No missionary has ever served without a team. Every Christian should seek to be part of a mission team. God has purposed that his plan for the global church will be brought about through the ministry of mission teams. Teams are as essential for kingdom advance today as they have always been. A Notable Missions […]

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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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Tambo, Ecuador — A little over a week ago we learned of an earthquake in Ecuador, and numerous aftershocks have continued rattling the region – over 700 so far. Our concern has been not only for people in danger, but our hearts are also pained because our adopted homeland is suffering. We spent years living in […]

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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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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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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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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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