The Burmese Karen Refugee: How to Love & Serve Like Jesus, with Bob Druecker – EM219

The Burmese Karen Refugee: How to Love & Serve Like Jesus, with Bob Druecker – EM219

The Burmese Karen Refugee: How to Love & Serve Like Jesus

Episode 219 - Bob Druecker

God has some amazing ways of bringing things full circle. On this week’s podcast, Bob Druecker comes to talk about his work with the Karen people in the Nashville area. His story is filled with many twists and turns as God led him into this ministry. Because of the refugees from Karen, Bob was able to find his way back into ministry and help this community.

During the show, Bob shares various stories about his life. Also, he talks about a movie that was made based on his work with the Karen people through his church – All Saints. Through it all, God’s hand is clearly evident in his life and testimony.

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What we talked about

  • [00:24] – Episode Summary
  • [01:55] – Introduction
  • [02:19] – A transformation of the heart
  • [08:09] – The moves of God for the underserved
  • [09:45] – The story of the Karen in Nashville
  • [15:09] – Results of being faithful
  • [21:22] – Coming full circle in ministry
  • [22:55] – What keeps you going in frustrating times?
  • [24:07] – Changes in the future
  • [26:19] – Unexpected events and adventures
  • [29:54] – What is it like to come here?
  • [35:23] – The emotional and spiritual needs of refugees
  • [36:39] – How can we best pray for you?
  • [37:28] – Closing thoughts
  • [38:14] – Podcast recommendations and announcements

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Bob Druecker

Bob Druecker

Missionary, All Saints

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How to Get the Most From Special Events – EM218

How to Get the Most From Special Events

Episode 218

Whether you’re out and about or attending a missions event, it’s easy to miss opportunities. But the great new is that it’s not hard to take advantage of them if you do a few simple things.

Here’s what helped me make the most of a recent podcasting event. Even though I was the only faith-based podcaster there, I was able to make some great connections, find potential guests and listeners, and was encouraged because of what happened.

And not only did it encourage me and lead to new connections, I was able to pick up some ideas that I hope to use to improve THIS show.

Listen to discover what worked for me (and a couple of things I got wrong).

Listen to the Episode Below (00:25:23)
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Here's what I talked about

Before the Event

  • [05:33] – Know why you're planning to go
    • What are you hoping to do or accomplish? What's your end goal?
    • New relationships?
    • Deeper relationships?
    • New partnerships?
    • Information?
    • Encouragement?
  • [06:52] – Build a rough plan
    Once you know what you're hoping to accomplish, you can start building a rough plan? It's not a play-by-play outline, but just some ideas of what kinds of things might lead to the outcomes you're hoping for.
  • [08:15] – Figure out what you need
    • Will you need any special equipment or materials?
    • Maybe business or prayer cards?
    • Batteries?
    • Sunglasses?
    • Something else?

During the Event

  • [09:30] – Work your plan
    If you don't follow through on your plan, you may as well have not made one, so make sure that you follow through? That doesn't mean you can't be flexible, but always remember that you're there on purpose.
  • [10:11] – Be memorable and engaging
    You don't have to be the life of the party but it's important to engage with people. To share your heart and passions. And to take the time to listen to people.
  • [12:39] – Look for unexpected ideas, experiences, and opportunities
  • [17:40] – Have ways to remember stuff

After the Event

  • [18:39] – Debrief
    • Plan time to debrief.
    • Plan to review your notes and capture anything that you want to consider further or plan to put into action.
    • Consider any follow-up with other people.
    • Summarize your experience.
  • [19:53] – Build a plan
  • [20:47] – Work the plan

Summary

  • [21:24] – Just being out and attending isn't necessarily enough
  • [21:32] – What are you going to do differently the next time you're out and about or headed to an event?
  • [22:13] – Audio Book Recommendation (Radical by David Platt)

Our Fundraiser!

We're raising funds to help Global Initiative equip the Church to share God's love with Muslims. Visit our fundraiser page for more information about Global Initiative and how YOU can be involved.

Resources & Contact Info

Feedback

If you'd have any comments or questions, you can always leave a comment in the show notes, leave a voicemail with SpeakPipe, or send an email to feedback@engagingmissions.com.

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The Lost Word: How to Let Jesus Lead in the Church, with Steve Simms – EM217

The Lost Word: How to Let Jesus Lead in the Church, with Steve Simms – EM217

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There's more than one way to approach a church service. Discover what happens when we make space for open sharing. How God leads and also protects His people – and what's coming next for Steve Simms and his church.

The thought of allowing church members to share during a service is a new idea for most people. In Western church services, it’s usually worship, a sermon, and an altar call, with no time for people to speak. Today, Steve Simms comes to share about this unique format of “open sharing” and how he has used it for the last 9 years.

For nearly a decade, Steve and his wife led this kind of church in Nashville through Salvation Army. He has seen the Holy Spirit move and work through this ministry. Every week, he relies on the Lord to speak through the people who walk through their doors.

