YWAM - ALEXIS WORTHEN

 

Youth with a Mission (YWAM) – Alexis Worthen - February 24th Weekly Spotlight

Today – Alexis’ final Mission Moment – Thailand and going forward.  Visit the TUMC website where you can view all the latest news from Alexis.   Alexis is planning to come home early May and stay for a few months in the US before returning to Thailand to continue her missions. Please help us to raise the funds needed to BRING ALEXIS HOME – envelopes are throughout the church– but you don’t need a special envelope you can designate your funds to YWAM and put it on your giving envelope, e-gving, or any envelope.  JUST MARK IT YWAM or she won’t receive the funding because it’s second mile giving.  Any questions – you can contact Colleen Miller at 540–785–0393 or colleenfmiller@hotmail.com  — BRING ALEXIS HOME !

Mission Moment - February 24th Announcement  

Here is your final mission moment from Alexis Worthen our Youth With a Missions missionary in Thailand.  I hope you are as excited to bring Alexis home as she is excited to come home.  May will be here before you know it.   

Thai culture is beautiful. Most are very friendly and helpful. Their beliefs are rooted in the idea that if they are a good person who does good things then they will be blessed and receive good in turn. The thing is, in their belief system there is this essential lack of hope and a loving supreme God. They are stuck in an endless cycle and need to know that Christ wants to be their hope and way out of the eternal cycle of sin, shame and suffering. 

The language is pretty difficult as it is a tonal language. But now that Alexis is fluent she thinks it is one of the most beautiful languages she has learned and is thankful she didn’t have to learn Chinese. To give you an idea of the difficulty, you can say “ma” in three different ways and each has a different meaning like, horse, dog, and come here. The Thai people are so patient while she butchers their language but are  very happy about her learning and trying to communicate with them when they know how difficult it is. Thai religion and language are such a huge part of Thai culture that to be a missionary there,  you must actively and constantly learn more in these areas to effectively reach the Thai people. Alexis is thankful for the opportunity and will continue to try, fail, try again, and do whatever God tells her to do to share the Kingdom of God with the Thai people. 

If you want to know more please feel free to email her or find her on Facebook. She would love to talk to anyone directly to be able to share her passion and her love for her job…well she doesn’t consider it as a job but as a lifestyle. Khop Khun Ka…Thank you 

If you have missed any of the prior weeks mission moments you can go online to Tabernacle’s website and find the information there.  Look under the More tab and then YWAM.  

Also just a friendly reminder – if you have ever thought of supporting Alexis financially, NOW is a good time.  We are doing a fund drive to raise the money to bring her home in May.  If you are willing and able, we have provided envelopes specially marked YWAM – Youth With a Mission/Alexis on tables throughout the church.  All you need to do is CLEARLY notate that the funds are for YWAM on your envelope, e-giving, or if it’s a cash donation please use a YWAM envelope or designate accordingly on your own giving envelope.  The information will also be in the Spotlight and on the website.  Let’s all join together and bring our own home-grown missionary home to Tabernacle!

YOUTH WITH A MISSION (YWAM) ALEXIS WORTHEN - FEBRUARY 17TH WEEKLY SPOTLIGHT

Today we will find out Alexis’ vision for Thailand and the Tai People. Alexis is planning to come home in May and stay for a few months in the US before returning to Thailand to continue her missions. We are going to raise the money to BRING ALEXIS HOME. Envelopes will be provided at all the services and are located throughout the church. You don’t need a special envelope. You can designate your funds to YWAM by notating YWAM on your check, e-giving or any envelope. YWAM must be notated or she won’t receive the funding because it’s a second mile giving. You can go to the church website at www.tabumc.org to view all the latest news from Alexis and each week’s talking points. If you have any questions, contact Colleen Miller at 540-785-0393 or colleenfmiller@hotmail.com. BRING ALEXIS HOME!

From Mission’s YWAM chair - FEBRUARY 13 2019

I know the Mission Moment does not usually include a call for funding – and I apologize for deviating a bit from this guideline but Alexis has a very unique situation right now that I would like to bring to our congregation’s attention.  She is indeed our own “TUMC home-grown Missionary” the first and only one I am aware of in my 18 years with Tabernacle.  She just completed an intensive course in Bible study this month and would like to come home for the first time since August 2016 but needs the funds to do so.  She has been in Thailand since January 2014 with only one week back in the US.  If you are willing and able, we have provided envelopes specially marked YWAM – {Youth With a Mission} – Alexis throughout the church.  All you need to do is CLEARLY notate that the funds are for YWAM on your envelope, e-giving, or if it’s a cash donation please use a YWAM envelope or designate accordingly on your own giving envelope.   I estimate we are looking for about $3,000 total – for her flight and travel home and living costs for the 3 months she is in the US. 

I know that Matthew 7:7 it says,  “Ask and it will be given to you … knock and the door will be opened”,   but I am still amazed at how abundantly God is willing to provide when we turn our hearts and minds fully to Him.  I prayed that I would have only His words and none of my own for this ask for funds. He provided two very relevant words of encouragement to me,  One in the Daily Bread because as I struggled with how I could get you to see the work Alexis is doing a half a world away – I read this part of the devotional and I was reminded of the conversation a friend had with Job, none of us know what God is truly doing or how it gets done – but that is not necessary to come alongside Him and help where we can. I quote from the Daily Bread,  " Even the parts of creation we can’t see reflect God’s glory and power. His glory surrounds us. No matter what we’re going through, God is working, even when we can’t see it and don’t understand.”  The other was from a devotional that I got for the Women of Faith Class here at TUMC, You are His,  and today’s reading was literally titled “Possible or Impossible” - it was about a missionary – William Casey (called the “Father of Modern Missions” ) who was quoted as saying, “You have not tested the resources of God until you have attempted the impossible”.  I know full well that this is big ask – but pray to a God that still deals daily in the impossible!  Let’s bring Alexis home!

