I am amazed by Jesus, especially when I look at Him and identify all the barriers and bridges He crossed for the sake of love. I marvel at His unceasing pursuit of mankind and it fills me with wonder. All the things He sacrificed, even His own self. I worship and adore such a God, […]
Imagine a basketball team that travels up and down the court. They really get along well with each other, but they never throw the ball into the hoop. They seem to think that all that really matters is that they get along well and enjoy each other. In fact, they say, “People will know us […]
My 17-year-old son likes to wear a T-shirt that reads “everyday hero.” Many people aspire to be leaders, and we usually aspire to be the kind of leader exemplified by their heroes. As a missions executive, my hero is Betsy Stockton, the first single Protestant female missionary from America. She was an African American born a slave, who aspired to be a missionary at a time when it was socially impossible. Finally in 1823, the American Board agreed to send her to Maui if she went as a domestic helper.
It is a time of both reaping and sowing for a group of our missionaries. Having been faithful to disciple the ones God has already given them, our workers felt Holy Spirit’s nudging to again sow His seed in the villages surrounding them. Though they have found these villages to be unresponsive to the good news in the past, they are learning to trust in God’s wisdom and timing at a deeper level, and to continually engage in prayer-soaked evangelism as an act of faith.
One of our church planters works in a closed access country and we asked her to tell us recent stories from her ministry there. Here is some of what she shared. “When I tell people where I go in ministry, even the local Christians usually discourage me by saying it’s too dangerous, etc. But I find that God opens up opportunities. A few weeks ago, I had a dream to go to a very heavily Muslim area.