40 Days on Mission
February 17 – April 1
40 Days on Mission is a unique opportunity to live more intentionally on-mission during the weeks leading up to Easter. Developed by Westover’s Local Missions team, 40 Days on Mission will provide participants with opportunities to learn more about ministries, organizations, agencies and individuals that Westover has the privilege to partner alongside in serving our local community together with the love of Jesus, while also engaging with these partners through prayer and service opportunities.
Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
What is 40 Days on Mission?
Beginning February 17 (Ash Wednesday), and following the traditional church season of Lent, 40 Days on Mission will feature a different local ministry partner each day, along with suggestions for how to pray and get involved. In many cases, there will be a simple recommended activity to directly support the ministry partner.
Although it is helpful to follow along each day, we certainly encourage you to go at your own pace. While we are excited to highlight the incredible ways Westover is connected to the work of God in our local community, our hope is that this experience will expose you to even more of what God is doing in our city and surrounding areas, while connecting you deeper with at least one of these partnerships.
We hope this experience will refresh your spirit and the spirit of others, while widening your perspective of all the ways God has invited us to join Him on mission right here at home!
How It Works
Why Lent? Why 40 days?
Lent is one of the five major seasons observed historically in many liturgical Christian traditions. It derives its name from both the Latin (meaning “40”) and the Old English (referencing the season of Spring). Over time, Lent has become a season of intentional personal examination and reflection for Christians, oftentimes demonstrated in various acts of self-denial, fasting and penitence, leading up to Holy Week, and with it, the looming Cross of Good Friday. It is at the Cross where God’s pure, perfect, and One and Only Son and the far reaching effects of human sin come crashing into one another, where Jesus willingly offered Himself as the ultimate sacrifice to satisfy God’s wrath against sin. Jesus’ death atones for sin once and for all, while making holy and acceptable those who claim God’s offer of forgiveness and justification (right-standing) through faith.
The significance of “40” is evident throughout the Scriptures, typically a time representing trial, testing and/or preparation – the forty days of rain endured by Noah on the ark during the great flood; Moses’ forty years in the wilderness shepherding flocks in preparation for the Exodus, and Israel’s 40 years of wandering in the wilderness and preparation for the Promised Land. But it is often Jesus’ 40-day fast in the wilderness, which concluded with Satan’s temptation(s) of Jesus – all prior to the beginning of his public ministry, which would culminate some three years later with the passion events commemorated during Holy Week – that seems to best reflect the overall purpose behind the season. Hence the additional significance behind the 40-day observance of Lent.
Then shall your light break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up speedily; your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard. Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry, and he will say, ‘Here I am.’ If you take away the yoke from your midst, the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness, if you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday. And the Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong;and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.
A Season of Self-Denial
Regardless of church or faith background, many in our society are familiar with Lent as a time generally associated with fasting, or abstaining, from something. Fasting, by the way, is the general act of voluntarily abstaining from something for a period of time for some particular benefit – spiritual or physical. While fasting has its benefits, despite the reasons, there is a particular means of fasting described in God’s Word that not only provides benefit for ourselves, but for others, while glorifying God.
God’s formula for fasting in Isaiah 58, can be summarized this way. Gospel-centered fasting…
…contributes to the proclamation and working-out of God’s justice and righteousness in the world (Isaiah 58:6)
…results in loving, merciful care for others (v 7)
…opens our eyes and moves us to take missional responsibility for needs around us (v 9-10)
While guarding from a quid pro quo faith (i.e: if I do something for God, he should do something proportionally in return), there are at least four promises we can hope to experience, from Isaiah 8-11:
God’s continued Guidance
God’s Protective Escort
Self-Guided Bible Study
Using Isaiah 58:1-14 as our context, we invite you to dig deeper into God’s heart particularly for the marginalized, the vulnerable, the poor, the needy, those who have been pushed to the edges of society, and those who cannot speak up for themselves. As you walk through this study, you will discover the connection between fasting (a common activity of Lent) and the missional activities of our everyday lives that serve to bring life, relief, help and hope to the world around us.
40 Days On Mission - Our Partners
I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.
Westover is grateful to be partnered in the Gospel alongside the many churches, ministry partners and agencies across the Greater-Greensboro area, each uniquely equipped for a common mission to make great the name of Jesus. We are honored to highlight at least 40 of these local partnerships with whom Westover collaborates and partners regularly to advance the grace and work of the Kingdom to our neighbors among our local mission field.
We hope you will take time to get more familiar with one of our ministry partners over these 40+ days, while praying for them, and participating in a suggested activity that will directly serve each partner.
March 3 - 9
Wednesday, March 3
About: FaithAction International House serves and advocates alongside thousands of newcomers each year (immigrant, refugee, foreign-born individuals and families) from over 60 nations. FAI also connects and educates diverse communities across lines of culture and faith - for the purpose of turning strangers into neighbors.
- Sign-up for a virtual learning session on how to be a part of FAI's work of moving 'strangers into neighbors.’ This will include training on building cultural competency, greater understanding, trust and cooperation with our newest neighbors. This will take place on Tuesday, April 6, 5:30-6:30pm. If you are interested in participating, sign up below and you will be sent a zoom link prior to April 6.
Collect non-perishable, canned food, diapers and wipes, and other hygiene items for the International Pantry. Donations can be dropped-off direction to the Faith Action International House located at 705 N. Greene Street, Greensboro, NC 27401.
