Monthly Archives: October 2017

“End the Era of Orphanages?” What Does That Mean?

We don’t even know how to respond to this radical TED Talk. When you get a chance, would you please listen and comment? How should this affect our strategic planning regarding orphanages, in your opinion? Just click “Comment” following the online version of this item – please.–a&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=tedcomshare

“We Have Stopped Supporting You” — Chilling Words, Funny Article

This tongue-in-cheek article is actually maybe a bit too real to be “funny.” But the author has done a great job helping us see the fallacy of some of the standard party lines these days. If you’ve ever lost mission support while serving overseas, you are now part of a global audience for articles just like this one.

(Thanks Jenny!!! Great find.)

TESOL Training in Asia

Now you can get TESOL training designed for those in ministry set at a ministry budget. Asean Center for TESOL offers an intensive, five-week course leading to a TESOL certificate in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Get classes, community experience, and lots of guidance – and a certificate – all at the same time. And it’s cheaper to fly out and take this course than it is to take the same course in N.A.! For more info, visit…

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Still On a Quest for a Great Piece of Accounting Software?

Have you tried Aplos? At our agency, we’ve been QuickBooks users for a decade or more. But lately, it feels like we’re pushing its limits. We need easier multiple real-time users, more donor relationship tools, and better views into the reports that would help us communicate with the people who make possible our work. Our new operations guy is trying out Aplos and, so far, it looks very compelling.

How did we miss this before? Have you tried it? … and if so, how did it go?

Here at the “World’s Smallest Hotel” You Can Find Peace?

Looking for a place to use up some of those AMEX points? Tired of endless spiral patterns in the carpet, confusing directions on the waffle-makers, and funny button patterns on the hotel remote control? Now you can get away from ALL of it — here at the world’s smallest hotel. In the Jordan Desert. With a reportedly five-star experience. Is air-conditioning drying out your skin? Boycott it! Here. Give up the boring white sheets and choose handmade embroidered ones. Why lose life on standard goose down when you can enjoy a pillow decorated with colorful beads? Why stoop to a warm chocolate chip cookie when you can get a traditional Bedouin breakfast served personally by the owner’s wife, Um Ali, and daughters? For just 40 Jordanian Dinars (around $56) this stamp can be in your passport too, so to speak. Not to be missed.

(Thanks Matt!)

Still Lost in the Wonder of Matthew 9:35-38

If we were to pray, as Jesus instructed in Matthew 9:35-38, with all our hearts, in full faith, would God really raise up the harvesters about whom we’re dreaming? Would a generation respond? Would a new wave of workers step up to the plate and say, “Here I am Lord. Send me.” We’re filled with a thousand questions about His power, His sovereignty, and the world’s need.

See it with subtitles in espanol here:

This Headline Still Bothers Me:

Have you seen the latest tagline from yet another church pushing its online web experience? “Don’t go to church; let church come to you.” Something still bothers me about this line of thinking. Can you guess my concerns? If so, please click “Comment” following the web version of this item.

Any of These Ten Key Trends for 2017 Surprise You?

Take a look. Any of these surprise you? We’d be interested in hearing your take. Just click “Comment” following the web version of this item.

1. Some Christian groups are growing faster than others.
2. Pentecostals continue with their explosive growth.
3. Cities are growing faster than Christians are moving to them.
4. Christianity is no longer a Western-dominated religion.
5. Only half of Christians live in Christian-dominated nations.
6. Churches have crossed the 5 million mark.
7. Christians possess and are giving large amounts of money.
8. Less of the world is unreached than ever before.
9. Missionaries are growing slowly.
10. More non-Christians will have Christian friends.

See commentary under each point at…

The Last Bit: How Much Would You Risk to Rescue?

That’s a question we all have to ask ourselves. For example, would you risk this much?

If you are the type with that kind of bravado, then we give praise to God.

Now here’s the next question: Would we not want to risk even GREATER danger to give testimony of Jesus so we can snatch even one person from the fires of Hell? If that’s how you feel, please begin praying immediately, “God, can you use me working among an unreached people group or city?” If God multiplies you by allowing you to share Christ with others, then you’ll be making a contribution that’s really difficult to measure with price.

What do you think? What’s your take on the lead video?

Of course, you can learn more about the Free Burma Rangers here:

What’s your take on the whole thing?

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In this issue…

1) Are you looking for Christian resources in Mandarin or Chinese? This
2) Get Your TEFL Certificate Online
3) Global Alliance for Church Multiplication is On a Roll
4) Covert Awakening, Christian fiction
5) Curious About Who Gave What in 2016? Now You’ll Know
6) What Political Scientists Think about Political Repression
7) Humanitarian Stress and Trauma: What’s the Impact?
8) “Sharpening Your Interpersonal Skills” Online Courses
9) Church Multiplication Collective
10) Looking for Great Group Counseling?
11) How to Learn the Names of Countries, Capitals, and More
12) Get All the News (without Censorship)
13) We’re Grateful to…
14) The Last Bit: Are We Raising Up More, Equal, or Fewer Workers?
15) Closing Stuff

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