Josh G. | April 21, 2016 | Topic: Missionary Life

One of the things that has surprised me the most about raising support to go overseas is how people often respond when my wife and I tell them that we have to raise our own support. Their countenance drops to the floor as if we’ve lost our best friend, and they softly  say, “Oh no…I’m so sorry.” […]

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Mike Pettengill | April 20, 2016 | Topic: Missionary Life

Guest article by Mike Pettengill  Most missionaries are struggling. They battle emotional, physical and spiritual battles while on the field. Due to the fact they want to appear like a missionary worthy of support, they typically hide their pain and keep their suffering private. Certainly, supporting churches, friends, family and missions agencies should be caring […]

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Jon Deedrick | March 24, 2016 | Topic: Missions and the Church

“He is risen!” “He is risen indeed!” These words of the earliest Christians have been rehearsed for millennia and find special meaning as believers celebrate Easter Sunday each year. Jesus’ resurrection from the dead ignites our celebration and worship because he has set us free from the power of sin and death, our future resurrection guaranteed. Yet, […]

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Jon Deedrick | March 17, 2016 | Topic: Reaching & Teaching Updates

Reaching & Teaching, in partnership with Third Avenue Baptist Church, recently launched a pastoral training center in northeastern Brazil in the city of Juazeiro do Norte. Juazeiro is growing to be a commercial hub in that desert region of Brazil. The launching of the Reaching & Teaching training site in Juazeiro is strategic for training leaders […]

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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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Training pastors and church leaders never gets old. This is especially true every time you have the privilege of teaching the first module at a new training site.  During the week of February 7-13, I was privileged to join Pastor Nick Wilson (Plainview, Minnesota) and Terry Spenst (Wichita, Kansas) for a week of training in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Haiti […]

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AJ Gibson | February 23, 2016 | Topic: Culturality, Missiology, Missionary Life

In their Introduction to Global Missions, Zane Pratt, David Sills, and Jeff Walters define a missionary as “someone who intentionally crosses boundaries for the purpose of communicating the gospel.”[i] Those boundaries come in many forms—culture, geography, language, religion, socioeconomics, etc.—but fundamental to being a missionary is crossing these kinds of boundaries, or barriers, to carry […]

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Trevor Holloway | February 11, 2016 | Topic: Missionary Life

Several years ago, a good friend approached me about supporting his family in their missionary endeavor in a developing country. What I remember most about our discussion is looking at my friend’s financial budget. I did not look at the line items, but went straight for the bottom line. I was shocked, to say the least! His fundraising goal was far […]

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As I sit aboard a plane bound for the U.S. from the Dominican Republic, I can’t help but reminisce about the past three years and the process of Christian transformation. I’m returning from El Cercado, where we recently completed the eighth of nine training modules in the Reaching and Teaching pastoral training program. We are […]

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Paul Schlehlein | February 4, 2016 | Topic: Missiology, Missionary Life

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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