A short review of a very good book.
Only God Knows Who Are His. The starting point has to be that God is the only arbiter of who is and who is not a Christian. We can draw our lines where we will, but we will be wrong.
A simple video that captures some of the benefits of mother tongue literacy work.
Some bad stuff in orphanages, some fake Christians in the USA and some real ones in Iraq, with a few other interesting things thrown in for value.
Logistics is almost certainly one of the most complex issues that agencies need to address, they have systems which have developed over the years to do one job and if that job changes, then the systems will need to change, too.
God is at work around the world, building his church and calling people from everywhere to be involved in the work of cross-cultural mission. If your agency can see no further than mobilising Brits for mission work, then, frankly, you are out of step with what God is doing. You might want to consider shutting up shop.
Local churches may not have the finance or the all-powerful publicity machine that the agencies can bring to bear, but they must not be treated as passive actors who should just stand around and watch while the experts from overseas get on and do their stuff.
If agencies are to react to the issues that face them, they will need to spend significant time reflecting on what is going on in the world, what the Bible teaches and their own practices. Short-term fixes won't do.
Four issues which should force mission agencies to rethink their approach to their work.
Mission agencies essentially do three things: this post introduces them. Later posts in the series will suggest ways in which they need to change.