Refugee, Gangbanger, Missionary: How to See With Eyes of Faith

Episode 162 - Tobias

A former gangbanger turned missionary (we’ll call him Tobias) joins us today to talk about his ministry experiences in Southeast Asia as well as his personal testimony. Having grown up as a refugee in the States, he knows what it is like to be seen as the outsider. Thankfully, God placed a Christian couple in his life who shared the Good News of what Christ had done. From God’s work in his life, he left the life of drugs and violence to follow Jesus.

Tobias now works in a southeastern area of Asia, bringing the story of Jesus to different people groups. In the episode, he discusses the importance of understanding the cultural context and also encourages us to find cross-cultural experience in our very own neighborhoods. His passion for making disciples for the Kingdom is evident as he shares his stories and experiences.

What we talked about

  • 00:25 – Upcoming Events for Engaging Missions
  • 02:29 – Introduction
  • 02:57 – Ministering cross-culturally
  • 04:42 – The experience of being a refugee
  • 06:46 – First to come to faith
  • 07:33 – Meaningful verse

“For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile —the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on Him.” (Romans 10:12)

  • 10:10 – Two opposing worlds
  • 12:40 – How God moves through difficulty
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  • 16:05 – Doing Ministry Well
  • 16:23 – What do you do in your ministry?
  • 18:12 – Making disciples in closed countries
  • 21:57 – Seeing with eyes of faith
  • 25:07 – Connecting with the Buddhist people
  • 27:36 – How to be good short-term partners
  • 30:28 – Taking the first step in prayer walking
  • 31:54 – Next week on Engaging Missions
  • 34:00 – Fueled by a vision
  • 36:02 – Marketplace matters
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  • 37:48 – Surrounded by the nations
  • 40:35 – Internet and book resources
  • 42:08 – Parting advice
  • [spp-timestamp time=”43:28″] – Engaging Missions from the field (Brian Hogan)
Tobias (pen name)

Tobias (pen name)

Missionary to Southeast Asia

you don't have to be a full time pastor or missionary to engage in God's work and His kingdom

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