“SENT,” Siloam’s theme for 2020, is a word that voices what is at the heart of our reason for being. Our ministry at Siloam Missionary Homes involves receiving the missionaries whom God sends us for a while, caring for their needs the best we can, with the goal of “sending” them back to their field of service refreshed and renewed.
It surprises me that so few people – including especially Christians, I might add – know the origin of the name, Siloam Missionary Homes. Some think the ministry’s name is Shalom Missionary Homes, the Jewish word most people have heard. “Siloam” is a three-syllable word (ssih-LOH’-uhm) derived from the Hebrew, meaning “Sent.”
Where do we find the word “Siloam?” Three times in the New Testament: Jesus mentions the tower of Siloam in Luke 13:4, but the main reference is to the Pool of Siloam in Jerusalem in John 9, verses 7 and 11. These verses are part of the account that tells how Jesus, “the Light of the world,” anointed the eyes of a blind man with clay and sent him to wash in the Pool of Siloam and “he came back seeing.” As the Holman Bible Dictionary points out, the One whom God sent, in turn sent the blind man to the Pool of Siloam (“Sent”) and obeying Jesus, he gained his sight. He saw the light and the Light of the world.
I encourage you to meditate on Siloam’s theme, “Sent,” remembering also that after His resurrection, Jesus had a message for His disciples (then and now): “Peace be with you; as the Father has sent Me, I also send you” (John 20:21). As the Father sent the Son into the world, Jesus Christ has sent us, His present-day followers – across the street, around the world – to proclaim His name, to give them the opportunity to see the Light of the world.
H. Milton Wilder
Missionary Pastoral Care
Dear Praying Friends,
This past week my stepfather, Grover Davis, went home to be with the Lord. It has been a bittersweet time for me. He was a great encourager, a “Barnabas.” If there was ever a time in history that we needed encouragers, it is now. Daily we are bombarded with negative from the news to unhappy people we know – like the saying goes, “Misery loves company.” My dad was not like that. He was 95 at his homegoing and up until his death he never complained. He loved the work that we were doing here and was always giving me ideas of what to do next.
Just about everywhere I went, I had to pass by Grover and mom’s house. He would say, “Larry, slow down. Come over and rest a while. Life can wait.” Maybe that’s what kept him so young. He would stop whatever he was doing and give you his full attention.
This example from my step dad is one that I am trying to use in my daily walk. Are we too busy with events and appointments to sit awhile and visit? This morning as I came back into the office after being off a week, I thought about this as we were meeting with staff and missionaries that came here to pray. They have families, too. Our missionary families are here for such a short time and need to be encouraged to keep going. The Apostle Paul, while being under house arrest, did not keep him from plugging ahead and encourage believers.
While preparing for dad’s funeral, I saw a particular scripture that he liked and I wanted to share it with you today to encourage you.
Psalms 121:1-3 “ I will life up my eyes to the hills. From whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, who has made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber.”
Wow! He never sleeps or slumbers. Jesus always had the time and the right words to say. It’s wonderful to know that in the hard times and the good times the Lord is always ready to help.
The Grover and Anna Davis Intern Scholarship fund is being established in memory of Grover Davis and in honor of my mom, Anna Davis, as a way to provide scholarships to missionary kids and young people out of college to come for a three month summer training program here at Camp Glory Farm, a part of Siloam. This is free to the interns but costs about $50 a week or $500.00 for a summer per intern. In some cases we will keep the intern on for a longer period of time. If you would like to help sponsor an intern for a week or for the summer, “Changing one life at a time,” please ask us how. So far this year we have had three young people apply.
Thank you dear friend for your prayers and support to Siloam Missionary Homes. Your faithfulness provides a great encouragement for missionaries that need a place to call home.
Looking up to Him,
Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us. Eph. 3:20
It’s so amazing to see the hand of God working in our lives through Siloam Missionary Homes. Yesterday I was talking to a missionary family to see how they are doing since their arrival. They told me that the past several years had been a very difficult and how wonderful it was here at Siloam Missionary Homes. They asked me to thank everyone who makes it possible for them to have a place for their family to rest.
The wife continued to say that as missionaries they are used to always being the “giver” instead of the “receiver,” so when our staff told them that they could help themselves to the clothing store and Dad’s Country store for food, they were pleasantly surprised. She said, “This place gives us time to rest and prepare once again what God is wanting us to do next.”
Thank you, dear friend, for helping provide this oasis for missionaries. We pray daily that we can be a blessing to them and today I am praying that God will bless you, too, for your part. We are in this partnership together. So whether they come for one day or a year, we desire to help encourage them with food, clothing and housing.
“See to it, night and day, that you pray for your children. Then you will leave them a great legacy of answers to prayer, which will follow them all the days of their life. Then you may calmly and with a good conscience depart from them, even though you may not leave them a great deal of material wealth.” O. Hallesby
In reading the above quote today I am reminded of the God given responsibilities I have to my family as a husband, father and a grandfather. I once heard that a famous evangelist said on his deathbed. “I have traveled the world telling them about the love of God, yet my own children have no interest in the spiritual things of God.” This has been a huge burden to me over the years that I have to be reminded about daily, and that is to be involved in the lives of my children.
