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AFGHANISTAN: Taliban Takes Full Control

Source: Open Doors, August 16, 2021

The Taliban now hold Afghanistan. Earlier, Al Jazeera released videos of Taliban fighters entering the capital city Kabul with ease, taking the reins in the Presidential Palace, and declaring an end to the 20-year war. In addition, President Ashraf Ghani reportedly fled to Tajikistan over the weekend to prevent further bloodshed (although other sources mentioned Uzbekistan).

With the collapse of the government, the expansion of extremism, food shortages, and the raging pandemic, Afghanistan needs urgent prayer from the global Church now more than ever.

  • Please pray for the small group of believers in the country. They are walking on eggshells and are uncertain who to trust.
  • Pray for the displaced. A new wave of refugees is expected to come from Afghanistan to many parts of the Middle East and the rest of the world.
  • Pray for the women. Many women fear that Taliban rule means they will be stripped of opportunities for education.
  • Pray for the sick. Though under-reported in international media, COVID-19 cases are spiking in the country, and hospitals are limited in what they can offer.
  • Pray that the country will not be a haven for extremists. The Taliban government of 20 years ago [were] known enablers of extremist Islamic organizations.

Read the full story.

Also read How to Pray for Afghanistan—and the Taliban (The Gospel Coalition), Afghan Pastors Ask for Prayer (9Marks), and A Liturgy for Responding to International Tragedy (The Upstream Collective).

INDIA: Where Missionaries Were Killed, One Tribal Village Is Now Receptive to the Gospel

Source: Haggai International, August 2021

The district of Rayagada [in the Indian state of Odisha] is like a step back in time. More than two-thirds of the population belong to indigenous tribes such as the Khonds and the Soras. And the tragic murder of a Christian missionary [Graham Staines] in the rural mountains of Rayagada years ago has left many believers wary of venturing into the community.

In 2021, after much prayer, fasting, and preparation, Ramachandran Periasamy’s team headed for one of the 22 villages [of the Dongoriakondh tribal people group in the Rayagada district]. Around 100 people live in this village, accessible only by foot.

“About 20 years ago, a local missionary went to this village to share the gospel but was killed by the tribal people. Thereafter a few attempted to reach the village but all attempts failed. For the last few years, no Christians have visited this place.”

Ramachandran’s team arrived in March and, to their surprise, were warmly welcomed. They prepared chicken curry for villagers and established connections with a few families. They were able to speak to the leader of the village who invited them back and has permitted them to implement valuable social programs.

Their warm reception has opened a door [for the team] to minister to the other villages in the locality, and years of church planting have taught them to win the favor of the people through relationship building if they want to credibly share the gospel.

Read the full story.

IRAQ: Five-Year Human Rights Plan Launched

Source: International Christian Concern, August 13, 2021

Iraq adopted a five-year plan for the protection and building of human rights on July 26. The new Human Rights National Action Plan was launched with the support of the Office of the President and the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI). For Christians who have faced persecution, genocide, displacement from varying threats, land seizures, and more, the commitment to protect human rights as the country pursues recovery can be a sign of hope.

The new initiative is “seeking to harmonize national legislation with international human rights standards, to strengthen national policies for the protection and [the] promotion of human rights and to build individual and institutional human rights capacities,” according to Danielle Bell, Chief of UNAMI’s Human Rights Office and Iraq Representative.

In her speech, Bell also highlighted the key links between the protection of human rights and the growth of sustainable development in Iraq [and said,] “The need for strong and coherent action on human rights is more essential than ever. The Human Rights National Action Plan provides a solid framework for the legislative, policy, procedural and institutional reforms which can prevent human rights violations in the future and which will therefore make a difference to the lives of all Iraqis.”

Read the full story.

CHINA: Church Bookstore Ordered to Sell Little Red Book

Source: Back to Jerusalem, August 16, 2021

To slow the spread of Christianity, China has ordered [Sha Mian Tang Church in Guangzhou’s] church bookstore to sell Mao Zedong’s Little Red Book and Xi Jinping’s Governance of China book instead of the Bible.

