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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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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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Be The Best Missionary The World Has Ever Seen!

missions opportunitiesThere are so many opportunities for you today in missions. I know older missionaries that went overseas by boat. Some went with the idea that they were going for life! Today, we can hop on a plane and be almost anywhere in the world in a day! And just because of that, your opportunities are endless.

Imagine yourself playing soccer with some street kids in Brazil… Or traveling by canoe up a river to a village that’s never heard the gospel… Playing your guitar at the park in Seville, Spain with people stopping to listen… or giving free English lessons on a university campus in Beijing!

Missions is not as complicated as you might think.  In fact, if you’re a Christian, you were created to live a missional life!  But, don’t worry. We’ll get into that in later.

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5 New Trends That Will Affect Missions

new challenges in missionsWe received a package recently from a Girls in Action* group in Darlington, SC. Oh, and by the way, we love packages! But this particular one really made me think.

In it were handmade cards with heart-felt notes including, “Help the Marlins witness to people in Sao Paulo, Brazil” and “Help them in traffic that is bad!” I chuckled, but I really do want to see answers to those prayers!

New Mission Trends and New Challenges in Missions

As I pondered these cards, I wondered what missions would hold for these kids as they grew older. In my life, I’ve already seen huge changes take place in missions. I can only imagine what changes they’ll see.

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Making the Most of Life in the City

mindless-peopleI found this mural one day while doing research in an area of the city called Santo Amaro. In this mural, life in the city is well represented.  People mindlessly go about their daily routines just like little wind-up toys.

The first thoughts that came to mind when I saw this were of existentialism and despair, and the natural human tendency to just accept the status quo. Ruts and routines!  Anyone that has lived in the city knows what this is like. Our goal is to penetrate into these mindless routines, these patterns that have people so trapped.

 

Life in the City: Challenges and Opportunities

The biggest challenges that we face for reaching people in the megacity for Christ are also our biggest opportunities. The endless masses

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