Missions Catalyst Resource Reviews 4.22.15
- BIBLE STUDY: God’s Heart for the Nations
- FOR USE WITH CHILDREN: Fabric Map and Lesson Plans
- BOOK: Missiographics 1.0
- BOOK: Mission Mobilization Fiction?
- EVENTS: May Calendar
In this issue we highlight a new edition of the Bible study God’s Heart for the Nations. I should let you know: I worked on that one! So I hope you’ll let me know if you have any comments or questions about it.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us about resources you’d like to see featured in future editions. We don’t have space to write about all the new books that come out or describe upcoming events in detail, but we can always use your tips about new videos, websites, online tools, and other resources that are accessible and would be interesting to other readers. We’d also welcome your comments on our website or Facebook.
In This Issue: Religious projections and thought-provoking videos
- WORLD: Growth Projections of World Religions
- KENYA: “I Need God to Help Me Forget”
- SOUTH AFRICA: Young Man Forgives His Father’s Murderers
- BURMA: God at Work Among Soldiers
- NIGER: She Found Jesus, Faced Rejection and Violence
- INDONESIA: Muslims Make Marketing Push
As I was working on this edition of Missions Catalyst I came across a Steve Saint talk which includes thought-provoking observations, statistics, and inspiration. See Let God Write Your Story (But What If We Don’t Like the Next Chapter?).
After watching that, I searched for more of his talks and found Sovereignty, Suffering and the Work of Missions, given long before his accident that paralyzed much of his body. Each of the talks is just under an hour long.
In This Issue: Celebrating Jesus, Stories from around the World
Holidays and festivals are on my mind once again. I learned that Hindu festivals take place somewhere in India 255 days of the year! This does not include secular/national or cultural holidays like Punjab’s “rural Olympics” (don’t miss it!). I was privileged to witness the Magh Mela and Sankranti in India last month. I believe Indians know how to celebrate like no other culture.
Though Hindu extremists warn couples not to celebrate Hindu extremists warn couples not to celebrate Valentine’s Day with all of its Western trappings, some apparently celebrate a whole Valentine’s WEEK!
Mardi Gras and Lent have come while I’ve been wrapping up this edition of Newsbriefs, and the Chinese are beginning the year of the sheep/goat.
Holidays and festivals say a lot about a people. What do they value? What are the stories behind these “feast days?”
If any of this stirs your interest, check out this website. Or if you’re a little less adventurous, check out using the Christian calendar as an opportunity to throw parties. However and where ever you celebrate, though, know that the best party is yet to come!
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.
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.
Marti Wade | publisher and managing editor
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.
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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!
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.
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.
We’d also be glad to hear from you about anything else you’d like to discuss.