The Administration for Religious Affairs has also ordered Christians to study President Xi’s book so they can memorize his speeches in hopes that his teachings will seep through during Sunday morning sermons. Mao’s Little Red Book was required to be carried and memorized by every Chinese citizen during the days of Mao Zedong. This book is associated with mass murder. As many as 80 million people died during this period—the most at any one time in the history of China.

Sha Mian Tang Church’s bookstore is a famous bookstore for Christians all over China. It has been considered to be one of the best places to buy an officially printed Bible, as well as the Christian books that are permitted by the government.

Read the full story and another about the crews of 130 fishing boats forced to remove crosses and other Christian symbols from their boats.

In other news related to religious liberty, see Iraq Launches Five-Year Human Rights Plan (International Christian Concern).

LAOS: 100-Year-Old Pastor Encourages Others to Stand Firm in Their Faith

Source: Christian Aid, July 29, 2021

Since COVID-19 closed the border between Thailand and Laos, one of the things a local ministry leader misses most is face-to-face contact at border seminars with people such as 100-year-old “Uncle Pekelo.”

Still in good health, Uncle Pekelo has attended several of the ministry’s training seminars, where he has encouraged others with his testimony of the Lord’s faithfulness in the face of persecution, the leader said.

“He has endured so much in his walk with the Lord, to the point that he was imprisoned eight times for his faith,” he said. “Each time, he refused to renounce his trust in God, and to this day he continues to stand firm.”

At the church where Uncle Pekelo pastors a congregation of 50 families, local authorities once ordered the demolition of their worship building, the leader said.

“He and other believers hurried to put their Bibles in plastic bags to bury them in the jungle, to be hidden from being seized and burned… During his subsequent time in prison, he would secretly write letters to Christians in his village, encouraging them to stay firm in their faith. Does this not sound like the Apostle Paul?”

Read the full story.

USA: Online Evangelistic Campaign Addresses Women’s Most Common Fears

Source: Christian Newswire, August 16, 2021

In a massive effort to share hope with millions around the world, the Luis Palau Association recently launched their latest online campaign, Take this Fear. Led by Wendy Palau, it features five messages focused on some of the most common fears women struggle with: abandonment, not being enough, losing control, being unhappy, and death and suffering.

Last year, they launched a similar campaign targeting mothers, leading to 2.8 million people being reached with the gospel ads. Seeing how effective online outreaches can be, Wendy and the team decided to go bigger with an online campaign targeting women of all ages. The vision—just like with live Palau Festivals—is for believers to use these videos as a tool to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with their friends and family.

“Fear can grip onto any of us so easily,” shared Wendy Palau. “That is why I knew it was so important to share these messages now. This tool has the ability to reach millions of people in some of the darkest and hardest to reach locations around the world with the Good News of Jesus.”

Read the press release or visit the Take This Fear website.

See also the article Why We Continue to Do Mass Evangelism, in which evangelist Greg Laurie addresses the argument that personal evangelism is more effective than mass evangelism (Outreach Magazine).

You Think You Had It Bad? Check Out This Girl!

Summer Short Shots: The Back-to-School Edition

By Shane Bennett

In my world, it’s back to school time. The three intrepid humans I’ve been riding herd on this summer vacillate between fired up and frantic about returning to the classroom. Excited to see friends, concerned about new teachers, happy that masks are “strongly suggested,” but “not required,” and perhaps secretly glad to be ridden herd on by someone else for a change! 
 
To celebrate the season this is the first-ever back-to-school edition of Practical Mobilization. No back-to-school buzz at your house? No worries. These ideas, for the most part, travel beyond that sphere. Though I’d also humbly invite you to forward this to your friends with school-aged kiddos.

1. Surviving the “Meet and Greet” 

Depending on how tight the COVID clampdown is where you live, you may have a “meet and greet” at your kids’ school in the next few days. Does that several parts of your body to involuntarily clench? Does mine! Then here’s some help for you: Treat it like a challenge to do what Jesus would. For starters, he’d bless your kid’s teacher. Ask how you could pray for them this week. (If you’re feeling super feisty, pray right then and there!) And, he’d probably talk to the people no one is talking to!

The handy acronym FORKS shows you one way to give that a go. 

