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Holding the Ropes

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Posted by Brett Toney on

Prior to his departure, William Carey, missionary to India and the “father of modern missions,” told the leader of his newly founded missions organization, “Well, I will go down, if you will hold the rope.” The idea Carey was getting at was that a significant part of ...

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Tags: communication, missionary care, sending

The Dawn of a New Endeavor

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Posted by Becky Houston on

About three weeks has passed since the one year mark of being home from the World Race. In that time I have started, and quickly erased, blogs—desiring to commemorate the year of growth and change; but always with the lingering uncertainty of the right words to use. It was actually the ...

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Tags: adventure, dawn, glory, missions

Spiritual Superhero or Ordinarily Dependent?

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Posted by The R Family on

The following is the update one of our missionaries shared at our last monthly women's gathering. Consider how you can help care for our missionaries that we might send them in a manner worthy of God (3 John 6). Names and places have been edited out for security reasons. People usually hear ...

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Tags: missionary care, missions

Theological Famine Relief Update

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Posted by Brett Toney on

In 2014, we set up a fund for designated giving that would be used for helping bring relief to the theological famine of the Global South—approximately 85% of the 2.2 million evangelical churches in the world are led by pastors who lack sufficient training. Organizations like the ...

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Tags: books, missions, theological famine relief

The G Family-Transplanting their Joy

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Posted by Debby Schmitt on

Being born and raised in southern California, there were many significant "firsts" arriving here in Michigan almost 25 years ago. That first winter Surprised, the birth of my third child and coming here to Five Points 15 years ago. First friends here in Michigan hold a special place in my heart ...

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Trip to Kisumu

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Posted by Evelyn Van Sloten on

A team of thirteen people will be travelling to Kenya in April to minister to orphans and their communities. There are five care points we will be visiting—there are fifty orphans ministered to on a weekly basis at each one—and we will spend two days at each location. We will have an ...

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Tags: aids, missions, orphan

Theological Famine Relief

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Posted by Brett Toney on

The Famine This past summer I had the opportunity to travel to Cameroon again to teach at a seminary. I walked away with an increased burden to see pastors better equipped to faithfully teach and preach the Word. That’s the main reason I feel compelled to have an ongoing partnership with ...

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Tags: missions, giving, theological famine relief

Missions Team Update

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Posted by Debby Schmitt on

I'm often asked about the life of missions here, especially mission conferences.  "Do we have them any more?" "When is our opportunity to meet our missionaries?"  I'm happy to report that the answer is yes and no!  Under the guidance of the elders, we ...

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Tags: missions

GOSPEL-ADVANCING … HALLOWEEN?

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Posted by Brett Toney on

As a church that values gospel-centered mission, we desire to be a people who live with intentionality, desiring to commend Christ to whoever we can. Now imagine an opportunity where nearly all of your neighbors are expecting you to knock on their door, and you get to have a chance to talk with ...

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Tags: halloween, gospel-centered, mission