In the next 370 words I hope to address what is one of the most complicated issues in missions…cultural bias. It is imperative that missionaries not revert to mission tactics of the late 19th century and try to impose their “superior” culture on the people they have been sent to serve. The gospel is not […]
I have often been asked, "How can our church, small group or family better serve missionaries?” I get lots of churches that ask similar questions. They start with great intentions and have poor follow through. Missionaries…obviously…are human…we miss home, we sin, feel neglected, raise our kids poorly, have bad prayer lives, etc. Just like we […]
“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” – Jim Elliot “God isn’t looking for people of great faith, but for individuals ready to follow Him” – Hudson Taylor “I will not believe that thou hast tasted of the honey of the gospel if thou can eat […]
5:39amWe woke up at 3:00am. The first surprise of the day occurred when we heard our friend Cam Clausing at the gate at 3:30am. He came by just to say “bye”. What a nice guy. Our friend Matt McClain picked us up at 4:00am to drive us to the airport. We checked our 18 bags […]
My Dad was born in the 1920s. He was a Depression era farmer, high school drop out, WWII veteran, drill sergeant, abandoned by his mother, tough guy, 25 year survivor of a triple bypass. That all paints a picture that fits him perfectly and at the same time misses the mark by a mile. Part […]
Twelve years ago Maddy came into our lives. In a foreshadowing of her serious way she entered the world as if she had a purpose. Two and a half hours of labor was all she desired. As if to prepare us for the fact that she was not going to be the kind of […]
So, here we sit, only two weeks until we leave Costa Rica and fly to Honduras. It is so odd. For over three years we have been planning for the day we step foot on Honduras soil and start our ministry work. That day is June 25th. Everything behind us has prepared us for that […]
Mike Pettengill: New Blog Post: "Last Minute Christmas Gift" A great missions book for your last minute Christmas shopping. https://t.co/0SbW63IvKn
Mike Pettengill: Other religions focus on a pilgrimage we have to take to serve God. Christianity is about a pilgrimage God took to serve us.
Mike Pettengill: “God will only give you what you would have asked for if you knew everything he knows” - Tim Keller
Mike Pettengill: The core of grace is not that we obtain salvation & didn’t earn it. The core of grace is that we obtain salvation & earned the opposite.