God Does Amazing Things When We Trust and Obey, with Don Armstead – EM276

God Does Amazing Things When We Trust and Obey, with Don Armstead – EM276

We all want to see God do amazing thing but sometimes the struggle is in remaining faithful and obedient in the various places God calls us.

Listen as Don Armstead shares the stories of God’s spectacular faithfulness. From career transitions to allowing God to teach him to play music as a worship leader to navigating church transitions and more, Don has remained faithfully obedient. And through it all, God has shown His incredible providence.

While the world would point to a path of personal gain and glory, Don has chosen to be obedient in the little things and because of that faithfulness, God has taken him to places he’d never have dreamed.

Now, not only does he minister in a local church, he’s able to travel to the Philippines for months at a time, building relationships, ministering, and supporting the Church there with a vision that is expanding from glory to glory to glory.

Listen to hear what God’s done and to be inspired.

Full Show Notes: https://engagingmissions.com/276

What We Talked About

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  • 00:24 – Episode Introduction
  • 01:19 – Introducing Don Armstead – Worship Leader, Servant, and Missionary
  • 01:48 – What was it like to minister alongside your father?
  • 02:54 – Bringing order and structure to a family-oriented church
  • 03:47 – Listening to the Holy Spirit when there's relational friction
  • 05:02 – The time when God helped Don learn difficult song on the piano
  • 07:45 – How God showed His providence when Don moved to Chicago
  • 11:07 – Why the career change from banking to hospitality?
  • 13:56 – The invitation and the delay that took Don to the Philippines at the right time
  • 18:34 – How did the idea for missionary housing fit into the timeline?
  • 22:01 – What is God revealing now as the vision for the future?
  • 27:29 – What doors and relationships are you waiting on God for right now?
  • 28:53 – Don's Website
  • 29:25 – The two most important things Don would like to leave us with
  • 31:19 – How we can best pray for Don
  • 32:31 – A place where you can find more podcasts focused on missions and church planting

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How to use Facebook Groups for Missionaries, with Eric Nevins – EM275

How to use Facebook Groups for Missionaries, with Eric Nevins – EM275

Facebook Groups can be a distraction or a powerful tool – especially for missionaries and church planters.

Join us as Eric Nevins, founder of the Christian Podcasters Association on Facebook shares his insights into community building, spiritual practices, spiritual formation, and more. You'll discover how God has uniquely shaped him to be the host of the Halfway There podcast and the leader of this group and what God's doing in him now.

Whether you want to start an online community, contribute more powerfully, or turn a distraction into ministry and growth, you'll learn something from what Eric has to say.

Full Show Notes: http://engagingmissions.com/275

What We Talked About

  • 00:24 – Episode Overview
  • 00:57 – Publishing Schedule Changes
  • 01:49 – Introducing Eric Nevins
  • 02:22 – The value of having an online community
  • 03:31 – What led to the shift in your thinking?
  • 03:57 – What have your learned in building community?
  • 05:32 – What kinds of questions should you ask?
  • 06:41 – What happens when you form a healthy online community?
  • 07:44 – How do you set the tone for the group?
  • 09:15 – What do you need to think through before starting a Facebook Group?
  • 11:41 – What do you do to help develop a sense of community ownership throughout the group?
  • 13:08 – How do you stay engaged without getting sucked into the social media black hole?
  • 14:32 – How has your interest in spiritual formation helped prepare you for leading this group?
  • 16:47 – How does that change what you do?
  • 17:43 – How does understanding the transition points in the lives of others help us understand our own journeys?
  • 18:58 – What would you hope to see in the future because of what you're doing?
  • 21:34 – Let's talk about spiritual practices.
  • 22:52 – How can we best pray for you?
  • 24:57 – Huge thanks to Eric
  • 25:24 – Changes to the publishing calendar.
  • 25:43 – Make sure you don't miss it. Subscribe today!

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How to Put Hands and Feet on the Good News, with Adrianna Manaugh – EM274

How to Put Hands and Feet on the Good News, with Adrianna Manaugh – EM274

One way we can be more like Jesus is by being faithful in the work we do. Adrianna Manaugh joins the show to talk about the importance of staying and building trust in missions work. Adrianna works with Partners Relief and Develoment, which brings missionaries and local ministries together around the world.

Growing up, Adrianna always loved hearing stories from missionaries, and now she gets to share her own. In this episode, hear about her journey into ministry and her desire to show people God’s love. Not only does Adrianna share the Gospel through words, but she also shares the Gospel through serving and partnering with communities across the nations.

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

What We Talked About

  • 00:23 – Episode introduction
  • 01:18 – Welcoming Adrianna
  • 01:40 – How were you called into missions?
  • 02:25 – Preparation for cross-cultural ministry
  • 03:15 – What drew you to development?
  • 04:10 – Putting hands and feet to the Gospel
  • 04:44 – Staying to serve
  • 05:45 – Praying and persevering through problems
  • 06:34 – What was the first organization you worked with?
  • 07:38 – Bridging the gap between ministry and community
  • 08:29 – An example of sustainability and teamwork
  • 09:21 – What do you do in your work?
  • 09:50 – The structure of Partners
  • 10:30 – Different ministry roles
  • 11:02 – How did trips to Haiti impact your work?
  • 11:44 – Avoiding compassion fatigue
  • 12:27 – Learning how to read the stories of hope
  • 13:06 – A story of redemption through ministry
  • 14:20 – How common is that kind of story?
  • 15:07 – What is the biggest need?
  • 15:50 – Challenges in missions work
  • 16:29 – Steps to get involved
  • 16:57 – Secrets of walking in faithfulness
  • 17:26 – How can people be a part of Partners?
  • 17:46 – Be involved before you go
  • 18:42 – How can we best pray for you?
  • 19:10 – Closing thoughts
  • 19:43 – Updates and episode information

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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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