Open Doors Are Opportunities: Obeying God in the World, with James Sharp – EM228

Open Doors Are Opportunities: Obeying God in the World, with James Sharp – EM228

Open Doors Are Opportunities: Obeying God in the World

Episode 228 - James Sharp

God has a way of teaching us how to love others, even when it’s messy. James Sharp joins in to talk about how God has shown him that lesson and where God is leading him in ministry. Over the next few years, he plans on partnering with a ministry to spread the Gospel in a creative access country in Asia.

James has been ministering in Nicaragua for some time now, and he looks forward to following God’s open door to Asia. In the episode, he shares about his ministry experiences and what he looks forward to in this next step of ministry.

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The Power of Learning: How to Serve God Cross-Culturally, with Jean Johnson – EM227

The Power of Learning: How to Serve God Cross-Culturally, with Jean Johnson – EM227

The Power of Learning: How to Serve God Cross-Culturally

Episode 227 - Jean Johnson

In ministry, it can be easy to look for quick results and noticeable numbers instead of what is helping the community. Jean Johnson joins in to talk about the value of learning from other cultures and serving them well.

After nearly 30 years of ministry involvement, she has a lot to share and discuss. She has spent many years working in Cambodia as a church planter, and now she helps people learn from her experiences. More than anything, she wants people to know Jesus more in their own culture and find Him there.

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Love Multiplies: How to Be Faithful and Be Fruitful, with Jonathan Ammon – EM226

Love Multiplies: How to Be Faithful and Be Fruitful, with Jonathan Ammon – EM226

Love Multiplies: How to Be Faithful and Be Fruitful

Episode 226 - Jonathan Ammon

In ministry, love for God and love for others is the greatest motivator. Jonathan Ammon comes and shares about the importance of love, abiding, and faithfulness in ministry. He also tells his conversion story, which points to the beauty and depth of God’s love.

As a church planter in the Detroit-area of Michigan, Jonathan works with a large Muslim population and ministers to them. He also disciples other missionaries and helps them remain faithful to what God calls them to. With humility and care, he encourages those around him to abide in Christ and obey His commands.

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What we talked about

  • [00:29] – Episode summary
  • [01:58] – Introduction
  • [02:16] – What do you do?
  • [02:57] – How has your ministry changed you?
  • [04:28] – The harmony of love and obedience
  • [06:07] – Hearing the Voice of love
  • [14:06] – Love as the motivation
  • [15:03] – How did God lead you into ministry?
  • [19:08] – Struggling between method and principle
  • [20:36] – Learning from others in ministry
  • [22:51] – Where are you working?
  • [23:18] – What has God been showing you?
  • [25:50] – Remaining faithful in fruitlessness
  • [29:44] – What to encourage in others
  • [31:38] – Walking alongside others in ministry
  • [34:59] – What is your podcast about?
  • [37:27] – How do you avoid burnout?
  • [40:17] – How can we best pray for you?
  • [42:29] – Podcast recommendation and closing thoughts

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Jonathan Ammon

Trainer, Church Planter

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3 Stories of How God Heals People in the World, with Kirk De Venney – EM225

3 Stories of How God Heals People in the World, with Kirk De Venney – EM225

3 Stories of How God Heals People in the World

Episode 225 - Kirk De Venney

Hearing about the many miracles of God can be really encouraging. These kinds of stories can give us hope and can remind us of God’s goodness. In this week’s episode, Kirk Devenney joins us to share his own stories of God’s miraculous works.

For more than thirty years, Kirk has been involved in ministry, everywhere from Zimbabwe, to Zambia, to Guatemala. In all those places, God has been at work to bring healing and hope to many people. Join in and hear about how the Lord has been moving all over the world in Kirk’s ministry.

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What we talked about

  • [00:33] – Episode summary
  • [01:38] – Introduction
  • [02:05] – What’s going on in your life?
  • [02:44] – Time back in the States
  • [03:11] – Feeling the call of God
  • [04:27] – Many surprises when entering ministry
  • [05:49] – Having difficult conversations with God

And the Lord spoke to me and said, ‘I want to deposit My calling profoundly in your life.'

  • [07:03] – God’s call to obedience

The Lord spoke to me and said, ‘Obedience is better than sacrifice. I want you to obey this call.’

