EVENTS: July Conference, Courses, and More

Source: Missions Catalyst Events Calendar

July 2-12, Refresh! (Thailand). Retreat for cross-cultural workers provided by Heartstream Resources.

July 2-15, Manarah (Detroit). Training in ministry to Muslims provided by Christar.

July 3 to November 5, Perspectives on the World Christian Movement Course (online). Provided by the Perspectives Study Program.

July 9-14, ABIDE (Joplin, MO, USA). Re-entry and debriefing for singles, couples, and families provided by TRAIN International.

July 9-14, Check-IT-Out Vacation 2017 Conference (Waxhaw, NC, USA). For IT professionals and students to explore using their skills in support of Bible translation. Children’s program available.

July 11, Crisis Management Workshop (San Diego, CA, USA). Provided by Crisis Consulting International.

July 12-14, Field Security Seminar (San Diego, CA, USA). Provided by Crisis Consulting International.

July 18-21, Thrive Retreat (Beaver Creek CO, USA). For North American women serving cross-culturally.

July 19, The Missionary’s First 30 Days (online). Webinar from Sixteen:Fifteen.

July 22-29, ReBoot Re-entry Program (Kitchener, ON, Canada). For returning missionary kids, ages 17-20, transitioning to life in Canada.

July 22-29, New Wilmington Mission Conference (Western Pennsylvania, USA). Annual, week-long multi-generational mission conference; a tradition for more than 100 years.

July 24-26, Crisis Management Seminar (Auburn, AL, USA). Learn how to develop a competent security and crisis management program.

July 27, Security Orientation Workshop (Auburn, AL, USA). Provided by Crisis Consulting International.

July 25-29, TOTAL It Up! Taste of Translation and Linguistics (La Mirada, CA, USA). Provided by Wycliffe Bible Translators.

July 26-28, North America Refugee Roundtable (Dallas/Fort Worth, TX, USA). From the Refugee Highway Partnership.

July 26-28, Entrepreneurial Readiness Workshop (New York City, NY, USA). Sponsored by the Global Enterprise Network, a ministry of The Navigators.

July 28-30, Entrepreneurial Readiness Workshop (Minneapolis, MN, USA). Sponsored by the Global Enterprise Network, a ministry of The Navigators.

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

Where Prayer and Missions Connect | May Resource Reviews


  1. EVENT: Prayercast Ramadan Challenge
  2. APPLICATION: Daily Prayer
  3. ARTICLE: Just Don’t Do It!
  4. ARTICLES: Latest from Lausanne Global Analysis
  5. EVENTS: June Conferences, Courses, and More


“If added power attends the united prayer of two or three, what mighty triumphs there will be when hundreds of thousands of consistent members of the Church are with one accord day by day making intercession for the extension of Christ’s Kingdom.”

— John R. Mott


Source: Operation World, May 12, 2017

Operation World (OW), the definitive global prayer handbook, has been used by more than a million Christians to pray for the nations. Now, with a new prayer app for mobile devices, you can receive reminders to pray for the “country of the day,” research statistics on each country, and read the in-depth prayer request and praise reports given for each country of the world.

You may find this handy for folding prayer for the nations into daily devotions, small group meetings, and more. Mobilizers, this could be a good follow-up to prayer for the Muslim world (see above) or a discipline to invite those you mentor to consider.

» Download for free from Google Play or the Apple App Store.

EVENT: Prayercast Ramadan Challenge

A Simple Plan to Profoundly Impact the Muslim World

Source: Prayercast

We are bombarded almost daily with news of barbaric acts of terrorism. But if all we know about Islam is what we see on the news, we are missing an incredible story:

  • The greatest turning of Muslims to Christ in history is happening now.
  • Everywhere Islam exists, people are being drawn to Jesus Christ.
  • This is happening in direct correlation to increased movements of prayer.

God is MOVING, and he’s inviting you to join him.

Now is the time to PRAY because Jesus loves and died to save every one of the 1.6 billion Muslims in the world today.

Join Prayercast on a journey across the Muslim world during the month of Ramadan (this year May 27 to June 25). Each week we will focus on a different region, loving and lifting up representative nations in prayer.

Join the Prayercast Ramadan Challenge:

  1. Pray for the featured topic each day.
  2. Sign up below to receive daily reminders.
  3. Invite at least one other person to join you.

» Learn more or sign up here or TEXT ramadan to 22828, and poke around the Prayercast website for lots of great prayer videos and other resources.

» See also the more widespread and established campaign, 30 Days of Payer for the Muslim World, and/or pray with and for those you know serving in the Muslim world during this season of heightened spiritual awareness (and sometimes violence or tension).

ARTICLE: Just Don’t Do It!

Becoming a Missionary: Smart Steps toward Serving

Source: SEND International, The Missions Blog, May 16, 2017

We hear over and over again from our missionaries that their paths to the field started with a still small voice that amplified over months, years, sometimes even decades.

Maybe you’ve heard the whisper but don’t yet know if it’s time to go. You aren’t raising support, packing your bags, or saying goodbye yet, but your daily decisions can still significantly help—or hinder—your ability to effectively engage the unreached in a cross-cultural setting.

If even in the very back of your mind you think you might want to become a missionary, here are some pitfalls to avoid:

  1. Don’t ignore your local church.
  2. Don’t focus solely on your home culture.
  3. Don’t stay put.
  4. Don’t take on more debt.

» Read the article. You could share it with prospective missionaries in your world or consider adding The Missions Blog to your regular reading list.

» See also The Christian Missions Blog (from TEAM), which recently featured eight public speaking tips for missionaries and eight things missionaries wish their supporters knew.

