The MissionNext Blog

Following Jesus

Unexpected Answers to Prayer

God surprised us with unexpected answers to prayers during our seven-month whirlwind after being accepted as members of Wycliffe Bible Translators.  My husband completed his

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Following Jesus

Get Out of Hell Free?

Is it possible that the Lord provides a second chance after death to gain Heaven? Not so. It is our assignment from on high to be engaged in making disciples of the nations. We must each consider what our grade will be for that assignment.

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Following Jesus

What Does the Lord Require?

Will God be sufficiently pleased with religious activity, such as going to church, serving others when it is convenient, or giving now and again, or even tithing?

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Following Jesus

Step Out of Your Shoes!

It is not “God has a wonderful plan for your life.” It is “God has a wonderful plan,” and you are part of it. God can use you when you allow Him to step into your shoes.

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Following Jesus

Going Fishing

Each of us is unique as each leaf on a tree is unique. You are made special for this time and this place. The Lord trusted you enough to put you on the earth at this time.

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Getting Ready

The God of Small Beginnings

“But,” you may say, “the problems of the world, at home and abroad, are too great. What can one person do?” Every effective Bible character started with small steps. Start small but think big.

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Gifts and Skills

Assisted to Assist

The account of Jesus healing Peter’s mother-in-law is recorded in Matthew, Mark and Luke. Why is it so important that this single solitary healing early in His ministry receive so much press?

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General

What’s the Big Deal?

If we humble ourselves and give ourselves over to the Lord to do whatever He asks, the Lord can do amazing things. We have a big God.

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Following Jesus

Fruitfulness His Highest Value

The Lord’s highest value for us is righteousness and fruitfulness. We have to ask ourselves where we are on the spectrum of Kingdom fruitfulness.  What are others saying about you?  More importantly, what will Jesus say about you?

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Careers & Missions

But I am With You

Moses was challenged by God to take on a new assignment by a big God. Moses objected, “Who am I that I should go …” The Lord’s response was simple, “Certainly I will be with you.” That was supposed to be enough for Moses, and it is intended to be enough for you and me. 

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Following Jesus

Sticky Stories

The rich young leader was challenged to abandon that which was dear—his control, his riches.  Jesus judged his status as incomplete …

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Careers & Missions

Quiet Time and Missionary Life

“When I arrive on the mission field, I’ll be more consistent with my quiet times.” Have you ever thought that? I did, before I entered the field. We would agree that if Jesus spent time in prayer and communion with His Father, sometimes all night, we ought to do the same. However, Christians, whether missionaries or not, frequently confess that finding the minutes for a consistent quite time can be challenging.

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Following Jesus

Surprised by Jesus

However, the paradox is that you and I do not work for God to be accepted by Him. That is religion. Rather, we are accepted by God, therefore …

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Getting Ready

A Difficult Spot

Jeremiah 47:10 has never made it into a memory verse packet.  It reads, “Accursed is the man that is slack in doing the Lord’s work.” Another translation is “Cursed is the man that is lax in doing the Lord’s work.” We don’t want to be there …

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Careers & Missions

Whose Plans?

Notice in Jeremiah 29:11, it is not our plans, but His plans for us that He promises to prosper. Jesus helps us out and tells us what those plans are …

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Careers & Missions

Appointed

Jesus, in His last words before leaving the earth, applied no qualifier as to who should be involved in discipling the people of the nations. Choose to be a part of this great plan …

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Careers & Missions

Wait! One More Thing

After Jesus had completed the plan of salvation by ushering in the New Covenant, He made a number of post-resurrection appearances. He did not come back to make small talk or chit-chat about old times; these visits were purposeful.

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Careers & Missions

Finding your Fit in Ministry

If you are considering God’s call to foreign missions, you’re probably wondering how to choose an area of work. To begin, consider your experiences and avocations.