For years in the secular world before I became a follower of Christ, I could justify my long hours of work, stating that the more money I could make the happier my family would be. Yet that couldn’t be further from the truth. When my oldest daughter, Rachel, graduated from high school we took a vacation to Florida to spend some time away. One night while she and I were walking down the beach, I told her that I wished I could have done more financially for her. It was during her 7th grade year that Joyce and I went full time in ministry and things were pretty tight. In Rachel’s junior year she made all state in ladies’ basketball. “If only I could have bought you the fancy basketball shoes the other kids had, but I couldn’t do it.” Putting her hand in mine she said, “Daddy you gave me everything – you gave me you.”
Now that I’m in my 60’s I see many families, especially dads, that have very little time for the family and will one day regret and feel guilty about what they missed. I know you have heard me say this before, but it’s worth repeating. All we have is time. That’s why we have Siloam Missionary Homes. The missionary families need a break. Ministry in serving people is hard and laborsome. The average missionary family will spend the majority of their time on the road once they hit the US. If we cannot help them as a family, not only with housing, but with family time, they will be come another failed statistic. My number one desire is for the family to finish well and that the legacy they leave will make their children and grandchildren happy that dad and mom chose a life as missionaries, not of bitterness and sorrow.
We are going into summer, and with that comes a slump of income. I pray that you will take to heart the needs we have of providing “a place missionaries call home” and also a place they can leave refreshed and renewed as a family ready to serve again.
Thank you for praying for us today and keep us on your daily prayer list. If you would be interested in helping as a volunteer, we need you. How about as a youth group or class? I pray the Lord will bless you today as you serve the Lord with gladness and spend some time with your family.
One facet of our Missionary Care at Siloam involves continuing the practice that Larry and Joyce George began years ago — planning a monthly Missionary Fellowship night. It’s important for missionaries to get together because they can minister to each other, since they have a mutual understanding of their experiences. We have observed how often God arranges for certain families to be here at the same time because they need one another. We enjoy cookouts, ice cream socials, pot lucks, etc., plan varied activities and “programs” that are fun, devotional and more serious. For our May 2019 Fellowship, after a meal of spaghetti, salad and dessert, we enjoyed an excellent presentation by a Ministry Ambassador from In Touch Ministries in Atlanta. She shared information with the missionary families about a series of electronic devices, “tools” they can use on their mission field at no cost to them. In addition to giving printed materials, she also gave each family a Messenger filled with recorded Scripture and Bible study resources spoken both in English and another language that the missionaries chose to aid in making Christ known.
Missionary Care is Much More Than Financial Support
Missionary Care is a broad field and goes far beyond sending support money. In the book, *Missionary Care, Kenneth Williams reminds us of an important aspect of the biblical basis of missionary care. Not only was the Apostle Paul a great example of what a missionary should be, but also an example of how a missionary needs the care of fellow believers. Paul mentions at least 75 people who ministered to him in some way as he fulfilled the commission of Christ Jesus. That should be on our hearts as a constant reminder that we, in the Body of Christ, need each other and especially do we need to uphold those who deal with “the complexities of missionary life.” (*O’Donnell, Kelly, ed. Pasadena, CA: William Carey Library, 1992, 3rd Printing, 1999, pp. 46-47.)
We have the privilege of upholding our missionaries in prayer as we learn of their needs. We also must be sensitive to other ways that we can enable them to be “Refreshed, Renewed” and “Sent” back to their mission location to continue the work Jesus Christ called them to do.
Please pray for God to give us His wisdom and guidance as we minister to the missionaries, staff and volunteers at Siloam to help make it “a place for missionaries to call home.”
Missionary Pastoral Care
Evening and morning and at noon will I pray, and cry aloud, and He shall hear my voice. Psalm 55:17
Dear Praying Friend,
This morning as we gathered together in the library to pray, Pastor Milton brought up the word “compassion,” and asked us what that word meant to us. Immediately, I thought about encouragement. In the day that we live in, it’s “all about me,” not thinking about what we do or say that shows compassion.
A couple of months ago, Joyce and I were going into a store and I noticed a lady that was struggling to keep her cart from rolling away while reaching for her keys to open the trunk. You get the picture. Anyway, we quickly walked over to her and helped her get her packages into her car and I took back her cart. This lady was so appreciative and had a huge smile on her face when we said goodbye. But, isn’t that what we should be doing all the time? Looking for ways to show the same compassion that Jesus did when He was here on the earth? The best example we can be is what people see in us everyday.
We are so excited that the Grady Workman 25th Anniversary House is done and we are moved in. After 20 years of living in the Director’s Home, we moved into this one-story handicap accessible house. Not that I need that – but the day may come. Michael Gay, our Director, and his family are moving into our old house this week.
