Missions Catalyst 01.26.05 – Resource Reviews

In This Issue: Looking for a Short-term Mission?

  • WEB SITE: Mission Network News’ Short-term Missions Database
  • DVD: Encounter India
  • EVENTS: India Missions Association Programs
  • Invitation for Submissions
  • CONFERENCE: Breakthrough Among Muslims
  • World Christian Conference February 18-21, 2005

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Resource Reviews, edited by Marti Smith, are published once a month.

WEB SITE: Mission Network News’ Short-term Missions Database

From: Mission Network News – January 2005

Have you ever wished there was one place you could go to find out about all the short-term missions trips there are to offer in the world? Well, so has Mission Network News. While we know it’s impossible to post all of the short-term trips known to man, MNN hopes to make enough of them available to you so you can have a wide variety of trips to choose from.

The Short-term Missions Database is very functional. You can search by the type of ministry you would like to be involved in (construction, youth outreach, athletic outreach, music), country, date, cost, mission agency, and more. Each week MNN will also feature a special outreach. Be sure to tell your church, missions committee, mission agency, etc. about this new site that we hope will encourage many to go to the field.


[Editor’s note: A similar site we have found very helpful is ShortTermMissions.com.]

DVD: Encounter India

From: Caleb Resources

Caleb Project is making steps to make more mobilization tools available in a DVD format and has released the Encounter India DVD. This resource includes: a collection of eighteen videos (Caleb Project productions and others), prayer guide materials, printable lesson plans for children and adults, still images, and stock video footage for creating presentations – a variety of tools to help churches begin and promote outreach to one of the world’s most diverse countries. Other Encounter DVDs are expected to follow; work is beginning on Encounter Muslims.

To purchase the Encounter India DVD or our other resources, visit the Caleb Resources Store.

Caleb Project develops educational resources, seminars, and hands-on international training experiences to equip the body of Christ for strategic ministry to unreached peoples. For more information, visit About Us.

EVENTS: India Missions Association Programs

From: India Missions Assocation – December 22, 2004

The India Missions Association in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, has released its schedule of events for 2005. These include three Think Tank Meetings – on Mission Research (February 16-17), Youth Ministries Networking (March 8-9), and Missionary Training (March 15-16); a Missionary Kids Retreat (May 5-7); Advanced Mission Leadership Training (July 21-August 6); and National Mission Leaders Training Consultation (July 21-23).

“We hope and believe that all these programs will impact the missions and Church in our nation India in addressing the many challenges that are in front of us,” write the organizers. If you live and work in India and want more information, visit the India Missions Association web site or send an e-mail.

Invitation for Submissions

From: Marti Smith, Managing Editor

Gloria Katusiime, who has been editing our Resource Reviews from Uganda, is now pursuing a more hands-on ministry – and her first foreign missions experience! Gloria will be working with the poor and neglected in a city in South Asia. We’re grateful for Gloria’s cheerful service. Please join us in praying for her as she leaves for Asia!

Meanwhile, here’s your chance to help Missions Catalyst. What books, events, ministries, web sites, or periodicals would you like to see in the hands of other missions mobilizers worldwide? We invite you to submit an article for Resource Reviews or for one of our other columns. Much thanks!

Marti Smith
Managing Editor, Missions Catalyst

CONFERENCE: Breakthrough Among Muslims

From: Carolyn R. Bennett, AIMS (Accelerating International Mission Strategies)

Do you want to see a breakthrough among Muslims around the world? AFMA (Alliance for Missions Advancement) in partnership with AIMS, CBN (Christian Broadcasting Network), and Regent University present “Breakthrough Among Muslims,” an unreached peoples consultation at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA, March 14-17, 2005. Speakers include Rev. Irvin Rutherford (Global Ministry Teams), Daniel Hanafi (WorldHarvest), Ben Edwards (CBN WorldReach), Kevin Greeson (author of The Camel Training Manual), Miriam Adeney (author of Daughters of Islam), and others.

Early registration discounts are available through February 14. To request a brochure or to secure your registration, call AFMA at 757.226.5850 or send an e-mail. For more information, visit AFMA on the web.

World Christian Conference February 18-21, 2005

From: World Christian Fellowship

The annual World Christian Conference (WCC) in Santa Cruz, California, USA will be held February 18-21, 2005. The purpose of WCC, now in its 20th year, is to address practical issues of integrating a World Christian vision into the life of the Church, both locally and globally.

WCC began in 1985 as the World Christian Conference for Chinese Graduates (WCCCG) when its founders saw the need to bring Chinese Christian brothers and sisters together to challenge them to respond to the needs of the unreached peoples of the world as well as the need for more full-time workers in North America. It now welcomes, challenges, and mobilizes Christians of all ethnicities and backgrounds to fulfill their calling in God’s global plan.

Editor’s note: I wish I could go! Many talented young people – especially Asian-Americans – will be there looking for ministry opportunities and counsel. If you have not experienced the vibrancy of the West Coast’s Asian-American Christian community, here is your chance.

For more information, visit WCC on the web.

Questions? Problems? Submissions? Contact publisher/managing editor Marti Smith.

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