Browsing All posts tagged under »foreign missions«

Don’t know if I’m sad or angry

May 7, 2012


In fact, I’m both. The 16 year old son from a Pacific Island family I know has committed suicide. Of course, suicide is a problem in every society, but “For some Pacific Islands, suicide is a leading cause of death in youth, and rates have not only reached epidemic proportions but are among the highest in the […]

Yet another leadership article (yawn) but wait . . .

April 10, 2012


Christian leadership has to be one of those topics where much gets written and little changes! I’m the leader of a cross-cultural Christian ministry that’s in recovery after a period of bad leadership. So I’m reading everything I can lay my hands on, hoping to gain clarity and be better able to articulate recent painful […]

Is there such a thing as a Christian nation?

April 3, 2012


Is it possible for a nation or people group to enjoy special blessing because of an early leader’s personal commitment to God? We see this with Israel under the Old Covenant, but is there room for this idea under the New Covenant? I work among tribal people in the South Pacific Islands who love to […]

One reason I love the Islands: The music #2

March 15, 2012


I blogged recently about the importance of (and high quality of) the original music in the South Pacific Islands where I work. And I linked to a sample – a young Tongan lady who stood in her front yard and sang for me – with wonderful spontaneity and without accompaniment. Sadly, in many places around the […]

What a Church Movement looks like

March 9, 2012


Last week I was in the South Pacific Islands. Busy days and nights of meetings with our (Pacific Partners) radio and discipleship leaders, but oh so rewarding! One night I had the joy and privilege of teaching young people from various churches who meet weekly at the home of one of our local leaders. They […]

One reason I love the Islands: The music #1

March 6, 2012


I used to be a musician many years ago. Perhaps that’s one reason why I love visiting the South Pacific Islands as much as I do – the music is amazing. Music is very important in these tribal cultures. There was no written language before the early missionaries, so music was (still is) used to […]

Moving beyond fundamentalism and evangelicalism in missions

February 21, 2012


I have a deep sense of excitement and anticipation about our missionary work in the South Pacific Islands. We’re on the cusp of something new and very vibrant (Radio, and organic church planting). Almost daily I’m gaining new insights from the books and blogs I read, and from my times of personal prayer. Frank Viola’s blog […]