2. This Girl Had It Harder Than You!

Need a little pre-first-day pep talk? Try sharing the story of Nadia Nadim with your kids. Here are the bullet points: 

  • Born in Afghanistan in 1988.
  • When she was ten years old, her family fled for their lives after her father’s execution.
  • As a refugee in Denmark, she began to excel at soccer.
  • Nadim now plays for the Danish national team and for Racing Louisville Football Club.
  • She speaks nine languages.
  • Oh, and one more thing, she’s one semester away from completing med school!

Watching her TEDX talk might give you a little boost as well!

3. A Challenge on Another Level

Gospel workers around the world face brain-bending and heart-rending decisions when it comes to schooling their kids. For some, boarding school several time zones away is still the best choice. For others, it’s local school or home-schooling. 
 
One of the most poignant photos of any of my kids is that of wee Anna sitting in her Dutch kindergarten on her first day ever of school. New classroom, new teacher, new language!  
 
Since this challenge is real, I’m wondering if as a community we can take a moment and share some prayer and encouragement for cross-cultural workers facing school decisions and the implications of the choices they’ve made. I set up a Google doc where you can share a brief prayer or blessing for our family members around the planet. It won’t take you long, but it might be the thing that gets them through a rough day.

4. Homeschool with Global Purpose

Once you’ve chosen to home school your kids, and some of you have, the question looms large: What curriculum do you use? I’m the last person qualified to answer that for you! But here are a couple of options that have God’s global purposes at their core: Sonlight Curriculum and Unveiling Glory

5. Middle School Survival Training

If you’re a dad of middle school girls, you might suspect there’s no way to navigate those years without tears, heartache, and seasons of moodiness. I agree and have observed that both girls and boys are their rawest, most sin-ridden selves during this time. Even so, I want kids to grow up to follow Jesus wholeheartedly and take the gospel to the most challenging and under-served parts of the world. This one-page survival training might help in a small way.

6. Life Inventory 

Finally, if on that first day of school, having dropped the kids at the bus or building, you sink into the sofa and go into some sort of human hibernation until pick-up time you’ll get no judgment from me. 
 
Assuming your nap need will ease up eventually, though, here’s something to consider that is just tough to do with kids writhing around you like a sack full of snakes: A life inventory.
 
Not an “everything bad I’ve ever done” list, but more like you and the Holy Spirit asking, “Where’s this ol’ train headed?” 
 
I like the approach Ximena Vengoechea outlines, starting with writing 100 wishes on 100 post-it notes. How fun might that be? Don’t panic. Most people don’t get past 30 or 40. (Ximena, overachiever that she is, was at 121 when she ran out of post-it notes!) 
 
A life inventory is probably not going to solve all our issues, but it might just be a fun and helpful way to put to use some of the time that theoretically will be freed up when the kiddos go back to school. 
 
Thanks for reading the Summer Short Shots. Before you head off to your next priority, please take a moment and share a prayer or blessing for missionaries and the kids going off to school. Thank you.

By Shane Bennett

In my world, it’s back to school time. The three intrepid humans I’ve been riding herd on this summer vacillate between fired up and frantic about returning to the classroom. Excited to see friends, concerned about new teachers, happy that masks are “strongly suggested,” but “not required,” and perhaps secretly glad to be ridden herd on by someone else for a change! 
 
To celebrate the season this is the first-ever back-to-school edition of Practical Mobilization. No back-to-school buzz at your house? No worries. These ideas, for the most part, travel beyond that sphere. Though I’d also humbly invite you to forward this to your friends with school-aged kiddos.

1. Surviving the “Meet and Greet” 

Depending on how tight the COVID clampdown is where you live, you may have a “meet and greet” at your kids’ school in the next few days. Does that cause several parts of your body to involuntarily clench? Does mine! Then here’s some help for you: Treat it like a challenge to do what Jesus would. For starters, he’d bless your kid’s teacher. Ask how you could pray for them this week. (If you’re feeling super feisty, pray right then and there!) And, he’d probably talk to the people no one is talking to!

The handy acronym FORKS shows you one way to give that a go. 

