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Why have churches started by missionaries remained weak? We send missionaries unprepared, ill-equipped, unloved, and as if they were a tool– A benefit of vision is that we are like a family– You are only as accountable as you want to be– Stay in contact, you aren’t alone The people in foreign countries typically don’t...
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-Missionary Robert Becker When I surrendered to missions, Latin America was not on my radar at all. I had my own plans, actually, but in 2017, my wife and I took a missions trip to Peru with our pastor. While there, he showed us around the ministry in Arequipa, Peru. The Lord started speaking to...
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Pastor Austin Gardner and VBM Director Jeff Bush discuss the best way to start a church and help it grow. Question: Do you have a checklist for the guys starting new churches?  What kind of messages? How many doors to knock on? How to set up services?  Have your first year of messages already prepared. The...
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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...
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Nigeria is in the news again. This time in an article by the Wall Street Journal. There is an all out war to rid the country of the Middle Belt of non-muslims. The Boko Haram is an Islamic terror group. They are responsible for systematic attacks that include rape, killing, horrible cruelty, and destruction. Several...
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Crime and kidnapping are running wild in Mexico. Five states of Mexico are in such bad condition that American citizens have been urged to avoid them; Colima, Guerrero, Michoacán, Sinaloa, and Tamaulipas. You can read more here. The Sun News reports: “Here, sexual assault, murder, armed robbery, carjackings, gun battles, kidnappings, disappearances, and extortion are...
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When I was younger, and even now, I have always liked to play sports. I started off with T ball at our local Ruritan Club, and then went on to play football and soccer when I was in high school. Even now I play soccer on a regular basis, although I usually can’t walk for...
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Pastor Austin Gardner and VBM Director Jeff Bush discuss the importance of establishing a budget for churches on the mission field and how exactly that can be done. Notes on Establishing a Church Budget  IntroCenter for World EvangelismCurrently looking for property right now All the training that we do to prepare missionaries to the field will...
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