Marvin J. Newell
- Mission Leaders Conference – Innovate 2021Wed Sep 22 2021, 07:00am EDT
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- Webinar: Educational support for families: Can your agency achieve its goals without it?Thu Oct 7 2021, 12:00pm EDT
- Peer 2 Peer for Marketing and Communications Staff: Crisis Communications EssentialsTue Oct 12 2021, 02:00pm EDT
Canadian Thanksgiving is Monday, October 8; American Thanksgiving is Thursday, November 22. These holidays present the ideal opportunity for those of us serving as missionaries to pause and thank the Lord for the blessing of His call on our lives.
This edition of EMQ is devoted to the critical topic of mission mobilization, and for good reason. It is said that if one generation of believers fails to wholeheartedly engage in missions, the link to the next will be broken, and eventually the entire movement could collapse. However, the reality is more pressing than a missed generation. With the accelerated speed of changing interest in our information-laden world, if we miss just two to three years of rallying new workers, we could lose not just a generation, but the entire future of engagement in God’s global mission.
This month marks 40 years since my wife and I, along with our 18-month-old son, boarded a plane for the south Pacific to launch our missionary career. That “career” has subsequently taken me from being a long-term field missionary on an undeveloped island, to being a regional director for East Asia, then on to becoming a professor of missions, and finally to be on staff with Missio Nexus. Meanwhile, the world dramatically changed over the course of these 40 years.
by Marvin Newell