Success in Missions: Longevity is not Necessarily Success

I vividly remember one particular discussion in an Introduction to Church Planing class while in seminary. We were talking about a statistic that showed the average life of house churches was 18 months. During the discussion I raised my hand and asked why house churches were not more successful. The response of the professor has … Continue reading Success in Missions: Longevity is not Necessarily Success

A letter to an aspiring missionary – Be a good church member

Dear Aspiring Missionary, Over the last 4.5 years that I have been involved in missions (2 years on staff at a missionary training school and 2 on the field) I have seen many people with the same ambition as yourself - to be a cross-cultural missionary. These men and women have pursed training and sought … Continue reading A letter to an aspiring missionary – Be a good church member

My Prayer for Pastors

 "And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.  Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the … Continue reading My Prayer for Pastors

The Value of Reading Scripture in Another Language

Without a doubt this year in language school has been the hardest year of our lives. However, we have seen the Lord show his faithfulness and kindness in a multitude of ways. Perhaps one of the most unexpected benefits of learning a second language has been the benefits of reading the Bible in that language, … Continue reading The Value of Reading Scripture in Another Language

Why we accept every invitation we get…and perhaps you should too

In our day many of us live with calendars full to the brim and our lives have very little time for anything outside our regularly scheduled daily or weekly activities (which are often very fine activities). Over the years our family certainly fit this category although we have always been very selective in how we … Continue reading Why we accept every invitation we get…and perhaps you should too

Trust the Process – The KC Royals, Spanish and Sanctification

Ten years ago the Kansas City Royals made a move that would radically change the organization from that time forward - they hired a new General Manager by the name of Dayton Moore. At that point the Royals were beyond sad when it comes to Major League Baseball teams. In fact, they had lost at … Continue reading Trust the Process – The KC Royals, Spanish and Sanctification

Missionaries Must be Self-feeders

Several years ago Bill Hybels, senior pastor of super-duper mega church, Willow Creek in Barrington, IL, rocked the evangelical world by confessing that one area of discipleship Willow Creek had dramatically overlooked was helping their people to become "self-feeders" on the Bible. In other words, they were excellent at reaching out to the community, getting people … Continue reading Missionaries Must be Self-feeders