I’ve not used a lot of tracts to share my faith, but I’ve known many who have. I have downloaded one of these apps, however, as a potential way to share with others the hope that I have. Are these a good idea or just gimmicky? Will people take seriously something as serious as faith – on a mobile device?
Focus: it’s what helps us see clearly. And in a busy world with constant distractions and many different messages, we need to focus. As we consider global missions, this article can help us see an area of the world that we certainly should be involved in. And in particular, the image (to the right) is a helpful graphic for understanding what the article communicates. There is a huge (understatement) concentration of the earth’s population in a relatively small area of our planet. If we’re not engaged in this circle, something is wrong with our focus.
But don’t mistake information like, as helpful as it is, with the notion that this is the only place we need to be engaged. Sometimes we Christians can get unnecessarily hamstrung by these types of fads (e.g. 10/40 window). Yes, the information is helpful. We need to go after the unreached. But there are unreached in many places, and some are becoming re-unreached (Western Europe). We should also consider where we can go as well as where churches are asking for our help. If brothers and sisters in Latvia, Chile, Senegal, or Canada are asking us to engage with them and help, we shouldn’t write these off simply because of their geography.
Focus, yes. Know our world. But recognize the Spirit is like the wind, blowing where it will. Depend more on Him and His guidance in your efforts than on new insights like this.
This documentary was done by former MTW intern Matt Blick. Much of the work for this film and for the work this film supports is connected to PCA work in Ukraine. Please help spread the word to Atlanta area people, especially those who have a heart for children with special needs and their families.
Today, we’re sending out an update that highlights the pre-conference.
Mercy is not optional. It is foundational to the gospel and church-planting. Learn more, and network with others who share this vision, during the Mercy Ministries Pre-Conferenceevent November 7-8, just prior to the PCA Global Missions Conference.
Keynote speaker Philip Langford of International Justice Mission (IJM) will highlight issues of justice in our own cities and throughout the world. Join us for sessions that will assist you and your church in becoming the hands and feet of the gospel.
Registration for the pre-conference is separate from the main Global Missions Conference. If you plan to attend both events (and we hope you do!), be sure to complete both registrations.
For more information about the preconference, click hereor contact email@example.com. Space is limited to 300 attendees!
Here is a fantastic video that shows one of the ways God is raising up and equipping the next generation of missionaries. MTW’s Global Youth and Family Ministries is “reaching the nations and the next generation.” GYFM leaders are ministering to Third Culture Kids (TCKs or missionary kids), equipping global youth leaders to reach the next generation, and ministering to students and young adults around the world. Click here to view their brochure.
By the way, this film was produced by Matt Blick of Magnum Digital Media. Matt served with MTW in Europe and is now producing outstanding digital media like this. One of his upcoming projects is a documentary about autism in Ukraine. It is called Not Forgotten and we will post details about its upcoming release very soon.
Any time I hear this question, I have to guard my tongue so that I don’t lash out. I understand the sentiment behind it. The world has changed. The Gospel has moved forward. Equipping indigenous leaders is cheaper and more effective. But I simply can’t get past the biblical commandment to go and make disciples or the announcement Jesus made that we would be his witnesses to the ends of the earth. First and foremost, it’s biblical. And I think it is a mandate until Jesus comes back. But there’s more to it than that, and Larry Brown expresses much of that in this article, entitled, Why is America Still Sending Long Term Missionaries?
I always get a little bit excited when then newest version of InVision arrives in my inbox. I don’t know if that makes me a missions geek or not. But the following example is one of many as to why I get so excited. This article on dependency, written by a veteran MTW missionary, is such a wonderful story of God working, not just in another nation but in the heart of the author. Dependency is a real issue that we need to be aware of, and unbiblical dependency is something we need to avoid. But there is a biblical dependency that happens when all involved apply the Gospel. I encourage you to read Addressing the Problem of Dependency.
MTW’s Mike Pettengill is at it again, this time calling missionaries and churches to be better communicators with one another. And he nails it. A part of each missionary’s job is to communicate back to his or her supporters. And a part of a supporting church’s responsibility is to communicate with their missionaries. I love the line, “Check in on them. Tell them you pray for them. Prove to them you’ve been reading their reports. Let them know their communication efforts are not in vain. Take your calling seriously.” (emphasis mine)