9) Pray For The Mbalantu Of Namibia

Excitement is the only word to describe what is about to happen in northwest Namibia. In April and May you prayed for an association leader from Texas as he visited this part of Namibia to investigate the possibility of his association adopting one of the Forgotten People of Namibia. They have decided to adopt the Mbalantu people. Praise the Lord! After 5 years of prayer, the excitement is infectious. Pray for this association as they plan for their first strategy trip and begin to plan for 3 to 4 volunteer teams each year to work in this area of Namibia. Continue to pray for the Mbalantu! Pray that they will soon hear the life-giving Gospel from the members of this association. Pray that after they hear the message, they will accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Praise the Lord! For more information on the unengaged peoples of Namibia visit

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3) Miraculous Ministry Among Muslims And Other Messages On Cd

One of the best ways to encourage other’s faith is to share stories about how God is working in peoples’ lives. If you would like to order CDs with amazing stories of how God is working in awesome ways in the Arab Muslim world just contact

for a list of talks and brief summaries (and pricing). These are great resources to give to those considering working in this part of the world as well as those who support workers.

4) Strategic Connections For A New Day In Turkey

It’s not too late to register for the International Turkey Network’s 2008 American Conference, November 13-15, in Mesa, Arizona. Join with several hundred long-term partners working in Turkey. GUESTS include a Turkish evangelist currently on trial for Bible distribution, a Turkish pastor and a veteran worker responsible for multiple successful church plants.
Hear about and connect with an international intercessory movement, learn from experienced church leaders, network with ministries involved in Turkey, and even adopt a province for strategic engagement and partnership with believers in Turkey. Learn more at

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5) Reaching The Deaf In The Majority World

A survey by the World Federation of Deaf in 1988 showed that 80 percent of deaf live in the so-called developing countries but only 1 percent of the children were enrolled in primary education. Twelve years ago Bob began asking God, “How is it possible to bring literacy to these folks using computer technology?” Today, Bob is sharing a new free Windows program that can help the deaf to learn to read any text oral language using any hand signs as meaning prompts. Could you volunteer to add your oral text or sign language hand signs to the His Hands Reader reading program?? Please comment below which language you would like to add and then contact Bob via the web site. It takes only one week to add your 1700 words or signs to the His Hands Reader multi-lingual lexicon. All languages are welcome… even right to left text or home or village hand signs.

Take a look at a video screen capture of a His Hands Reader primer being read on GoogleVideo.
And also on the Chinese site…

Reading primers can also be shown on TV where deaf do not have access to computers.

6) The Poor, The Homeless, The Imigrants, And The Wealthy

*** An 18 year-old runway who has just taken his first hit of heroin, trying to escape a past he’d rather forget, while also wrestling with a future that seems hopeless.
*** A young, successful financial advisor who seems to have everything, but constantly searches for something to fulfill his empty life.
*** A 52 year-old Vietnam veteran who finds himself homeless, struggling with mental illness and simply finding ways to survive from day-to-day.
*** A Nepali nurse who has recently arrived to San Francisco, with little knowledge of English and facing a $12 an hour menial job to provide for her family.

YWAM SanFrancisco invites you to travel to California and meet the people in San Francisco. They want each one to come face to face with Jesus.

or email

9) Question On Candidate Evaluation Resources

Chris from Yakima, WA is developing a ministry on the reservation and wants to know what candidate evaluation programs you would recommend to him for screening missionary candidates to make sure they are ready for ministry and can thrive in a challenging setting. Please record them as a comment by clicking on the link below and looking for the “comment” link under the item.

4) Retreats for Prospective Missionaries

“The Journey Deepens” is a weekend retreat to help prospects explore what it is like to be a missionary, discover whether a missionary or sender role is God’s fit, and connect with mission agencies. This is for high school seniors, college students, young adults, mid-lifers, baby boomers – anyone willing to explore becoming a missionary. Each retreat of 50 participants and 10 missionary coaches from multiple agencies is highly relational with extended worship, small group discussions, personal reflection and much prayer. Discussions include guidance, finances, singles/families, etc. The first fall 2008 retreat is coming up very quickly — Oct 17-19 in Pasadena, California on the campus of the U.S. Center for World Mission. The other fall 2008 retreat will be Nov 14-16 near Atlanta, Georgia. Presented by Finishers/MissionNext and co-sponsored by ACMC, Caleb Resources, Perspectives and the U.S. Center for World Mission. Missions coaches/recruiters may apply online

2) Celebrating The Society of the Brethren: 200 Years Later

In August, SVM2

sponsored the ‘GO Summit’ for mobilizers in Boston to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the first student missions society in North America. The Society of the Brethren was formed at Williams College in 1808 and two years later another was formed at Andover Seminary in Boston. It was from this society that the first mission organization, the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, was formed in 1810 and from which the first foreign missionaries were ordained and sent out in 1812.
In August of 2008, The GO Summit was convened to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Brethren and to discuss student mobilization in our generation. During the three days of the Summit, 33 mobilizers from multiple CCCU campuses, sending organizations and neutral mobilization organizations gathered to pray and fellowship together. While visiting several historical sites in the Boston area, each mobilizer left refreshed, inspired and challenged to go after a mission movement in our generation. More info can be found at

5) Four Acmc Conferences Coming This November

ACMC conferences are designed for people who want to help their church have greater impact throughout the world. You’ll learn about ways other churches have been doing missions and get practical ideas you can use at your church. This year’s conferences will be held in Washington, DC, Hartford, CT, New York City and Dayton, OH. Plenary Speakers Dr. Peter Kuzmi of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Matthew Ellison of 1615 Ministries, Jon Hardin of Frontiers, and Steve Harling of Foothills Community Church in Denver. To register, request brochures, or download an electronic version of the brochure, go to

Or contact Lee at

tel 317 698 3224 Or Joe at

tel 410 561 8424 x210

10) The Backpage: Do We "Call" Often Enough?

