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And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age.”

- Matthew 28:18-20

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Peter Kagwe - an apprentice with iServe

My name is Peter Kagwe.  I have used my IT skills as a tool to reach the youth with the gospel, especially the non-Christian brothers. Through our interactions with the students and staff, I have seen the willingness and eagerness in them to hear more about the gospel through the kinds of questions about Christ they ask, which has motivated me to continue holding on to the gospel and desire to teach others.

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The forgotten African history of Christianity - a podcast

Some of the greatest intellectual contributors to our modern understanding of Christianity, including the Trinity and the divinity of Christ, came from the African fathers of the faith. Advent Next, a theological podcast for curious faith discussions, explores the contributions of non-western African Christianity to the foundations of Christian faith.  The guest is Dr. Trevor O’Reggio, chair of the history department at Andrews University and a specialist on Reformation History, who discusses the book by Thomas Oden entitled How Africa Shaped the Christian Mind: Rediscovering the African Seedbed of Western Christianity.

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Language struggles - some encouragement

From A Life Overseas:  So how about you? Are you having a hard time with language learning? If so, I hope you’re able to continue to grow in your abilities. I hope that if you’re not thriving in your language acquisition, you’re able to keep on striving. And in your striving, I hope you’re given the time and space to do your best, or as close to that as you can get. When you struggle, I hope you can allow yourself to strive softer. And when your studies can’t take you any further and you fall short, I hope there’s still a place for you on your team and in the work you’re doing.

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4 essentials in caring for missionaries

From ABWE: Becoming a missionary can be a difficult journey. It is fraught with loneliness as one decides to leave family, friends, and familiar roles to cross cultures for the gospel. It requires walking a financial path of faith, trusting that God will truly supply all needs. And let us not forget that any time one steps out into ministry, spiritual attacks are sure to follow. To sustain his faithful servants in their crucial yet challenging mission. God’s plan for missionary care has always been the local church. The interesting little book of 3 John gives us a glimpse of this plan.

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2024 World Watch List - the world's most persecuted Christians

The World Watch List is Open Doors’ annual ranking of the 50 countries where Christians face the most extreme persecution. In this year's list, we see both the horrors of persecution—and the extravagance of God's grace.  Visit their site to download the list and read it over prayerfully.  It is good to be informed, and you will also be encouraged in parts.

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New Issue from Mission Frontiers magazine

Their new issue on nomads:  "God's chosen people were originally nomads. Today, most nomads live beyond the reach of the Gospel, for multiple reasons. And a Church whose ministry requires permanent buildings is ill-equipped to reach them. But if the Church can put aside traditions and biases, and if she can raise up workers willing to endure the hardships of a nomadic lifestyle, then God can send her to nomadic fields ripe for harvest." Click to visit their site.

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A Tale of Two Brothers - from Mission Frontiers magazine

Abdu is from a large Muslim family. His father was an Ardo, a traditional ruler of a Fulani clan who had two wives and 14 children. Abdu grew up in the bush helping his father to take care of the cattle for the Nigerian people.
Yohana is from a Christian family. His father was a farmer who had one wife and many children. Yohana grew up in the village helping his father on the farm, growing food for the Nigerian people.

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Lesotho sends missionaries - part 5

A mission team departed in May 1874, consisting of Asser Sehahabane as its leader. They travelled by foot, only stopping for longer periods due to fever or when a chief showed genuine interest in their work. For example, at Chief Nyamati’s village, they remained for 19 days as the people there had already had indigenous traditions that pointed to the return of a great chief, a theme that seemed to meld beautifully with that of the Gospel. As recorded by Sehahabane, the gist of the conversation was as follows: “They said: We have a teaching which our forefathers taught us that a certain Chief of theirs passed away, and then rose and will return. We continue to expect him"

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Remembering the Unreached during Lent

The practice of Lent gives believers six weeks to prepare to mourn the death and celebrate the resurrection of our Savior.

Jesus' death and resurrection are the foundational facts underlying all that SEND does. Without Good Friday and Easter, we would have no Good News to share with the unreached. Lent, then, is a natural season to focus both on what Jesus did for us personally and on developing a heart, like his, for the lost throughout our world. Here are some ideas for Lenten practices that might help deepen your commitment to the Great Commission.

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Lent and missions - a 40-day devotional

Lent is the forty days that Christians have historically set aside to prepare for Easter through repentance and renewal. It gives us space to admit the struggle: though the defiant joy of Christ’s victory is ours, it came at an unimaginably great cost; though our salvation is sealed forever, we still face mortality, indwelling sin, and a fallen world.

But there is more to this struggle.

If we who have hope are to pause for a season to lament sin and death, then should we not also lament for those who have no hope? There are billions around the world who do not yet share in the victory of Easter. Perhaps Lent and missions have more in common than we’ve ever considered.

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Raising kids to love the nations

From DesiringGod.org:  We want the fruit of genuine love that comes from God (1 John 4:7). This love does not end in talk, but in deed, caring for both the temporal and eternal good of others (1 John 3:16–18). Raising our kids to love the nations means raising them to obey from the heart God’s command to love their neighbor, including those from other people groups. It’s part of bringing up any child in the Lord’s discipline and instruction.

