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Marvin Slaton

Pandemic Proves to Be No Match for Generosity!

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Covid-19 has led to more than 36 million people filing for unemployment in the past two months. We have to go back to the Great Depression to see this type of unemployment escalation. This pandemic has adversely affected most people in many ways, including their pocket books. It’s a tragic situation that as a Christian community, we must meet face to face with prayer, encouragement and GENEROSITY. 

I have had the privilege of serving as Director of Modern Day Missions for the past nine years. During this time, I have been deeply moved by the generosity and sacrifice of those supporting missionaries and the Great Commission. It is true that to fulfill the Great Commission, we must have those who go and those who send. Those who send and support are just as valuable and just as strategic. 

It has been a common narrative in my world that whenever our economy would come into crisis, our giving would be the first thing to stop. I don’t know where that narrative started or came from, but I have heard it from many fellow believers in various circles. Basically saying, ” When money gets tight, our giving will be the first thing to stop.” Sadly, I had bought into that narrative until COVID-19. I was mistaken and joyfully found out that the opposite is the true narrative.

I have found that generosity and giving is not connected to peoples pocket books, but rather their hearts. Generosity is not founded on a salary or a dividend, it’s founded in the truth of God’s word and the conviction of the Holy Spirit. In other words, true generosity is selfless. It’s not tied to our current circumstances, but rather to the ethos of who we are as believers. 

Giving and generosity is at the core of the Gospel, “For God so loved the world that He GAVE…” John 3:16. Generosity is at the core of who God is. God loves a cheerful giver (II Corinthians 9:6-7), someone who even in the midst of tough times remains committed to their convictions. Now, I certainly understand that sometimes the money dries up and we are left with no options. That is a very real thing and something people all over the world are experiencing right now. My heart and prayer goes out to them, because I know there are extremely generous people who have had to stop giving due to job loss etc. However, their current income does not determine their generosity, it merely postpones it till generous giving can once again resume. 

At Modern Day Missions, we have actually seen an INCREASE in giving during COVID-19. In the midst of these uncertain times, people are still extravagantly giving to missionaries and staying committed to their financial pledges. Praise God! Generosity is winning! There is nothing that can keep down the heart of a giver!  

Thank you to all of you who tithe to your local churches and give to missionaries and Christian organizations all over the world! Your role and significance is every bit as important as the missionaries in the nations. We celebrate your Generosity!!

By: Marvin Slaton, Modern Day Director 

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A Red-Eye Flight Leads to a Gut Wrenching Encounter

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As I boarded the plane for my red-eye flight from Peru back to the US, I would have never imagined the encounter I was about to have. As I was getting situated in my seat, I noticed this very tall gentleman board the plane. After some time getting his luggage stowed, he sat down in the exit row directly in front of me. The space to the left of him was empty, so at a quick glance I could see almost anything he was doing. 

When he was finally situated, I noticed him pull out his phone and immediately started looking at scandalous photos of women and started inquiring about them via chat. 

I thought I was going to vomit!! 

My stomach churned and my heart ached for this situation. It grieved for those precious girls and honestly, my heart grieved for this man! 

As I sat back in my chair as the plane took off, I knew that I had a responsibility in this situation. A responsibility to do what I could to protect those girls if that was at all possible. A responsibility to share Christ with this man. 

I could not sit by and do nothing. 

Over the eight hour plane ride. I processed and prayed over the situation. I earnestly leaned into the Holy Spirit and asked His guidance in the matter. 

I knew at some point I was going to speak to this man, but I was just unsure of how to initiate the conversation. It was very intimidating to say the least. He was a very large man. I would say nearly 6ft 5′ and 230 pounds, solidly built. 

So much of me wanted to shrink back and simply pray for this man and this situation, but I knew more needed to be done. 

As the plane began its descent into the DFW airport, I made up my mind that I was going to approach this man at the baggage claim. 

After landing, we slowly made our way to the baggage claim where God opened an opportunity for me to approach him. 

I at first just struck up a normal conversation with him. I told him that I had overheard that he was going to Guadaljara, Mexico and asked him about the city and what he liked about it, etc. As we talked, I felt the conversation was going well, but I knew I needed to shift the focus at some point. 

Then the Holy Spirit led me to share with him that while we were on the plane, I was praying for him. He looked at me very suspiciously, but replied, “Thanks, I’ll take what I can get.”

