The Great Story: How Mission is for All People of God, with Ed Smither – EM273

The Great Story: How Mission is for All People of God, with Ed Smither – EM273

Learning about the history of missions can help us see what God is up to in the world today. Ed Smither comes to share about his new book, Christian Mission: A Concise Global History. This book shows how God has used many kinds of people to share the Good News of Jesus around the world.

Ed is a professor and the Dean of Intercultural Studies and history of Christianity. He also has travelled the world doing missions work and using history to tell people about Jesus. During the show, Ed reminds us about the need to know where Christian mission came from and what it has to say to the Church today.

Full Show Notes: https://engagingmissions.com/274

What We Talked About

  • 00:23 – Episode introduction
  • 01:22 – Welcoming Ed Smither
  • 01:54 – What inspired you to write this book?
  • 02:59 – Who is this book intended for?
  • 03:33 – Parts of the book that stand out
  • 05:11 – Living out missions in everyday life
  • 06:06 – Defining what missions is
  • 07:27 – Entering the greatest divide
  • 09:17 – What reduces long-term effectiveness?
  • 11:01 – How did your work impact your book?
  • 13:03 – Places with rich Christian history
  • 14:55 – What does history have to tell us?
  • 16:21 – Looking at trends in Christian world
  • 17:29 – The story of Christianity
  • 19:08 – Where to find the book and to connect
  • 19:28 – How can we best pray for you?
  • 19:53 – Encouragement to pray
  • 20:15 – Closing thoughts
  • 22:13 – Bonus segment

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TWR: Taking the Gospel Across the Airwaves and Into Digital Downloads, with Carol VanDyken – EM272

TWR: Taking the Gospel Across the Airwaves and Into Digital Downloads, with Carol VanDyken – EM272

Right now, people around the world are hearing about the Good News of Jesus through the radio and digital media. Carol VanDyken tells us about TWR – international Christian media ministry, an organization that spreads the Gospel through the airwaves. This group has partner offices in 190 countries around the world, broadcasting the Gospel in more than 230 languages.

Carol has been involved in missions for many years. She and her family have lived in the Caribbean, Sri Lanka, South Africa, and Cyprus. As they have travelled the world, Carol has seen God move and work in many ways. She encourages us to think about our gifts and talents and how God might be calling us to use them in Kingdom work.       

Full Show Notes: https://engagingmissions.com/272

What We Talked About

  • 00:24 – Episode introduction
  • 00:58 – The Christian’s Podcaster Association
  • 01:46 – Carol VanDyken with TWR
  • 02:04 – Where all have you lived?
  • 04:40 – Creating relationships with donors
  • 05:31 – Transition to digital ministry platforms
  • 07:28 – A desire for communities to speak to their own people
  • 08:34 – What is needed for local programming?
  • 09:23 – Did you always want to be a missionary?
  • 12:37 – Memorable transitions in ministry
  • 15:28 – Deciding between family and missions work
  • 17:49 – Work in the recruiting department
  • 19:55 – What do you look for in applicants?
  • 21:26 – Greater access through social and digital media
  • 22:25 – The fruit of what you’re doing
  • 25:58 – Exciting changes around the corner
  • 27:42 – Advice for aspiring missionaries
  • 31:31 – Keeping relationships strong
  • 32:44 – A wide arena for using gifts for the Kingdom
  • 34:31 – How can we best pray for you?
  • 36:57 – Encouragement to pray
  • 38:01 – Closing thoughts and what’s next on the podcast
  • 40:04 – Bonus segment

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This is the Way: Following God One Pedal at a Time, with Doug Search – EM271

This is the Way: Following God One Pedal at a Time, with Doug Search – EM271

The Bible is God’s letter to all people, and it’s central in teaching us about who God is. Douglas Search joins the show to share about how he is working to get more Bibles in more hands across the world. Doug has travelled to places like Kenya, New Zealand, South Africa, and Ghana to bring Megavoice audio Bibles to people who don’t have one.

For a few years, Doug worked at a Bible school in Jerusalem, and the story of how he got there is a testimony of God’s faithfulness. Over and over, he mentions how God led him in ways he never expected. Doug is passionate about teaching the Bible to people and seeing people grow in their love for the Scriptures.

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What We Talked About

  • 00:24 – Episode Introduction
  • 01:16 – Love Never Fails International
  • 02:21 – Doug Search of Biking for Bibles
  • 02:38 – What led to your love of the Bible?
  • 03:33 – A growing passion for the words of God
  • 04:02 – The story and importance of Israel
  • 05:13 – From a sense to setting foot in the nation
  • 06:11 – Jerusalem Teaching Site
  • 11:32 – Did your family go with you?
  • 13:37 – Moments of God’s provision
  • 16:55 – The impact of knowing God’s Scripture
  • 19:42 – Transitioning to spending time in Africa
  • 24:43 – What did you do in South Africa?
  • 26:00 – Biking for Bibles
  • 35:07 – How can people partner with you?
  • 38:28 – Where did “3,800 kilometers” come from?
  • 43:10 – How can we best pray for you?
  • 47:03 – A call to pray for Doug
  • 48:48 – Question of the Week

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Seeing the Greater Vision: Overcoming Fear as a Missionary, with Briel Kjetland – EM270

Seeing the Greater Vision: Overcoming Fear as a Missionary, with Briel Kjetland – EM270

For those interested in missions, it is important to remember that entering the mission field is a process. This week on Engaging Missions, Briel Kjetland shares about the work she’s doing to become a missionary associate. Since graduating from Trinity Christian, Briel has been planning and preparing for mission work.

When she was in high school, Briel heard God’s call to be a missionary. She’s been to many different countries and recently completed an internship overseas. On the show, she talks about the importance of obedience, discipleship, and remembering God’s faithfulness. When thinking about her future work as a missionary, Briel’s main goal is to bring glory to Jesus and obey Him always.

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What We Talked About

  • 00:24 – Episode Introduction
  • 00:52 – Love Never Fails International
  • 02:03 – Briel Kjetland
  • 02:19 – What does it mean to be an aspiring missionary?
  • 02:47 – The process of entering ministry
  • 04:18 – What organization do you work with?
  • 04:36 – Spending two years on the field
  • 05:18 – Where did your missionary journey start?
  • 06:25 – Responding to the call
  • 07:17 – Trusting God through each step
  • 08:15 – Moments of God’s faithfulness
  • 10:24 – Journaling as a way to remember
  • 11:34 – What has prepared you for missions?
  • 12:33 – What do you expect to see in missions?
  • 13:23 – One step at a time
  • 14:25 – How do you see missions?
  • 15:37 – Mentally preparing for cross-cultural work
  • 16:27 – A heart for unreached people
  • 17:34 – How to catch the vision
  • 18:20 – A passion for discipleship
  • 19:45 – The gap of communication
  • 20:56 – Examples of discipleship
  • 21:36 – One thing to take away
  • 22:20 – How can we best pray for you?
  • 22:50 – A call to pray
  • 24:03 – Question of the Week
  • 24:44 – Clare Carr
  • 25:26 – Getting to know Clare
  • 25:57 – What sparked your interest in the podcast?
  • 26:55 – Working as a life coach
  • 27:35 – Best place to connect
  • 27:47 – Thanks to Clare
  • 28:00 – Episode Summary
  • 29:50 – Bonus

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