For the Race Set before Us: Training and the Church

The author discusses the importance of training Christians to be authentic followers of Jesus as a pathway for the Church to accomplish its mission in the world.Read more…


Rick Allen Dunn is pastor of outreach ministries at Coast Hills Church in Aliso Viejo, California, USA. Previously, he served as Campus Crusade for Christ campus director at San Diego State University and as an area leader in small group ministry at Willowcreek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois, USA.

Education and Training for Missions and Evangelism

Training for missions and evangelism should be held in careful balance in the following three areas: character, knowledge and skills.Read more…


Dr. Kumar Abraham is a Sri Lankan national living in Melbourne, Australia and has served as a missionary in the Philippines for twenty-one years. He is an evangelist, a trainer of evangelists, equipper of Christ-followers in evangelism and a Bible school lecturer. He can be reached at: kumarabraham@bigpond.com.

Training and Equipping Grassroots Workers in India

Equipping Christian workers in India requires strategic empowerment and education.Read more…


G.R. Prakash is founder of Faith Institute of Rural Evangelism, a Bible training program to train and help rural youth in India to plant churches among their own tribes. He is also founder and editor of the Indian Bible guide, Vedapatham (Bible Path), which is printed in the Telugu language.

Satisfying Africa’s Hunger for the Written Word

Although publishers and authors in Africa face real challenges, the achievements and growth of local writers is a sure sign of continued success.Read more…


Lawrence Darmani is the CEO of Step Publishers and Media Associate International's Africa regional trainer. Although he combines publishing and editing in his day-to-day activities, he sees his calling and passion in Christian writing. He has authored over fiction and nonfiction books. He lives in Accra with his wife, Comfort, and two daughters.

When President Obama Met with Hugo ChÌÄåÁvez… Publishing in Latin America

The author shares the top three challenges publishers in Latin America face. He also lists ten Latin American writers who are making a big difference for the kingdom through publishing.Read more…


Ian Darke is Latin America regional trainer for Media Associates International. He serves as coordinator of Letra Viva, a network of 30-plus evangelical publishers in Spanish-speaking Latin America. Ian and his wife, Brenda, have lived in Latin America for over twenty-five years and are missionaries with Latin Link.

When President Obama Met with Hugo Ch퀌çvez… Publishing in Latin America

The author shares the top three challenges publishers in Latin America face. He also lists ten Latin American writers who are making a big difference for the kingdom through publishing.Read more…


Ian Darke is Latin America regional trainer for Media Associates International. He serves as coordinator of Letra Viva, a network of 30-plus evangelical publishers in Spanish-speaking Latin America. Ian and his wife, Brenda, have lived in Latin America for over twenty-five years and are missionaries with Latin Link.

Using the Wok in the Oven: The Challenge of East-West Partnerships

The author shares collaboration efforts that have been established between the East and the West.Read more…


Rudolf Mak, Ph.D., is special assistant to the executive chair of the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization. He was raised in Asia and lived for over three decades in the West. His major spiritual gift is networking and people-connecting. He can be reached at RMak@Lausanne.org.

March News from around the World

EGYPT: Large Christian Population Faces Many Threats The Christian population in Egypt is very large—estimated at six to nine million people, or between eight and twelve percent of the population. However, Egyptian Christians face discrimination in education, employment, and theRead more…


South Africa and 2010: The Church’s Role in Countering Human Trafficking for Sexual Exploitation

Countering trafficking is no easy task and needs a four-pronged attack if success is to be achieved.Read more…


Born in Zimbabwe and a resident of Pietermaritzburg, Gill Dobson is the communications director of African Enterprise South Africa. Trained as a graphic designer, but with a love for writing, Dobson is passionate about using her gifts to serve God.

The Persecuted Church Taught Me to Pray

In response to being asked to intercede through prayer for a group of Christian men living in a Muslim extremist area, the author asked God to teach him to pray for the persecuted Church. He learned five lessons.Read more…


Al Janssen is communications director at Open Doors International and has written two books with Brother Andrew: Light Force and Secret Believers. You can learn more about how to pray for the persecuted Church at www.secretbelievers.org.

LittWorld Boosts Creation of Culturally Relevant Books and Articles

Two hundred Christian publishers, writers, editors, and designers from 30-plus countries will gather 1-6 November 2009 in Nairobi for LittWorld 2009.Read more…


Dawn Herzog Jewell is publications and training manager for Media Associates International (MAI). She is also a freelance journalist. She is the author of Escaping the Devil’s Bedroom, a book on global ministry to victims of prostitution and sex trafficking.

Care and Counsel as Mission: Christian Counseling’s New Global Look

Christian caregivers from the fields of counseling, pastoral ministry, psychology, psychiatry, social work, and theology met in Mexico City to explore the future role of Christian counselors in taking Ì¢‰âÒthe whole gospel to the whole world.Ì¢‰âÂåRead more…


Dr. Bradford M. Smith, a Boston (Massachusetts, USA) area psychologist, is chair of the Lausanne Care and Counsel as Mission Interest Group and president of Care and Counsel International. Leading up to the 1989 Lausanne Congress in Manila, he was Lausanne's director of program development and Congress participant selection director.

