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24 Aug

Called to Orphans, Widows, and the Love of Christ: The Indian Woman of the Millennium

“A life totally committed to God has nothing to fear, nothing to lose and nothing to regret.” –Pandita Ramabai (1858–1922)

Born in an era when women were looked down on and not educated, Pandita Ramabai’s life was groundbreaking. She was called the “Indian woman of the millennium” for the impact she made on Indian culture, specifically in its attitudes and beliefs about women. After becoming a follower of Jesus, her commitment to help women in India took the shape of a mission center, where vulnerable people still find help to this day.

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21 Aug

Letting New Leaders Carry the Vision



“What happens if you get hit by a bus tomorrow? Who can carry your vision for gospel movement among the youth in Phnom Penh?”

When a life coach asked me this question, it sparked a desire to truly become a leader who can multiply a movement. Since then, I have been on a steep learning curve, participating in a global peer-learning cohort for multiplying leaders, inviting strategic minds to speak into what I am trying to launch, and spending time with global leaders from whom I can glean.

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17 Jul

Zealous for God: A Fiery Dove in God's Kingdom

“Since all the world is but a story, it were well for thee to buy the more enduring story, rather than the story that is less enduring.” 
–Saint Columba (521-597)

Columba was a Celt, born and raised in Ireland. Ironically given a name meaning Dove, Columba’s fiery personality and zeal for God and his word, would be the source of great failures, and also the makings of the man—and of history. Columba has all the markings of an apostle, and his missionary vision and strategy still influence us today.

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05 Jul

Prayer Circles in a Far Province

My birthday, May 23, 2002 was happily spent traveling along with a group of leaders through the northwest of Cambodia, to a region the Lord had never given me permission to travel to before. We were visiting pastors and their churches, praying for them as they served Jesus out on the fringes of the Kingdom. We asked the Lord to send laborers to extend his church.

Fast-forward more than a dozen years. God had moved me into more focused prayer efforts, riding my dirt bike around the whole circumference of Cambodia (5,000 km) twice each year. We called these expeditions “Prayer Circles.” I had made many more trips into that isolated northwest province and spent a lot of time praying there.

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03 Jul

The Father of a Missions Movement: Against All Odds

“To know the will of God, we need an open Bible and an open map.” 
–William Carey (1761–1834)

According to the world’s measures, William Carey never should have amounted to much. Born into a family of weavers by trade, William Carey had no formal schooling past the age of 12 and was apprenticed to a shoemaker at age 16. These are surprising beginnings for the man who would later be dubbed “The Father of Modern Missions.” Carey’s story is a compelling demonstration of the power of vision and the calling of God.

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21 Jun

The Unlikely Woman God Called to Transform a Nation

"I will not allow my life's light to be determined by the darkness around me." –Sojourner Truth (1797–1883)

Sojourner Truth (born Isabella Baumfree) was a powerful woman: an evangelist, abolitionist, and human rights activist. Harriet Beecher Stowe (author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin), remarked that she had never “been conversant with anyone who had more of that silent and subtle power which we call personal presence than this woman.” At one point Truth even traveled to Washington D.C. to meet with President Abraham Lincoln at the White House.

How did this African-American woman, born into slavery, uneducated and illiterate, make such a powerful impact on a culture that tried to keep her powerless?

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14 Jun

God Is on the Move [Video]

"How do these gospel movements which we long for and see happening in many places, begin? They often begin with one person, or one family."

While it can be challenging to see God at work, Mariah Nix (InnerCHANGE L.A.) can see places God is on the move, giving her vision and hope to keep praying and keep serving. Listen as she shares the story of her context, the gospel movement they see emerging, and the steps their team is taking to sow into that movement.

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12 Jun

A Cause Worth Living For: Why We Go

I saw a vast crowd, too great to count, from every nation and tribe and people and language, standing in front of the throne and before the Lamb.

Can you imagine this scene? What it would feel like to stand in this vast crowd? The indescribable joy of worshiping Jesus with brothers and sisters from every nation and tribe and people and language!

I first experienced a bit of this vision 34 years ago while attending a Cru missions conference for 18,000 college students. During one of the main sessions, Elisabeth Elliott challenged my heart when she said, “There is nothing worth living for, unless it is worth dying for.”

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07 Jun

That the Unreached May Know: A Historic Gospel Movement Birthed Through Prayer

“Just as a plant may die for lack of watering, so may a genuine work of God die and rot for lack of prayer.” –James O. Fraser (1886–1938)

James Fraser, born in London, was an accomplished pianist and engineer, with a promising career ahead of him. A little booklet on the neglected multitudes who didn’t know Jesus challenged the direction his life was going.

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05 Jun

From the President: Why We Do What We Do

The ultimate expression and realization of the Kingdom of God is when the redemptive reign and rule of Jesus happens in the lives of people …when the Kingdom breaks in and the highest and most excellent of the created order—human beings—become committed followers of the King of the Kingdom. While there are certainly other essential manifestations of the Kingdom, this remains the ultimate biblical centerpiece of the mission of God.  

A phrase that I like to use to describe this priority is that the Kingdom of God is never fully present unless people are becoming followers of the King.

When it’s all said and done, that’s what we are all about. 

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