At the GFA headquarters in Wills Point, Texas, Shareen clicks open the file of photos sent from the field in Asia. Dozens of images of a national missionary populate her computer screen. She magnifies each picture and tags them “slum,” “prayer,” “national missionary.” Shareen prays for the national missionaries shown in the photos and places them in a file, ready to be used for a GFA publication.Shareen is a behind-the-scenes missionary, serving with GFA’s Mission Support Team (MST), the crucial link between God’s work on the field in Asia and donors and supporters in the West.
Daniel Yohannan, vice president of GFA, shares about the Mission Support Team:
“Our staff here, they are called by God. They live their lives as missionaries behind the scenes. They’re focused, and they live their lives in the light of eternity.”
These behind-the-scenes missionaries are part of a global team, comprising national missionaries, Bridge of Hope staff, Sisters of Compassion and many other national workers serving in countries of great need, and sponsors and donors who want to be part of meeting that need.
Bringing hope to the hopeless and healing to the brokenhearted is the fuel that drives each person in this global partnership.
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Jenny, one of GFA’s graphic designers, hunches over her touch screen, face lit by the monitor in the dark room. She searches for the perfect image for a national missionary publication. As she clicks through photos, asking the Lord to show her the right one, she opens the file Shareen had prepared. The beaming smile of the national missionary grabs her attention.