Each time a church commits to send a missionary then fails to maintain that commitment, a promise is broken. Worse still, a person is broken. With a story that’s all too common, recently returned missionary, Caleb Alford, shares how he experienced the disappointment of being sent and let go.
Regardless of our political positions about refugees and immigration, few believers have actually engaged the rising number of internationals in our own neighborhoods and cities. Ben Schroering challenges local churches to view going to refugee and immigrant communities in the United States with the same enthusiasm as going overseas to reach the same peoples.
Wouldn't it be great to be part of a sending church? Maybe someday we will all have that pleasure. Or perhaps we could all compound our joy, today, if we lay hold of the church's identity rooted in our sending God. That's what Nathan Shaver encourages us to do in this article reframing how we should think about sentness and sending.
Sometimes well-intentioned short-term mission trips end in unintentional disaster. Certain hardships can be avoided with a measure of planning. Other times, we create our own problems when we cling to unrealistic expectations. In this guest post, Terry L. Brown shares a practical checklist and some lessons in expectations to prepare for short term missions.
It's easy in missions to lean into our own strengths to try to get the job done. This simply makes sense, but sometimes God would use unexpected means to advance his kingdom. In this guest article Josh Baylor considers his situation and the refugees in Germany, thinking about God's tendency to use the marginalized and implications for how we must trust Him.
Missionaries are soldiers for their king in a grand war to expand God's kingdom. Right? Where does this one-sided language leave us when the field doesn't turn out quite so epic? Jonathan Trotter meditates on a balanced view of Scriptural language and how this affects where we turn in times of need.