Faithfulness that Reaches Across the World

Posted by Staff | February 8, 2018  |  No Comment

The local church is the centerpiece of everything God is doing in the world. Christian organizations, Christian television, and Christian universities are tiny in their influence in the world when compared to the local church. Still, most American churches do not participate in the Great Commission imperative to “Go and make disciples of all nations.” Only 0.1% of all Christian giving is directed toward the 40+ countries where Christianity is practiced by less than 5% of the population. These special churches who do support missions, share certain similarities. A missions church must be vibrant enough to be able to reach beyond its own needs. It must be growing spiritually, and biblically literate enough to act on scriptural imperatives like the Great Commission and outreach to the “least of these”. Even just a few churches like that can make a huge impact in the world, and Interhope can heartily attest as our organization exists only because of such faithful congregations. They are God’s servants and senders— those who build His Kingdom of love in the remote corners of the world. We give thanks for them all.

In the beautiful rolling hills of Southwest Wisconsin, one such faith community has been changing the lives of abandoned and orphaned children on the mission field for almost two decades. Boscobel United Methodist Church and the BMZ family (a group of satellite congregations) have
been the means of Grace to hundreds of Interhope’s children.

This dynamic family of faith is led by pastor Stan Pegram, an incredibly effective minister of the Gospel whose efforts to spread the love of Christ in the state of Wisconsin have been exponentially blessed by the Lord. Of course, we know that his leadership has helped shine the light of the Gospel across the world, as well. In recent years, Stan even traveled to Myanmar to visit the Galilee Home first hand, and spend some time with the children there.

To Stan and Sarah Pegram, the entire BMZ leadership team, the congregations of Boscobel, Mt. Zion, Beetown, Bloomington, Gays Mills, Patch Grove, North Clayton and Soldiers Grove Methodist Churches: We give thanks for you! Your compassion casts a long shadow in the world and the good you have done can only be measured in heaven. Thank you for being the hands and feet of Christ on the mission field to rescue so many beautiful children in crisis. Today they sleep on beds you helped provide in homes you helped build. You gave and the world changed. Your faithfulness humbles and inspires us all.

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