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Dinner with a former jihadi, a new view of missionsRICHMOND (BP) -- Growing up in post 9/11 America, I believed no greater enemy existed than a terrorist waging war on the Western world. So you might imagine how, um, surprised and paralyzed I felt when I found myself in South Asia eating dinner with a jihadi.
Well, he used to be. Read More
Korean-American couple inspires church in world missionsCAMBRIDGE, Mass. (BP) -- Korean-American Chaplain Rebekah Kim remembers her first international mission trip 30 years ago when she shared the Gospel with Japanese, an ethnic group she had been taught to view as enemies.
The human mind alone cannot forgive Japan's treatment of Koreans during the Sino-Japanese war, including the forced prostitution of Korean women and girls as "comfort women;" but the blood of Jesus has power to forgive, Kim told the Japanese. Kim, one of two Southern Baptist chaplains at Harvard University, was born during the Korean War, years after the Sino-Japanese War ended. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: The aroma of peace
Eric Ramsey tells of a Muslim passer-by drawn to a Mideast church who explains that it was like smelling aromatic food, except: "… this I do not smell with my nose, I feel it in my soul!" Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Every church's task
A church's ministry to its people and its community, David Platt writes, is a key part of its global mission -- "that one day all peoples in all the world receive the Gospel of God and revere the glory of God." Read More
Navigating Mexico's pre-& post-Hispanic identityMEXICO (BP) -- For half an hour I had enjoyed hearing a jewelry maker describe how she creates unique pieces to sell. I prayed with her and for her, and she responded by giving me several hugs as we walked out of her store. I hoped our visit would help lay the foundation for sharing the Gospel with her.
And then she left me speechless by explaining that her store is a temple to Tezcatlipoca, the ancient god of darkness. She bowed and told me that, on closing every day, she gives thanks to all her gods for their grace to her. Read More
Missionary will remember 'those who are praying'PHOENIX (BP) -- My heart was racing as my wife and I stood and waited.
Memories from the past several years shot through my mind. Time after time I had heard the cry, "They are perishing without the Gospel! Who will go?" And time after time I had responded. But God's quiet reply to my soul was simply, "Wait on the Lord...." Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Missionary practice
More than mission education, Mark Snowden advocates "missionary practice" -- training in which adults, teens and children are prepared to join in God's mission. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Open your home, open your heart
Opening your home is one way to create space in your heart for learning to love cross-culturally, Lori McDaniel writes. Many internationals living in the U.S. want an American friend, she notes. "Statistically, few have found them." Read More
5 encouragements for short-term summer mission teamsRICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- Summers provide great opportunities for short-term mission teams to serve the cause of Christ around the globe.
At the same time, missionaries in cross-cultural settings are anticipating the arrival of those teams -- a process that can bring joy and excitement, but sometimes fear. Short-term summer mission teams can provide much needed help for missionaries, but for both the missionary team and the volunteer team to profit, each side needs to prepare well. Read More