Monthly Archives: April 2013

#010 – Missionary Ed Gibson – BIMI

Missionary Ed Gibson went to Japan in 1973.  He was a missionary in Japan and Okinawa for seventeen years working with both nationals and the American Military.

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After he left Japan, Missionary Ed Gibson worked with BIMI as a director where he is still active in encouraging missionaries to remain on the field and young people to surrender their lives to the mission field!

Let’s get into the interview and see how Missionary Ed Gibson’s story can exhort us to do more for the Lord in these end times!

Bible Verse:

II Corinthians 5:17-18 – “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.  And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;”

Quote:

“Anybody can be a fiddler, but it takes time and effort to be a violinist!” – Unknown

Failure and Lessons:

Missionary Ed Gibson tells us why we should seek Godly counsel when we are making decisions!

“All you carrots are sinners!”

He tells a humorous story about a trip to the bank when he assumed he knew what that sign meant!

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

He tells us that his favorite memory is the satisfaction of taking the Gospel to people who would have never heard if he had not gone!

What do you consider to be the most important milestone that you reached in dealing with the people God called you to reach?

Missionary Ed Gibson tells us that his most important milestone was getting to the point where he loved the people for who they are!

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

Missionary Ed Gibson tells us that after twenty years in the ministry, he realized that God had called  Ed Gibson to go to the mission field and not some famous pastor who he was trying to emulate!

Current Burden:

Missionary Ed Gibson tells us that he has a burden to pass along the lessons that God has taught him in the forty-nine years of ministry that God has given him!

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

Missionary Ed Gibson tells us that young people who are called to the mission field should become  two things:

  • Become a servant TODAY!
  • Become a good student of the Word of God and a good academic student!

Resources:

 Mentoring for Mission by Gunter Krallmann

Contact:

 

 eegibson@comcast.net

 

Farewell:

Never give up! It is worth giving your life to God because you have made a difference!

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/010, 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

Eric Chapman Youth Day Camps #009 [Podcast]

Missionary Eric Chapman grew up in the Akron Baptist Temple in Akron, Ohio.  For the last twenty years, he has been a church planter in the country of Moldova in Eastern Europe.

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I was reading BaptistMissionary.info the other day and found this article that mentioned Missionary Eric Chapman.  I had never heard of him before, but this article blessed my heart, and I could see his love for souls and the missionary fire burning in his heart.  I found his e-mail and made contact with him, and I hope this interview will bless you heart.

Missionary Eric Chapman is the founder of EurAsian Baptist Mission, and he is working to establish Day Camps for the youth in areas where  there are Baptist Churches in Moldova, Monrovia, and Siberia.

Bible Verse:

Hebrews 11:6 – “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”

Quote:

“Expect great things from God. Attempt great things for God.” – William Carey

Failure and Lessons:

Missionary Eric Chapman tells how he had a difficult situation while he was a church planter in California and how God taught his so many lessons even before he went to the mission field.

Most memorable cross-cultural mistake:

He tells us that even though we as missionaries make many mistakes, people see that we love them, and they will overlook most of our mistakes!

Memories:

Missionary Eric Chapman tells us that his favorite memory is the experience of starting his first church in Moldova.

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

He tells the story of an elderly lady who cried as she asked him a very direct question!  Listen to her story and let God burden your heart.

Current Burden:

Missionary Eric Chapman tells us how he has big plans for Youth Day Camps in 2014!

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

Missionary Eric Chapman lays out a plan that is both wise and executable, and young missionaries would be wise to heed such good advice!

Resources:

The Power of Prayer by R. A. Torry

Would We See Jesus by Roy Hession

The Calvary Road by Roy Hession

J. Hudson Taylor: God’s Man in China

Contact:

The best way to contact Missionary Eric Chapman is by e-mail:

chapmaneric57@gmail.com

He also has a website:

http://www.eurasianbaptistmission.com

Farewell:

We need to seek God, draw near to God, and take steps of faith beginning where we are.

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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/009, 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

 

#008 – Missionary Rick Martin

Missionary Rick Martin surrendered to go to the Philippines during Pastors’ School at First Baptist Church of Hammond, Indiana, in 1976.  Missionary Bob Hughes was the speaker! Missionary Bob Hughes was dying of cancer, and he was on oxygen as he was preaching.  He only had enough strength to preach for about ten minutes, but during that short message, the Holy Spirit did a mighty work and called many people to missions!

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Missionary Bob Hughes is pictured on the left, and Missionary Rick Martin is pictured on the right.

Missionary Rick Martin says that he has only started one church in the nearly forty years that he has been in the Philippines. However, the Iloilo Baptist Church has sent nationals all over the world to preach the gospel and establish churches. There have been over 1,200 churches started as a result of Missionary Rick Martin’s ministry!

Here are the notes from Missionary Rick Martin’s Interview. Let his story exhort you to do more for the Lord in these end times!

Quote:

“Gentlemen, God has called me to go, and I will go. I will blaze the trail, though my grave may only become a stepping stone that younger men may follow.” – C.T. Studd Missionary to Africa

Bible Verse:

John 9:4 – I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.

