Missions

7653 - Christine Johnson - Working in South Asia

An interview with Christine Johnson about her work in South Asia. She shares about connecting to women in the culture and other religions as she works as a teacher.

She shares how she is able to interact with these women and engage in their lives through establishing common bonds.

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7641 - Ron Laurent: Children in Haiti

Ron Laurent shares more of his experiences on a recent month-long mission trip to Haiti. There he worked with the many people living in tent cities after they were displaced by the January 12, 2010 earthquake near Port-au-prince.

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7638 - Ron Laurent: Serving the Lord in Haiti

Ron Laurent shares his experiences on a recent month-long mission trip to Haiti. There he worked with the many people living in tent cities after they were displaced by the January 12, 2010 earthquake near Port-au-prince.

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7611 - "Lillian" - Operation Mobilisation

“Lillian” shares with us about her experiences with Operation Mobilisation and the opportunities available with this ministry.

Her background is as a mental health nurse, and after having served in the past in missions overseas, she is now moving towards entering missions again after retirement. She will be serving as a Finisher with Operation Mobilisation, and is considering serving in a position on the Logos Hope with 450+ people in missions work on this ship.

She is also considering service in Haiti, or with other opportunities, but she is patiently waiting for the Lord’s leading. She then shares a young man’s testimony of service on the Doulos ship after 2 years serving with OM.

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7608 - "Lillian" - Missions After Retirement

“Lillian” shares with us about her experiences with Bible smuggling and currently with being involved in missions work after retiring from her work as a nurse.

She entered the mission field for the first time when she was 40, and after she finished serving in Romania she came back to the states and finished her career as a nurse. Now after officially retiring she is moving towards re-entering the mission field (probably full-time). She will be serving as a Finisher with Operation Mobilisation.

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7602 - Dr. Rodney Woo - Saying Goodbye to a Pastor

Another interview with Dr. Rodney Woo, the departing pastor of Wilcrest Baptist Church and the new pastor of the International Baptist Church in Singapore.

Rodney shares about his 18 years as the pastor of Wilcrest Baptist Church, where the church mission statement is “Wilcrest Baptist Church is God’s multi-ethnic bridge that draws all people to Jesus Christ, who transforms them from unbelievers to missionaries!”

This church focus on transforming members to missionaries is church-wide, and now the Lord’s calling to missions has been extended to Rodney as he will be moving with his family to Singapore. There he will be the pastor of another multi-cultural church in an area of the world in great need of evangelism.

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Rodney shares about the excitement the church has in his following the Lord’s call in his life, and that they are sending their very best out as a missionary. The big thing that Rodney is praying for is that Wilcrest Baptist Church will stay focused on their calling and that their focus would be centered on Christ as the head of the church rather than the pastor.

To learn more about Dr. Woo, Wilcrest Baptist Church, and his book, “The Color of Church”, read the extensive profile of Dr. Rodney Woo and Wilcrest Baptist Church in our Interview section.

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7596 - Dr. Rodney Woo - Following the Call

An interview with Dr. Rodney Woo, the departing pastor of Wilcrest Baptist Church and the new pastor of the International Baptist Church in Singapore.

Rodney shares about his 18 years as the pastor of Wilcrest Baptist Church, where the church mission statement is “Wilcrest Baptist Church is God’s multi-ethnic bridge that draws all people to Jesus Christ, who transforms them from unbelievers to missionaries!”

This church focus on transforming members to missionaries is church-wide, and now the Lord’s calling to missions has been extended to Rodney as he will be moving with his family to Singapore. There he will be the pastor of another multi-cultural church in an area of the world in great need of evangelism.

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7572 - Men for Missions in Mozambique - Warren Hardig

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An interview with Warren Hardig, the Executive Director of Men for Missions International, a part of OMS International.
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He shares about the work of Men for Missions and especially what they are doing in Mozambique.

Warren shares that Men for Missions is a group that is pursuing getting men involved in reaching out to the world, and although the name is “Men” for Missions, the group is not gender specific, they just have a passion for getting men involved in missions.

The simple questions put forth are: “Will you do whatever God asks you to do? Will you go wherever God asks you to go? Will you give whatever God asks you to give?”

To learn more, read Warren Hardig - Men for Missions in our Interview section or go to the Men for Missions International website.
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7564 - Men for Missions Around the World - Warren Hardig

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An interview with Warren Hardig, the Executive Director of Men for Missions International, a part of OMS International.
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He shares about his experiences in Haiti as a young Christian, and how he began to pray and then become more involved in full-time missions.

Warren shares that Men for Missions is a group that is pursuing getting men involved in reaching out to the world, and although the name is “Men” for Missions, the group is not gender specific, they just have a passion for getting men involved in missions.

The simple questions put forth are: “Will you do whatever God asks you to do? Will you go wherever God asks you to go? Will you give whatever God asks you to give?”

