A woman stops by the center for tea on her way to work in the red light district. A little boy plays with the toys in the play therapy room while a staff person listens to his dialogue. A mother creates a beautiful new blanket from a sari while receiving a fair wage, job training, and a way to support her family. A group of children come together on Saturday afternoon for Bible stories, worship, a nutritional meal, and first aid. Young girls gather around a table with a tutor and get help with their schoolwork. Micro-businesses offer women freed from the sex industry a way to create a new life. These are just a few stories of the way God is working through the mission of Word Made Flesh.
Word Made Flesh (WMF) is a global community of people “called and committed to serving Jesus among the most vulnerable of the world’s poor.” Serving in 11 communities around the world, WMF partners with local churches and non-profits to respond to the needs of the world, to share life, seek healing, and equip leaders. I have the incredible opportunity to support this work as the director of staff development in the U.S. office located in Portland, Oregon.
The mission that unifies us flows out of an intimacy with Christ and continues building upon our nine core lifestyle celebrations: intimacy, obedience, humility, community, service, simplicity, submission, brokenness, and suffering. While there are incredible programs and services being offered in the WMF communities, we recognize that the central vision of the organization focuses on affirming the value and dignity of each person. Bearing witness to hope, WMF seeks to make the presence of God known in difficult places through actions and words that tell our friends they are worth it, they are the beloved of God, their life has value, and that the kingdom of God is a gift for all.
We invite you to learn more about WMF on our website. We have recently transitioned our U.S. office to Portland. If you are interested in getting involved with WMF in the Portland area, please contact me to find out more.
Tami Ankeny grew up in the rural farmland of Idaho where she discovered God’s love and grace through her family and church community. From a young age Tami was deeply impacted by the stories she heard of suffering, poverty, and injustice locally and around the world. This led her to pursue traveling and volunteering in the majority world.
While at Asbury University, Tami first heard of Word Made Flesh and decided that one day she wanted to be involved with the organization. Thirteen years later, after careers in higher education and outdoor ministry, she felt prompted to join the WMF Romania community for a short internship to see what it was all about.