What is an “unreached people group”?

What is an “unreached people group”?

Blog, Missions
If you have spent much time in a church that prioritizes global missions then you have probably heard talk about the priority of sending missionaries to unreached people groups. This is a great priority but I think at times those advocating for this priority forget that some of these terms may be unfamiliar to many in the church. I have been guilty of this myself when, as a missionary, I spoke to fellow believers about the importance of working with unreached people groups without taking the time to explain some of the terms I was using. So, let’s talk a little bit about “unreached people groups” and define what we are talking about. The world is like a waffle, not a pancake I once heard a helpful illustration about the…
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How to Encourage a Missionary this Christmas

How to Encourage a Missionary this Christmas

Blog, Missions
For many of us, Christmas can be a time of joy and excitement as well as a time of stress and sorrow. For me, the joy of celebrating Jesus’ birth, the joys of seeing my kids’ excitement, and the pleasure of finding gifts of others is mixed with the stress of additional activities, shopping, and trying to keep Jesus at the center. For some, Christmas brings the joy of being around family, for others, sorrow at the memories of a loved one who has passed away or sorrow at not having a family to spend it with. For many of us, Christmas is a mix of emotions. Missionaries serving overseas experience these same mixed emotions but often in unique ways because many are far from their homes, family, and friends.…
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Purposeful Language Learning

Purposeful Language Learning

Blog, Missions
Missionaries preparing to work in another country often have to learn a new language. Speaking the language of the country where they live and work is important for practical reasons like taking care of daily living but it is also important for building friendships with neighbors and ultimately being able to share the Good News about Jesus in a language people can understand.   One of the most amazing developments of the last century is the incredible pace and diversity of global migration. The nations are now on our doorstep as this process of global migration has brought people from all over the world to the United States. All Americans now have the privilege of befriending people from other countries which can be a great incentive and opportunity to study…
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9 Easy Ways to Grow Your Child’s Interest in Missions

9 Easy Ways to Grow Your Child’s Interest in Missions

Blog, Kids, Missions
As parents, we want our kids to learn about the world, be exposed to other cultures and build cross-cultural friendships. It's healthy for our kids to appreciate the uniqueness of other cultures and countries as well as to build a greater appreciation of our own country. Christian parents have an even bigger job on top of this: nurturing in our kids a love for others and a desire to see people from all over the world follow Jesus. This is a big job and it can be difficult to know how to start but helping your kids grow their interest and love for the nations can be fun. Your children’s natural curiosity should be an encouragement and you just might find your own interest growing alongside theirs. Below are nine…
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