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Medals or Scars?

Posted by Bob Fetherlin , 20 September 2006 - - - - - - · 965 views

Today's been a demanding travel day . . . a very early morning departure from Orlando where I was at the Southeastern District Conference . . . in planes and airports all day getting to Portland, Oregon. I'm feeling tired after a demanding schedule at the conference, a long trip, and crossing three time zones.

On the way I was reading from...


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What about the 62?

Posted by Bob Fetherlin , 16 September 2006 - - - - - - · 805 views

Today I'm on my way to Florida. As a part of this trip, I've been invited to meet with the leaders of a sister missionary-sending organization to talk about the 62 . . . the 62 countries of our present world that will not issue visas to Christian missionaries.

Some of these countries are blatantly anti-Christian. Others are simply uncomfortable...


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Shivers Down My Spine

Posted by Bob Fetherlin , 12 September 2006 - - - - - - · 812 views

I just returned from Christ Community Church (CCC) in Omaha. Gary Benedict and I were there to connect with their leadership. We expressed great appreciation for their huge investment of time, talent, and treasure in the Koutiala Hospital. They've made a tremendous difference there!

A gracious donor there gave $20,000 in seed money for this...


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Why, God?

Posted by Bob Fetherlin , 07 September 2006 - - - - - - · 745 views

I'm feeling confused. Why would God in His loving sovereignty not keep Pastor David Petrescue from falling off a roof nine-stories to his death? David has been an outstanding shepherd-leader of an International Church in Cairo. The ministry there has flourished under his care. Many have been brought into the kingdom as the church has grown from about 40...


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Lima Follow-up

Posted by Bob Fetherlin , 02 September 2006 - - - - - - · 874 views

Last Monday I interacted with leaders of the Peruvian Alliance about their missionary sending. They have 64 cross-cultural workers with 34 serving cross-culturally within Peru and 30 serving outside Peru. Many more are "in the pipeline" hoping to be sent in the days ahead. While the passion is palpable, there have been huge challenges to providing...


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From Lima

Posted by Bob Fetherlin , 26 August 2006 - - - - - - · 870 views

Today I´m in Lima with C&MA partner church leaders from around Latin America. Sometimes I´m asked, "Why have US C&MA personnel left Peru?" (We continue with one couple here involved in outreach to the growing Chinese population of Peru.) Being here helps me know why all the others have left: due to strategic and faithful investment over...


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Southbound

Posted by Bob Fetherlin , 22 August 2006 - - - - - - · 779 views

Today I head for Latin America where I'll be with partner church leaders from all over the continent for a few days. I'm excited for this connecting opportunity!

I have this vision of hundreds of Latin American missionaries being sent by Alliance churches from the continent. I can see them going to some of the world's least reached...


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Escape from a Self-Made Cage

Posted by Bob Fetherlin , 20 August 2006 - - - - - - · 848 views

We all have a story . . . a history . . . marked by some painful experiences, family dysfunctions, and major disappointments leaving us with potentially lasting hurts. When we think about certain difficult people and injustices we've suffered, we can relive the hurts inflicted. Even though time has passed, they're near the surface and we feel them....


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Big-Hearted

Posted by Bob Fetherlin , 15 August 2006 - - - - - - · 801 views

Big-hearted people are generous. They give of who they are, of what they can do, and of what they have. They find joy in giving, they even love to give.

The C&MA is rich in big-hearted people. I've met a gifted surgeon who could be rakin' in the bucks. Instead he's in a jungle hospital in Africa living on a missionary allowance while...


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Heartbreak in Beirut

Posted by Bob Fetherlin , 31 July 2006 - - - - - - · 903 views

This morning I felt like crying as I talked by phone to a friend and ministry partner in Beirut. He was so weary, having worked to provide meals for over 500 refugees today. He told me about going to the Sri Lankan Embassy where he and co-workers found 3,500 Sri Lankan domestic workers from southern Lebanon who had fled there. They were sleeping under the...






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