Meet Marti Wade

IMG_0243 - croppedMarti Wade  formerly Marti Smith   joined the staff of Caleb Project in 1994 to serve as a mobilizer, researcher, strategist, and writer, and has been the managing editor and publisher of Missions Catalyst since 2004.

Today, Marti is a member of the mission agency Pioneers and is part of the Communications Team.

Shortly after 9/11 Marti spent a sabbatical year in a conservative Muslim part of Central Asia experiencing the life of a long-term worker and documenting the experiences of church planters. This led to the 2005 publication of Through Her Eyes, a book about the lives of missionary women in the Muslim world.

Marti also teaches for Perspectives on the World Christian Movement and Encountering the World of Islam classes, as well as teaching cultural learning principles and techniques for local churches, short-term teams, and mission agency groups.

After many years in Colorado, Marti moved to Eugene, Oregon and married Chris Wade in May 2012. The two currently live in Columbia, South Carolina, where in 2016 Marti completed a Master’s in Intercultural Studies at Columbia International University.

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17 thoughts on “Meet Marti Wade”

    1. Thanks, Ellen – we were ready to leave the pink and yellow behind for something cleaner. New look coming on the website soon, as well!

  1. You are right on with the need to reach those people who have never heard of Jesus. Are you aware of the book, Faces In The Crowd? It tells how to learn to see the internationals that now live in our own neighborhood or work in a store where we shop. Then how to start a conversation, develop a relationship, and have opportunities to talk about Jesus. This gives all of us the opportunity to be a missionary, a foreign missionary and reach these people who have never heard. There is no excuse now for not being a missionary as you don’t even have to leave home to do it. And these new comers to our country are eager for friends and anxious for relationships. it is all right before us at this time.

  2. Hi Marti: IN today’s Missions Catalyst email you said:
    >> We recently published a review of The Jesus Accounts, a documentary on the reliability of the Scriptures. The producer thought you might also want to know it’s available in Arabic, Turkish, Persian (Farsi), Mandarin, and Cantonese.
    Problem is when I go to their website, there’s no mention of other languages or ability to order them as such, as you’ve mentioned. Where did you find the information for this resource in the other languages? Also, I’m specifically interested in Indonesian.
    Thanks. Charles.

    1. Ooops… should have checked to see how complete the contact info on the website might be. I’ll forward your request to the producer.


  3. Hi Marti,

    Glad to know your contribution to missions. You seems to have vast experience though young. I am a Mission Leader in India and would be interested to read the book, “Exploring the Land”. Is it possible to obtain a copy? God bless.
    Rev. Dr. Parichha

  4. Praise God.
    Hi Marti!
    I am interested in attending Ethne 2012, though it may seem belated. Could you let me know how to register and where to register. I am a missionary living in Nigeria. I look forward to your earliest reply.
    God bless you

    1. Dear Edwin,
      I’m sorry, but I don’t know more about this event than what is posted here. I hope it is still planned but have not been able to confirm that.

  5. Hi Marti, I am interested in having your book Through her Eyes, but I have not found it yet. I live in Brazil and serve a ministry to children and teenagers in risk situation, but I want to learn more about missions among muslin women.

    Thank you and blessings

    1. Marli, books related to missions are typically hard to find through regular outlets, especially in non-English-speaking countries. For a smaller niche like books for women in missions, or reaching Muslims, it gets even more difficult. You’ll probably have to pay a lot for shipping to get things like that from another country! These days many books also come in electronic editions, which may be the way to go. Here’s a link to Amazon (in the US) for the Kindle edition of Through Her Eyes

      Through Her Eyes is really a “member care” book – it is not focused on ministry strategies or on reaching Muslim women, though of course those topics are related. It’s more about being a missionary woman – or understanding what their lives are like – in Muslim contexts. And it’s focused on the issues and tensions that really extent beyond those Muslim contexts, like raising kids and keeping a strong marriage when you’re in a culture that’s not your own. If you’d like to know more about Christian women reaching Muslims, check out resources like these:

      Woman to Woman, Sharing Jesus with a Muslim Friend
      Daughters of Islam: Building Bridges with Muslim Women
      In the Land of Blue Burqas
      A Worldview Approach to Ministry Among Muslim Women
      Ministry To Muslim Women

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