A devotional about being generous and inspiring generosity in others, especially in our ministry as missionaries and development workers.
I am a CRC Minister of the Word. My calling church is River Terrace CRC, in East Lansing, MI. I work for World Renew in East Africa, training pastors.
Missions, church leadership, teaching
I'd like to suggest that, in many regions, starting more Bible colleges is not the most helpful approach, and in some cases it might actually hinder us from achieving our goal of educating more African pastors.
I suggest that one of the greatest challenges facing Africa today is that Christians have not had a truly transformed worldview, based on the Bible. Perhaps this is still a problem in America too!
Should we send "ordinary Christians" as missionaries? A major biblical theme is that God likes to use weak people, sinful people. But on the other hand, shouldn't missionaries be trained and well-prepared?
Whenever someone tells me I’ve really sacrificed, I almost feel guilty or like a fraud. Because even though I've left family and friends, God has provided me with so much and all my needs are met.
Sometimes when we teach, it’s easy to forget that students also have knowledge to offer to us.
This last Sunday I preached at Stephenville CRC because their pastor is on vacation. This church did not know me at all to begin with, but because I am an ordained Minister of the Word in the CRC, this church in Stephenville trusted me to come and declare God's Word to them and how it should convict them of sin, change their lives, and give them hope. Wow!...
If you want to talk in more detail over email, my email address is [email protected]
Wendy, thank you so much for your nice comment and encouragement! I didn't see it until after I had commented.
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