Does Someone Visiting You Need Travel insurance?

Hope you are off to a good New Year in 2018 and we wish you a powerful year!

Will you have visitors coming your way this next year? Or are you responsible for organizing international trips for others?

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Are You Thriving in Your Fundraising? (Follower Change)

As I age (73 at the moment) I find the connections in my mind allowing me to speak clearly and quickly are not working as well.  So public speaking is fast becoming obsolete.

However writing is still going well for me, since I can read and revise at my own pace.  And I love to write.

So I’m going to continue writing, but am asking you to make a ‘Follower’ change.

If you are on the treadmill mode of raising finances for your ministry, I’m asking you to go to my fundraising blog, www.FTMTribe.com, and sign up to follow me there. Continue reading

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Clear Your Emotional Ministry Plate with a Debriefing!

When Sheri and I started Life Impact through our Oasis in Sunriver, Oregon, we always enjoyed doing Debriefs with our missionary guests.

Often they didn’t realize that something negative and depressing was stuck in their emotional crawl.   Like a tire with a small air leak, this issue was slowly sapping spiritual and emotional energy.  Anger was closer to the surface of reaction.

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Are You Leveraging Your Fundraising Efforts!

As I write this, I’m sitting at a Toyota Garage getting our Avalon serviced.  Cars, Cars, Cars!  All around me, red, white blue, and black.  And what an amazing machine!

The automobile demonstrates the power of leverage!   Every time you open the door, jump in, and put in the key . . . what happens?

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Do Conditional Promises Negate God’s Grace?

Included here is an interesting discussion about God’s Grace and His conditional promises, written by Ron Bennett, Staff member with The Navigators.  He very clearly makes a good differentiation between the two and motivates us to take advantage of the many promises in the Scriptures.

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Dreams Still Have an Impact

Today it seems our Lord is continuing to bring Mus lims to Himself through visions and dreams. Here is an exciting story illustrating that fact. (fr P I)

A young Christian woman in a Muslim country was in a taxi on her way to a Bible study. God told her, “Tell the driver, ‘Jesus loves you.’” The driver had a long beard and was wearing the baggy shirt and trouser that identify fundamentalists in that country.

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Are You Stressed Out, or Stressless?

I want to introduce you to a good friend of mine, Bill Tell.  He’s worked with The Navigators all of his career, is a wonderful Bible teacher, and focuses much of his teaching on communicating about Grace.

The Grace of God could eliminate a lot of our internal emotional baggage that wears us down over time, if we could only understand and see the connection between the two.

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Lessons from a Doctor on Missionary Stress

This is a post from Mark Bright, Medical Doctor in Madagascar on his journey from excitement to be working in a field hospital into the deep depression of a burn-out existence.  His journey and encouragements are instructive for any of us in a cross-cultural, or high-stress job today.

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Thoughts on George Muller’s Approach to Fundraising

When Missionaries start raising support, and asking people to give to their particular mission, they undoubtedly run across someone who says, “Why are you asking? You should do what George Muller did and simply pray in your funds.

Of course, this often ‘conflicts’ the conscience, creates confusion, saps enthusiasm for getting out there and going after money, and punches perseverance in the gut.

How should a Missionary raise funds?  Or more specifically, How should you personally raise funds?  Do you have your fundraising philosophy clear in your mind and heart?

In my free Fundraising Philosophy Paper, “What’s Your Fundraising Philosophy,?” I suggest that a missionary must decide how they will ‘partner’ with God in the fundraising process.  Know the options and make a clear decision.  Then press forward with faith and confidence.

Fundraising is difficult enough without being conflicted internally about how to do it.

In this excellent article in the April 2017 issue of EMQ by Trevor Johnson, “Don’t George Muller Me: A Missionary’s Plea for Understanding,” Johnson gives us an excellent historical perspective on George Muller and his approach to raising millions for orphan funding.

He then applies these insights to missionary funding today — how should this go for you and I in the 21st century?  What are the upsides and downsides.

Very insightful.  Equip yourself!  This  is a ‘must read’ article, if you are . . .

  • living on support and must keep it up,
  • raising money for specific ministry projects,
  • starting out on the road of support raising, or
  • a leader helping missionaries raise funds

Here is Trevor Johnston’s article:  “There are enough strains and stresses on the mission field without adding extra measures which may increase one’s challenges. We sympathize with missionaries who catch tropical diseases, but our sympathies would dwindle if a missionary was afforded the means of alleviating his or her suffering, but refused those legitimate means.

In like manner, those who suffer needless financial deprivation on the mission field and lack the means to care for their own families or initiate new projects due to an extra-biblical conviction about not reporting those very needs are not somehow more praiseworthy because they are suffering more. Rather, their suffering can be linked (at least in part) to their needless convictions. . .”  (Read More . . .)

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Have You Thought About Personal Development in 2018?

Are you slugging it out in the trenches, doing your day-to-day responsibilities, and getting into a routine in life that prohibits you from outside stimulation and input?  STOP!  It’s time for a little personal development.  Doing this is one way to care for yourself.  Let’s think about this a little further.

Amy Young in a blog post on the website, ‘a life overseas: the mission conversation,’ has written a post giving 10 ways you can provide some professional, personal development for yourself.  Keep growing, and keep going!

“When I was a freshman in college, my university had the in-coming students come a week early for orientation. During that week I attended a campus ministry get-to-know-you event. From the outside there was nothing overtly special about it: picnic in a public park.

But did I mention I was in COLLEGE. I was a COLLEGE student. I was practically an ADULT.

(Did I also mention I chose an out-of-state school and I knew no one in the state. I was awash in new relationships and trying to be cool enough to make friends and the humidity was killing me.)

That picnic is one of my vivid memories. I can remember the covering of the picnic area. I remember how I felt. I remember the cute boy I hoped I’d get to know. But what I remember most is the message the campus minister gave.

He quoted Luke 2:52. Jesus grew in wisdom and stature and found favor with man and God. As freshman, Mike encouraged us to be like Jesus who valued growing intellectually, physically, and relationally—with people and God. The seed of intentionality was planted in me.”  (Read the full article.)

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