ARAB WORLD: Launch of Educational Channel for Refugees

Source: SAT-7, August 17, 2017

A new satellite television channel, SAT-7 ACADEMY, [launched] on September 1, 2017. Broadcasting round-the-clock in Arabic, the channel will offer millions of displaced or refugee children complementary learning opportunities through a variety of television programs.

War has forced 13 million children out of school across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Schools that have not been destroyed are overcrowded, and the fear of violence has caused parents to keep their children at home and teachers to abandon their posts. Families flee conflict to save their lives, leaving behind their homes and jobs as well as putting their children’s futures at risk. These children are in danger of becoming a “lost” generation.

By launching SAT-7 ACADEMY, SAT-7 is striving to help bridge the gap in education, equipping children, parents, and teachers across the region.

“Through this new channel and the different online platforms bearing our already trusted name, we will provide essential educational services to thousands of families who are in circumstances of considerable hardship. They will be able to access our learning content from any place, at any moment and, soon, through any device,” explains SAT-7 Founder and CEO, Dr. Terence Ascott.

» Read more.

» Note: A study of Middle Eastern children’s mental health, the largest study done so far, reveals scars left by extreme violence they have suffered (The Independent).

CHINA: Movement Envisions Sending Thousands

Source: SEND International, August 15, 2017

Thousands of Chinese youth [gathered last month] as the Chinese church works steadily toward an ambitious goal: to send 20,000 missionaries by the year 2030.

J.E., SEND’s regional director in Asia, serves as one of the consultants from various organizations who are coming alongside mission-minded Chinese believers.

“It has been amazing to watch the mainland Chinese church develop this growing heart and passion to reach out,” he said. “It’s very much an indigenous movement, but when we are asked we can share insights from our own history and experiences.”

“They’re drawn to the Middle East, to Muslim countries, even to the unreached within China’s borders,” J.E. explained. “China is home to more than 400 unreached people groups—second only to India.”

The goal of 20,000 wasn’t arbitrarily chosen. Chinese leaders estimate that about 20,000 missionaries have served in China in the past 200 years, and they want to repay this “gospel debt.”

Previous Chinese-led missions movements have started out with great enthusiasm, but various factors, including lack of support from churches back home, led to missionaries often returning after just a few years. The Mission China 2030 movement aims to change that.

» Read full story.

» See also a story about Russian missionaries venturing into some of the least-reached parts of Mongolia (Christian Broadcasting Network).

WORLD: The Month in Review

Source: INcontext Ministries August 2017

Since June, INcontext Ministries has been doing Facebook Live events to encourage Christians to have a kingdom perspective on the news of the previous month. If you are a Christian on Facebook, please consider sharing this great resource to your “news junkie” friends.

Typically the speaker presents the stories through media clips, then proposes the questions that the world would ask, and finally suggests what kingdom questions we can ask ourselves and the church. Good stuff.

» Watch the August video and check out their archive of Facebook videos. Each spends about 25 minutes covering five news stories.

» Also read a recent article on what they call the “age of cynicism,” explaining how false news navigates naivety. Excellent. Be sure to read to the end.

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.

In the shadow of the day’s headlines | World News Briefs

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  1. NORTH KOREA: Canadian Pastor Freed after More Than Two Years
  2. GUAM: Radio Broadcasting into North Korea
  3. NEPAL: Freedom of Religion Leads to Church Growth
  4. CHAD: “It’s Your Fault He Died!”

… And find more stories in our Twitter feed.

“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:18

Chad_2017_0270101337Christians may face the wrath of the community when they turn their backs on worship of ancestors and things like trees and mountains to serve the creator God. This was the case with Samuel from southern Chad. See story below (Open Doors).

Greetings,

In putting together the news briefs we try to sidestep both political news and editorials, yet intriguing stories of kingdom challenges and advance are sometimes found in the shadows of the day’s headlines. This edition includes several such stories.

You might also be interested in several articles about Syria, one describing the escape of seven Armenian Christians from ISIS-held Raqqa, another providing chilling details from the findings of a study of torture in ISIS prisons, and a third about how Christians are persevering in Aleppo.

For short, thoughtful, biblical insights on current events, consider subscribing to a monthly editorial from the director of INcontext. This month’s article is about our sometimes conflicting desires for certainty and understanding.

Blessings,
Pat