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Seeing God’s Hand in a Taxi Cab

Seeing God’s Hand in a Taxi Cab

“No $500 bills,” the bearded taxi driver grunted in Cantonese. “You must have change.” A friend and I had just climbed into the taxi on the way to teach a Bible class. The taxi driver had no interest in conversing with us so my friend and I chatted in the back seat. Two days later,…

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A Sending Church or a Supporting Church?  YES!!

A Sending Church or a Supporting Church? YES!!

I recently met with a group of pastors to ask them one question: “What do you think is the reason why so few churches (perhaps one in twenty) are senders who send out one of their own as a missionary despite the clear teaching of Acts 13″? Their answers are instructive to all of us…

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Finding Freedom Behind Bars

Finding Freedom Behind Bars

Prison is a mission field in and of itself. One elderly Latino inmate was saved in prison years ago before being taken off death row. He learned to read, write and study. He has taught many men and led many of them to Christ. This man wrote: I only have a little time left (lung…

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Funding Missions — Part 2

Funding Missions — Part 2

A second primary factor is a shift in thinking among donors and potential donors. Many younger donors in particular dislike giving institutionally. Giving to an institution, be it a church or an organization, seems very impersonal and takes the control for how donations are used out of the hands of the giver. Therefore, a growing…

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A Murderer With No Sin

A Murderer With No Sin

“You’ve never sinned?” “No,” came the response from a man who had seen much in his 65 years. And that’s how the conversation went as he responded to each of the missionary’s promptings about lying, stealing, etc. After years of sharing the gospel, something happened that we never prepared for: we had finally found the…

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Funding Missions — Part 1

Funding Missions — Part 1

It takes money to do missionary work. It takes money to get to the field, stay on the field, work on the field and return from the field. This is true for both short-term missions and career missions. Since the dawn of the so called modern missionary era in the time of William Carey, most…

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How Many Christians Does it Take?

How Many Christians Does it Take?

Do you ever wonder how many Christians it takes for one person to come to Christ? Consider the case of two school girls in Australia. Ruby and Charlotte met in junior high, and their friendship grew naturally. Ruby’s family had taught her the gospel from the earliest age, but Charlotte’s family had no interest in…

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Missionaries or Mercenaries?

Missionaries or Mercenaries?

Note: Originally posted October 2014. 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 who can’t make it anywhere else so they go looking for well-meaning…

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Just Spectacular!

Just Spectacular!

That is what it was like recording the Farsi version of King of Glory. The whole week was energizing as we saw how the Lord pulled together a recording session that was first thought to be impossible. About three quarters of the way through the project, the person doing the recording stopped and said, “Now…

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I Think I Have a Training Problem

I Think I Have a Training Problem

Spending most of my career and ministry in education and training, I often hear “This person is not doing X. Please arrange some training for them.” After the training was delivered and generally well received, it was not uncommon that the person in question still wasn’t doing X. Obviously, training wasn’t the only issue. In…

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