One of our privileges as Alliance people is to develop caring relationships with our international workers. For many decades the CD Missions Committee, CD Alliance Women (a.k.a. Great Commission Women), and CD Alliance Men’s Ministries have worked together to care for our IWs. We’ve done this through prayer, sending birthday and anniversary cards, letters and gifts, raising funds for special projects and outfit funds, making wordless books, rolled bandages and other ministry materials, and a variety of other creative means of caring for our IWs.
Every man, woman, and child can contribute as we band together to make sure that our IWs receive the care that will keep them on the field knowing that they are supported by their sending district! The following are a few ways that, together, we can care for our IWs.
Many churches faithfully participate in sending money to support our IWs while they are deployed. In addition, we provide an Outfit Fund for each worker before the IW heads back to the field from a home assignment. This fund is used to buy clothing and household items they may need while away for their term.
We (The Alliance) have agreed that each District will bear responsibility for raising money to “outfit” the IWs from their district. The amount needed for each IW’s Outfit Fund is calculated based on family size and the duration of the upcoming term of service. Based on the number of IWs from and churches in the Central District, it is recommended that each church budget $250 (or more) per year to support the Outfit Fund.
The amount may be sent in a single annual payment of $250 or in installments of $50 in Feb, Mar, May, Sept, and Nov. Checks should be (payable to “Central District Alliance Women” and mailed to Carol Beal, Treasurer (26 Fairwood Ave, Norwalk, OH 44857).
District Outfit Fund Coordinator
Third Culture Kids (TCK)
Some very important people in our Central District family are our TCKs—third culture kids—formerly known as MKs (missionary kids). Our purpose is to ensure that every one of these children is “adopted” by a church who will pray for them regularly and demonstrate love in creative long-distance ways. We want our IWs to know that we’re not only praying for them and the ministry God has called them to, but that we are also praying and caring for their children.
How to Adopt A TCK
- Contact the District TCK coordinator (above) for more information
- Establish local point person for ongoing TCK care
- A church may choose to adopt all the children in a family or just one child.
- Dis trict TCK Coordinator will provide support and guidance to the local point person as to how to be involved in your TCK’s life
District TCK Coordinator
Missionary Wheels exists to provide a vehicle for IWs when they are on home assignment. Central District Men’s Ministry funds this ministry in two ways:
Men fill glass mugs with pocket change. Each church has a special Sunday to collect the change (this could be a Mission Sunday). The funds go to the District Men’s Treasurer. 75% of funds go to Missionary Wheels; 25% of funds go to support other men’s ministries. Send checks to:
Alliance Men Ministry
Central District Office
1231 High Street
Wadsworth, OH 44281
You can donate your vehicle to help a missionary family. Donated vehicles are tax deductible! Donated late model and low mileage vehicles are used by Missionary Wheels to replace some of our older high mileage vehicles. Donated high mileage or older vehicles may be sold and the proceeds used to maintain our current vehicles.
District Missionary Wheels Coordinator
Additional information about this topic is available in the printed (or PDF) version of the Handbook. It is excluded from the online version for security reasons. To request a printed (or PDF) copy of the Handbook, contact the district Missions Mobilizers.