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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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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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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Global Voices is a series that engages missionaries and key figures in Christian missions to spotlight what God is doing around the world. January 8, 2016, marked the 60-year anniversary of the martyrdom of the “Auca Five” in the Ecuadorian jungle. Nate Saint, Jim Elliot, Peter Fleming, Ed McCully, and Roger Youderian were killed by members of the Waodani tribe […]

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Guest article by Mike Pettengill, missionary to Equatorial Guinea  Like Dr. Frankenstein, I have occasionally tried to assemble the perfect missionary from spare parts. Unlike the good doctor, I have only ever tried this experiment in my mind.  What does this perfect missionary look like? The creature must be an orator with the skills of […]

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During the week of October 12-16th, I joined Reaching & Teaching staff member, Tony Steele, to train 36 pastors and leaders in Chazuta, Peru, a jungle town at the edge of the Amazon Basin. This occasion wasn’t the first time that Tony and I have worked together, having previously participated together on the student body […]

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Traveling to teach pastors and church leaders is always a privilege. It is a special privilege to return to the same location more than one time. During the week of September 19-26, we were able to return to Otavalo, Ecuador, for the second of nine training modules. The training was again held at Iglesia Bautista […]

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Guest post by Reaching & Teaching staff member, Jon Deedrick  Is theology necessary to your life as a Christian? Beyond that, is teaching, understanding, and loving theology a vital component of the mission that Christ gave each one of us – to go into all the world and make disciples? Working toward a definition At its […]

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Guest post from Reaching & Teaching staff member, Cohen Ezelle: I remember when the Lord first started giving me the desire to train pastors and church leaders. I was in my mid twenties, in Bible College, and working in landscaping full-time. Needless to say I would come home physically drained after sweating in the hot […]

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