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3 Reasons Europe Still Needs Missionaries

When people in the West think about missions, they tend to envision thick jungles, dark temples, and grass huts—not cathedrals, high rises, or basketball courts. Yet this year alone, roughly 30 percent of our agency’s applicants have ap...
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The Nations and Natalism

There’s a long-running joke in evangelical circles that Baptists do all their church growth through missions and evangelism, while Presbyterians do all theirs through having children. Like most good humor, this joke relies on sweeping generalization. ...
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Reasons for Doing Ministry as a Family

Even before we were married, my husband and I felt the Lord leading us both to a life of full-time missions. We got married, planning to move to Indonesia within the first year. God changed our direction on our first vision trip as a married couple, wh...
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Worship: The Heart of Missions

What is the ultimate goal of missions? Is it reaching the unreached? Is it planting churches? Is it practicing biblical evangelism? All of these are indispensable elements, but they are merely means, not the end. The end goal and ultimate purpose of mi...
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7 Christmas Carols That Are Actually About Missions

There are times I think Christmas carols are just plain better than our normal songs and hymns. Why? So much of modern worship is emotional. Jesus is presented merely as a loving friend rather than as a dying, rising, reigning Lord. Yet, a...
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How To Endure All Things

“I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity. Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I...
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Raising Support Without Selling Your Soul (or Blood)

When I asked my best friend and colleague, a single missionary named Shantelle, how she made it through pre-field without selling her soul, her answer was “I didn’t. I, for sure, sold it.” Pre-field ministry, support-raising, partner...
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The American Church Needs a Missionary Perspective

Have you ever returned to a familiar place only to find it different than you recall? That happened when I came back to my childhood home to help my family prepare it for sale.I walked through each room, enjoying recalling a host of memori...