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James Gilmour Made An Eternal Difference!

Last week, in the light of the few folk that James Gilmour saw come to Christ, I asked a question:…

James Gilmour. A Wasted Life?

There is one more issue arising from the courageous and dedicated life of the missionary James Gilmour (1843-1891), whom I…

Missionaries And Loneliness

“When James Gilmour sailed for China in 1870 aged twenty-seven, “it was a lonely task that awaited him – the…

James Gilmour’s Unusual Courtship

I wrote last week about James Gilmour and his work in Mongolia. This week is about his courtship (or lack…

James Gilmour – God Hadn’t Called Him To Stay Home.

Having written recently about the lives of some of the New Testament colleagues of the apostle Paul, it’s easy to…

Philip – The Model Missionary

Having looked recently at cross-cultural missionaries from the pages of the New Testament, it struck me that I couldn’t do…

Timothy And “The P/T Test”

Having written about Demas, John Mark and Silas over the past three weeks, there has to be one more missionary…

Silas – The Pentecost Man

Today is Pentecost Sunday in some traditions. Jesus’ last recorded words on earth in Acts 1:8 give a clear definition…

John Mark – The Patron Saint Of Second Chance Missionaries

Last week we looked at Demas, the classic missionary failure. But for every Demas there is a John Mark with…

Missionaries Do Sometimes Fail

Sometimes missionaries don’t make it to the end. The New Testament has a powerful example of that – Demas. Demas…

The Accidental Missionaries

Aquila and Priscilla did not plan to be missionaries. They didn’t get there by the usual route – a call…

What Is Donar’s Oak?

Howard Peskett made some mission related comments when writing on Deuteronomy chapter 13 in Scripture Union notes. Howard wrote: “Missionaries…

The Orphan Who Gave to Mission.

Nettie McCormick had a less than ideal start to life. Born Nancy Maria Fowler in 1835, her father, Melzar Fowler,…

Simon of Cyrene – Abuse Leading To Destiny

For this week’s missionary post I want to engage in a little bit of guesswork, but I think I’m right!…

He Is Risen Indeed

Mark 16:1-8 describes the event that changed human history, the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. He is risen…

Saint Patrick’s Amazing Legacy

Last week I wrote about Saint Patrick’s journey from slavery to becoming a missionary who changed Ireland. I drew three…

St Patrick – The Early Missionary

Today, March 17th, is St Patrick’s Day. Patrick was an early missionary with a very unusual life, one that has…

Resolution #10 – Me, A Missionary?

Finally, almost a quarter of the way through 2024, we come to the 10th and last cross-cultural mission related New…

Resolution #9 – Follow Your Pastor…. To The Ends Of The Earth!

We come to the last two of Chuck Lawless’ 10 Mission related New Year’s resolutions. Resolution number 9 states: “I…

Resolution #8 – Go Out For Dinner!

This one, the eighth of Chuck Lawless’ mission related New Year resolutions, has to be the easiest to carry out,…

Resolution #7 – Praying Through Important News Items

This week we look at the seventh of Chuck Lawless’ 10 Cross-Cultural Mission related New Year’s Resolutions. Even if we…

Resolution #6 – Go On A Mission Trip

Chuck Lawless’ 6th New Year’s resolution with a cross-cultural mission flavour says: “I will plan to take a mission trip…

Resolution #4 – Make Friends with Those From Other Places And Cultures

Today we come to the fourth of Chuck Lawless’ ten New Year’s Resolutions that are intended to help us grow…

Resolution Number 3 – Pray For An Unreached People Group

The third of Chuck Lawless’ ten New Year’s Resolutions, all of which relate to cross-cultural mission, says: “I will learn…

Resolution Number 2 – Pray For Missionaries

The second of Chuck Lawless’ ten New Year’s Resolutions, all of which relate to cross-cultural mission, says: “I will pray…

Resolution Number 1

Last Sunday I listed Chuck Lawless’ suggestions for 10 New Year’s resolutions that relate to cross-cultural mission. Lawless wrote: “I’d like…

10 Cross-Cultural Mission New Year’s Resolutions.

Here is a suggestion. If you make New Year’s resolutions, why not make some that are cross-cultural mission related? Chuck…

Maria, The Extraordinary Wife Of Hudson Taylor

Maria Jane Taylor (née Dyer, 1837-1870) was born in Penang, Malaya, the youngest child of pioneer missionary Samuel Dyer and…

My Tribute, and Debt to, George Verwer

George Verwer died on April 14th, as I write only 8 short days ago. John Piper said that George’s “personal…

Hudson Taylor’s Two Burdens

“Hudson Taylor was wracked with doubt: he worried about sending men and women unprotected into the interior; at the same…

C.T. Studd – From Sports Star to China Missionary

C.T. Studd once said: “Let us not glide through this world and then slip quietly into heaven, without having blown…

Griffith John, Pioneer Missionary to China

Griffith John (1831-1912) was a remarkable man. “During his long ministry in China, Griffith John helped lay the foundation for…

An Extraordinary Physician: Ida Scudder

Ida Scudder is a fascinating – and challenging – example of the question I looked at in my last post. Does…

The Beauty of Collaboration

I recently received an update from a soon-to-be partner and found that they were starting to offer online options for…

Damascus Road Or Gradual Conviction?

