A Mission-Conducive Eschatology –Reading Revelation within its Context

A Mission-Conducive Eschatology –Reading Revelation within its Context

by Christopher Fung - Individual Member of Micah, Hong Kong - September 2018

Understanding the ‘end-times’ is crucial to give meaning to Christian undertakings, especially ‘missions’. Yet most end-times interpretations suffer from misinterpretations which cast God as mostly wrathful (unloving!), meting out his punishment on a humanity which has largely rejected him, despite Jesus’ sacrifice and the ministration of the saints.  However, an in-context reading of Revelation, the supreme eschatological text and the Bible’s conclusion, gives a diametrically opposite message which proves to be the foundation of all missionary works. Such a natural reading of the Bible would allow missions to deploy the vast resources in Revelation for their works. Read the paper
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Missionary Resilience

Missionary Resilience

by Emily Edwards, Anna Savelle, Kristina Whiteman and Geoff Whiteman

In less than a generation, globalization has dramatically changed the world in which missionaries live and minister.  At the same time, the world of missions has experienced an equally dramatic metamorphosis. For example, the country that receives the most missionaries is also the country that sends the most missionaries (United States).  These global shifts are also marked by identity shifts where more and more missionaries identify with the causes they fight for rather than the denominations and agencies they belong to. These and many more factors have led to a rise in missionary attrition and a respondent increase in efforts to intentionally understand and care for missionaries... ...The aim of this research is to build upon what has been learned through earlier research into missionary attrition and to contribute to the growing body of research into missionary resiliency by exploring this question: “How do missionaries become resilient?”  This paper reports the preliminary findings from the first phase of combined quantitative and qualitative research.  Read report
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Singles and the Future of Integral Mission

Singles and the Future of Integral Mission

In an age with a growing number of missionaries and relief workers that are single adults, it is critical that we effectively mobilize and support both married and single adults in all areas of global ministry.  This submission aims to provide a biblical-theological foundation and rationale for better leveraging and equipping all members of the Body of Christ for Christian ministry and service. 

by Barry Danylak, PhD, Centre Street Church, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

September 2018

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Mission Round Table —Take Up Your Cross: Suffering and the Church

Mission Round Table —Take Up Your Cross: Suffering and the Church

The Mission Round Table that focuses on Suffering and the Church. The cover picture, entitled ‘Carry the Cross’ by Ni Ketut Ayu Sri Wardani, points to the theme of this volume of the Mission Round Table —Take Up Your Cross: Suffering and the Church.

The articles in this volume are:

  • Suffering and Mission: Narrative Research from Cambodia, with Special Reference to Cambodian Church History – Yuzo Imamura
  • Mission in High-risk Situations – Richard S.
  • Faith, Risk-taking, and Suffering in Mission – Ian Prescott
  • Mental Health and Mission – Lightyear
  • Those Who Seem to Be Weak: The Role of Disability within a Missional Framework – Donna Jennings
  • Worshipping God through Suffering – Walter McConnell
  • The Role Christian Values Play in Motivating International Christian Ministries’ Collaboration in Disaster Relief Work – Sng Bee Bee
  • Surrounded by So Great a Cloud of Witnesses – Claire McConnell

These articles offer missiological reflections on ministry to the suffering and historical examples of ministry resulting in personal tragedy and pain. The first three of them stem from the OMF Mission Research Consultation held in 2016. In “Suffering and Mission,” Yuzo Imamura reflects on how the scars inflicted on Cambodia through decades of suffering still impact the church and wider society.

In the next two articles, Richard S. and Ian Prescott consider the place of risk facing missionaries who bring good news about Jesus to people who may not want to hear it and to places where political, social, medical, moral, and other risks abound. Turning our attention to forms of suffering that are hidden to many, Lightyear and Donna Jennings highlight mission to people with mental illness and other disabilities. The needs here are great and growing, with wide-open doors for us to expand our ministries where few labor. 

The next article, “Worshipping God through Suffering,” aims to broaden our understanding of the worship of God by providing a basic introduction to biblical lament and suggesting ways in which it can be used in the church. Bee Bee Sng’s article considers the motivations of Christians who take part in disaster relief work and the outcomes of their ministry.

The final paper dips into CIM history by recounting a story of brigands kidnapping and murdering missionaries who sought to serve the Lord during a time of political upheaval.

~ Condensed from the Editorial

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https://omf.org/resources-for-mission/mission-research/#mrt

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