BECAUSE ALL PEOPLE ARE HIGHLY VALUED BY GOD, WE DESIRE TO MAKE AN IMPACT, NOT ONLY IN OUR LOCAL COMMUNITY, BUT ALSO IN STRATEGIC PLACES AND MINISTRIES AROUND THE WORLD. GLOBAL INVOLVEMENT IS A HIGH PRIORITY FOR US.
WE REACH OUT TO THE WORLD IN THE FOLLOWING WAYS:
Short Term Teams
Concern for the Poor
Community of Hospitality
The Community of Hospitality serves international communities in Central Wisconsin by being a welcoming and hospitable body of Christ-followers to those from different language and cultural backgrounds. We look to resource and provide opportunities to do just that in and around Central Wisconsin.
We are taking steps as a church to help the refugees who are in Wisconsin and we would love to have you join us.
Missionary Support & Care
We support a growing number of people and organizations who share the love of Christ with people around the world. We want to excel at raising up and supporting people who are actively involved in fulfilling Christ’s great commission. (Matthew 28:18-20)
We encourage you to learn more about the people we support. You can do that by picking up the printed Woodlands Supported Missionaries directory* from the Information Center throughout the rest of this year. Each week, we highlight several missionaries through our Bible and Prayer Tool. You can find current pictures of our missionaries currently located on the wood wall under the world map in the Auditorium Foyer.
*Many of our missionaries are working in areas of the world that are hostile to the gospel of Jesus Christ and actively root out those working for this cause. Because of that, please do not share any of the printed material electronically (via social media, email, etc.)
One of our short term opportunities are Medical Missions. These teams are made of primarily medical professionals that serve by providing spiritual and medical care to the communities that they travel to. Below are documents that will give you information about these trips.
The trip that was planned for San Juan Sacatepequez, Guatemala this coming January has been cancelled, largely due to political unrest, not only in Guatemala, but around the world. From 2007 through 2020 Woodlands has sponsored over 25 medical mission trips to Central and South America, but because of God’s grace we have never had an issue on these trips. Everyone has always returned home safely, and we felt like we were fulfilling God’s call to share the Gospel to other countries. In this case, the risks for us all are considered to be just too high to send a team the day before Inauguration Day in Guatemala.
We have had the privilege to offer medical services to poverty-stricken areas of the world while partnering with some wonderful pastors and churches to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with unchurched people over the years. We have not sent a medical mission team since early 2020, therefore our medical supplies have either been depleted or are expired. In anticipation of a future medical mission trip, we welcome any donation you feel led to give towards the purchase of new medical supplies and the general cost of the trip. Select the link below to give online, specifically for medical missions trips.
If your profession is in the medical field and you would like to serve in some capacity involving medical missions whether that means being a team member, or a behind-the-scenes planner, we welcome your help. We are looking for doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners, paramedics, pharmacists, opthamologists, dentists, and medical students. If you are not medically trained, but have a desire to serve on a medical mission trip as a worship leader, musician, foreign language speaker or are someone who enjoys being a detail-oriented planner, we have a need for you also!
Please pray for this need, and if you feel led to personally serve, contact either Vicki Neumueller or Dan Kraeger to discuss how your knowledge and expertise can be best utilized for future trips. We would love to hear from you!
A team of Woodlands members recently travelled to Bukeka, Uganda to partner with and encourage teachers and staff at the Suubi Christian School. Learn more about the trip and our partnership with Global Hands of Hope below!
Concern for the Poor
We have a growing commitment to find practical ways to join with organizations and churches around the world that work and minister among the physically as well as the spiritually needy people of the world.
We have found that one of the best ways to help the poor is through organizations that have a long track record of successfully helping people who live in poverty all over the world. It is also helpful to choose a practical, regular, hands on way to do that.
We recommend that you consider sponsoring a child in need through Compassion International. Woodlands has established partnerships with Child Development Centers in Cochabamba, Bolivia and in Ghana, Africa, but Compassion is in countries across the world. We encourage you to consider sponsoring a child – in Bolivia, Ghana or, in any area of the world that is of interest to you. To learn more about Compassion and child sponsorship, please click the Compassion box below. To learn about our specific connections in Bolivia and Ghana, reach out to Whitney Swenson.