#032 – Missionary Dan Post

Missionary Dan Post is one of my best friends!  He is now a missionary in Canada, but we have been coworkers in West Africa for a long time.  I miss him in Africa!

I really hope this interview is a blessing to you!

If you would like to contact him, you may do so by e-mail:

dnjpost7@gmail.com

If you could take a moment to leave a comment about how this week’s missionary testimony has blessed you, I would greatly appreciate it. To leave a comment on this week’s episode, go to MissionaryOnFire.com/032, scroll down to the bottom, and leave your comment there or on Facebook at MissionaryOnFire.com/facebook.

If you use twitter, I have already set up a great tweet for you; all you have to do is go to MissionaryOnFre.com/tweet, and there is a tweet ready for you to send.

If you prefer to send a good old e-mail, the address is feedback@missionaryonfire.com.

I cannot wait to hear from you!

I want to recommend TheMorningMeditation.com. It is such a great way to start your day! These devotions are a great way to pass the time on your way to work or while you are getting ready for the day. My Pastor says that if you consume these meditations on a regular basis you will know more about the Bible than the average Bible college graduate. Dr. Earl White has been writing these meditations for many years and he has given me permission to read them and record them in the form of a podcast. I hope they will be a blessing to you. Over 200 episodes have been released and they have been downloaded and listened to in over 130 countries around the world.

That brings us to the end of this week’s episode of Missionary on Fire.

From our mission field to your mission field, have a great week and God bless!

#031 – Another Missionary at Large

I am very excited to present yet another Missionary at Large. I have known this missionary for a very long time and he has always been a big blessing to me. I hope this testimony will exhort you to do more for the Lord in these end times!

If you could take a moment to leave a comment about how this week’s missionary testimony has blessed you, I would greatly appreciate it. To leave a comment on this week’s episode, go to MissionaryOnFire.com/031 , scroll down to the bottom, and leave your comment there.

If you would rather leave the comment on Facebook, you can visit MissionaryOnFire.com/facebook.

If you use twitter, I have already set up a great tweet for you; all you have to do is go to MissionaryOnFre.com/tweet, and there is a tweet ready for you to send.

If you prefer to send a good old e-mail, the address is feedback@missionaryonfire.com.

I cannot wait to hear from you!

I want to recommend TheMorningMeditation.com. It is such a great way to start your day! These devotions are a great way to pass the time on your way to work or while you are getting ready for the day. My Pastor says that if you consume these meditations on a regular basis you will know more about the Bible than the average Bible college graduate. Dr. Earl White has been writing these meditations for many years and he has given me permission to read them and record them in the form of a podcast. I hope they will be a blessing to you. Over 200 episodes have been released and they have been downloaded and listened to in over 130 countries around the world.

That brings us to the end of this week’s episode of Missionary on Fire.

From our mission field to your mission field, have a great week and God bless!

#030 – Grace Fabian – Outrageous Grace

The guest this week is Missionary Grace Fabian.

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I Just know that you are going to enjoy this interview!

I recommend that you purchase Mrs. Fabian’s book, Outrageous Grace!  This book is an amazing story about her life with her husband as they translated the Bible on the mission field.  Her husband was working on I Corinthians 13 when he was murdered!  Mrs. Fabian had to find that “outrageous grace” to forgive the man who murdered her husband.  In the book and in this interview, she tells a great story of her getting a new name.

If you would like to purchase an autographed copy of this book, you may do so by clicking on this link:

http://gracefabian.com/pages/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/Grace-Fabian-Order-Form.pdf

Mrs. Fabian has a great website, and she blogs frequently.  I just know you will enjoy keeping up with her!

GranceFabian.com

If you would like to contact her via email:

outrageousgrace@yahoo.com

You can also like her Facebook page!

facebook.com/pages/Grace-L-Fabian

If you use Twitter, you can follow her there too!

@GraceLFabian

If you enjoyed this interview, please let me know by leaving a comment below, or you can email me at feedback@missionaryonfire.com.

 

 

#029 – Missionary Doug Sission [Podcast]

I first met Missionary Doug Sisson at Oklahoma Baptist College.  I really enjoyed being around him, and he had a big impact on my life.

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Missionary Doug Sisson started deputation to go to the Philippines in 1994, and he and his family have done a great work there in General Santos!

I just know you are going to enjoy this interview!

If you want to know more about Missionary Doug Sisson and his ministry in the Philippines, you can visit his website or contact him by e-mail.

mtcalvarygensan.org

dbsisson4@yahoo.com

 

#028 – Pastor Danny Dodson [Podcast]

Pastor Danny Dodson has been my pastor for over twenty-seven years.  He has been my disciplinarian, good example, counselor, friend of my father, soul-winning partner, fishing buddy, and someone I can call and talk to any time I want.

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Pastor Danny Dodson came to Central Baptist Church in Center, Texas, when I was a nine-year-old boy.  I had always wanted to be a preacher!  Three years later, we had our first ever missions conference, and I surrendered to missions.  Pastor Danny Dodson knelt beside me and my father at the altar as I told the Lord I would go wherever He wanted me to go.

I hope you enjoy this interview with Pastor Danny Dodson!  It was a great blessing to get to do this interview right here in my office in Ghana, West Africa.  This was my first ever face-to-face interview.

From our mission field to your mission field, have a great week and God bless!

 

 

[Guest Post] How to Pack a Medical Emergency Kit for Missionaries

My good friend Dr. John Oglesbee wrote a second article about how missionaries can put together a medical emergency kit.  I think this is vital for missionaries who are going to remote places.  I have been to remote places and have become very ill.  I was so thankful that I went prepared with medications that probably saved my life.
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“MEDICAL EMERGENCY KIT”
Add or delete as needed according to your personal needs and location.
Some items need a prescription (RX). Be sure all are legal in the country you are visiting!!
Some items are certainly optional, depending once again on your particular situation.

1. To be definitely included: a sufficient supply of all the prescription medicines you take regularly (have enough to hold you until you can be certain of replenishing your supply). Do not forget the prescription items that you may need on a periodic basis (such as for headaches, allergies, etc.). – Do not forget to include the non-prescription medicines you take regularly or intermittently.

2. Water filter: A hand held micropore water filter – Fresh water can be life-saving.

3. Blood Pressure Unit (automatic and/or cuff with stethoscope)

4. First-Aid Supplies: tape, gauze, band-aids, elastic bandage (Ace dressing), small scissors, tweezers, antibiotic ointment, etc. An 18 gauge needle is a great tool for removing stickers and other foreign bodies.

