#BestoftheBestFriday: Why not to say “God called me”; Exposing Your Kids to Danger; Surprised by North Korea & China

Could “God called me” be destructive?

What effect does language have when we’re considering “calling”–something that’s definitely become a buzzword beckoning forth a generation that longs for purpose and certainty. As a global worker in Tanzania, Amy Medina relays wise sentiments you might not have thought of as you consider the nebulous concept–and possibly damaging language–of the phrase “God called me.” 

Are We Called to Keep Our Kids Safe?

Rachel Pieh Jones–who’s guest blogged right here on Go. Serve. Love in posts like What Not to Do: A List for Expats and When the Rich from the West Don’t Know They’re Acting Like It–has some great thoughts for those of you whose hearts seize up at the possible dangers awaiting you overseas. Jones writes for Christianity Today,

Fifteen years ago, my husband and I did the riskiest thing we could imagine and took a job in the Horn of Africa. People often responded by asking, “Are you bringing the kids?”

…In a recent essay titled “Risk Your Kids for the Kingdom?,” Piper asks a related question that my husband and I asked ourselves when we decided to move to North Africa: “What is the greatest good you can do for your children?” We believed strongly that “moving toward need” was one of the greatest goods we could do for them.

Yes, of course, we were bringing the kids.

Don’t miss this crucial word about raising your kids for true safety–and true greatness.

North Korea is More Open Than You Thought

Operation World reminds us North Korea hasn’t slipped God’s mind! Radio broadcasts to smuggled radios, tracts and Scriptures sent from South Korea by balloons, Christian Chinese businessmen, and elaborate prayer networks are just a few of the ways God continues to faithfully, deeply love North Korea.

Open Doors USA has published this story about a North Korean Christian and her radical, dangerous faith. Open Doors USA surprised us with these 5 facts you wouldn’t believe about Christianity in North Korea! Check ’em out, and keep praying for God-sized inroads to a desperate people.

And don’t miss this FREE EBOOK on sharing the Gospel with Asian atheists from 1040 Connections.

The Church in China

Blogger Tim Challies recently arranged to meet with a Chinese pastor on a train to conceal the pastor’s identity. Here’s the pastor’s take on the state of the Chinese church.

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