Gil and Denise Thomas
Yes, as nearly everyone says, 2020 was a unique year. We are sending you a portion of the annual report we turn into the mission because we sense a very real responsibility to you as supporters and pray-ers. Thank you so much for your faithfulness!
2020 ABWE Annual Report
- A short summary of our ministry:
Train missionaries & internationals in GSE&D and related seminars,
Good Soil E&D resources,
Oversee international translation and training projects and
Develop new training opportunities,
Raise up and maintain partners/supporters.
Facilitate the training of missionaries, internationals, and constituents in EMC, and
Facilitate the development and adaptation of the EMC course.
- Some highlights we experienced in our ministry this year:
Doing TSOH Kids on Facebook and seeing responses (around the world).
Doing furlough reports in several churches.
We are near 100% support due to God’s blessing through generous friends. We have a
Getting TROF OT & NT Tweens written (by Karen and Edie) and edited. Eager now to print.
Getting Kids Worship the God of the Big Story recorded in Spanish.
Participating on the new Gaining Ground book with the Good Soil Team.
- Challenges and/or difficulties we encountered in ministry during the past year:
Although Covid-19 presented new opportunities, such as the Facebook ministry mentioned above, it also accounted for canceled training events throughout the year.
We are planning a furlough for February 6th through March 2nd during which we will visit 4 churches and several individuals in Virginia, North and South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.
- Ministry Goals:
a. Our top two ministry goals that were accomplished:
i. The completion of the writing and editing of TROF OT & NT Tweens
ii. The writing/editing of Gaining Ground as a Truly Evangelistic Church.
b. Our top three ministry goals that you are still working on:
i. See the TROF Tweens project through to being posted online.
ii. See the Kids Worship (Spanish) project through to being available as MP3.
iii. See the printing of Gaining Ground as a Truly Evangelistic Church.
c. Our top new ministry goals for this upcoming year:
i. Work with Karen and Edie throughout the year to get Gaining Ground in Discipling Children written.
ii. Oversee the development of Adventures in TROF—all 100 events.
iii. Work with Dave and Randy to set and reach two major goals in their area.
iv. Get Second Level Discipleship ready for publication.
- Because we value life-long learning, we share your top two ministry development goals for this upcoming year:
a. Attend a discipleship confab in Florida January 3-5.
b. Go through My Circle, The Peace Maker, and Solving the People Problem with the objective of gaining insights for Second Level Discipleship and possible training for missionaries in the future.
- Share about each of the relationships below:
a. Evangelizing: We spent some time with our neighbors, Narad & Deu, learning some of their language and trying to work through TSOH Nepali, but did not get very far. Narad travels and seems to be away more than home. The relationship is good, but gospel conversations have been hard to have.
b. Discipling: We are mentoring several Bible study teachers at Grace Baptist Church. We continue to disciple Bob & Mary and Diana through our neighborhood Bible Study.
c. Mobilizing: We’ve been working with several people in a discipleship relationship but challenging toward missions as well.Prayer & Praises: • For the finished recording of the Spanish Kids’ Worship CD. • For a good ministry year completed. • Pray for development of these resources: o Gaining Ground as a Truly Evangelistic Church o The Roots of Faith for Tweens