Failure and Lessons:

Missionary Rick Martin tried to witness to a drunk man, and the man cussed the missionary.  A few weeks later, that man came to church looking for work, and one of the nationals convinced Missionary Rick Martin to forgive the man and give him a job as a carpenter.  The drunk was gloriously saved and became a great soul-winner for the cause of Christ.  Listen to him tell this story, and you will glean some wisdom on how to learn as a missionary!

Missionary Rick Martin also tells us a great language blooper and a story about a bamboo roof!  You will have to listen to get a good picture in your mind!

Memories:

Missionary Rick Martin tells us about his father-in-law accepting Christ as his Savior at the airport in the Philippines!  Have you ever been thankful that your flight was late?

Currnet Burden:

Missionary Rick Martin tells us that his burden to start churches has never changed; it has only grown. Now, he is working with Filipinos to see churches and Bible Schools started all over the world!

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

“I would go and I would rejoice and I would pray that God would send me to either the Philipiens or Africa!”

Recommended Books:

Missionary Rick Martin tells us that Borden of Yale is his favorite book outside of the Bible.  He told a story about William “Bill” Borden that you can find online on the Yale Standard Archives, about Bill starting a Bible Study in his dorm room that quickly outgrew his room, and by the end of his freshman year at Yale he had over 1,000 students attending his pre-breakfast Bible Study.  One of my favorite quotes from this article on the Yale Standard Archives is, “‘Bill hunts up the worst skunk in College and goes after him,’ said a sailing friend—probably no mean judge of skunks.”

Hudson Taylor God’s Man in China  (The only book Missionary Rick Martin would buy just to read the forward.)

Charles Cowman: Missionary Warrior

Charles Finney

By My Spirit

Contact Information:

The best way to contact Missionary Rick Martin it by e-mail:

martinsibc@yahoo.com

He also has a website:

martinsibc.jimdo.com

Farewell:

In the early part of the 1970’s, Missionary Rick Martin heard Dr. Jack Hyles preach a sermon entitled “Is There a Hell?”  Missionary Rick Martin tells us three things that will motivate us to do more in the are of missions!

  • The End Times!
  • The Love of God!
  • Is there a hell?

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/008, 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

 

#007 – Missionary Bernie Holritz – Battleship out of Mothballs

Can you imagine with me? World War II has just ended. General Douglas MacArthur, a lost man, is telling America that there is a serious need of missionaries in the Far East. Young soldier boys who had just been fighting surrender to go and tell their mortal enemies about the love of God and the forgiveness that is theirs through Jesus Christ. Missionary Bernie Holritz was one of those sailors turned missionary. He went to the field of Japan right after World War II with 125 brand new missionaries.

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In my search for guests for Missionary on Fire, Evangelist Joe West told me about the first missionary that Town East Baptist Church ever took on for support. Brother Joe said that Missionary Bernie Holritz would be a great guest for the show, and he did not lead me astray!  Pictured above is Evangelist Joe West (left) with Missionary Bernie Holritz (right).

Missionary Bernie Holritz went to Japan to plant churches and to start radio stations. He worked in Japan for 18 years, and then for almost 30 years he was the director of Pacific Broadcast Association establishing television and radio stations in Japan.

In this interview, Missionary Bernie Holritz told me that he had open heart surgery a year ago and that the surgery had changed his life. He said that he now feels like “a battleship out of mothballs and recommissioned for service!” He is 91 years old and has a burden for lost souls that should inspire young people to get busy for the cause of Christ!

Bible Verse:
Romans 1:16 – For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

Colossians 2:6 – As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:

Quote:
Luke 2:10 – Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.

Failure and Lessons:
Missionary Bernie Holritz tells us that he got so involved in the ministry that he never learned the language as well as he should have.

Cross-Cultural Mistakes:
Missionary Bernie Holritz tells us that he made a mistake by giving too big of a responsibility to a young Christian because of his lack of language proficiency.

Memories:
Missionary Bernie Holritz tells us about reaching a family in Japan that has been serving the Lord for many years now.

Can you tell us about the moment you realized why God called you to the mission field?
Missionary Bernie Holritz tells us about his experience in the US Navy during World War II and how the Lord cemented his call to missions during that time.

Current Burden:
Missionary Bernie Holrtiz tells us that he is 91 years old and that he has a burden to reach the people with the Gospel where he is. He said that after his open heart surgery he feels like a “Battleship out of Mothballs!”

What if you were a young person today and felt God calling you to the mission field?
Missionary Bernie Holritz tells us that he would jump at the opportunity! Then, he gives us some great actionable advice on what he would do.

Resources:
The Christian Secret of a Happy Life

George Muller of Bristol

A.W. Tozer (Click on this link to see a list of a lot of A.W.Tozer’s books.)

Prayer Life  By Andrew Murray

Contact:
If you would like to contact Missionary Bernie Holritz, the best way is by e-mail:
bernieholritz@gmail.com
Mailing Address:
Bernie Holritz
3200 Lake Johanna Blvd #314
Arden Hills, MN 5511

Farewell:
We need to make ourselves attractive to the lost and draw sinners to Christ in meekness and fear. 1 Peter 3:15 – But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:

Let his story exhort you to do more for the Lord in these end times!

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/007, 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