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Intro to Missions Course – Part 6

This is the audio from an introductory course on missions that a friend and I taught at our home church. In the sixth lesson, Aaron, my missionary friend in Morocco, discusses the vital work of establishing believers. Aaron talks about the mission of the church and shows that it really cannot be reduced to anything less than reproducing ourselves […]

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Missionary Crutches

I was back home in China this past week. Still fighting some final skirmishes with jet lag. But a great trip – got to spend lots of time with the pastors and with the good group of young men who are preparing for pastoral ministry. Taught through 2 Timothy a couple hours a night over […]

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Missions: Westerners Need Not Apply? (Part 2)

The last post started to discuss the idea that national believers are the most qualified to serve as missionaries (meaning, the most qualified to be exported to another place with the Gospel). Let me say again that there is certainly a core of truth here: already speaking a language and fitting into a culture are […]

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7 Reasons to Get to the Mission Field Before You’re 30

1. Languages are hard to learn It is very rare to meet a missionary who learned another language later on in life. A foreign language is not an opponent you want to underestimate. It will handicap you for the rest of your ministry unless you take it down early. Facing the challenges of learning a […]

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The Li Bo Perspective #3

Last bit about the Chinese Three-Self Church and whether or not it is wise for missionaries to work in coordination with them. The question that remains to be considered is: is there anything that a missionary is compelled to do that is prohibited by the Three-Self Church? Of course ‘compelled‘ is a tricky word. But […]

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Don’t Leave Home Without…

Recently made friends with an American student who is studying Chinese for the summer at our university. He heard like third-hand that we were leading a local church, so after class last week he caught up with me on the elevator and asked if he could come. Turns out he’s also interested in getting involved […]

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