Missions at a Glance: July 8

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Missions at a Glance spotlights the past week’s articles and resources relating to global missions. We trust that it will encourage your faithful obedience to our King’s Commission.

Photography Pulitzer for Coverage of Refugee Crisis

The New York Times and Thomson Reuters shared the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news photography for coverage of Europe’s refugee crisis. These photos capture the deep suffering of the hundreds of thousands of refugees, underscoring the opportunity for the church to display Christ’s love and the hope of his gospel.

Warning: Some of these images are graphic in nature.

Our Refugee Moment

At this year’s Council Colloquium of The Gospel Coalition in Chicago, David Platt addresses the massive global refugee crisis and the need for the church to respond in faith, rather than fear.

4 Lessons the Haystack Prayer Meeting Teaches Us

In 1806, a Williams College student named Samuel Mills organized a meeting with five of his friends to pray for foreign missions. Some accounts say there was a sudden thunderstorm as they were praying, which caused the five men to take refuge under a haystack. These friends continued to gather weekly for what became known as the Haystack Prayer Meeting. In answer to their prayers, God established the American Board of Commissioners of Foreign Missions, the American Bible Society, and the United Foreign Missionary Society. Megan Hill investigates what we can learn from this historic season in missions history.

When Your Missiology Misses the Gospel

Micah Fries discusses the danger of contextualizing with a gospel of self-satisfation rather than a gospel of self-denial. “While modern contextualization often asks, How far can I go with the gospel?, biblical contextualization asks, How much can I give up for the gospel?”

A Pastor’s Take on Short Term Missions

Landon Coleman lists a few helpful ideas to make your short-term missions trip an asset to the work on the ground rather than a liability.

Four Irrelevant Questions When Considering Foreign Missions

Stacey Hare addresses four questions that prospective missionaries often ask as they consider global missions, showing that Biblical truth makes these questions irrelevant to Great Commission obedience.


Jon Deedrick

Jon is the Executive Vice President of Reaching & Teaching, having assumed this role after leading the ministry through a time of transition as Interim President. The Deedricks live in Louisville, KY, and belong Third Avenue Baptist Church, where Jon serves as an elder. Jon is a graduate of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

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