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2bobcraft2We have our fingers on the pulse of modern missions. Mission work is changing rapidly as the world's cultures and global conditions are changing. Ease of travel and communication impact how the Gospel is spread. But at the heart of missions, there is the work of the Holy Spirit, the Word of God, and the obedience of the Church to carry out Jesus' command to go into all the earth.

We want to present challenging biblical truths, insights into today's missions environment, and progress reports on reaching the entire world with the Gospel. Please keep checking our blog regularly for updates, stories and challenging thoughts from Scripture! 

Counting The Cost of War

Reach A Village

The Marines are the oldest branch of the U.S. military (Est. 1775). Their recruitment slogans have always attracted some of America's bravest and finest. Bold slogans like, "We're looking for a few good men!" or "The few. The Proud. The Marines." have always been their trademark. We all know that the Marines take on some of the toughest and most dangerous assignments in the world. They are often the first to arrive and the first to die. There is always a cost to war and marines are recruited with that fact clearly before them.

It is also interesting that Jesus always seemed to be uncomfortable when masses of people followed Him just to see the miracles or to be fed. He would stop and address the crowds making it clear that following Him was not going to be easy. He compared being His follower to being prepared as a soldier to go to war. He was deliberately thinning out the crowd of followers by reminding them of the cost of discipleship. Jesus was not looking for spectators! He was looking for soldiers of the heavenly kingdom, those willing to pay the price.

Luke 14:31-33 (NIV) "Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Will he not first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand?  If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace. In the same way, any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple."

There is a true story of a young couple, recruits in Jesus' "kingdom corps". This young couple first left the U.S. to become missionaries in 1979. Their second son had been born a few months earlier in the Salvation Army birthing center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was all they could afford to do. One of their first hurdles was to buy the international plane tickets they needed.  This young, naïve couple with 2 small children, little money, no medical insurance, no denominational backing and no promise of local church financial support, set out on a journey of faith and discipleship. They sold the family car for just enough money to buy one-way tickets for their family to Thailand, one of the least reached places on earth. One of the previous missionaries where they were going had suddenly died of cerebral malaria. When they heard about this, they vividly remembered what their Bible college professor had said about having to bury his wife and two of his children in China where he had been a missionary in the early days. This young family had ample time to count the cost before they ever boarded that plane. But their answer to the Lord was, "Yes!"

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Welcome to Thailand

BKKCABI grabbed a cab at the airport in Thailand as I always do. After we chatted about the location to where I was headed, my eyes focused on items trapped between glaring sheets of plastic above me. As we rode along, I snapped this picture of the cab interior.  It was one of the most elaborate collections that I had ever seen. The headliner was covered with currency from around the world, 9 metal Buddha images dangling from his mirror, multiple small "gods" glued above the driver's head, along with amulets and a poster of half clad night club women (hanging from his headrest facing the customers in the back seat).

He had been driving a cab in Bangkok for several years while having a wife and 3 children still living up country over 200 miles away. He was occasionally able to visit them. His story, as told on the headliner of his cab and in our brief conversation, contained all the reasons why I first chose to go to Thailand as  a missionary in 1979. The hardship of life in the countryside, the fear of the "spirits" that have inhabited Thailand from the fall of man, the lifeless idols before which the people bow, the warm and friendly welcome given to strangers and visitors, these are all the things that have compelled me to seek to bring the Gospel to these dear people. There are 59,000 villages in Thailand without a Christian fellowship. They still do not even know that Jesus came and died for them. I shared with this driver that I worshiped the One Creator God who gives me protection and peace. I spoke a blessing in His Name as we parted. Pray for Thailand.

Bibles, Not Bombs

Matthew 24:6 (NLT)
"And you will hear of wars and threats of wars, but don't panic. Yes, these things must take place, but the end won't follow immediately."

I was in high school at the height of Vietnam War. I watched the news reports of massive bombings and airstrikes that left deep scars on the face of the earth in the countries of SE Asia. When I turned 18, I was required by law to register for the draft so my name could be placed with tens of thousands of others to face the possibility of being chosen to fight in Vietnam.  It was my generation's war. I felt the responsibility to do something! 

Almost exactly one year before my 18th birthday, my life was totally changed when I attended a youth revival near my home.  I had been a carefree teenager involved with sports, cars and girls. Vietnam was a world away and was none of my immediate concern.

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