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Short-term mission trips to India

Mission Network News - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 5:00am
India (MNN) -- Short-term missions are a great tool and opportunity to get involved in spreading the Gospel globally. However, it is important to begin this venture with the right attitude and the right expectations. Otherwise, the entire point of the trip could be missed. India Partners is an organization that ministers to widows and vulnerable people in India. They assist in church planting, establish long-term and self-sustaining micro loan projects, and share the truth of Jesus Christ even in prisons.

(Photo Courtesy of India Partners)

Remo Paul is a national partner of India Partners who works with short-term mission teams on a regular basis. He gets to see the blessings of the trips but also recognizes there are things every person should consider before going on a mission trip. "The success of your short-term teams depend on how and what your expectations are. More often than not, it tends to run into issues when expectations are not right." Sometimes it's what teams don't expect that will catch them off guard and make their trip less effective than what they originally hoped. India Partners has a variety of teams help them. Paul says, "Most often when teams come, they're either dental teams, eye teams, health teams, or there are training teams for pastors that need training in various issues and various aspects of life and ministry." Paul explains that there are three major benefits to short-term mission trips. First, he says, "When a team comes to visit us, it's a huge encouragement for us. I don't find words in my vocabulary that explain how that blesses us and encourages us, uplifts us. That would be the primary benefit." The second benefit is that short-term missions are mutually beneficial. "Ministry is a two-way street, so it also [in] reverse blesses the team that comes," Paul explains. The third benefit is that these teams bring in expertise that many long-term missionaries don't have. Dentistry is an extremely important expertise in some parts of India. Many times, villages are hours and hours away from the nearest dentist. Even if the dentist were closer, most people very likely could not afford treatment. Since often whatever ails them is not life-threatening, they'll deal with the pain and forgo medical care. Having a short-term mission dentist will provide these people in need with the care that they would otherwise never get. They might have waited years more for a dentist to establish himself in their village. While mission trips can often be an eye-opening experience for Christians, there are better and worse ways to prepare for one. One way is to look at how you've engaged your own community right where you are now. "Any mission starts where you are. So if you are planning on going on a mission trip, you should actually be involved in missions at your local church," Paul says. If your heart is already prepared for missions, then it's likely to show up in your activity with your home church. Paul explains that mission work is not dependent on location. "It's in the realm of spirituality that the mission trip actually happens." Starting at a local level will prepare you for more intense challenges you might meet on the field. Paul explains that local mission work "gives you the ability to understand how the evil one would try and stop any work." While not all of India is hostile to the Gospel, many places are. It's important to be prepared for that. If you know that God is calling you to go with India Partners and that He has prepared your heart for this, click here to contact them. If you would like to partner with India Partners through prayer or financial giving, click here.
Categories: Mission Network News

Anti-Balaka violence a problem for Christians

Mission Network News - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 5:00am
Central African Republic (MNN) -- Six more people were killed late last week, relief groups are stymied, and transportation is at a standstill in the Central African Republic (CAR). While the country has a transitional government, Anti-Balaka rebels continues to seek revenge in the wake of the March 2013 coup by Muslim Seleka rebels.

Internally displaced in Central African Republic
(UNHCR photo)

