By Robert Hartman: Wisdom International Mission began as a result of my seeking God's calling for me in this life. It is clear from the scriptures that each one of us has a calling from God which we can either choose or deny. The story of Esther is one of many that gives us an inspiring picture of Gods working in our lives. Mordecai's words to Esther tell it all; "Do not think in your heart that you will escape in the king's palace any more than all the other Jews. For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father's house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?" God had a calling for the life of Esther but she had a choice to fulfill it or to deny it.
In the year I was the preacher of a church in Lima, Ohio but my soul was restless as I knew there was a calling for me beyond what I was doing. After much prayer and anguish, I was led to visit Ghana Africa by an invitation that I received to preach at a family camp in the city of Sunyani. During my time there I was given a tour into the northern regions of Ghana and I was convicted greatly by the plight of the people. There was a great physical poverty in those regions but more than that there was a great spiritual poverty. The vast majority of the area was either given over to idol worship or to Islam. The “Christianity” that had entered the region was denominationally divided with men’s teachings. It was this conviction that burdened my soul to move forward in faith and reach out to the nation of Ghana. In 2002 my wife Rose and I returned to Ghana with others for one month to visit, to assess the calling and to assure that my thoughts were from God. After the I returned to the states and spent three days in fasting and prayer. It was here that I was called to minister both to Africa and to the U.S. I concluded that I should spend 6 months in Africa and 6 months in the U.S. in order to fulfill my ministry in both areas. In 2003 this work began. We have since spread throughout several regions in Ghana and into the country of Burkina Faso.
This ministry is focused on evangelism. While we do reach out in conviction to remember the poor it is not our focus. We are supporting several orphans and use our funds to help in times of distress and famine but it is only as a result of our love in those cases. We are determined to keep our focus on evangelism as we believe that benevolent works are a byproduct of evangelism rather than evangelism being a byproduct of benevolent works. We are also determined to set forth a momentum that will continue to reproduce of its own accord with the Spirit of God. I determined at an early stage not to set up a situation where the work was dependent upon U.S. donations beyond my own basic ministry. I evangelize various areas and plant churches. I set up seminars as training for the leaders. We seek funds to send men to bible college and then on to teacher training college in order to give them a source of income and an opportunity to reach out in evangelism to the children. In they do not have to depend upon an income from the poor people of the villages or from U.S. donations. In the evangelists do not qualify to be school teachers, usually to age and background, and in we seek to set them up in other income earning situations. It is our determination that the evangelists should seek to be supported by their own ministries or find work that will supplement their income as Paul also had to do in his ministry.
May God encourage you to find your own calling for him in this life and give you the courage to fulfill it.
1032 N. Main St.
Lima, OH 45801
Sun: Bible study at is at 4:00 P.M.
Assembly begins at 5:00 P.M.
Wed: We have at 6:30 P.M.