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Missionary Andrew Wilder’s Steps to Latin America

To be honest, in regards to how God led me to Latin America, I didn’t have this lightning bolt hit me, nor did I have this strange feeling that I should go to Bolivia as a missionary. Rather, I saw it as an opportunity to serve the Lord in a needy place. If we take the Bible literally, then we know that there is a world out there that is dying and going to hell. And it is up to us to go into all the world and tell people about Jesus. Of course, there is a need here in...
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Why Latin America?

–Missionary Kyle Shreve Why did I choose Latin America? Or why did Latin America choose me? I think why I choose Latin America, or why anyone should consider it, comes down to a tension between two seemingly opposing truths, God’s calling versus human logic. The first truth is that I believe God called me. There are a million pithy sayings about how to know you’re called to preach or called to a certain country. “You’ll just know.” “If you can do anything else, do it. If you can go anywhere else, go.”Just two examples, but you get the idea. But...
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“South America is Already Reached with the Gospel”

– Missionary Blake Young “South America is already reached with the gospel.” If you think that, then come and see Medellin, Colombia. Because what I saw there broke my heart. I grew up in a home where I was told my mom did not love me and that my grandparents stole me away from her. I didn’t even meet my dad for several years. I grew up angry and bitter, with so much hatred in my heart. Then I learned that God loved me and had taken an interest in my life. When God saved me, I learned “that he died...
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What are churches for?

But Christ multiplies himself through the self-multiplication of the individual Christian. He has kindled his light in our souls that we may give that light to others. How long it has taken us to realize that the command to “Go” is addressed not to official servants, but to all Christians, and that Christ’s purpose is to make every convert a missionary! Crescit eundo is the motto of his army—it grows as it goes. Every enemy subdued is to become a recruiting officer, and the whole population is to be enlisted as his forces sweep on. Christian love begins at home,...
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The Passcode to the Missionary Problem: Using Organizations to Motivate

The New Key to the Missionary Problem: Using Organizations to Motivate In most churches, today,  there are organizations for everything. People are a part of some group or club. Why can’t we tap into these organizations and push the need for missions. Why can’t we create organizations in the church for the purpose of promoting missions in the church. We have the tools at our disposal already. Why aren’t  we using them to help fix the missionary problem in the world today? Let’s look at some ways our churches can use organizations to promote missions. Sunday School— Sunday School, small...
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Our Primary Obligation

It is essential that the leaders of the Church in the home lands as well as on the mission field regard the evangelization of the world as a primary obligation and devote themselves to its accomplishment. The present attitude of the Church and the plans of her leaders are certainly not consistent with a deep conviction that in our day all men should be given an opportunity to know Jesus Christ. The great duty of the Church to disciple all nations should be recognized as the supreme question of the time. For over a century there has been pioneer work....
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Latin America News: Maduro renews offer to fly Venezuelans home as crisis continues

By: Chestley Howell Why would a government offer to fly its citizens home for free? According to the United Nations, in a little over three years, more than 4.7 million men, women, and children have left Venezuela desperate for a better life. So many flee daily that President Maduro is scrambling to get his people to either stay or return. He even blocked off borders to keep Venezuelans in and foreign aid out. And now the President is offering to fly Venezuelan citizens home. What was once one of the wealthiest countries in South America is now the most desperate....
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UK News: The spiritual climate of the UK seen in the cancellation of Franklin Graham’s tour venues

The culture of Britain is growing increasingly hostile toward Christians who hold to the teachings of the Bible. This was seen most recently in the cancellation of several of the venues that evangelist Franklin Graham hoped to use for his summer tour of Britain. David Robertson from theweaflee.com shares his concerns about this and what it means for Christians in the UK. He suggests that “‘soft’ persecution of the church is now the UK States position”. Read his article for more insight into this situation and what it means for Christians. It should wake us up to the great spiritual...
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Asia News: Mass Shooting in Thailand

Over the weekend, tragedy struck in the city of Korat, Thailand. A young Thai man, who was enlisted in the Thai military, took his weapon and opened fire on his peers in his barracks. He then fled to a local mall and began shooting shoppers and employees in the wall. The military and police quickly responded to the incident, and after a twelve hour standoff with multiple hostages taken, the young man was killed. While all of this is indeed a tragedy, what is more tragic and heart-breaking is the fact that because 99.5% of the country of Thailand is...
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Need not Apply

Our Generation Training Center As the Director of the Our Generation Training Center, I have the privilege to have a small part in equipping young men and women for successful service on the mission field. And today, I would like to deal with who should consider going to the mission field. I believe with all my heart that if Jesus were here right now, He would urge more young men to give up their dreams and aspirations and go the foreign field. I have seen countries like China with millions of people and not much work going on evangelically, let...
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Pastor’s Special Responsibility

An enterprise which aims at the evangelization of the whole world in a generation, and contemplates the ultimate establishment of the Kingdom of Christ, requires that its leaders be Christian statesmen—men with far-seeing views, with comprehensive plans, with power of initiative and with victorious faith. While the call to evangelize was addressed to the whole Church a special responsibility rests upon the home pastor because he has been divinely appointed to lead the forces. He holds a key position. If he lacks the missionary spirit; if he is not fully persuaded that the cause of missions is the cause of...
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Was Israel to be a missionary nation?

