Build the Bridge

If you live in the Milwaukee, WI area, here is a great opportunity for you to learn how to build a bridge to Muslims living around you.

GOF Missionary Mary Mielke will be leading a series of West & East Meet seminars designed to help you learn about Muslim beliefs and how to build relationships that foster sharing the gospel message.

Dates:  Thursdays, Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Topics covered:

  • Understanding the Honor/Shame-based Culture
  • Practical Ways to Build Relationships
  • Sharing the Gospel With Our Lives
  • Understanding the Basics of Islam
  • Sharing About the Great Sacrifice 

RSVP to Mary at 262-844-3932


Cricket for a Cause

Recently Mary Mielke and her team of volunteers hosted an international event so people from different nations, faiths, and backgrounds could all come together to build community and support relief efforts for the people of Nepal who were so severely affected by earthquakes earlier this year.

Mary summarized the event this way, “The day was spent with men and women, young and old, different races and creeds, all coming together to play cricket (a game similar to baseball and the 2nd most popular sport worldwide), other games, and sharing food and life together.”

To visually depict God’s grace available to all mankind through Jesus, a dance was choreographed to Michael W. Smith’s “Grace” and performed at the event.  Click on the picture to watch the dance.

He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap; he seats them with princes and has them inherit a throne of honor. — 1 Samuel 2:8

As we draw near to God, surrender our lives and are filled by His love, only then are we able to reach out and express that love to others.  We rejoice as we watch God at work in each life that came to the event, for some are asking the questions about “Who is this God, that speaks of this kind of love?”  Hearts are opening.

Chapatis, Chai and a Crowd

If you’re not aware, chapatis are an unleavened flatbread from South Asia that are often found in other parts of the world.  Chai is tea, often mixed with milk and various spices.  Put them together and you have a delicious snack!

Or, if you’re hanging out with GOF Missionary Mary Mielke, you can learn firsthand how to make chapati and chai…and get tips on how to use these yummy treats to witness to your international neighbors.

Last Saturday, the Mielkes had opportunity to gather with about 25 people who wanted to learn how to make chapatis and chai, then discussed how easily chapati and chai can be used to open the doors of communication and build friendships with international neighbors.  Though many expressed concerns about sharing their faith, they learned that there are opportunities to equip them for this Godly work.  Take a look and see when these opportunities are available near you, or contact Mary directly to set something up for your Bible study group, Sunday School class, or group of friends.

West & East Meet

There are more and more statistics, discussions, and strategies being presented about the large migration of nations coming to the United States.  This is a unique opportunity for us as Christians to minister to people of all nations — without needing a passport, immunizations, or a suitcase! But you don’t know how to reach out to people of other nations? You’re not sure where to start?  Have we got news for you! If you live in the Milwaukee area, you are enthusiastically invited and highly encouraged to attend a series of 3 training sessions that will equip you for understanding peoples of other nations, especially Muslims.  You’ll learn practical ways to reach out to internationals around you and share the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Session 1:  June 29th   12:30-2:00 pm
“Unlock the Door:  Understanding the Honor/Shame Based Cultures in Our Midst”

Session 2:  July 13th  12:30-2:00 pm
“Apologetics:  Understanding our Muslim Neighbors”

Session 3:  July 27th  12:30-2:00 pm
“Apologetics:  Hello, My Muslim Friend”

All sessions are held at Mercy Hill Church in Milwaukee, WI