  • [09:01] – The transformative works of God
  • [14:17] – Why don’t miracles happen as often in the States?
  • [16:13] – The need for prayer and fasting
  • [17:23] – A hunger or a need
  • [18:46] – A book on miracles and healing
  • [19:42] – The word of the testimony
  • [20:18] – What should readers get out of the book?
  • [20:50] – Stories of God’s miraculous works
  • [28:52] – Finding hope when the answer doesn’t come
  • [30:36] – The blood of the Lamb brings life
  • [34:41] – How can we best pray for you?
  • [35:53] – Ways to connect
  • [36:19] – Podcast recommendation and closing thoughts

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Kirk De Venney

Missionary, Guatemala

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Where in the World Are Your Neighbors? Love Them. – with Beth Watkins – EM224

Where in the World Are Your Neighbors? Love Them. – with Beth Watkins – EM224

Where in the World Are Your Neighbors? Love Them.

Episode 224 - Beth Watkins

Sometimes, plans don’t go exactly the way you think they will. In those times of transition, you have to learn how to trust God through it. That’s exactly what our guest, Beth Anne Watkins, talks about on the podcast. Over the last few years, she has served in Egypt, Sudan, and other countries.

During her time overseas, Beth faced a lot of difficulty, and she has learned more about God’s faithfulness through it. You can hear the joy and love of Christ in her voice, and her greatest desire is to love Him and love others deeply.

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What we talked about

  • [00:31] – Episode summary
  • [01:30] – Introduction
  • [01:57] – Kicked out of the country
  • [04:27] – The normal life for international Christians
  • [06:15] – How to pray for Christians across the world
  • [07:26] – The presence of God in difficulty
  • [10:05] – Growing through struggle
  • [11:41] – How did God call you into missions?
  • [13:22] – Moments of significance
  • [14:28] – What were your initial goals of ministry?
  • [15:23] – Time in Sudan and Egypt
  • [17:08] – The struggle of evacuating Sudan
  • [19:22] – Loving the vulnerable
  • [20:10] – What does your husband do?
  • [20:57] – A return to the US
  • [22:56] – There is always a dream
  • [23:53] – Continue walking in the calling
  • [25:00] – Understanding sense of self
  • [26:24] – How is the transition for your husband?
  • [27:40] – The marketplace matters

God calls us to love our neighbors and to love our enemies. So whether you’re doing the specific work you feel called to yet or not, where are the neighbors around you to love? Where are the neighbors you forgot to look for around you? Where are your enemies?”

  • [29:50] – Internet and book resources
  • [31:17] – How can we best pray for you?
  • [32:10] – Closing comments and podcast recommendations

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Beth Watkins

Missionary, Recently Retired

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The Heart Language: How to Show Jesus in Poland, with Matthew Meyer – EM223

The Heart Language: How to Show Jesus in Poland, with Matthew Meyer – EM223

The Heart Language: How to Show Jesus in Poland

Episode 223 - Matthew Meyer

In ministry, the main point should always be to share the love of Jesus, and that’s exactly what Matthew Meyer works to do. Over the last few months, he and his wife have worked in Poland through IMB (a Christian missions organization). Having grown up in Alaska, he seems to be handling the cold weather well!

During their time in Poland, Matthew and his wife have been working with a local team on building and growing a church plant. Their goal is to expand the church plant into a second near the end of this year. In this episode, hear about his joys and challenges of ministry, the importance of heart languages, and the process of following Jesus.

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What we talked about

  • [00:32] – Episode summary
  • [01:42] – Introduction
  • [02:02] – Connections between Alaska and Poland
  • [03:26] – The spiritual temperature of Poland
  • [04:57] – Challenges of sharing the Gospel
  • [09:17] – Bridging the Gap
  • [11:51] – A college missions trip
  • [14:38] – The impact of God’s revelation
  • [16:46] – Following Jesus step by step
  • [23:41] – The first day of Poland
  • [26:15] – Sharing Christ with the Poles
  • [31:27] – Is there anything that you miss?
  • [34:11] – A call to missions
  • [37:32] – Internet and book resources
  • [38:42] – What can we pray for you?
  • [41:08] – Podcast recommendation and closing comments

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Missionary, Kraków Poland

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  • Recording, Engineering, and Editing:Bryan Entzminger at TopTierAudio.com
  • Time Stamps, Summary, and Show Notes: Gabby Oechsle

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