5. Sunscreen –at least 20% SPF –Lip balm with sunscreen is helpful.

6. Mosquito repellent: with at least 20% DEET

7. Dental supplies: Dental cement and temporary filling material may come in quite handy.

8. Glasses: Extra glasses and contact lenses [Do not forget sunglasses.]

9. Antacid tablets: Also some Pepcid, or Prilosec may come in handy; generics are okay.

10 Gatorade Powder: This is most helpful when reconstituted and used for fluid replacement in vomiting & diarrhea. You can also get rehydration salts or make your own solution in a pinch.
Ingredients:
•    Six (6) level teaspoons of Sugar
•    Half (1/2) level teaspoon of Salt
•    One Litre of clean drinking or boiled water and then cooled – 5 cupfuls (each cup about 200 ml.)

11. Benadryl: An antihistamine good for itching and swelling due to allergic reactions. This can also be used as a mild sleeping pill. It is available over the counter in 25mg tabs/capsules (adult dose: 50mg).

12. Antifungal cream: Athletes foot or groin fungus is common in hot, moist climates.

13. Diarrhea:
a) Plenty of clear liquids or rehydration solutions as above
b) Imodium – to slow down the peristalsis and cramping
c) Ciprofloxin RX (first choice) or Bactrim RX at the onset [For those of you with children, do not forget liquid or chewable medicines with a knowledge of the proper doses.]

14. Motion Sickness: Dramamine or meclizine can be gotten without prescription.

15. Decongestant and cough medicine: A long acting decongestant nasal spray, such as Afrin, can be very helpful – especially when flying.

16. Corticosteroid cream or ointment: Get the prescription strength; the OTC is mostly worthless.

17. Fever and pain: Acetominaphen (Tylenol), aspirin, or naproxen or ibuprofen-type for more severe pain, and do not forget the liquid form for the children but never aspirin for the children.

18. Antibiotics: All or these are RX. To fit different needs (in addition to allowing for allergic problems), I would recommend several different antibiotics such as the following:
a) Amoxicillin and cephalosporin are good for general use.
b) Ciprofloxacin category is good for diarrheas and certain skin and pulmonary infections.
c) Zithromax (azithromycin) or levofloxicin is good for respiratory infections.

19. Malaria: Ask someone who knows or visit the CDC website to find just what is best for where you are visiting; the treatments vary greatly by country as do the prophylactic (preventative) treatments.

20. A good book on medicine for the lay person like Where there is no Doctor by David
Werner

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Do you have a medical emergency kit?  If so, what other things could you think to keep in that bag?  I would love to hear your thoughts on this subject!  Leave a comment in the comment section so that your thought may help others.

 

[Guest Post] Medical Advice for Missionaries from a Real Doctor

I am not qualified to give medical advice for missionaries.  So, I sought the help of a professional.  Dr. John Oglesbee, M.D., is a good friend of mine from my home town of San Augustine, Texas.  He is our family doctor, and he has been a big blessing to us as missionaries.  I know that if I get in a tight spot medically here in West Afirca, I can call on Dr. Oglesbee, and he will give me a straight answer.  I am so thankful that he has taken his time to give us some great actionable advice in this article.  
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First-time missionaries outside the continental United States frequently have questions they ask about what medical issues they may face in other countries and what they may need to do to prepare for missions trips to other countries.  In the United States of America and other developed nations, good quality, prompt healthcare is something that everybody expects.  If an emergency arises, we expect to be taken care of in a quick and competent fashion.  That is not necessarily the way it is in the developing world.
Questions to ask yourself as a missionary, whether short-term or long-term are as follows:
1.    Have you considered what it is like not to have the best medical care available?
2.    Are you ready to accept less than the best medical care?
3.    Are you prepared to travel great distances to receive care?
4.    Are you prepared to accept the fact that some medical conditions cannot be treated where you serve?
5.    Are you prepared to pay cash up front for your medical care?

I know God is in control of all things, but at the same time He expects us to be wise stewards of our situations in the world.

Often a good medical outcome is related to careful preparation; so any missionary should be prepared as they go overseas.  One thing to consider strongly is health insurance that you can use in the country of your destination.

If at all possible before you go, find out as well who the best providers are in the area that you are visiting and what hospitals are trustworthy hospitals.  It is important to know where you are going to go before the emergency situation arises.

One other possibility is to have a lifeline back to the States where you can talk to a trusted healthcare provider.  It needs to be someone with at least some experience in third-world medicine that has a fairly broad range of medical skills.  They possibly can direct you in care that will not require hospital visits.  There is also a resource that is in book form called Where There Is No Doctor by David D. Warner that I feel every foreign missionary should have on their shelves.

It is also a good idea to have a medical kit with certain medications and medical supplies for more common problems and disorders, including things for fever, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.  Also a good idea is to have rehydration salts for dysentery in that kit and potentially antibiotics depending on where in the world you are visiting.

It is also important to be prepared before you go with immunizations.  Consult the Centers for Disease Control website for the country that you will be visiting for recommended immunizations.  Also that website has a subsite on malaria that goes over malaria prophylaxis if you choose to do that as well. It is a very good idea to have a complete copy of your medical records with you overseas if you have had any significant medical care issues in the past, and enough medication to treat your chronic conditions for whatever period of time it will take you to get back to the United States.

Be sure you carry no medications into a country that are illegal in that country.  One example is some of the Central American countries have a prohibition against Sudafed or Pseudoephedrine, and you can be jailed for having that in your possession.

Remember you are God’s child, and He is really the Great Physician. Health issues can cause a lot of anxiety, but do not panic; you are in good hands!
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This is some great advice for missionaries, new and old alike!

Have you ever found yourself in a life-threatening medical situation in a foreign land?    I would love to hear from you on this subject.  Leave your comments in the comments section and join in on the conversation.  

#027 – Missionary Bill Coley [Podcast]

Missionary Bill Coley was saved in March 1977, at Bible Baptist Church of Jacksonville, Arkansas while stationed there with the Air Force.  His wife Jane had been saved in the same church as a twelve-year-old girl.  They met while working in the bus ministry of the church and were married in August 1978.  After working in the church for a year, they moved to Oklahoma City to attend Oklahoma Baptist College.  After graduating from Bible College, Missionary Bill Coley moved back to Arkansas and was on staff at the church there in Jacksonville for several years.  In 1994, Missionary Bill Coley had a conversation with a missionary who was home on furlough from Kenya. In 1995, Missionary Bill Coley surrendered to the mission field of Kenya and began deputation later that year.

But first let me welcome you back to Missionary on Fire.  I am your host Missionary Joe Consford, and this is the show where we introduce you to missionaries who are on fire for the Lord.   One thing I love to point out is that quote by Charles Spurgeon, “Every Christian is ether a missionary or an imposter!”

We now have published several articles in our series of Missionary on Fire School of Missions.  I hope you will come and learn about missions with me and get involved in the conversations in the comments section below each article.  The list of all of the articles will be found at MissionaryOnFire.com/SchoolOfMissions. We all have so much to learn!  If you have an idea for an article and you would like to be a guest writer on this blog, then go to MissionaryOnFire.com/guestpost to find out more.