Warren also tells us about Wendell Bole. A cyclist riding in South Africa who recently rode for 40 days through 54 cities in South Africa. He rode for 5212 km and had gospel meetings every night, and the goal was raise money for a 130,000 Bibles and 200 bicycles.

Warren shares that Men for Missions has had 500,000 decisions for Christ over the last 2 years, and planted nearly 8 churches per day. Many exciting things that Men for Missions is involved in.

To learn more, read Warren Hardig - Men for Missions in our Interview section or go to the Men for Missions International website.
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7562 - David Johnson - Churches in West Africa

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An interview with David Johnson, part of the IMB Engagement Team in West Africa, where he works in recruiting coordinating churches to come to the mission field in West Africa.

David has helped survey the West African people groups. It is the 2nd most ethnically diverse region in the world, and there are 1600 different people groups in the West Africa region with 1100 languages.

He shares that a challenge for the IMB is that to make the best use of the limited resources, they can only send individual missionaries to people groups that are more than 100,000 in population. And in the West Africa region more than 79% of the people groups are under 100,000 in population. Because of their small size, the IMB just does not have the resources to reach these micro people-groups

David works from West Africa, researching, surveying, and finding out what kind of Christian presence and influence is in an area, so that the churches that are going to West Africa can have the best knowledge in what where they will be going, and who they will be talking to. Then the churches will get thorough training in the US and in Africa, with the same training and resources as IMB missionaries..

Lastly, David shares an exciting story about one particular churches experience in sharing the gospel with the chief of a village.

To learn more about David Johnson and the opportunities available to churches of many denominations, read Churches Reaching the Unreached in our Interview section or go the IMB’s West Africa website.
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7552 - Greg Queen - Church Mobilization for West Africa

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An interview with Greg Queen, Sub Sahara Africa Connector for the IMB (International Mission Board). He and his family formerly served in Dakar, Senegal, as career missionaries heading up an engagement team that assisted churches in partnering with unreached people groups.

Greg discusses his new role in coordinating church involvement with unreached people groups in West Africa.

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The IMB is moving towards transforming from just sending out individuals to facilitating churches reaching out themselves. Greg shares that there are over 1600 unreached people groups in West Africa, and that it is one of the most diverse areas of the world, with over 1100 languages spoken. 80% of the unreached people groups in this area are categorized as “micro people groups”, having less than 100,000 members.

The end-vision is to get churches involved in starting churches among the unreached people groups. Greg facilitates churches using their specific skills to reach these people in West Africa. He works with two levels of church involvement: engaging and partnering churches. The partnering churches will work with other churches to reach a people group in a collaborative way.

Greg also shares the exciting story of a convert from the very first trip a church made to West Africa.

To learn more about Greg Queen and the opportunities available to churches of many denominations, read Churches Reaching the Unreached in our Interview section.
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7543 - Greg Queen - Reaching People Groups in West Africa

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An interview with Greg Queen, Sub Sahara Africa Connector for the IMB (International Mission Board). He and his family formerly served in Dakar, Senegal, as career missionaries heading up an engagement team that assisted churches in partnering with unreached people groups.

Greg discusses his new role in coordinating church involvement with unreached people groups in West Africa.

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The IMB is moving towards transforming from just sending out individuals to facilitating churches reaching out themselves. Greg shares that there are over 1600 unreached people groups in West Africa, and that it is one of the most diverse areas of the world, with over 1100 languages spoken. 80% of the unreached people groups in this area are categorized as “micro people groups”, having less than 100,000 members.

The end-vision is to get churches involved in starting churches among the unreached people groups. Greg facilitates churches using their specific skills to reach these people in West Africa. He works with two levels of church involvement: engaging and partnering churches. The partnering churches will work with other churches to reach a people group in a collaborative way.

Greg also shares the exciting story of a convert from the very first trip a church made to West Africa.

To learn more about Greg Queen and the opportunities available to churches of many denominations, read Churches Reaching the Unreached in our Interview section.
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7538 - Julie Bannert - Life In Serbia

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An interview with Julie Bannert about her work as a missionary in Serbia.

Julia has served with her husband Karl as a missionary in Serbia for over 8 years. Julie has raised her two sons and one daughter from a young age in Serbia and sought to educate and teach the Bible to them with thoroughness.

Julie discusses the tough decisions they had to make for their oldest son’s education, and the sacrifices that were necessary as a result of their mission calling.

She describes how they run a house church on Sundays for Serbian people, and she also shares about her personal ministry with women in the area. For over 4 years they have been serving faithfully in Serbia and they are beginning to see the Lord moving within a number of people.

Serbia has roots in the orthodox church, and Julie and Karl Bannert are striving to get people to understand that a personal relationship with God is necessary. Join them in prayer for the people of Serbia to come to personal salvation through Jesus.

