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    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...



 
Connections: Ramona Edgman

Seven Windows

Ramona Edgman serves as administrator for Assemblies of God U.S. Missions. She spoke recently with Scott Harrup, managing editor, about U.S. Missions’ “Seven Windows” of outreach to communities in need across the United States.

evangel: What developments do you see taking place this year in U.S. Missions?

EDGMAN: We have a unique advantage to go where the church can’t always go, and we can do that through our Seven Windows. This year will see a lot more resourcing and equipping so these missionaries, chaplains and project volunteers can, like never before, go out and reach the lost. We have 1,040 missionaries and spouses, 565 chaplains and more than 1,300 RV Volunteers.


evangel: When people hear “U.S. Missions” or “Home Missions,” they usually think of local community outreach. But AG U.S. missionaries are reaching people from around the world.

EDGMAN: We have more than 4,000 ethnic churches in the U.S. alone. We hear America’s a melting pot; that is so true. We need missionaries to learn the culture, to learn the language, to be able to minister to immigrants and displaced refugees. We’re on 269 campuses with Chi Alpha groups this year reaching international students. Those Chi Alpha gatherings will be the first time some students hear about Jesus. When they return to their home countries they will tell their friends and families.


evangel: What are some unique ministry sites for AG U.S. missionaries?

EDGMAN: We’re at national motorcycle rallies, we’re at your local police station, we’re in the inner city, and we’re with the addicts on the street. We’re involved with the battle against human trafficking. We’re at rodeo arenas and fire stations. We plant churches where there are no churches. We go to the disabled, mentally challenged, the blind, the hearing impaired — and the list goes on.


evangel: Talk about how U.S. Missions ministries like Teen Challenge and Chaplaincy address some of the most critical needs in our culture.

EDGMAN: My sister-in-law went through Teen Challenge for her life-controlling issues. I don’t know where my family would have been without Teen Challenge. My brother is a world missionary who just started a Teen Challenge ranch in Uruguay. I have seen and heard so many incredible stories out of Teen Challenge.

People who would never set a foot inside the church encounter our chaplains in public venues. Chaplains can witness, pray with those people, and show them the love of Christ.


evangel: Our local churches greatly benefit from ministries like U.S. MAPS and Missionary Church Planters and Developers. How are those ministries expanding?

EDGMAN: MAPS completed 48 projects last year, saving churches approximately $2 million. We have more than 1,300 RV volunteers on the field. We’re so thankful for what they can do for all of the local churches. Missionary Church Planters and Developers has a new director, Darlene Robison, who has brought such fervor for that department in resourcing missionaries.


evangel: Youth Alive is carrying the gospel into our public schools, something that many people believe is no longer possible. Talk about how our U.S. missionaries are helping students share their faith in a perfectly legal manner.

EDGMAN: Simply put, it’s student initiated and student led. Our missionaries train campus missionaries in junior high and high schools. We currently have 14,500 campus missionaries. They share their faith in Christ, and then they invite other students to church.


evangel: How can we best pray for U.S. Missions?

EDGMAN: Many of our missionaries are underfunded, and they rely totally on faith promises to meet their personal and work needs. More than ever, we need that bolstered. I believe prayer does make the difference.

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