When Offerings Have a Face: How to Love the Poor, with Keith Giles – EM269

When Offerings Have a Face: How to Love the Poor, with Keith Giles – EM269

The call of Jesus is always more radical than we would like to think. One of His calls throughout the Gospels is to take care of the poor. Keith Giles felt God leading him to serve those in need by starting a house church that gave 100 percent of its offerings to them. For 11 years, Keith has been working in house churches.

On this episode, Keith shares about the beauty and chaos that comes with house churches. He also talks about realizing full-time ministry can happen in motels and grocery stores, not just church buildings. During the show, he gives many stories of God’s work with those in need. Keith reminds us that Jesus has called us to love our neighbor, especially the poor.

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What We Talked About

What’s really going to happen is the Holy Spirit is going to transform you and change your heart in ways you did not expect were going to happen through those people that you are ministering to.

Keith Giles
  • 00:24- Episode Introduction
  • 01:26 – Our Sponsor: Love Never Fails International
  • 02:34 – Welcoming Keith Giles
  • 03:12 – Mutual connections
  • 03:35 – From vocational ministry to a house church
  • 05:58 – A call to care for the poor
  • 11:15 – How to bring life to those in need
  • 14:48 – Seeing who the offering goes to
  • 17:01 – The great reversal
  • 19:23 – An experience of transformation
  • 22:54 – What is required to partner with the poor?
  • 24:57 – Does it ever get messy?
  • 26:34 – How do you keep Jesus at the center?
  • 32:01 – Bringing reconciliation of differences
  • 34:20 – Separating relationship with people
  • 38:18 – A place to start reading
  • 39:22 – How can we best pray for you?
  • 41:16 – Final thoughts
  • 42:00 – Episode Summary
  • 43:41 – Bonus

Full-time ministry was every second of my life, every day of my life. I was in ministry when I was at work, and I was in ministry when I came home. I was in ministry when we went to the motels, I was in ministry when we went to the grocery store. I was in ministry no matter where I was.

Keith Giles

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The Power of God’s Word and an Audio Bible Voiced by Women, with Ann White – EM268

The Power of God’s Word and an Audio Bible Voiced by Women, with Ann White – EM268

When Jesus rose and returned to the Father, He left us the Holy Spirit and the Scriptures. For some people, hearing the Bible read in a woman’s voice is the best way for them to come and know Jesus. On this episode, Ann White joins to talk about her story and how she became interested in making a female audio Bible.

Through processing her own trauma and working with incarcerated women, Ann found the need for people to hear the Bible in a woman’s voice. She shares about the importance of Scripture for everyday life. By making the Bible accessible for people, more are able to hear about the amazing love of God and what He’s done for them.

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What We Talked About

If we’re going to get lost in something, let’s get lost in God’s Word. – @AnnWhiteCFL Click To Tweet
  • 00:24 – Episode Introduction
  • 01:02 – Sponsor a Child: Love Never Fails International
  • 02:08 – Getting to know Ann White
  • 02:41 – How did the Scriptures impact you?
  • 05:13 – A complete story of redemption
  • 06:49 – Understanding verses in context
  • 09:02 – Family pain and finding freedom
  • 11:24 – Transforming thoughts and finding healing
  • 15:56 – You are not alone
  • 18:55 – Ministering to women with audio Bibles
  • 24:14 – The impact of this ministry
  • 26:50 – The Spirit and the Scriptures
  • 29:03 – What keeps you going in ministry?
  • 32:40 – First steps to be involved
  • 33:26 – Text “Bible” to 62953
  • 35:22 – How can we best pray for you?
  • 36:53 – Encouragement for prayer
  • 37:56 – Closing thoughts

A Christian should be real. You know, church should be the safest place for broken sinners to go.

Ann White

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How Audrey Frank Got Started as a Missionary and Author

Audrey Frank is a missionary and an author. Her recent book, Covered Glory (affiliate link) shares how deepening our understanding of honor and shame can not only deepen our relationships with God, but also help us to reach our Muslim neighbors.

