Two of my favorite people in the world run an organization called Church Missions Network. Phil and Susan Johnsey live outside of Nashville, Tennessee and have known Barry since he was a teenager. Phil was Barry’s youth minister and Barry even babysat for them on occasion. Phil and Susan are now grandparents who are head-over-heels in love with three adorable little girls.
Phil has a heart and a passion for missions work. He spends countless hours planning for and preparing to lead groups of volunteers to do medical and construction work in Africa and Honduras. He then spends more countless hours actually serving alongside the volunteers in these remote locations, many times being away from home for three or four weeks at a time.
Church Missions Network exists to connect individuals and churches to more effectively participate in missions work. The scope of their efforts is broad and touches many lives in ways that are more than spiritual. Phil understands that you can’t address people’s spiritual needs without first meeting their most basic physical needs such as food, medical care, and providing a means for them to generate income. In addition to building churches and equipping pastors to lead these churches, CMN also takes medical teams to provide vital medical care.
The organization also provides sewing machines and supplies to women in some of the communities so that they can sew products to earn money to support their families. Through Kare 4 Kids, CMN makes food available for orphans. In May of this year, the organization provided more than 25,000 meals to hungry children in Kenya. For many of these children, it would be their only meal of the day. It doesn’t get more important than that!
I would love for you to take a few minutes and visit their website to learn more about the great work they are doing. Not all of us are called to physically go to the mission field and work in a hands-on manner, but we are all called to do something.
Maybe you can make a contribution to CMN. Maybe you can say a prayer for the next team as they prepare to go. Maybe your church is wanting to make a greater effort in the area of world missions and you could connect them with Phil.
If you have questions about the program or are interested in volunteering, feel free to email Phil at email@example.com or let me know and I can put you in touch with he or Susan.