- Please pray for individuals and families struggling to meet basic needs - food, housing, healthcare, work, etc., along with neighbors experiencing deaths in their families from COVID.
- Please pray for those fleeing domestic violence with their young children.
- Please pray for those who have family members held in immigration detention centers worried about if/when they may see their families again.
- Please continue to pray for the selfless staff and volunteers who have served so faithfully during this season. Specifically, please pray against burnout and compassion fatigue.
Thursday, March 4
About: Seeking to make disciples through methods of engaging, equipping and empowering coaches and athletes to know and grow in Christ and lead others to do the same.
- Visit and help at a weekly huddle at a local school, team outreach or coach’s ministry event.
- Help at special events.
- Serve on a volunteer board.
Contact: Eddie Miller, FCA Area Representative, to learn more about current opportunities and how to get more involved with FCA.
- Pray for the FCA staff across the Triad Area, for creativity, perseverance, and health, as well as for continued favor from the local schools as they serve faithfully during these challenging times.
- Pray for connections with students that would contribute to sharing the Gospel and discipling teenagers in our area.
Friday, March 5
About: A Westover Ministry team, united by the Biblical mandate to care for creation as responsible stewards (Gen. 1:25-31; 2:7-9, 15, 19-20). Creation Stewards participate in various projects which serve to care for God’s creation while worshiping Him through simple acts that help us engage which cares for God’s creation by doing simple acts of service.
Join Creation Stewards for the Haw River Cleanup on March 20. Sign-up below or contact Sharon Neely for more details. Sign-up by March 15.
Contact: Sharon Neely, Westover Volunteer Liaison
Pray for Creation Stewards, as we serve, to build intentional relationships with others through the common concern for preserving the beauty of God in creation.
Pray that relationships would be built among those of different cultures and ethnicities, and in doing so, that God would be glorified through our unity.
Saturday, March 6
About: Ending childhood hunger through a simple gesture of filling a grocery bag. Each month, Westover collects non-perishable food items to be distributed through agencies across Guilford County.
Pick up an empty green bag from the Local Ministry Wall on Sunday morning, or at the front desk during office hours. Suggested items are on a card attached to the bags or HERE. Return a filled bag to Westover by March 14.
Adopt a route - maybe in your neighborhood! - and pick up filled bags. Sign up HERE.
- A Simple Gesture wants to reach those in our community who want to make feeding the hungriest an ongoing work of charity - pray for those connections!
Sunday, March 7
About: Introducing adolescents to Jesus Christ and helping them grow in their faith, YoungLife serves High School and Middle School students, teen moms, and kids with special needs by going to the places where they are and building relationships.
Volunteer your time to work directly with young people, or support the staff and leaders as part of the local adult committee. Contact the YoungLife staff for more information.
For more volunteer leaders, college students or adults, that have a heart for highschool and college students to know Christ.
For wisdom and creativity as we try to continue to reach kids amidst varying COVID restrictions and comfortability levels.
For lost kids in Greensboro to meet Jesus and have their lives forever changed.
About: Greater Greensboro Youth for Christ reaches out to young people everywhere, working together with local churches and other like-minded partners to develop lifelong followers of Jesus who lead by their Godliness in lifestyle, devotion to the Word of God and prayer, passion for sharing the love of Christ and commitment to social involvement.
Visit the Youth for Christ website HERE to learn more about current opportunities and how to start the process for getting more involved.
Pray for our team of staff and volunteers as they build relationships with lost youth in the community, and for new adult volunteers to expand our ministry.
Pray for positive working relationships with local school principals and staff and for start-up of new partnerships.
Monday, March 8
About: Preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ, meeting human needs in His name without discrimination, with services including The Boys and Girls Clubs, Center of Hope, and Disaster Relief Services.
- Collect toiletry items with a couple of other families or your small group, to be donated to the Center of Hope. Donations can be dropped-off at Westover on Sundays at the Local Missions Wall, or during office hours at the front desk, by Sunday, March 28.
- See more volunteer opportunities by visiting the website
Contact: Carol Whisnant
- Pray for safety and protection for our staff and clients as we walk through this pandemic together.
Tuesday, March 9
About: The mission of Imago Dei Soccer is to glorify God and see lives transformed by sharing the message of Jesus Christ through the global environment of soccer. Imago Dei coordinates teams for school-aged and young adults, while also providing specialized training for competitive soccer players. Westover Church partners with Imago Dei by providing use of our soccer fields and building relationships with our neighbors. Imago Dei Soccer is affiliated with Missionary Athletes International.
Contact: Carter Robbins
Guidance. With COVID making us rethink how we do ministry, there have been a lot of amazing opportunities (ie: new turf field, programs with new players, potential for an Academy next fall), but with all of the new opportunities, we are really trying to discern where God is leading. It can be challenging when so much is constantly changing
Staffing. We are praying that God would draw more people into ministry to extend His kingdom
Impact. That God would continue to use Imago Dei to impact lives and make disciples
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International Worship Night
Friday | 7:00pm | Westover Church
Community Prayer Walk with The Refuge of Greensboro
Saturday | 10:00am
Creation Stewards - Haw River Cleanup
Saturday | 10:00am
Regional Prayer Gathering
Saturday | 9:00am | Offsite
'Turning Strangers Into Neighbors' Virtual Learning
Tuesday | 5:30pm