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Tech Savvy Missions

Tech Savvy Missions

Ephesians 4 is a beautiful picture of a church functioning for the glory of God and the good of God’s people. It’s a picture of God’s equipping the church body using individual gifts, attaining unity of faith and love. In the northern corridor of Argentina sits one of only four churches to reach 1.3 million…

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Becoming a Missionary

Becoming a Missionary

Even after you have answered God’s call on your life, even after you have made life changing decisions, even after a church has sent you into the ministry, even after a mission board has agreed to back you, there is a lot that goes into becoming a missionary. In my experience, once things become official,…

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An Unlikely Conversion

An Unlikely Conversion

For decades, an elderly Asian man had resisted the Gospel. His wife, a devout believer, spent the last ten years of her life bedridden; this man and his son held this against her God. After she passed away, only his young grandson believed on Christ. Years passed, and God brought his daughter-in-law to know Christ…

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How To Choose a Mission Agency

How To Choose a Mission Agency

Choosing the right mission agency is sometimes more important than choosing which country you go to as a missionary. The agency will either be a blessing or a pain. Though many agencies have similarities, their cultures differe considerably. In this podcast, https://youtu.be/XCrfu0N8-Y8 the director of Biblical Ministries Worldwide is interviewed about how to make the…

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Deficiencies of the Missionary Newsletter

Deficiencies of the Missionary Newsletter

As a missionary, my personal lament is that relationships between supporters and their missionaries is not stronger. Therefore, I err on the side of more communication. There is one tool though, that gives me pause and necessitates an evaluation of its usefulness: the missionary newsletter. Admittedly, when the end of the month approaches I find…

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Haunting Questions

Haunting Questions

Every Christian needs a good theology of suffering. Why do bad things happen to people? Why is there hunger, poverty, and war? Moving overseas can bring these questions into stark focus. The guy who sells coconut snacks looked at me the other day and said, “This is all I do. I have no future. Can…

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I Was Listening

I Was Listening

Some people are in our lives for a time and then “disappear” for a while. Some time ago, we did a Bible study with a couple and recently re-connected with them. They would bring their teenage son with them when we would meet to study. This son admitted himself into a drug rehab center and…

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Call to Missions:  A Death Sentence

Call to Missions: A Death Sentence

Amongst job advertisements one will likely not find a job with the phrase “willingness to die” listed among the required competences or duties. Such a job description might provoke curiosity but rarely produce legitimate interest or candidates. While that premise as a job description is not so inviting, it exists as a reality for those…

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Teaching Beyond the Textbook

Teaching Beyond the Textbook

Teachers have an important role in the lives of so many! They teach more than what is found in any textbook. In this case, through the years, many teachers have relocated to a place where it is difficult to acquire visas to live and work. These faithful teachers and their families spend years investing both…

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No Money in the Budget

No Money in the Budget

One of the frequent responses Appointees receive from churches is that there is no more money in the budget to take on another missionary. While it is true that there may be no money in the budget, there is still a lot of money available.   I was the Assistant Pastor of a church in…

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