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Saturday, December 20, 2014

31 Days of Giving: ADVANCE


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"...because of your partnership in the Gospel from the first day until now..."  Philippians 1:5

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2 ways you can "HOLD THE ROPE" and ADVANCE the Gospel with us:


  • Serve with us - Join the GO TEAM.  Yep, that's right!  You can become a missionary too.  Learn to live on mission in God's world.  We have various ways to serve:  take a short term mission trip, or if you are 20-something or in college, then you may want to check out our summer internships.  Maybe you want to go all out, like we did and look into missionary training school.  Or, it's OK to take it slow and simply come by for a Nehemiah tour.  You can find us in Atlanta (where we are), or if you like it even hotter, then talk to our buds in Houston.  Wanna go overseas now?  We can arrange that too!  If you feel like God may be dealing with you in this area of missions, check out our EQ[u]IP page (at the top) and read some of the articles there.  We'd be glad to talk to you, recommend next steps, and pray for you about it too.  We'd love to hear from you.  And, if you are wanting to really understand what we do on a daily basis, you've really got to see it firsthand.  So, what are you waiting on?  Come see us!
  • Hold the rope - We need a few champions!  Someone who loves us enough to go the extra mile.  A few folks with the same vision - willing to cast that vision to others.  Someone who will dream up those BHAGs (Big, Hairy, Audacious Goals) with us.  If this is you, please let us know.  We need you!  What can you do?  What does it mean to hold the rope?  Well, it simply means doing anything and everything you can to keep us secure at this end of the rope ... you, and whatever team you recruit/develop, will hang on at your end.  Of course, it goes both ways!  You can help spread the word.  Facilitate prayer meetings or fundraisers.  Lead a short term team to come over and help us for a few days.  Stay where you are and host a Perspectives class.  Invite us to share with any small groups or churches you are connected with.  Lead a small group to take the missionarytrainingschool.com course together.  Stay in touch with us and pass along any special needs we may have to the rest of our PRAYER and SUPPORT teams.  You get the idea.  If you are willing to consider this commitment, please contact us here.


Thursday, December 18, 2014

31 Days of Giving: ENGAGE


How You Can Give:
4 easy ways to Donate Now



"...because of your partnership in the Gospel from the first day until now..."  Philippians 1:5

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2 ways you can "HOLD THE ROPE" and ENGAGE with us:


  • Give to us - Along with lots of prayer, we must also raise financial support - as all GFM staff are faith-based volunteers - for living and ministry.  The next best thing you can do then, is join our SUPPORT TEAM.  God has been faithful to provide for our needs over the past 3 years, although it hasn't been easy.  Recently, it has gotten even more difficult financially.  Starting in 2015, our anticipated support level will be at 50% of what we need.  Instead of thinking so much about money, we'd rather focus all of our energies on finishing the task that Jesus has called us to in Matthew 28:18-20.  Also, we feel that our call to this field extends, at least, through 2020 or 2021.  We are excited about the experiences that lie ahead.  Our hope is that you see the eternal value in this work.  As you can imagine, a full time missionary requires support from a number of people.  We need to raise $4,200/month in sustainable support to be able to remain in this mission field.  If you can support us financially, we would be very grateful.  Please click the DONATE NOW button.  All contributions are tax deductible.  Or, if you have any questions, please respond here.
  • Spread the word - Help us find more people who will join the PRAYER & SUPPORT TEAMS.  Can you think of any friends, relatives, associates or neighbors who would be interested in talking with us, receiving our updates or supporting us?  Spread the word through your social media networks.  Or course, word of mouth is always best.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

31 Days of Giving: CONNECT


How You Can Give:
4 easy ways to Donate Now



"...because of your partnership in the Gospel from the first day until now..."  Philippians 1:5

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3 ways you can "HOLD THE ROPE" and CONNECT with us:

  • Join the email list - Just enter your email address in the space to the right, and you will receive each blog post directly into your inbox.
  • Follow us on social media - You can "like" us on Facebook:  The World is our Neighborhood ; and "follow" us on Twitter:  @missiofamile  
  • Pray for us - Rachel and I would like to ask you to join our PRAYER TEAM.  This is the most important part of connecting with us and our God-given task.  Prayer is the fuel that allows us to be fruitful in this mission to the unreached.  Without prayer nothing will happen.  We are asking you to commit to praying for us on a regular basis - whether daily, weekly, or "upon every remembrance."  If you can make this commitment to join our PRAYER TEAM, please let us know by responding here.  


    Sunday, December 14, 2014

    31 Days of Giving: THUMB's UP!

    The first week of posts for our little "31 Days of Giving" project was all about our family and the ministry we are a part of.  For this week, we'd like to introduce you to some friends who are connected with our organization, Global Frontier Missions.  Also, we invite you to invest in their ministries as God leads you.

    The acrostic "THUMB" refers to the basic religions of the world's remaining unreached peoples.  Tribal (or animistic), Hindu, Un-religious (or atheistic), Muslim, and Buddhist.  Here is a little snapshot of a few of those.  Below, I want to introduce you to a few friends (note:  names* are changed for security reasons), who are currently looking for new partners to send them to each of these peoples:

    T - Tribal (West Africa):  My friend Gus* is currently serving with me in Atlanta with GFM.  But, God has given him a vision to reach the unreached Tribal (and folk Muslims) in West Africa through community development.  He will be making disciples and planting churches through agriculture, orphan care and education.  He is preparing for a vision trip there in a couple of months.  Will you consider supporting Gus*?



