3 Reasons We Need to Encourage Our Missionaries

3 Ways You Can Encourage A Missionary

Living six months in Thailand serving as volunteer missionaries with Danielle allowed me to see firsthand what life is like for many missionaries. Over the years I have had the pleasure of calling missionaries serving all over the world friend. These missionary friends come from different nations, different churches and sending agencies. Yet they all have something in common. They need encouragement.

Son of Encouragement

One of my favorite people in the Bible is Barnabas. His name means “son of encouragement”. Actually that wasn’t his birth name, but he was such an encourager it became his name.

I love this passage in Acts 11 as it’s read in the Message bible. It not only describes Barnabas, but also gives us a great definition of encouragement:

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The Key to the Missionary Problem [Podcast 025]

In this episode I share my thoughts about this book, The Key to the Missionary Problem that I first read as I rode in the backseat of a small van traveling around a sub-tropical island in the South China sea.

Even though this book was written over 100 years ago by Andrew Murray, it is still very relevant to our generation, and here is why:

The church as not the obedience or the determination to attempt the task to proclaim the gospel within this generation…She does not seriously desire to proclaim the gospel in every country on the face of the earth. The Christians of our day are not unitedly resolved to accomplish it.Andrew Murray

Listen here to my thoughts about the Four Problems Andrew Murray states in his book:

I highly recommend this book! You can get it here: The Key to the Missionary Problem: A Passionate Call to Obedience in Action

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Mike McComb Interview: Missionary from Guatemala [Podcast 024]

Mike and Terri live in the mountains of Guatemala where they have raised all their children. As Mike says in the interview, he has lived longer in Guatemala than he lived in the U.S. I enjoy hearing stories like their’s. I am sure you will too.

Mike (far right) and his family

See below for some of the nuggets from the interview.

Show Notes

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Are You Willing to Ask Hard Questions About Your Life? [Podcast 021]

Interview with Joel Whose Family Serves in South Asia

In today’s episode I interview my friend Joel who along with his wife, Leah, and young family serve in a country in South Asia. In the interview I ask Joel to take us through the process of how his they mad the decision to serve as foreign missionaries.

Joel shares many nuggets about the process, but what stood out to me was when he says that they began asking themselves hard questions about how they lived life, spent their money, and so on. Joel calls this a “holy discontent”.

I think this is a good exercise for everyone to do…ask yourself hard questions about how you live life…even though it often can cause a “holy discontent”.

Listen to find out what this really looks like:

Here is what else you will hear in the episode:

…a little about Joel’s family.

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What Is an UPG?

UPG stands for Unreached People Group. Okay. Unreached? By whom? Why is anyone trying to “reach” these groups?

One more question…what is a “people group”?

I have spent nearly all of my 55 years on this world in the United States, like 99+% of my life. My family took me to church from the time I was a baby, so I have heard about who Jesus Christ is many, many times over. I still attend church. I even served a few times on the staff of churches. I have told the story about Jesus Christ many times.

I have heard about Jesus Christ so many times in my 55 years that sometimes I become nonchalant about this redemption story.

If you are from the United States or another western nation, odds are, even if you never have stepped foot into a church and didn’t grow up in a Christian home, you have heard about Jesus Christ.

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Meeting A Physical Need Can Bring Spiritual Healing: Interview with Ashley Redburn [Podcast 018]

In today’s podcast episode, I interview Ashley Redburn, Stateside Operations Director for Sole Hope. In the episode you will learn about a ministry that meets a physical need of Ugandans. The jigger parasite burrows into its hosts feet causing pain, and if untreated, deformity.

Even though the medical procedure to remove the jiggers is relatively simple, the social stigma about anyone who has jiggers creates a much larger problem. The founders of Sole Hope, Dru and Asher Collie, began Sole Hope after Asher came across a YouTube video about how jiggers entered the feet of children in Uganda and the devastating impact it had on these children.

Listen to the podcast to learn more:

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What Does A Wholistic Approach to Orphan Care Look Like? [Podcast 017]

An Interview with John Palmieri of World Orphans

In today’s podcast episode I interview John Palmieri with World Orphans. I met John a few months ago through a mutual friend. What I learned about World Orphans impressed me.

John and family fun photo!

If you are like me, you probably think that World Orphans is another organization that helps families adopt internationally. However, World Orphans, as you will hear in the interview, focuses on strengthening families and communities across the world.

Show Notes

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Why Is Important that You Know What the 10/40 Window Is?

Your Answer Impacts the End of the World

If you are involved with foreign missions at all, I am sure you know what the 10/40 window is. If you aren’t, then you might not have any idea what I am talking about.

According to JoshuaProject.net the 10/40 window “is the rectangular area of North Africa, the Middle East and Asia approximately between 10 degrees north and 40 degrees north latitude.”

That link to Joshua Project will give you some insight into how many people live in the 10/40 window, what religions are prevalent, and how many unreached people groups are there.

My question is, “Why is it important that we know what the 10/40 window is?”

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How Can We Equip and Send Missionaries Well?An Interview about Launch Global [Podcast 014]

Far too often we send missionaries into a foreign culture without adequate preparation. The result is the missionary returning home long before they had any impact. The causes include lack of financial resources, poor team dynamics, limited knowledge of how to accomplish the mission, marital issues, personal character challenges, and so on.

My friend C (I will use only his initial for security reasons) began working with Launch Global a few years ago. I met my friend C a few years ago as we served different churches here in the same city. We had similar roles of equipping people and teams to serve on the mission field either short or long term. I readily admit that C is gifted in this area. I watched as he and his wife took a group of couples through an intensive process to ready them to deploy to the field.

That experience influenced C’s decision to join Launch Global and the work they are doing of “Helping people discover God’s will, develop as a disciple-maker, and deploy for maximum impact.

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13 Challenges Foreign Missionaries Face

We send them to every part of the world. We support them financially. We pray for them from time to time. But do we know what challenges they face?

Sometimes I think that we view missionaries as different than we are. Maybe more spiritual or gifted differently. I don’t think they are any different than you or me.

The one thing that I notice is different between someone who goes to a foreign mission field and someone who doesn’t is…Availability. It’s not just availability. It is a willing and submitted heart.

It is important for us who are senders to understand the best we can what the challenges are that our missionaries face so we can effectively pray for and support them.

As I have said before…We all are a part of this mission.

I reached out to a few of my missionary friends and asked them about the challenges they face. Everyone shared with great vulnerability. They want you to understand enough so you can interceded powerfully for them.

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