Over the years most interpreters have tended to assume that since the ultimate fulfillment of the words about blessing to all the families of the earth was to be in the coming of the Messiah, therefore we should not look for much fulfillment before then. Ralph Winter called this assumption, “The Theory of the Hibernating Mandate.” He explained: A more recent and exciting interpretation observes that Israel, as far back as Abraham, was accountable to share that blessing with other nations. In the same way, since the time of the Apostle Paul, every nation which has contained any significant number...
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More Missionary Pastors

If we are to have more missionary pastors the subject of missions must receive larger attention in the theological seminaries. Chairs of missions should be established and filled only by men possessing both scientific attainments and a passion for the world’s evangelization. Students should be required to make an exhaustive study of the moral and religious condition of the unevangelized world, of the ground and history of missions, of the lives of great missionaries and of the methods of enlisting the fullest cooperation of the churches in the work of missions. Pastors should be taught to look on their churches,...
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Coronavirus in Europe

A family of five tested positive for the Coronavirus in Eastern France after staying a chalet with a man who recently tested positive himself. This man makes the third case of the virus in the UK. Meanwhile in France, the school that one of the children attended has been closed for the next week, and parents are ordered to keep their children under observation.  This virus has now traveled from China to Europe leaving sickness in its wake, but a far greater sickness has plagued the people of Europe forever. They are sick with sin and do not even know...
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Why hostility to missions?

Many people will say, “Why in the world do we need missionaries?” Frequently we hear the platitude “Charity begins at home” used as an excuse. “There are just as many heathen here at home” is another favorite. Why do professing Christians make such excuses and even oppose missions? Harold Cook suggested four basic reasons: 1. “The lack of a personal and vital experience of Christ”—Many professing Christians simply have not been born again. The Bible explains, “a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God; for they are foolishness to him and he cannot understand them,...
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Asia News: Chinese doctor who sounded alarm about coronavirus, angering communist authorities, dies

The following article reports on how the Chinese doctor who sounded alarm about coronavirus, angering communist authorities, dies. It is sad to think how many lives could have been spared if they would have taken heed to the warning that he sent to his friends. This reminds us of our responsibility to get the gospel to the Chinese people. They are sickened by sin and will die in their sin unless there is someone to tell them of the gospel. Pray for more laborers and pray they heed the call of repentance. Like this doctor warned his friends of a...
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News in Nigeria: Extremest Group widows or orphans 120,000

Read this article and see how much evil has a hold on West Africa.  Have you and your church been praying for the need there in West Africa, specifically Nigeria? Have you sent a missionary to this needy place so that the truth of the gospel might change the lives of these people and give them hope? Are you supporting a missionary sent to this needy place? Are you giving to get the gospel to this needy place? Are you praying for more laborers to go and give hope to the people of Nigeria? Please see what you can do to get...
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God’s Blessing on America

“America has been the force behind world missions. God is blessed America because we have been the launching pad of the missionary movement. In the aftermath of world war 2, Americans started 1,800 missions agencies and sent out more than 350,000 missionaries. Even before the widespread use of the internet, scholars believe that more than 90% of the population of the world, people from every culture and language and every country will have access to the gospel through some portion of scripture in their language, through literature distribution, radio transmission, audio recordings, the Jesus film, or simply thought the message...
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The Need in Africa: Tanzania

Read this article. “You don’t need to focus on that continent; it’s reached!!” If you were to listen to some “missions specialists,” it would be easy to get the idea that Africa does not need missionaries. In one article, a writer stated that Africa has more Christians than any other continent. No wonder there has been an exodus of missionaries and focus when some of these countries in Africa are claiming to be 90% Christian. I guess this would be true if you didn’t want to define terms. What would be a Christian in Africa? I want to make a...
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Isn’t Every Christian to Be a Missionary?