  • [00:24] – Episode summary
  • [01:13] – Introduction
  • [03:02] – Rearranging church structure
  • [04:22] – The benefits of open sharing
  • [06:05] – Various stages of church experiences
  • [07:53] – Sharing as an act of worship
  • [09:55] – The challenges of ministry
  • [12:27] – Learning from others about who God is
  • [14:36] – What has God been teaching you recently?
  • [16:28] – Conversations with God
  • [18:24] – What is the “lost word” in Scripture?
  • [20:47] – Understanding the meaning of the word
  • [21:52] – The implications of seeing church rightly
  • [23:15] – How do we live a life on mission?
  • [26:17] – Looking for the assembly
  • [28:11] – Training and leadership in the church
  • [31:18] – What strengthens you in hard times?
  • [32:48] – How clear is the path before you?
  • [34:50] – Where can people buy your book?
  • [36:46] – How can we best pray for you?
  • [38:54] – Closing remarks
  • [39:54] – Prayer requests

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How to Show God’s Love Through Missions and Convoy of Hope, with Terry Hoggard – EM216

How to Show God’s Love Through Missions and Convoy of Hope, with Terry Hoggard – EM216

Showing God's love through humanitarian aid can be challenging. There are many opportunities to make mistakes. Listen as Terry Hoggard shares his missionary experiences and what he's doing with Convoy of Hope.

http://engagingmissions.com/216

Those who follow Jesus have the opportunity to carry great treasure in simple jars of clay. Terry Hoggard joins us to talk about the treasure he carries in his ministry, Convoy of Hope. He has been involved in ministries across the world over the last few decades. One of his goals is to see churches form relational networks to better the spread of the Gospel.

Terry also shares stories about God’s redemptive work through Convoy of Hope. He brings a lot of thought and hope to the episode. His focus on the fragile and voiceless is truly inspiring.

  • [00:24] – Episode Summary
  • [02:59] – Introduction
  • [06:34] – Finding a path forward
  • [09:13] – What can the US churches learn from Europe?
  • [11:20] – Responding to the heart of God
  • [12:56] – Stories of God’s faithfulness
  • [15:02] – Building education and expertise
  • [18:01] – Powerful and provoking questions
  • [19:07] – What has God been teaching you?
  • [22:49] – What is Convoy of Hope?
  • [25:46] – Learning to help in a healthy way
  • [28:27] – Balancing rules and regulations
  • [30:32] – The positive impact of Convoy of Hope
  • [33:38] – What fuels your passion?
  • [35:07] – How to be fully present in the world
  • [37:13] – Ways to recognize the need
  • [40:14] – How can we best pray for you?
  • [41:38] – Recommendations and reflections

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How to Be Available to Do Great Things for God, with Dylan Dodson – EM215

How to Be Available to Do Great Things for God, with Dylan Dodson – EM215

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The call to ministry isn't always angels and rainbows. Sometimes a difficult experience can be the catalyst God uses. Listen to discover how God called Dylan Dodson and what he's doing now.

Show Notes: http://engagingmissions.com/215

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God is great at using average people to do extraordinary things. Dylan Dodson joins in to talk about how God has been using him to spread the Gospel. He is a church planter in Raleigh, North Carolina with his wife and children. He is working with his team to reach 50,000 people in 25 years.

Having grown up in the faith, Dylan has consistently followed Jesus, even in the hard times. He shares about his own experiences and how God used them to lead him to church planting. In his ministry, he hopes to bring people to Jesus and to send believers out.

What We Talked About

  • [00:24] – Episode summary
  • [01:42] – Introduction
  • [02:47] – A deep love for Jersey Mike’s
  • [03:24] – The catalyst for sharing the Gospel
  • [07:25] – Hope in the midst of difficulty
  • [08:18] – Conversations with God
  • [12:01] – Learning to help others in suffering
  • [15:01] – Being called to plant churches
  • [17:43] – The perspective of calling
  • [18:48] – What does ‘church planter’ mean to you?
  • [21:16] – A plan for raising up leaders
  • [23:35] – Understanding the numbers
  • [26:00] – Overcoming challenges in ministry
  • [27:53] – Seeking guidance from mentors
  • [29:46] – How did you choose the location?
  • [32:30] – Ways to connect with the community
  • [34:31] – Keeping it all under control
  • [36:12] – What is your podcast about?
  • [38:02] – Moments of inspiration
  • [39:37] – A final message for believers
  • [43:01] – How can we best pray for you?
  • [44:07] – Recommendations and reflections

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TILT Your World: How to Follow God in Everyday Life, with Joel Oechsle – EM214

TILT Your World: How to Follow God in Everyday Life, with Joel Oechsle – EM214

Want to be effective in ministering through life and ministry? Joel Oechsle is no stranger to that challenge. Listen and discover how the T.I.L.T. framework might help YOU grow in faith and share your love for Jesus.

Show Notes: http://engagingmissions.com/214

Where are You Listening From?

Living like Jesus can be hard, but it’s always rewarding. Joel Oechsle joins us to talk about four ways that he tries to be like Christ. These four things are truth, integrity, love, and transparency. In the show, he talks about how God taught him these lessons over the years.

From those lessons, God has led him to start an apparel company based on these four ideas. His goal is to spark conversations with people and show Jesus through that. These concepts are more than t-shirt logos; they are meant to be a way of life. From working in construction, to spending time with his family, to working on TILT, Joel hopes to live these ideas out and walk in obedience to where God is leading him (and I think he’s doing a great job of that!).

  • [00:24] – Episode summary
  • [01:51] – Introduction
  • [02:16] – Finding faith in the marketplace
  • [04:03] – Showing Jesus by showing love
  • [05:51] – The value of truth, integrity, love, and transparency
  • [10:52] – How to walk in integrity
  • [16:21] – Becoming a part of who you are
  • [17:14] – The difficult chapter
  • [21:03] – Understanding God a little more
  • [24:53] – Learning the meaning of transparency
  • [31:31] – What has God been showing you?
  • [35:00] – What is TILT Unlimited?
  • [40:00] – Walking in two different worlds
  • [43:54] – How can we connect with you?
  • [44:27] – Looking for the next step
  • [44:44] – How can we best pray for you?
  • [49:22] – Recommendations and closing thoughts

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