Rick West

Giving vision to the International Conference of The Wesleyan Church

Giving vision to the International Conference of The Wesleyan Church

As the International Conference of The Wesleyan Church (ICWC) prepares to meet for the fourth time, on May 12 – 14, 2019, Rick West, Ibero-America interim field coach, explains the importance of ICWC in celebrating what God is doing globally through Global Partners...
Remembered: May 2, 2019

Remembered: May 2, 2019

The following is a listing of Wesleyan pastors, missionaries and leaders who have passed away. These notices were received through April 15 – May 1. Rev. Dick Kaylor (90) died April 27. He pastored churches in New York. Rev. Edwin Luther (70) died April 23. He...
Wesleyans in the news: May 2

Wesleyans in the news: May 2

Each week, Wesleyans and Wesleyan churches are featured in online news publications. If you see a news item that relates to Wesleyans, please forward the link to communications@wesleyan.org. Hilson honored by SWU Rev. Mike Hilson, a Wesleyan pastor in Maryland, has...
Relief needs continue for Mozambique

Relief needs continue for Mozambique

Give to Mozambique WERF It’s been seven weeks since Cyclone Idai hit Mozambique, causing extreme damage to the area. The Wesleyan Emergency Relief Fund (WERF) was activated on March 19 to assist victims in desperate need of relief. To date, more than $83,300 has been...
Global Partners missionaries return to Haiti

Global Partners missionaries return to Haiti

“I received nothing short of a royal welcome back from all I have met.” “I would say that people on La Gonave were very excited to see us back … most of the excitement was simply because we are friends and we are committed to helping with compassion.” Those comments,...
Why community is important

Why community is important

I received bad news that day. The minute I got it, my thoughts started swirling. Everything seemed like it was in question: my future, my identity, my security. I knew I needed to talk to someone, so I made a phone call, sent a couple of texts, met up with those...
Blood in, blood out

Blood in, blood out

I recently traveled to Honduras on a mission trip with a team of 12 Kingswood University students. Honduras has been in the news lately as a starting point for “caravans” of people trying to escape poverty and violence. While Honduras does have plenty of both, it is...
Generously selfish

Generously selfish

 Learn more About Voices Blogs  I have realized that I can be generously selfish. In other words, I am generous with doing what I want to do and not doing what I don’t want to do. I would rather read than vacuum. I would rather play soccer with my son than wash...
Two hammers: the problem with comparisons

Two hammers: the problem with comparisons

I have a sledgehammer in my shed, and I also have a small finishing hammer. They are both equally important to me. If I had to choose between the two, I suppose I’d pick the little guy. He’s been a real help to me over the years — but I’d rather not...
¡Santa Matemática!

¡Santa Matemática!

English Matemáticas fue mi materia favorita en la escuela secundaria. Recuerdo lo ansioso que estaba porque llegara la hora de esa clase y correr a la pizarra cada vez que el profesor preguntaba quién sabía la respuesta a una ecuación. No me gustaba mucho historia y...
Death and dying

Death and dying

Death and dying have been my point of contemplation lately, which makes sense since it was this week about 2,000 years ago that Jesus began his journey to the cross. There he would die to provide a way for renewed friendship with God. This was on my mind when my son,...
A church by every train station

A church by every train station

The strategic focus of The Wesleyan Church in the United States is best summed up in the statement: “Celebrating every time a disciple makes a disciple and a church multiplies itself until The Wesleyan Church has a transforming presence in every ZIP code.” The focus...
Wesleyans in the news: April 11

Wesleyans in the news: April 11

Each week, Wesleyans and Wesleyan churches are featured in online news publications. If you see a news item that relates to Wesleyans, please forward the link to communications@wesleyan.org. Houghton one of CCCU institutions joining in Second Chance Month Houghton...
Torah Scroll from 1700s on display at OKWU

Torah Scroll from 1700s on display at OKWU

An early 1700s Sephardic Torah Scroll is on display at the Oklahoma Wesleyan University Drake Library, Bartlesville, Oklahoma. The scroll was donated to OKWU by Ken and Barb Larson through their organization, God’s Ancient Library, with the help of Dr. Scott Carroll....
Marriage, ministry and miscarriages

Marriage, ministry and miscarriages

The Lord used The Gathering 2019 to redirect our marriage from destruction and barbed wires, if I’m being brutally honest. My husband, Jamin, and I are both stubborn and that very stubbornness kept us from telling each other about the struggles we were facing, each...
Sunday best

Sunday best

 Learn more About Voices Blogs  I grew up in a church where we put on our Sunday best. Pristine shoes click-clacked up a concrete walkway lined with azalea bushes. Casseroles were carried, friendly glances exchanged and everyone had an assigned seat. My assigned seat...
Great Lakes-Wisconsin merger in process

Great Lakes-Wisconsin merger in process

Preliminary steps have been taken to merge the Wisconsin District and the Great Lakes District of The Wesleyan Church. The Great Lakes District conference delegates approved the merger by a vote of 555-16, and the Wisconsin District conference approved the merger on...
IWU’s Jim “Umfundisi” Lo completes 1,000th prayer walk

IWU’s Jim “Umfundisi” Lo completes 1,000th prayer walk

As early as 4:00 a.m., Dr. Jim “Umfundisi” Lo, professor and campus intercessor, is already on the Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) campus covering the university, its students and its faculty and staff in prayer. However, rather than simply sitting in his office to...
Partnership bringing relief to Mozambique

Partnership bringing relief to Mozambique

Following is an update about Mozambique relief efforts, after a devastating cyclone hit the area in mid-March. Give to WERF Since Cyclone Idai hit Mozambique in southeast Africa two weeks ago, The Wesleyan Church and World Hope International (WHI) have partnered with...
Rugh transitions to full-time role with ECD

Rugh transitions to full-time role with ECD

Education and Clergy Development (ECD) has announced that Rev. Johanna C. Rugh has moved from a part-time position to that of a full-time one within the division. Rugh serves as the director of Spanish Ministry Education and Clergy Care. She previously served as...
Wesleyans in the news: March 28

Wesleyans in the news: March 28

Each week, Wesleyans and Wesleyan churches are featured in online news publications. If you see a news item that relates to Wesleyans, please forward the link to communications@wesleyan.org. IWU announces partnership that will expand educational opportunities Indiana...
What is your spiritual love language?

What is your spiritual love language?

 Learn more About Voices Blogs  I recently asked my students, “What do good Christians do? What behaviors should be expected of them? What practices are prioritized in their lives?” They wrote their answers on the board: go to church, tithe, read the Bible, pray....