Overland Missions field report: June

COVID-19 put the world into unknown territory. As something new happened in the world, something new was happening in Mozambique. Four students traveled to Mozambique, unaware that a historic world lockdown would soon occur. Planes, busses, and 4x4s carried them over sea and dusty, sandy roads to reach our base in Inhambane, Mozambique. These students arrived just weeks before worldwide lockdowns forced border closures and flight cancelations. They were there to experience a move of God and connect with Him in a new way as participants in the first ever Advanced Mission Training outside of Zambia. Little did they know how different it would be! Read what happened next!

producing hope

“Moreover [let us also be full of joy now!] let us exult and triumph in our troubles and rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that pressure and affliction and hardship produce patient and unswerving endurance.
And endurance (fortitude) develops maturity of character (approved faith and tried integrity). And character [of this sort] produces [the habit of] joyful and confident hope of eternal salvation.
Such hope never disappoints or deludes or shames us, for God's love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit Who has been given to us.” — Romans 5: 3-5

locked down but not locked in

The plans and purposes of the Lord are never stopped or hinderd, or even delayed by anything in this world. We all anticipate the day where we will be together in DRC, advancing the Kingdom and sharing the Word of God. For now, we remain faithful in doing what we can do to prepare for post-pandemic ministry.

whatever it takes — quarantine circles

Often times, this means walking over rough terrain where there are few to no roads. It means covering long treks with 4x4 vehicles to camp in the bush. It means learning a foreign language so that you can communicate the Gospel accurately and effectively. It means sitting down for hours with one person to answer their questions and navigate cultural barriers.

Annie

This is Annie. She's practically part of the furniture here on Rapid 14, the logistical base for Overland Missions in Zambia. Not only is she an absolutely PHENOMENAL cook, and super patient in teaching the AMT students how the kitchen is run, she is a powerhouse of faith, and a great source of wisdom.

what is a [missionary]?

What's a missionary? If your answer is something along the lines of "Jehovah's Witnesses" or "Mormons", and you're not aware of the evangelical commission of the Apostles, found in Acts, then this is a good kick-off to transform your thinking. Listen to this amazing vision by founder and CEO of Overland Missions, Philip Smethurst. Apostles … Continue reading what is a [missionary]?

sit down, [son]

One of the most central issues within the [modern] church, that seems to pop up every now and then is the question:

Should women be allowed to preach?

Essentially, this question does not relate to the official platform of 'preacher' as it relates to pastor or whatever official title you'd like to slap on to the formal structure of [church] ministry. Rather, the question is this -- are women supposed to publicly speak out about the Gospel?

One would think that, within the modern era, this question is finite, and also redundant. Yet, it's something that constantly pops up in church discussions, social media, and feminist campaigns. Personally, I'm not an advocate for feminism. I'm an advocate for the Gospel, and that intrinsically implies equality. Perhaps we'll have a discussion about this another time?

judge not

We've assimilated into a culture that declares, "don't judge" -- perhaps in reference to MATTHEW 7:2. However, practicing DISCERNMENT is a Biblical mandate. When we look at outward appearances or practice judgement over other people's lifestyles or choices, we're not discerning, or even judging, we are condemning. Wouldn't it be better for everyone if we … Continue reading judge not