Worth it all

“The Lord may have used John Piper’s passionate sermons to get us to the field, but we have found that any … zeal is often sapped by one round of malaria. We have learned that [cross-cultural ministry] is … years of doing things that do not necessarily feel spiritual (like memorizing all the words for their different kinds of ants…), praying that, one day, the name of Christ will be exalted here. We are convinced that [ministry overseas] is 98% raw endurance and 2% zeal.”

Stacey Hare’s description of ministry is spot on! She writes eloquently and honestly in her blog, Hare Translation Journey (http://haretranslation.blogspot.ca/2017/02/then-and-now-how-our-perspectives-have.html), about her family’s experiences in Bible translation in Africa. All who serve with Entrust, especially those who are or have been overseas, would agree with her. Life in a new culture, in ministry, is hard. But training and equipping Christians for service in Jesus’ church – worth it all. Romans 15:17!

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Worth it all

Join us in Colorado

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Sharpen your ministry skills. Gain unique, in-depth understanding of facilitating discussions. Learn to ask powerful questions. Grow in shepherding and mentoring women. Refresh your ability to study the Bible for your own personal growth, for small group studies or even for giving talks and presentations. Make new friends. Enjoy clear mountain air and beautiful mountain vistas. Laugh and cry and pray and study and think. It’s all available for you June 9-16! Women-to-Women Ministry Training in Palmer Lake, Colorado.

Registration is still open. Find out more and sign up today. Bring a friend. You will never regret it! Go to http://www.entrust4.org/wwmt/schedule/2017-06-colorado to find out more!

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Sharing the love of Christ

2017-02-21-yezidiThe Yezidi are a Kurdish-speaking minority group numbering close to one million. In August 2014, thousands of Yezidi were killed, harmed or kidnapped by extremists in Kurdistan. Entrust’s Layth and Ilham Ibrahim provide relief and share the love of Christ regularly in Yezidi communities. They recently delivered much-needed wheelchairs to disabled Yezidi children. Pray for Layth and Ilham in all their relief and discipleship ministries in Kurdistan.

 

 

Sharing the love of Christ

Say what?

Your ear might be one piece of evidence that God created you. Say what?

No, you didn’t hear that wrong. A mechanism kicks into gear inside your ears to protect them from extremely loud noise. We’re talking the kind of loud noise invented and developed over the past 100 years – jet engines, factory machines, Newsboys concerts, not the so-called “loud noise” experienced by our ancestors – thunder, roaring animals, shouting warriors. Your ears were ready for these over-the-top noises before the noises came into existence. How could evolution have caused that?

Check out this article for more. Scroll down for a fun little experiment to try with your kids, science class or children’s ministry. You might end up shouting, “Wow, God!” As loud as you like!

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Plan 2017

Got a shiny new planner in front of you for 2017? Be intentional as you plan 2017.

If you serve in any leadership role in your church, maybe it’s time to fine-tune some skills. Learn and refresh your abilities in small group facilitation, inductive Bible study and preparing lessons on the Bible, working with women through life’s hurts, organizing women’s ministry in your church.

We provide in-depth ministry training for men and women at strategic times and places around the U.S. One of those is in Cedar Hills, Texas. We’re ready to welcome you for life-changing training Sept. 25-Oct. 2, 2017, in Texas. Save those dates in your shiny new planner now and plan to join us in September.
Your ministry will never be the same!

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People in ministry

Pity the pastor who can never drive the right car. It’s true. A pastor in the Midwest once commented (without whining, just stating a fact) that throughout his years in ministry, he’d never driven the right car nor worn the right suit. Whatever he chose in both cases proved to be too nice and expensive for some in his congregation, too shabby and outdated for others.

Sad but true. We tend to think one of two ways about people in ministry. Either a) they should not drive nice cars, wear nice clothes, take vacations, get massages, attend concerts or sports events or b) should not appear so frumpy / dumpy / Spartan / impoverished. If anything, most of us probably lean more toward “a” in our judgments.

Let’s stop. People in ministry are people, too! Don’t begrudge them the same amenities you enjoy. In fact, maybe even consider sending an extra gift to them this time of year, so they can enjoy a special amenity. It’s a nice way to not “muzzle the ox” while he is threshing. (I Cor. 9:9, I Tim. 5:18)

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