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A Joyful Slave

8/20/2014Posted by Melissa


"If you want to be a slave of Christ,  you have to BE a slave of Christ."  One of our elders used this seemingly repetitive phrase in a recent lesson.  I knew what he meant.  It's one thing to say we are his slaves, another to live like it.  A slave owns nothing.  Not her time, not her possessions, not her family.  Even her actions are proscribed by her master. A slave does her master's will, period.
This is the kind of attitude that Jim Elliot had.  In the mid 1950s, Jim and four of his missionary friends were killed in the jungles of Ecuador by the very people they were trying to convert.   Elisabeth Elliot, Jim's wife, wrote an account of the events in Through Gates of Splendor.  In reading the book, the thing that kept coming to the front of my mind was Jim's slave-like attitude.

Contact, Contact, Contact

8/18/2014Posted by Helene


I was all set to write another post: "7 things your missionary wishes you would do."  And then I realized there were two problems.  First, when I started doing some research among the missionaries I knew, there weren't 7 things; there was 1 thing with variations.  The second was I'm not sure you actually have a missionary of your own.
Do you have a missionary? 
I never did.  Although I enjoyed the lesson that the visiting missionaries brought, and I was very glad that our congregation was involved in missions (short-term and long-term), it was not until I was abroad myself that I realized that the relationship between a church and their missionary* should be far more than financial - it should be a great blessing to both of them.
So who is your missionary? I bet your church supports at least one.

To Die is Gain

8/15/2014Posted by Melissa


"Are you still going to Nigeria?" I asked incredulously.  It was a few weeks after the schoolgirls had been kidnapped by Boko Haram, and tensions between the United States and the African country, not to mention between Muslims and Christians, were mounting.  I was sure my father-in-law's yearly missionary trip to the Jos School of Biblical Studies in the central part of Nigeria would be canceled or at least postponed.  When he replied that the trip was still scheduled as planned I was surprised.  Didn't they how dangerous it would be?  He didn't seem worried, so I let it drop.  We continued to pray for him, but his easy manner gave me a sense of security.  In the middle of his trip, that security was shattered.
We got an email from him one morning.  "There was a bombing in the market here today.

In Her Own Words: A Missionary's Story

8/13/2014Posted by Helene


As you read through this you'll notice that we have some words replaced with asterisks.  That's because as we said before, this missionary family is in a country where they and our brothers and sisters in Christ could get in serious trouble if it was discovered they are leading worship, evangelizing, baptizing and joining in communion.  So please forgive us for eliminating these words.  Also we've used pseudonyms for the missionaries themselves in order that no one in their host country can find this plea via google.  If you're curious about their story and would like more information including their names, sponsoring churches and the country where they are working please feel free to send us an email and we will be happy to answer your questions.
Enjoy reading Mrs.