From life at home to life overseas: your adventure awaits

Male hands crossed for prayer in dark place

This post was written while we were in Chad.

You are a Christian with a vibrant relationship with Christ. You spend regular time studying His Word and with His people in an awesome church.  At the same time, you feel like God is calling you to live “somewhere else”. You’d love to serve Christ overseas… but the idea raising support scares you to death.

However, the traditional way to get overseas isn’t the only way to fulfill the Great Commission. Thanks to the internet, there are many new ways to find or create a job and earn your living. You can go anywhere Christ leads you, using the skills you have acquired, or gaining new ones while overseas.

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Faith in God takes us further

Lessons learned at my first missions conference

Ever since I had obeyed the calling God had placed on my heart, things started moving in the right direction. I had completed my Bible School training at Faith School of Theology, and my linguistics training with the Summer Institute of Linguistics.  My linguistics studies brought me from Nashua, New Hampshire to Grand Forks, North Dakota by Amtrak train, and to Horsleys Green in England, then finally to Dallas, Texas.

I was 21 years old, and had gotten it all done.  I only needed to raise the support necessary to go to Chad, Africa. It was my first missions conference ever.  I still remember the church: Lyndonville Baptist Church, in Lyndonville, Vermont.

It was and interesting experience, representing Wycliffe for the very first time, but I felt a little out-of-place. While I attended this conference, I arrived with about a dozen of God’s seasoned servants whose combined years of overseas service most likely exceeded a century. They represented SIM, New Tribes and other mission agencies.  I felt small and insignificant beside them. Their stories and knowledge left me amazed.  What did I have to offer beside these giants of the faith?

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How to find the best gas prices in the USA

Save money on your next American Roadtrip

We are back in the US, and lately, our whole family is driving halfway across the United States to attend a conference. As we watch the miles pass by, we wake up each morning in the hotel or motel we paid for with help from a coupon we found in a magazine at a welcome center. Once we were all awake, we ate breakfast, and watched the Weather Channel or Fox News in the lobby. We packed the car and headed to our next destination.

We have been especially grateful for our relatives and friends who have broken up this monotony by graciously welcoming us into their home. You have been SUCH a blessing to us, and we do not take your gift of hospitality for granted.

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The Inside Scoop on God’s Not Dead 2

A spoiler-free guide

God’s Not Dead 2 is coming out in less than a week, on Friday!

As an “influential” blogger, ministry leader and minister, my wife and I got to see God’s Not Dead 2 before its release.  However, we had to drive three and a half hours one way to see it.

Sharon thought God’s Not Dead 2 was just as good as the first one.  I thought that it was a bit better.

We spent most of the trip home talking about it.  It’s certainly a movie that gets you thinking about what’s important.  We both left, challenged to make our life count for Christ and His cause.

God's Not Dead 2Some see life as a checklist of fun things to do.  We check things off as we do them, then move on to the next item on the list, never thinking about what we learn from each experience.

Perhaps it’s a blessing to be limited in our activities for a season.  We are in one of those phases right now.

With our limited opportunities, we’re SO glad that, among the things we chose to do together was to watch God’s Not Dead 2.

God’s Not Dead 2 is a movie worth absorbing…  It is prophetic.  It’s inspirational.

It will take some thoughtful reflection time to understand its message well.

Below is a spoiler-free list of ideas to make your time watching it a little more enjoyable.  Some of them may not make sense now, but they will by the time you leave the theater.

Tip 1) Don’t watch the God’s Not Dead 2 trailer

…and if you did already, ignore it.  Things happen in the trailer that don’t happen in the movie.  I was less able to enjoy the movie as I waited for things to happen, that didn’t.

Just enjoy the story as it unfolds on the screen, and enjoy each scene for what it is.

Tip 2) Drop off a donation to Salvation Army before you go

Perhaps you have a pile of clothes your youngest child outgrew.  Or some games you never play.  Or toys your kids have forgotten about.

Whatever you have, bring it to the Salvation Army thrift shop near you, before you go and watch God’s Not Dead 2.

I won’t explain why here, but I can tell you now that you’ll be glad you did.

Tip 3) Find out who J. Warner Wallace and Lee Strobel are

Basically, J. Warner Wallace began his career a homicide detective.  And Lee Strobel started off as a journalist with the Chicago Tribune.

Both were atheists and agnostics.

Then, something happened… a “God” thing…

If you don’t know who these two guys are already, find out.  By doing so, you will have something interesting to say when you go out to eat with your friends after the movie.

Again, I won’t say why.  Not yet.

Tip 4) Buy a ticket or two for your favorite Christian teacher

Melissa Joan Hart

Melissa Joan Hart

It’s no secret that this movie is primarily about a committed Christian who teaches at a public school.

The story is based on the challenges teachers have faced all over the nation, just because they seek to live for Christ both at home and at work.

To show our appreciation for all our teachers do for us and our kids, give the gift of tickets to God’s Not Dead 2 to those who know the battle best.

Tip 5) Bring a teenager who loves Jesus (or, be one!)

The brightest spot in this movie is how the youth get excited about Jesus, and stand up for Him no matter what the cost.

I believe the movie is correct when it implies that this generation of youth is going to make a big impact on their world for Jesus!

Truly, they are the hope for a better America as we live through these challenging times.

Tip 6) Stay to the end

It will look like the movie is over.

You won’t want to miss what happens after the credits are done.

Stay until the end.  If you don’t, you won’t know what everyone is talking about when they try to figure out what it means.

Tip 7) Pray for America

I believe that this movie shows us what is coming soon.

God’s church is going to rise up and fill her God-given role in our society.  For now, we must get into shape to face our giants!

Let this song by the Newsboys become our anthem in 2016:

Please pray that God’s church in America would massively watch God’s Not Dead 2. Pray for those struggling with their faith who will watch it as well.

We all need His help to courageously face the challenges of the coming months of 2016, and beyond.

 

Please let us know what you thought of God’s Not Dead 2 by leaving a comment below.

My Top 4 Domestic (North American) Air Travel Tips

Have more fun when you travel by plane

Lately, I’ve done a bit of airline travel within the US.  While living overseas for 14 of the past 24 years, I learned how to observe what was going on around me.  I had to learn this skill as quickly as possible to avoid offending new friends in my host country.

Since domestic travel is so new to me, I observed the following air travel rules which improved my travel experience when traveling within the United States and Canada.

Are my observations correct, or am I missing something?

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