Guest article by Paul Schlehlein When two years of appeals for South Sea missionaries failed, John Paton’s Scottish denomination succumbed to desperate measures: the casting of lots. The congregation sat in hushed silence as the elders examined the paper votes. The results were so indecisive that the organizers were once again left empty handed. Meanwhile, […]

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A decade ago, some extraordinary circumstances temporarily thwarted my plans for the mission field. I was on the cusp of assailing West Africa when I learned that this particular field was out, and so was the sending agency. A few days later I stood outside a prospective church and there, aboard my scuttled ship, stared […]

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Guest article by Paul Schlehlein, missionary in South Africa John Paton’s wife and child died before the boxes were unpacked.  He and his family had been on the tiny South Pacific island of Tanna for less than three months, beaming with hope that the cannibals would some day be converted. But while God’s hammer may […]

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