God Is Sufficient: How to Lean on God in Ministry, with Jordan Raybon – EM251

God Is Sufficient: How to Lean on God in Ministry, with Jordan Raybon – EM251

God loves to work in and through our weaknesses. He is very good at taking what little we have and multiplying it for thousands. Jordan Raybon visits Engaging Missions to share about how God has been doing that in his ministry. Jordan is a pastor from Tennessee who is living in Brussels, Belgium with his wife and son. He describes his church in Belgium as one that is thriving and growing.

Jordan shares about working in a multiethnic setting in Belgium. He also talks about the importance of making the Gospel understandable to a different culture while not watering it down in any way. Jordan reminds us to lean on God and to follow Him wherever He leads.

What We Talked About

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  • [00:24] – Episode summary
  • [01:51] – What is your church like?
  • [03:29] – Creating a welcoming community
  • [05:06] – God’s revelation in transitions
  • [11:29] – The partnership drive with Engaging Missions
  • [13:35] – Resting on God’s sufficiency in ministry
  • [16:10] – Many ways to learn the same lesson
  • [17:34] – Sharing the Gospel in your heart language
  • [24:02] – Ministering in a multiethnic setting
  • [26:24] – Entering into a new culture
  • [31:30] – Concerns of contextualizing the Gospel
  • [34:27] – What advice would you give yourself?
  • [42:24] – How can we best pray for you?
  • [44:59] – Closing thoughts

It’s important that the Gospel makes sense for people based on their context. And that’s hard work to make sure that we’re contextualizing it well, but we can’t lose the Gospel in our contextualization.

Jordan Raybon

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Off the RACE Track: From Color-Blind to Color-Kind, with Steve Simms – EM250

Off the RACE Track: From Color-Blind to Color-Kind, with Steve Simms – EM250

Jesus went after EVERYBODY!

Through Christ, all walls of division have been torn down. Believers from every tribe and tongue are united by the blood of Jesus. A former Engaging Missions guest, Steve Simms, comes to talk about racial reconciliation. As ministers of reconciliation, we are called to bring healing where there has been injustice and brokenness.

Steve shares about his new book called Off the RACE Track, which helps believers know how to be color kind. He also tells stories about how he came to care about this issue. He provides lessons from his time pastoring a multiracial church.

What We Talked About

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  • 00:24 – Episode summary
  • 01:31 – Longing to see reconciliation
  • 03:10 – What does it mean to be color kind?
  • 05:19 – Taking the first step
  • 06:43 – Finding ways to understand others
  • 08:10 – Approaching a different culture
  • 11:07 – Beginning to interact on a personal level
  • 13:45 – How did you pursue knowledge on the issues?
  • 16:04 – Grasping the history of racial division
  • 18:01 – What can we do to repair the problems?
  • 19:16 – For the pastors seeking a Revelation congregation
  • 21:50 – The many meanings of diversity
  • 23:35 – Representing every tribe and tongue
  • 26:10 – Pastoring a diverse church
  • 28:50 – Where to start
  • 31:46 – One person can change the world
  • 33:55 – How can we best pray for you?
  • 38:05 – How YOU can be involved in the Engaging Missions Show
How can we reach people if the things that are important to them aren’t important to us? - Steve Simms Click To Tweet

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How to Bring Hope to the Hopeless, with The Copelands – EM249

How to Bring Hope to the Hopeless, with The Copelands – EM249

The process of missions can be a long and beautiful one. For Chris and Joi Copeland, they have been waiting to go to Ireland for four years. They are currently raising support and are almost fully funded. Their ministry focuses on leadership development, church planting, and serving the community. It all centers on bringing hope to the hopeless.

Chris and Joi share about how God called them to Ireland. They have many stories of God’s faithfulness and provision over the last few years. Their desire is to see the people of Ireland come to know God and find hope in Him.

We’re really trying to embrace where God has us now, and still working toward the future. - Chris & Joi Copeland Click To Tweet

What We Talked About

  • [00:23] – Episode summary
  • [02:05] – The beauty and problems of a country
  • [03:12] – What are some of the needs in Ireland?
  • [04:09] – Addressing the current struggles
  • [06:08] – Staying present in the moment
  • [07:10] – Keep on keeping on
  • [07:27] – How did God call you to Ireland?
  • [08:57] – Trying to be on board with God’s call
  • [10:23] – Conversations with family and friends
  • [12:35] – Being active in ministry
  • [14:29] – Learning to walk by faith
  • [18:54] – Leaning on the Scriptures
  • [20:17] – Catching the vision for missions
  • [24:19] – How do you tie it all together?
  • [25:34] – Looking ahead to the future
  • [26:19] – The process of fundraising
  • [27:34] – Giving draws you closer to Christ
  • [30:26] – Pushing towards 100 percent funding
  • [31:38] – How close are you to your goal?
  • [32:20] – Ways to support the ministry
  • [33:17] – How can we best pray for you?
  • [37:02] – Closing thoughts
What God has called you in the light, don’t doubt it in the night. - Chris & Joi Copeland Click To Tweet

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Thrive. Ideas to lead the church in post-Christendom, with Rohadi – EM248

Thrive. Ideas to lead the church in post-Christendom, with Rohadi – EM248

As time goes on, the Church is re-learning how to engage with culture. This can be seen in churches across the United States. There are many who have no connection with the Church or have left it, and churches are searching for how to respond. Rohadi joins to talk about this issue. He is a church planter, entrepreneur, and writer. He works to change ideas about mission in American churches.

