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

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

Different Ages Hear God Differently

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A friend of mine recently commented that older generations today are reluctant to admit their ability to hear God’s voice. On the other hand young adults have no qualms using the words “God told me this that and the other thing.”

Why is that do you think? Don’t both of these realities pose some real dangers? 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