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In His Own Words: A Missionary Vlog

8/26/2014Posted by Helene, George

 

The inspiration for this month started with some friends who had come over to visit us while we were still abroad.  They told me a tale of another young missionary, (we'll call him George for safety sake) in a nearby part of Asia.  The story went that although he was working hard, preaching the gospel steadily, although people were listening and responding, the money just wasn't there for him to come back for a second year.  At the time it was looking like he would have to go home. 

"George" is going to tell us his tale in his own words. He'll use his own name and the country where he works but he will be speaking carefully about the work he does.  You'll notice some "code words," and if you have any questions about what it is he's talking about, please email us as maidservantsofchrist@gmail.

Hell is for Real

8/25/2014Posted by Helene

 

Startling:
People are going to Hell. Literally.  Look around.  That guy who sits down the table from you at lunch, the lady behind you in the line at Walmart, that cute family who visited at your church last week, your Aunt Susie, they could all be headed for Hell.
Do I have your attention? 
Recently my husband and I read a pair of books by Thom Rainer, Breakout Churches: Discover how to make the Leap and Surprising Insights from the Unchurched and Proven Ways to Reach Them. The books had a lot of startling conclusions (I'll be reviewing them in detail later).  But perhaps the most surprising of all was this - churches that preach a clear doctrine of Hell are churches that are likely to be growing.
I'll take counterintuitive for a 1,000, Alex.
I'd have supposed that itching ears were happy to hear some less Biblically rigorous doctrine.

Living By Faith

8/22/2014Posted by Jane

 

The word promises, "that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose" (Romans 8:28).  When life sends trials and tribulations our way, many of us forget this powerful promise and grow bitter toward God.  All the Flowers are holding tight to this promise and have seen the truth of it played out with power over the last year.
Jen's husband was working for a congregation when they heard the call of Christ, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation" (Mark 16:15).  They answered that call and began making arrangements to move their family of five half-way around the world believing that the God that called them would supply the finances needed to care for their family.  Although this hasn't happened in the way that they first thought it would, or in the abundance that would be nice, they have continued to rely on Him step by step and He continues to give them what they need moment by moment.

A Joyful Slave

8/20/2014Posted by Melissa

 

"If you want to be a slave of Christ,  you have to BE a slave of Christ."  One of our elders used this seemingly repetitive phrase in a recent lesson.  I knew what he meant.  It's one thing to say we are his slaves, another to live like it.  A slave owns nothing.  Not her time, not her possessions, not her family.  Even her actions are proscribed by her master. A slave does her master's will, period.
This is the kind of attitude that Jim Elliot had.  In the mid 1950s, Jim and four of his missionary friends were killed in the jungles of Ecuador by the very people they were trying to convert.   Elisabeth Elliot, Jim's wife, wrote an account of the events in Through Gates of Splendor.  In reading the book, the thing that kept coming to the front of my mind was Jim's slave-like attitude.