VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 11/21/16)—Rebecca (Becky) Hoffman has been appointed by American Baptist International Ministries (IM) as a colleague in mission. This appointment recognizes Hoffman’s work with orphans and vulnerable children around the globe as a local mobilization director for World Orphans. As a colleague in mission, she will be a key resource in the IM global community for ministry with vulnerable children.
Hoffman supports the international work of World Orphans by serving as an advocate for the nonprofit in the United States. She invites churches and individuals to become involved in its ministry in a variety of capacities and helps match volunteers with the opportunities that best fit their objectives, skills and talents. She also travels to represent World Orphans at camps, colleges, conferences and other events.
“The Lord has given me a heart for children, and in his Word he commands his people to ‘defend the orphan,’” said Hoffman. “After traveling to India with World Orphans in 2013, I was forever changed. I saw the power of the local church and the restoration that only Christ can bring.
“I had to tell others about the plight of the orphan and about the work the Lord was doing around the world,” Hoffman continued. “Over the course of several months, the Lord confirmed that I am called to full-time ministry. I have now been on staff [at World Orphans] for over a year. I see the Lord using my gifts, but also stretching me further. It is so humbling to be a part of what He is doing to care for orphaned children.”
Hoffman’s work addresses two of IM’s ministry strategies—serving with immigrants and refugees and with youth and young adults—within the impact area of Proclaiming God’s Reign of Peace, Justice and Abundant Life.
Hoffman was initially referred to IM by the Sawmill Baptist Church in Powell, Ohio, where she grew up. Currently she resides in New Jersey and is a member of The Crossing Church in Livingston. She plans to move to Michigan in December and to be married in March 2017.
IM’s colleague in mission appointment is a means by which IM recognizes the cross-cultural work of persons who are not appointed as IM global servants, but who are engaged in ministries that may be of interest and value to IM’s international partners, as well as to churches in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. IM has one other currently appointed colleague in mission, and hopes to increase the number of global workers who serve through this category of appointment.
Because Hoffman is employed by World Orphans, IM can not accept contributions for her financial support.
Hoffman invites you to connect with her in any of the following ways:
- World Orphans Facebook: www.facebook.com/worldorphans
- Hoffman’s Ministry Facebook Group, Becky @ World Orphans: www.facebook.com/groups/830086993690642/
- Twitter: @worldorphans
- Instagram: @worldorphans
- Vimeo: www.vimeo.com/worldorphans
- Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/worldorphans/
- Blog: www.worldorphans.org/blog
American Baptist International Ministries celebrated 200 years of ministry in 2014. American Baptist International Ministries (IM) was organized in 1814 as the first Baptist international mission agency in America. It began its pioneer mission work in Burma, (now called Myanmar) and today serves God through more than 1,800 short- and long-term global servants in Asia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East and the Americas. Its central mission is to help people come to faith in Jesus, grow in their relationships with God and change their worlds through the power of the Spirit. It works with respected partners in over 70 countries in ministries that meet human need.
American Baptist Churches USA is one of the most diverse Christian denominations today, with approximately 5,000 local congregations comprised of 1.3 million members, across the United States and Puerto Rico, all engaged in God’s mission around the world.