Missions Theory

It’s Not All About War: Balancing our Kingdom Rhetoric

by Jonathan Trotter on November 3, 2016

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How we motivate people to care about cross-cultural missions matters. Should we try to motivate people to care about cross-cultural missions? Should we try to motivate people to do cross-cultural missions? Yeah, I think so. But when our talk of Kingdom and Mission skews too much to an emphasis on war and doing battle, people […]

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How Buddhism Taught Me to Love My Neighbors Better

by Elizabeth Trotter on October 28, 2016

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This month I didn’t like my neighbors very much. We have new neighbors, and they play their music loud, blasting it out of their apartment with the door open. Sometimes for hours at a time. This causes problems for me. I teach my children at home, and we need an environment conducive to learning. But […]

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Looking for Mic-Drop Methods in Missions

by Craig Thompson on October 24, 2016

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I don’t much trust stories that end with “And they all lived happily ever after.” That’s because experience has taught me that princes often turn out to be less than charming and fairy-tale princesses turn out to be, well, only in fairy tales. Of course, we don’t hear “happily ever after” a lot any more, not because we […]

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Why Is It Always About Money?

by Rachel Pieh Jones on October 21, 2016

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Nik Ripken wrote an excellent article a few weeks ago about how foreigners need to be better at being needy, how we need to grow in dependence on the people around us. The specific example he used of a man doing this well was about money. I appreciated the article but one thought lingered: Why […]

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White Privilege in Western Missions

by Editor on October 9, 2016

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“There’s really no such thing as the voiceless. There are only the deliberately silenced, or the preferably unheard.” – Arundhati Roy *          *          * I am an Asian American, born and raised in the States, a child of immigrants. Growing up, my faith was deeply influenced by Western Christian thought, but always experienced in the […]

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A missionary is, literally speaking, “one who is sent out.” But my husband and I did not go down the traditional missionary road. We were not sent by a church or organization, and we do not solicit funds or ask for financial support. We simply feel commissioned by the Holy Spirit to go to “the […]

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How to Host the Best-Ever Short-Term Team

by Amy Medina on October 2, 2016

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In our twelve years as missionaries, we’ve seen some doozies of short-term teams.  The first team we witnessed up close (which was a large group of fully-grown adults) thought it would be funny to see how many days each of them could go without showering.  Of course, they had a perfectly good shower available to […]

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Who’s Writing this Story Anyway?

by Richelle Wright on September 30, 2016

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It has been 17 years since my husband and I, with our three four-and-under children, first left for the mission field.  Almost 20 years (and five more kids) since we first began preparing to make that move. But that wasn’t our first experience with missions. My husband’s parents had retired from their first careers to […]

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What does a missionary look like?

by Jerry Jones on August 21, 2016

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  “The white guy with a van.” That’s how my Kenyan friend answered my question, “what does a missionary look like?”  To this day it may be my favorite definition. A teenage girl sitting in the same room had a different answer. “My dad.” She said.  It was a very sweet moment . . . […]

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This is Missions

by Editor on August 10, 2016

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It’s cockroaches and invading ants. It’s weird croaking lizards that wake you up in the middle of the night, night after night because you don’t know how to catch them or even what they would look like if you tried. It’s rats eating the garbage at night because people don’t own trash cans but throw […]

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How to Find the Good in “Goodbye”

by Editor on July 29, 2016

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For the missionary, goodbyes are not a part of life: they are a way of life. Missionaries say goodbye to everything they’ve ever known, from the food they eat to the words they speak. And just about the time their new home becomes home, it’s time to say goodbye all over again. It’s a life of […]

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When Persecution Hits

by Editor on July 9, 2016

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“Jesus promised his disciples three things: that they would be completely fearless, absurdly happy, and in constant trouble.” – GK Chesterton A teammate encouraged us one morning with this quote just before we held multiple Bible studies with our friends, many from various unreached ethnic groups. We’d been really good at being in trouble in […]

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