Evangelism

Kansas church holds ninth annual rodeo

Kansas church holds ninth annual rodeo

Plains Church in Argonia, Kansas, hosted the Bronc Kraft Memorial Rodeo over Labor Day weekend. This is the ninth rodeo our church has put on in the past five years, and it has grown into a huge event. Our Saturday night rodeo drew a crowd that was larger than the...
A trembling heart transformed to go and love

A trembling heart transformed to go and love

When I left America to go to the Czech Republic for EuroCamp, I was undeniably apprehensive. “What’s going to happen while I’m there? What if something goes wrong? Am I going to be a useful team member?” As I boarded my first plane, my heart...
Never too late

Never too late

Maria Julio Urebe, from El Salvador, traveled two years ago with her grown son to Honduras to encourage the Wesleyan pastors there. Upon arrival they found one of the pastors had resigned and left no one to lead the small church. Maria looked at her son and said,...
Helping refugees in your community

Helping refugees in your community

I have a love for working with refugees and helping them adjust to living in the United States. It is most definitely very needed, as many refugees in North America are overwhelmed with the vast amount of things they must learn to “make it” in this...
La carnada correcta

La carnada correcta

La pesca en aguas profundas no es algo que estoy acostumbrado a hacer regularmente. De hecho, sólo lo he hecho una vez y precisamente fue este verano. Las aguas del Pacífico estaban frías y había una niebla espesa sobre la costa. Fue un gran día en el agua con...
Missionary work comes full circle

Missionary work comes full circle

In the early 1960s, a young family was called to leave a small Indian village in Paramakatoi, Guyana, to set up a pioneer work in Manaus, Brazil. Paul and Sally Phillippe, along with Paul and Lois Downey, labored in the heart of the Amazon to sow gospel seeds. God was...
Night of the Church

Night of the Church

One of our joys in Czech is coming alongside our friends to plant a church in the nearby village of Bilovice. In our predominantly atheistic culture, anything outside of the Catholic Church (the accepted traditional religion) is considered a sect or cult. We work to...
La carnada correcta

The right bait

Deep-sea fishing is not something I’m accustomed to doing on a daily basis. In fact, I’ve only been once and it happened this summer. The Pacific waters were cold and there was a thick haze over the coastline. It was a great day on the water with gracious...
2015 JESUS film vision

2015 JESUS film vision

This brand new four-minute video just released by Global Partners provides a 360-degree view of what’s happening right now with this amazing ministry, and the tremendous breakthroughs that we are seeing around the world. More people have come to faith in Jesus...
You, too, can be a witness

You, too, can be a witness

People all over The Wesleyan Church are Speaking Up. There are entire churches who took the Speak Up Challenge recently. The Speak Up Challenge is that every person in every church would verbally share about his or her faith in Jesus Christ sometime between now and...
Christians’ education and level of obedience often don’t match

Christians’ education and level of obedience often don’t match

Most Christians are educated way beyond their level of obedience, according to Dr. John Maxwell. And it’s awkward. Like an overweight doctor telling me I have to lose weight, or someone with a degree in business management who clearly can’t manage. I get...
Wow, what a flight that was!

Wow, what a flight that was!

On a recent air flight, I found myself seated beside a very intelligent and well-spoken 71-year-old woman. She has her Ph.D. and a prestigious position at a university. She began asking me questions the moment I sat down. I usually hesitate to say what I do but...
You, too, can be a witness

Speak up in 2015

Blogs are full of advice this time of year. Thoughts on new habits, new products, new forms of entertainment, and foods you should never eat again have filled cyberspace already in 2015. It makes sense. When there is a new beginning, it is a good time to begin new...
An outbreak in Africa, but it’s not Ebola

An outbreak in Africa, but it’s not Ebola

There is an OUTBREAK in Africa! It is like a wave that is overwhelming its shores. Although some have gone to great lengths to try and stop it, it seems like an unstoppable force. No, I am not referring to the Ebola virus. I am talking about the gospel of Jesus...
From resistance to acceptance

From resistance to acceptance

“Stop the film!” he yelled. “Why do you need us to close?” I asked. “This is our village, and here we are all Hindus. We do not want any foreign religions to come into our place and take our people to their religion,” he said. The place fell silent, and we feared the...
Seek and save

Seek and save

Jesus saves! It’s more than a bumper sticker from the eighties. It is the truth. It is only through Jesus Christ that humankind has the possibility of forgiveness of sin and the hope of being reconciled to God. How soon we can forget this thought. Many people think...
Purple Fish: An interview with Mark Wilson

Purple Fish: An interview with Mark Wilson

Mark Wilson’s new book Purple Fish, written on the topic of evangelism, was just released last month. I had the chance to read it early, and here is my endorsement of the book. “Are you reluctant to share your faith? Do you lack motivation to lead people to Christ?...
Mozambique unbelievers respond to JESUS film

Mozambique unbelievers respond to JESUS film

On July 12, 2014, the Holy Spirit worked a miracle in Napala, a village where most people are unbelievers and where they practice all sorts of vices, especially vices of alcohol, smoking, and witchcraft. With God’s help, we showed the JESUS film that evening....
Purple Fish

Purple Fish

Filled with humor and heartwarming stories, author Mark O. Wilson presents in Purple Fish an approach for sharing Jesus that is engaging, nonthreatening, and genuine. Rather than a canned program or script, Wisconsin pastor reveals his “fishin’ with a...
Purple Fish

Mark Wilson’s new book, Purple Fish

If you think growing a thriving church in the Northwoods of Wisconsin is challenging, try tackling the project of helping people feel comfortable with evangelism. You know, evangelism, as in talking to people about Jesus. As Mark Wilson, who does lead a thriving...
Heaven is for Real: critical Q & A

Heaven is for Real: critical Q & A

[Additional local church resources HERE.] The Heaven Is for Real book phenomenon has proven to be provocative in the American Christian community. The following Q&A responses might prove helpful. Q: Doesn’t Jesus seem to disparage testimonies of near-death...
JESUS film: one month in Sierra Leone

JESUS film: one month in Sierra Leone

[Sierra Leone JESUS film director Warren Fornah reports:] Every month God uses the movie in powerful ways. In just the month of January, a typical month, over 3,200 people viewed the JESUS film in eighteen showings in Sierra Leone, Africa. There were 668 people who...
What’s your story?

What’s your story?

Jesus was, by nature, a storyteller and invites you into a powerful truth: you are called to tell your story. Now, I think for a lot of us, our first instinct is to discredit our own story. We say things like “Oh, my story is not that interesting,” or “My life is too...
​Five missional misfires

​Five missional misfires

Every church would say they are in it for the mission, which is why misfiring on that mission is something to be avoided at all costs. Yet it happens all the time. Here are five of the most common misfires: 1. Seeing other churches as the competition. When I started...