At the church’s July General Assembly in Orlando, worshipers donated well over $500,000 in a single offering to keep missionary families at their posts. The gifts will support scores of missionaries who have in the last couple of years experienced income downturns because of the nation’s economy. In the months since the Assembly, missions leaders have criss-crossed the country visiting local congregations in a “Thank You” tour. The 11-11 Cleveland-area service is the final stop on the journey.
“We don’t take the liberality of missions-loving people for granted,” said John Childers, assistant director of World Missions. “Each year, it requires nearly $5 million to keep our missionaries on the field. We are taking this message of gratitude to centrally-located churches and letting them know how much the missionaries appreciate the support.”
Church of God World Missions has established churches in 176 countries and territories outside North America. From the United States, 285 missionaries presently serve alongside 342 from other countries. They operate 124 Bible schools, 136homes for children, numerous medical clinics, and other humanitarian ministries. Nearly 350 national church leaders complement the church’s leadership workforce.
The South Cleveland celebration begins at 6 p.m. It will be devoted primarily to music, featuring the Dove Award-winning and multiple Grammy-nominated Bowling Family, along with popular local singers, Danny Murray and Voices of Lee. Tim Hill, the general director of World Missions, who is also a songwriter and recording artist, will sing.
Several Church of God congregations in the Cleveland area will join the South Cleveland service, and it is open to anyone who wishes to attend.