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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! 

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.

Read more: Bibles, Not Bombs

We're Not Doing Right

2 Kings 7:9 (NIV)
9 Then they said to each other, "We're not doing right. This is a day of good news and we are keeping it to ourselves."

"The gospel is only good news if it gets there in time"
-- Carl F. H. Henry 

In 2013 more than 1 million villages in our world remain without ever having heard the Good News! In light of this fact, you can see why I have chosen these quotes to challenge us.

The first quote is from the story of the Syrian siege of the city of Samaria. The situation was so bad that people inside Samaria resorted to eating otherwise detestable food and there were even reports of cannibalism.  Poverty and starvation gripped everyone, especially 4 outcast lepers who had been banished outside the city gates. Facing imminent death they had decided that they would venture into the camp of the Syrians, who might possibly spare them or render a speedy death. When they arrive inside the Syrian camp, they discover that God had performed a miracle.  The Syrians had fled their camp, believing that they themselves were being surrounded and attacked. The Syrians had abandoned their provisions, their wealth, their clothing, even with fresh food remaining on their tables.

The 4 lepers, while feasting on abandoned food and wrapping themselves in expensive clothing, suddenly remembered that their countrymen inside Samaria were starving and dying.  They turned to each other realizing their responsibility. "What we are doing is not good." They were exactly right.  How could they continue to gorge themselves with food when people were starving just inside the walls of Samaria. These lepers had the "good news" of salvation, miracles and complete deliverance.  Would the good news reach the city in time? In this case, it did.

But what about us today? Read more....We're Not Doing Right

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