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Church Clothes

9/1/2014Posted by Helene

 

During last summer's vacation through SE Asia we made several stops that required "special" clothes.  Not only were no shoes allowed (something we were familiar with from our Malaysian trip), but everyone was required to wear long pants (and spandex did not count) and shirts with sleeves, and to leave their cameras in a locked box outside. In one place we were patted down to be certain we didn't try to sneak in a cell phone. Finally everyone needed to speak in a whisper.  Having read ahead we were prepared with long pants for my husband and dresses and skirts for the girls and I.  Less experienced tourists were offered wrap dresses or large linen pants to cover up with. 
So what's with a dress code for tourists?  Well it's simple.  In those countries and cultures, removing shoes and hats, not pointing the camera about, and wearing modest clothing is a way to signal respect.

Church Growth

8/27/2014Posted by Helene

 

For a month we've been talking about missions.  We've been asking for your support for George and the Flowers family .  People like you at 10, 15 or 25 dollars at a time have the power to keep them in the field and become their coworkers in truth without even leaving home (3 John).
We've heard from missionaries speaking and writing about their work.  But except for the giving we've not been as practical as we might have been. 
I'm guessing you're not a missionary living abroad.  Right? But listening along this month the Spirit has been whispering in your ear that you love people, you believe in Hell too, and you wish you knew how to reach out better...
That's the what those two books by Thom Ranier I mentioned are all about. The first one,  Breakout Churches: Discover how to make the Leap tells the story of some churches that experienced periods of decline but have started to really grow again without shifting their leadership (ie they didn't go get a new preacher or new elders).

In His Own Words: A Missionary Vlog

8/26/2014Posted by Helene, George

 

The inspiration for this month started with some friends who had come over to visit us while we were still abroad.  They told me a tale of another young missionary, (we'll call him George for safety sake) in a nearby part of Asia.  The story went that although he was working hard, preaching the gospel steadily, although people were listening and responding, the money just wasn't there for him to come back for a second year.  At the time it was looking like he would have to go home. 

"George" is going to tell us his tale in his own words. He'll use his own name and the country where he works but he will be speaking carefully about the work he does.  You'll notice some "code words," and if you have any questions about what it is he's talking about, please email us as maidservantsofchrist@gmail.

Hell is for Real

8/25/2014Posted by Helene

 

Startling:
People are going to Hell. Literally.  Look around.  That guy who sits down the table from you at lunch, the lady behind you in the line at Walmart, that cute family who visited at your church last week, your Aunt Susie, they could all be headed for Hell.
Do I have your attention? 
Recently my husband and I read a pair of books by Thom Rainer, Breakout Churches: Discover how to make the Leap and Surprising Insights from the Unchurched and Proven Ways to Reach Them. The books had a lot of startling conclusions (I'll be reviewing them in detail later).  But perhaps the most surprising of all was this - churches that preach a clear doctrine of Hell are churches that are likely to be growing.
I'll take counterintuitive for a 1,000, Alex.
I'd have supposed that itching ears were happy to hear some less Biblically rigorous doctrine.