Six-and-a-half years ago, on January 31, 2014, three missionaries from The Camp of Faith Church (TCOF) in Stephens City left their homeland to meet an unreached, unengaged Islamic people group in West Africa. Since that time, this church of about 80 members has sent 20 teams to reach this people group with the Gospel of Jesus Christ through the means of oral storying methods.
Spiritual Eyes Opened
Despite many challenges, God has revealed Himself by opening the spiritual eyes of a people group held in spiritual darkness for hundreds of years. Since 2014, 20 people have put their trust in Jesus Christ, a church was started in a neighboring people group, and the power of God has been shown. Demons have fled; old Muslim men have come to faith, and one has been baptized; deep, kindred friendships with Muslims have formed; and the name of Jesus has been proclaimed to people who had never heard.
A Passion to Reach a Beloved People Group
The Camp of Faith is now sending Whit and Kathy Case* and their children to serve full-time through the International Mission Board (IMB). Whit remembers as a little boy sitting in church thinking, “God, I will be a missionary, but never send me to Africa.” In His infinite omniscience and humor, God has sent Whit and his family to Africa. Kathy has had a passion for serving internationally since she was 12 years old, fueled by God’s Word and several international trips. Whit and Kathy have a passion to see the vision of Revelation 7:9 fulfilled—every nation, tribe, people, and tongue worshipping the Lamb around the throne.
After Whit and Kathy got married, they led TCOF to reach the church’s now beloved people group. At the same time, God continued to move their family towards full-time international missions. Whit and Kathy started the application process in 2016. They worked on seminary requirements and IMB requirements; had two children; remained active in the church; led missions at TCOF and Africa trips two to three times a year; and worked to pay off their student loans. Through what can only be described as a miracle, in August 2018, the Cases sold their home and became 100% debt free! They never want to forget how God provided in every step of the process.
The Local Church
Whit and Kathy are passionate about the local church reaching the nations with the mission of indigenous church planting. The core of their family’s calling is reaching unreached Islamic people groups with the Gospel. With their time in West Africa and their love for Africans, it seemed natural to choose a job in Sub-Saharan Africa to serve full-time. The vision for their mission in South Africa is for healthy, reproducible indigenous churches to be started among the diaspora. Initially, they will be learning the language, mapping the city, and forming strategies for how to reach the diverse people groups. They hope to equip and exhort the local African church, as well as serve the local churches in the States, as God uses us all to see disciples making disciples until Jesus comes back.
Preparation and Prayer
The Case family says, “Thank you!!” for your giving to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering and the Cooperative Program! They thank God every day for your giving and His provision.
Please pray for God’s wisdom and discernment for the Case family, and for logistical things that must be done with visas and open borders. Pray for their family as they transition. Whit and Kathy are forming a network of prayer partners and would love to connect with you. Thank you for sending workers into the harvest!
*Names changed for security
Resource: To learn more about partnering with the Case family, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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