Frequently one hears it said that every Christian is a missionary—meaning, every Christian ought to be a missionary. The little chorus puts it, “Be a missionary every day!” It sounds good, but this kind of fuzzy thinking only clouds the issue. Every Christian cannot be a missionary, nor should be. But what is wrong in saying that every Christian is to be a missionary? First of all it is just like saying that every Christian ought to be a pastor, or that every Christian ought to be an evangelist. These statements are so obviously wrong that few Christians would make...
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Barriers and Thermometers: China and the Coronavirus

The Spring Festival or Chinese New Year is the biggest celebration in China. It is a time where the largest migration of people happens as hundreds of millions of Chinese head back to their hometowns to celebrate with large meals, fireworks and enjoying spending time with family they have not seen all year. However, this year, it has been significantly different.  As people began making their plans to return, news started coming out of Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province. The news was beginning to be reported about a pneumonia-causing virus that was spreading very quickly. As this news started...
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Missions is not optional

Missions is not optional for Christians. It is even less optional for those who are training for Christian leadership. If the church is to accomplish God’s will in the world, every Christian must be a world Christian. Peter Wagner explained the consequences of rejecting or neglecting missions: 1. You will find yourself sitting on the bench while you could be in there playing the game. …Missions are on the cutting edge of excitement in the Christian life. Being left out means a dull existence as a child of God. It is less than God’s best for you. 2. You will...
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Whose money?

Whose money is it, mine or God’s? All that we have belongs to the Lord, yet some of us have difficulty putting this truth into practice. We become anxious about our level of support and worry that too many gifts or loans will place us in financial jeopardy. A helpful technique may be to set aside a portion of financial support to be given to people who have need. Making the distribution of such funds a matter of personal prayer, the worker who gives should acknowledge openly that the gift is from a fund that belongs to God. The debt...
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contextualization

The idea of contextualization is to frame the gospel message in language and communication forms appropriate and meaningful to the local culture and to focus the message upon crucial issues in the lives of the people. The contextualized indigenous church is built upon culturally appropriate methods of evangelism; the process of discipling draws upon methods of instruction that are familiar and part of local traditions of learning. The structural and political aspects of leadership are adapted from patterns inherent in national cultures rather than imported from denominational organizations in the home countries of missionaries.  Sherwood Lingenfelter, Transforming Culture: A Challenge...
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Where are our tears?

O professors, if ye believed not in the wrath to come, and in hell eternal, I should not wonder that ye were unmoved by such a thought as this. But if ye believe what your Saviour said when he declared that he would destroy both body and soul in hell, I must wonder that ye could endure the thought without weeping for your fellow-creatures who are going there, If I saw mine enemy marching into the flames, I would rush between him and the fire and seek to preserve him; and will you see men and women marching on in...
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Taking the heart out of World Evangelism

It is ironic that at the time of its founding, one of its visionaries, Arthur T. Pierson (1837–1911), had issued a warning in his book The Crisis of Missions about liberal theology which would ultimately become the undoing of the movement. At that very time modernistic rationalism was just getting a foothold in the seminaries and organizational structures of the major Protestant denominations of America. As the Spirit of God was working so mightily through Moody and his colleagues and in the student groups, Satan was sowing his destructive leaven of theological liberalism in the churches. Kenneth Kantzer has stated...
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Danger of Being Blessed

There is a danger in being blessed. There are usually two extremes when missionaries raise their financial support. Either the missionary has too little support or the missionary has too much and denies the Lord asking, “Who is the Lord?”.  Proverbs 30:7-9 7  Two things have I required of thee; Deny me them not before I die: 8  Remove far from me vanity and lies: Give me neither poverty nor riches; Feed me with food convenient for me: 9  Lest I be full, and deny thee, And say, Who is the Lord? Or lest I be poor, and steal, And...
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Conflicted

Though in most every external aspect the life of John R. Mott seemed to be that of a typical religious youth, Mott’s plans and ambitions were in fact resting on an internal religious conflict, as he related in his later life. The talented and practical-minded Mott had great ambitions for a successful career in business or public life; and he felt somehow uneasy in the pervasive religious atmosphere of Upper Iowa University, which he attended during his freshman year. Mott felt threatened because the claims of Christianity on his life and his work conflicted with his personal plans. “Let it...
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Holy Spirit work

The Student Volunteer Movement began in 1886 under the leadership of John R. Mott. During the next fifty years it was instrumental in sending 20,500 college graduates to the field. Most were from the United States. Never before in history had so many highly educated persons, women as well as men, volunteered for missionary service. Included in the category of church leaders are pastors, evangelists, teachers, and Bible women. To this day the churches in the Third World lack adequately trained leadership. Some of this is the result of missionary activity, which emphasized evangelism and church planting rather than leadership...
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