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Our Missions Blueprint

Missions begins at the center of the heart of God, flowing from His unrelenting purpose to receive worship. We desire to have a church full of worshippers who truly understand that our actions are an outpouring of our desire to glorify God.

Part of our blueprint as Village Bible Church is Missions. As our multi-site church grows, our investment in missions – both in terms of financial resources and of people grows. Through the overarching ACTS 1:8 Ministry it is our goal to provide opportunities for partnerships to develop with missionaries as well as discipleship and mentoring for our congregation members in the area of missions.

Missionary Highlight

Pop quiz.......who said? ......

‘Action without vision’ is just ‘passing time’

‘Vision without action’ is just ‘day dreaming’

‘Vision with action’ can change the world.

When I read this quotation I began to think back on the 28 years we have been with ZEMA and pondered again the ENORMITY of the ZEMA missionary task as it relates to these two words.....’ACTION’ and ‘VISION’.

Someone recently asked the question ‘How many ZEBS classes have you taught’ (an ‘action’ type question) and a quick calculation led to the response ‘impossible to work out but MANY THOUSANDS’......(ZEBS has been going for 20 years now).......but is THAT how I should ‘measure myself?’

Someone else asked ‘what is ‘THE PLAN’ to reach all the amaZioni in Southern Africa’ (a ‘vision type’ question) and the human part of me wanted to respond ‘Only God knows’........but is THAT how I should measure myself?

.....and I began to wonder I just ‘passing time,’ or perhaps ‘day dreaming’ because the reality is .......if you had a camera up in space measuring the difference MY LIFE has made.....well it could seem REALLY INCONSEQUENTIAL to all that has happened in the world these past 28 years.

I looked up a website which gave the major events of 1989 (the years we joined ZEMA) and these were the ‘highlights’

Berlin wall came down
Pro-democracy rallies in Tiananmen Square
Angolan Civil war halted by cease-fire
Exxon Valdez runs aground
US forces invade Panama
Most popular movie: ‘Who framed Roger Rabbit?’
‘Satanic Verses’ by Salman Rushdie reached No 2
‘The Cosby Show’ was the No 1 show on TV

HOW THE WORLD HAS CHANGED........but what part did I PLAY?

And then I remember.....I may not be able to change the world, but I CAN help change the world for the people I meet, and in our case.....for the amaZioni we meet....and one of the best places to ‘see that come alive’ is at a ZEBS Graduation.

ZEBS is a 4 year ‘Bible and Church Administration’ set of classes to which AmaZioni Church leaders are invited, and for some, when they first come, you realise that they are leaders of many people, but have no knowledge of the Gospel, no assurance of salvation....a hunger for ‘religion’ but no idea about TRUTH. (This is not true of ALL who come but is true of those we really WANT to come)

And little by little.....their worlds begin to change.....maybe they actually COME TO SALVATION at a ZEBS class..... or understand that baptism does not wash away sin, or recognise that God is our FATHER and not some ‘power’ to be manipulated or feared........and when we come to GRADUATION and students share their testimonies......and they say ‘now we need to share what we have learnt with others who don’t yet know the TRUTH’......and YES! THE WORLD HAS CHANGED......and YOU and WE had just a small part in that,

SO AS WE COME TO THE END OF 2017....THANK YOU for every PRAYER, for every FINANCIAL SUPPORT, for every EMAIL or PHONE CALL ! Your praying and giving and encouraging helps us know we can have GREAT COURAGE that God is indeed at work among the amaZioni.

Every Blessing,
Richard and Geraldine Akers

How can YOU change the world?

PRAY for the AmaZioni people to know Jesus for who he really is.
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Short Term Teams

Missions is not just something we pray for in distant lands. It is something we actively engage in on a regular basis.

Whether it’s our Global Action Teams engaging with partner ministries on the other side of the planet, or the Local Action Teams engaging in reaching our neighbors, and nearby cities, Short Term Action Teams are a critical part of our Acts 1:8 strategy. As Jesus was ascending into heaven, He commanded his disciples to be witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. We want to follow that pattern ourselves. Starting close to home, and letting the ripple-effect of our faith spread.

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Upcoming Missions Events

Estudio Familiar de Wasco

February 24, 7:00pm

Short-Term Mission Trips Info Meeting

February 25, 12:45pm

Misión Posible

February 27, 6:00pm

Prison Ministry Outreach

March 10, 12:00pm

9th Annual Missions Garage Sale

May 26, 9:00am

Aurora Mission Trip

June 18, 12:00am


Long-Term Partners

As a church, we partner with missionaries and organizations who desire to make their life's work serving the Lord and proclaiming His work on the cross. We deeply value each person and organization we work with, and continue to be amazed with how God works locally and internationally. By forming genuine relationships with our long term missionaries, we desire to bring about mutual learning and a more meaningful partnership.  

To speak to the Director of Missions about potential partnership, please email 



Partner Individuals

Richard and Geraldine Akers

ZEMA, South

Brent and Stephanie Batiste

NIU Athletes in Action, DeKalb

Jon and Lauren Emanuelson

ZEMA, South Africa

Shawn and Laura Boyd

Trans World Radio, Austria

Karney and Lydia Dunah

ULICAF, Liberia

John and Cheryl Fornelli

Commission to Every Nation, Aurora

Doc and Nel Fuder

Heart for the City,

Chris and Maylin Hartwick

Association of Baptists for World Evangelism, Hong

Ben and Missy Hatton

New Tribes Mission, Papua New Guinea

Leighton and Jennie Helwig

Faith Academy, Philippines

Anne Miller

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Aurora

Clyde and Edith Murphy

Camino Global, Guatemala

Phil and Sarah Nickels

Rafiki Foundation,

Lisa O'Brien

Commission to Every Nation, Ugandaoffice: 256778895028

Chad and Julie Reeser

World Venture, Madrid

Victor and Amanda Rodriguez

Crossroads Missions, Mexico

Andrew and Megan Rowland

Tanalian Leadership Center, Alaska

Jonathan and Becky Schuster

Greater Europe Mission, Dublin

Omar and Rose Sutherland

Cru, Cary, Illinois

Bruce and Linda Thomas

World Venture, Poland

Jessie VanSchepen

Crossworld, Ireland

Cori Wittman

ServantWorks, Thailand