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Modern Visions: Seeing the World Without Christ

A World with Convenience We live in a culture encapsulated by convenience and comfort. So entrenched into us are those comforts, that we don’t even recognize them as nonessential and expendable. As God has blessed us with those modernities of convenience and comfort, we should enjoy them as gifts from Him and ultimately for Him….

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Choosing Which Missionary to Support

There are two kinds of churches engaged in missions: (1) supporting churches who support missionaries sent by another church. (2) sending churches who support missionaries sent from their own church. There are no surprises if you support one of your own. They are members, and you have undoubtedly observed them over a period of time….

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The Seed and the Soil

In the Parable of the Soils, there is one constant in all three accounts – Matthew, Mark and Luke all recorded this parable spoken by Jesus. The one constant is the Seed which we know is the Word of God. There is a fluctuating element in the parable as well. The soils that Jesus referenced…

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Go Big!

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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