An Important Update
from John and

Rebecca Khushal

“Dear Sandy,
     Thanks for your concern. Yes, the challenges are growing day by day. Hindu militancy is on the rise and they are threatening and even physically attacking Christian missionaries all over India. Our Church Planters are being threatened several times. Please let the Wayside Church know that we are committed to preach the gospel because there is utter spiritual darkness every where in India. We are not discouraged but diligently doing the work. God is at work and many people are responding to the gospel. Please pray that we may continue to be bold in fulfilling the Great Commission of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Thanks once again for your partnership in the gospel. We love you and the Wayside Church and pray for you all.
Your friends in Christ,
John and Rebecca”
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The Society of St. Stephen conducts the work of missions for Wayside United Methodist Church. It is our hope to share and encourage the congregation of Wayside with a vision and love of Christ to be shared through our mission work with people locally, nationally and throughout the world. We do this with our support financially, our prayers, our presence and our witness.
Locally, we support the Sanctuary of Light in Vienna, WV, the Good Samaritan Center, Cross Roads Camp, and Wayside Youth projects. We also support West Virginia Conference Projects financially, as well as collecting items for the Celebration of Mission Event. This year, the missions selected for the Little Kanawha District were Heart and Hand and Settlement House. Wayside collected over $1000 worth of items for these two mission projects.
Nationally, we support UMCOR with a regular donation and special offerings whenever unexpected disasters occur. Globally, we have helped support John and Rebecca Khushal, missionaries in Lucknow, India. John and Rebecca were affiliated with Campus Crusade for a number of years and are now involved with church planting where no Christian churches previously existed. We have been fortunate enough to have John and Rebecca visit with us several times to share with us how God is working in India.
The primary fundraiser for the Society of St. Stephen is our annual auction held each fall. Local businesses and individuals contribute items for the auction. It is a fun day of bidding, laughing, and enjoying Wayside’s famous hot dogs. Also, helping to raise funds for missions, the children collect “pennies” each Sunday after the children’s sermon. The children collected almost $2000 in 2014. Those “pennies” really add up! Thanks, kids!
One of the fun things our group does each year is being able to honor someone that has gone over and beyond in mission work by awarding them the Marie Graves Award at our Great Commission Banquet. They are presented with a plaque and their name added to the Great Commission Plaque that hangs in the Crossing of our church.
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Kylee Archer, a young Waysider, collects pennies for missions for Society of St. Stephen.