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Is the World’s Next Missions Movement in Ethiopia?

From Christianity Today. First a little context. In Ethiopia, evangelicalism is growing at a faster rate than even the booming general population, already the second-largest in Africa and projected to exceed 112 million people by 2020. According to the World Christian Database, in 1970 the Horn of Africa nation had about 900,000 self-identifying evangelicals, about 3 percent of its total population. By 2015, that number swelled to almost 19 million, or 19 percent of Ethiopians. Then some grand aims for a church in a developing nation: Each year in January,…

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Researching the Route

In his book Reaching the Nations Mike Frisby helps churches work with people who are engaged in cross-cultural mission. After having profiled the personnel and clarified the call, Mike recommends researching the route. In this section Mike helps the prospective worker think through issues such as short or long-term service, what additional ministry training is needed, what cross-cultural training is required, what additional life-skills would be helpful and learning where necessary a new language. In addition Mike reminds us that we need cross-cultural workers to be well grounded in the Word of…

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Clarifying the call

In his book Reaching the Nations Mike Frisby helps churches work with people who are engaged in cross-cultural mission. In his chapter ‘clarifying the call’ Mike says: If we were honest most of us would like a definite unmistakable call to serve God, attended with supernatural signs. After all, wasn’t this the way it was for God’s servants in the past? (For example: Moses at the burning bush; Isaiah in the Temple; Saul on the Damascus road.) Today, we still hear stories of similar dramatic encounters with God that set the course…

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Profiling the Personnel

In his book Reaching the Nations Mike Frisby helps churches work with people who are engaged in cross-cultural mission. In the chapter ‘profiling the personnel’ Mike says: While the old saying still holds true that “availability is more important than ability” and Scripture teaches that “the Lord chooses the weak to confound the strong”, nevertheless, there are some basic qualities one is looking for in those offering themselves for cross-cultural work. (See Judges 6:11-16, 1 Samuel 16:1-13, 1 Corinthians 1:26-31) Good training can develop character and skills, and good teaching can rectify a…

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Reaching the Nations

Despite the fact that there are more Christians right now than ever before because of population growth there remains more people than ever before who have never heard of Christ. The missions task remains urgent. As Mike Betts says in his foreword to a new edition of Mike Frisby’s  Reaching the Nations: Our concern for God’s glory means that we have a love for all peoples, languages, tribes, tongues and cultures. The whole world was made for Jesus and by Jesus, and His family will be gathered from every tribe and…

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The Curiosity Index (02.10.2017)

Meet the Mother of Modern Missions “Though hardly anyone knows her name today, Rebecca helped ignite fires of a new kind of religion that in subsequent centuries has given spiritual sustenance to millions.” We could well call Rebecca Protten the “mother of modern missions.” Remarkable. A pastor becomes a pawn in a spat between America and Turkey SOME evangelical Christians in the United States have stratospheric political connections, and can be sure of gaining access to the White House whenever they want. But Andrew Brunson, a Presbyterian minister from North Carolina…

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