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YEMEN: A Mustard Seed

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

Source: Wazala, a ministry of SAT-7, August 6, 2013

In his moving account of years serving as a chaplain in the port of Aden, Yemen: Heartbreak and Hope, Peter Crooks recalls a series of conversations that reveal God’s undercover Spirit at work in members of this strongly Islamic society.

“Omar [leaned] forward in the chair opposite me. His hands were loosely clasped and he had a scarf wrapped around his head. He had at least two days of stubble on his chin. He spoke very slowly and deliberately in English, and his dark eyes were fixed intently on my own. ‘Will you baptize us?’ he asked searchingly.

“I had had a hunch that this was where the conversation with he and his friend Mustafa was headed. I hesitated briefly and replied cautiously that to do so might prove a dangerous and costly step for us all. ‘We have read the Bible,’ he responded. ‘We have studied the words of Jesus. He talked about the cross. We are ready to take up the cross. Do not stop us.’”

“I thought about that meeting with the two men and their burning question when, a week later, we were invited to attend a reception on a French naval warship … an unlikely but congenial setting for the lively conversation that unexpectedly opened up on board between myself and senior members of Aden’s security and police services, who had also been invited to the reception, about Yemeni Christians.

“‘Are there many Yemeni Christians?’ came the first question.

“‘Yes,’ I replied. No one asked me how many, and I would have been hard pressed to give a figure if I had been asked to. If I had been, I would have ventured several hundred at least, and it could well be several thousand.

“‘Where are they?’ asked another officer.

“‘Everywhere,’ I said.”

» Full story.

2013 Calendar of Events

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

calendar pagesGreetings!

Interested in what’s coming up for 2013?

As a service to readers, Missions Catalyst compiles and maintains an online calendar of mission-related events across the US and around the world.

Maybe you’d like to attend some of these events or tell a friend about them. Perhaps you’re planning an event of your own and wonder what else might be going on that weekend. Or it could be that you know about an event that would interest other reader and should be added to our calendar! Let us know.

Marti Smith





Behind the scenes at Missions Catalyst

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

Dear Readers,

Do you find Missions Catalyst inspiring, informative, or useful for your ministry? We sure hope so! If you do, maybe you can give us a hand.

Our publication is created and distributed by a small team of volunteers using affordable tools. This keeps production costs very low. We’ve been able to stay afloat since the mid-1990s, despite the economic and organizational storms.

We do, however, need to cover our direct expenses (primarily web hosting, mailing service, and promotion). Those costs add up to about US$1000 a year.

Rather than selling ads, recruiting sponsors, or charging fees, we’re trusting God to supply the funds through (tax-deductible) donations from readers.

If you find yourself able to give, please consider a donation to the Missions Catalyst account with Pioneers. We have a few bills due at the end of this month, so a gift right now would be particularly helpful. Questions? We’d be glad to hear from you.

Much thanks!

Marti Wade | publisher and managing editor

Our Take on Twitter

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

When news stories, articles, events, or resources catch our eye (especially between editions), we often send out links on Twitter. It’s a flexible, efficient, and convenient platform for us. Seems an ideal place for spreading breaking news. So that’s how we use it.

» If you’re interested, follow us on Twitter.

» See also: Missions Catalyst on Facebook.


Opportunities to Volunteer

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

Interested in providing practical help to Missions Catalyst? We could use another team member. Here are some of the tasks involved. If you’d like to discuss volunteering your time and skills in one or more of these areas, let’s talk!

Missions Catalyst Tasks

1. News sleuthing – Read dozens of mission-related news sources looking for stories to highlight in our news digest.

2. Writing articles – Produce monthly, quarterly, or occasional articles on topics related to mission mobilization.

3. Reviewing resources – Look for and learn about materials likely to be useful and interesting to our readers; assess and describe them in a brief but balanced way.

4. Maintaining calendar – Seek out and sift through information about upcoming mission-related events likely to appeal to our readers; post them to online calendar.

5. Copyediting – Polish and organize content provided by writers; prepare all materials for publication.

6. Proofreading – Check links, formatting, style, and grammar.

7. Redistribution – Increase footprint by posting links to our content and other items on social media sites and elsewhere; initiate conversation and interact with those who respond.

8. Tech and design help – Update website look and increase its usability; possibly explore other tools and platforms.

Note: Content submissions are always welcome!

Short Summer Survey – Results

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

Life’s been a bit crazy at Missions Catalyst headquarters (Marti’s house), so we haven’t fully analyzed the results of our survey. But here’s a snapshot of the results. Thanks for all who participated. We’re encouraged!

>> Download Short Summer Survey 2012 – Statistical Report.


Short Summer Survey

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

Dear Readers,

I wonder if you can give five minutes to help us explore how our newsletter is hitting the mark or missing it? We’ve developed a short summer survey that asks for your input on some of our burning questions about how to best serve you.

We’ll analyze the results and share them with Missions Catalyst readers, as well as doing our best to make the needed changes.

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Click on the image above – or this link.

We’d also be glad to hear from you about anything else you’d like to discuss.

Much thanks!


Missions Catalyst 04.11.12 – Practical Mobilization

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

In This Issue: Being honest when you don’t succeed


Quick Poll (Limited to 100 responses)

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

Extra Edition: 2011 Calendar of Mission Events

Friday, December 31st, 2010

In This Issue: Mission Conferences, Classes, and More

  • EVENTS: Current Listing of Mission Conferences, Classes, and More
  • NOTE: Submissions to This Calendar

Here’s what’s on our calendar for the year to come. Additional events will be added along the way and published in Missions Catalyst. Questions, corrections, or submissions? Contact us!