January 21, 2020
David and Lorene are leaders in church missions mobilization. They specialize in equipping churches to think through and plan sending missionaries into the mission field well, trained, and cared for. In this podcast, we get to know the Wilsons and learn more about their calling to missions.
David is Director of Church Relations at Avant Ministries. He and Lorene make a great writing team. In part one of this two part series, we learn about three of the books they’ve written together: Transforming Missionaries: A Short-Term Mission Guide, Mind The Gaps: Engaging the Church in Missionary Care, and Pipeline: Engaging the Church in Missionary Mobilization.
Visit their website.
One other resource David mentions early in the podcast is Experiencing God by Henry Blackaby.
December 24, 2019
This is part one of an interview with Elizabeth and Jonathan Trotter. The Trotters are missionaries in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Their ministry is interesting, diverse and far-reaching. In part one of our podcast, we hear from the Trotter's about their call to the mission field and the beginning and evolution of their ministry. We are introduced to their writing ministry and blogging ministry that focuses on cross-cultural Christian service.
Here are some of the resources mentioned in this podcast:
» Their book - Serving Well: Help for the Wannabe, Newbie, or Weary Cross-Cultural Christian Worker
» Ministry blog - A Life Overseas
» Personal blog - The Trotter Family
» Nate Saint
» Team Expansion
» 11 Missionary Blogs We Love
» Writing by Jonathan on Relevantmagazine.com
» Elizabeth's Book: Hats: Reflections on Life as a Wife, Mother, Homeschool Teacher, Missionary, and More
December 10, 2019
In this podcast, we continue to explore the differences between individualistic and collectivistic cultures and why it's important for American missionaries to understand the distinct contrasts between them.
November 26, 2019
The Military as an Illustration of Collectivistic Culture
In part one of this two part series, Jeff connects military culture as an example of the collectivistic culture missionaries suddenly find themselves immersed in when they go abroad into the mission field. For many Americans, culture shock is overwhelming because we're born into and immersed in a very individualistic culture.
When one enters the military, you are taught to put the groups needs ahead of your own. This goes against the grain of everything we, as Americans, have ever learned or experienced. So much so, that military trainers intentionally deconstruct every facet of the a new recruit, and then, with extreme purpose, build the recruit into a new kind of person that puts the mission and organization's priorities ahead of one's own. This is the thinking American missionaries need to adopt as they move into other cultures.
Photo by Richard Catabay on Unsplash
November 11, 2019
With Thanksgiving approaching and 2019 winding down, we wanted to talk about missionary communication. In this podcast, we focus on a missionary newsletter done exceptionally well while talking about the ingredients of well-thought-through missionary digital communication.
The newsletter (link) we focus on in this podcast is from Angelina Velasco, someone we've had on this podcast as a guest (meet Angelina in Orality Part Three and Orality Part Four). Here's a link to Angelina's website.
Here are a few resources and Bible verses referenced in this podcast:
» Radius International
» Tethers of connection by Jeff Jackson
Seldom set foot in your neighbor’s house, lest he grow weary and hate you.
A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold
In settings of silver.
As cold water to a weary soul,
So is good news from a far country.
October 15, 2019
Today we tune in to part two of the series "The benefits to churches that send their own to the mission field." In this episode, Jeff Jackson tosses around some church priority hot potatoes as he presses into the very real tension of reaching the world vs. reaching the local community. Both need to be done, but usually one happens at the expense of the other. God's design for the church is that it's scope of impact grows globally rather simply a larger geographical footprint in one locale.
Here are a few thoughts shared by Jeff along with links to the resources.
» Jonathan Edwards on Missions
» Charles Spurgeon on missions
Additionally, Jeff mentions this blog post.