During the fifteen years that Missionary Bill Coley and his family have been in Kenya, Missionary Bill Coley has served as the Missionary/Pastor of the church at Tena for 11 ½ years, as well as overseeing two other churches pastored by nationals.  He has also assisted national pastors, many of whom were trained by him, in starting six other churches.  Missionary Bill Coley also has a Bible Institute; thirty-two men and four ladies have graduated from the institute, with several of the men currently pastoring churches.  Missionary Bill Coley has also assisted in teaching in other Bible institutes and colleges across Kenya that are conducted by other missionaries. I really think you are going to enjoy this interview with this Missionary on Fire!

Thank you for taking the time to listen to Missionary on Fire this week.  If you could take a moment to leave a comment about how this week’s missionary testimony has blessed you, I would greatly appreciate it.  To leave a comment on this week’s episode, go to MissionaryOnFire.com/027 , scroll down to the bottom, and leave your comment there.  If you would rather leave the comment on Facebook, you can visit MissionaryOnFire.com/facebook.  If you use twitter, I have already set up a great tweet for you; all you have to do is go to MissionaryOnFre.com/tweet , and there is a tweet ready for you to send.  If you prefer to send a good old e-mail, the address is feedback@missionaryonfire.com.  I cannot wait to hear from you!

That brings us to the end of this week’s episode of Missionary on Fire.  From our mission field to your mission field, have a great week and God bless!

[New Post] Prepare for Your Video Presentation Before Your Survey Trip

One of the most important parts of the deputation process is the video presentation.  I can remember as a boy watching missionary slide shows and wanting to be a missionary to every one of those places.  I think that if you can sit through a video presentation of a foreign mission field and not be stirred up to do something to reach those people, then something is broken!

When I did deputation, not everyone had switched over to video yet.  Most churches did not have a projector; so, I got on EBay and purchased a slide projector for $5.00.  It was a fancy one!  You could put a cassette tape in the side of it, and it would automatically advance to the next slide at a pre-programed “silent beep.”  I wrote a script and recorded my voice, the voice of my pastor, and had a man in the church that worked at the radio station do some voice over work for me.  I was very proud of my sound track.

When I started deputation, I had never been to Africa.  I borrowed some photos from people who had made a mission trip to Ivory Coast.  The photos were not exactly what I wanted, but I made them fit my script.  I went to a photo place and had my photos made into slides.

I put the slides into my carousel and did several trial runs, and then I programed the automatic “silent beeps” onto the cassette.  I tried it out and it worked great!   I remember taking a lunch break and left my carousel sitting on the table while I went to lunch.  When I got back from lunch, I packed up my projector and all of the paraphernalia that went with it and loaded it up into my pick-up truck.  I was so excited about my first meeting!
I got to the church and set up my projector and got the first slide focused on the screen.  When the time came to do the presentation, I asked for the lights to be turned off, and then I pressed play on the projector.  The first minute of my slide show was great, and then it all went down-hill fast.  I soon realized that while I had gone to lunch, my cousin’s two year old daughter had rearranged my slides.  The photo of my pastor was that of a large African pounding fufu.  The photo of my fiancé was that of a little African boy proudly displaying his toy.  People were laughing so hard, and I could not get that thing to stop playing.  I finally just unplugged it!
The best opportunity to prepare for your video presentation is before you leave for your survey trip.  Here is a list of things to do before you leave for your trip.
1.    Write out your script and get it as close to what you would like to project to your prospective supporters.
2.    Envision your show and try to imagine what photos you would like.
3.    Get a good camera!  You will be showing these photos on a very large screen, and poor quality digital photos are not desirable.
4.    Do not use the digital zoom.  Optical zoom is okay, but the digital zoom really takes away from the quality of your photos.   If you want to zoom in, the best zoom is your feet when at all possible – move closer!
5.    Familiarize yourself with your camera.  Learn how to use the basic settings and find out how long the battery will last.
6.    Make sure that the charger for the camera will work in the area where you will be going.  When you look at the power supply for the charger, it should say 100-240v 50/60Hz.  If it does not say this, look for a different option; or even consider getting a different camera.  Having a camera that cannot be charged is like having a boat anchor without a boat.
7.    Try to get some video footage as well.  I have had people give a testimony about how missionaries have been a blessing and the need for the gospel in that country.  You can have the people speak their heart language and then put a translation as subtitles.
8.    Look online for some free photography courses.  The better quality the photos, the more people will see the subject and not our lack of ability to take a good photo.  It never hurts to work on self-improvement.
9.    As soon as you can after your trip arrange your photos and video into a story board.
10.    There are some ministries that will help missionaries put their presentation together. I highly recommend Brother Ron Burke in Oklahoma City.  He has done two presentations for me, and they were superb!  You can contact him via e-mail at vidmissionary@gmail.com.
We all have room for improvement in our presentation!  There will always be a way in which we could take what we do to the next level.  What are some of your recommendations for new missionaries in preparing for their presentation before they go on a survey trip?  I would love to hear from you on this subject.  Leave your comments in the comments section and join in on the conversation.

[Guest Post] Take a Trusted Advisor on your Survey Trip

This is our first guest post by Andrew Aaron.  He and his wife Emily have been missionaries in Ghana since 2009.  I can remember when Andrew and Emily came on their survey trip in 2006.  They even had a meal with us at our house.  We had been evacuated from Ivory Coast and were in Ghana temporarily at that time; we filled in for another missionary family while they went on furlough and then returned to Ivory Coast. I remember talking to Dr. Wilson and Brother Brewster, and they told me that they had come on the survey trip to help their missionary be able to make some important decisions.  I am so thankful for the friendship with Andrew and Emily, and I am very glad that they were able to bring their advisors along with them on their survey trip.  

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I want to talk about the importance of a good survey trip.   I visited Ghana on a short-term medical mission trip when I was eighteen, but my wife had never been to Ghana.  We started planning our survey trip at the beginning of our deputation process.  I really thought it was important for my wife to see the mission field before we fully committed ourselves to the field.  I knew it would probably be harder for my wife to adjust than myself.  She is the one that has to cook, shop, wash, clean, and school our kids all in a completely different setting than what she was used to.  I try to be a realist about living on the mission field.  I thought it was important to show my wife what she was committing to.

Looking back, I can see that the biggest blessing of our survey trip was the men who went with us.  We were able to go with two of the men from my home church.  Billy Brewster and Dr. Rob Wilson planned a medical missions clinic with some of the missionaries that I wanted to visit.  Doctor Wilson is a dentist that takes a lot of short term medical missions trip around the world.  Billy Brewster was a contractor, a farmer, and a youth leader who had ministered to the teens of our church for the past twenty years.   Bro. Billy is now a pastor.  He is still a close friend and one of my main spiritual advisers.   They wanted to go on this trip for my sake.  The main purpose was for Emily and I to have a survey trip, and the secondary purpose was for us to get to minister to the people of Ghana medically.

