2018 Waterbrook Missions Report

Glorifying God by making and growing disciples in Wylie and beyond.

Waterbrook & Missions

Below you will find some statistics from Waterbrook’s most recent year of missions. While each statistic highlights a part of the trips and impact Waterbrook has across the globe, they don’t tell the entire story. To really see the impact of missions, you will have to join us serving locally and abroad!

Trips & People

From September 2017 through August 2018, Waterbrook was involved in 9 different mission trips.

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participants involved in trips

32,000+

Miles traveled for trips.

Alaska, Cleveland, Columbia, France, Hungary, SE Asia, Romania, San Augustine-TX, Wylie

Waterbrook & Missionaries

At Waterbrook, we are committed to serving full-time missionaries through financial, spiritual, and physical support. Scroll over the icons below to see where current Waterbrook missionaries are serving.

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John & Sarah Hau – Canada

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Jonathan & Barbara Baker – Mexico

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Amado and Barb Lozano – DFW

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Steph & Christy Van Meerveld – Cleveland

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JP & Stephanie Gaylord – France

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Yohannes Faye – East Africa

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Josh & Haleigh Bramer – Hungary

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Nathan Thomas – Undisclosed Location

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John Woley – Undisclosed Location

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Kathleen Krach – Undisclosed Location

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Abigail Panak – Undisclosed Location

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Roger & Suzanne Doriot – Irian Jaya

10%

of church budget given to missions and missionaries

$45,000+

given to Waterbrook missionaries in 2018

Over 175

years of experience in full-time missions

Waterbrook & Stories

I traveled to Cali, Colombia with e3 Partners to partner with local churches in evangelizing within their community.

A wonderful thing God taught me way to be sensitive to His voice. Our agenda isn’t always Gods agenda. For example, after engaging with a group of young people that was congregating on the corner, I walked away feeling discouraged because I felt I did not get the de- sired response. However, God reminded me that not only have I been obedient to Him, but one young person videotaped me while I was witnessing, and that video will serve as a sharing God tool.

One special, “God story” was…The purpose of going on a mission trip is to serve and minister to others but at the last church we visited I had the pleasure of serving, ministered to me. They waited ten years for someone to come help them. The encouraging words, pray- er, and display of gratitude that was shown for our service was such a reminder of God’s love and work.

Seletta BrewerColumbia

My mission trip involved going to Anchorage, Alaska and ministering to children in the park.

A wonderful thing God taught me was… God can help me be flexible. Sometimes I just had to roll with whatever was happening. It was all about serving the Lord. He helped me have a good attitude. One special, “God story” was…There was boy named Logan who was making a bookmark at my craft table. I told him he could use the bookmark in his Bible, and then I found out that he did not have a Bible. I asked Mike (our leader) if we had any Bibles and he said, “no” but he promised Logan he would bring him a Bible and he did. Mike began teaching Logan.

Gale RansomAlaska

Mission:Rush was SO AWESOME!!! I gladly served the people of San Augustine, Texas, with my church and another church from Manhattan. My group and me built a deck/ramp for a lady on a wheelchair. The people in that town didn’t have much, they were hit with the hurricanes that came in a year ago. It was such a touching experience. Me and all my friends got closer and I made new, super nice, friends from NYC! And got to meet these 4 little girls and they did my hair. But most of all we all got closer to God through the work He did though us. I loved this experience, thanks to the staff at Next Step Ministries, they did an amazing job! All the Glory to God.

Anjelika AbrahamMission:Rush

This trip was a roller coaster of emotions.  I had to hold onto the truth that I was part of a cohesive, solid group formed to pray over a place that has chosen to ignore God.  Enjoying meeting wonderful people, then walking thru the streets of lovely homes, knowing that most of them were lost in a spiritless life…beauty and sadness colliding, crying out for God. Holding onto His word was sometimes a struggle. Asking Him to keep me centered was important to do each morning.
The Gaylords are a blessing to Clermont!  They have a huge job to work on—finding ways to be an integral part of a place that doesn’t welcome their beliefs.  The music and ESL classes that JP teaches are a wonderful chance to become a trusted friend to people from young to old.  Stephanie is so sweet and kind that she can become friends with other women who need the chance to confide in a trustworthy friend.  They seem to be committed to their mission!

Dianne BoswellFrance

I went into the trip with a bad attitude because I was afraid of being a burden rather than a helper. The first day was really hard for me.

I had to sit out and watch the rest of the team work in the hot sun while I was in the shade. I felt like I wasn’t doing enough and that they would be upset or wonder why I got, “special treatment”. I later told Shelby about how I was feeling, and she told me something that stayed with me the entire week. She said that it was ok to be still. I came on this trip knowing that I might not be able to do everything but there’s always another role you can take on when you can’t do something else. She also told me she was so proud of me for at least trying me best; that was all that mat- tered. The rest of the week I was able to be still with the Lord and really focus on relationships with other people in the group and be there to encourage. I struggled so much with not feeling proud of myself and thinking I was a big failure when really, I wasn’t looking for success in the right places. Being still with God is important even on construction sites. You can take on different tasks that are also big helps to other people! It was finally clear what my role was, and I knew where I needed to be. YAY GOD!!

Grace CarnefixSan Augustine, TX