2. This Girl Had It Harder Than You!

Need a little pre-first-day pep talk? Try sharing the story of Nadia Nadim with your kids. Here are the bullet points: 

  • Born in Afghanistan in 1988.
  • When she was ten years old, her family fled for their lives after her father’s execution.
  • As a refugee in Denmark, she began to excel at soccer.
  • Nadim now plays for the Danish national team and for the Racing Louisville Football Club.
  • She speaks nine languages.
  • Oh, and one more thing, she’s one semester away from completing med school!

Watching her TEDX talk might give you a little boost as well!

3. A Challenge on Another Level

Gospel workers around the world face brain-bending and heart-rending decisions when it comes to schooling their kids. For some, boarding school several time zones away is still the best choice. For others, it’s local school or home-schooling. 
 
One of the most poignant photos of any of my kids is that of wee Anna sitting in her Dutch kindergarten on her first day ever of school. New classroom, new teacher, new language!  
 
Since this challenge is real, I’m wondering if as a community we can take a moment and share some prayer and encouragement for cross-cultural workers facing school decisions and the implications of the choices they’ve made. I set up a Google doc where you can share a brief prayer or blessing for our family members around the planet. It won’t take you long, but it might be the thing that gets them through a rough day.

4. Homeschool with Global Purpose

Once you’ve chosen to home school your kids, and some of you have, the question looms large: What curriculum do you use? I’m the last person qualified to answer that for you! But here are a couple of options that have God’s global purposes at their core: Sonlight Curriculum and Unveiling Glory

5. Middle School Survival Training

If you’re a dad of middle school girls, you might suspect there’s no way to navigate those years without tears, heartache, and seasons of moodiness. I agree and have observed that both girls and boys are their rawest, most sin-ridden selves during this time. Even so, I want kids to grow up to follow Jesus wholeheartedly and take the gospel to the most challenging and under-served parts of the world. This one-page survival training might help in a small way.

6. Life Inventory 

Finally, if on that first day of school, having dropped the kids at the bus or building, you sink into the sofa and go into some sort of human hibernation until pick-up time you’ll get no judgment from me. 
 
Assuming your nap need will ease up eventually, though, here’s something to consider that is just tough to do with kids writhing around you like a sack full of snakes: A life inventory.
 
Not an “everything bad I’ve ever done” list, but more like you and the Holy Spirit asking, “Where’s this ol’ train headed?” 
 
I like the approach Ximena Vengoechea outlines, starting with writing 100 wishes on 100 post-it notes. How fun might that be? Don’t panic. Most people don’t get past 30 or 40. (Ximena, overachiever that she is, was at 121 when she ran out of post-it notes!) 
 
A life inventory is probably not going to solve all our issues, but it might just be a fun and helpful way to put to use some of the time that theoretically will be freed up when the kiddos go back to school. 
 
Thanks for reading the Summer Short Shots. Before you head off to your next priority, please take a moment and share a prayer or blessing for missionaries and the kids going off to school. Thank you.

World News Briefs: Quality Education in the Name of Jesus

A year ago today, a tragic explosion shook Beirut. The people of Lebanon are still looking for answers. See a story below for how one Lebanese ministry is serving its community (Mission Network News).

In this issue:

  1. LEBANON: Quality Education in the Name of Jesus
  2. THE SAHEL: Christians in Peril in “Africa’s Afghanistan”
  3. BANGLADESH: Christians Flee After Buddhist Radicals Attack
  4. SOUTH ASIA: Believer Makes Sacrifice to Serve His Persecutor
  5. WORLD: An Olympic Games Roundup

Read or share the email edition or scroll down for individual stories.

LEBANON: Quality Education in the Name of Jesus

Source: Mission Network News, August 2, 2021

Many Christian schools in Lebanon have classes made up of mostly Muslim children. Wissam Nasrallah of Lebanese Society for Educational and Social Development says this isn’t a problem.

Children come to schools like Beirut Baptist School for high-quality education. They also get to see the love of Jesus in action. Nasrallah says, “We’re committed to providing education to the community that is Christian but also excellent. This has been a landmark of evangelical schools to serve students from all faith backgrounds and all social classes, regardless of belief or status. This is a legacy that we have in Lebanon. It started with Protestant Presbyterian missionaries in the 19th century and Catholic missions.”