I knew it was God’s will for me to first work with another missionary.   My survey trip, in my mind, would determine who I would work with when I arrived on the field.   We were able to see six different missionary families on our survey trip.  My choosing who we would work with was a very big step for us.   It would determine where we would live, and it would determine what we would be taught for our first years on the mission field.   I was determined to list the pros and cons of these missionaries, pray over it, and make my decision.  I wanted a plan for the pastors back in the States.  I knew it would help us raise our support on deputation if I had a plan about where we were going to live and work for our first term.

Our three week survey trip was going well.  We had visited a lot of missionaries, and the doctors had treated a lot of medical patients.  In the end, this medical missions/survey trip had been a bigger blessing than I first thought.  The medical clinics were hard work and put the missionaries in stressful situations.   We were able to see how they acted under stress.   We finished our trip and headed home.  I was really glad to leave.   In my opinion, mission trips are always harder than actually living on the mission field.   When you are able to move to the field and set up your home, it is easier to live than on a missions trip in which you are constantly on the move.

After the trip, the two men from my church wanted to sit down and talk about the trip.  I was ready to pick the missionary that I thought was the best, finish deputation, and get back to Ghana.   Bro. Billy and Bro. Rob asked me what I thought about the trip.  After I was finished, they told me what they saw on our survey trip.  Wow! Some of the things that they were saying about the missionaries on the survey trip were different than how I had seen them.   To be honest, I was very discouraged after this meeting.  I thought that they were being a little hard about some things.  In fact, they did not have peace about any of the missionaries that we worked with on the trip.

I had a decision to make.  I could respect them and listen to the counsel of these two men and all the years of wisdom, or I could just pick a missionary because that is what I thought would get me to the mission field the fastest.  I listened to the two wise men that God had given me in my life.  I was twenty three at the time and realized that they understood people better than I did.  God really used them in my life.

I did all but two months of my deputation not knowing where I was going to be working.  This was a little hard when pastors would ask me where we were going to work, but God had a plan.  God led me to another missionary that I did not even know at the time of my survey trip.  We have been working here with him since coming to Ghana.

Since I have come to the field, the other ministry that I first was thinking about has really had problems.   God saved me from a lot of problems because I had two wise men on my survey trip with me.   They saw things a little bit deeper and a little differently than a twenty-three-year-old did.  Planning, praying, and getting Godly counsel is never time lost!

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The Bible says that in the multitude of counselors there is safety.  I firmly believe that.  Did someone go with you on your survey trip?  I would like to know what you think about this topic.  Please join in the conversation in the comment section below this article.

#026 – Missionary Dan Rabe [Podcast]

Missionary Dan Rabe went to the mission field when he was one year old.  His parents were New Tribes Missionaries in Senegal and he has followed in their foot steps.

DanRabe zps2423fb49 #026   Missionary Dan Rabe [Podcast]But first, let me welcome you back to Missionary on Fire. I am your host, Missionary Joe Consford, and this is the show where we introduce you to missionaries who are on fire for the Lord. One thing I love to point out is that quote by Charles Spurgeon, “Every Christian is ether a missionary or an imposter!”

The first article in our series of Missionary on Fire School of Missions has been published . I hope you will come and learn about missions with me and get involved in the conversations in the comments section below each article. The list of all of the articles will be found at MissionaryOnFire.com/SchoolOfMissions. We all have so much to learn! If you have an idea for an article and you would like to be a guest writer on this blog, then go to MissionaryOnFire.com/guestpost to find out more.

Missionary Dan Rabe has an amazing testimony.  He and his brother were swimming in Senegal when he was eight years old and his ten year old brother was eaten by a crocodile.

Thank you for taking the time to listen to Missionary on Fire this week. If you could take a moment to leave a comment about how this week’s testimony by a pastor with a heart for missions has blessed you, I would greatly appreciate it. To leave a comment on this week’s episode, go to MissionaryOnFire.com/025 , scroll down to the bottom, and leave your comment there. If you would rather leave the comment on Facebook, you can visit MissionaryOnFire.com/facebook. If you use twitter, I have already set up a great tweet for you; all you have to do is go to MissionaryOnFre.com/tweet , and there is a tweet ready for you to send. If you prefer to send a good old e-mail, the address is feedback@missionaryonfire.com. I cannot wait to hear from you!

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Don’t forget about Joe’s Podcast; go to MissionaryOnFire.com/joespodcast. In Joe’s Podcast, our goal is to help you build a better relationship with us as missionaries. You can call and ask questions on our voice mail; we will play that recording and answer your question in one of the upcoming episodes. If you play one of our episodes in your Sunday School class and then have your students ask questions on our voice mail, then you can play the answers in your class and the students will hear their voice and my answer to their question. It goes a long way to help children get a burden for missions when a missionary takes time to answer their questions. Try it out and see what I am talking about! The voice mail number is (936) 553-5234, or if you prefer to send your question by e-mail, the address is feedback@consfords.com.

That brings us to the end of this week’s episode of Missionary on Fire. From our mission field to your mission field, have a great week and God bless!

[New Post] 4 More Reasons Why a New Missionary Should Take a Survey Trip

Just before we were scheduled to go on our survey trip, one of our supporting churches gave us a love offering that covered the exact amount that we still needed to be able to make the trip. Wow! I have learned that God provides a way to do what He wants us to do. One little boy even broke his piggy bank and sent us an envelope with $1.67 in change, mostly pennies. He did put a $0.28 stamp on it. I guess the biggest miracle in this story is that the post office did not return the envelope for insufficient postage. We really did enjoy our survey trip, and I believe it was one of the biggest learning curves in our lives. We returned from our four week survey trip with a greater zeal to reach the mission field as quickly as possible. Here are four more reasons why I am glad we took a survey trip:

1. The survey trip allowed us to learn first-hand how to answer questions from prospective supporting churches.

As I said in the last post, we had already been traveling for several months before we went on our survey trip. We were able to write down all of the questions that we had been asked that we did not have an answer for, and then we were able to find out the answers to those questions while on the field. After our survey trip, we had a much better reception at prospective churches; and I believe that the main reason is that we were able to tell our own stories about what we had seen with our own eyes.

2. The survey trip allowed us the ability to prepare a better visual presentation that addressed many of the questions that pastors had been asking.

We took hundreds of photos while we were on our survey trip. We wrote a script for our presentation while we were there, and we tried to answer as many of the most popular questions that we had been asked in the presentation itself. I can tell you that I do not know how that presentation affected others; but every time I saw it on deputation, it made me want to go to the field right away.

