Who spurs on the missionary to love and good deeds?

Over the last year or so, I have been thinking about what it means for missionaries to be both disciples and disciple-makers. I recognized that we can easily make the mistake of assuming that at some point in our Christian life, we graduate from being disciples to become disciple-makers. But through an in-depth study of …

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Puritan Meditation: the centerpiece of spiritual formation

In our pre-field training and on-field coaching of missionaries, we emphasize the critical importance of feeding yourself spiritually, or in other words, taking the initiative to regularly nurture your soul in a context where the busyness of ministry and stress of cross-cultural living can make it difficult to keep our hearts and minds set on …

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What does it mean to feed yourself spiritually?

What does self-feeding involve? In my first post on this topic, I asked the question, "Who feeds the missionaries spiritually?" My simple answer to that question:  "We expect our missionaries to feed themselves!"   Then in my second post, I looked at what the Bible has to say about self-feeding. We saw that there was …

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What does the Bible say about self-feeding?

In my last post, I asked the question, "Who feeds the missionaries spiritually?"  My simple answer to that question:  We expect our missionaries to feed themselves!" But can self-feeding be biblically supported?  Some have questioned this concept.   After all Jesus told Peter to "feed my sheep", not "teach my sheep to feed themselves."   There are …

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Who feeds the missionaries spiritually?

The simple answer to that question: for the most part, we expect our missionaries to feed themselves! One of our goals throughout the pre-field preparation process in SEND International is to help our new missionaries become adept at feeding themselves spiritually. We emphasize the importance of a personal daily "Quiet Time.  We encourage them to be like …

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