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Technology saves lives

Each month Sefton Marshall sends out “Office Matters.” And without fail he receives a response from Steve, a Kiwi field worker with a Christian not-for-profit who is based in the USA. The two men speak into each other’s callings, sharing their lives and faith across the miles. Here are some excerpts of their exchanges to encourage you the way they encourage each other. “‘Technology saves lives’ – I used to think this was a gross exaggeration and prideful stretch,” Steve Peacock w...

October 15, 2021

Big Goals In Russia

After the chaotic collapse of Communism in the 1990s, life for the 144 million people who call Russia home is now materially better. But freedoms remain stifled, the business climate is challenging, and millions still struggle against poverty and ill-health. A whole, wasted, educated generation is opting out of political or civic participation.   The Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) survived Communism and remains the major symbol of Russian identity. However, along with smaller Christian ...

October 11, 2021

Effective Mission Equals Teams

More than any other time in our history the Covid pandemic has demanded an unnatural change in society that has shaken the norms of life. That change has required that we socially isolate and retract into our bubbles. The loss of social team networks and support such as workplaces, mission action, and church gatherings has radically changed our life. This is surely not what God had in mind for his people! No, it’s not. In fact, we see in the Bible’s first example of teamwork, God the Father,...

September 24, 2021

When the Bible Speaks

The first result of a closed Bible in the church is almost always the promotion or elevation of man and the replacing of God’s instructions with human reason! It is to this error that the apostle Paul cast a warning in which he even names himself! 1 Corinthians 3:3 – 4 “For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere men? For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not mere men”? In verse 5, ...

September 10, 2021

“Lament” - God’s Provision in a Pandemic!

A definition of lament is “Appealing to God for aid and overcoming present calamity.” With the impact of Covid-19 I have been saddened by little evidence of society or Christian communities calling on God the healer, protector and sustainer of life! Never in recent history has the world been so confronted with how little control we have over a world that is being pounded by this pandemic, as well as natural disasters, and human disasters resulting from bad stewardship of the creation that G...

August 27, 2021

Pray for Afghanistan

Over the last few weeks, the nation of Afghanistan has again begun to dominate global headlines. As the political landscape shifts let us remember the people of this nation. Pray for protection of life as no one is exempt from daily threat of death. Pray that God would open the hearts of political, tribal and community leaders. Pray for believers to find open doors into the lives of powerful people. Pray that leaders would come to understand and accept Jesus’ identity as the Son of God and wou...

August 16, 2021

What do they have in common?

What does a young Moroccan student in Munich have in common with a Jewish bride, a grandmother in Somalia, or a Bedouin with his camels in Saudi Arabia? None of them have heard who Jesus really is. They are among the 483 unreached unengaged people groups of Northern Africa and the Middle East. Pray that they will cross paths with believers who will share the Good News with them. Give thanks for those working, translating and serving in this part of the world, for it isn't an easy area to be call...

August 9, 2021

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...

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