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It's the network!

Posted by Bob Fetherlin , 03 September 2008 - - - - - - · 949 views

We all know the Verizon commercials: one person talking on a cell phone . . . followed by a whole host of people who provide the network, who make it happen.

This is 21st century missions. It isn't one person out there alone. It's all about the network . . . it's about international workers doing missions WITH the sending churches, not FOR...


The Opening Ceremony of the Olympics

Posted by Bob Fetherlin , 10 August 2008 - - - - - - · 873 views

Incrediblly inspiring. Amazingly creative. Absolutely fantasic! No question about it, the Chinese presented a breath-taking opening ceremony to an estimated 4 billion viewers from around the world!

As I watched nearly 11,000 athletes enter the stadium in a parade of nations, tears came to my eyes more than once. Here was a kaleidoscope of skin...


A Key Leadership Secret

Posted by Bob Fetherlin , 24 July 2008 - - - - - - · 729 views

An amazing leadership secret is tucked away in 1 Samuel 30. After being pursued for many months by Saul, David and his men were among the Philistines. Even though David had done nothing wrong, the Philistine rulers asked him and his entourage to leave. They departed, marching three days to Ziklag where they anticipated being reunited with their wives and...


July 1 and 4

Posted by Bob Fetherlin , 07 July 2008 - - - - - - · 934 views

Esther and I were in Ottawa, Canada on July 1 for the General Assembly of the C&MA in Canada and while there enjoyed the Canada Day festivities. It was a wonderful celebration topped off with a $100,000 fireworks spectacular! We sang or heard sung the Canadian national anthem "O Canada" at least five times while there. It includes,...



Posted by Bob Fetherlin , 21 June 2008 - - - - - - · 993 views

We use suitcases to take what we need when going on a trip. Last week my wife Esther and I challenged new appointees at Pre-Field Orientation to make sure they pack the right things in their suitcases. All of them are headed out for cross-cultural service this summer with their first assignment being the learning of language and culture. They have some huge...


Deliverable #7: Support

Posted by Bob Fetherlin , 26 May 2008 - - - - - - · 693 views

Financial support for US Alliance international workers comes primarily from our family of local churches. They provide this support through the Great Commission Fund. Instead of each one raising support individually, we all work together to raise our support corporately.

Some missionaries are great when it comes to fund-raising. At the same time, some...


Deliverable #6: Supervision

Posted by Bob Fetherlin , 15 May 2008 - - - - - - · 764 views

A big challenge when a local church sends out its missionaries is supervising them. A Chinese proverb says, "Beijing is very far away, and the mountains between here and there are very high." In other words, it's difficult for leaders in Beijing to supervise what's going on out in the provinces. In a similar way, it's very difficult...


Deliverable #5: Safety

Posted by Bob Fetherlin , 04 May 2008 - - - - - - · 889 views

"If we go to country X, can the C&MA assure us of our safety there?" Just as it was impossible for the US government to assure the safety of American citizens in New York and Washington on 9/11, it's impossible for the C&MA to assure 100% the safety of its personnel. However, the C&MA as a missionary-sending family of churches...


Deliverable #4: Strategic focus

Posted by Bob Fetherlin , 23 April 2008 - - - - - - · 740 views

An African proverb describes a group of hunters getting a hippo. The big task is to drag the huge carcass back to the village where it will be butchered, then divided. After tying ropes to various parts of the hippo, they start to pull . . . but in the confusion of the moment, they pull in slightly varying directions. A village elder steps forward stating...


Deliverable #3: Shepherding

Posted by Bob Fetherlin , 16 April 2008 - - - - - - · 882 views

Shepherding, or pastoral care, is another key deliverable provided through our C&MA missionary sending structure. Some of the many delivery channels / methods are pastoral care couples from US churches who help care for a specific field team, a developmental assessment process designed to help missionaries in their personal growth and development, and...

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