24 Things World Christians Wish North American Short-Term Missionaries Would Quit Doing…

  1.  Talking about your “rights” in our country. 2.  Making sure we understand how privileged you are compared to us. 3.  Act like you know more about our country, city, town, or neighborhood, than we do. 4.  Make us feel like we’re getting a free ride, free lunch, or the free offer of the […]

Heart-Tugging Stories of Multi-Generational Discipleship – #1

Not too long ago, on one of our normal mission outreach days, I returned with my spiritual pride gutted. What we get to do here is exciting, costly, and humbling. To be honest, I have to constantly ask God if He’s using me in spite of myself. That thought is nearly too much to bear. […]

I SEE YOU – by Claudia Labrador

If any of you have ever seen the movie, Avatar, you might remember a scene when Neytiri explains to Jake Sully that “Sky People cannot learn. They do not see.” Sky people are earthen visitors—actually, they are more like invaders into the lives of the Na’vi people, the indigenous peoples of Pandora. Very few of […]

Is There A Full Frontal Assault On Christian Missionaries by ‘Missional’ Christians?

Let’s get something straight. The question is not about Short-Term missions trips or those that go on them. It’s about those who have been called out and sent by God to a particular place, for an indeterminate amount of time, outside of their own context. Statements like:       “Staying is the new Going,” […]

Is Latin America Still A Mission Field?

This is a repost from David Sills. He is the A.P. and Faye Stone Professor of Christian Missions and Cultural Anthropology, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY, and Director of the Doctor of Missiology program, Director of the International Church Planting program, and Director of Great Commission Ministries. I don’t normally repost an entire […]

7 Ways to Make Sure Your Short-Term Missions Trips Suck.

1. Make yourselves the primary beneficiaries of the trip. ~ It’s not exactly new, but it’s becoming ever more prevalent that short-term missions serve to benefit the ones going on mission more than the ones being ministered to.  There are at least three possible beneficiaries:  People being ministered to on the field, those who go, […]

A Podcast About Church From The Cloud Forest Of Ecuador

It’s raw and unrehearsed, but this podcast takes an audio snapshot of the mission, culture, and church here in Ecuador.  It’s not too long, and you can listen to it here.  We answer the question, “Why isn’t the Disciple Making that’s happening where you are, happening where we are?” and others in this podcast.  Pay […]

Who Mentors the Missionary?

“Be careful with people who are quick to mentor, but lack one themselves.”   This cautionary proverb was written on a friends Facebook wall today, and I’ll have to admit, it got to me.  It got to me because I don’t think I have one.  A mentor that is.  At least not in the same […]

The Top 5 God Directed Deviations of 2013

The highlight of my blogging experience this past year was when a couple and their family traveled 7000 miles to meet me, encourage me, and tell me how the blog has encouraged their faith community.  I am so grateful for the hope and peace they left behind. I never know which blog posts will be […]

Cooked Rice Stains On My Christmas Pants, And How It Happened…

So there I was, kneeling and praying on a floor made of wooden planks not quite fit together for keeping out the elements or critters.  I’ve seen this before, plenty of times, but this day was different.  It wasn’t the wet rice that I was kneeling on that scratched my soul like fingernails on a […]