Carey’s 11 Commandments of Missions

Set an infinite value on immortal souls. Gain all the information you can about “the snares and delusions in which these heathens are held.” Abstain from all English manners which might increase prejudice against the gospel. Watch for all opportunities for doing good, even when you are tired and hot. Make Christ crucified the great subject of your preaching. Earn the people’s confidence by your friendship. Build up the souls that are gathered. Turn the work over to “the native brethren” as soon as possible. Work with all your might to translate the Bible into their languages. Build schools [...]

God’s Sovereignty in Missions

William Carey, often called the “father of modern missions,” certainly can’t be accused of being unevangelistic, and yet he was deeply committed to the reformed doctrine of the sovereignty of God in man’s salvation. In fact, his soteriology drove his passion for people, missions, and evangelism.

Once, after preaching from Acts 14:16 and 17:30 that God commands all men everywhere to repent, Carey was confronted by a Brahman who heard his message: “Indeed I think God ought to repent for not sending the gospel sooner to us.”

Carey’s response is classic:

“Suppose a kingdom had been long overrun by the enemies of its true king, and [...]

Do You Love the Church or Just the idea of Church?

I’m convinced that many Christians who talk a lot about unity, community, church, and ecclesiology don’t really love the church. Instead they love the idea of church. I know because I grew up in the church and find this to be a huge temptation myself. I am an idealist and I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about the church. Consequently, I am often tempted to love my own biblically-informed concept of what the church and the Christian community should be rather than actually loving the church—or a church. I love the Bible’s ideal of unity and community more than I actually [...]

Family Trip to Oaxaca

On February 16-29 our family took a trip to Oaxaca, Mexico. Our trip was partly a survey trip in preparation for our move to Oaxaca later this year and partly a ministry trip to help To Every Tribe missionaries conduct a medical clinic. God blessed, and the trip went very well.

Rather than writing a report of our trip we thought we’d tell our story in pictures.  Click on the following photos to see our pictures from the trip.

Our Road Trip

Note: The young lady in the pictures with us is Ariana Lopez. Ariana is from a fishing [...]

Missionaries, Hardship, Spiritual Attack, and Grace

As missionaries with To Every Tribe we live in an amazing community of families and individuals who have this in common: reckless abandon to the cause of taking the name of Jesus to the nations for the glory of God.  That commitment comes with a high price tag.  The following is an email that I sent out today to the To Every Tribe and Center for Pioneer Church Planting family, reflecting on what we face as frontline missionaries and how we respond to it. I share it with you for your edification and to encourage you to pray for us.

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Why I’m a Missionary

During yesterday’s Sunday morning message, Joseph Najera, one of the elders at our church quoted Abraham Kuyper’s famous statement about Jesus’ authority:

“There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry: ‘Mine!’”

That’s why I’m a missionary.  The missionary task is much more than preaching a message of the sinner’s personal salvation from hell.  It includes that, but it’s much more. The missionary task is to take the message of a sovereign Jesus whom God has made “both Lord and Christ” (Acts 2:36) and [...]

New Book by To Every Tribe President, David Sitton

To Every Tribe is pleased to announce that David Sitton’s new book, Reckless Abandon is now available for pre-order. The book will be officially launched in September at the Desiring God National Conference in Minneapolis, MN. Please visit the book’s website here and pre-order a copy here.

Book Description:

David Sitton was barely a man when he left surfing and partying to live in Papua New Guinea, a faraway, perilous land. Leaving Texas with a Bible, a suitcase (and a surfboard), he took the gospel into cannibalistic areas to people who had never heard the name of [...]

Our Family Core Values

The last couple of months I’ve been slowly and prayerfully working on putting together a list of “core values”  that define who we are and what we strive for as a family.  My goal has been to create a memorable teaching tool for our kids that will provide a basis for everything we try to teach them about living life as followers of Jesus.

What I came up with was six brief statements that hopefully summarize the essential elements of Christian living.

With these six statements,  I want to teach my children/family to…

…Love, value and pursue Jesus above all [...]

May Prayer Update

Hudson

We just sent out a prayer update for the month of May.  Click here to read it.

For the update we sent out last month (with pictures of the newest addition to our family), click here.

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Prayer Update

Here is the prayer update that we sent out earlier this week.  If you are interested in receive these updates via email, click on the “prayer updates” link on the sidebar of this blog.

Anyone who has spent any extended time in missions is aware that  when God sends a missionary to the field, he not only is intent on doing a work of grace through the missionary, but also in the missionary.  Cross-cultural ministry can be an amazingly powerful sanctification exercise.  It has a way of bringing sinful attitudes, biases, habits, heart idols, and self-dependence to the [...]

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