Engaging Missions Show - Powerful Stories from Christian Missionaries, Church Planters, and Ministry Leaders
Summary: God stories delivered right to your earbuds. This show is for people who want to be connected to what God’s doing in the Earth. Each week we hear from missionaries and church planters, sharing stories, insights, and resources from their lives and ministries. Listen to be encouraged, challenged, inspired, and resourced for God’s calling in your life. Enter the adventure!
How does our cultural view shape our actions? As Ramon Pastrano IV shares, it's important to have a full, multicultural perspective that honors people to avoid devaluing people or creating more problems than we fix.
Have you ever wondered what God is up to? Well, as Ernie Peacock shares, He's moving powerfully. Listen as he shares about church planting, cross-cultural ministry, God's call, and a new opportunity. Be inspired!
What happens when a pastor, missionary, or church planter gets wounded? What happens to them and the people they minister to? How does healing come? Listen as Kevin Moore shares how God is working in his life.
Can God move in unexpected places? Does he love ALL people? Listen as Mark McGoldrick shares his story of redemption and how God is moving in exciting ways in Atlanta, GA.
Does it feel like people either discount science or faith to believe in the other? Scott Stripling shares how, in pursuing truth, He's able to look to truth in archaeology and see truth in the Bible as well.
Wondering how some missionaries seem to "find" time to write support letters? Listen as Aaron Babyar shares some keys to bringing life to your partner letters and even talks about how to deal with security issues.
In the midst of ministry and missions, it can sometimes be hard to focus on the relationships being built (both with God and people). Stephen Hamilton joins us on the show to remind us of some ways to keep focusing on Christ and others, even when everything is going crazy. From waking up early to scheduling well, Stephen works to make time to hear from the Lord and to pour into those around him. Working in his ministry in Florida, he seeks to minister to and mentor young people about Jesus. Day in and day out, Stephen is focused on glorifying God through the relationships he makes every day. 00:24 - Episode summary 01:49 - The positive impact of short term missions 03:59 - Transition from youth ministry to missions 04:56 - God speaks to us through others 05:36 - Opportunities to speak life 06:47 - Focusing on relationships 09:16 - Spending time with God 11:33 - How the Word goes throughout the day 12:57 - Continuing devotion during missions 15:58 - Encouraging others in their devotional time 17:36 - Keep on moving forward 21:12 - How can we best pray for you? 22:35 - Closing remarks Resources: Missio Church Podcast - find it on missionalaudio.com
There is something to say about the value of productivity in ministry, especially with short term missions. Bryan Thompson joins us to discuss the importance of using our time wisely and taking advantage of resources in ministry and shares a few productivity tips. He tells stories about trips in Mexico, South Africa, and other places where God used a short term trip to build churches, bring conviction, or encourage believers. He also reminds us of how impactful Bible stories can be on a person and a culture. When someone comes into contact with the Word of God and with His presence, everything changes for the better. 00:24 - Episode summary 01:50 - Introduction 02:23 - What are the positive impacts of short term trips? 04:46 - Preparation and approach 09:34 - Learning to build relationships before the trip 10:53 - Maintaining the creative flow 13:54 - What led you to the path of productivity? 17:12 - The benefit of organization in ministry 19:48 - The common challenges of being productive 21:45 - Different forms of short term mission trips 24:17 - How do you know where to go? 28:00 - The advantage of being out of one’s element 36:20 - Ministering from a place of fullness 40:55 - Tracking prayer through an app 43:25 - How can we best pray for you? 46:26 - Closing remarks 47:33 - Resources and links
If someone were to ask you, “What do people do on short term missions trips?” you might think of evangelism or building projects. But what about encouraging or listening? Gena Thomas makes a returning visit to remind us of the many ways that people can serve through short term missions. During the show, she points out the value of flexibility and humility, especially for the team visiting the long term missionaries. When a team is flexible, it allows for relationships and partnerships to be formed. By serving wholeheartedly, short term teams can bring great encouragement and benefit to the organizations they work with. 00:24 - Episode summary 01:39 - Introduction 02:10 - Involvement with short term missions 02:51 - The benefits of short term missions 03:54 - Stories of trips done right 05:54 - Building relationships and bringing accountability 07:24 - Geared toward relationships 09:02 - Types of short term trips 12:15 - Partnership analysis for trips 13:37 - Avoiding vacations and aiming for ministry 15:24 - Be flexible! 17:04 - The value of walking in grace and humility 18:47 - Asking one question before taking a trip 19:40 - Continuing to build partnerships 20:58 - Accomplishments of relationship 22:47 - Taking the right opportunities 25:00 - Making wise decisions with short term trips 26:39 - Breaking past fear 28:07 - Internet and book resources 29:10 - Ways we can pray for you 31:03 - Podcasts about missions 31:59 - Computer problems and continual growth 35:09 - Final thoughts
When missions trips are done well, they can change the world and transform lives. Listen to discover three keys to powerful preparation and five secrets to lead great devotions. http://engagingmissions.com/203 Done well, missions trips can be powerful and life-transforming. So much of what comes out of a missions trip has to do with what went into it. The preparation, the planning, the prayer and research. But, like the anything, the best plans mean nothing if we can't be flexible and stay true to the primary point of what we're doing. Listen as Pastor Bruce Coble, one of the best missions trip leaders I know, shares what he's learned about leading life-changing missions trips from his decades of experience. Not only will you hear his heart and knowledge, but you'll see how his simple approach has born fruit that lasts for generations. You will not be disappointed. [00:24] - Episode Overview [00:55] - Opportunity to help support Global Initiative [01:28] - Introducing Pastor Bruce Coble [01:56] - What positive things come out of short-term missions [03:08] - When have you seen God really come through and provide for a trip? [04:46] - How has your involvement with cross-cultural missions impacted your life? [06:18] - How can we become aware that God is working in our lives every day? [09:23] - Is it hard for you to remember that every day is a day for God's greatness? [10:54] - Has God been revealing anything or teaching you anything new over the last few months? [12:38] - What goes into you're preparation before you lead a trip? [14:54] - Are there parts of the group preparation that are consistent? [16:31] - Are there times you have to encourage people to NOT go on a trip? [17:02] - The ones he worries about the most are the ones that... [17:25] - Are there times you feel like you should reach out, even if people haven't expressed an interest? [18:32] - How do you effectively get the word out and still wait for people to hear from God first? [20:05] - What kinds of things need to be in a leader's life to hear from God and offer great devotions and a great support? [23:14] - Are there any parts of the schedule, perspective, or approach that are non-negotiables? [27:11] - How do you help people carry what God did with them when they return? [29:21] - How are you able to encourage people and help them keep from letting what God did leak out? [32:13] - How can we best pray for you? [33:26] - Check out Missional Audio [34:53] - Listener feedback from Steve the horn player in Australia [35:20] - The relationships you have could benefit people you've never met.
The Simple Glory of Following Jesus One Step at a Time, with Nellie Ramirez – EM202
Wondering How to be Strategic in Short-Term Missions? with Tony Svendsen – EM201
How to Remain Deeply Devoted After Short Term Missions, with JennyBeth Gardner – EM200
How to Bring Encouragement and Find Friends in Missions, with Scott McClelland – EM199
The Great Value of Relationships in Missions, with Paul Chinchen – EM198