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.

BOOK: Mission Mobilization Novel

Source: 2414 Ventures

We just learned Steve Smith’s unique, Great-Commission-focused, end-times thriller, Hastening, is available for free or, if you can afford it, at cost  to anyone who will pass on five or more copies to mobilize churches, friends and family. They need to reduce stock! We hear that Hastening has helped many believers get God’s heart for finishing the Great Commission.

» Interested? Contact Josh Smith. Please provide your mailing address and the number of copies you would likeIf you can afford to pay $2.75 each, that will cover all the costs of production, storage and shipping. And if you can’t afford this, let them know what you can afford and they will send you copies if some are still left.

SERVICES: Mobile Apps for Travel Safety

Source: US Government Overseas Security Advisory Council

The US Government’s Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) has put together a list of 11 useful travel safety apps supported by the U.S. Government (USG). Most of these apps have Blackberry, Apple, and Android versions, and all can be downloaded free of charge. Many can also be used offline, so they are particularly useful if traveling to remote, isolated areas.

You’ll find apps for everything from vaccine recommendations and tips on what’s safe to eat to border and TSA airport security line wait times and tsunami alerts.

Hundreds of commercially apps are also available to assist with and simplify travel, as OSAC points out (offering a few links to several curated lists on travel industry websites). Some US embassies or consulates also have mobile applications.

» Learn more. To really geek out, see the whole Federal Government Mobile Apps Directory. Thanks to Crisis Consulting International for sharing this resource.

PERIODICAL: Mission Round Table

Source: OMF International

Mission Round Table is an academic journal published three times a year by the Mission Research Department of OMF. The focus of the journal is contemporary mission in Asia viewed from the perspective of reflective practitioners, whether active missionaries, students of mission, or interested supporters. Articles are designed to provide biblical, theological, and missiological foundations for thinking about mission and real-life examples that anchor the theory in practice.

» Read the latest issue about mission agencies in the 21st century, browse the archives, or subscribe.

» You might also be interested in resources from the research efforts of the International Mission Board including maps, reports, and archives.

EVENTS: Upcoming Conferences, Courses, and More

Source: Missions Catalyst Events Calendar

August 5-12, ReBoot Re-entry Program (Calgary, AB, Canada). For returning missionary kids, ages 17-20, transitioning to life in Canada.

August 7 to December 10, Perspectives on the World Christian Movement Course (online). Provided by the Perspectives Study Program.

August 14 to December 17, Perspectives on the World Christian Movement Course (online). Provided by the Perspectives Study Program.

August 21-22, Support Raising Bootcamp (Colorado Springs, CO, USA). Provided by Support Raising Solutions.

August 23, Got Workers? Got Training? Equipping the Saints for Overseas Ministry (online). Free webinar from Sixteen:Fifteen.

August 24, Making Teams Work in Missions (online). Webinar from Missio Nexus.

August 31, The Missionary Martyr: What We Can Learn from Those Who Gave Their Lives for Christ (online). Webinar from Missio Nexus.

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

September 15-17, Evangelical Missiological Society (Dallas, TX, USA). Annual meeting.

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

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

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, contact event organizers.

ALGERIA: Jailed Christian Gets Partial Presidential Pardon

Source: World Watch Monitor, July 12, 2017

A Christian imprisoned for three years for “insulting Islam and the prophet Muhammad” in his social media posts has received a partial presidential pardon.

Slimane Bouhafs, who converted to Christianity from Islam in 1997, was arrested almost a year ago (July 31, 2016) for posting a message on social media about the light of Jesus overcoming the “lie” of Islam and its prophet. Such a message was judged by the authorities to insult Islam—the state religion in Algeria, according to its constitution.

He was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment on September 6, 2016.

But now his sentence has been reduced by 16 months, following a partial pardon granted by Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika on the occasion of the 55th anniversary of Algeria’s independence (July 5).

This pardon means he could be released nine months from now.

According to his daughter, Bouhafs’ health has deteriorated significantly since his arrest, exacerbating an existing condition—he suffers from inflammatory rheumatism, which requires a diet that is impossible to ensure in prison.

He reportedly also suffers aggression from his fellow prisoners because of his Christian faith, about which he is open.

» Read full story. Thanks for praying.

» Please also continue to lift up Jeff Woodke, a missionary abducted in Niger last October whose wife pleads with abductors to contact her, and for Andrew Brunson, a believer imprisoned in Turkey since October. According to a mutual friend, “Andrew is in a cell built for eight, but occupied by 20 extremist Muslims who are harassing him as a ‘dirty Christian.’ Pray for love, forgiveness, comfort, his family, and a quick release.”