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Shedding Misunderstanding

Shedding Misunderstanding

There it stood, a simple, common 2×5 garden shed, perched vexingly in the wrong spot. I had drawn a rectangle in the dirt exactly where I wanted the shed, stopping to repeat in clear, slow English, “please move the shed here.” Most Zulu speakers have some fluency in English. Yet, my Zulu friend, Senzo, had…

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How Long Has It Been?

How Long Has It Been?

Most churches have never sent a missionary from their congregation. Those same churches love missionaries. They support missionaries financially and pray for them. They would consider themselves missions-minded. Yet in spite of the interest and commitment to missions, they have never sent one of their own to the mission field. It seems incongruous to have…

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Does God Speak Luxembourgish?

Does God Speak Luxembourgish?

Fifty years ago you wouldn’t have thought so. The country used French and German for just about everything written or broadcast. No one could agree how to write the local national language, and it was hard to find modern literature in Luxembourgish. When Bible-believing Christians wanted to communicate the gospel among local people, foreign languages…

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Why Does Your Church Support the Missionaries They Support?

Why Does Your Church Support the Missionaries They Support?

Every church I visit loves missions and missionaries. I’m often invited to speak at churches about missions which provides opportunity to visit the the display of missionaries supported by the church. Most churches have a dedicated space in the building to display what they are doing in missions. As I look at the list, I…

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She Named Him Emmanuel

She Named Him Emmanuel

In most of Africa, people leave their rural homes to go and work in the cities, living in temporary shacks. They travel home maybe once a month, or if they are fortunate, once a week. For this reason, Christmas is a favorite time of year. The cities empty out, the trains are clogged with people…

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Have Yourself a Missionary Conference

Have Yourself a Missionary Conference

A number of years ago, a pastor whom I had met as a student called me to ask if I could come to his church in Maine and speak at a missions conference. I was to be overseas that week, and had to decline the invitation. He told me he would check again to see…

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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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