Goer blogs

Scrambled Eggs

By Luke on October 23, 2020 Track: Agriculture - Environment Region: Asia - South East

Men saw that Daniel prayed three times a day despite the king’s decree and he was thrown into a lion’s den for it. Daniel was a scrambled egg. David, a mans after God’s own heart, who slew Goliath in front of two armies, was a scrambled egg. Esther, the queen of the Persian empire, was used by God to turn potential catastrophe into victory for the Jews. She was a scrambled egg. The apostle Paul, chief among sinners, was also a scrambled egg. At this point, you probably think I might be a little be scrambled myself. However, eggs are used for analogies quite frequently. One such analogy my... Read more

My Essentials

By Richard on October 19, 2020 Track: Agriculture - Environment Region: Asia - South East

We are very excited to share that we have officially decided to continue with our team here in SE Asia LONG TERM after our first two year commitment ends.  We feel like very exciting rolls have taken shape for both my wife and I professionally, and that the Lord has opened amazing doors and gone before us in a powerful way in ministry.  We are excited to say “yes” to being faithful where He has placed us.  Currently we are back in the States preparing for continuing on long term, and as we are making sure we have all we need and that everything is in place, I thought it would be fun to drop a... Read more

...Of All Nations

By Richard on September 18, 2020 Track: Agriculture - Environment Region: Asia - South East

A particular passion of mine is to see a love for Christ spread among the unreached peoples of the World.  For those unfamiliar with the terms, the 1982 Lausanne Committee Chicago meeting defined a People Group as “For evangelization purposes, a people group is the largest group within which the Gospel can spread as a church planting movement without encountering barriers of understanding or acceptance”, and an Unreached People Group is a People Group without a reported self-sustaining Gospel Movement (see joshuaproject.net for more info).  About two years ago, our team was invited by local... Read more

Co Working with Different Convictions

By Richard on July 30, 2020 Track: Agriculture - Environment Region: Asia - South East

One thing that all of us working overseas invariably run into is conflict with teammates based on theological differences.  An exception to this might be found in teams that are sent from a denominationally based organization, but most organizations are para church and thus para denomination.  Our teams are centered on shared convictions that are central to the gospel, but on secondary issues we may differ significantly.  As mentioned, this will eventually lead to conflict; but, conflict is not inherently a bad thing.  A friend and mentor of mine (who specializes in peacemaking) likes to say... Read more

Making Room

By Isabella on June 25, 2020 Track: Agriculture - Environment Region: Asia - Central

I recently discovered a new word that I really like: perichoresis. It means “mutual indwelling without loss of personal identity,” and often refers to the way that God exists in the Trinity. It also has deep meaning for how God relates to us. He dwells in us, puts His very Spirit in us, and yet allows us to remain uniquely ourselves.  God transforms us and redeems us, but He also loves us just as we are. He delights and celebrates in the way that we are all unique. He loves our freckles, dimples, and senses of humor.  We can welcome Christ’s presence in our lives, and uniquely express Him to... Read more

Let Salvation and Righteousness Bear Fruit

By Richard on June 21, 2020 Track: Agriculture - Environment Region: Asia - South East

Recently I was reading and reflecting on Isaiah 45:8, which reads, “Drip down, O heavens, from above, and let the clouds pour down righteousness; let the earth open up and salvation bear fruit and righteousness spring up with it. I, the Lord, have created it.” (NASB).  As I meditated on this passage the following image came to mind:  The Throne of the Heavens sits atop the clouds, with a river of living water running past it. The river runs off the clouds as a waterfall and crashes to the earth, creating a pool.  From that pool flows a peaceful river, and along the banks of the river grows... Read more

God grows the faith of the discipler: The case of Paul and the Thessalonians

By Richard on May 19, 2020 Track: Agriculture - Environment Region: Asia - South East

Our team recently did an in depth, inductive study of 1st and 2nd Thessalonians.  At the end of that 3+ month study, we were asked to create something "pass on-able" from our notes.  The following is from that assignment.  _________________________________________________________________ Discipleship is an indispensable tool for the expansion of the Kingdom of God.  It was Jesus’ personal method for preparing His Kingdom to expand across the globe, and what He equipped His closest friends to do (Matthew 4:19, John 6:1-13); it was the imperative command of the Great Commission (make disciples... Read more

Another Blog about COVID-19

By Richard on April 10, 2020 Track: Agriculture - Environment Region: Asia - South East

I am sure that anyone reading this has likely already read a blog post or two about people’s perception, reaction, or meditations on the COVID-19 pandemic.  In fact, I’m sure there are a number of other posts on this site on this topic.  But, I thought it might be worth it to write my own anyway, in case it might serve as an encouragement to someone, as I might be drawn to focus things I see the Lord doing that are different than what others might have focused on.  Over the last month, I have spend a decent amount of time thinking about how Phillipians 2:1-8 and 1 Thessalonians 1:2-5 apply to... Read more

A Goer Learning the Local Language

By Richard on March 11, 2020 Track: Agriculture - Environment Region: Asia - South East

In December I wrote a list of my top takeaways from our first year in the field, and the first two had to do with learning the language.  So, I thought it might be appropriate to spend a bit more time on the subject here.   Before beginning the process of moving overseas, I had never put in any effort to learn a second language.  I took a few semesters of Spanish in High School, sure… but I never took that seriously. I signed up for those classes because my friends did, and I had heard it was an easy A.  It wasn’t until I met my wife (she is an ESL teacher and a lifelong student of culture)... Read more

Rejuvenating Guidance

By Richard on February 8, 2020 Track: Agriculture - Environment Region: Asia - South East

I recently read an article by Jon Bloom related to Psalm 3:5-8.   [Pro 3:5-8 NASB] "5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight. 7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and turn away from evil. 8 It will be healing to your body And refreshment to your bones." He noted that these two statements (5-6 and 7-8) and their associated promises are coupled together, even though many people only have the first memorized.  Bloom also points out that the requirements for the first... Read more