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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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Death  – the Door to Immortality

Death – the Door to Immortality

“Why do you cry at death? Don’t you know that death is immortality?” These were the words of comfort at the funeral of a man we studied the Bible with. Often, the response to the most devastating circumstances is to give the most hopeful of outlooks. While veiled differently, this is a typical response to…

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Apoluo in a Missionary Setting

Apoluo in a Missionary Setting

Recently it was my privilege to take the APOLUO seminar that BMW provides to North American sending churches to a group of leaders in Villa Carlos Paz, Argentina. There were three church leaders in attendance due to conflicting schedules for some of the ones originally scheduled to participate. Two of the men were national missionary…

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A Sweet Harvest

A Sweet Harvest

Anil’s life in a hut on a mountainous sugar cane farm knew plenty of hardship. Plowing, planting and harvesting with the help of only their bullock, Anil’s family had sacrificed to the gods for generations to ensure their farming success. Into the midst of this darkness walked missionaries with a message of hope and life…

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Decorate for Missions

Decorate for Missions

If a person walked into your church building for the first time, would they know that missions is important even if they did not talk to anyone? That can be accomplished by the way you decorate your church building.   Does the decor of your facilities “scream” missions? Most churches have at least a missionary…

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