EVENT: Great Commission Prayer Summit

prayer-summit-logoSource: SVM2

“God is stirring the prayer movement in his global Church like never before. The Holy Spirit is taking us higher in the spirit of prayer,” write friends at SVM2. “The Great Commission Prayer Summit is a gathering with others hungry to partner with God in contending for global harvest in this strategic hour. Our overarching objective is listening to his heart and growing in effectively aligning in intercessory prayer toward the fulfillment of the Great Commission.”

Can you get to Thailand this January? Go and join them, then bring home that passion for all-nations prayer to share with others.

When: January 19-22, 2017
Where: Great Commission Equipping Center (Chiang Mai, Thailand)
Who: Church, campus ministry, mission leaders, prayer leaders, believers hungering to grow in Great Commission prayer

» Learn more or register to attend.

» Readers might also be interested in an SVM publication, The Handbook for Great Commission Ministries. It includes a number of resources you can use to raise up and equip laborers for the harvest.

FAMILY ACTIVITY: Advent Prayer Chain

Source: Weave Family Ministries

The countdown to Christmas is on! Focus your children on the birth of Jesus, the Savior of the world. Make an Advent Prayer Chain with your family and intercede for unreached peoples living in cultures where the gospel has not yet penetrated.

Teaching Time: 15 minutes and ongoing prayer.

Materials: Printed Advent Prayer Chain sheets, scissors, glue/glue stick, stapler, and five sheets colored construction paper.

» Learn more and download the materials. They’re free. Weave has lots of ideas for connecting your family to God’s global story. Poke around their website!

» Holidays on your mind? See also 22 Christmas Gift Ideas for Your Cross-Cultural Worker (A Life Overseas) and the Christmas section at OSCAR, the UK information service for world mission.

PODCAST: Social Media and Short-term Missions

Source: Global Missions Podcast

The Global Missions Podcast provides helpful resources and practical information to churches and individuals to help them effectively support and engage in global missions. It’s hosted by Rob Magwood, Canadian Director of SEND International.

In a recent episode, Social Media and Short-term Missions, “Mags” interviews Shayna Winn of Metropolitan Bible Church in Ottawa, Ontario about how she used social media to keep her church up-to-date on their summer short-term missions teams and engage the congregation in prayer. This isn’t rocket science, but there’s probably something here you haven’t thought about!

» Listen to the podcast. See also a previous episode with Scott Moreau of Wheaton College, Social Media and Missions: A Starter Conversation.

NEWS: Friday Roundup

Source: Justin Long

Researcher Justin Long serves with Beyond, a ministry that sends teams to the unreached to start movements. He publishes a great weekly “Friday Roundup” of curated links to news stories, articles about trends and strategies, and other resources useful in reaching the unreached. Join the growing list of subscribers and get helpful info in your inbox every Friday.

» Browse the archives and subscribe.

EVENTS: Upcoming Conference, Courses, and More

Source: Missions Catalyst Events Calendar

Note: We’d appreciate your help gathering information about 2017 events so we can include them in a special edition of Missions Catalyst at the end of next month. Check the listings and let me know if you are aware of something that should be added. Thanks!

December 5-6, Support Raising Bootcamp (Orlando, FL, USA). Provided by Support Raising Solutions.

December 6-8, Finishing the Task Conference (Lake Forest, CA, USA).

December 8, Key Insights from the 2016 CEO and Church Mission Leader Survey (online). Webinar from Missio Nexus.

December 27-30, Cross Conference (Indianapolis, IN, USA). Conference calling students to the unreached.

December 27-31, Chinese Missions Convention (Baltimore, MD, USA).

» View the complete calendar. For additional information about a specific event, please contact the organizers.

» See also the UK-based mission information service OSCAR, The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada’s Christian Community Calendar, events with the Southern Baptist International Mission Board, and an international calendar of network meetings at Linking Global Voices.

Subversive Mobilization: Get Out of Dodge!

So did the U.S. presidential election not go your way? Feeling like it might be a good idea to live abroad for a few months next year, or know some youngster who voted unwisely and should be sent away for a time?

I’ve got you covered! I’m looking for ten sharp people who will spent three to six months in Sicily in 2017. We need help in our long-term response effort to the refugee crisis that’s unfolding on the island.

Here’s what you’ll get:

  • Mentoring by long-term workers and Italian believers.
  • Experience in sharing your life and faith with Muslims.
  • Leadership development as you oversee short-term teams.
  • Camaraderie with a small cadre of like-minded leaders.

Here’s what it will cost:

  • Time: At least three whole months.
  • Money: About $1300/month for ground expenses, plus airfare.
  • Heart: Plan to cry with people whose recent months have been hellish in ways you’d rather not think about.
  • Shoes: You’ll tromp your feet off and work hard. This won’t be a cakewalk, but it will be worth it.

» Learn more about this opportunity or write and tell me about your interest. If this might be a next step on your journey with Jesus, I’d love to help you work it out.

NIGER: American Missionary Kidnapped

Source: World Watch Monitor, October 20, 2016

The kidnap of a pioneering American missionary in Niger is a “terrible tragedy” for the communities he served for 24 years, according to the local mayor. It has also raised security concerns among the country’s missionary community.

Jeff Woodke, 55, who worked for [a branch of] the US-based Youth With a Mission (YWAM), was abducted by unknown assailants late on Friday evening (October 14) from the town of Abalak in northern Niger.

Bilou Mohamed, the mayor of Abalak, told World Watch Monitor the community had “suffered a terrible tragedy” and locals “wept with sorrow, lamenting the loss of a friend” the day after his abduction. He added: “This man has lived among us for years, even in when it has been difficult to accompany vulnerable populations… Everyone knows his goodness.”

Woodke is known in Abalak for his devotion to Niger and its nomadic populations. He runs several development projects among the Tuareg, focusing on farming, health, literacy, primary school education and improving access to drinking water, among other things.

He has spoken internationally on the impact of climate change on nomadic peoples and is a pioneer of “sustainable nomadism”—enabling nomads to maintain their traditional lifestyles in the face of increasingly frequent drought. He is the only American in his team.

Rev. Kagninde added: “Jeff has given everything for the Tuaregs, which raises the question: how did people of malign intent kidnap a man well-known in the community without arousing the suspicion among the local population, especially given that his house is next to that of the mayor of Abalak? The kidnappers must have been outsiders.”

» Read full story.

EVENT: Student Mission Conference Approaching


Source: CROSS Conference

There’s nothing like the CROSS Conference. It’s a four-day mission gathering that challenges college-aged young people to boldly advance the gospel among the least-reached people. The event will take place at the Indianapolis Convention Center in Indianapolis, December 27-30. Speakers include John Piper, Matt Chandler, David Platt, and others; representatives from many mission organizations will be there as well. Sign up now if you plan to attend, as rates will go up as the event comes closer.

» Learn more or register to attend. You might also have a use for video content from previous conferences held in 2013 and 2015.

» Find yourself in a different phase of life? Check out A Mom Embraces God’s Mission and other resources from Weave family ministry.