Killed for Christ in the Amazon

Killed for Christ in the Amazon In January 1956, five American Christian missionaries were brutally killed by members of a remote Amazonian tribe. The missionaries had made contact with the Auca, or Huaorani tribe a year earlier, in an attempt to convert them to...

6 Ways You Can Support Missionaries

"What can we do to help? Can we send you a short-term team?" As a missionary on furlough, I have often been asked these questions by supporters, home churches, and missions committees. Understandably, some supporters want to be as hands-on as possible in helping their...

The midwife who answered God’s call

TV shows often draw their inspiration from real life and just as Chummy, the much loved character in Call the Midwife, heads to Sierra Leone as a missionary with Church Mission Society, her story draws parallels with real life midwife Eve Vause, who "got the call"...

3 Little known secrets to effective evangelism

Titus 2:14 reminds us that Jesus gave Himself as the payment to redeem a people from the marketplace of sin, and to purify these people for Himself. This new society has been redeemed by Jesus, for Jesus and through Jesus’ sacrifice, so He is the fulfillment of God’s...

Should Missions Be Secondary In the Life of a Local Church?

No. In fact, the very mission statement at the center of our church is, "We exist to spread"—the key word there spread—"spread a passion for the supremacy of God in all things for the joy of all peoples." The very last thing Jesus said—which I assume means it is...

5 Reasons Christians Struggle with Evangelism

1. Fear Sharing your faith is a scary prospect. You can lose face and friends as a result of communicating this "narrow-minded" message of the Gospel, even when you do so in love. When choosing between being accepted by others and sharing the good news with others,...

Put the Advance of the Gospel at the Center of Your Aspirations

Read Philippians 1:12-18a The flow of Paul’s argument is remarkable. Apparently some of his critics thought Paul had let the side down rather badly by getting himself arrested… One can easily imagine the reasoning of Paul’s critics. Depending on how this case turns...

The solution to failure in Mission

“Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, 32 but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.” 33 Peter said to him, “Lord, I am ready to go with you both to...

Are all Christians really missionaries?

Every Christian is either a missionary or an impostor. Let that sink in for a minute. Quite a bold statement, isn’t it? This is a quote from the famous 19th Century British pastor and theologian, Charles Haddeon Spurgeon. He pastored one of the first megachurches of...

What finally broke Louis Zamperini

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption, the riveting life story of Olympic runner Louis Zamperini, is easily one of the best books I’ve read… ever. As I was reflecting on the journey of this remarkable man, I was moved to tears by the...

Where Do Missionaries Get Their Money?

As my wife explained to a long-time friend how we need to get our support back up before returning to Thailand, a puzzled look came over her face. “Don’t they pay you a salary?”  Actually, they don’t! The idea that missionaries get paid a salary just like an employee...

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