Posted in Culture Shock Encouragements and Exhortations Motivation for Missions

Leaving common graces may be the best thing for your faith

I have talked to many young women about coming to Cameroon for a year on a short-term trip and, without fail, one of the first questions they have for me is about the state of the local church among the Kwakum. They are curious about what kind of spiritual resources and accountability will be available to them if they were to come. In our circles, there is, rightly, a huge emphasis on the role of the local church in the life of the believer. There are no “lone ranger” Christians – we are part of a body. We are “living…

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Should I Wait for the Ideal Team or Missions Agency?

I have had numerous conversations with single Christians, wondering if their standards for the ideal spouse were too high. Perhaps, they thought, they just need to bite the bullet and settle for that less-than-ideal guy. What’s funny is I have also heard Christians speaking the same way about missions teams and organizations. In some ways, joining with a missionary team is even more sober than deciding who one will marry. The typical married couples in the States will not have to endure the same kinds of stressors that are put upon missionary colleagues. Missionary teams plant churches together, make translation…

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Posted in Christian Missions Missionary Biography Motivation for Missions

“If your God is so smart, why can’t he speak our language?” The Life and Legacy of Cameron Townsend

Understanding Scripture in a language other than the heart language in which we think and experience emotion is like trying to eat soup with a fork. You can get a little taste, but you cannot get nourished. William Cameron Townsend  William Cameron Townsend, or Cam, was one of the most influential missions leaders in the last two centuries. He founded three organizations: Wycliffe Bible Translators, the Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL), and the Jungle Aviation and Radio Service (JAARS). These three have the purpose of promoting Bible translation among minority language groups.  His Life Cam Townsand was born in 1896…

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If We Fail, May We Fail While Daring Greatly

My father-in-law recently mailed us a book called From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya: A Biographical History of Christian Missions. As I have been reading this book, I have at times been inspired, encouraged and renewed in my missionary zeal. But, honestly, more often than not, I have been a little scandalized by the failures of those who have gone before me in missions. In a sense, I feel like this book is throwing mud on my heroes. Here are a couple of examples: William CareyWilliam Carey, a famous missionary to India in the 1800s labored for 7 years before seeing…

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Posted in Christian Missions God’s Work in Cameroon Mobilization Motivation for Missions To senders Video

[Video] Missions: The Rewards are Greater than the Sacrifices

Just before we left Cameroon for our first home assignment we sat down with the World Team missionaries and asked them some real life questions. We asked them: What is missions? What is the hardest part? So, is it even worth it? What are your dreams for Cameroon? What do you need to see these dreams realized? All of us have experienced difficulties and sacrifices. But I hope you will be encouraged to see that there is no question in our minds: the rewards are greater than the sacrifices. And I invite you to be challenged as well. The greatest…

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Hardening of the Lost as a Spiritual Fruit

I recently read a great article put out by our missions agency, World Team, and it inspired me to think through the following scenarios… Imagine two pairs of Christian parents daily loving their children and presenting Christ in word and deed. In God’s mercy, one group of parents receives the joy of seeing their children worship and serve Jesus. The other couple witnesses their children go from hard to harder as the years go by. The couple with the believing children are sought after for parenting advice while the other mother and father are considered a little suspect. Along the…

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Posted in Christian Missions Common Objections Motivation for Missions

7 Reasons Why I Love being a Missionary

While it is true that there are various aspects of missionary life that prove to be difficult, there are also so many reasons why I just love my “job.” Let me share a couple of my favorites: 1. Conversations are never boring when you are having them in your 3rd language. If you are trying to have a conversation in your third language, the mental gymnastics that you are doing prevents you from ever getting bored regardless of who you are talking to. Plus, you never know what is going to come out of your own mouth, which keeps things…

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Posted in Christian Missions Encouragements and Exhortations God’s Work in Cameroon Motivation for Missions

Minority People Groups will Rule the World

“Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the Kingdom of God.” – Luke 6:20-26 We have at times been asked (and wondered ourselves) why we would choose to work with a minority people group when we could work with those who would be more likely to have a world-wide impact. The thinking is that if a Bakoum person comes to know Christ, he may be instrumental for the Kingdom among those who are in his village, but he will likely never travel nor write anything that could influence the masses. Conversely, if those who speak languages of wider communication…

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Posted in Bible Translation Christian Missions Common Objections Encouragements and Exhortations Motivation for Missions

God Uses “Bad Legs”

Can God use you? It is a good question. Some people told Elinor Young that her polio crippled body would prevent her from her dream of becoming a missionary. But she believed that whom the Lord calls, he uses. And that he equips those whom he calls. Watch this amazing woman’s journey to becoming a Bible translator that ultimately ended in the Kimyal Bible Translation.

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God Does Not Need Missionaries

by Stacey “The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything.” Acts 17:24-25    Sickness and Death We have been studying French with a friend here in Albertville who is preparing to go to West Africa to serve as a pilot. He is married with four young children. A couple weeks ago, he found out he had a tumor on a Friday, flew…

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