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Letter to my younger self

From A Life Overseas: I was one of many kids who grew up in that era who wrote on commitment cards that they’d be willing to take His light into the dying world. At some point, I think this morphed into a belief that it was my responsibility to learn about the things that were dark and wrong and dying and to do something about it. Yet over the past several years I’ve found myself increasingly sensitive to how Christians talk about the countries they’re moving to and the places they hope to minister.

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"What's in the pot?" - a missionary moment

What caught me first was the fragrance; I couldn't put my finger on it, it smelled like a condiment we sometimes used back home when cooking dry leaf okra, and it's sometimes made of ash, which was probably the first red flag, but I kept quiet. Then, the big pot came on the table, and she invited us around it to see how beautiful it looked, and show us how to eat it. She took off the lid and we all jumped (quite visibly, if I may add) and exclaimed, "Oh! Nkhanu!" (meaning crabs in our vernacular).

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2024 World Watch List - the world's most persecuted Christians

The World Watch List is Open Doors’ annual ranking of the 50 countries where Christians face the most extreme persecution. In this year's list, we see both the horrors of persecution—and the extravagance of God's grace.  Visit their site to download the list and read it over prayerfully.  It is good to be informed, and you will also be encouraged in parts.

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"Carrying garbage for the Gospel" - a missionary moment

Our short-term team from Ghana set out to do evangelism in the enormous slums of Kibera, Nairobi, and came across a group of people cleaning up rubbish near their homes. We tried to engage with them, but they paid no attention and tried to avoid us.

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"Very secure indeed!" - a missionary moment

I was a new missionary in North Africa, staying with my colleagues in their  house. They went out of town, leaving me behind, and I was concerned about security. I went out to check on the security gate, to see that all was safe for the night. As I went out the front door, it blew shut behind me, and I was trapped in the front of the house between the door and the security gate. That gate was, indeed, nicely locked, and the house secured with strong bars!  I spoke no Arabic at all, and thought that I would have to live in this tiny front veranda for the next several days before my colleagues returned...

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"What noise does that meat make?" - a missionary moment

As new missionaries on our way to the field some years ago, we stopped at a place to rest for the night. Coming from an English context, we had no French language. I wanted some meat. So, I asked my husband to go and get us some. We wanted beef but did not know what beef was called in French. When he got to the place where they sold the meat, he tried asking in English what type of meat it was they were selling.  When that didn't work, he had to get creative!

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"Laughing with the Saints" - a missionary moment

Serving amongst people in a cultural context different from yours can be exciting and challenging, sometimes embarrassing and irritating! I had goosebumps at a pastors’ conference in Minembwe, Congo Democratic Republic. As one of the speakers, we relied on locals to interpret our presentations from English to the Kinyamulenge language. We had just returned from a tea break and it was my turn to speak. I went to the lectern with the confidence to start, but unknown to me, the man who would interpret was unavailable. I prayed and started with greetings, Muraho neza (hello everyone). There was a loud response from the audience as they all stared at me in amazement for suddently speaking their language, and I froze in embarrassment.

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How Africa shaped the Christian mind - a book by Thomas Oden

Africa has played a decisive role in the formation of Christian culture from its infancy. Some of the most decisive intellectual achievements of Christianity were explored and understood in Africa before they were in Europe. If this is so, why is Christianity so often perceived in Africa as a Western colonial import? How can Christians in Northern and sub-Saharan Africa, indeed how can Christians throughout the world, rediscover and learn from this ancient heritage? Theologian Thomas C. Oden offers a portrait that challenges prevailing notions of the intellectual development of Christianity from its early roots to its modern expressions.

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"Teachers change the world" - a missionary moment

Our entry strategy in the mission field was starting a school. However, the local mosque leaders warned other people against bringing their children to our school because we were Christians and all our teachers were Christians. The population was almost 100 per cent Muslim, but a few Muslims and several Christians from other places who were working in the location entrusted us with their children. After the first year of running the preschool, something drastically changed.

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2024 World Watch List - the world's most persecuted Christians

The World Watch List is Open Doors’ annual ranking of the 50 countries where Christians face the most extreme persecution. In this year's list, we see both the horrors of persecution—and the extravagance of God's grace.  Visit their site to download the list and read it over prayerfully.  It is good to be informed, and you will also be encouraged in parts.

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"Singing a song about nothing" - a missionary moment

A story is told of a gentleman who came to know the Lord and learned about the Lord's mandate to win souls for Him. He was very passionate about being obedient and was surprised to observe that many believers wasted time on things he considered unnecessary.

He would come across a group of brothers watching television and with arms akimbo and in dismay, he would say, "Brothers, souls are perishing and you are sitting here watching television!"

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"Singing a song about nothing" - a missionary moment

When I was learning the local language, my tutor taught me a song and I was so excited and decided to sing it as a special ministration in the church. The song was “Ekelempe Yesu” which means “There is none like you, Jesus.”

During my ministration, I noticed people looking at me with confused expressions...

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"Angry young men" - a missionary moment

We are working in a Muslim people group, and have had some converts. Their families and the local leaders are not very happy about it and we even feared for the life of one of the converts. We began to hear of planned attacks on our home, and we had many sleepless nights as we were concerned about an assault.
One day, a group of young men were organizing in open daylight to attack us. We went to the police station and key leaders were summoned.

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The Dictionary of African Christian Biography

Every African Christian needs to know about, and use, this valuable resource.  You can search in several languages, and there are over 3,000 entries about Africans who have changed their countries, or the world.  Be sure to have a look, and share with others.

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