ARTICLES: Latest from Lausanne Global Analysis

Source: Lausanne Movement, May 2017

Lausanne Global Analysis seeks to deliver strategic and credible information and insight from an international network of evangelical analysts to equip influencers of global mission. Browse all the past issues and/or subscribe to email alerts to be notified as soon as new issues are published.

The May issue has a strong theme of engaging with and reaching out to Muslims. They look at how refugees in Europe are turning to Christ and in turn reviving the church there; assess disciple-making movements as a biblical solution for the remaining task of reaching least evangelized peoples; consider how we should view Islam and the importance of developing a biblical worldview that gives a framework for relating to Muslims; and, finally, ask what the Caliphate means and how we should respond to many Muslims’ aspirations for it.

» Read the editor’s overview of this edition. The next issue is scheduled to come out in July.

EVENTS: June Conference, Courses, and More

Source: Missions Catalyst Events Calendar

June 2-3, Prayer ConneXion (Portland, OR, USA). Where prayer and mission connect. Provided by Mission ConneXion.

June 4, International Day for the Unreached (international).

June 4, Global Day of Prayer (global). An annual event (see downloadable resources from WayMakers)

June 5-10, TOTAL It Up! Taste of Translation and Linguistics (Orlando, FL, USA). Provided by Wycliffe Bible Translators.

June 5-16, ACQUIRE (Joplin, MO, USA). Language and culture acquisition training for cross-cultural workers provided by TRAIN International.

June 5 to August 13, Perspectives on the World Christian Movement Course (online). Provided by the Perspectives Study Program.

June 5 to August 27, Encountering the World of Islam (online). A 12-week course on embracing Muslims with the love of Christ.

June 8-10, Serving Internationals (Virginia Beach, VA, USA). Annual conference by the Association of Christians Ministering among Internationals (ACMI).

June 9-10, The Justice Conference (Chicago, IL, USA). Annual event to promote dialogue around justice-related issues such as human trafficking, slavery, poverty, HIV/AIDS, and human rights.

June 12-16, Global DMM Catalyst Camp (Nairobi, Kenya). See inside disciple-making movements.

June 17-25, Single Vision Retreat (Basel, Switzerland). A member care program for singles in the mission community.

June 18, World Refugee Sunday (international). Churches praying for refugees and displaced people. Some also observing this event June 25.

June 19-21, Honor-Shame Conference (Wheaton, IL, USA). Inaugurating the Honor-Shame Network, working together to reframe our message for 21st-century ministry.

June 19-30, Engaging Islam Institute (Boulder, CO, USA). Provided by Horizons International.

June 20-24, Sahara Challenge (St. Paul, MN, USA). Training in ministry to Muslims provided by Crescent Project.

June 21 to July 1, Breathe (Wilderswil, Switzerland). Ten-day retreat for the renewal of cross-cultural workers, provided by Catalyst International.

June 22-24, National African-American Missions Conference (McLean, VA, USA). Theme: “Send Me.”

June 23-25, Rethinking Forum 2017 (Houston, TX, USA). Conference for those walking alongside Hindus as they explore a relationship with Jesus.

June 25-30, TOTAL It Up! Taste of Translation and Linguistics (Lancaster, PA, USA). Provided by Wycliffe Bible Translators.

June 26-27, Personal Support Raising Boot Camp (Orlando, FL, USA). Provided by Support Raising Solutions.

June 27-29, Amplify Conference (Naperville, IL, USA). National conference on evangelism sponsored by the Billy Graham Center (and others).

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

Rest, Reflect, or Retool | Resource Reviews


  1. INFOGRAPHIC: Beyond Prayer Flags and Statues
  2. PODCAST: Sabbath Rest in Missions
  3. BOOKLET: Ten Tips for Exegeting Your Culture
  4. BOOKS: New Titles in Missiology
  5. TRAINING: Sharpening Your Interpersonal Skills
  6. EVENTS: Upcoming Conferences, Courses, and More


Feel the need for some time out to rest, reflect, or retool? This month’s resource reviews have something for you… or maybe something you can share with others in your ministry or circle. Found something new, helpful or inspiring, or worth sharing with other readers? I hope you’ll let us know.

One more thing. We just got word from friends at Global Mapping International (GMI) that after 33 years providing vital information and insight to the global church (see, for example, a piece from their Missiographics collection below), they are closing their doors June 30. We are sad to see them go!

Yesterday’s press release says,

“As it winds down its pioneering work, GMI is taking the unusual step of granting to other organizations in the mission community much of the intellectual property it has created, to ensure ongoing access to these essential tools and information.”

Connected to an organization that might be interested in stewarding some of these great knowledge resources? Learn more about what you can do. And please pray for their staff in this transition. Thanks!


INFOGRAPHIC: Beyond Prayer Flags and Statues

Top Ten Buddhist GroupsSource: GMI Missiographics

Do you know the top 10 Buddhist people groups? What are you doing to shine the light of Christ into these precious people’s lives?

See Buddhism: Beyond Prayer Flags and Statues (2014) and two of the latest Missiographics publications, one on the state and needs of the Chinese Church today and another about the unfinished task of missions.

PODCAST: Sabbath Rest in Missions

Source: Global Missions Podcast

The GMP, produced by the Jaffray Center for Global Initiatives at Canada’s Ambrose University and Send International, just hit a couple of milestones: more than 25,000 downloads and the completion of their fiftieth episode. Worth celebrating!

You might be interested in listening to or sharing one or more of these recordings with a friend. For example, you could sling up your hammock and pour a cool drink to listen to a recent episode with Mark Buchanan on Sabbath rest and avoiding burnout. Good stuff. Detailed show notes will help you quickly assess the scope and focus of each episode.

» Learn more or listen to the Global Missions Podcast.