This is a very good, well written and concise article on reaching unreached groups.

With the work I do, I often ask (and get asked) about Unreached People Groups (UPG’s) and how to see indigenous church movements started among them. This conversation always goes back to leadership and why movements (an act of God by the way) can’t happen without them. I have the privilege to labor among UPG’s […]

via 14 Crucial Characteristics of Church Movement Leaders: Working Among Unreached Peoples — The Asian Rough Rider

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The Gift to Witness

As I sat here to type a support letter I began to think of all the things that God has allowed us to witness.

Our missions group started just about a year ago and has since become a separate entity under the name Bright Wings.

As a group we have all witnessed incredible acts of God’s love, grace, and mercy. The word of God is surely alive and active.

We have seen multiple healings in our own church. We have heard testimonies of redemption from pastors in persecuted places. We have heard stories of opened hearts in hard pressed places of which I cannot mention. We have seen churches suffer set backs from external sources yet they press on without hesitation. We have seen young and old make trips across the oceans to glorify the father. We have been able to provide the word of God for those who are hungry in lands where it’s access and the gift of literacy is scarce.

There is no question, God is doing mighty works and just one of the great blessings that he has showered upon us is to witness these things. We can come along and praise him with thankful hearts knowing that he is in control. He is a God who loves and showers that love upon us.

This list is just a tiny glimpse of the things we have seen God do. I share so we all may give thanks to God. I boast in Christ. He is our loving savior who was and is and is to come.

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Chapati and Shiro

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Tomorrow is the big international dinner to raise both awareness and funds for our missions activities. It will be taking place at Praise Assembly of God in Beaufort, South Carolina. I am happy to say that as we’ve been willing, God has given us more opportunities than we think we can handle. This is only a confirmation to me that our vision is consistently too small.

We are expecting 150 people tomorrow to come and try dishes from all over the world, and at the same time hear about ways to get involved with our missions work.

My wife and I are of course in charge of the Africa table, so tonight we are cooking up Chapatis, misir wot, and shiro, and tomorrow the suku-mowiki. A special thanks to Helen Inzobeli in Kibera, Kenya, who taught my wife to make the best chapatis.

Here are a few pictures of the…

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Five Years Worth

I recently made a return to Facebook after having been gone for roughly five years. After scrolling through and seeing some of the things that get passed around and the things people decide to share I came to two conclusions. (Really more than two but in this instance only two are relevant.)

If Facebook is a rooftop, what are you shouting?

What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs. Matthew 10:27

Presumably with the way Facebook works it is likely that a large number of people will see what you post. So what are you posting? Is it positive? Is it negative? Is it God glorifying? Is it just worthless chatter? It is the truth? or is it a lie?

For the five years I have been absent from Facebook, nearly everyone else (it seems) has used it consistently everyday. That is pretty amazing to think about. They tend to visit it several times a day and for five years that adds up to a lot of time spent on Facebook. I do believe people are completely aware of this fact so I will move on to my next point.

If you had invested all that time you spent on Facebook for the past five years and put it towards studying God’s word what kind of warrior would you be? How strong would your armor be? Would you be ready to stand on the front lines?

 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.  Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,  and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.  In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.  Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Ephesians 6: 11-17

 

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Prayers for Our Missionaries

Carl and John are traveling to Ethiopia for ten days with The Petros Network. They are an organization that provides church planting, pastoral training, and humanitarian aid with an emphasis on empowerment of native peoples. The teams consist of everyday people longing to serve the Lord and share the gospel with the unreached.

The Lord has laid it on our hearts to share Christ’s love with all nations to the ends of the Earth. Jesus loves us all equally and his heart breaks, for his soon to be spotless bride. We cannot sit back and wait for all that he loves to be consumed by the rampant growth of hate, violence, and selfishness. We must go no matter the cost. I ask that all those that pray to pray fervently that hearts are softened and souls are won for Christ’s Kingdom. He is worthy!

For it is better, if it is Gods will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. For Christ suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous to bring you to God.
1 Peter 3 17-18 NIV

He sent out his word and healed them, he rescued them from the grave. Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and wonderful deeds for mankind.
Psalms 107:20 NIV

 This is how we know what love is Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.
1 John 3:16 NIV

 Dear children let us not love with words but with actions and in truth.
1 John 3:18

Prayer requests:

1. For the Father’s will to be done.

2. That all details of the flights to and from are without a hitch and that there are no problems with customs.

3. That the devil will not instill any fear or anxiousness in John or Carl or their families back home.

4. Protection over their families while they are gone. Pray for peace in times with little to no communication. Ethiopia is currently under a State of emergency which means social media may be blocked or internet may be completely shut down.

5. Wisdom to speak with only love and encouragement and allow the Holy Spirit to work through his servants.

6. For John and Carl to have opportunities to share the gospel and opportunities to be a witness for what God has done in their lives.

7. There are fifteen team members in total that have joined Petros Organization on this particular trip. We pray for unity between the team members that their sole purpose there is for glorifying the Kingdom of God and not for personal gain, or self-gratification.

8. The dominate religion in Ethiopia is Islam and persecution is great risk for the Pastors and families that are coming for training. Our brothers and sisters have been threatened, tortured and some have even been killed. They have been disowned by families and communities to serve our almighty Lord. Pray for the protection of pastors that are coming to the training facility as they will have opposition getting to and from their villages. Pray that they are encouraged through this experience.

9. For the Lord to provide the right situations with the right people to be able to film a powerful message to share with our church.

10. Pray against illness.

11. Pray that every day the team, as well as those at home, are outfitted with the full armor of God to withstand the attacks of the enemy.

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Leaving Home.

Carl and I leave for Ethiopia in four days.

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In four days I leave for Ethiopia. This will be my third trip to Ethiopia. I’ve also been to South Sudan four times, and I’m not even sure how many times I’ve been to Kenya. Every country I’ve been to, and every city, and every village has been different in some way or another. Cultures are different. Tribes are different. Nations that border each other have vastly different characters and cultures. I’m only talking about East Africa. I haven’t even been to central or West Africa, and only passed through South Africa.

I sincerely wish everyone could do what I do, at least once. I wish everyone could uproot and leave home, truly leave home and go somewhere so far out of their comfort zone that you couldn’t stand on a stool and see where your comfort zone is.

I hear so many people say, “We are so blessed here…

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Lies People Believe About Missionaries

This is a great article from the International Missions Board about misconceptions people have about missionaries. Hopefully it will dispel some of the myths that keep people from getting involved.

Check out this link from International Mission Board: https://www.imb.org/2017/02/09/5-lies-people-believe-about-missionaries/

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