24
Oct 2014

MARTINS ON MISSION SEPTEMBER UPDATE The past few weeks have been filled with many conversations about our plans, our hopes, and our fears about following God’s leading to the mission field. Through those conversations, I’ve been thinking a lot about our plans, as well as contemplating God’s plans. I doubt it will be a surprise to any of you, that God’s plan graciously involves the church which He is building. We often take it for granted that we are His witnesses,......

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24
Oct 2014

MARTINS ON MISSION AUGUST UPDATE The Taiwan Train is leaving and we are on board!  We are fully funded and have booked tickets (bought them this morning) to leave on October 1st!  Its hard to believe that 12 weeks ago we only had a third of our support.  God is so faithful. As time moves on, things are becoming more and more real.  The reality is both exciting and scary.  It feels......

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25
Jul 2014

(The first in a three part series on Pluralism and Missions) Much has been written about the evangelical church, pluralism in western culture and the intersection of the two.  By 2014, it is no longer a new or profound position to assert that orthodox Christianity is diametrically opposed to a pluralistic worldview.  In fact, it has been 91 years since J. Gresham Machen addressed these topics in his increasingly applicable “Christianity......

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05
Jul 2014

We are less than 90 days away from our ideal departure date!  Here is a short update on what we are doing and how God has been faithful. We are meeting with potential supporters almost every day.  God has blessed us with a community of believers that loves missions and is patiently listening to our plans and encouraging us to continue following God. Through all of these meetings, God has provided......

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03
Jun 2014

The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot. The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance. Psalm 16:5-6 We would not know the depths of this wonderful promise from Psalm 16 if every plan we make in life is fulfilled exactly according to our expectations.  Recently we got a taste of this joy as our plans to spend a year in Harbin China were abruptly thrown out......

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17
Apr 2014

It seems to me that about five questions always arise about doing missions in china.  It also seems to me that when this happens, it is time for some frequently asked questions.   Isn’t Christianity illegal in China? Technically no, Christianity as a religion is legal.  What is illegal is meetings of Christians in a non-government sanctioned church.  These churches are often called “underground” churches or “house” churches.  They are not......

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