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
The world is such a dark and complex place. There are millions of evil actions that take place every day in the world. Tune into any TV news channel or website and you will find that out quickly. All over the world it seems that the devil is having a field day. He can’t possibly be winning this much, right? It hurts your head and your heart to think that humans could traffic, well… humans! Impossible! Read More
It seems like the words “missions” and “poverty” have always been synonymous with one another. At least culturally, people seem to conclude that most missionaries are poor financially and their main outreach or ministry should be to the poor of the nation they are serving. While it is true that most missionaries are dependent on donors for their financial support, it does not make them inherently poor. It is also true that many missionaries focus their ministry efforts on the socioeconomically poor and poor in spirit, but this does not paint a complete picture. To see the realities of the missionary and those they serve, we have to dig a little deeper. If we don’t, the word poverty will serve as a general, sweeping term that may not fairly or accurately depict the missionary or their work. Read More
Hidden In Plain Sight
Today’s modern-day crisis of slavery is an injustice that effects every community on the earth today. Hidden in the shadows, a thriving slave trade is emerging that rivals anything we have seen to date. There are more slaves today than at any point in human history! This burgeoning trade of humans boasts 20.5 million victims worldwide according to the International Labor Organization; 4.5 million of those victims are trafficked for sex. Staggeringly, 98% of sex trafficking victims worldwide are women and children! Although Hollywood’s portrayal shows young girls being kidnapped off the streets never to be seen again, this tactic is much less common than the more subtle coercive recruitment into the sex trade that many vulnerable young people fall prey to. Read More
One of the greatest challenges of any missionary is overcoming a results based mentality. I have to raise a certain amount of money, I have to lead this many people to Jesus, I have to write this many newsletters, I have to post this many times on social media. The list can go on and on. Not to long ago I heard a famous pastor pose these questions, “So what does a WIN look like for your church and/or what does WINNING look like for your ministry on a weekly or daily basis?” While I believe those are great questions, I also feel like it has the potential to lead us down an unrealistic path. Let me expound… Read More
I’m one of those that prefer being out in the rugged bush land trouncing in, over, around and through Gods wonderful creation. Most of my missions upbringing was spent in the rural settings of Mexico, Haiti, Ghana, Laos, Cambodia and of course, China. Good friends of mine and missionaries with 30 years of experience in China have even pegged western China as the “Last Frontier”. If you have spent anytime around missions, you have heard the grave stories of eating bugs on sticks, grilled dog or cat and things pulled from the ocean that you can’t readily identify. Yep, it’s one of the great things about missions and one of the things that has endeared itself to me. No, not the nasty food, but rather the rough, rugged, tough settings where missions can take you. It’s where advancing God’s kingdom and adventure meet together and produce unforgettable experiences and memories. It’s a wonderful thing, but there is this one little problem… The world is becoming one HUGE city! Read More
In 2016 Modern Day has several goals they desire to reach. A few of those are as follows…
1. To add 50 new Field Workers
2. Process over 2 million dollars in donations
3. Do three short-term mission trips led by the Modern Day board and staff.
4. To implement a new donor management software that will be a tremendous blessing to our 230 field workers and near 1,000 donors. Read More
I have been involved in missions in some capacity for the past 15 years. During that period of time I have gone on short-term trips, lived in another country, worked as a missions pastor and have served as the director of a missions agency for the past four years. It’s not a tremendously long time to have worked in a certain field, but I do feel that I have learned a few things along the way.
Through the years there are always certain topics that keep coming across my mind or my desk. One of those topics is the relationship between the missionary and their home church. When I say home church, I’m referring to the church that either they were sent out of or the church that provides the most relationship/covering for the missionary. I understand that this is a broad subject and can’t possibly be exhaustively covered in a short article, but I do want to highlight just two things that have always caught my attention and for the most part been proven true over the years. The format you will see below is me stating some of my observations and then I will provide a prayer point below each observation. Read More
** This week I continue my missions Top 10 of how to set yourself up for success while on the field. Obviously this is not comprehensive, but should serve as a good guideline to help every missionary thrive both personally and with their ministry.
Number 9 – Perspective Read More