In October of 2018, the Watson Byrd family donated a 10-acre farm to Siloam. Since we have plans to expand our camping and retreat facilities, this will allow us to move the majority of Camp Glory operation to this new location. This will also enable us to have an extended outreach in our community where we can share how to raise sheep from a “Shepherd’s Prospective.” It will also give our missionary children an opportunity to interact with local children in our community. It’s been amazing to watch the toughest teens melt while talking to a baby lamb.
Plans continue to move forward as we prepare for our summer work teams and would love for you all to be a part of this.
God continues to use Siloam Missionary Homes as place of encouragement and rest for missionary families. We appreciate and love each of you and thank you for your prayers and the ongoing financial support for this ministry. Your heart of compassion is why missionaries have Siloam Missionary Homes as “a place to call home.”
Grady Workman 25th Anniversary House Open House
Sunday, April 7, 2019 from 1-4 p.m. with a special dedication at 2 p.m.
Join us as we celebrate God’s provision of this wonderful addition to Siloam’s campus.
929 Quakenbush Rd., Snow Camp, NC
For more information, call 336-376-8200
I pray that you all had a Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year. I am excited about what God is going to do this year. I was challenged to spend a month studying the book of Philippians as a way of encouraging others and it has encouraged me, even though I haven’t finished my month yet. Our theme this year is found in Philippians 3:13 -14.
“Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead. I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” What a blessing. We are to look ahead and not look behind.
I want to encourage you to Reach Forward this year and see the wonderful things God has for your life . I want to thank all of you that pray for us on a daily basis and also for your sacrificial giving to Siloam Missionary Homes.
May God bless you and your family as we minister together by reaching forward in 2019. We will soon celebrate 27 years of providing “a place missionaries call home.”
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth be removed,
and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled,
though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.
The last several days have the nation focused on the east coast and specifically North Carolina. The impending arrival of Hurricane Florence had officials attempting to make wise decisions and residents scrambling to prepare for the unknown. Here at Siloam we made plans for the potential high winds and heavy rains then waited for the storm to arrive.
The reality is this – the only one who knew what would (or wouldn’t) happen with this storm was God Himself. He knows all things and controls all things and with a storm of this magnitude we (like always) were completely in His hands.
We are thankful to report that the storm has now come and gone and we have come through relatively unscathed. We have some minor issues with gravel and standing water, but generally speaking no more damage than a normal downpour might create.
We appreciate your prayers and the many messages and phone calls we have already received checking on the Siloam staff, residents, and property. We are thankful to our Father above who has chosen to preserve us through this storm and we praise Him for being our refuge through yet another storm.
To God be the Glory,
Director, Operations & Marketing
There is no better place to be than in the hands of our heavenly Father doing the work He has called us to do. But if we are honest with ourselves, even the best of God’s servants get discouraged and we are no different. We have been laboring intensely this summer on the Anniversary House along with work teams and other volunteers, but we had reached a point where we needed contractors to do some of the specialty work we were not equipped to do. We’ve spent several hours making phone calls and scheduling contractors to complete some of that work and then last Thursday we realized we had spent all of the allocated money for the project. It was like a wet blanket had been thrown over a tiny flame and we wondered what we should do. In thinking about our human reaction to this situation, my mind was called back to the stories shared by George Muller regarding his work with orphans. At one point in time he had a great need and he recorded this in his journal:
“I was rather cast down last evening and this morning about the matter, questioning whether I ought to be engaged in this way, and was led to ask the Lord to give me some further encouragement.”
That is exactly where we were at as a staff. But George Muller’s next words describe the next few days for us as well, “Soon after we were sent…” We had one of those “soon after” moments ourselves. Here’s the whole story.
The Lord has blessed us with several vehicle donations in the last several months and just last week we were able to meet the needs of one of the missionaries here at Siloam by giving him one of the donated cars. That was on Wednesday. On Thursday we realized we needed to move forward on the house but had exhausted the current funds. But, the Lord had already burdened the heart of a dear saint who mailed a check at the end of last week and it arrived on Monday. Not only was it a check, it was a significant check, one that will allow us to get several of the specialty projects completed and get us very close to finishing the house. Needless to say, we greatly rejoiced as a staff for God’s miraculous provision. Less than 24 hours later the next contractor on the list called and said his schedule opened up and he could start the next stage that day rather than waiting nearly two more weeks to begin.
Was any of this a coincidence? Not to our God! He was preparing all of these circumstances for just the right time so that we might experience His faithfulness and increase our faith in Him. George Muller wrote this about his motive for prayer:
“I desire that all the children of God, who may read these details, may thereby be led to increased and more simple confidence in God for everything which they may need under any circumstances, and that these many answers to prayer may encourage them to pray.”
And this is our prayer as well. As God’s children are moved to be a part of our ministry, we want to share with you what God has done so that you, too, may increase in your faith and trust Him to meet your needs. To God be the glory!
In His Service,