3. The survey trip allowed my wife to see the kind of things that she was interested in. I am so thankful that the Lord provided a way for my wife to go on this survey trip.

I firmly believe that it was more important for her to go and see where we would be living than it was for me. I can eat anything, sleep anywhere, and talk to anyone. My wife is not like that at all. She was able to go to the market, the local grocery stores, and the big supermarkets in town and see what she would need to do to prepare the kinds of food that she enjoys making.

4. The survey trip allowed us to see the local economy and helped us to better prepare to pack our container with useful things.

We were able to see the kind of furniture that could be purchased and what was not available. We were able to see the vehicles so that we would know how to prepare for our transportation needs. It was nice to be able to write a list of things we would need to bring in a container. That list made things so much easier. Did you take a survey trip? I would love to hear from you about what the biggest lesson was that you learned from the trip. Please leave your comments to this article in the comment section below so that we can all join in on this conversation and so that future missionaries can benefit from our discussion.

#025 – Pastor Jerald Chadwick [Podcast]

Pastor Jerald Chadwick is one of my favorite pastors in America.  He has a heart for missions that will encourage anyone to get on fire for the Lord!

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But first, let me welcome you back to Missionary on Fire.  I am your host, Missionary Joe Consford, and this is the show where we introduce you to missionaries who are on fire for the Lord.   One thing I love to point out is that quote by Charles Spurgeon, “Every Christian is ether a missionary or an imposter!”

The first article in our series of Missionary on Fire School of Missions has been published .  I hope you will come and learn about missions with me and get involved in the conversations in the comments section below each article.  The list of all of the articles will be found at MissionaryOnFire.com/SchoolOfMissions. We all have so much to learn!  If you have an idea for an article and you would like to be a guest writer on this blog, then go to MissionaryOnFire.com/guestpost to find out more.

Pastor Jerald Chadwick was saved from a life of alcohol and violence in 1966.  He has been serving the Lord full time since 1968.  In that time, he has planted four churches and pastored a few others.  I really think you are going to enjoy this interview with a pastor that has the heart of a Missionary on Fire!

 

Thank you for taking the time to listen to Missionary on Fire this week.  If you could take a moment to leave a comment about how this week’s testimony by a pastor with a heart for missions has blessed you, I would greatly appreciate it.  To leave a comment on this week’s episode, go to MissionaryOnFire.com/025 , scroll down to the bottom, and leave your comment there.  If you would rather leave the comment on Facebook, you can visit MissionaryOnFire.com/facebook.  If you use twitter, I have already set up a great tweet for you; all you have to do is go to MissionaryOnFre.com/tweet , and there is a tweet ready for you to send.  If you prefer to send a good old e-mail, the address is feedback@missionaryonfire.com.  I cannot wait to hear from you!

MissionaryOnFire.com is sending out a monthly newsletter.  This newsletter includes all of the interviews for the month as well as all of the articles from Missionary on Fire School of Missions.  If you would like to sign up for the newsletter, you may do so by going to MissionaryOnFire.com/subscribe.  You do not want to miss a single episode.

Don’t forget about Joe’s Podcast; go to MissionaryOnFire.com/joespodcast.  In Joe’s Podcast, our goal is to help you build a better relationship with us as missionaries.  You can call and ask questions on our voice mail; we will play that recording and answer your question in one of the upcoming episodes.  If you play one of our episodes in your Sunday School class and then have your students ask questions on our voice mail, then you can play the answers in your class and the students will hear their voice and my answer to their question.  It goes a long way to help children get a burden for missions when a missionary takes time to answer their questions.  Try it out and see what I am talking about!  The voice mail number is (936) 553-5234, or if you prefer to send your question by e-mail, the address is feedback@consfords.com.

That brings us to the end of this week’s episode of Missionary on Fire.  From our mission field to your mission field, have a great week and God bless!

[New Post] Four Reasons why a new missionary should take a survey trip

In June of 2001, my wife and I embarked on our survey trip.  I had never flown on an airliner before.  I had never had a passport.  I guess it goes without saying that I was out of my element.  I did not really know the missionaries we were going to see.  I had read their prayer letters and had heard them speak in my church, but I did not have a relationship with these people.

I can remember as we flew over the Sahara Desert watching out of the window of that airliner as the desert sands changed to the savannah of northern Ivory Coast and then to the lush green forest of the south.  I knew that God had called me to West Africa, and I was so excited about getting to see that country for the first time.  As I write these words, tears are once again streaming down my face as I remember how I got goose bumps on the back of my neck as we made our final approach into Abidjan.  I could see millions of people going about their daily lives, and I knew that God had called me to reach those people with the gospel in your place.

Here are four of the eight reasons I am so glad that my wife and I went on a survey trip.

1.    The survey trip increased our urgency to get to the field.

While on our survey trip, we were able to visit a village near the church where we would be working during our first term.  We went on a walking tour of that village.  We met the village chief, and he asked us how soon we would be coming to his village to start a church.  We were ready to call all of the churches we were scheduled to be in on deputation and tell them that we were not going to return to the States and that they should prayerfully consider taking us on for support.  We did not do that; I am so glad we were able to do deputation and build relationships with our supporters.

2.    The survey trip increased our desire to learn the language of the people.

I love to talk to people!  Using an interrupter (better known as an interpreter) really cramped my style.  There were so many stories I wanted to tell and so many stories that I wanted to learn, but I could not because I did not understand the language.  I determined right then that no matter what I was going to learn to communicate with the people.

3.    The survey trip allowed us to get to know the missionaries with whom we would be working.

It is so important that we as missionaries get along.  I have seen how problems between missionaries have undone years of labor.  Most missionaries are very opinionated and are always ready to defend their position.  I am so glad that I was able to see this first hand and learn that the method is not a point of contention.  The message is what we should be focusing on.

4.    The survey trip allowed us to develop a plan for our first term.

While on our survey trip, my wife and I took a lot of notes, and we discussed opportunities we saw.   Then, we were able to discuss these opportunities with the veteran missionaries who were on site.  This allowed us to have a “game plan” that we could present to our prospective supporters as we traveled on deputation.   We had already done some traveling before we went on the survey trip, and I saw a huge advantage in being able to tell the churches what we planned on doing in our first term after we had been on the survey trip.

This is just the first article in a two part series.  In the next article, we will continue this discussion with four more reasons I am glad that I was privileged to take a survey trip.

What is one thing you wish you would have done on your survey trip?   I value your input on this subject!  Please join in the conversation in the comments section below.

#024 – Missionary Ted Veer – SIM [Podcast]

Missionary Ted Veer is a great story teller.  He was saved in 1941 and went to the mission field in 1955.  He served as a missionary in Ethiopia from 1955 until 1976.  I just loved getting to talk to him, and you will love the story of this Missionary on Fire.

