Monthly Archives: May 2013

#015 – Mrs. Billie Sloan [Podcast]

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Mrs. Billie Sloan is this week’s guest on Missionary on Fire. Mrs. Sloan is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. L.H. “Popsi” Ashcraft. Popsi went to Mexico at the age of 44. He had a crippled arm. All of the mission boards had told Popsi that he was too old and that his health was not good enough to go to Mexico. Popsi said that if God called him that he had to go.

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Mrs. Billie Sloan has been a missionary in Mexico for fifty years. She first went to Monterrey, Mexico, as a teenager along with her parents, the Ashcrafts. She received a teaching degree in Mexico. While serving the Lord in Mexico, Doctor Tom Sloan came to visit her parents’ work. Shortly after his trip to Mexico, the Lord called him to be a missionary. The Lord directed them to San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico, to work with the Tzotzil Indians in February 1972. This was a big adjustment for Billie. She and her husband faithfully served the Lord there until Tom graduated to Heaven in December 2004, after battling Parkinson’s disease. Billie continues to serve the Lord in Chiapas with some of her children and their families. She also speaks at ladies’ meetings when she is invited. She has eight children who are all faithfully serving the Lord. Several of them are missionaries in Mexico as well.

Bible Verse:

Nahum 1:7 The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.

Quote:

John 3:30 He must increase, but I must decrease. – This was her husband’s life verse.

Failure and Lessons:

When first getting started in Chiapas, Dr. Tom and Billie Sloan made some mistakes in trying to help another missionary. The lesson that they learned was that it is best to start your own work from scratch.

Mrs. Sloan tells a story about “your house” and how it led them astray as she and her parents were first learning Spanish.

Memories:

Mrs. Billie Sloan’s most precious memory of life on the mission field was meeting her husband when he came to visit her father’s work in Mexico. 

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

Although she was serving with her parents as a missionary, she tells of when God called her specifically to be a missionary.

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

Mrs. Sloan’s most important milestone was when she came to love and care for the Tzotzil Indians.

Current Burden:

Mrs. Sloan currently works with some of her children in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico. She also speaks at ladies’ meetings when she is asked to do so. She enjoys being both a mother and a grandmother.

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

Mrs. Sloan said that if she were a young person today, she would first talk to her pastor.

Resources:

Tom and Me by Billie Sloan

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(This book can be purchased by contacting her son, Joel Sloan, in El Paso, Texas. His e-mail address is sloanjopastor@q.com.)

Contact:

e-mail: mimitomany@hotmail.com

blog: mimitomany.blogspot.com

Farewell:

Start your day with the Lord! Take your personal walk with the Lord very seriously.

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/015 , 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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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!

#014 – Dr. Jack Baskin [Podcast]

This week’s Missionary on Fire is Dr. Jack Baskin. Before he was saved, Dr. Baskin was a combat engineer in the Korean War. God used the time he served the United States of America in a war zone to burden his heart for the Korean people.

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. If you would like to be a blessing to me, this is how you could help Missionary on Fire. Go to MissionaryOnFire.com/itunes and subscribe to the show and leave a good rating and a review. This will help Missionary on Fire be more visible in iTunes and help people be able to find this show quickly.

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You will have to look far and wide to find someone with a greater burden for lost souls than Dr. Jack Baskin! I am so glad he has taken the time to be with us today, and it is my prayer that the Lord will use his story to exhort you to do more for the Lord in these end times!

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:

Matthew 16:24 “Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.”

Failure and Lessons:

Dr. Jack Baskin tells us a story about a trip to the tire shop in Korea.  He tells how God dealt with him about how to treat the Korean people.  Dr. Baskin had the wisdom to speak to God and listen to the leadership of the Holy Spirit!

Dr. Jack Baskin also tells a great story about how his wife would wave to people in Korea.  This waving caused men to have to spend the night at the Baskins’ home.  He advises us to learn the culture because it says to the people, “I am a gentleman; I love you, and I respect your culture.”

Dr. Baskin tells us about his memories of praying over a valley with no Gospel witness.  Today there are churches in every village in that valley!

