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Greater Than Gold

The world knows the name Eric Liddell as the winner of the gold medal for the 400 meter race in the 1924 Olympics (portrayed in the film Chariots of Fire). Many know, further, that he did not originally train for that race: he had trained for the 100 meter race, but, dismayed to find that the race was to be held on Sunday, the Lord’s day, he refused to run it and was allowed to switch to the 400 meter. Perhaps fewer still know that he was born to missionary parents and went back to China as a ...

August 2, 2021

Hindering God's Work

So many people in the world today have never heard what the Bible teaches about how we can be saved from sin's consequences and have a great life forever. Rachel and her husband translate the Bible in and teach in the Pelaꞌwan language. In this article, she shares her frustration at people doing things that hinder God's work and challenges us to consider becoming Bible translators or missionaries ourselves. Once again, someone did something really stupid, that is to say, something Christians s...

July 30, 2021

Whose prisoner are you?

Christian perspective has become a prime target for liberal society and media. As a result, attacks on Bible content and Christian ethics have gained momentum as the sanctity of life is challenged and God’s moral boundaries abandoned. Sadly selective scripture application or, indeed, silence is now a serious consideration for many Christians. Yet, some would argue that this is what’s required for the western Church to survive! Could I respectfully suggest that the current assault on Christi...

July 16, 2021

Teach Them Diligently

Though Kenya is considered a Christian nation, ethnic cultural practices are frequently mixed with biblical truths. The need for trained leaders for the more than 80,000 congregations is massive. One Kenyan pastor recently told his congregants that they could be saved by good works. Sitting in the pews were a group of children from a local orphanage, ranging from second grade to high school. When they returned home, they were distraught. They kept telling their house parents that is not what the...

July 12, 2021

A Prayer for Missionaries Returning from the Field.

Father God, We lift up missionaries returning from the field. Ecclesiastes 3 reminds us that You have a specific season for facets of our lives, and for many missionaries, their seasons in the field are not permanent. We lift them up in prayer as they return back to their homelands from the field. May they know they fulfilled their seasons in accordance to Your timeline for their lives, and the next assignment and chapter You have for them is important to Your heart. Help them to receive encoura...

July 5, 2021

Hungering To Learn

Throughout church history, Christians have looked to books to receive guidance, encouragement, and the wisdom of others. But in China, purchasing Christian resources is difficult, and there continue to be complex barriers to getting Bible-based resources into the country. In 2020, a group of Chinese believers was taken to the local police station for lengthy questioning about buying some Christian resources smuggled into China. Many were detained for more than 24 hours, and the person who sold t...

June 28, 2021

Two-Tenths of 1 Percent

Bosnia-Herzegovina is a beautiful country, where the hilly landscape is dotted with picturesque mountain villages. Ten years ago, in one of those villages, three Muslim women began to meet together in secret. They would log on to the internet and read the Bible together. Over time, they became attracted to the person of Jesus Christ. Desperate to know more about him, they mustered the courage to drive from their mountain village, where there was no church, to the another town, 45 minutes away. T...

June 21, 2021

The White Flags Of Peru

Mid last year, the government of Peru instituted mandatory COVID-19 lockdowns, closing everything but approved banks, food markets, and medical facilities. Since most of the population subsists on a day-to-day income, many could not fathom surviving two weeks without work. As they ran out of food, people began hanging white flags outside their homes. The flags were a type of surrender, signalling that those inside were desperate. One church started gathering food purchased and begun delivering i...

June 14, 2021

Let no one despise Ugandan youth

Uganda is one of the youngest countries in the world. Three-quarters of the population is younger than 30, while only 4.6 percent of the population is older than 60. The average age in Uganda is fifteen. These young people are willing to sail across the Mediterranean Sea to find jobs in Europe or travel to the Arab world as domestic workers. Some join terrorist groups like Al-Shabaab and Boko Haram. But others are planting churches, leading congregations, and reaching the unreached. The growth o...

May 31, 2021

Why do we pray for Christian Mission?

To answer this question, we would do well to first explore what Christian mission is. My definition for the sake of this reflection is that “Christian Mission is the deliberate proclamation of the Good News of the gospel.” This message comes with a personal invitation from God for all Christians to share the Good News. Matt 28 v18 – 20 In the western world a raft of crippling deceptions has created varying objections and at times hostility to the claims of Jesus. Christians by their presen...

May 28, 2021

The Walking Christians of Venezuela

For the people of Venezuela, skyrocketing inflation and the lack of food and medicine have been key reasons why over five million people have fled the country. Internet access and electricity availability across the country is unreliable, 95% of public transportation is unavailable, and fuel is inaccessible for many. Yet, the church has persevered. Pastors on the ground report an unexpected growth of new believers who have arrived tired and in need of a loving Father who brings peace, comfort, a...

May 24, 2021

God's Grace

From time to time I hear Christians say how much they are undeserving of God’s grace and salvation through Christ. Well, that is the definition of grace: unmerited favour. Do people think about God’s grace as an award? If you won an award or a prize for a competition, and there were many better entries than yours, yet you still won, you may well feel it was undeserved. Or if you won by default, because others were disqualified or couldn’t compete through illness. But it’s really not wort...

May 22, 2021

The fastest growing church in the world

Despite evangelism being outlawed, pastors getting executed, Bibles being banned, and 1300 hundred years of Islam rule, in 1979, there were still estimated to be 500 Christians in Iran. Nowadays, Iran has the fastest-growing evangelical movement in the world, with an estimated one million believers. The second-fastest-growing church is in Afghanistan, where the people are, in large part, being reached by Iranians. Iran faces many internal and global challenges, and as such many are searching for...