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But first, let me welcome you back to Missionary on Fire.  I am your host Missionary Joe Consford, and this is the show where we introduce you to missionaries who are on fire for the Lord.   One thing I love to point out is that quote by Charles Spurgeon, “Every Christian is ether a missionary or an imposter!”

The first article in our series of Missionary on Fire School of  Missions has been published .  I hope you will come and learn about missions with me and get involved in the conversations in the comments section below each article.  The list of all of the articles will be found at MissionaryOnFire.com/SchoolOfMissions. We all have so much to learn!  If you have an idea for an article and you would like to be a guest writer on this blog, then go to MissionaryOnFire.com/guestpost to find out more.

I hope you enjoy this conversation with Missionary Ted Veer.

 

Thank you for taking the time to listen to Missionary on Fire this week.  If you could take a moment to leave a comment about how this week’s missionary testimony has blessed you, I would greatly appreciate it.  To leave a comment on this week’s episode, go to MissionaryOnFire.com/024 , scroll down to the bottom, and leave your comment there.  If you would rather leave the comment on Facebook, you can visit MissionaryOnFire.com/facebook.  If you use twitter, I have already set up a great tweet for you; all you have to do is go to MissionaryOnFre.com/tweet , and there is a tweet ready for you to send.  If you prefer to send a good old e-mail, the address is feedback@missionaryonfire.com.  I cannot wait to hear from you!

MissionaryOnFire.com is now starting to send a monthly newsletter.  This newsletter will include all of the interviews for the month as well as all of the articles from Missionary on fire School of Missions.  If you would like to sign up for the newsletter, you may do so by going to MissionaryOnFire.com/subscribe.  You do not want to miss a single episode.

Don’t forget about Joe’s Podcast; go to MissionaryOnFire.com/joespodcast.  In Joe’s Podcast, our goal is to help you build a better relationship with us as missionaries.  You can call and ask questions on our voice mail; we will play that recording and answer your question in one of the upcoming episodes.  If you play one of our episodes in your Sunday School class and then have your students ask questions on our voice mail, then you can play the answers in your class and the students will hear their voice and my answer to their question.  It goes a long way to help children get a burden for missions when a missionary takes time to answer their questions.  Try it out and see what I am talking about!  The voice mail number is (936) 553-5234, or if you prefer to send your question by e-mail, the address is feedback@consfords.com.

That brings us to the end of this week’s episode of Missionary on Fire.  From our mission field to your mission field, have a great week and God bless!

[New Post] Introducing Missionary on Fire School of Missions

What is Missionary on Fire School of Missions?  Let me explain what this is and I hope that you will prayerfully join in our conversations to promote missions through this online school of missions which will be a school of missions by veteran missionaries for new and aspiring missionaries.

Our goal with Missionary on Fire Podcast is to encourage men and women to get on fire for the Lord in these end times.  I cannot wait to hear from someone that has listened to the show to give a testimony that they were listening to a veteran missionary and God touched their heart and called them to go somewhere where they could tell someone who would have never heard the Gospel.

Then, I thought about all of the wisdom that is being shared by these great missionaries.  They have been over the mountain and through the woods; and they have learned so much about missions.  I get the privilege of talking with them and then listening to their words of wisdom multiple times as I edit the audio and prepare the show notes for each show.  It sure would be nice to have an online course for missionaries on how to do things.

I have had a burden for a while to have a “how to” kind of blog for missionaries.  I am calling it, Missionary on Fire School of Missions. I am not saying that I know how to do everything!  I am however after almost fifteen years getting pretty good at how not to do things.  I believe that is what Thomas Edison said about inventing the light bulb; when he was asked about his 10,000 failed attempts, he responded, “I have not failed 10,000 times, but rather I have discovered 10,000 ways that this will not work.”  So, I am going to do some series of blog posts about different areas in the life of a missionary.  Some of the articles I will write myself and in areas that I am not qualified or I have seen someone do something much better, I will ask people to write an article on that subject.

I will be posting these articles each week; and then in our monthly newsletter, I will put all of the articles together so that you can use them as you see fit.  It is my hope that you would share these articles with people in your life.

Starting this week, every Tuesday, the Lord willing, I will be sharing one of these articles with you whether it is written by myself or by a guest writer.  If you have a burden to write about something concerning missions, please contact me at feedback@missionaryonfire.com. If you have more questions about being a guest writer for Missionary on Fire, then please refer to the instructions about guest posts at MissionaryOnFire.com/guestpost.

As I said before, I will be developing these articles topic by topic; if there is a specific topic you would like for us to address, please e-mail me at the same address, and I will prayerfully consider your request.

In closing, I would like to ask you to prayerfully consider joining in on these conversations through the comment section that can be found below each post.  I just know that the Lord is going to use Missionary on Fire School of Missions in a mighty way!

Encore Episode – #002 – Frank Drown

th FrankMarieDrown zpscf9d7791 Encore Episode   #002   Frank DrownIt is my great privilege to introduce you to Frank and Marie Drown! They have been friends of my family for many years, and I am honored to have them as the first guests on Missionary on Fire!

Frank and Marie Drown went to the mission field in 1944, and have done great things for the Lord in these many years. Frank was influential in the the call of God on the life of Roger Youderian. Frank and Roger worked side by side for several years. When Operation Auca seemed to have failed with the deaths of Nate Saint, Jim Elliot, Pete Fleming, Ed McCully, and Roger Youderian, Frank was the one who was called to search for their bodies. It was Frank who prayed and read the Word of God over their hastily dug graves in the jungles of Ecuador. Frank and Marie worked closely with the wives of these men as they worked to reach the headhunters of Ecuador.

I hope you enjoy this interview as much as I did!

Quote:
“Knowing the need of a people that are lost and have no Bible or anyone telling them about the Gospel is enough to make you want to leave home, learn a language, and communicate the Gospel to the people who need it most.” – Missionary Frank Drown

Bible Verse:
Matthew 28:18-20
18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Failure and Lessons:
Listen as Missionary Frank Drown tells about his first attempt to preach the Gospel to a group of headhunters. He started to tell them about John 3:16 but could not keep their attention. He was able to reach them, but you have to hear him tell how he was able to communicate the Gospel to these people.

Memories:
He has fond memories of many experiences, and he tells us one of his favorites about Chief Santiago! Listen to Missionary Frank Drown tell us how the Gospel changed this man’s life.

Can you tell us about the moment you realized why God called you to the mission field?
Missionary Frank Drown thanks God for his childhood experiences of fox hunting and for being short.

Goals as a missionary:
Missionary Frank Drown tells about how the introduction of Missions Aviation greatly improved his ability to reach more people with the gospel. Marie tells us about their prayer that the headhunters would quit headhunting and how Chief Santiago was instrumental in the peace coming to the jungle!

