Recently I was talking to a couple of guys, one a believer and the other not yet, on the why of missions in a world of vying belief systems. I’m sure you’ve had similar conversations when people discover you’re a missionary. It struck me again at how a faith-in-God answer can simultaneously sound normal and absurd. To the one, missions are a natural response to one’s faith in Jesus… Continue
Before I became a parent, my main perspective about raising a missionary family came from my positive experiences in the Philippines. I loved being a missionary kid (MK) and to me, the Philippines was home in every sense of the word. As I became an adult, I realized that not every MK is grateful to have grown up overseas, for reasons as varied as the landscape of loving it. Instead, for them, the only way they would use the word “positive” in the… Continue
You’d think that a Major League Hall of Famer would, from an insider’s perspective, articulate some unique insight that would allow the rest of us mere mortals to elevate our understanding of baseball and how it is played. Or maybe a World Series winning manager would challenge the status quo on how we understand the actual game strategy itself. Or perhaps a baseball analyst on… Continue
During this Interview Dr. Vernon Grounds is 95 years young. The wisdom and heart of this Godly man is captured as Hans Finzel, President of WorldVenture, and Chancellor Vernon Grounds of Denver Seminary, have a conversation about his life's work, his legacy and his thoughts on missions.
In two years working at the WorldVenture Home Office I have learned many things from the missionaries, but there is one thing that I have heard over and over again. “Raising support is the hardest part of being a missionary.” I am so grateful to have known that truth as I began the support raising journey than to stumble upon it myself.
Expecting challenges in support raising has definitely taken some of the edge off. Not to say that I am sitting around waiting for everything to go… Continue
Added by Mallory Long on July 14, 2009 at 3:00pm —
As Hans travels across West Africa, he takes the time to meet and interview Mark and Rea Wilson, Missionaries with SIM...Listen as you will hear the ups and downs of ministry in an area of the world branded the "Missionary Graveyard" because of the level of difficulty in personal challenges as well as spiritual warfare.
Have you ever noticed that we always say “Jacob and Esau”? Why not the other way around? Esau was born first so was older, and he was also Isaac’s favored son. But we know how the story came out: against the odds, Jacob became the more important one with all the rights of the firstborn.
Now bring this story to the Nyarafolo context. None of the above makes any sense.
Years ago, when Dave and Karen DeGraaf (SIL) were our partners in the Nyarafolo Translation Project, they… Continue