Category Archives: Missions

The Fields are still white – Laborers still needed

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Whatever one thinks of these numbers, one thing is clear: despite 225 years of Protestant missionary advance, the world is still largely unevangelized… Continue reading

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Influences of Culture

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A person native to a culture often does not perceive the subtle influence of that culture. That all changes when a missionary enters his host culture. Everything is different, he feels, smells, senses all the differences in an overwhelming cacophony of stimuli. Continue reading

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Symptoms of Culture Shock

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Duane Elmer gives the following helpful list as symptoms of culture shock in his book, Cross Cultural Connections. If you are going through culture shock this list may not lessen the pain you are feeling right now, but it can help you identify what is really going on. Continue reading

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Flying Again – Interview with Gracia Burnham

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(Video) God’s grace in the life of missionary Gracia Burnham. Gracia tells her story ten years after the rescue from Muslim extremists that ended in the death of her husband. Continue reading

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Annual IBMGlobal Candidate Conference

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This week I have been participating in an annual training conference for cross-cultural missionaries.  I serve as the Africa Director for a mission agency, IBMGlobal. This year we have missionary candidates heading to South Sudan, Costa Rica, the jungles of Peru, … Continue reading

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Thomas Ragland’s Lessons For Successful Missionary Work

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The Great Commandment states that we are to “love the Lord… with all your heart, soul, strength and mind.” The Great Commission states that we are to “go into all the world and preach the gospel” to everyone, everywhere. Thomas … Continue reading

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How To Encourage & Discourage Your Missionaries in Five Easy Steps

Pastor, get in touch with us personally! It is a blessing to talk with a pastor in a supporting church and it is abundantly clear that he actually knows who you are and can interact with you about what is going on in the ministry – he reads our prayer letters and is informed. Don’t forget communication is a two-way street! Continue reading

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Musings On The Missionary Enterprise

NOT EVERYTHING CALLED MISSIONS IS MISSIONS. My understanding of missionary work is formed by the Book of Acts. The clear pattern there is evangelism, discipleship, establishing churches, and training pastors / elders. When I came to my present pastorate I studied the list of supported missionaries and discovered that of 16 entities only two were on this program… Continue reading

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What Is Your Definition of Missions?

We must avoid the tendency to view structural, educational, and organizational development within the missionary endeavor as an end in itself, rather than as a means to the end of making Jesus the Object of worship worldwide. Continue reading

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God’s Sovereignty And The Spread Of The Gospel (Pt.2)

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At no place is the tension between the various views of God’s sovereignty been highlighted more clearly than regarding the matter of personal salvation. Again, all orthodox believers would assent to God’s sovereignty in this area, but their respective understandings of it would be considerably different. Continue reading

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