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The Necessity of Prayer in Missions

My family and I are in the long process of moving to Kenya as missionaries with Reaching and Teaching. As you can imagine, we face a seemingly endless to-do list: purging our possessions, completing our medical visits, preparing to learn…

In Praise of Patient Plodding

I’m not a gardener, nor do I have any kind of experience in land cultivation. Nonetheless, whenever I see a fruitful garden, it stirs in me some admiration, even ambition. I’ve yet to do anything with this flash of ambition….

The Transformed Desires of the Remarkable Ann Judson

Editor’s note: This piece is part of a series that seeks to answer a single question: How have missionaries in the past understood “calling”? At Reaching & Teaching, we’re convinced that this topic is perennially misunderstood among Christians in general…

Great Commission Promises for Missionary Kids

My husband and I have the wonderful opportunity of raising five kids on the mission field. We love it, and our kids love their life here. But our kids aren’t missionaries like we are. They didn’t choose to come here….

Desire, Opportunity, and Gifting in the Assignment of Adoniram Judson

Author’s note: A few weeks ago, I tried to answer the question: “What does it mean to be ‘called’ to missions?” Spurred on by the principles in that piece, we’re beginning a new series that will examine the lives of…

Woven: A Look at God’s Provision in Raising Children Overseas

Our Choice This was our choice, right? As we respond to God guidance into cross cultural ministry, sometimes even long before we have children, the questions about our kids hound our every step.  Will the sacrifices and stresses of ministry…

4 Considerations for Your Short-term Trip

When COVID-19 came, short-term missions was put on hold, along with many other activities.  The pandemic has forced the whole world to consider what is “essential” and what is not. While we have to take this pause it is fitting…

“Called” Overseas: A Look at Missionary Assignments Throughout Church History

What does it mean to be “called” to be a missionary? Well, it depends on who you ask. Christians who serve in positions at a local church or an organization such as Reaching & Teaching will often talk of being…

Good News for Weak Missionaries

I’m writing this from a place of weakness, and you should know that right up front. My experience is inadequate, my knowledge is insufficient, and my competence is laughable. I don’t have what it takes to be a missionary. Last…

Serving the Nations by Loving Your Local Church

I grew up on the East Coast and spent many summers enjoying the beach. The beach patrol utilized a set of colored flags to indicate how safe it was to swim in the ocean on a given day. When the…

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