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The Radical Spiritual Art of Staying Put

by Editor on January 8, 2016

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By Stephanie Ebert If any group of people has a long and convoluted history with evangelical church traditions, it’s missionary kids. Like pastor’s kids, the emotional baggage around church is piled higher than the lost luggage corner at the Johannesburg airport. We tend to camp out either around the “wounded/bitter/cynical” baggage claim belt, or the […]

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5 Thoughts for the Local Church

by Chris Lautsbaugh on June 17, 2015

The local church and missionaries on the field should be on the same team, but often a wedge of misunderstanding is driven between the two. There is a danger when missionaries feel entitled to the support of a local body. Many dig their own grave in destroying relationships with their sending churches. Equally, misunderstanding can come […]

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The Changing Face of Missions

by Chris Lautsbaugh on March 6, 2013

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I want us to consider how globalization is effecting us as missionaries. Fritz Kling wrote a book entitled “The Meeting of the Waters: 7 Global Currents That Will Propel the Future Church” His book will be the backdrop for our discussion. In it he identifies two characters; Missions Marm and Apple Guy. Missions Marm – An […]

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Are you Succeeding As a Missionary?

by Chris Lautsbaugh on November 26, 2012

Missionary success is difficult to measure. People are our job, so what is the measuring stick of success? Salvations? Newsletter Headline Inspiring Events? Good Conversations? While it is nice (and often true) to say if one person believes,  it is worth it;  will the missions committee or our financial backers agree? We define success in […]

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