August 30, 2015
Pastor Jim Toole and Pastor Bigimba Ngabo
In 2014 our church gave roughly $276,000 to mission partners locally and globally. Many of you support mission partners with your own money as well. So why do we do this?
What do we mean by “missions”?
The word “mission” comes from a Latin word that means “the act of sending.” A “mission work” is a work that can be done by sending someone to accomplish the task.
Who is a missionary?
In one sense, all Christians are missionaries. All children of God are “sent” by Christ into the world with a mission to seek and to save the lost. In a special sense, a missionary is a person sent to accomplish the mission of the church, which is two-fold — making and teaching disciples.
Jesus answered, “The first is, ‘Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
Goshen Ministries is an international organization that seeks to bring Hope to All Peoples. Founded by Pastor Bigimba Ngabo during a time of great unrest in the Central African region, this ministry began in Burundi with a church and orphanage and a great many refugees. Since that time, relocation to the United States has brought a great many of these stories to the Tucson area - and created many opportunities for collaboration in service to children at the orphanage, empowerment of the adults in the African countries and camps, as well as support in the transition to life in the United States. Bigimba and his wife, Aurore, have two children.