VIDEO: What Happens on Hajj?

Source: Praying through the Arabian Peninsula

This year’s Hajj pilgrimage takes place August 30 to September 1. PTAP is calling for Christians to join in three days of strategic prayer for Muslims and the Muslim world during this time. Could you share this video with others?

At the end of the week Muslims around the world will observe Eid-al-Adha, the feast commemorating Abraham’s sacrifice. Ask the Lord to give many Christians opportunities to sensitively tell their Muslim friends and neighbors about Jesus, the Lamb of God.

» Learn more or download a four-page prayer guide. The PTAP website also includes many other resources you may be able to use.

VIDEO SERIES: Missions Mobilization Best Practices

Missions Mobilization Best PracticesSource: GlobalCAST Resources

See yourself as a missions mobilizer or aspire to be one? Learn the foundational principles or sharpen the tools in your toolbox through a new video series from GlobalCAST Resources.

GlobalCAST Resources is a missions mobilization ministry focused on connecting, resourcing, and mentoring missions advocates and leaders. This year they began producing a series of video sound bites that highlight missions mobilization principles and best practices. Topics include:

  • Asking Questions Rather Than Giving Advice as a Missions Mobilizer
  • Missions Mobilization Starts with Me
  • Community Development Principles & Missions Mobilization
  • Missions Mobilization as Worldview Shift
  • Learner, Servant, Storyteller Postures in Missions Mobilization

» Watch videos via the GlobalCAST Resources YouTube channel or Facebook page and subscribe to see more as they are released.

ARTICLES: Support Raising Resources

Source: Shepherd’s Staff Mission Facilitators

Raising support or cheering on others who do? Shepherds Staff is a ministry that facilitates the work of the local church in sending out its own missionaries. They have assembled a thoughtful collection of resources to help you think through many elements of raising support. You might find some tips or perspectives you haven’t heard before.

» View resources.

» Did you know? Both Support Raising Solutions and People Raising, in addition to providing training tools and events, maintain blogs about raising support. Take a look.

ARTICLE: Using Proverbs in Ministry

Source: International Mission Board

As you interact with people from other cultures, consider how you may be able to use [statements of local] wisdom as a bridge to gospel conversation. Keep these questions in mind:

  • What proverbs do you hear them using?
  • What do these statements reveal about what is valuable and meaningful to them?
  • Are there distinct similarities or differences between their worldview and yours as a follower of Christ?
  • Are there parallels in Scripture to the truths expressed in their proverbs? Or are there statements in Scripture that offer a counterpoint or complement to traditional wisdom?

» Read the rest of the article, 9 Fascinating Proverbs to Help You Understand an African Worldview. Notice the good job the author and publisher did pairing pithy proverbs and short explanations with compelling photos to bring the content to life. Could you use a similar approach in a newsletter or presentation?

» See also Know Your Culture: 6 Keys to Cultural Exegesis (also from IMB).

EVENTS: Upcoming Conferences, Courses, and More

Source: Missions Catalyst Events Calendar

September 3-15, Second Language Acquisition Course (Union Mills, NC, USA). Provided by the Center for Intercultural Training.

September 4-17, ORIENT (Joplin, MO, USA). Learn key skills for surviving and thriving cross-culturally. Provided by TRAIN International.

September 4 to December 3, Encountering the World of Islam (online). 12-week course on embracing Muslims with the love of Christ.

September 7, The Local Church—Mentoring Healthy Mission Candidates (online). Webinar from Mission Nexus.

September 11-12, Support Raising Bootcamp (Rogers, AR, USA). Provided by Support Raising Solutions.

September 14 to October 12, Foundations of Media Strategy (online). Mentored course on using social media for deeper conversations and disciple-making. Offered by Mission Media U.

September 15-17, Business as Mission Conference (Dallas, TX, USA). Provided by BAM Training.

September 15-17, Evangelical Missiological Society (Dallas, TX, USA). An annual gathering.

September 18 to October 14, COMPASS (Palmer Lake, CO, USA). Language and culture acquisition provided by Missionary Training International.

September 20-26, Traction (Interlaken, Switzerland). Six-day renewal event for men serving cross-culturally, provided by Catalyst International.

September 20 to October 18, Story in Ministry (online). Mentored course on applying elements of story to your outreach. Offered by Mission Media U.

September 20-21, Standards Introductory Workshop (Dallas, TX, USA). A pre-conference workshop at the Mission Leaders Conference presented by the Standards of Excellence in Short-term Mission.

September 21-23, Mission Leaders Conference (Dallas, TX, USA). Provided by Missio Nexus.

» View the complete calendar. Please let us know about mistakes or omissions. For more about a specific event, though, you should contact the event organizers.

BIBLE STUDY: Mission of God Video Series

Mission of GodSource: North Carolina Baptists

Want to develop—or help someone else develop—a growing biblical theology of missions?

Check out the new, free Mission of God Bible study which walks through Scripture, showing God’s desire to see all people groups come to faith in Jesus Christ.

The study includes six video sessions, 30-40 minutes in length, with Devon Griffin, assistant professor at Palm Beach Atlantic University, with downloadable guides for leader and participants. The creators suggest it be used with small groups, classes, or personal study.

» Learn more or access materials.

» See also the free, 30-day YouVersion Bible reading plan on Completing the Great Commission from Frontiers. Looking for something on paper? God’s Heart for the Nations, by Jeff Lewis, and Missions: God’s Heart for the World, by Paul Borthwick, are good choices.

BOOKLET: Scripture Prayers for the Peoples of the World

Source: Reverb Network

Looking for a tool to help you lead others in praying for the nations? Scripture Prayers for the Peoples of the World is a 24-page full-color booklet of scriptures to pray for any people group. You can get the PDF version for free in English, Russian, or Ukranian. Order printed copies for US$5 each with discounts of up to 50 percent for bulk purchases.

» Learn more or download the resource. No registration required.

» See also Justin Long’s UPG Prayer Guide Index.