Or do we just ask for volunteers. Sometimes I think it’s easier for all of us to do the latter. In other words, we’ll stand in front of a group at a college or at an Urbana-like gathering, asking, “Would one of you consider giving your life for missions?” It’s a compelling-enough call. We get by with it. But I have to wonder – what if we were to become more intentional? What if we went *personally* to the people we thought were gifted with the character and nature of a missionary? What if we were more intentional, asking for referrals from those in a position to know their churches or student bodies. I remember once, trying this method, I asked the academic dean of a large midwestern bible college, “Would you please name your highest academic achiever and also could I get the name of your best Bible preacher?” The dean chuckled and said, “That’s easy; it’s the same guy.” The next morning, I showed the student a video and made a pitch for unreached peoples. He almost laughed out loud. He didn’t have the slightest inclination for missions. But by God’s grace, within a year, he had applied. And now, 19 years later, he’s still serving with our agency in a country where missionaries aren’t technically welcome. He’s been taken into the police station several times, but continues to teach and share Christ there. He trains leaders. They all say he’s one of the best non-native speakers of the country’s heart language (one of the toughest in the world) on the planet. And I constantly think to myself, “This guy would never have stepped out to a general invitation. He had to be approached intentionally.”

Make sense to you? Do you have an opinion about *intentional* recruitment as opposed to merely offering a general call for volunteers? If so, share your opinion by clicking on “Comment” below the online version of this item. And thanks, in advance, for voicing your thoughts!!!


8) Team Up With Other Prospective Missionaries

Have you heard about, “The Journey Deepens” retreats? These weekends help prospective missionaries explore what it is like to be a missionary, discover whether a missionary or sender role is God’s fit, and connect with mission agencies. This is for high school seniors, college students, young adults, mid-lifers, baby boomers – anyone willing to explore becoming a missionary.

Each retreat of 50 participants and 10 missionaries from multiple agencies is highly relational with extended worship, small group discussions, personal reflection and much prayer. Discussions include guidance, finances, singles/families, etc.

In fall 2008 the dates and locations are: – Oct 17-19 in Pasadena, California at the U.S. Center for World Mission – Nov 14-16 near Atlanta, Georgia at the Operation Mobilization conference center

The Journey Deepens is presented by Finishers/MissionNext and co-sponsored by ACMC, Caleb Resources, Perspectives and the U.S. Center for World Mission. Registration is now open. Because space is limited please register soon or ask for more information via

12) The Backpage: How One Church Is Launching A New Outreach

Here’s the way one church is doing it. One congregation in Louisville formed a partnership with a mission organization there (in this case, Team Expansion). They invested 6 months in a study on how to form up new unreached peoples projects. The leadership studied unreached peoples, prayed together, then set aside a 30-day period to gather prospective unreached people challenges. At the end of the 30 days, one of the committee members proposed a certain location/people in the Middle East. The Committee prayed about it and became convinced it was a God-given call. They asked the church to participate in “30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World” during Ramadan in ’07. About 450 individuals participated. They then did a 30-day prayer emphasis for the prospective nation. Then they sent a two-person exploratory team. Upon their return, they reported back to the leadership what they had found. The leadership became further convinced that this was a God-given call. The church invested 6 months in Concerts of Prayer to ask for a team leader to serve as point person for the on-site team.

Most recently, they wrapped up those 6 months of prayer concerts by staging a special missions fair. At the close of their service, answering the call was a young couple with exactly the right mix of Bible college, on-field experience, and desire to work with an unreached Muslim group. Joining them were several key facilitators, ready and willing to serve. During the final stage of the invitation, some 200 adults stepped out to surround them in prayer. It was an extremely emotional time. The church then did a picnic lunch and the project is now heading into the next step of the sequence.
Would you tell about a project that you or your church might be launching? It might be very similar, or totally different. Either way, we’ll praise God for the way he’s at work around the world. Just click on “Comment” below. Tell your story and thereby encourage others in the realization that God is at work around the world.

The Purpose-Driven Mission Conference

To Every Tribe Ministries is pleased to announce that Dr. John Piper will be a featured speaker along with the founder of TETM, and a host of others. It’ll take place October 18-19, 2008 at High Pointe Baptist Church in Austin, Texas. It aims to make much of Christ, to challenge believers to pursue the privilege of radical mission to unreached peoples, and to pray for the Lord of the harvest to send out harvesters. Register at

Or contact Tommi

The Backpage: What’s Your Best Source Of New Recruits?

In a day and age when many missionaries are retiring (having gone out at the conclusion of WWII), it would seem more and more important to understand the headwaters of new mission recruitment. So… where do you get yours? Are you and your agency the type that recruits mostly from colleges & universities? … or do you find yourself more often than not in seminaries and Bible colleges? … or, truth be known, you very much just as soon spend time in local churches and home meetings?
And what themes seem most effective among your recruitment staffers today? Are you more likely to talk about Bible mandates? … or do you find that today’s prospective recruits respond most often to information about global *need*? Or do you follow a different track? Join the discussion. Just click “comments” below and weigh in. Let’s make this a virtual resource for our recruitment staffs. Thank you, in advance, for helping us all learn more “what works!”
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