 

 

February 10 2019  Mission Moment – Direct from Thailand 

Alexis is a Missionary working with Youth with a Mission (YWAM) in Northern Thailand.

When her family attended Tabernacle, Alexis was an active member of the Youth Group participating in community outreach projects and all of the mission-focused opportunities that were open to her. Her first international missions trip was to Russia in 2006 and later that year God had moved in her heart to pursue missions and serve him.

Working with a local organization God opened her eyes to the need for her in South East Asia and Thailand in particular. After a few years, she decided to step out in faith and moved to Thailand in 2012 for training and ministry.

Over the next couple of weeks we will be able to get to know her more and about her ministry. She is so thankful for the love support and prayers that Tabernacle has given her in her walk to obey God and make him known to others.

YWAM is a global missions organization that is non-denominational. They have ministries located in over 180 countries world-wide. Their mission statement is to know God and make Him known. They do this by focusing in three broad areas, training, evangelism, and mercy ministries. Whatever your calling is, your passion, YWAM locations around the world are prepared to help make it happen. They value diversity knowing that that is what the picture of God’s Kingdom will look like, but have essential core values to live by ensuring a biblical foundation for each ministry under the YWAM  banner. For more information about YWAM there are great videos on YouTube and also you can see their website at YWAM.org.

Alexis chose to work with YWAM knowing she could receive training while in the mission field. It allowed her to work in Thailand free to pursue the type of ministry God was developing in her heart. She has done training in discipleship, frontier missions/church-planting, and an in-depth Bible course equivalent to a three-year seminary degree.

YOUTH WITH A MISSION (YWAM) ALEXIS WORTHEN - WEEKLY SPOTLIGHT FEBRUARY 10 2019

Today we will find out who Alexis Worthen is and what YWAM is. Through a series of videos that we will watch in the the Contemporary service and announcements during the Traditional service, you will get these answers. Alexis is planning to come home in May and stay for a few months in the US before returning to Thailand to continue her missions. She’s just as excited to come home as we are to have her. We are going to raise the money to BRING ALEXIS HOME. Envelopes will be provided at all the services, but you don’t need a special envelope. You can designate your funds to YWAM by notating YWAM on your check, e-giving or any envelope. YWAM must be notated or she won’t receive the funding because it’s a second mile giving. Please contact Colleen Miller at 540-785-0393 or at colleenfmiller@hotmail.com if you have any questions or need more information. LET’S BRING ALEXIS HOME !

YOUTH WITH A MISSION (YWAM) ALEXIS WORTHEN - WEEKLY SPOTLIGHT FEBRUARY 3 2019 

During the month of February we will focus on Youth with a Mission (YWAM) and Alexis Worthen. Who is Alexis Worthen? What is YWAM? Why YWAM? What is Alexis doing for God in Thailand? What is Thailand like; the culture, the people? What’s next for Alexis? Alexis will provide answers to these questions through videos from Thailand. The videos will be shown in the MPR during the Contemporary service. During the Traditional service, we will get information through announcements. The exciting news is that Alexis is planning to come home early May and stay for a few months before returning to Thailand to continue her missions. You will be inspired and amazed to see the life of this beautiful young servant for God. We are going to raise the money to BRING ALEXIS HOME.  Contact Colleen Miller at 540-785-0393 or at colleenfmiller@hotmail.com with any questions. LET’S BRING ALEXIS HOME !

 

GREETINGS FROM THAILAND – YWAM UPDATE - OCTOBER 2018 

Alexis sent her greetings and I wanted to bring you an update. Alexis Worthen is Tabernacle’s missionary in Thailand through Youth with a Mission (YWAM). Alexis has served in Thailand since 2014 where she is setting up a youth group in a village church. She is also working with local university students to create a buddy reading system to reach the local people with the Word of God. As one of our former youth, the Church supports Alexis and her mission work. If you can help support our missionary, notate YWAM on your check or envelope. All support to Alexis and YWAM is second-mile giving. Alexis thanks us for our prayers and support.

GREETINGS FROM THAILAND - YWAM UPDATE - October 2018

I skyped with Alexis on Friday and wanted to bring you an update.

She is currently setting up a youth group at a village church and working with local university students to create a buddy reading system to reach the local people with the word of God. She thanks you for your prayers and support!

HOW TO SUPPORT ALEXIS AND YWAM

If you would like to learn more – contact Colleen Miller at 540-785-0393 or colleenfmiller@hotmail.com  All support to Alexis is second-mile giving so you MUST notate on your check or envelope if you want to support Alexis – YWAM.  

 

THE BASICS ABOUT ALEXIS AND YWAM

 

Who is Alexis Worthen?  - She is Tabernacle’s own home-grown missionary who is obeying God’s call in Thailand with a group called YWAM.

What is Youth with a Mission? - Also known as YWAM (pronounced “WHY-wham”), Youth With A Mission is a global movement of Christians from many cultures, age groups, and Christian traditions, dedicated to serving Jesus throughout the world who unite in a common purpose to know God and to make Him known.

Why Thailand? - Alexis was answering God’s call that He placed on her heart during her years with TUMC’s youth group working with an organization in northern VA. She has been living in Thailand since 2014.  

Why YWAM?  - Alexis said she chose YWAM because this organization allowed her "to go where God told her to go” and they put in place the support system for her to go and evangelize there.