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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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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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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