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7 Ways to Pray for Your Missionaries

7-ways-to-pray-for-your-missionariesSo you think missionaries don’t need your prayers? Think again! They are not immune to the problems we all face just because they are missionaries. For that reason, we wanted to give 7 ways to pray for your missionaries.

The truth is, they have the same problems we all have… and oftentimes, these problems are on steroids because your missionary is functioning in a different language and culture. Add to that the daily dynamics we all must deal with… workforce, church, home… and you can see just how vital prayer is.

Missionaries Need Your Prayers!

The bottomline is this… missionaries need your prayers… so much so, that it could very well be a better idea to stop reading this post… and just start praying! And believe me, I would be more than fine with that!!! :-)

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“No Hay Paredes” (There Are No Walls)

get-out-of-the-boxEvery once in a while, you run into a song that says exactly what you feel in your heart. That’s how I feel about “No Hay Paredes” (There Are No Walls) by Jesus Adrian Romero

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Navigators Topical Memory Verses

navigatorsMeditation is NOT about contemplating your navel.  It is NOT about clearing your head of all thoughts and focusing on nothingness.

True meditation is focusing on that which is godly, and the difference this makes in your life cannot be underestimated.

God told Joshua, “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success” (Joshua 1:8).

So why not get started?

Here is a basic list of Bible verses to memorize. You might recognize it from the Navigators Topical Memory Verses Card System.

I’ve listed the verses here, along with their headings, just as they appear with the course.  There is a “pop up” when you hover over each verse to make it easy to review.

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Use Every Opportunity to Get the Word Out!

typesetSometimes you just need to communicate: speaking, writing, or blogging! In fact, the reason I began this blog was to have place where you and I could connect.  I believe that we have an incredible message burning within that we are compelled to get out.  Jeremiah put it this way…

Then I said, “I will not make mention of Him, Nor speak anymore in His name.” But His word was in my heart like a burning fire.  (Jeremiah 20:9)

Jeremiah

Jeremiah  could no longer contain the Word of the God burning within him. He had to communicate  (Jeremiah 20:9). 

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The World is Changing and So Is the Way We Do Missions

world is changingThe world is changing and so is the way we do missions.  What you’ll see is that it is no longer a case where missionaries go in and dictate when, and what, and how things are done.

There was a time when this type of leverage did exist, and it was purely due to economics and education.  In far too many cases this created an unhealthy dependency upon the church in the West, and we’ve been second-guessing the results ever since.

Fortunately, times have changed. Today the challenges and opportunities are all still there, but we face them in a different way.  We now face them together with our national counterparts.  Just what does this look like?

Leaders Working Together

Earlier this week we once again spent several hours with Baptist seminary leaders here in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The topic was the future of Theological Education here in the state.

It was an enlightening experience.  Each of us put on the table what we could offer. Then, working together,

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