Maintenance Debrief

This edition of Facilitating the Mission carries the conversation about the On Field Care Visit discussed in our previous podcast into greater detail and purpose. In this episode, Jeff unpacks the purpose of the Maintenance Debrief. We learn that it has a two-fold purpose: confirmation and calibration.

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The On-field Care Visit

Do the missionaries your church has sent to the field know that they’re as much of a priority as anyone else in your church? They need to know they are. God pays attention to the care missionaries get from the leaders of their home churches. That’s why the on-field care visit from a pastor or […]

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Communication: A Cool Drink of Water

In this edition, we touch on security as Jeff recaps  a recent trip he took to Asia to work with missionaries. Shepherd’s Staff security officer Tim Dabney accompanied Jeff to handle security issues as necessary. Here are links to some great security resources missionaries need to be thinking through: »Cyber Security »Contingency Planning »Pre-field Steps […]

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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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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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Building Support

Why does a pre-field missionary need to begin raising missionary support? From experience, we suggest beginning with a purpose and proposition statement. Here’s a version of a scenario we’ve witnessed multiple times: A potential missionary, or one already on the field, know beyond a doubt they are called. The sending church clearly confirms the call. People who […]

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