As mentioned in my previous post, Changes Are in the Wind, changes have indeed taken place in my life. My wife and I were officially commissioned as World Outreach missionaries on June 19, 2014 and I have started a part-time business. The commissioning occurred during the Thursday evening worship service of the General Assembly of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC). That was a very busy week for us as we attended various gatherings for World Outreach and I also served as an assembly commissioner representing my church, Christ EPC in Houston.
Prior to and after the assembly we visited a number of churches to begin our campaign to raise funding for the work. We made several good stops in Jackson, MS, Chattanooga, TN, Corinth, MS, and Memphis, TN that have resulted in some support commitments and some maybe. We drove about 2300 miles during the two-week trip. Along the way we also played a little by hiking at Cloudland Canyon, a beautiful state park in north Georgia.
A MINISTRY FOR ALL
As the incredible World Outreach missionaries around the globe, and other servants that I meet, hear about and read about, spread the Word among the unreached, the Christian community needs to hear of the importance of the work, the stories of struggles and salvation, and the impact that they are making in His kingdom. It is our ministry to be an avenue that will connect the work of the missionaries to the ears and hearts of not only the EPC but to all believers that know the importance of the great commission. We will also be helping and relating the stories of the International Theological Education Network (ITEN) in efforts to develop and encourage indigenous leadership through partnerships with global seminaries. While I know that many of my readers are not of the EPC denomination, I do believe that the stories I will collect and relate will be of great interest to all, especially if you have a heart for international missions.
Our ministry amenities will include e-blast missionary stories, prayer e-blasts, speaking engagements, mission meeting presentations, mission gatherings, social media, this blog, a radio blog-talk program and whatever else needed to help connect interested people to missionaries in the field. And you don’t have to be a member of the EPC to be a part of the ministry. If you want to receive the material or participate in any of the gatherings, just let me know, you’re more than welcome! I will also serve on what is called the Mobilization Team; a team of individuals that are dedicated to serving our missionaries with consultation, care and encouragement, and help guide the efforts of World Outreach.
YOUR HELP IS NEEDED
But before we can begin this new work funding needs to be raised. As Jerry Reed sang in Smoky and the Bandit, “We have a long way to go and a short time to get there.” If you are so inclined to support us in our new venture, your help is needed and very much appreciated. We hope to begin our ministry work by September, 2014 but we cannot start until all of the funding is in place in actual cash and/or pledges. We are praying for a few larger donors in the $5000 – $10,000 range with the balance of the needs made by $85 to $100 monthly pledges from churches and individuals. Of course, any amount either one-time or monthly is greatly appreciated and helpful to the overall effort. Our “account” with World Outreach will receive all funds and distribute to us as needed for ministry expenses and eventually a regular paycheck with taxes, Social Security, insurance, etc. deducted.
Gifting can be done by check or online and are fully tax-deductible. Gifts by check can be made to the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC) and designated for Dan & Helen Tidwell, fund #327, and mailed to the EPC office at 17197 N. Laurel Park Dr., Suite 567, Lavonia, MI 48152. Online giving is easy to do and available at www.epc.org. 1) Click GIVING. 2) Click on MISSIONARY SUPPORT. 3) Click on the DONATE TODAY button. 4) Click on the drop-down menu and choose MISSIONARY BY NAME. Second drop-down field will appear. 5) Click on the second drop-down field and find TIDWELL, Dan and Helen (327). 6) Fill-in amount of gift to right of drop-down menus and click ADD. 7) Fill-in your personal information. 8) Check if this is one-time or recurring gift and date to start. 9) Indicate method of payment, fill-in appropriate account information and authorize payment. When payment is processed you will see a transaction ID# and receive a receipt via email.
Rev. Dr. Greg Livingstone, World Outreach Senior Associate and Founder of Frontiers was kind to write about our work…
“The EPC family of churches is growing exponentially! So is our mission agency, World Outreach…both in sending teachers to strategic theological colleges in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America, and in our number of teams pioneering church planting among UNengaged Muslims from Siberia to Syria to Sumatra!
That translates into more staff needed to see that every one of those Bible colleges and church planting teams has sufficient missionaries and support. …and that demands a huge amount of communication! Thus the Lord raised up, in answer to our cries, wonderfully experienced and gifted, Dan Tidwell. Please take three minutes to absorb the challenge we’ve given him.”
Regardless of financial support, we do ask for your prayers as we endeavor to follow this calling. Please pray that we can trust and live in the words of 2 Corinthians 9:8.
“And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.”
Until we are fully funded, I need to create income in some fashion. So I am falling back on my talents and experience by resurrecting a part-time graphic design business. The business, Tentmaker Graphic Design, will hopefully supply for our needs until ministry funding is raised and we begin collecting a salary again. Afterwards, it will help meet ministry needs that are unfunded. The business name, Tentmaker, is a reference from the Bible in Acts 18:1-3 about Paul’s desire to work as a tentmaker, along with Aquila and Priscilla, to support himself, as he could, while he proclaimed the Gospel. Likewise in 1 Thessalonians 2:9 and 2 Thessalonians 3:9 & 12, Paul wrote that his labor and toil were because he desired not be a burden to anyone and he encouraged people to work quietly and earn their own living.
So if you or your church/business has a need for some graphic design, or you know someone who does, please keep me in mind. Your needs will be met with expertise at a reasonable price and you will be supporting our ministry at the same time.
But enough about me. My next post, which I have already finished, will bring me back to my purpose of this blog. It is a moving story from a friend that shared it with me during the General Assembly. Be looking for it very soon.