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Where and what people do you primarily serve?

In the United States and Internationally

How do you serve those people?

I train Christians how to reach Muslims with the Gospel, particularly how to understand the Islamic worldview of honor and shame and its impact on the Muslim woman's journey to Christ.


When did you begin to realize that you had a heart for missions or ministry?

When I was nine years old.

How and when did God lead you to this? How did you recognize His call?

I was nine years old when a doctor who worked in Nigeria came to my church and showed slides of the children he served. I knew deep in my heart I wanted to do the same. I asked him afterwards if I could go back with him and help. He said, “Start praying now, and one day God will take you there.” I did.

After university, I left for Africa with my husband to work first among an Islamic tribe in the east, then after that to the closed Muslim north.

Did you have a clear and measurable goal for ministry?

Rather than counting conversions, I measured my success by whether or not Muslims in my life were moving toward the Messiah or away from Him. If because of my Gospel witness they were moving toward him, I was successful.

The power to redeem another is Christ's alone. My clear and measurable goal was and still is to bring others into contact with the truths of the Bible within my first few interactions with them. Former Muslims consistently report that it was when they read the Bible that they were transformed and convinced they must follow the Messiah Jesus.

I make it my goal to expose them to the Bible as soon as possible in whatever way the Holy Spirit leads, and I have had so many immeasurably valuable encounters with Muslim friends as they have discovered Biblical truth for the first time.

What would you do differently if you were starting today?

I would arm myself with an understanding of the honor-shame worldview and how it impacts my presentation of the Gospel to Muslims. I did not know what I know now when I started out, and I wish I had. Also, I would depend more on God to do the work of redemption, not myself.

I thought so much depended on me in the early days. Now, over twenty years later, I see that the power of salvation and the work of grace in human hearts is God's. He invites me to work with Him, but the power to save anyone is His because He alone knows their souls' great worth, not me.

Now that I understand this better, I enjoy my relationships with Muslim friends so much more. They are people, not projects. As they learn about the Messiah, I do too.

Henri Nouwen called this “reverse mission”, when those we minister to are used of the Lord to minister to us and grow us in discipleship.

How do you connect with new partners or supporters and stay connected with your existing partners?

Through my website, www.audreyfrank.com, Facebook, and Twitter (@audreycfrank)

What books, tools, or resources that are important to doing what you do?

I was mentored by Roland Muller, the author of the foundational world view book titled “Honor and Shame: Unlocking the Door“. His book was for a long time the only tool my husband and I had to understand the Islamic world view of honor and shame.

Then others added to the knowledge base: Jayson Georges, “The 3-D Gospel,” “Ministering in Honor-Shame Cultures”. My own book, “Covered Glory: The Face of Honor and Shame in the Muslim World” is a unique look at the Muslim woman's journey from shame to honor as she encounters the Messiah.

How do you get ongoing training and coaching?

I attend annual training conferences as well as the Honor-Shame Conference (honorshame.com) as a learner and a presenter. I also attend webinars pertinent to my subject.

Through a vast network of practitioners like myself in the Muslim world, I receive ongoing training at events like the Abide Congress through Vision 5:9 as well as reading voraciously anything that has to do with honor and shame. I am fortunate to be coached and mentored by Roland Muller, Jayson Georges, Dr. Jackson Wu, and Werner Mischke, all of whom have contributed significantly to our current understanding of the honor-shame world view and its impact on Gospel witness.

I am also a fellow with The Truth Collective (TheTruthCollective.org), where I receive regular training as well as accountability with the other fellows.

What first steps or training would you recommend that others just starting out?

I highly recommend praying for Muslims in your community first of all. Pray that God would bring a Muslim into your life if you do not have a relationship with one.

To gain a solid understanding of Islam and how to build relationships with Muslims, I highly recommend the Bridges Study with Crescent Project (www.crescentproject.org). Their training conferences are also very helpful to people on all levels of experience.

