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Many African pastors are in desperate need of resources that can train them in biblical doctrine. As you read about the need in East Africa, and how you can help, I encourage you to consider giving generously to this project, which I believe will have a ripple effect for decades to come.
I’ve blogged before about the Logos Hope, a ship owned and operated by OM Ships International. The ship ministry, the brainchild of one of Operation Mobilization’s founders, George Verwer, began in 1970 as part of OM’s global Christian training and outreach movement. Since then their ships (this is the fourth) have visited 480 different ports in 151 countries and territories and welcomed over 46 million visitors onboard. Ponder those amazing statistics!
Some have asked me, wouldn’t it be better just to take the money spent on short-term trips and send it to the mission field instead? In some cases, yes. But many short-term missions trips are strategic and greatly help the national churches, missionaries, and indigenous people.
After I spoke in one church, the pastor asked me, on behalf of the churches of Cuba, to greet the body of Christ in the U.S.A. I do that now. The churches in Cuba have spiritual strength that has come through adversity. Please pray for the people of Cuba, and especially for the churches.
John G. Paton (1824-1907) served as a missionary in the South Pacific’s New Hebrides islands. As a successful young Scottish preacher, Paton determined to leave Glasgow to minister to this unreached people group. But most of his Christian friends urged him to do something more sensible with his life.
The heart of missions, when we get down to it, is God’s heart for lost people. It’s the Gospel, the Good News of Christ’s completed work for us through His death on the cross and His resurrection. And it’s not just for people who look like us, speak like us, or live near us. It’s for everyone.
Some dear friends of our ministry recently made us aware of a great opportunity to help bring the good news of Jesus to those who’ve never heard of him before, through helping to fund the printing of an evangelistic booklet that will be used in Southeast Asia.
Media Associates International (MAI) is a great ministry that equips and encourages talented men and women all over the world with a passion for producing Christian literature for their own people. I appreciated this powerful and insightful message from one of their blog posts.
While taking a break from doing an audio recording of Happiness several weeks ago, I had the privilege of spending a couple of hours in the studio with several friends, including these two great people in the photo: George Verwer and Karen Coleman.