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Funding

Raising Support for Your Missions Trip

Raising support for a missions trip is often met with reluctance and fear. However, as we begin to delve into the topic, we realize that we need to learn God’s perspective and promises.

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Getting Ready

Adjusting to a New Culture

Mission work requires flexibility. Serving in a new culture means adjusting to new norms and customs. Some of them you may be prepared for, and others may completely throw you off guard. Here are a few topics to consider and resources to help.

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Family

Your Family and Missions

While starting a new direction in missions may be important to you, I’m sure keeping your family protected, provided for, and intact in a world that tries to tear apart family values is at the top of your list of priorities. When God nudged me to consider missions, we were a very dysfunctional family.

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Careers & Missions

Your Work and the Mission Field

If you’re considering God’s call to foreign missions, you’re probably wondering how to choose an area of work. To start, consider your experiences and avocations.

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Missions Abroad

Send Me! Missions Overseas or At Home?

Searching for a way to travel, experience the world, and witness the beauty of other cultures all while sharing Jesus? Going on a missions trip abroad maybe something to consider. But it’s not the only way to serve.

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Agencies

Find the Mission Agency That’s Right for You

How do you find a mission agency that is similar in scope to your abilities, passion, location preference and interests? It is important to research any agency you might be considering.  While every agency often has a specific focus, their actual ministry footprint can be very large.

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Testimonies

How I Became a Missionary

I was afraid that I did not know enough about Jesus, that I did not know His word and that I would turn people away rather than draw them to Him. How could I talk to people about a love that I was just learning about and allowing to change and shape my world?

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Gifts and Skills

Why Are You and I Needed in Missions?

John Piper famously said, “Missions exists because worship doesn’t.” I would hazard that you and I are needed in missions, then, as an outpouring of our own worship.

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Getting Ready

An Honest Reason to Become a Missionary

Looking back at a career in missions asked myself: Why did I really become a missionary? Was it because of business downsizing, or because I wanted to look holy to my friends? Was it because I wanted to work for God?

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Getting Ready

Should I Go on a Short-Term Mission Trip?

When thinking of missionaries, many people think only of Christians who have taken up residence in some foreign country where the inhabitants most likely are unfamiliar with the Christian faith. However, every year thousands of Christians travel all over the world for periods of one week to six months to share the good news of the Gospel.

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Agencies

Advice for Picking a Mission Agency

You believe that God is calling you to serve in missions, but you need to find an agency to affiliate with. Where do you begin? As you begin searching, you find there are a myriad of different mission agencies to choose from. How can you decide?

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Getting Ready

Me, a Missionary?

Get real. I am not a doctor, linguist, pilot, or even a pastor. Why would God call me to be a missionary? But what does God say about going to all the nations?

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Careers & Missions

Another Way to Think About Careers

I don’t feel like going to my usual Sunday school class, I said to myself as I entered church, so I think I’ll watch the video another class is showing. God used my unusual decision to direct our lives in ways we had never dreamed.

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MissionNext

Let’s Get the Workers to the Harvest Today!

The Lord says in his word that “the harvest is plentiful but the workers are few” (Mathew 9:37 NIV). Today, the World more than ever is in desperate need of workers to go out into every nation to reach the lost and the broken.

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MissionNext

A New Chapter for MissionNext

Quite a few things have changed since we started in 1998. By God’s grace, we’re entering a whole new chapter for connecting you with mission opportunities.  

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Testimonies

A Change in Plans

Comfortable – that’s what you would call my career in the banking field, but God had other plans for me with that two letter command.

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Testimonies

Provide a Way, Lord

Watching and sending is one way of serving Christ. And then, there are times when being the supportive hands and feet becomes a God-guided reality.

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Agencies

God at Work: Here

MissionNext partners with over 100 mission agencies and Christian schools, all with diverse needs. Be encouraged with two stories of God-ordained connections.

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Agencies

The Reason You’re Needed

They’re out there. Searching for the right messenger–perhaps someone like you–whose skill and passion match their unique ministry needs.

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