Mission Stories

Birthdays to Remember

There’s something special about birthday parties, whether our own or the ones we’ve planned for our children. We smile when we remember the cakes, games, balloons, friends and gifts, when the focus was on us or our child and that special day. But 10-year-old Ayden Moore’s last two birthdays have been very different. Ayden, the…

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His name is my name, too.

From the trip journal of Jason Williamson. “So, what’s your name?” I asked him. “My name is Jason,” he said. I’ve been to this Asian country 11 different times and I’ve met hundreds of people who give themselves all sorts of English names. I’ve never met a Jason. “Cool! That’s my name, too!” I said.…

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The call to foster

In June of 2016, our family surrendered to God’s call to become foster parents. Honestly, He had been calling us to do this for about two years. But we were reluctant. Even disobedient to Him in some ways. We had so many questions and were only focusing on the “what ifs.” But the Lord was…

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[In]capable Hands

[In]capable Hands A message from Jason Williamson, missions pastor. “I don’t think so, Tim.” Ah, the wisdom of Al Borland, Tim Taylor’s trusted sidekick on the 90s sitcom, Home Improvement. If you recall, Tim and Al hosted a DIY home improvement show called “Tool Time.” Tim was a bit of a diva. He wanted to…

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Missions Conference

I didn’t really want to go.   In 2008, my wife volunteered with the Going Global team as they put on our annual missions conference. She brought me with her to an event at the downtown library. I’ve got the t-shirt to prove it. The next day, there was a churchwide lunch in the CLC…

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The Mill Travels to Prague

When Teresa Caruso’s niece, Brittany Powell, husband Tyler and son Thomas decided to move to the Czech Republic about two years ago, they had no idea how God would move in their lives. Establishing their online graphic arts business, their desire was to become involved in their community. Introduced to International Mission Board pastors by…

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Operation Christmas Child Brings Joy

Elizabeth Williamson fell in love with OCC as a college student, packing boxes on a limited student budget. She has continued to have a heart for this ministry and says, “I love that it’s such a simple, yet tangible way to get the Gospel into hands across the world.” As the Mill’s leader in this…

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Operation Christmas Child Offers Children Jesus

In August of 2015, Tony, Lisa, Mark and Elijah Smith went on a Mill mission trip to Nicaragua to work with Darrell and Linda Hinson at The Pearl Foundation. It was particularly exciting because the Smiths knew ahead of time that shoeboxes would be delivered while they were there. On that day the children came…

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Operation Christmas Child Fosters Relationships

Leighton “Sasha” Rogers, Bucky and Julie Rogers’ son, was living in a Ukrainian orphanage, having lost both parents to illness. On April 19, 2007, a local church brought Christmas shoeboxes to the children in the orphanage. Sasha was having a bad day and didn’t want to join in the fun. But that changed. Here’s his…

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Haiti

By Woody White It’s a two-hour flight from Miami to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, roughly the same distance between Spartanburg and Chicago. But for those who make mission trips to the Caribbean nation, it’s a step into a world of unimaginable poverty. Ravaged by a 7.0-magnitude earthquake in 2010 and Hurricane Matthew last fall, Haiti is easily…

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