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Grace Bible Church in Elkhart, Indiana has supported our family for more than 80 years.  It started with my father who was a missionary in Nigeria.  They also supported me when I left for South Africa… and have been funding our ministry ever since. My dad began and ended his deputation at this church.  He…

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What Kind of Agency?

When your church wants to send a missionary overseas, there are two approaches: Just send them on their own, or Have them join a mission agency If you choose the agency route, there are basically two kinds of mission boards: Clearing house, and Full service With the clearing house organization, you join and tell them…

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Developing a Sending Church Partnership (Part 3)

Ownership of a Ministry All six areas of care are accounted for. Each leader is notified as Byron gets commitments from those he continues to talk with. He simply directs them to the team leader after they have prayed about what area of service the Lord has shown them to fulfill. The meetings continue monthly….

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Developing A Sending Church Partnership (Part 2)

A Team Coordinator is the Key Person Byron realized that the key person to find would be the team leader. “Out of sight, out of mind” is too strong a malady to expect that he could keep the team functioning from his place in Asia. Fortunately a lady who had been a Bible school classmate…

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Developing a Sending Partnership Team (Part 1)

“I’m not gonna read dat book! I’ve got the Bible and that’s all I need,” Byron yelled at his missions pastor. Byron had been on several short-term ventures. But on this most recent one, God had touched his heart with the opportunity for a longer-term commitment. He had shared his vision (personal call) with his…

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A Critical Key to Being a Sending Church

Most churches have never sent one of their own church members to the mission field.  They may support a lot of other missionaries from other churches… but never from their own church. The single most critical catalyst for this to happen is that the leadership of the church wants it to happen.  If the pastor…

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What Prayer Says About Your Relationship with Missionaries

The Importance of Prayer A privilege granted to us by God, prayer is foundational to the Christian life. Important to our relationship with God and our relationships with others, there is no lack of teaching and resources on the importance of prayer. We learn from the Apostle Paul that prayer indicates a constant, continual reliance…

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Our God is a Sending God

Our God is a Sending God

God is a sending God, always has been! Sending out people to proclaim truth and deliverance has its roots in the Old Testament. In Genesis 3:15 we have God’s promise to send a deliverer. In Genesis 12:3 God reveals that His promise to Abraham involved reaching the world. In Joshua 4:23-24, Joshua declared to the…

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Guidance Counselor

Guidance Counselor

High School students often rely on a guidance counsellor to help them make the choice about where to go to college.  What should they say to a Senior in high school who is contemplating becoming a missionary? In the past, it was quite simple.  The answer would be “go to a Bible College or Bible…

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Missions: Who Supports Whom??

Missionary support is not all about supporting the missionary. Missionary support is also about the missionary supporting the churches that help provide for him or her. Perhaps, in our modern missions world, this is a radical concept to consider. Our current trend is centered on the idea that missionaries partner with churches or individuals on…

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