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After a foreign preacher presented the gospel to a group of people in Asia, a local pastor asked if it might be better to train an indigenous person to preach to his countrymen. The pastor went so far as to express his desire for “believers in [Asia] to think of the gospel as uniquely their own and to be surprised when they learn that foreigners also know about it.” [1] The pastor’s intention…

“Let every kindred, every tribe
On this terrestrial ball,
To him all majesty ascribe,
And crown him Lord of all.”

Each year, on the first Sunday of November, I stood in the family pew and joyously sang the fifth verse of “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name.” As international flags were paraded through the sanctuary and hung from the balcony, I imagined…

Oct 4

A Journey to Connect

Reflections on Making Connections with Missionaries

For a long time, I have wanted to connect with a Tenth missionary in a personal, ongoing way. I envisioned knowing about their country and neighborhood, purpose of their mission, needs that I could help meet, and concerns that I could pray for. I’ve been following missionary news by praying through the monthly Outreach Prayer Calendar, attending some of the Sunday morning breakfasts with global partners, and listening to the…

 

Tenth Church global partner Pastor Jaime Leal of Santa Marta, Colombia, died of a heart attack at age 57 on May 29, preparing to go to the pulpit to preach to his congregation. He had a faith that motivated and energized people to believe that God would provide, which became contagious. He believed that people would really be saved, healed, and transformed by the gospel. Countless people…

Just two weeks ago, my husband and I had the delightful opportunity to spend two days hiking in the Rocky Mountains. Trudging uphill, our sea-level lungs reminded us that we weren’t at home. Our eyes focused on the path before us to avoid stumbles over stones and roots or slips in the still present snow. Our muscles burned with the unaccustomed exertion. And then we reached the summit, or the…

Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required—Luke 12:48.

We are indeed a blessed congregation. For generations we have enjoyed the faithful exposition of God’s word from our pulpit. In our pews are modern translations of the Bible, and on-line we have unlimited access to free high-quality Christian resources. Unlike some of our brothers around the world, we do not fear for…

I love watching a city’s skyline as I descend on a plane. If you love to travel, you know what I’m talking about—that excitement of looking outside your window toward a new land. Now, I’ve flown to several countries, but I can tell you that none came close to the joy of seeing the U.S. and New York’s skyline for the first time when I was 14. It was very…

Beshoy is 20 years old, from a poor family of seven in a rural community of Egypt. He finished technical school but he had no skills to help him secure a good job. He was working as a casual builder’s assistant, doing manual labor at work sites. Beshoy’s health was being affected negatively because the work circumstances were very challenging. He had to leave this job and joined a vocational…

Mohammed has an easy smile while his brother Nezmi is more serious. These two brothers come from war torn country in the Middle East, and have four other siblings. Their father brought their family on a journey to a refugee community in a nearby country about three years ago. Mohammed describes how they came to the border and saw soldiers patrolling. They hid for a while and once the soldiers…

For years they waited for the building permits to rebuild the church while it continued to crumble around them. At long last, the local government issued the work permits last year, but with the condition that construction be completed on a tight deadline. This is the reality for this congregation in Egypt.

The outreach to their neighborhood is strategic for the gospel’s growth in the region. Over Christmas…

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