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They’re Among Us: Students

This begins a short series looking at some of the different demographics of people from UPGs living in the United States. The first group I want to explore is students.

At any given time there are close to half a million students from nations in the 10/40 Window studying in the US. For the 2012-13 school year, among the top 10 countries sending students to the US were: …continue reading…

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Sanctuary

In Emma Lazarus’ poem engraved on the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty, the Mother of Exiles lifts her lamp in a worldwide welcome for homeless and tempest-tossed strangers yearning to be free. When I read the poem, I am reminded of the words of the Lord in Leviticus 19:34 and Deuteronomy 10:19, two almost identical verses telling the Israelites that the foreigner residing among them must be treated the same as the native-born and be loved as each Israelite loves himself, remembering that they were once foreigners in Egypt.

One day at the end of winter I came home to a very excited Jill Kenney. She and a friend had visited a Nepali family …continue reading…

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In Livingstone’s Boot Prints

The biggest thrill for Louise and me, in everything the Father has us doing among the unreached, is exemplified by a recent experience. We were asked to travel to a very remote village on Inhassunge Island in the mouth of the Zambezi River near Quelimane, Mozambique – the endpoint of David Livingstone’s famous west-to-east crossing of south-central Africa in 1856. Justino, who I’d trained in a Yao village in northern Mozambique and who’d staffed the training I did in South Africa two years ago, is catalyzing a church planting movement among the largely M*sl*m Karungu people group on the island. As if that weren’t enough, …continue reading…

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The Gospel of Self-Preservation

I recently attended a frontier missions consultation, where one of the things we were challenged in was to continue mobilizing people to the least reached, even though many of the remaining places are not considered “safe” by any stretch of the imagination. Within this was a call to search our hearts and see if we truly believe that seeing Jesus worshiped in all the ethne of the world is worth the price. This was an especially powerful word coming from a colleague whose husband was martyred in North Africa. These words were still resonating in my mind when I came across this quote: …continue reading…

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