Why Missionary Furloughs?

In the first of three podcasts from Facilitating the Mission’s Jeff Jackson and Ed Compean look at why missionaries take furloughs. We’ll examine how coming back to the States on a missionary furlough is usually a strange experience, and why some missionaries avoid them. Reconnect Renewal Retrain Raise  Remind Refocus 

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Discussing the Missionary Call

Over a meal, while traveling or around the Shepherd’s Staff office we’ve often said, “We should have recorded this conversation because it would’ve made a great podcast.” With the last podcast as well as some recent blog posts, the missionary call has been a frequent topic of our discussions and this time we turned on the recorder. The […]

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The Missionary Call

http://ssmf.podbean.com/mf/play/8mz2r5/07TheMissionaryCall.mp3 The missionary call does not need to be as mysterious as many make it. There does not need to be confusion or questioning. In this podcast we lay out three simple principals for discerning the missionary call to go. They are taken from from Acts 13:1-3. Principal One: Location Call Principal Two: Personal Call Principal Three: Corporate Call This podcast […]

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Pre-Field Missionary Training

http://ssmf.podbean.com/mf/play/t3yb53/06TrainInternational.mp3 Why Pre-Field Missionary Training? Does God have the capacity to make an untrained missionary effective? He certainly can, and He occasionally does. But the facts show that missionary longevity and effectiveness are much more likely for the person who has expended the relatively minimal amount of money and time to be as prepared as possible for […]

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Churches Sending Direct

Acts 13 expresses an example of God working through the local church at Antioch to send their missionaries directly to the field. This episode will help us understand the theology and purpose of sending missionaries direct instead of relying on a mission organization.

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Pre-Field Survey Trip

A missionary survey trip is when a pre-field missionary purposely goes to the host country to pray for, prepare to move into, and pursue information needed to enter into ministry and life in that country. It is not a short-term mission, but a pre-field exercise for the home church and future missionary. Taking 10 to 14 days for a survey trip may seem costly in time and resources, […]

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