It is an exciting time at Grace Baptist Church, as we prepare to commission one of our families to begin the second stint of their mission to South Africa. Wade and Tara McComas along with their three children, Finnegan, Aislinn, and Maeve will be leaving shortly to Hermanus, South Africa, a smaller city outside of Cape Town.
With clear excitement and anticipation, Wade and Tara are preparing for their time on this cross-cultural mission field. The overwhelming support, both financially and prayerfully, they have received by so many people add to the already existing stories of God’s faithfulness as they prepare to go. As of September 30th, the McComas’ reached
their full support; this being the same day they set as their target goal to be fully funded. It is encouraging to hear of the overwhelming support and various means that God used in order to supply for the necessary funding of their trip. Rather than having the majority of their financial support through various organizations and churches, the McComas’ have experienced 80 percent of their finances through individuals. As a testimony to God’s faithfulness in the process of gaining funds, they understand that God provided people, and not due to a constant asking. Rather through relationships that have formed and developed, God has brought people into their lives that have provided friendship, encouragement, and another illustration of God’s grace to them.
Wade remains grateful for the part a number of their supporters have played in the lives of his family. He attests to the fact that the majority of those who support them financially are also known by his four year old son, Finnegan. Because of the close relationships formed during this time, Wade and Tara are appreciative and anticipate it to also play a part in Finnegan maturing while on the mission field.
The cultivation of their hearts for the mission field of South Africa for Wade and Tara began at two different times. Tara actually spent around eight years of her life in South Africa already, growing up in a missionary family located there. She also played a role of influencing Wade. Wade discussed his experience of hearing Tara’s heart for the community while on a Poverty Immersion weekend during their tenure as students at Cedarville University. He highlighted that conversation to be the beginning stage of the fueling of his heart for South Africa.
As the McComas family heads to South Africa, they leave with a clear mindset that they have been called to plant churches, build families, and develop communities. Such a mission statement remains at the forefront of the purpose of why they head to this country, and how they hope God will use them in this venture. Interestingly, the church they will be initially working out of is a church that has been derived from a church-plant that Tara’s family played a role in around 12 years ago. Knowing that God laid out the purpose of going to plant, build, and develop has been clear to Wade and Tara; and they also understand the various means that God can do this as they further His kingdom. Both Wade and Tara hold the vision of growing out of and simultaneously into the local church. Whether that means that leaders are equipped on the frontlines of the mission field of South Africa to plant more churches or the recruiting and reaching of people that are unchurched, Wade and Tara truly hope that during their time lives are reached with the Gospel and therefore changed for the glory of God.
While it is difficult to say goodbye to friends and people who we have partnered in ministry with, it is also encouraging to see the hearts of this family as they seek to pursue God’s will and prepare to actively engage people they reach with the Gospel. Continue to remain in prayer for Wade, Tara and their family during this time of transition and moving to another country. Both Wade and Tara also ask that you would be in prayer for their three kids, as they will be learning new languages and growing within a new, unique culture. Every member of the family will be partaking in a language learning experience. The McComas children will be learning the Afrikaans language, while Wade and Tara attempt to broaden their ability to speak the language of Xhosa, just two of the eleven languages circulating around the region.
When asked what the Grace Baptist Church family can pray for Wade responded by saying “grace.” Whether that was grace from their families, their kids, each other, or insurmountably a growing appreciation and love for God’s grace, they ask that you would keep them in your prayers as they leave soon. It was awesome to close out the time talking with the McComas’ with a reminder that serving God and pursuing mission for His kingdom is ultimately an act of God’s grace to us, a truth that Wade and Tara continue to cling to as they prepare to leave.
On October 25th at 6:00 pm the McComas family, as well as Grace Baptist Church, would like to welcome everyone to join together in community to commission the McComas’ to the mission field. It will be an exciting time to hear more from them, pray for them, and encourage them on their journey. Please join us as we praise God together for the opportunity that He has given the McComas’ to serve in South Africa and pray for the work that He will do through this wonderful family.