These students even take classes about the Bible and attend chapels with their parent’s knowledge, Nasrallah says. It all stems from the trust Christians have built in the community.

And that trust is needed right now, during COVID-19 and the current financial crisis in Lebanon. Nasrallah says, “Our resilience has been stretched thin. At one point we even wondered if we could keep on going. So what we need today is a lot of prayer for patience, wisdom, and discernment to make the right decisions. We want to be able to find favor and grace in the eyes of the community that we are serving.”

Read the full story and pray for the people of Lebanon. Learn more about ministry in Lebanon from MNN. Congratulations to Mission Network News for 30 years of ministry!

For another story from the Middle East, Reaching Yemenis Through Media.

THE SAHEL: Christians in Peril in “Africa’s Afghanistan”

Source: Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin, July 20, 2021

France’s Operation Barkhane, tasked with fighting terrorism in the Sahel, will come to an end in early 2022, just ahead of France’s presidential election. Troops are already being withdrawn. It comes as jihadists in the Sahel are: (1) escalating their activity; (2) enacting Sharia laws and penalties in territories they control; and (3) actively working to expand south into Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, and Benin.

On the night of June 4-5, Islamic jihadists—many of whom were mere children—massacred at least 160 civilians in Solhan Village, Yagha Region, northeastern Burkina Faso. Separately, jihadists in eastern Burkina Faso have targeted a Bible school, burning its library and threatening its staff.

Christians in the Sahel—especially those in the tri-border region of Mali, Burkina Faso, and Niger—are imminently imperiled. Please pray.

The full story includes more detail, prayer points, and many links.

In other news from the Sahel, a Malian woman broke a world record. No, she is not an Olympic athlete. You should read her story.

BANGLADESH: Christians Flee After Buddhist Radicals Attack Their Church

Source: The Christian Post, August 2, 2021

A small Christian church in southeastern Bangladesh was attacked and destroyed twice amid weeks of threats from radical Buddhists against Christians who refused to re-convert to Buddhism. Many believers in the community are reportedly displaced from their homes.

“The radicals told us to destroy the church, but we will not,” Tubel Chakma Poran Adetion, the church’s assistant pastor, told Asia News. “If we have to sacrifice our lives, we will. They threatened us to return to our old religion, but we will not return. Jesus Christ is our savior. We will die for him.”

The pastor told the news outlet that believers at the church were previously Buddhists who “met Jesus Christ” in 2005. The Christian residents of Suandrapara built the small brick-and-tin church in January through funding provided by the Bangladesh Bawm Tribal Baptist Church.

The pastor said they gathered and prayed daily despite threats and opposition from the Buddhist majority. The Christians were given a seven-day deadline to stop all church activities and re-convert to Buddhism.

The believers refused to comply.

Read the full story or a similar article from International Christian Concern. But both draw on the same article from Asia News, which reports that the church in question has about 50 members. Christians represent only 0.4 percent of Bangladesh’s 166 million people, most of whom are Muslim.

SOUTH ASIA: Believer Makes Sacrifice to Serve His Persecutor

Source: International Mission Board, July 28, 2021

“Mark” found faith in Christ about five years ago, reports IMB missionary Owen Stoddard. Mark comes from a South Asian Muslim background and works as a painter in his local community to provide for his wife and young daughter.

After Mark became a Christian, he obediently participated in baptism and began to boldly share the saving power of Christ with his fellow villagers. Mark’s obedience cost him his good reputation within the community and has affected his ability to find people who will hire him.

“Deciding to trust Christ and be baptized has blessed Mark with joy in Christ and fellowship with God’s people,” said Stoddard. “However, his faithfulness to share how Christ can also save other villagers causes locals who disapprove of his bold witness to speak out against him. As a result, it has become difficult for Mark to find work. Nevertheless, he has remained faithful to Christ.”

When Mark’s South Asian country was hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, the lockdowns left many families without jobs and a way to find food. Many residents are day laborers, working the rice and vegetable fields to feed their families.

Yet Mark sought out the man who was the most responsible for publicizing his conversion and encouraging his persecution and gave his own family’s food to this man—his enemy.

Read the full story.

Read more from IMB: New Strategies Emerge as Japanese Churches Face Future Without Pastors and Japanese Hunger for Hope on the Horizon (featuring a good infographic).

