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The Battle is Real

The Battle is Real

“How can a dead man live again?” the young woman asked. “How can miracles be real? I believe God created the world. I believe that I am a sinner and that Christ died for me. But I cannot find faith to believe the resurrection.” This is one of the reactions to the Gospel that we…

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A Spiritually Dark Place

A Spiritually Dark Place

Prison – a spiritually dark place, yet the light of God’s Word has infiltrated its darkness through the ministry of God’s people. One man wrote to a local ministry: Thank you for all the effort on your part in sharing the Word of God with us. I have learned to treat people a different way….

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Shotgun or Rifle?

Shotgun or Rifle?

There are two approaches to “doing” missions in a local church. Some churches seek to support a missionary in every country in the world so they take on support for dozens of missionaries at $25 each. Other churches are more targeted in their approach and choose a specific people or nation and they take on…

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Sending Losers to the Mission Field

Sending Losers to the Mission Field

Someone has said that if your church doesn’t hurt when sending you as a missionary… they probably shouldn’t send you.   There is a caricature of missionaries that they are people who couldn’t get a ministry in the States, so we send them “over there” where the natives will not realize they are incompetent. That…

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Who Would Have Guessed?!

Who Would Have Guessed?!

“I’m trying to find a ride to town so that you can pick up the boys for Church,” she said over the phone. Who would have guessed that the mom that got kicked out of the projects for selling drugs would be the one most concerned that her kids made it on Sunday mornings? Every…

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Why Would A Church NOT Want to Send Missionaries from their Congregation?

Why Would A Church NOT Want to Send Missionaries from their Congregation?

We recently conducted five THINK-TANKS with pastors in four different states. The topic being discussed was how churches could identify, train and launch missionaries from their congregation. One of the questions we asked was: Why would a church NOT want to send missionaries from their congregation. Here is a summary of the pastor’s answers:  …

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She Prayed, God Answered

She Prayed, God Answered

Every missionary comes with a story, or many of them. They are stories of God’s work and faithfulness. Missionaries have a unique perspective of God’s work that yields a powerful view of who God is. Not only do they get the privilege to see God answer prayer, missionaries can also be the answer to prayer….

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Missionaries or Mercenaries?

Missionaries or Mercenaries?

This article was originally posted April 2014 and is being re-posted to a new set of readers–Editor Deputation is a word that strikes fear into the heart of many people looking at the missionary enterprise. Some have said, “I wouldn’t go around to churches and people begging for money.” Others look at missionaries as people…

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Are You Willing?

Are You Willing?

“Do you know why I am a Christian?” I asked the church’s next-door neighbor as I gnawed on a roasted ear of corn during a barbecue just in front of the church. From where we talked, we could see the lights of a thousand skyscraper windows, blinking down on us in the twilight. “Your society…

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We Want to Stop Recruiting!

We Want to Stop Recruiting!

Most mission agencies have a recruiting department and aggressively seek to find new missionaries to join them. Historically, they have sent representatives to Bible Colleges and Seminaries to enlist those who may be heading to the mission field. Agencies are highly motivated because we regularly see the needs and opportunities around the world. Missionaries desperately…

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