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 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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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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Why Would A Young Married Couple Move to Japan? [Podcast Episode 002]

Missionary Interview: Caleb and Jessica Camp

While most couples this age pursue the “American Dream”, this couple in their 20s married for only a few years decided to move to Japan—to serve as missionaries.

 

I begin this new series of audio podcasts with a couple very close to me. Caleb is my brother’s son. He and Jessica, or Jess as we call her, have been married for a few years. They moved to Japan in the Spring of 2016 to serve alongside a couple who have worked there for over a decade.

In this interview you will learn:

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5 Mistakes We Make When We “Help” The Poor

You volunteer along with many others to help make some repairs at a family’s home one Saturday. You end up sitting on the front porch listening to the mother’s story. She shares her stress over mounting medical bills that keeps her awake at night.

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You decide to spend several hundred dollars to fly to the other side of the world to spend a week working with a mission organization. You get to know a few of the local people who work along the missionaries. At a meal, you sit by one local who shares with you their passion for the work they are doing among their own people. Within the conversation you learn that they need more financial support.

You have a compassionate heart. That is why you invest your time, money and energy into helping others. And their stories tug at your heart-strings. We look at our financial means, and we want to help. We “know” we can help out of our abundance.

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Why Pray for Muslims

What do you know about Islam? Is it mostly what you hear and read in the news? That’s kind of scary, because most of that is about ISIS and other terror groups. Or maybe you watch with intrigue or sadness about the droves of refugees fleeing parts of the Middle East.

Photo Credit: ybiberman via Compfight cc

Photo Credit: ybiberman via Compfight cc

Ramadan

Did you know that Muslims all around the world are in the middle of a 30 day fast right now? Over 1.5 billion Muslims are practicing one of the five pillars of their faith—Ramadan.

According to tradition, it was during Ramadan that the Qur’an was revealed to the prophet Muhammad. Muslims honor this event by fasting each day from sunrise to sunset.

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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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