To read more about the ministry of Karl and Julie Bannert and their work in Serbia, read their short profile on IMB Europe or visit pray4serbs.org for more information about the Bannert’s mission to Serbia and how to get involved.
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7536 - Scott Ullrich - Bulgaria

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An interview with Scott Ullrich about his work as a missionary in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Scott and his family have served as missionaries in Bulgaria for a number of years. Scott teaches college courses in Bulgaria and provides leadership training to future pastors and church leaders.

Only about 1% of the population of Bulgaria claim to be of an evangelical faith, and Scott and his wife are working hard to reach to more of the Bulgarian people. They are trying to expose the people to a biblical world view and to show that the Bible has answers for everyday problems, and is ultimately Jesus is the only one that can bring true satisfaction and peace.

Since Bulgaria joined the European Union in 2007, there are now more spiritual freedoms in the country, but that freedom has not yet brought about large spiritual growth.

To read more about the ministry of Scott and Robin Ullrich and their work in Bulgaria, view their profile page through Send International, where you can also view prayer requests and contact Scott and Robin.

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7528 - Karl Bannert - Serbian Mission

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An interview with Karl Bannert about his work as a missionary in Serbia.

Karl and his family have served as missionaries in Serbia for over 8 years, and have raised their family there. Karl was formerly a general contractor building houses, and now he and his wife are daily trying to share God’s love to the Serbian’s through daily activities and witness.

He is now helping to pastor a small home church in Serbia, and in the summer of 2009 he ran a christian youth camp with almost 200 people over the course of 4 weeks, and out of those attending, over 20 turned their lives over to Christ. Rick teamed up with some local organizations and Child Evangelism Fellowship to put these camps together.

Serbia has roots in the orthodox church, and Karl is striving to get people to understand that a personal relationship with God is necessary. Join Karl and his wife Julie in prayer for the people of Serbia to come to personal salvation through Jesus.

To read more about the ministry of Karl and Julie Bannert and their work in Serbia, read their short profile on IMB Europe or visit pray4serbs.org for more information about the Bannert’s mission to Serbia and how to get involved.
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7526 - Rick Leatherwood - Witchcraft

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An interview with Rick Leatherwood about his work as a missionary in Liberia, and the frequent obstacle of witchcraft.

Rick and his wife have been on the mission field for 25 years, and Rick shares that one of the great oppressions on the field in Africa is with witchcraft. He shares about how frequently the practice of this witchcraft activity will lead to the murder and mutilation of children.

As Rick states, “Africa is not going to move forward until this issue is dealt with, human sacrifice... What we’re looking at here is not just in Liberia... the center of the worldview of Africa is witchcraft, and until this is changed, Africa will not be able to move ahead.”

Rick share how he is working with the people to drive witchcraft out of the society by choosing righteousness instead of pursuing witchcraft practices.

You can read more about Rick Leatherwood, his testimony, and his work in our interview section here.
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7512 - Rick Leatherwood - Story Telling

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An interview with Rick Leatherwood about his work in Liberia using “story telling” to spread the gospel among the local population.

Rick and his wife have been on the mission field for 25 years, and Rick shares that one of the great needs on the mission field is that many of the unreached people of the world are not literate, and thus are unable to read the Bible in their language. Rick is working through using oral teaching with a society full of illiterate people accustomed to learning orally.

In Liberia there are 16 different people groups with 16 different languages. Perhaps 2% were reading 40-50 years ago, but even after many literacy programs in Liberia over those years, the current literacy rates have only risen to about 5%.

The four main principles in story telling are:
• the story must be biblical with no additions or preaching
• telling the complete story - no stopping to provide explanation, so as not to confuse the listener.
• the story must be in the “heart language” in order to really deeply speak to people’s hearts
• the story must be short enough to be reproducible and spread from person to person

Workshops are run to teach pastors and leaders these stories, so that they can in turn share the stories with others. This enables these Christians to share these stories from the Word of God with others, thus spreading the true message.
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7507 - Rick Leatherwood - Oral Bible

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An interview with Rick Leatherwood about his work in Liberia working with creating oral bibles in the languages of the local population.

Rick and his wife have been on the mission field for 25 years, and Rick shares that one of the great needs on the mission field is that many of the unreached people of the world are not literate, and thus are unable to read the Bible in their language.

In Liberia there are 16 different people groups with 16 different languages. Perhaps 2% were reading 40-50 years ago, but even after many literacy programs in Liberia over those years, the current literacy rates have only risen to about 5%.

These poor literacy rates have brought significant challenges on the field, and of the solutions that is being utilized, is the embracing of the oral-traditions of these people groups. Rick is currently working towards writing and translating 60 stories from creation to the return of Christ into these languages as an “oral bible”.

These stories are used in conjunction with a Saber hand wound digital player to present these audio stories in the listeners “heart language”

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7463 - To Lead You Astray - 1 John 3:7

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1 John 3:7, says, “Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray.”
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7461 - "Leah" - Teaching in China

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An interview with "Leah" about teaching in China.
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