(July 8) Ross and Donna, Mandate Ministries, share greetings – and concerns – from Chiang Mai, northern Thailand…
With a boat load of supplies for the displaced Karen people living in Myanmar, we travelled with our team up-river from the Thailand side to a camp on the Myanmar side.
For decades, the Karen people have been under attack from the Myanmar military. Aerial bombing and ground troop attacks have decimated many of their villages. Many men, women and children have been killed – and now land mines are being placed around churches.
Last week a young boy went to a church to ask for help, stood on a mine and had his leg blown off!
(July 23, 2021) Erica Grace, ex-missionary to South America, shares a personal reflection…
What comes to your mind when you hear the word ‘Missions’?
You’ll probably say: the ‘lost’ and that would be right.
A lost man There was a young man who was totally lost.
He had lost his career, his home, his future, his dreams. He was so lost people had given up on him. He drank himself to oblivion every day and often had wild fits of violence. Friends would bring him to his desperate wife each night, where she would endure his frustrating beatings. She had resorted to hiding money so she would have enough to feed her son.
One night this wild he met a humble missionary. He was reading the story of the Prodigal Son with a very heavy accent.
(November 11, 2018) George Forbes, missionary spokesperson, shares on the missionary calling…
As mentioned in August, although not classified as a missionary, Billy Graham was certainly called by God to be an evangelist to the world!
I do praise God that many have responded to God’s calling to be missionaries… but in doing so I remember that Matthew 22:14 states, ‘Many are called, but few chosen.’
Called but unprepared This text has been interpreted in different ways; however I wish to write about the fact that though God calls those whom he has chosen, many are unprepared to activate their full response to the call of God because they have yet to complete the essential preparations for cross-cultural ministry.
Sadly for some, it is more to do with personal growth in Christ and learning how to walk in the Spirit. (more…)
(October 10, 2017) Missionary statesman George Forbes shares a very important strategy reminder…
Internationally Christian Missions operate in a wide range of areas of ministry, service and aid!
Some are big enough to incorporate many activities and ministries.
Others specialise in one field of service such as humanitarian aid, education or medical services.
Significant numbers specialise in language translation and the provision of the scriptures in the language of the people.
The majority of missions that prioritise on evangelism, Bible training and church planting also open schools, medical clinics and other services.
A discovery Early in my thirty years of active mission organisation leadership, I discovered that these services were often crucial to our acceptance by indigenous leaders in developing countries. Biblically they were an evidence of Christian love and compassion to people in need.
The missionary task has always been about ‘making disciples.’ Jesus commanded the early church ‘to make disciples of all nations’ (Matthew. 28:18-20). He commanded his disciples to ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel’ (Mark 16:15). Matthew adds the important dimension of the Great Commission by quoting the words of Jesus, ‘As you go, make disciples.’
This is the primary task of the missionary – because a missionary is a ‘sent one.’ (more…)
(August 6, 2017) Mark Ellis shares a legacy about thriving churches discovered hidden in the jungle 84 years later:
In 1912, medical missionary Dr William Leslie went to live and minister to tribal people in a remote corner of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. After 17 years he returned to the U.S. a discouraged man – believing he failed to make an impact for Christ. He died nine years after his return.
But in 2010, a team led by Eric Ramseyand Tom Cox World Ministries made a shocking and sensational discovery. They found a network of reproducing churches hidden like glittering diamonds in the dense jungle across the Kwilu River from Vanga, where Dr Leslie was stationed.(more…)
(May 15, 2017) Missionary statesman George Forbes shares a BIG challenge…
At last, I have got onto the subject of money for missions! This is a big subject because the need is big.
I mean really BIG! Regrettably, it sometimes becomes a point of confusion and even conflict when the amounts of funding for global mission are seen as diverting, or reducing the funding for local church needs.
I say, ‘Thank God for the pastors who understand this problem area and ensure good balance and understanding is maintained in their church. I belong to such a church, for which I gave thanks to God every day. I especially thank him for my pastor.
(February 15, 2017) Missionary statesman George Forbes emphasises a proven strategy…
Perhaps one of the least understood aspects of missionary work among the nations is that of missions’ strategy. It has the potential to be invaluable or a stumbling block.
In my experience it has been very helpful when it is properly prepared, presented and understood. When it is considered unnecessary or too human, because we are being led by the Holy Spirit, there is the danger of proceeding without a plan, because we think we are trusting God for outcomes.
In some ways it is like the old saying, ‘The thing we learn from history is that we don’t learn from history.’ (more…)
(October 14) Steve Rees shares a good news story (Note: Not real names mentioned hereunder) …
After laying naked and cold in a morgue for two days, Sabina (not real name) saw herself hopelessly stuck at the bottom of a deep well.
Surrounded by corpses covered with linen sheets, Sabina had a vision of a tree growing at the top of the well. From its trunk, a branch moved toward her as she lay on a hospital gurney. Close enough to reach, the branch changed into flesh as Sabina heard the words, ‘If you grab onto my hand, I will bring you back to life.’
Taking hold of it with her cold, lifeless hand, Sabina woke to find her body covered from the neck down with a white sheet like other corpses around her. (more…)
(October 12, 2016) Missionary statesman Dr George Forbes shares on a modern missions’ trend…
The history of modern Christian mission can be helpfully described by trends in given eras of missionary enterprise. Dr Ralph Winter in his classic article on the Three Eras of Protestant Mission defines modern mission as the period since the resurgence of missionary activity in the 19th and 20th century portrays trends of great difference.
Significant eras and appeals
There was the era of …
Inland Missions era came next and
People Group Missions
Each era had its own distinctives and advocates. (more…)