by doing mind blowing and heart-warming things through different WOI teams. Despite the political chaos as well as social and economic upheaval in Egypt this year, WOI director there, Nathan Bassaly, reports thousands of former Muslims have now become followers of Jesus Christ. Other ministries there that WOI know, are reporting the same news. In Thailand, John & Nok, who head up a village house church movement, tell of literal miracles and numerous healings as new Thai believers reach out in witness and prayer to their Thai neighbours. Whole households have come to the Lord. Our son David and the WOI church planting team he is working with in Cambodia, report 3-5 fold multiplication of village house churches planted within a 3-week period since their previous visit in going there to teach and train new believers on how to share their testimony and pray for the sick.
Nations Course. The second WOI 6-week intensive cross-cultural training course began in Chiang Mai, Thailand on September 15. There was another good intake with 26 missionaries and/or missionaries to-be in training, participating from such countries as Australia, NZ, Korea, USA, Philippines, Indonesia, Germany, Belgium, Holland and the UK. WOI will be conducting two more Nations Courses in 2014, one in South Africa (Mar/Apr) and in Thailand in the second half of the year. If you know of people who could benefit from attending a training course of different cross cultural modules, then get in touch with us.
Opportunities To Serve. If you know of any English teachers that would be willing to serve in either a language centre in Thailand or a school in N-E India for 12 months in 2014, then please have them contact us. The need for both is quite urgent.
Coming Up. We will be ‘on the road’ for much of the rest of the year with WOI meetings, speaking engagements and appointments in Australia, NZ, England, Europe, Malaysia and Bangladesh. Challenging but also exciting assignments ahead. We really do appreciate you covering us in regular prayer. This year we have felt more spiritual opposition than in previous years.
In Closing. We are so thankful to the Lord for His faithfulness. We know we are where He wants us to be, doing what He has called us to. Your practical partnership and encouragement blesses our hearts. Thank you.
John & Mary Elliott
This is the personal newsletter of John & Mary Elliott, World Outreach International Director. Along with all other WOI missionary personnel, John & Mary are non-salaried and trust the Lord each month to supply their personal needs. For those who would like to financially partner with John & Mary, you can do so by sending support to any World Outreach International country office listed below. Please clearly designate your gift when it is sent and email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also donate via our website: www.world-outreach.com.
World Outreach Country Offices:
- New Zealand: P O Box 97230 Manukau 2241.
- Australia: PO Box 5000 Sunshine Coast MC Qld 4560
- Singapore: Ghim Moh Post Office, PO Box 048, Singapore 912732
- Holland: PO Box 2549, 2002RA Haarlem.
- USA: 615 East Sego Lily Drive, Sandy UT 84070.
- UK: PO Box 9256, Market Harborough, LE16 0FH, UK