Mobilize the Church

We Value Too Much, We Value Too Little

Value Too

Five dollars.

$5.00 is a lot of money… to certain people. To another group of people, $5.00 is just a piece of paper. Now, if I say the word, “lying,” you might associate that word with things like wrongdoing, bad, pain, or punishment. Would you believe me if I said that some cultures would view lying as a virtue? Who determines the meanings that are associated with all of the things that make up a person’s life? Who makes the rules for determining things (anything!)? More

Sending Missionaries

SendingThe To Every Tribe Mission Statement reminds us that “To Every Tribe exists to extend the worship of Christ among all peoples by mobilizing the church, training disciple-makers, and sending missionary teams to plant churches among the unreached.” There is an important order in this statement: “mobilizing the church… training disciple-makers… sending missionary teams to plant churches.” The primary goal of our work at To Every Tribe is sending missionary teams to plant churches among unreached people groups. Like the Apostle Paul, we make it our “ambition to preach the gospel, not where Christ has already been named, lest I [we] build on someone else’s foundation, but as it is written, ‘Those who have never been told of him will see, and those who have never heard will understand’” (Romans 15:20-21). More

Endure by the Gospel

Endure FBThe subject of culture and language associated with this process, often comes up with missionaries. A drastic change such as moving to a different culture and language can be a stressful and sometimes emotionally painful thing. Attempts are made to understand and help the missionary to deal with this part of their work. Is it possible that the very stresses we try to overcome are actually designed by God as part of the work, rather than a side effect of it? It is always comforting to know that someone else can relate to your discomfort. It is a helpful thing to be able to say “I know how you feel.” However, what we say after that may not be helpful; it may be dangerous. More

Sharing God’s Story and Making Disciples

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“And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.'”
Matthew 28:18-20

“And he (Jesus) said to them, ‘Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.'”
Mark 16:15-16

As many of you know, To Every Tribe, the mission agency through whom I am sent as a missionary, has as their mission statement the following: To Every Tribe exists to extend the worship of Christ among all peoples by mobilizing the church, training disciple-makers and sending missionary teams to plant churches among the unreached.

In other words, this mission statement is simply an attempt to capture, with a little more specifics, what Matthew (28:18-20) and Mark (16:15-16) have communicated to us, the church.

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Go, and Let God Stop You

Go Let God Stop YouWhen I was exploring and testing the stirring in my soul to abandon my career, the comfort of my community, and the fellowship of my church in order to possibly serve with To Every Tribe, I made a seemingly “christianese” comment to a highly respected theologian friend of mind. Little did I know that his encouraging rebuke would change my perspective on how I move forward in life. As I surveyed the landscape of risks and rewards of such reckless radical abandon for the sake of the gospel, I simply said, “If the Lord opens the doors, I will go.” My friend’s octavian Dutch brow furled and he gave a small growl before he said in a mocking manner, “I am so sick of hearing Christians talk that way, ‘if He opens a door, I will go.'” Then with a deep rich tone of authority he bellowed “Go, and let God stop you.” At that moment, I envisioned God had a heavy Dutch accent. More

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