Sunday, February 2, 2014

Home Schooling

Perhaps you read the title and you thought that you were going to see an article on why a family should (or shouldn't) choose to educate their children at home vs any other context. Though this is a worthy topic, I hope to introduce something similar, but a little different.

I don't really put a lot of emphasis in statistics. Oftentimes I see them misused or skewed because the right questions are not being asked. However, this morning I was looking over the following quote from the 1999 Report from Global Consultation on Evangelical Missiology. Here is what it says:

Eight out of ten nationals who come to the West to receive training never return home.

Now I admit that I have not read the whole report and I am sure that there are many other comments as to why the numbers are the way they are. But this had me thinking for a second about how we counsel others in regard to cross-cultural training for the purpose of proclaiming the Gospel in a "non-English speaking" context.

First, one of the desires of Psalm 67 is to work in "non-English speaking" contexts. While one could argue the need to teach others the English language, that will not be our task. We desire all nations (and language groups) to have access to the Scriptures in their own language. We love the thought of brothers and sisters of multiple languages praising The Lord together in their own language that The Lord has given them.

Second, out of good intentions, and because we have hospitable, caring partners, we struggle with the "let's invite them here" mentality. We meet church leaders, new converts that want to be discipled and we love them, and want to "bring them home." Though we could have lots of discussion on this, here is a thought for consideration. Are there ways that already exist to "home school" these individuals? Are there ways that we can send others back to the region (and language) of these individuals that it may benefit everyone around, locally and at home? If so, how can/should we do this? Let me say that this is not the only option, but perhaps this option is not considered as much as the option to first teach a foreign language (English) to a national from another country, bring them to the US, and then train them theologically.

In a follow up post we will discuss some advice for those who are desiring to serve in a "non-English speaking" context and how you can prepare yourself for service.

Let the Nations be Glad!


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Saturday, February 1, 2014

Summer Missions Information

Though it may not feel like it outside, summer will soon be upon us and we will have yet another opportunity for you to partner with us as we work with partnering congregations in other areas. This summer presents an opportunity for many new opportunities.

Discipleship of the team member
The person being sent on the short-term mission team will be connected with the rest of the "team" for training and discipleship prior to leaving for the mission trip and will receive ongoing training during the mission trip. Normally this training includes missiological education, language, culture, and more. There is also follow up and further engagement upon the return.

Every-team member engagement
Our desire is that our teams are large enough to accomplish the goal but small enough that every member will have a part in exercising their individual gifts. Part of our application process includes finding out about the team member so that we might match the best individual to the best mission.

Summer Missions Information Meeting
This year we are going to do something a little different. We will be conducting a "Summer Missions Information Meeting" for those who have an interest in attending. Leaders from Psalm 67 will present the objectives of the plans this summer and those in attendance will have the opportunity to apply on site. There will also be information for those who would like to come because they are interested in financially and prayerfully supporting the summer mission team.

Please mark your calendar for March 15, 2014 from 3:00p - 5:00p. The location will be near St. Louis, Missouri and will be given to those who RSVP. We would like for you to stay in contact with us. If you are interested in attending this informational meeting, please let us know by e-mailing Savannah at Let her know how many will be coming and whether or not you are interested in being a "goer" or a "sender."

Let the Nations be Glad!

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