The Strategic Importance of Student Ministry: What Are You Living For?

There are things common to university students that make ministry among them a valuable use of time.Read more…


Dr. Jerry Root is associate director of the Institute for Strategic Evangelism at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois, USA. He has taught in the evangelism masters program for the past eleven years. Root has invested nineteen years in student ministry, evangelism, and discipleship.

 

Evangelism and Leadership Development among Young People in Europe

Principles for evangelism among young people in Europe and principles for leadership development in young Christians in Europe.Read more…


David James is Austrian field leader for European Christian Mission, which seeks to see second-generation churches planted with significant Austrian leadership and autonomy. He has served in Austria for twelve years, predominantly in local and national youth ministry.

Building a Solid Theological Foundation for Mission Policy and Praxis

Four areas in which the Lausanne Covenant exerted self-criticism and which are still points that individuals and organizations developing mission policies and shaping missionary practice would do well to pay attention to today.Read more…


Samuel Escobar was born in Peru and ministered in Latin America under the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students. He was chair of missiology at Palmer Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania, USA. He spoke at Lausanne 1974 and was a member of the committee that drafted the Lausanne Covenant. Presently he lives and teaches in Spain.

The Challenge of Missions in the Twenty-first Century

Four ways in which our thinking must change in order to meet the challenges inherent in cross-cultural ministry.Read more…


Dr. Stephen M. Davis is associate pastor and director of missions at Calvary Baptist Church in Pennsylvania (USA) and adjunct professor of missiology at Calvary Baptist Theological Seminary in Lansdale, Pennsylvania. He has been a church planter in the US, France, and Romania, and currently coordinates and teaches in seminary extensions in Russia, Ukraine, Peru, Romania, and South Africa. Davis is also involved in developing training opportunities for house church leaders in China and in training Arab Christians in Beirut, Lebanon, for ministry in the Muslim world.

Churches in Homes: New Efforts in Reaching Today’s Globalizing/Diversifying World

God seems to be preparing the world for a vast new wave of churches that will be simple in organization and effective in teaching and evangelism.Read more…


Dr. David G. Wyman is editor and publisher of Home Church Online. A representative of the International Mission Board, Southern Baptist Convention, Wyman formerly served as national Baptist student director in Mexico and as church growth director with Canadian Southern Baptists.

Will I Go to Heaven When I Die, Too?

Many Christians around the world have little to no theological or biblical training. And therefore have many questions about their newfound faith.Read more…


David Sills is associate professor of Christian missions and cultural anthropology and director of the Great Commission Center at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, USA. He is also director of the International Orality NetworkÌ¢‰â‰ã¢s Theological Education Task Force.

Partnering in Peru to Serve the Quechuas (Perupi qheswa runakunata servinapaqmi aynipi llank’ashanku)

SIL, Wycliffe Bible Translators’ main partner working in the South Peru Scripture Advance Project, is poised to reach about a million and a half Cusco Quechua speakers. (Kaymi puntapi qelqasqa karqan qheswa rimaypi. Chayta rikuyta munaspaykiqa qhawachiq wach’ita kaypi churaspayki ÌÄå±it’iy.)Read more…


Irma Inugay Phelps has Peruvian and Japanese roots. She was trained as a grade school teacher. Since joining Wycliffe Bible Translators in 1971 she has been involved in Bible translation and literacy work with Quechuas in different areas of Peru.

Seeking God for Revival: South Africa and Beyond

A look at revival and spiritual awakening both in South Africa and around the world.Read more…


Dr. Francois Carr is executive director of Revival South Africa. He is senior editor of an English and Afrikaans journal on Prayer, Holiness and Revival, called Revival and HerlewinG. Carr is also the author of Revival! The Glory of God and Prayer for Revival and has authored several books in Afrikaans.

Brother Flack: Missionary to India Offers Insight to Younger Missionaries

A 98-year-old missionary shares with younger leaders the wisdom that he has gained over forty years of ministry.Read more…


Chacko Thomas is coordinator of Missions Mobilisation Network (MMN). He is also a missionary with Operation Mobilisation, having served in India, and on three of OM's ships, the Logos, Doulos and the Logos ll, in various ministry and leadership roles.

My Hope India: Using Technology and Home Groups to Bring the Gospel to Hundreds of Thousands

In a country where nearly ninety-two percent of the one billion plus people profess to be either Hindu or Muslim, Christians in the nation of India are working hard to get the gospel message out to those who have never heard.Read more…


Laurie Fortunak Nichols is editorial coordinator of Lausanne World Pulse. She also serves as editorial coordinator for the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College and managing editor and book review editor of Evangelical Missions Quarterly (EMQ). She has edited a number of books, including the recent Extending God's Kingdom: Church Planting Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow, with A. Scott Moreau and Gary R. Corwin.