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

Dr. Jack Baskin tells about watching a farmer plow his field.  He said that he learned that not everything has to be done in an American style.

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

Dr. Jack Baskin tells us that being raised on a farm in a large family was a big blessing on the mission field.  He was able to fix things and adapt to situations in the country of Korea.

Dr. Jack Baskin also tells a great story about the “boats” he used to get to the mission field!   It is amazing how you can use your physical differences to your advantage on the mission field!

Current Burden:

He is working with nationals from Korea and the Philippines to help with underground church planting in Vietnam and in the “Killing Fields” of Cambodia.

One of his greatest burdens is to work with some pastors to get a Spanish Speaking Bible College in the United States to send missionaries from the United States to the lost Spanish speaking people of the world.

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

1.  Go to a simple Bible College that teaches the Whole Word of God.

2.  Learn the use of computers.

3.  Learn English well!

4.  Learn how to learn a language.

5.  Ditch the Hollywood style of dating and find a wife that wants to serve God!

6.  Develop a daily walk with God!

Resources:

Books by Warren Wiersbe

Books by John Phillips

Through the Bible – J. Vernon McGee

Contact:

mjbaskin@aol.com

Farewell:

Make sure you walk with God and never stop winning souls!

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/014, 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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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!

#013 – Missionary Lionel Smith – From Canada to Ireland [Podcast]

Missionary to Ireland, Lionel Smith, is from Dryden, Ontario, Canada.  He went to Ireland as a single missionary in 1984.  I first heard about Missionary Lionel Smith in 1995.  My college roommate had gone to Ireland and spent a summer with the Smith Family.  I always enjoyed the stories of the street preaching in Ireland.

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Ireland is a very hard mission field.  For centuries, the Catholics and the Protestants have been fighting each other.  The only thing worse that being in a fight is being in the middle of the fight.  Baptists are neither Catholics nor Protestants.  I love the Irish people!  I have a burden for their souls, and I am thankful that Missionary Lionel Smith is there in Ireland reaching people with the Gospel!

Bible Verse:

I Corinthians 15:58 – “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.”

Most Difficult moment and Lessons:

Missionary Lionel Smith tells us that the most difficult moment of his life was the death of his 14 year old daughter.  She was born with Cystic Fibrosis, and she died in his arms.  Missionary Lionel Smith tells us how the death of his daughter made him realize how much God loves lost sinners!

Memories:

Missionary Lionel Smith went to Ireland as a single missionary, and he was able to win his neighbor lady to Christ.  Now he is married to his Irish convert!  God had to send him to the Emerald Isle to give him a wife!

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

Missionary Lionel Smith tells us that every time he gives the Gospel to an Irish person, he thinks to himself that this is why God called him to Ireland.

Current Burden:

He would like to have 100 people in church by the end of the year, and to reach this goal he is going door to door in neighborhoods putting a Gospel tract in each home and then praying for every home that they reach.  By the end of the year, he would like to have placed twelve Gospel tracts in each home in their targeted neighborhoods.  They are also having special visitor campaigns at church.  This year, he is going to pass out 10,000 John and Romans in their city.

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

1.  Talk to your pastor!

2.  Take your pastor’s council!

Resources:

To the Golden Shore – Courtney Anderson

Contact:

lionels@eircom.net

http://www.calvarybaptistcork.com/

Farewell:

Never quit!  Never give up!

Galatians 6:9 “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”

Missionary Lionel Smith tells us that he went to Ireland to be a reaper, but God wanted him to be a sower.  He organized a campaign to put a Gospel tract in every home in Ireland!  That is amazing!  Have you put a tract in every home in your town?  We need to sow so that the reaping can take place in God’s time!

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/013, 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.  Is God calling you to be a missionary to Ireland?

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

#012 – Rex Cobb – Baptist Bible Translators Institute [Podcast]

Brother Rex Cobb went to Columbia as a missionary in the early 1970’s.  He later was a missionary in Mexico working to reach the Indian people of Mexico.

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For the last fourteen years, Brother Rex Cobb has been the director of Baptist Bible Translators Institute in Bowie, Texas.  He is doing his best to help new missionaries be prepared to get to the field and learn the heart language of the people God has called them to reach!