The Truth Collective (TheTruthCollective.org) is another excellent resource where Christian women can learn how to engage in truth with Muslim women. And, read my book:)

What is a critical mindset or perspective regarding listening, teachability, flexibility, grace, etc?

Remember that the Gospel encompasses all world views. Our way is not the only way to communicate it or understand it. We miss so much because of our different world views when doing ministry cross-culturally, especially with Muslims.

Arming ourselves with just a small amount of understanding of world view will help us stop and listen before reacting and drawing conclusions, slow down and see the deeper meaning behind confusing behavior, and most importantly, help us start the Gospel conversation from a place that might be better understood by our listener.

Knowing what you know now, would you do it all again?

Absolutely, a million times over. Well, maybe not a million… I don't want to delay the day I get to see Jesus face to face:)

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Destiny Rescue: Finding Freedom in the Love of Jesus, with Cory Nickols – EM267

Destiny Rescue: Finding Freedom in the Love of Jesus, with Cory Nickols – EM267

From the Red Sea to the resurrection, God is the One who sets people free. Cory Nickols joins in God’s freedom work by rescuing children from trafficking around the world. He works for Destiny Rescue, an organization in Thailand and Cambodia. The group rescues about 5 kids a day from sex slavery and helps the children find healing in Jesus.

Cory has been working with Destiny Rescue for seven years. He writes, speaks, and shares testimonies about what God is doing through the organization. He believes that God has rescued us so that we can rescue others.

Full Show Notes: https://engagingmissions.com/267

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What We Talked About

God has rescued us so that we can be rescuers of others. @corynickols Click To Tweet
  • 00:24 – Episode Introduction
  • 01:28 – Sponsor a Child with Love Never Fails International
  • 02:28 – Introducing Cory Nickols
  • 03:12 – Working to rescue others
  • 05:04 – What led you to this passion?
  • 18:58 – Seeing the eyes of freedom
  • 20:28 – God’s heart for children
  • 23:00 – Building trust with rescued kids
  • 24:54 – The size of the task
  • 26:28 – Revealing God’s glory to people
  • 28:45 – Stories of transformation
  • 34:00 – Wanting to rescue them all
  • 35:36 – Ways to be involved
  • 39:16 – How can we best pray for you?
  • 41:34 – Episode Summary

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Redeeming Honor: How to Share the Good News in the Muslim World, with Audrey Frank – EM266

Redeeming Honor: How to Share the Good News in the Muslim World, with Audrey Frank – EM266

Understanding honor and shame is important in sharing the Gospel in Muslim communities. In the West, shame is seen as a feeling, but in many cultures, it’s a position within the community.

For many of us, this can be hard to understand which is why Audrey Frank’s book, Covered Glory: The Face of Honor and Shame in the Muslim World, which focuses on the shame-honor paradigm, is so important.

Audrey spent over twenty years in North Africa doing medical work. As she did ministry, she learned about shame-honor culture and how it affected sharing the Gospel. Now, she helps Westerners understand the importance of shame-honor culture and how we each can carry hidden shame in ourselves. Through the Good News, we can see that God removes our shame and honors us in His love.


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No matter which person you are, the Gospel message is the same for you. He comes to rescue you because He delights in you. God delights in us.

Audrey Frank

What We Talked About

  • 00:24 – Episode Introduction
  • 00:56 – Missions Trip Opportunity
  • 02:12 – Audrey Frank
  • 02:46 – The importance of honor and shame
  • 04:14 – What led you to write this book?
  • 06:34 – The book for right now
  • 09:48 – How shame and honor manifest themselves
  • 12:00 – Two kinds of sacrifices
  • 14:21 – Stories of shame and redemption
  • 18:34 – Starting a conversation
  • 23:23 – Counterfeit honor
  • 26:22 – Reviews on the book
  • 28:41 – The problem of shame in every heart
  • 30:58 – Worldview for Dummies
  • 31:52 – How can we best pray for you?
  • 32:43 – Encouragement to pray
  • 33:19 – Episode Summary

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