Digital Missionaries

I remember the days when before heading out onto the mission field candidates would undertake cross-cultural training.  I did so myself in a traditional missionary bible college.  A new breed of missionaries are preparing themselves to enter a global ministry, but only going as far as their study, the smartphone in their pocket or the tablet in their shoulder bag.  Every day over 2 million people search the Internet for answers to their spiritual questions – providing a digital mission field that needs workers to reap the harvest.  I met one recently. (more…)

Mission in grief

Christmas is almost upon us. The coloured lights are going up, the family gatherings are being planned, and the letterboxes are filling up with junk mail enticing us to overcrowded malls. Christmas is a wonderful Christian festival and most churches ramp-up for its celebration. It’s a great opportunity to be present in the community and declare the real reason for the season. But for many people in our neighbourhoods, Christmas this year will be tough. For these people, there is no joyful anticipation, only dread and sadness. It won’t be the whole family this year. Someone is missing. (more…)