It’s that time again, y’all–where we corral good stuff from around the world that matters for your journey over there. But we’re not just spewing it out there: We want your dialogue. Check ’em out–and give us some thoughts.
If you’re headed to Africa, here’s a must-read. After my own [Janel’s] time in Africa, I was amazed at how the prosperity gospel was often furthering poverty and hindering the genuine growth of the Church. As Lindsay Steele reports, “As people have become desperate to rise out of poverty, many have looked to churches and seen their ticket to prosperity….This shift in focus is not only affecting believers and the Church, but it’s tainting opportunities for ministry to others, specifically to Muslims.” Read more here.
The International Mission Board gives a critical fly-by on animism, found everywhere from Oprah to Asia. Keep in mind that “People influenced by animism do not usually self-identify as animists, If asked what religion they practice, they are likely to pick the predominant one in their region—Christianity, Islam, Judaism,” author Jennifer Waldrep explains. But “it is the oldest way of seeing the world since Adam’s walk with God.” Could it be a critical factor in your intended region? Read up here.
Headed overseas with a stethoscope in your hand? Check out a few paths of those who’ve gone before, as well as their inspiration. (And don’t miss Go. Serve. Love’s posts on Your Last-Minute Medical Missions Equipment Checklist and Medical Missions: Ordering Your Equipment–as well as this#BestoftheBestFriday.)
Did you know Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Light, begins the Sunday after next? Want to join in praying for this critical people group this season? Especially if you’re headed to a Hindustan nation (read: Indian subcontinent), check out Pray 15 Days’ 15-day guide.