WORLD: An Olympic Games Roundup

Source: Various

The Olympics: A Pattern for the Church?

The Olympic Games provide a wonderful foretaste of the Church in Revelation 7. Or do they have more in common with the gathering of nations in Genesis 11?

Read what UK theologian and missiologist Eddie Arthur has to say on this topic (Kouya.net).

Iranian Defector Dedicates Olympic Medal to Israel

Competing for Mongolia, Iranian defector Saeid Mollaei won a silver medal and dedicated it to Israel. Mollaei told the Israeli Sports Channel he is grateful for the support he’s received from Israel after defecting from Iran (due to pressure from his team to deliberately lose a match to avoid competing against an Israeli).

Read more (CBN News).

Madeline Manning Mims, Chaplain at the Olympics

What is it like to be a chaplain to elite athletes at the Summer Games? A sports ministry asked Olympic 800-meter champion and trailblazer Madeline Manning Mims.

Watch a short video on YouTube or below (Athletes in Action).

???? Gospel privilege | ministry innovation | Chinese revival

  1. Book: Gospel Privilege, the Unearned Advantage Meant for Everyone
  2. Book: Creating Disruptive Influence in the Ministry You Lead
  3. Book: Inside the Greatest Chinese Revival in History
  4. Book: How to Talk to a Missionary
  5. Video: Mary Magdalene, a Chosen Witness
  6. Upcoming Events: Training, Retreats, and Webinars

Read or share the email edition or scroll down for individual stories.

Book: Gospel Privilege, The Unearned Advantage Meant for Everyone

Gospel Privilege: The Unearned Advantage That’s Meant for Everyone, by David Joannes. Within Reach Global, 2021. 245 pages.

Find yourself with an unearned spiritual advantage—the grace of the gospel?

“This book is a clarion call for the gospel-privileged to stand in advocacy for and in solidarity with the gospel-deprived, to step beyond our borders, even when it’s risky or uncomfortable, and to share the rich privilege of knowing Christ,” says mission mobilizer and ministry leader David Joannes.

There’s a lot in this book. The author weaves together scripture, history, data, quotes from other books, and stories (primarily but not exclusively from people serving with his ministry in East Asia). The author also tackles moralistic therapeutic deism, consumerist and individualistic approaches to Christianity, Christian nationalism, and today’s debates about social justice.

I found chapter two particularly strong; it explains the issue of gospel access and illustrates it with the story of a woman in China whose life was transformed by the gospel. That might be just what you need as you work on a talk, lesson, or sermon on that topic. Chapter five unpacks a biblical understanding of social justice, leaning on recent work from Tim Keller, and brings it to life with a compelling story from the life of an indigenous missionary in East Asia.

Note that the book seems to assume an American readership and directly challenges American Christianity.

To learn more, visit the author’s website. You can get the book from Amazon (or elsewhere). The Kindle edition is US$9.99 while the paperback is selling for US$12.00. Joannes also wrote The Mind of a Missionary.

Book: Creating Disruptive Influence in the Ministry You Lead

The Innovation Crisis: Creating Disruptive Influence in the Ministry You Lead, by Ted Esler. Moody Publishers, August 2021. 288 pages.

If you aren’t innovating, stagnation isn’t far away, says Missio Nexus leader Ted Esler. Ministry leaders carry the burden of keeping their organizations lean, focused, and relevant. Using missions disruptor William Carey as an example, Esler shows how you, too, can innovate and change the ministry landscape.

I haven’t read this one yet; it comes out on August 3. I’m wondering how much it might apply to those of us who are not senior leaders or executives. It looks like the book has a long list of endorsements, though, and perusing a substantial excerpt on the publisher’s website makes me want to read the rest of it.

Learn more or download an excerpt from the Moody website. You can get the book from Amazon or elsewhere. The Kindle edition is US$10.99 and the paperback is priced at US$16.99.

Note that innovation is also the topic for this year’s Missio Nexus Mission Leaders Conference in Dallas, TX September 21-23. Registration (limited due to COVID) is full, but you can participate virtually for US$149 (US$99 for Missio Nexus members).

