News from International

Director's Update - Feb 2019

OM Director's Update from Lawrence Tong, International Director

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The way I see it

Stephan discusses how new communities of Jesus followers become a witness to the transforming power of the gospel and make a tangible and sustainable difference in their societies. 

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You’re welcome!

"I am reminded that we are called to be hospitable (Romans 12:13) and we demonstrate this by how we welcome new believers and each other," says Heather. "This is easy to do when we all have similar backgrounds and have known each other for years. But as the Church, and our movement, becomes more diverse, do we merely tolerate or do we warmly welcome newcomers?"

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The Shepherd’s heart for the Nivkh

Inspired by the Good Shepherd who leaves the flock to look for the one, workers publish the Truth in Nivkh dialects though the people group is small.

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Director's Update - Jan 2019

OM Director's Update from Lawrence Tong, International director

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Short-term teams among the least reached

According to Stephan Bauer, short-term mission teams are "less a problem to be solved, but more a tension to be managed, and the aim should be for STTs to have a credible impact on the ministry and be effective in mobilising long-term workers."

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Director's Update - Dec 2018

OM Director's Update from Lawrence Tong

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With vibrant communities, seeing is believing

"Indeed, there are so many variables as we ‘see’ vibrant communities develop among the least-reached peoples. As we work towards this vision, I nevertheless fall back on the age-old cliché that my father stressed repeatedly: 'We are not called to be successful, but called to be faithful.'"

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Director's Update - Nov 2018

OM Director's Update by Lawrence Tong, International DIrector

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Director's Update - Oct 2018

OM Director's Update from Lawrence Tong, International Director

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Make way for generation Z!

"The messages teens hear are 'Enjoy life: no commitment, keep your choices open and choose comfort'. Is this the consequence of their own choices or of the generation that raised them? Probably both," shares Ewout.

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Director's Update - Sept 2018

OM Update from Lawrence Tong, International Director

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Patience in the early church

"Indeed, the Christ-like patience which the church fathers extolled is much deeper than waiting quietly for a bus," says Arley. "Rather, it is a sacrificial and enduring compassion for others, which our Lord embodied in His life and ultimately on the cross."

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New Bible storybook for the Chukchi

Believers travel by snowmobile or helicopter to share a message of great worth with indigenous reindeer herders and fishermen.

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Getting back to basics

"The more I look at biblical examples of ministry, the more I see a simple yet profoundly flexible grassroots approach to ministry that compels me to focus on things that really matter," shares Ben.

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Director's Update - July 2018

OM Director's Update from Lawrence Tong, International Director

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The missionary posture of needing

"Do we sometimes feel uneasy that our business-as-mission and vocation models are so dependent on the very people that we are trying to reach? Does this make us feel powerless and needy?" asks Seang Pin.

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Director's Update - June 2018

OM Director's Update from Lawrence Tong, International Director.

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Authenticity costs, but it's priceless

"Every time we communicate, there is potential to inform and inspire others for mission. Shall we not then covenant to ‘tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth’?" asks Greg Kernaghan.

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Director's Update - May 2018

OM Director's Update from Lawrence Tong, International Director

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