In my previous post, I defined cross-cultural mission. It contains two vital elements. Firstly, going. Secondly, the venue, a people whose…

What Cross-Cultural Mission Is & What It Isn’t!

We desperately need a Biblical definition of cross-cultural mission today. “James Hudson Taylor (Chinese: 戴德生) was a British Protestant Christian…

A Life Offered to God: Helen Roseveare

Helen Roseveare (1925-2016) was a remarkable and unusual missionary to Africa. I will look at her life in this blog…

An Unusual Scottish Missionary: William Burns

William Chalmers Burns (宾惠廉) lived from 1815-1868. A fellow missionary said after his death that “all China knows him; he…

Mildred Cable Was Not Alone In China…

Mildred Cable’s remarkable story (see my blog about her) is not complete without mentioning the two sisters with whom she…

Mildred Cable: A Missionary Who Made The Right Choices

Mildred Cable was another remarkable missionary to China. The easiest way to introduce her is to focus on a quality…

Seven Lessons From The Life of Lilias Trotter

I previously wrote about Lilias Trotter. This remarkable sister merits a second look, because there are important, even success-defining, lessons for…

Lilias Trotter – A Remarkable Missionary

Until recently, I had never heard of Lilias Trotter. She is a hidden but amazing person, like many missionaries. I…

Mary Slessor – An Extraordinary Scottish Missionary

Mary Slessor, 1848-1915, was a Scottish Presbyterian missionary to Africa. She made a huge impact on Nigeria and beyond. One…

A Hidden Gem: Margery Sykes

Margery Sykes was no ordinary missionary. Yet I cannot find her photo on the internet! I am not even sure…

Lottie Moon – Carving A Place For Women In Mission

I mentioned Lottie Moon (Charlotte Digges “Lottie” Moon, 1840-1912) in connection with the story of Sallie Holmes. The simple facts are…

Amy Carmichael – Struggling Start but Amazing Finish

The life and missionary work of Amy Carmichael (1867–1951) speaks to our generation with a simple message. She tells us…

What does it take to send a missionary?

How can we support a person who has a burden for cross-cultural mission? The Called Individual The Pastor What Should…

Will History Repeat Itself?

Six years ago a team of Christians (mostly young people) from a Western country visited a major Asian country to connect…

A Short But Most Effective Life – David Brainerd

David Brainerd was born on April 20, 1718 in Haddam, Connecticut. He died a short 29 years later. For only…

Who or what is a PACTeam?

PACT is an acrostic, standing for Personal Accountability and Care Team. There is also a hidden meaning which carries the…

Explore & EnVision & Intercultural Coaching

All Nations Christian College is a world-renowned mission training college. They are currently offering two courses which we would highly…

What is a RAFT and Why Do I Need One?

RAFT is a helpful and important acrostic, commonly used in cross-cultural circles. It stands for:  Reconcile Affirm say Farewell Think destination …

Clueless by Jacqueline Scott

This post originally appeared on A Life Overseas. It is reproduced here with the permission of the author. When we head…

The World on Our Doorstep

Not everybody is able to go on short-term mission trips to immerse themselves in a cross-cultural experience. But that doesn’t…

Issues to ponder when preparing to send someone out to front-line missions

Imagine… You are a new missionary recruit about to depart for your assignment abroad. You are theologically trained, you have…

Announcing New Course: Crossing Cultures 101

We have just launched our most recent course Crossing Cultures 101! It’s free to complete and consists of 3 online modules…

Five things I wish I had known

A while ago my husband and I were talking with a friend about the huge task that faces us in…

Introducing The Antioch Factor

5 talks of The Antioch Factor In these 5 talks Ross shares his life’s message. He shares concerning what the…

Preparing for Cross Cultural Missions

1. How is your walk with the Lord? how are you doing with the Lord? Often I think of a…

Brad’s 23 keys To Being A healthy Cross Cultural Missionary

How to be a Healthy Cross Cultural Missionary? Here are some keys I’ve picked up over the years of being…

Vision of FieldPartner International

The vision of FieldPartner International is a simple one. It is to serve the church and individual believers in matters…

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