COLLEGE PLACE, WA—Most days our Gospel Outreach (GO) office is quite calm and quiet with six to 10 people on the job, processing donations and pursuing other office work. This tranquility radically changes for two weekends during the year. One of these weekends is in October, and the other is in April. During those times, the office becomes a beehive of activity as we welcome our board members and regional directors for important meetings.
GO works in about 50 countries, which we have divided into 22 regions. Each of these regions has one or two volunteer regional directors who oversee the GO workers in their territories. The directors’ responsibilities are to encourage and guide the evangelists in their areas and to visit their regions at least once a year. During the first day and a half of our rally weekends, the regional directors meet to encourage one another, share stories, and receive instruction that they can pass along to the workers in their areas.*
We also use this opportunity to film interviews with our GO regional directors who share mission reports and stories from their regions for our Adventures in Missions TV programs.
Sabbath afternoon we hold a mission rally. During the rally, we share stories of God’s activity in our various fields and the challenges we face in reaching the people groups in the 10/40 Window that need to know about Jesus. We also take a special offering to support GO workers. The offering received at the October rally raised more than $6,000.
As a conclusion to the weekend, the GO board of directors meets and makes important decisions about policy and the future of Gospel Outreach.
All of us at GO come away encouraged, inspired, and energized to continue our work when we see what our humble army of volunteers and generous donors have been able to accomplish by God’s grace.
*We are always looking for new regional directors. If you have had overseas experience and you feel you may like to serve the Lord in this way, please contact us.