I then shared with him that I felt God wanted me to tell him to read the book of John in the Bible. He then turned to me with an intrigued look on his face and said, “What does that book talk about and why would I need to read it?”

This was my open door to share the love of Jesus with him!

I briefly told him the story of Jesus and how this book clearly illustrates the restorative plan of Christ for all humanity. 

As I was sharing these things, he was considerate, but distant. Either way, he accepted what I said and thanked me for the conversation.

As he walked away, I immediately felt relief but also doubt. To be honest, I did not feel like what I communicated was enough and it was by no means eloquent. 

How could I be sure that what was communicated would lead to him to the Lord and would also spare those precious girls he was perusing and communicating with on his phone?

As the days have passed, I’ve prayed many times for him as well as for those girls. As I have now had time to reflect, the Lord has spoken to my heart about sowing seeds. How He is the harvester and we are the planters. 

I pray that someone else will come along after me and take a stand and pour water on those precious seeds.

I write this article about everyday life so that everyone who reads it will stand with me!

Stand with me to bring light to darkness.

Stand with me to share the gospel in the face of intimidation and fear.

Stand with me to love this world and give our life as Christ gave His.

Will you stand with me!!??

By: Marvin Slaton, Modern Day Director

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Trusting God with your Sleep

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Growing up, I really never gave a second thought to sleep. It seemed automatic, a natural part of life that happens. You wake up, expend energy throughout the day, eventually getting tired and then you lay your head down and go to sleep. Simple. It was always simple until I went on my first International mission trip as a 20 year old college student.

I went to England with around 50 other college age people. We were going to serve for a week at a conference. I was pumped. Sleep was the last thing on my mind. Even further away from my mind was two words that all International travelers battle, JET LAG!! You mean the stuff that comes out behind the engines on planes (the white stuff lagging behind)?? Boy, was I totally unaware of what crossing six time zones can do to your body. It blindsided me and propelled me into a battle with sleep that has carried on for the past 18 years. Read More

Freedom & Fullness in Mexico!

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In Mexico we found many believers were hurting and struggling with fear, discouragement, unforgiveness, and many other areas that produced disunity in marriages, families, and the church. Many church pastors and leaders were weary and felt ill equipped to help those needing inner healing and deliverance outside of biblical counsel and prayer. Read More

All Inclusive Gospel

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I just returned from a mission trip to Romania where I was helping prep and establish a new base plant alongside many other amazing missionaries. Some of these amazing friends had already been on the ground for almost a year, others were experiencing their first overseas adventure. All, ready for the feast Jesus had set before us. For me it was a sweet homecoming, returning after a few years to Romania and encountering the sights, the smells, and the atmosphere this intriguing land has to offer. There is something so satisfying in that perfect place Jesus has for you, at the moment of time He has destined you to be there. Read More

How to Become a Missionary

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How do I become a missionary is a question I have heard many times over my career in missions. It’s an honest question and it’s a good question. While there is no simple, concrete answer; I do think there is a process the Lord has in mind. A process that when “fleshed”out will look different to everyone all the while having several of the same, key components.  Read More

Lame man Lessons

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Recently I had the opportunity to teach two bible classes at a local Christian school. There is quite the age and maturity difference between sixth graders and tenth graders, but the bible has a wonderful way of relating to both. Acts chapter three was the bible passage being discussed with special attention being paid to the scene around the healing of the lame man. Read More

Run Your Race; Win Your Race

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It’s so easy to slide into the routine of wishing we could be more like someone else. We get tired of the same ol’ us and we wish we were more like this person or that person. It can happen to the best of us. I’m not faulting you. The problems is that we are unique. Every little thing about us is unique! Your darn right we are! Our DNA, looks, personality, fingers and toes and the list goes on. There is no other YOU on this planet. And this planet needs you. Desperately! Read More

20 Cedar Lane

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In a lifetime there are a handful of moments that are truly life changing. Some of these moments are more obvious. As a youth those moments can be your first discoveries of your skills, desires, your first crush, an influential teacher, a best friend and those interactions with your parents that truly do shape you for better or worse. When you leave the nest and spread your wings the decisions become more involved and carry much more weight. What will I do with my life? Where will I go to college? What do I want to study? How will I pay for it all? Should I start a business? Oh, I need to get a job, right? Read More