World Missions

Our Ministry & Team

Why do we do World Mission?
At St. John the Divine we are committed as a church body to being dynamically involved in prayer, financial support, personal relationships, and short-term mission travel opportunities beyond the borders of our nation. We have made this commitment because Jesus Christ was the first oversees missionary to our fallen world. He came to seek and save the lost. All four gospels, and the Book of Acts, share Jesus’s parting command to us, known as The Great Commission: "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age." (Matthew 28:19-20) We are explicitly called to go and make disciples, baptize, and teach. And we are promised His presence with us always. We are empowered and enabled by His presence through the Holy Spirit. And so as the community of St. John the Divine we pray, give, and go.
How can I get involved?
(1) Pray for the ministries we support, our long term missionaries in the field (Mike and Maci Berkeley in Mexico and The Russell Family in Tanzania), our short-term mission teams, and that our congregation would grow ever more committed to blessing the least of these in Houston and around the world.

 

(2) Give. We each possess myriad skills and talents which can bless our partner ministries. In addition to the obvious financial giving, opportunities include housing visiting partners when they come to Houston (or inviting them to share a meal with your family, or loaning them a vehicle while they are here), creating promotional materials for events and partners, etc.

 

(3) Go. St. John the Divine is committed to offering at least 3 to 4 short-term mission travel opportunities each year. In addition, many ministries offer their own travel opportunities which parishioners may participate in on an individual basis – but which can be supported corporately through the SJD Mission Travel Grant program.

 

If you are interested in getting involved, please contact the World Missions committee at worldmissions@sjd.org. We seek any and all parishioner ideas and involvement.
How does the World Mission committee operate within the church?
The World Mission Team is a group of parishioners who gather monthly to pray, steward contributions to global missions, and identify and develop mission activities, educational events, and short-term mission travel opportunities for SJD. Members of the team include: August Al-Uqdah, Brian Black (co-chair), Tim Crockett, the Rev. Jan Dantone, Bill Donovan, Barbara Foxhall, Julie Francis, Nicole Garvey, Eileen Hairel (co-chair), Janet Moore, Craig Perkins, Nikki Richnow, Scott Schwind, Barbara Strobel, Gay Tigner, Kathy van Wie, and Rick Watkins. We meet the second Sunday of every month (except July) from 12:30-2pm in Room 208. All parishioners are welcome.

Our Mission

Our mission means our committed participation as God’s people, at God’s invitation and command, in God’s own mission within the history of God’s world for the redemption of God’s creation. (Christopher J.H. Wright, The Mission of God)  Compelled by the love of Christ, the people of St. John the Divine are called to live out the Great Commission (Matt 28:18-20) through active participation in God's missionary vision, "to bring the good news of forgiveness and salvation, and to perform acts of healing and mercy." (Luke 4:18)

 

We are committed to partnering with a limited number of ministries serving overseas in which we can be deeply involved, develop significant relationship, and make a profound impact, to change lives for God in Christ.

 

Through prayer, financial support, short-term mission opportunities, and personal relationships with our partners we serve orphans, heal the sick, give witness to Christ in 1st century circumstances, give water to those who thirst, educate the impoverished, provide micro-credit and job training to widows, plant churches, and train new clergy.