Abuses marred their rule, prompting a backlash from the non-Muslim Anti-Balaka militia and their supporters. That backlash forced Seleka leader Michel Djotodia into exile in January. Catherine Samba Panza was appointed as interim president in the transitional government. However, the revenge killing by Anti-Balaka militia fighters continue, forcing minority Muslims and others into safe havens and refugee camps by the thousands. The recent attacks have forced taxi service to cease, says Jim Hocking, Founder and President of Water for Good, a partner with Living Water International and Reach Beyond in the CAR. "The [political] temperature of the country is taken by the taxis. When taxis are running, there are problems, but you can [probably] handle it. When the taxis quit running," the situation is dangerous. That caused difficulties for Water for Good workers. Hocking says, "We had been confined, basically, to the residence in the country. The embassy recommended we don't travel." Water for Good not only provides water for the people of the CAR as a way to hear the Gospel, but also operates a radio station to help the public. While their radio station continues operating, the water drill work has all but stopped. "For a little while now, we've had to lay off most of our staff; [we're] just waiting to gain more contracts to drill more water wells. We're still maintaining the water wells, but they do have to be very, very careful." Water for Life also provides water to a refugee camp near Bangui. However, that work has been turned over to the UN because of the unrest, even they weren't able to provide water for a few days. It's needed now more than ever. Hocking says, "The refugee camp climbed from about 30,000 people to about 40,000 in about two days because of this latest conflict." The conflict is dangerous for everyone. says Hocking. "There are many Christians, almost on a nightly basis, being robbed and hurt. The whole time I was there, almost every night we would hear of something happening to someone in one of the churches." Hocking is asking you to pray. "There are people who are really continuing to seek answers. Our Christian leaders need support. They're still being associated Anti-Balaka are non-Muslims. So, it's really a conflict between Muslim and non-Muslim." When it was time to leave the CAR, Water for Good needed a UN escort. All were able to leave safely. If you'd like to support Water for Good, Living Water International, or Reach Beyond click on the organization's name.
Categories: Mission Network News

Hillsong's Brian Houston on Gay Marriage: 'I Believe the Writings of Paul Are Clear on This Subject'

Christian Post - Church & Ministry - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 2:20pm
Hillsong Church pastor Brian Houston has issued a statement specifying his position on marriage and homosexuality after a news outlet reported that he "won't take (a) public position on LGBT issues."
Categories: Christian Post

Ex-Mafia Boss Michael Franzese on His Biopic 'God the Father'; Witnessing to Mob Members (CP VIDEO)

Christian Post - Church & Ministry - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 10:56am
Ex-Colombo Crime family captain and Christian motivational speaker Michael Franzese recently spoke with CP Voice regarding his new autobiographical film "God the Father," and the possibility of preaching the Gospel to mobsters he had worked with.
Categories: Christian Post

Your Body: God's Temple

Christian Post - Living - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 10:01am
The world's primary interest in the body is how it looks on the outside: How can it be shaped differently? How can it become more attractive or gain more attention? Regrettably, by worldly standards, success is often dependent on the condition of our bodies.
Categories: Christian Post

Here's to the Ones by Rhett Walker Band

New Release Tuesday - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 5:00am
Since their 2012 debut, COME TO THE RIVER, the Rhett Walker Band has toured non-stop with everyone from MercyMe to Newsboys, spending more time on the road than at home. The project generated the band's first Top 10 hit, "When Mercy Found Me," which garnered Walker a GRAMMY© nomination for CCM Song of the Year. The band also received three 2013 Dove nominations in multiple categories including New Artist of the Year, Rock/Contemporary Album of the Year and Rock/Contemporary Song of the Year. Since their inception, the group has been invited three times to perform on the Grand Ole Opry,[...]
Categories: Christian Music News

VIP by Manic Drive

New Release Tuesday - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 5:00am
VIP comes out 10/14/2014. Click here to find out how to play a part in creating this album: www.pledgemusic.com/manicdrive[...]
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Fightback Soundtrack by We Are Leo

New Release Tuesday - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 5:00am
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The Dream by Sanctus Real

New Release Tuesday - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 5:00am
Capitol Christian Music Group announces that on October 14 Sanctus Real will release THE DREAM, their seventh studio album as well as their most personal project to date. Since banding together 18 years ago, this two-time GRAMMY-nominated band is excited to return with 12 songs, including its first single, "Lay It Down," which is already a top 10 hit and continues to climb the charts at radio. The members of Sanctus Real not only enjoy collaborating as a band and communicating about life and faith through their music, but are also a band well-known for being so real not just in[...]
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Unto Us by Aaron Shust

New Release Tuesday - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 5:00am
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Paradox Realities by BABZ

New Release Tuesday - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 5:00am
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Sentimental Season by Wayne Haun

New Release Tuesday - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 5:00am
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The InBetween by Scarlet White

New Release Tuesday - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 5:00am
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