    H - Hindu (South Asia):  Calee* is serving with Pioneers and will soon join other teammates in South Asia that are working to make disciples among the unreached Hindu peoples.  There are approximately 550 million unreached Hindus in over 1,500 unreached people groups in South Asia.  Will you support Calee* as she makes disciples of Jesus among these people?

    U - Un-religious (Europe):  Mindy* is Calee's* sister.  She will be going soon to a "post-Christian" country in Europe, where less than 2% of the population are evangelicals.  There, she will utilize her amazing talents as an artist (see paintings below) to share the Gospel.  Mindy* is serving with Operation Mobilization.  Please consider giving to Mindy*.


           



    M - Muslim (Central Asia):  The Backman* family is already in their Central Asian country, learning the language and bonding with their neighbors.  They are adjusting to life on the field in this predominantly Muslim nation, serving as Jesus' ambassadors, surrounded by millions of people who have never heard the Gospel.  They are in need of a few more partners and monthly supporters.  Will you help them reach the unreached?

    B - Buddhist (Australia):  The Powers* family is preparing to go to Sydney, Australia to work among the unreached there.  They feel led by God to engage the tens of thousands of Buddhist immigrants and refugees from Southeast Asia living in Sydney with the gospel of Jesus.  Read more about it here.  Will you partner with the Powers* family?

    UP - Uttar Pradesh (India):  India is considered by many to be the hardest to reach place on earth.  Perhaps the most difficult and darkest place within India is Uttar Pradesh.  Millions upon millions of Hindus and Muslims, totally unengaged and unreached with the Gospel, are born, live and die in Uttar Pradesh.  Only 0.15% are followers of Jesus.  Please consider partnering with our friends in bringing light to this, the darkest place on earth.



    Because each of the people listed above are serving with different organizations, please contact me here if you are interested in giving to any of them.  Just tell me the name* of the person you're interested in, and I will give you the specific giving information.  Thank you for praying and partnering!

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    How You Can Give To Us:
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    "...because of your partnership in the Gospel from the first day until now..."  Philippians 1:5

    Tuesday, December 9, 2014

    31 Days of Giving: GFM-Atlanta Building Project

    The first week of posts for our little "31 Days of Giving" project was all about our family and the ministry we are a part of.  For this week, we'd like to introduce you to some friends who are connected with our organization, Global Frontier Missions.  Also, we invite you to invest in their ministries as God leads you.

    First, we want to tell you about GFM's building project here in Atlanta.  When Rachel and I joined GFM 3 years ago, there were just a handful of staff.  Now, there are over 30 staff members.  An expanding staff is a sign of an expanding ministry.  And God has been gracious to allow GFM to purchase a property in Clarkston.  We are currently raising funds for renovations, which we hope will be complete in time for our biggest summer ever!

    A couple of GFM staff painting the prayer room


    Read more about the building project here.  Here are some ways to help:

    • Special or monthly donation - www.gogfm.org/payment & write "building project" in the comments box.
    • Ask people to give to this project instead of giving you gifts.
    • Connect me with your church.  Host me to speak to a group.
    • Fund-raise (bake sales, yard sales, etc.).
    • Reply and we can brainstorm.


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    How You Can Give To Us:
    4 easy ways to Donate Now



    "...because of your partnership in the Gospel from the first day until now..."  Philippians 1:5



    Sunday, December 7, 2014

    31 Days of Giving: End of Year Giving




    We invite you to consider partnering with us through giving financially.  Many people like to give end of year donations.  Would you choose one of the simple options below to make a tax-deductible gift?  Thank you!

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    How You Can Give:
    4 easy ways to Donate Now



    "...because of your partnership in the Gospel from the first day until now..."  Philippians 1:5


    Saturday, December 6, 2014

    31 Days of Giving: Multiplying


    How You Can Give:
    4 easy ways to Donate Now



    "...because of your partnership in the Gospel from the first day until now..."  Philippians 1:5

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    It’s an amazing opportunity (and urgent responsibility) to share the gospel with those who have never even heard the name of Christ!  With Global Frontier Missions in Atlanta, we are directly involved with assisting refugees adjust to their new home in the U.S., helping them learn English, providing job training, running afterschool programs, leading summer camps, etc. – and more importantly, providing a daily witness as neighbors, sharing the gospel, making disciples, planting churches and sending witnesses to unreached peoples around the world.  Specifically, we are involved in three primary ways:  Mobilizing, Training, and Multiplying - by partnering with local churches, making disciples of Jesus and sending out workers into the harvest.


    Rachel in Africa
    Our primary task is simply to make disciples of Jesus - from all nations, in our neighborhood, and of the next generation.  Beyond this, we are working with local churches through Multiplying - sending out teams into unreached harvest fields to make disciples.  We have worked with local North American, ethnic, and multi-ethnic churches, as well as churches in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.