May 17, 2021

From zero to seven

In eastern Poland, 40 years of Communism was particularly harsh on all peoples. It crushed the small cluster of evangelical churches there, leaving very few Bible-believing Christians. Several years ago, two pastors set out to plant a church in the eastern town of Łukow. No Protestant church had existed in the towns 750-year history. The Pastors knew no one there, yet, they began holding worship services every Sunday, preaching more than 300 sermons, and handing out hundreds of gospel tracts am...

May 10, 2021

Missions To Burma (Myanmar)

At the age of 25, Adoniram Judson was the first American missionary to Burma (Myanmar). Judson would spend the next nearly forty years of his life living among and witnessing to the Burmese people. Judson’s efforts were slow-going. He was imprisoned and tortured, but he never gave up on his God-given calling to reach Burma for Christ. Before his death, Adoniram Judson had not only established several churches in Burma, but he had also given Burma one of the greatest gifts: the Bible in their o...

May 3, 2021

It begins with a hunger

The French have a proverb, which states, “A good meal ought to begin with hunger.” It is hard to enjoy a meal when you are not yet hungry. But, when you are hungry, anything tastes good. If we approach the Word with a hunger to be satisfied, we will be satisfied every time. Pray that it is not only missionaries but also ourselves who invite hungry people to God’s banquet table. Pray that our own hunger for Gods truth intensifies. Pray that we all remember to take time out from our daily l...

April 27, 2021

Poverty: It’s not what you think

Last week we dove into poverty’s links with oppression of all strips, and the lies that fuel it. We’re going to finish this series by reflecting on how poverty impacts the personhood of those suffering from it, and then asking what we can do to be agents of healing. Poverty mars people’s identity Karma, which is central to many religions, says that people deserve to be in their present condition because of their past actions or even past lives. If they had been better people, they would ha...

April 16, 2021

On Demand

Throughout any given day, it has become routine for us to expect to get access to anything and everything instantaneously, from ordering online with same day delivery to getting minute by minute news updates from around the globe. If it takes us longer than a few clicks or more than a few seconds to find and access what we want, we scroll or move onto the next thing.While it does happen, for most missionaries, they don’t usually get to see instant results. Some of the greatest missionaries hav...

April 12, 2021

Poverty: It’s not what you think

Last week we observed two different views of poverty—one that sees it as simply the lack of stuff, while the other takes into account the disempowerment driving the side effect of material lack. Now we’ll take a closer look at what is behind the power imbalance that leads to disadvantage. Poverty has links to the behaviour of the powerful Proverbs speaks of the poor being exploited and crushed (22:22), oppressed (28:3), mocked (17:5), denied mercy (18:23), shunned and avoided (19:7). Pas...

April 9, 2021

Poverty: It’s not what you think

Last week we contrasted the way the Bible portrays the plight of the poor with the assumptions of our own developed society. Now we’ll consider two modern definitions of poverty, each of which says different things about poverty’s nature. 1. Poverty as deficit As we discussed last week, this 20th century view sees poverty as the absence of stuff—that the poor don’t have enough food or access to safe water, schools and health care. Of course it often is the case that they don’t have...

April 3, 2021

Its all in the words

A missionary was recently reflecting on his many years of service overseas. Among the things he shared was how he felt that his answering the call to serve was probably the easiest part of his becoming a missionary. When asked what the most challenging part had been, he smiled and responded, "Every day since!" But when pressed to pinpoint just one aspect, he didn't hesitate. "Language fluency." While he had gone to language school and had spent years speaking the language, he still misunderstood...

March 29, 2021

Poverty: It’s not what you think

Over the next four posts, we’ll be challenging our own assumptions about what poverty is, why it exists, and—most importantly—what is truly needed to help people escape it. Today we’re looking at the contrast between how the Bible speaks of the poor with our own society’s perceptions of poverty. Poverty in the Psalms Entire societies were convinced the world was flat, until someone suggested otherwise. Many of us assume that we know what poverty is, but we could have a two...

March 26, 2021

Headspace 2021

We have all experienced the impact of Covid-19 on our lives, and here at GC3 we have seen this particularly on our Headspace 2020 program. Our HS leadership group has done a great job, ensuring the small team experienced real community as usual this year, even while they were at home during lockdown, enabling the team to develop a real awareness of God and His purposes. However, the traditional cross-cultural immersion experience in Thailand wasn’t possible. Given the influence ...

March 25, 2021

Praying for mission leaders

Missionaries aren't the only ones who need our prayers to carry out their calling; those who are called to support them do as well. So will you join us in lifting up mission leaders and asking God to pour out his grace and guidance? Some have ministries or projects that have had to be put on hold in these strange times. Ask God to show them what they should pursue and what they should release. All are caring for the spiritual, emotional and physical health of people who are under great pressure....

March 22, 2021

Praying for NZ based missionaries

It is easy for us to forgot that within New Zealand, many have still have not heard the Good News. Thankfully there are NZ based Missionaries, including those associated with GC3, who are working amongst the communities of the country who have yet to hear. Let's take a moment to pray for them. Father God, We pray over those missionaries sharing the hope and love of Christ on our very own soil. So many in our country have been shown a false view of what it means to follow Christ, but we pray thro...

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