Book: Inside the Greatest Christian Revival in History

Henan: Inside the Greatest Christian Revival in History, by Paul Hattaway. Piquant Editions, 2021. 345 pages. The China Chronicles series is an ambitious project by Paul Hattaway, founder of Asia Harvest, to document the advance of Christianity in each province of China, decade by decade, from the time the gospel was introduced to the present day. Henan is the fifth volume, and in some ways, the most important, says the author.

With more Christians than any other province, Henan is home to both the most powerful revival and the most intense persecution. Readers may gain insights that will help prepare them for when persecution comes in their nation, says Hattaway.

Like the other volumes, this one draws on sources about Western missionaries you may know, like Howard and Geraldine Taylor and Jonathan and Rosalind Goforth, but it also tells the stories of many loving and faithful Chinese saints you might not hear about otherwise. Note that some of the contents were previously published in a 2009 book by Hattaway called Henan: The Galilee of China.

Visit the Asia Harvest website. You can buy the book there, from Amazon, or elsewhere. The Kindle edition is US$9.99 and the paperback is priced at US$18.00. It looks like the cover copy may vary slightly.

Book: How to Talk to a Missionary

How to Talk to a Missionary, by Maxine McDonald, Unlikely Publications Global, 2021, 28 pages.

You might meet a missionary at any moment. What will you say? Five furry, feathered, and scaly friends have suggestions.

This playful advice guide is written for adults, illustrated for kids. You can see some of the pictures and hear the whole book read aloud in a five-minute video on the author’s website (scroll to the bottom of the page). Pretty fun!

Get the book from Amazon. The Kindle edition is US$7.99 and the paperback is US$11.99.

If visiting missionaries or the ups and downs of missionary life are on your mind, you might want to read about five critical times when your missionary needs your church’s care (Catalyst Services). Good input.

Video: Mary Magdalene, Chosen Witness

Source: Jesus Film Project

An unlikely woman’s life is dramatically transformed by a man who will soon change the world forever. In this animated short film, experience the life of Jesus through the eyes of one of his followers, Mary Magdalene.

All the audio in Chosen Witness is from the longer JESUS Film or Magdalena (an hour-long film about Jesus and Mary Magdalene). This series of snapshots from Mary’s story is just under 10 minutes long and available in 38 languages. The website also includes discussion questions.

Learn more or share this video.

Looking for sharable scripture videos? Browse The Bible Project.

Upcoming Events: Training, Retreats, and Webinars

Source: Missions Catalyst Events Calendar

August 2 to December 5, Perspectives on the World Christian Movement (online). New online classes begin regularly, including a class August 16 to December 19.

August 4, Church and Agency Partnerships (online). Virtual gathering for church mission leaders. Provided by Missio Nexus.

August 5-7, Support Raising Bookcamp (online). From Support Raising Solutions. This one is entirely in Spanish.

August 8-30, Equipping for Cross-Cultural Life and Ministry (Union Mills, NC, USA). Provided regularly by the Center for Intercultural Training.

August 9-13, ABIDE re-entry debriefing for global workers (Joplin, MO, USA). These are now held almost once a month by TRAIN International.

August 10, Practical Tools for Discipleship and Follow-through (online). Webinar from Standards of Excellence in Short-Term Mission.

August 12, Local OR Global vs. Local AND Global (online). Greenhouse workshop for church leaders provided by Pioneers USA.

August 12, Mobilizing the Next Generation (online). Webinar from Sixteen:Fifteen.

August 12, Member Care: Coming Attractions (online). Webinar from Missio Nexus.

August 23-28, Debriefing and Renewal (Palmer Lake, CO, USA). Provided regularly by Missionary Training International.

August 25-28, Field Security Seminar (Lake George, CO, USA). Provided by Crisis Consulting International. Another seminar will be held in the same location, August 30 to September 2.

August 26, Women in the Mission of the Church (online). Webinar from Missio Nexus.

August 30-31, Support Raising Bootcamp (Orlando, FL, USA). Similar events held throughout the year in various locations by Support Raising Solutions.

August 30 to September 12, ORIENT pre-field training for global workers (Eminence, MO, USA).

View the complete calendar. Corrections and submissions are welcome.

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