What Makes a Back to School Missionary

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So it’s back to school, new clothes, new pencils, and new gadgets. Anyone thinking about being a btsm (back-to-school-missionary)? Well maybe one guy is. A 15 year old student emailed last week asking me how to prepare to be a missionary while in high school. I dug around a little, it turns out there are more students out there darn serious about making a difference on their campuses.

Here’s what I wish someone would have told me in high school.  Warning: this post contains no lol, omg, l8r, bff, cya or even asap. Do you think any high schooler will read it? zzz Continue reading

Top 10 Life Lessons Learned On A Short-Term Mission Trip

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“I have fire kindling inside of me, a tremendous sense of urgency for [everyone] to hear the message, the solution to the longing inside of their souls to get in touch with a living breathing God, who has a purpose for their lives.” (My journal-May 1998)

I was 25 years old when I wrote this. I had numerous short-term mission experiences behind me. They had taken me to multiple countries.

My journal entry from over 14 years ago included some goals. I liked them then, I like them now. Here are the top 10 life lessons learned on a short-term mission trip.  Continue reading

Lemonade Stand Generosity

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I had over shot my cycling distance in the heat and ran out of water. The lemonade stand looked like an oasis in the desert.

I pulled up on my Rocky Mountain road bicycle, sweat pouring off my chin and asked if they had any water?

“Yes, I think there is a tap over there,” said one of the sweet young ladies selling the goods (she was no more than 10 years wise).

“Too bad I don’t have my wallet,” I said longingly gazing at the multiple ice cold pitchers of freshly squeezed lemonade (there had to be gallons of the stuff). Continue reading

Missions Location? Is That God or Me?

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A teen recently texted two missionaries… “How do you know if you’re going where God wants you to go vs. where you want to go?”

Wow that’s a biggy. There are many forces to consider when tackling this one. We have emotions, desires, histories, pressures from family, cultural expectations – not to mention good days and bad days. 

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Textn’ Q’s bout mission

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Recently we put two of our newest long term MB Missionaries in the hot seat in front of over 700 youth (high school age) at the MB National Youth Convention.  We put a number to text on the big screens and invited everyone in the room to send in their questions to have them answered live!

As expected we couldn’t keep up. Within minutes we had over 100 text responses come in. Picture them coming from a teenager you know…they were sincere and surprisingly thoughtful …most of all they were just pretty darn inspiring.  Wanna know the top themes? Continue reading

Homecoming Hazards

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Life is full of ‘hellos’ and ‘goodbyes.’ Our relational contexts are constantly changing.  While we leave some behind, we fumble our way into new ones. A change in college, workplace or neighborhood of residence begins a journey into new relationships.  We function well in that new context believing ourselves to be relational geniuses, but then A COLLEGE or FAMILY REUNION occurs!


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The Final Lap

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We all come to the end of different chapters in life. Some endings are celebrated, like a long tenure in a job or a well-run marathon race. Other endings are dreaded, like an early end to a hockey team’s season in the playoffs or the end of a vacation. Whether one is looking forward to an ending or not, staying focused and finishing strong can be an elusive skill.

Believe it or not, the way you end something is as important as the way you began it. [John Ortberg in an article “Birthing a Sermon” uses the illustration of flying a plane; he encourages one to spend as much prep time on the landing as one does on the takeoff.]
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