Let the Children Come
“He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these” (Mark 10:13, NIV).
As we develop and implement plans to take the gospel to every sector of our people or community, we dare not forget the children. Joey A., a missionary serving in the heart of the Muslim unreached world, has developed compelling resources for communicating the Good News with children, and discipling them in the faith.
The first is a kid-friendly cartoon tract is called "Welcome to Heaven" that has now been translated into more than a dozen languages, including English, Spanish, Hungarian,
Romanian, Tagalog, Cebuano, Nepali, and Bengali. Anyone wishing to translate this tract into another language, can contact us and we will put you in touch with Joey, who will send the cartoons without the text. You can view the full text of the cartoon tract here.
The second is a booklet series for evangelizing and discipling children called Big Thoughts for Little Thinkers. They are currently available in English and Bangla. The English version is available on Amazon.com.
A Four-book Series
1) The Trinity promotes the doctrine that there is one God who exists in three persons — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This teaching is foundational for a child’s understanding of God; a fact about the Trinity is presented on each page, leading the child to a stronger faith.
2) The Scripture teaches children that the Word of God is true, inspirational, reliable, and dependable in all circumstances at all times.
3) The Mission presents the Great Commission in a manner that is easily understood by children. The world is full of people who need a Savior, and it’s up to us to share the gospel with them.
4) The Gospel relates a gospel message of salvation to children, at their level of understanding, planting seeds that will hopefully blossom into a Christian life of dedication to our Savior and Lord.
• For children ages 4-8
• Teaches fundamental doctrines of the Bible
• Promotes basic theological ideas
• Builds a lasting faith at an early age
• Includes colorful illustrations on every page
Loving Tebow...Loving Muslims
Ed - In the age of 9/11 American Christians have never had more difficulty understanding and loving the millions of Muslims that God has brought to their doorstep. How do you teach your American Christian friends to bridge that gap and love their Muslim neighbors? Joey Allen, a missionary serving among Muslims has learned to love them, and has a unique insight into how we can all see our Muslim cousins differently.
I was born a Bulldog, a Georgia Bulldog fan. I never came to a point in my life where I asked UGA to come into my heart. I never had a conversion experience where I repented and turned to the Bulldogs. I was taught Bulldog-lore from infancy. All my relatives loved the Dogs (except for one cousin who everyone thought was strange for going to Georgia Tech). Everyone I knew bled red and black. In the fall, we would gather around the television altar, turn down the volume, and turn on the radio to listen to the oratory of the high-priest of the Bulldog nation, Larry Munson, the Voice of the Dogs.
My favorite t-shirt growing up was a red shirt that had “How ‘bout them DAWGS” scrawled on the front. I remember thinking Hershel Walker was cooler than Luke Skywalker, and at one point, I had all the words to “Who Let the Dogs Out?” memorized.
When I applied to college, I only applied to one school: The University of Georgia. When I received the acceptance letter, my family and I all danced around chanting, “It's great to be a Georgia Bulldog!”
All my friends went to school at UGA. Some of my best memories are from going to football games, basketball games, baseball games, gymnastics, intra-murals, art shows, concerts, walk-a-thons, scavenger hunts, and other events.
Tokyo 2010 and CPMs
Between May 11 and 14 some 1500 mission leaders and representatives from nearly every continent (Antarctica excepted) gathered in Tokyo, Japan to commemorate the centennial of the 1910 Edinburgh World Missionary Conference. The meeting was striking for several reasons:
Planting Rapidly Reproducing Churches
Dr. Curtis Sergeant is the Vice President for International Strategies for e3 Partners Ministries, and a veteran CPM practitioner. You can download a pdf version of Dr. Sergeant's article here.
The principles in this article are gleaned from experience in planting rapidly reproducing churches in China. They were then tested through training, coaching and mentoring church planters serving in over one hundred nations, mostly working among unreached people groups. Over the years I have concluded it is difficult to make generalizations
about evangelism, but it is more appropriate to make generalizations about discipleship and church planting. Evangelism is quite context-specific because half of the process is determined by what an individual believes and understands truth to be. Once someone has given themselves fully to the Lord, the discipleship and church planting processes become almost entirely about what God is calling us to. That deals with the culture of the Kingdom of God rather than the cultures from which we come.
Purposeful Church Planting - Part III
INTENTIONALITY, GOD’S GLORY, AND THE CHURCH
While there has been some positive correction in the church, we still need to be more intentional about God’s glory. Our churches must be actively and intentionally making God’s presence manifest throughout the world. When God’s glory is our litmus test, we will see the following healthy church characteristics: