Small Church – Big Mission

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Tears flowed down his cheeks as the pastor opened the service. He announced that, as a church, they had chosen to complete the fund raising needs for a recent MB Mission global church planting team. I listened in awe as the pastor explained to all in attendance their role in reaching the unreached. Here before them was an opportunity to participate in the God’s mission story on the other side of the globe in one of the of neediest countries. Continue reading

Raise Your Hand

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Picture a police woman standing in an intersection; it’s her first day on the job. She’s nervous, the cars whizzing past. She sports the badge, the gun, and the training of a police officer but she doesn’t feel like it. As confused drivers block up the streets waiting for her direction, they start to honk and swear. In a panic, she calls her chief for help…he gives her three words. Continue reading

Saying Good-Bye

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to move to a different continent to share Christ’s hope with people who have never heard of Christ? For long-term workers, the practical implications are countless.

Think of your own situation: homes, vehicles and belongings would need to be sold or stored. Continue reading

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 Reasons To Be A Missionary

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And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. (Matt 24:14)

I can’t think of a more compelling statement to inspire missionaries: veteran or rookie. “This is not a great commission, nor a great commandment. It is a great certainty, a great confidence.” (John Piper)I know many unbelievable missionaries who have left their home country leaning 110% on this confidence. Nothing expresses this more clearly than their top 10 reasons to be a missionary. 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

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. 

How do you really know? Continue reading