Rohadi shares about his experiences in church planting. Also, he discusses the importance of being open to failure in mission. Engaging with the community is crucial, and Rohadi reminds us all of that.

What We Talked About

That’s the beauty of incarnation, is that the God of the universe would care to know my name. @rohadi Click To Tweet
  • [00:23] – Episode summary
  • [02:14] – Introduction
  • [04:25] – Becoming the hands and feet of God
  • [05:34] – Understanding the contemporary church
  • [07:55] – Taking on the role of co-creating
  • [10:09] – A change in perspective
  • [13:48] – Learning how to engage community well
  • [16:48] – Changing the paradigm
  • [19:52] – What should we lay aside in this time?
  • [24:42] – The power of disruption and incremental change
  • [28:06] – How to allow for failure in mission
  • [31:26] – Building relational equity
  • [35:18] – How can we best pray for you?
  • [38:01] – Closing thoughts

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Powerful Restoration: God’s Love in El Salvador, with Kenton Moody – EM247

Powerful Restoration: God’s Love in El Salvador, with Kenton Moody – EM247

In ministry, it’s important to remember that perfect love casts out fear and brings healing. Kenton Moody talks about the power of simply loving your neighbors. He has been ministering in El Salvador for almost ten years. Kenton sees the country as his home. He started a school in the community and is a pastor at a local church.

Since he was nine, Kenton felt called to missions. He has obeyed the Lord in His call, and he has seen God’s faithfulness through it. During the show, Kenton shares stories of God’s miracles and work. By obeying God and loving his neighbor, Kenton has impacted communities in El Salvador.

What We Talked About

  • [00:23] – Episode summary
  • [01:16] – Introduction
  • [01:41] – What is El Salvador like?
  • [03:21] – Growing in love for a nation
  • [04:21] – God’s call to ministry in El Salvador
  • [06:32] – Love is the key ingredient
  • [08:05] – What changes would you like to see?
  • [10:32] – God can use anyone
  • [12:07] – How did you know God’s call?
  • [15:22] – The impact of obedience
  • [18:17] – Asking God, “What now?”
  • [20:07] – Seeing God’s faithfulness in retrospect
  • [25:37] – The way to stop the violence
But I also believe we have to be in the ministry and business of rescuing people. And to rescue them, you have to do more than simply preach at them. You have to be involved in their lives.
Kenton Moody
  • [29:53] – A message for those called to stay
  • [33:26] – How can we best pray for you?
  • [35:35] – Closing thoughts

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A Presence of Legitimacy: How to Do Missions with Integrity, with Steve Schirmer – EM246

A Presence of Legitimacy: How to Do Missions with Integrity, with Steve Schirmer – EM246

Sharing the Gospel is more than speaking to people. It’s also about living with Integrity. Steve Schirmer joins the show to talk about having a “presence of legitimacy” in missions work. Steve has worked in Asia and with Asian populations for over ten years. He is currently over a ministry called “Silk Road Catalyst,” which works to bring the Gospel to the unreached in the Silk Road region.

During the show, Steve shares about his journey to faith and ministry. He also speaks about the importance of considering what will best serve a community when planning for ministry. By walking in integrity and wisdom, missionaries can better present the Good News to people who have never heard it.

What We Talked About

  • [00:24] – Episode Summary
  • [01:39] – Introduction
  • [02:13] – The size and reality of the need
  • [04:47] – How do people respond to the statistics?
  • [06:16] – How did you come to faith?
  • [07:41] – A call to vocational ministry

At that point, I knew when the nudge came back, I was ready to say yes. I was more afraid of saying no and being disobedient than to say yes and end up in Africa.

  • [09:58] – Preparation for missions
  • [10:59] – Meeting a man named Wong
  • [15:50] – Processing through sharing the Gospel
  • [18:23] – Monumental moments in ministry
  • [20:31] – An unexpected journey
  • [22:37] – A new name for the 10-40 window
  • [24:02] – What is the presence of legitimacy?
  • [28:20] – Approaching missions in restricted countries

  • [34:41] – What makes your presence legitimate?

It’s more than just doing business. It’s more than just working, but it’s, ‘What is legitimate for the people? What is reasonable for them? And how do they perceive it?

  • [39:38] – Evaluating what is beneficial for a community
  • [42:25] – Silk Road Catalyst

  • [45:23] – How can people get involved?
  • [47:09] – How can we best pray for you?
  • [50:04] – Closing thoughts

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