Where Does a Missionary Call and Guidance Come From? God calls, gifts, and guides His people in missions. He influences us in a host of ways such as international mission trips, reading missionary biographies, sermons, Bible study, personal relationships, love for languages, or ministry with internationals. Mission agencies wisely ask candidates about their call to […]

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Call and Guidance There is a difference between a call to missions and the guidance to fulfill it. Many feel a passion for the nations long before they sense a burden for a specific place, people group, religious worldview, language group, or specific ministry. As we say yes to His call, God begins to shape […]

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Definitions of the Missionary Call To discern whether God is calling you to missions, it is helpful to know what a missionary actually is. One definition is “someone who never gets used to the sound of pagan footsteps on their way to a Christless eternity.” But if that’s true, then hopefully everyone is a missionary. […]

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Is There a Missionary Call? Some point out that the word missionary does not appear in the Bible, so of course missionary call won’t be found either. When I was researching evangelical perspectives and positions for the book, The Missionary Call, I found that the pendulum of opinion has swung back and forth through the […]

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Are You Called? “People think they’re called to missions, but they just fell in love with the first place they went on a mission trip, or became fascinated with some missionary biography they read.” I have heard these kinds of sentiments from well-meaning, missions-minded people. It is painful when those closest to you doubt your […]

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In The Man in the Leather Hat, veteran missionary Paul Long tells story after story about his three decades as a missionary pilot and church planter. When he served in Brazil, he would fly into the deep interior of the country and plant churches where people had not interacted much with the outside world. A […]

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Since the day of Pentecost and the beginnings of the Church, persecution against the Church has been a reality. Stephen, the first martyr, was stoned to death for his bold proclamation of the gospel. The apostles were threatened not to “preach in this name,” which is to say the name of Jesus. James the apostle […]

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