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That Could Work on a Mission Field!

The United States is filled with diverse communities and is a continually growing mission field. How can the Church engage this mission field and reach these communities with the Gospel? Listen as host Sarah Seying speaks with church and ministry leaders from all over the nation and world. Join us as we learn from these missionaries to America as they push forward to serve their communities and spread the good news of Jesus Christ.

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Episode 10 : Ben Kangar

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Ben Kangar joins Sarah in the final episode of the first season of "That Could Work on a Mission Field!" Hear about Ben's involvement in equipping leaders for ministry both here in the US and overseas for the sake of the Gospel and extending discipleship. Listen to the conversation understanding the "Global Church" context compared to the "American Church." 

 

Where is the zeal? Ben speaks on how we can step outside our comfort zones and engage in a way Americans are no longer used to, while still understanding the culture and communities we live in. Meet people where they are, engage them on a human level, and earn their trust. That is how we can speak to them about Jesus.

Episode 9 : tony boos

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We sit down with Pastor Tony Boos of Faith Lutheran Church in Troy, Michigan to discuss his experience working to reach various ethnic groups with the Gospel, including Bosnians, Iraqis, and Bengalis. 

 

The mission work of the Church is not just for pastors. Sarah and Pastor Tony talk being intentional in equipping the people of our congregations to multiply outreach and engage the larger community with Christ. We speak on how to engage and form relationships through any means so that the Gospel can be delivered; for Pastor Tony, soccer is one of those ways!

 

Check out the efforts of the newly launched Bengali Lutheran Mission Society: https://bengalilutheranmissionsociety.org/

Episode 8 : Julie dass

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Julie Dass shares her experiences growing up in Pakistan as a young and bold girl fighting against the isolation and persecution of Christians and what that has taught her.

 

Sarah and Julie discuss prejudice in its many forms and contexts and how we as Christians can respond and grow with forgiveness. Finally, we pray for Julie and her husband Jay, as they prepare to continue building the Lutheran Confessional Church in Pakistan through pastoral training programs and church planting.

 

Read more about Julie's story through her autobiography "The Despicable Missionary" found here: https://missionnationpublishing.com/books-for-sale/the-despicable-missionary/

Episode 7 : mike gibson

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President Mike Gibson of the Pacific Southwest District, breaks down the tension and challenges faced during this period of COVID-19 and the lessons learned in ministry through it all: The Holy Spirit has taken us into a new place for mission, into a "new place on the beach." 

 

God has now created the Church to be gathered and scattered to engage people more freely. President Gibson takes us through the Pacific Southwest's "retain, remodel, replant" initiative towards using our facilities to their fullest potential for new ministry engagement. He also shares advice on sustainable and creative business models for ministry so that the mission can proceed and grow in communities we would otherwise be leaving. Finally, we focus on sitting back, listening, and learning from our brothers and sisters of the Global South and the people God has brought to us. Let's go to their table.

Episode 6 : carol buckman

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Scratch where it itches, find out what people's needs really are. Carol Buckman speaks with Sarah about her experience both on the mission field in Nigeria and in the US through founding CFNA (Christian Friends of New Americans) based in St. Louis, Missouri. Carol shares of surprising experiences she and husband Al went through while serving as missionaries in Nigeria for 12 years, and later shares how CFNA was started and how it continues to serve the population of new refugees and immigrants settling in St. Louis. 

 

Listen as Carol encourages us to engage on a practical level with those who need to hear about Jesus, and gives her advice on how to build upon new projects and programs focused on service to others for the sake of spreading the Gospel. 

 

Learn more about CFNA here: https://www.cfna-stl.org/

Episode 5 : melissa salomon

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Sarah sits down with Melissa Salomon to speak about her work on the US/Mexico border and the uniqueness of that region for ministry and outreach. Melissa shares her own story of discovering her faith on a deeper spiritual level, learning more through Scripture and embracing her personal relationship with God.

 

Building the workers of the Church: Join the conversation on the dynamics of being connected to networks through the local church, but also the Church at large, providing more opportunity for diverse voices and women to be influential in the growth of the body of Christ.

Episode 4 : Rev. Dr. todd jones

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"God is sending people here that we need." Rev. Dr. Todd Jones of the Michigan District speaks with us about the ministry opportunities and challenges of reaching a varying range of ethnic immigrant groups across Michigan. 

 

Join this discussion speaking on the tension of values from first to second generation immigrants, and the importance of contextualization when reaching out to specific ethnic groups who differ from one another. Other topics include the significance of hospitality as Christians, and ways to uplift ethnic leaders to be actively involved in the building up of the Church.

Episode 3 : james roy

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Is this a movie? No, just the life of a missionary in Bangladesh. Learn from Pastor James Roy what it's like to witness to those traditionally raised in Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist backgrounds, the challenges and the joys of conversions, and seeing the fruit of the Holy Spirit both in Bangladesh and now here in the United States. 

 

Listen to Pastor Roy's intense and captivating story of being held at gunpoint and the risks he took to share the Gospel. 

Episode 2 : Rev. Dr. William utech

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Learn from Rev. Dr. William Utech about the extremely diverse communities of the Minnesota South District and the missional opportunities for congregations to reach immigrant and refugee groups coming from all over the globe. 

 

How do we be the Church? Join us as we talk about the switch from inward to outward reflection toward becoming a church body who seeks intentional growth and outreach: Valuing our neighbor, taking our eyes off ourselves; questions become the answers.

Episode 1 : stella yau

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In this first episode, Sarah speaks with Stella Yau, City Director of LINC SoCal. Listen as Stella shares about her immigrant experience coming from Hong Kong at the age of 9, and how she went from a professional career in the corporate world to being called to full-time ministry. Learn about Stella's work with LINC, and join this conversation discussing many subjects including the complex and blended culture that comes with being an immigrant to America, coming alongside leaders in ministry, and women in the Church.

 

Learn more about LINC SoCal here: https://linc.org/socal/

introduction: sarah seying

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Meet Sarah Seying, host of "That Could Work on a Mission Field!" a podcast of Mission Nation Publishing. Listen as she introduces herself and previews what this season of episodes engages.