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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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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5 Ways We Can Go to the Nations without Leaving Our Community

Do We Really Have an Excuse for Not Taking the Gospel to the Nations?

Often we use excuses for not going to the nations as God’s Word commands us to do. The usual excuses are “not enough money” or “not enough time” or “my kids are too young/too old”.

Those excuses may have worked a generation or two ago here in America, but not any longer. Especially in urban communities where thousands of people from all over the world live, work, and go to school.

Simply, the world is becoming a smaller place.

Just at the University of Texas in Austin about 127 countries are represented. According to VisitHoustonTexas.com over 90 languages are spoken in the Houston area.

I am sure that these numbers reflect the community you live in as well. The question bow do you engage these people groups right at your doorstep?

Here are 5 ways we can go to the nations without leaving our community. I hope that you can add more ways or additional information about these 5:

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An Interview with a Missionary – Dave Hanna serving in East Asia

Many People in the World Haven't Heard the Name of Jesus even Once

I met Dave Hanna in the beginning of 2006. My wife and I were part of a team of 10 that went to Pattaya, Thailand for Chinese New Year. The whole trip stretched me, including meeting Dave. He is tall, loud, and passionate. He definitely left an impression!

A little over one year later, Danielle and I were on a plane back to Pattaya, Thailand to serve with Dave and his team for six months.

As I mention in the video introduction, Dave might challenge you, make you laugh, maybe even cry. I encourage you to take time to watch or listen to this interview with Dave Hanna.

 

Here is how you can contact Dave Hanna. Currently he and Tan are in the United States (September 2015), so please don’t call the international number.

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15 Ways You Can Pray for Any Missionary

Every missionary I talk to says that consistent, persistent prayer is the most important thing they need. We might not have the means to go or feel called to go; we might not have the resources to support much financially; but we all have the ability to be powerful intercessors for those who do go.

Right now some of my missionary friends face challenges and needs such as these—the loss of a son; discouragement; weariness; separation from family for a few weeks; more financial support, etc.

I know you pray or want to pray for those we have sent to the mission field especially when you are reminded. In case you aren’t sure how to pray for them, here is a helpful list.

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Is Our Arrogance Killing Our Passion for Missions?

I sat and listened to a friend who has served in East Asia for seven years talk about how they are sharing the Good News and discipling new believers. I found joy in hearing the things God is doing through their work. It stirred up feelings of pride. Pride. Now that’s an interesting emotion in response to what he was sharing.

My missionary friend was giving a report of his work to a team of pastors and lay leaders. The more I listened, I sensed an air of…hmm how should I put it? Arrogance? I can’t speak for my friends in the room, so I have to confess my own attitude.

I have been in these kind of meetings before. Representatives of the American church asking a missionary who has been serving faithfully, sacrificially, on the field for an account of the work they are doing. Nothing wrong with that.

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An Interview with a Missionary—Mark and Laura Heffner serving in Taiwan

I met Mark Heffner in 2006 during Chinese New Year. We both were on a short-term trip to Pattaya, Thailand handing out Chinese Bibles to Chinese tourists visiting on holiday by the thousands. That trip influenced me more than any other short-term mission trip I have gone on before or since. First time in Thailand. First time to witness hundreds of Chinese running, grabbing, begging for copies of a Bible in their language. Beyond impactful.

And there was Mark standing right in the middle of the mass of humanity calling out to the tourists in his fluent Chinese. Engaging. Laughing. Connecting. Beyond impressed.

I hope you take a few minutes to watch or listen to this interview with Mark and his wife, Laura. They have served in Taiwan for many years, raising their children there. Enjoy!

 

If you want to follow and/or support Mark and Laura Heffner, contact them in the following manner:

To get updates or information about sending a team:

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/marknlaura.heffner

Email – Heffner_ROC@hotmail.com

To support the Heffners:

http://www.cmcmissions.org/donate 

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An Interview with Nella Davidse—Director of Tamar Center

I am excited to begin this series—An Interview with a Missionary. I have enlisted missionaries serving all around the world. As I mentioned in my blog, Six Questions for a Missionary, some will have to remain anonymous because of their location. My plan is to post one interview each month. These are those who have made a longterm commitment, some a lifetime commitment, to serve in a foreign country.

My hope and prayer is that as you meet each missionary and learn of the work they are doing you will feel compelled to make the Great Commission a priority in your own life.

Danielle and I got to know Nella in 2007 while we lived in Thailand for six months. Danielle volunteered often at the Tamar Center during that time. At the time of this interview, Nella is home for a three-month furlough. Because of her accent, I ask her where she is from for the viewers benefit. Her answer is revealing.

Please watch the video interview to learn more about Nella and the great work that she has been a part of in Pattaya, Thailand.

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The Key to the Missionary Problem

That is the title to a book I read about five years ago. Some books transcend time. This is one of those books.

The first time I read The Key to the Missionary Problem: A Passionate Call to Obedience in Action, I was riding in the back of a small van traveling around a sub-tropical island off the coast of China. Lush vegetation covered the island with a mountain range running through the middle.

Two large cities populate the island. An industrial city on the north end, and on the south end – a beachfront city rivaling any you would find in Hawaii.

Scattered throughout the island are many small towns. Most living in the towns migrated from the mainland. If you venture deeper into the rural parts of the island, you will find thousands of small villages of indigenous people.

That is why we were driving around the island. We were looking for these villages hoping that our friends who lived there could go back for follow up visits.

Hard work. Many obstacles to overcome. But someone will have to do this if the gospel is to reach them.

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