Keeping mission vision alive and growing A quarterly publication of Mission Data International

Archive for April, 2016

Board Retreat

Monday, April 11th, 2016

Once a year our Board (currently Michael, Malachi, Howard, Katie, and David) take two days to review all the great things God has done during the year and review plans for the year to come. It never ceases to amaze us what God has done.

This year was no exception. We sat around the wood stove in the Black Forest north of Colorado Springs and talked it over in detail. God is good.

Read the highlights, as reported in the January issue of Propel »

Sixteen Years of ShortTermMissions.com

Monday, April 11th, 2016

We just competed 16 years of connecting people with their next step in missions involvement—thanks to many of you who enabled us to do this!

During the last 16 years M-DAT has helped well over 3 million people who were searching for volunteer opportunities in the US and overseas. We really appreciate the prayers and support that have made it possible.

Read about our 2016 first quarter traffic reports »

Restocking Your Mission Resource Toolbox

Monday, April 11th, 2016

Our last issue of Propel included an article about mobilizing through mentoring. We made the case that our most powerful strategies for raising up a global mission force are relational: We influence people we know and who know us.

Who might God use us to stir up or encourage toward His global purposes from within our churches, organizations, schools, communities, and families? Have you asked Him lately? You could pray that God will show you, and bring you together with those He is preparing to take a greater role in His global purposes.

It turns out that effective mission mobilization depends more on relationships than it does on conferences, classes, books, sermons, or most anything else (on its own).

As you consider ways to prepare yourself to serve as a resource to these people in the pipeline, though, don’t overlook conferences, classes, books, and other tools that can help you stay in the know about world missions trends and opportunities.

Here are a few places to look:

  • Brigada Today: This weekly web/email journal covers mission resources, trends, and tips for Great Commission Christians; a great place to find new tools for your own growth or to introduce to others.
  • Postings: A free monthly newsletter of practical articles on church missions mobilization from Catalyst Services. Access the gallery of archives on their site and find other resources for you and your church.
  • Missions Catalyst: This free, weekly electronic missions digest is designed to inspire and equip Christians worldwide for global ministry through missions news, practical ministry ideas, and events, and other helpful resources. (The Missions Catalyst publisher, Marti Wade, also publishes our newsletters.)
  • Evangelical Missions Quarterly: Each quarterly issue contains 10-12 articles by mission and church leaders and experienced cross-cultural workers around the world; a worthwhile investment. EMQ will soon be published exclusively online and an online subscription also provides access to years of archives.
  • The Traveling Team: Primarily serving college students, the Traveling Team ministry can be thought of as a mission conference on wheels. You can bring them to your church or college campus. Learn from, share, or point others to articles in their Missions Resource Library about the state of the world, biblical and historical foundations for missions, obstacles to service, and more.

Finally, don’t forget to point friends to M-DAT services, including AskAMissionary.com, ShortTermMissions.com, and PreparingtoGo.com!

Prayer and Gratitude

Monday, April 11th, 2016

Rejoice with us!

  • Praise the Lord for the many people wanting to be involved in advancing His Church around the world and for the opportunity to serve them.
  • Thank the Lord for the nearly 15,000 people now subscribed to our ShortTermMissions.com newsletter, and read our latest edition.

Please be praying…

  • Pray for those preparing to go out this summer. Ask God to prepare their hearts for what they will experience serving others and to be stretched and challenged.
  • Continue to pray for Matias as he reprograms the management side of ShortTermMissions.com. This is a major upgrade for the site and will help us better manage the organizations and 2,200+ mission trip opportunities they post.

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