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Marvin Slaton

Missions & Winning!

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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

Missions & World Urbanization

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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

To New Heights…

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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

Missions & Your Home Church

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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

Missions Top 10 – #6

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** 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 6 – Mentorship/Accountability

The long lasting fruit that comes from Godly mentorship and accountability is unquantifiable. I know this first hand. He who walks the journey of faith alone will not walk very far. For everyone of us it takes a team of people around us. And not just any team, but a team made up of the right players. If your going to have the best team, you better make sure that a few of those players represent, Mentorship and Accountability! Read More

Missions Top 10 – #4

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** 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 4 – Give

“For God so loved the world He gave…” I think most of us can probably finish that scripture there in John 3:16. Giving has been on God’s heart since the beginning and we know He always gives his best! He gave us life, He gave us his son and He gave us eternity! God is the King of generosity and He calls us to that same place and level of giving our very best. Read More

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