 

Bible Verse:

Matthew 9:37-38 – “Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few;  Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.”

Quote:

“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose!” – Jim Elliot

Failure and Lessons:

Brother Rex Cobb tells the story of a town drunk.  He wonders if he had taken the weight of the value of that man’s soul more seriously if he would have been able to win that man to Christ.

Cross-cultural mistake:

Brother Cobb tells about a language mistake that he learned that he had made over two years after he had preached a sermon.  To wean the child or to cut him in pieces, that is the question!

Memories:

Brother Rex Cobb tells about moving into a Mexican Indian village and listening to people talk on the street in front of his house.  He could not understand what they were saying, but he knew that those were the people God had called him to reach.

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

His most important milestone was leaving people with the Word of God and seeing them go on to reach their own people with the Gospel.

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

Brother Cobb tells about preaching in a mission in downtown Detroit on a cold night!  Listen as he tells how God showed him that he had been created to proclaim the Gospel.

Current Burden:

Brother Cobb talks about his call to be the director of Baptist Bible Translators Institute.  He is focused on building the Advanced Missionary Training to equip young missionaries to go to the mission field and be prepared to learn the language and translate Scriptures.

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

Brother Cobb tells us that a young person should surrender to the will of God and then begin looking at the uttermost and ask himself how he could fit into God’s plan.  He then goes on to give us some great actionable advice.

Resources:

The Lord’s of the Earth – Don Richardson

Peace Child – Don Richardson

Contact:

info@baptisttransloators.com

Website:

www.baptisttranslators.com

Farewell:

Time is short!  We need to be faithful soldiers!

#011- Missionary Pat Russell

Missionary Pat Russell was one of the missionaries that we worked with in Ivory Coast.  He is one of my good friends.  Of all the missionaries I know, Pat Russell understands the African culture better than any other foreigner   He is able to talk to Africans in a way that makes them open up, and he is able to give them the Gospel message in a way that speaks to their heart.

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Pat’s brother, Jeff Russell, led Him to the Lord in 1980.  Jeff was saved in Okinawa, in the church that was started by Missionary on Fire Ed Gibson.  He graduated from my Alma mater Oklahoma Baptist College, a ministry of Windsor Hills Baptist Church in Oklahoma City.        

Bible Verse:

Direction – Psalm 32:8 “I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.”

Protection – Isaiah 54:17 “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord.”

Consecration – Psalm 27:1 “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”

Quote:

“In this world of give and take, we need more people to give what it takes.” – Unknown Vietnam Veteran

Failure and Lessons:

Missionary Pat Russell talks about the difficulty in the cultural barriers and how that he felt like he needed a way to “break the ice” with the Africans.  He said, “Better is the end of the thing than the beginning thereof!”

Most memorable cultural blunder:

Missionary Pat Russell corrected his language instructor in front of his family.  Come listen to this story!

Memories:

Missionary Pat Russell tells of working with other missionaries and how his kids have formed relationships with the nationals and other missionaries.

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

Come listen to Missionary Pat Russell tell us how God spoke to him and said, “Mark Layman is not smoking; you are!”

Current Burden:

Missionary Pat Russell tells us that his goals are to plant churches, win people to Christ, and to maintain a good relationship with his supporters.

He tells how in Oklahoma Baptist College he was trained how to win souls, to preach, and to build a church.

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

Missionary Pat Russell tells us that he would be faithful, be a servant, put church first, have fun, never miss soul-winning, and he would street preach.  He said that he would be sure to pray for as many missionaries as he could!  He said that he would train himself for difficult times.  The #1 reason people leave the field is having problems with authority.

Resources:

Perspectives on the World Christian Movement – Rallf D. Winter

Language Acquisition Made Possible – Tom and Elisabeth Brewster

The Self Confrontation Course – John C. Brouger

Contact:

Rs7p@aol.com or fpatrusell@yahoo.com

Farewell:

We need to be focused in on Revival and walking with Christ!  You cannot find a person who is doing that who is not reaching people with the Gospel!

Pat Russell Furlough Video from Joshua Mead on Vimeo.

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/011, 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