Britain is no longer a major economic or political force in the world. In the same way, the British church needs to learn to find a new place in a rapidly growing world Christian movement.
This is where I see a vital role for the mission agency to play: it’s not about mobilising resources; perhaps not even so much about care and support; it’s really to do with training, reorienting ourselves, and the necessary context for learning and reflection.
Good, critical feedback on a mission agency’s activities should be absolutely central to any decision making by boards and leadership in the UK. Getting this feedback isn’t easy and it means much more than listening to the people who benefit from what you do. However, if local people are not helping set your agenda, then you are doing something very wrong.
Paul and the other NT writers found their justification for mission across a broader range of Scriptures than many people do today. We should follow his example.
Perhaps if we could adopt a mental map of the world that shows continents in their true sizes, we could also get a better picture of the true situation for the church around the world.
And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death.
Missionaries often say that they learned far more than they ever taught – but what are the implications of this?
There must be something of interest here; even if you don’t watch the video which shows me trying to pretend that I’m not freezing cold while talking about Africa.
Some thoughts about churches supporting missionaries in other countries, rather than sending Brits overseas.
Can we in the West take a step back, take a deep breath and look at the bigger picture? We have brothers and sisters globally (their kids included) facing real threats to their life for trying to reach their neighbors with the Gospel