Ep 19 – African Americans and Missions

These are the stories of lesser known heroes in the history of missions. Many have heard of William Carey and Lottie Moon. But before Adonirum Judson, there was an African American named George Liele.

Earl African American missionaries and the experiences of African Americans in missions today. That’s the topic on this episode of the Mission Life Podcast.

Featuring: Richard Coleman, former Director of Mobilization and Candidacy for TMS Global

Names mentioned in the podcast:
Benjamin Johnson
Michael Johnson – Surgeon in Kenya for 20 years, “Making the Blind Man Lame”
Jim Southerland – PhD in African Americans in Missions http://www.rmni.org

Ambassadors Fellowship – African American Sending Agency in Colorado Springs
TMS Global
Wycliffe Bible Translators
SEND International

Profiles of African American Missionaries – William Carey Library
Biography of Lott Carey – “From Slave to Governor”
Hosie Burks – “A New Man” “Timbuktu Revisited”
Montrose Waite – “The Man Who Couldn’t Wait”


Ep 18 – Advice for People Who Love Someone Trapped in Addiction


“The help has always been out there.”

Guest:  Bruce Friddle, founder of Perimeter Recovery Residence   www.perimeterrecovery.com

Advice for parents  and others who love an addict:

  • Take care of yourself
  • Get over your embarrassment
  • Be willing to get uncomfortable
  • Realize that it is a Spiritual problem, not just a physical one
  • Be willing to get out of the way
  • Let go
  • Break your dependency on the addict
  • Get support for yourself like Alanon. Talk to other parents going through this same situation.
  • Set boundaries. Realize the power you have in controlling what’s going on.

Questions for reflection:

  • Are you participating in killing them?
  • Are you really keeping your child alive? Are they living?
  • What in your life has suffered to keep your child alive?
  • Are you willing to get out of the way and let someone take over?

Common Mistakes Loved Ones Make:

  • Can’t let go
  • Been living this way for so long the parents/loved ones have become co-dependent
  • Life revolves around the addict
  • Trying to fight ‘the beast’ by yourself without the tools/knowledge to fight
  • Not enforcing boundaries/not realizing the power they have to effect what is happening

Evaluating a Recovery Program:

  • Look for references.
  • Are they ethical? Do they have integrity?
  • Don’t blame the program.
  • What is their area of expertise?
  • Do they include the mental and the spiritual in their treatment? What is their approach to recovery?
  • Are they GARR approved? Are they in good standing with GARR?


www.garrnow.org   Ga Assoc of Recovery Residence

Ep 17 – Why God Calls Us to Dangerous Places

Surely a loving Father would never send his children into danger. Yet we read over and over again of God doing just that. What then is God’s motivation? These two know firsthand what it’s like to serve where many have warned them not to go. They will help us understand why God calls us to dangerous places.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Why so many churches avoid sending people to dangerous places
  • How our theology affects where we think God is calling us
  • What its like to worship with people living under persecution
  • How to respond to family members who don’t approve of where you are going
  • The blessings of serving in a dangerous place
  • Why God calls us to dangerous places

Ep 16 – I Only Speak 6 Languages

He’s a Burmese Pastor and disciplemaker, a student of movements and someone who has faced persecution for his faith.  He came here seeking asylum because it was no longer safe to return home.  Now, he’s sharing the gospel and planting churches all over the USA.  This is the story of James Amar.

James’ ministry is a DBC supported mission partner with opportunities for you and your class or small group.

To find out more about James’ ministry, visit www.jmaministries.org

3 Practical Implications for Resettlement Organizations When Refugee Numbers Are Changed

Regardless of opinion, here are three practical implications for refugee resettlement agencies when numbers of refugees brought to the US are reduced or the flow is stopped. 

Based on a conversation I had today with a resettlment organization in Atlanta…I am sure there are many more issues they face. 

1. Reduced Funding: Orgs receive funding based on the number of refugees they settle. The US was slated to receive 110,000 refugees this year. That number has been reduced to 50,000 – where it was roughly 5 years ago (i have been told but not confirmed.)Last year we resettled 85,000 refugees. 
2.  Downsizing:  Reduced funding naturally leads to letting go staff such as caseworkers.  One resettlement group in Atlanta told me today they expect to lay off half their office (10 people) due to the 4 month hiatus and reduction in the number of refugees to be resettled.  An estimated loss of $240,000 to their budget. 
3.  Rehiring or Training New Employees:  When the refugee highway is opened again, these groups will likely have to rehire or train new employees to handle new cases.  Experienced personnel may have found jobs by the time the spigot is turned back on.  

At the end of the day, it’s about how best to help those fleeing war and persecution, not what is best for aide or relief organizations.  Even so, decisions affect not only those in need of help, but the many wonderful people and organizations set up to help them.  

Just something to consider.  If you’re looking to hire people with cross cultural experience, maybe call up a refugee organization having to do layoffs.  Or just call them up and thank them for what they do.