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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How God Uses Governments to Carry Out His Purpose

My plan was to travel to an East Asian country later this month to see the start of a mission project. One small, overlooked detail cancelled the trip.

The country where were we were headed “is the most bombed country in the world per capita with more than 270 million cluster submunitions dropped on it during the Vietnam War from 1963 to 1974..”

An estimated 80 million of the cluster submunitions—or ‘bombies’, as they’re known in country – that were dropped on the country during the Vietnam War failed to detonate, remaining ‘live’ in the ground.

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Why Living Water?

At least 783 million people lack access to an improved source of drinking water—that’s 1 in 9 of us.

(WHO & UNICEF 2012. Progress on Drinking Water and Sanitation 2012 Update.)




I am on a team of 12 that is soon joining Living Water International on a well-digging trip to Honduras. I have been on several short-term mission trips, but this is the first of this kind.

My good friend, Stephen Fain, invited me to go with his team. Stephen and his wife Cheryl worked with Living Water before she passed away last November. Stephen wanted to take a team back to Honduras to dig a well in her honor.

We leave just a couple of days after the first anniversary of Cheryl’s passing. It is a fitting way to remember and honor Cheryl as she had a heart full of compassion.

Why Living Water?

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