What if you were a young person today and felt God calling you to the mission field?
Missionary Frank Drown tells about how he would prepare to go to the mission field.

Resources:
Through Gates of Splendor

Mission to the Headhunters

John and Betty Stam: A story of triumph

J. Hudson Taylor God’s Man in China

The Life and African Exploration of David Livingstone

Contact:
You can contact them to order their books, which I highly recommend reading. Frank is a great story teller! The names of their books are Mission to the Head Hunters and Unmarked Memories.

Frank and Marie Drown
fdrown@avmi.org
(816) 348-7952
http://missiontotheheadhunters.com/

Farewell:
Study God’s Word and ask God to speak to us and then just be surrendered to do the will of God no matter where He sends you.

Thank you for taking the time to listen to Missionary on Fire this week. If you could take a moment to leave a comment about how this week’s missionary testimony has blessed you, I would greatly appreciate it. To leave a comment on this week’s episode, go to MissionaryOnFire.com/002, scroll down to the bottom, and leave your comment there. If you would rather leave the comment on Facebook, you can visit MissionaryOnFire.com/facebook. If you use twitter, I have already set up a great tweet for you; all you have to do is go to MissionaryOnFre.com/tweet , and there is a tweet ready for you to send. If you prefer to send a good old e-mail, the address is feedback@missionaryonfire.com. I cannot wait to hear from you!

MissionaryOnFire.com is now starting to send a monthly newsletter. If you would like to sign up for the newsletter, you may do so by going to MissionaryOnFire.com/subscribe. You do not want to miss a single episode.

Don’t forget about Joe’s Podcast; go to MissionaryOnFire.com/joespodcast. In Joe’s Podcast, our goal is to help you build a better relationship with us as missionaries. You can call and ask questions on our voice mail; we will play that recording and answer your question in one of the upcoming episodes. If you play one of our episodes in your Sunday School class and then have your students ask questions on our voice mail, then you can play the answers in your class and the students will hear their voice and my answer to their question. It goes a long way to help children get a burden for missions when a missionary takes time to answer their questions. Try it out and see what I am talking about! The voice mail number is (936) 553-5234, or if you prefer to send your question by e-mail, the address is feedback@consfords.com.

That brings us to the end of this week’s episode of Missionary on Fire.

From our mission field to your mission field, have a great week and God bless!

Missionary Joe Consford

 

#023 – Mrs. Rick Martin [Podcast]

Missionary Rick Martin is one of the best missionaries of our time.  From his ministry, there have been more than 1,400 churches planted all around the world.  Behind every exceptional man, there is a great woman.  Today it is our privilege to have Mrs. Rick Martin as our guest on Missionary on Fire!

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But first, let me welcome you back to Missionary on Fire.  I am your host, Missionary Joe Consford; and this is the show where we introduce you to missionaries who are on fire for the Lord.   One thing I love to point out is that quote by Charles Spurgon, “Every Christian is ether a missionary or an imposter!”

I have an exciting announcement!  I want to introduce Missionary on Fire School of Missions! Each week, we are going to publish a blog post right here on MissionaryOnFire.com.  As I have been on the mission field, many times I have said, “They did not cover this issue in the missions classes!”  Do not get me wrong; I am very thankful for the education I received at Oklahoma Baptist College!  I could not have had a better Missions teacher than Dr. Andy Busch.  I would highly recommend Oklahoma Baptist College to any young person who feels God calling them to the mission field.  These articles are meant as a supplement to a good Bible College course on missions, and it is my prayer that these articles will encourage young people to get on fire for missions.  I will be talking about specific topics, and I will be asking other missionaries and professionals to help write articles that will help teach us something about these topics.  The first article will be published on Tuesday August 6, 2013.  I hope you will come and learn about missions with me and get involved in the conversations in the comments section below each article.  If you have an idea for an article or a series of articles, please email me at feedback@missionaryonfire.com. If you would like to be a guest writer on this blog, go to MissionaryOnFire.com/guestpost to find out more.

Mrs. Rick Martin and my wife have something special in common.  They were both at one time a secretary for Dr. Jim Vineyard.  Mrs. Martin wrote one of the best books on missions that I have ever read.  To Cross the Widest Ocean is no longer in print; you can buy a used copy on amazon.com for over $200 from an independent book dealer.   I am glad that I already have a copy.  I am sure that you can find a copy somewhere for less money.   I highly recommend this book.

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I just found out you can order To Cross the Widest Ocean for $18.00 by clicking here.

I hope you enjoy this conversation between my wife and Mrs. Rick Martin.

Bible Verse:

2 Corinthians 5:17 – “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

Quote:

“My work is not done, and until it is done I am immortal.”

(from a book entitled Dauntless Woman) quote by a missionary to Africa 150 years ago

Failure and Lessons:

Mrs. Rick Martin tells us that their daughter Rachel was born with a serious heart problem.  They were told that she would probably not survive the long flight back to the States.  They learned many lessons through all of that.

She also tells some funny things about sharing part of their house – a refrigerator that smelled like fish, food that came up missing, clothes that had to be washed by hand, etc.

What is your most treasured memory from your life on the mission field?

Some of Mrs. Rick Martin’s most treasured memories are the salvation of her father, the salvation of her children the salvation of her grandson, and the salvation of many Filipino people.

Can you tell us about the moment you realized why God called you to the mission field?

Mrs. Rick Martin has not quit.  She knows that she is weak, and it is only by God’s grace that she has stayed on the mission field.

What are your current goals and what steps are you taking to achieve those goals?

Mrs. Rick Martin wakes up early and starts her day with devotions.  She has different ministry responsibilities as well, but a daily walk with God is so important.

 What if you were a young person today and felt God calling you to the mission field?

Attend Bible College and do everything possible to prepare yourself for the Lord’s service.

Resources:

Strand Study Bible

Contact:

E-mail: martinsibc@yahoo.com

Website: martinsibc.jimdo.com

Farewell:

Do we love God? Let’s love Him enough and love people enough to go into all the world with the gospel.

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Thank you for taking the time to listen to Missionary on Fire this week.  If you could take a moment to leave a comment about how this week’s missionary testimony has blessed you, I would greatly appreciate it.  To leave a comment on this week’s episode, go to MissionaryOnFire.com/023, scroll down to the bottom, and leave your comment there.  If you would rather leave the comment on Facebook, you can visit MissionaryOnFire.com/facebook.  If you use twitter, I have already set up a great tweet for you; all you have to do is go to MissionaryOnFre.com/tweet , and there is a tweet ready for you to send.  If you prefer to send a good old e-mail, the address is feedback@missionaryonfire.com.  I cannot wait to hear from you!

MissionaryOnFire.com is now starting to send a monthly newsletter.  If you would like to sign up for the newsletter, you may do so by going to MissionaryOnFire.com/subscribe.  You do not want to miss a single episode.

