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.
Last Friday, May 27, marked 15-years since Muslim Abu Sayyaf fighters in the Philippines captured missionaries Martin and Gracia Burnham. Over a year later on June 7, 2002, Martin was killed by crossfire during a rescue attempt by the Philippine military. The Burnhams’ hometown newspaper, The Wichita Eagle, recently ran a feature article on how the Burnhams are doing now, especially focusing on how this tragedy has affected Martin and Gracia’s children.
The New York Times reports that as many as 1,000 migrants died last week while trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea, bringing the total number of deaths this year to at least 2,443. Let’s pray that the Lord would protect all those seeking refuge and that he would mobilize his church to shine gospel light into the darkness of this suffering.
With Ramadan beginning on June 6, the IMB has provided us with a helpful resource to build relationships with our Muslim neighbors during their 30-day observance. This PDF provides information about Islam and Ramadan, cultural insights to keep in mind, specific ways to build relationships toward the gospel, and a daily prayer calendar.
Christina Fox reminds us of the significant impact that missionary stories can have upon the spiritual development of our children – expanding their vision of Christ’s kingdom and training their hearts to follow Christ.
Too often, a missionary’s wife and children become casualties of his frenetic ministry while living under the pressures of a foreign culture. Mike Pettengill provides several practical ways that a missionary husband can limit the strain that cross-cultural missions inflicts upon his family.