Don’t forget about Joe’s Podcast; go to MissionaryOnFire.com/joespodcast.  In Joe’s Podcast, our goal is to help you build a better relationship with us as missionaries.  You can call and ask questions on our voice mail; we will play that recording and answer your question in one of the upcoming episodes.  If you play one of our episodes in your Sunday School class and then have your students ask questions on our voice mail, then you can play the answers in your class and the students will hear their voice and my answer to their question.  It goes a long way to help children get a burden for missions when a missionary takes time to answer their questions.  Try it out and see what I am talking about!  The voice mail number is (936) 553-5234, or if you prefer to send your question by e-mail, the address is feedback@consfords.com.

That brings us to the end of this week’s episode of Missionary on Fire.  From our mission field to your mission field, have a great week and God bless!

 

#022 – Missioanry Wesley Hutchens, Sr. [Podcast]

Missionary Wesley Hutchens, Jr., is one of our supporting pastors.  He is the pastor of People’s Baptist Church in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada.  Please pray for Brother Wesley Hutchens, Jr.!  He just found out he has colon cancer.  His father was a missionary in Jamaica for over 26 years.

But first let me welcome you back to Missionary on Fire.  I am your host Missionary Joe Consford, and it is my privilege to get to spend this time with you each week.  God has been doing some great things through this program, and I thank you for being a big part of that!  We have been featured in Revival Fires; in the most recent issue, they published the interview with Rick Martin.  Make sure you subscribe to Revival Fires and look for more of our interviews in that great publication by my friend Dr. Dennis Corle.  You can find out more about Revival Fires by going to their website RevivalFiresPub.org.

Missionary Wesley Hutchens, Sr., is now the Western States Director for Macedonia World Baptist Missions, Inc.  He told us in this interview that he knows of more than 100 churches in the Western United States that need a pastor right now.  We need to get on fire for the Lord!

Bible Verse:

John 3:16

John 14

Psalm 25

Missionary Wesley Hutchens’ favorite Bible Story is Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.

Quote:

“Can’t never could do anything if you did not try!”  — Dr. A.C. Carpenter

Failure and Lessons:

Missionary Wesley Hutchens tells us that his biggest failure is his constant fear of failure.

Memories:

Missionary Wesley Hutchens tells us that his most precious memory is that of seeing a man accept Christ who was told that since he was divorced he was doomed to die and go to Hell.

What was the most important milestone you reached in dealing with the people of your mission field?

Missionary Wesley Hutchens tells us you must train nationals if you want your ministry to continue!

Can you tell us about the moment you realized why God called you to the mission field?

Missionary Wesley Hutchens tells us about the trucker who encouraged him to go to the mission field. He also tells us how his plane ticket was marked one-way, no return!

Current Burden:

Missionary Wesley Hutchens tells us about his burden for the Western United States.

Resources:

I, II, III John by John Butler

Contact:

wesleyhutchens@mwbm.org

Farewell:

We need to read Psalm 25 every day as well as one Proverb every day.

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Thank you for taking the time to listen to Missionary on Fire this week.  If you could take a moment to leave a comment about how this week’s missionary testimony has blessed you, I would greatly appreciate it.  To leave a comment on this week’s episode, go to MissionaryOnFire.com/022 , scroll down to the bottom, and leave your comment there.  If you would rather leave the comment on Facebook, you can visit MissionaryOnFire.com/facebook.  If you use twitter, I have already set up a great tweet for you; all you have to do is go to MissionaryOnFre.com/tweet , and there is a tweet ready for you to send.  If you prefer to send a good old e-mail, the address is feedback@missionaryonfire.com.  I cannot wait to hear from you!

MissionaryOnFire.com is now starting to send a monthly newsletter.  If you would like to sign up for the newsletter, you may do so by going to MissionaryOnFire.com/subscribe.  You do not want to miss a single episode.

Don’t forget about Joe’s Podcast; go to MissionaryOnFire.com/joespodcast.  In Joe’s Podcast, our goal is to help you build a better relationship with us as missionaries.  You can call and ask questions on our voice mail; we will play that recording and answer your question in one of the upcoming episodes.  If you play one of our episodes in your Sunday School class and then have your students ask questions on our voice mail, then you can play the answers in your class and the students will hear their voice and my answer to their question.  It goes a long way to help children get a burden for missions when a missionary takes time to answer their questions.  Try it out and see what I am talking about!  The voice mail number is (936) 553-5234, or if you prefer to send your question by e-mail, the address is feedback@consfords.com.

That brings us to the end of this week’s episode of Missionary on Fire.  From our mission field to your mission field, have a great week and God bless!

#021 – Missionary Jimmy Rose [Podcast]

If we could go back to the time when Missionary Jimmy Rose was fifteen years of age, he is the least likely person that we could find to be a Missionary on Fire. He was serving an indefinite sentence in a juvenile prison planning his escape.

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But first, let me welcome you back to Missionary on Fire. I am your host Missionary Joe Consford, and it is my privilege to get to spend this time with you each week. God has been doing some great things through this program, and I thank you for being a big part of that! We have been featured in Revival Fires; in the most recent issue, they published the interview with Rick Martin. Make sure you subscribe to Revival Fires and look for more of our interviews in that great publication by my friend Dr. Dennis Corle. You can find out more about Revival Fires by going to their website, RevivalFiresPub.org.

Missionary Jimmy Rose and his family arrived in Brazil in 1962. He was a faithful servant of the Lord in that country for forty years as a church planter and missionary evangelist. What a great testimony! I know you are just going to love to hear the story of this missionary in his own words.

Bible Verse:

Luke 11:13 – If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?

Quote:

“It is never right to do wrong in order to get a chance to do right!” – Bob Jones Sr.

Failure and Lessons:

Missionary Jimmy Rose tells about the time he took his son to college. Missionary Jimmy Rose thinks that he would have done well to make sure his son was settled into college.

Missionary Jimmy Rose also tells some humorous stories about language mistakes. He was insulting everyone during the invitation.

Memories:

Missionary Jimmy Rose tells us that his most precious memory is that of souls being saved, and he shares some great stories.

What was the most important milestone you reached in dealing with the people of your mission field?

Missionary Jimmy Rose tells us that we must recognize that the nationals are equal with our desire to reach their own people.

Can you tell us about the moment you realized why God called you to the mission field?

Missionary Jimmy Rose gives an honest and humble answer to this question!

Current Burden:

Missionary Jimmy Rose has a goal to encourage young men to go to the mission field!

What if you were a young person today and felt God calling you to the mission field?

• A Filling of the Holy Spirit
• A Broken Heart
• A good grasp of the language

Resources:

Green Leaf in Drought by Isobel Kuhn

Contact:

jimnanrose@aol.com

Farewell:

We need to have the lost souls of men stamped upon our eyeballs!

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