Tag: Missionary

I am an MK (a.k.a. Missionary Kid)

I was raised on the mission field. I am what you would call an MK…Missionary Kid. Traveling all over the world and living in Hong Kong, the Philippines and Israel as a young boy, I got to experience God doing wonderful things on the earth.

We are excited to bring stories from the field right here to South Bend for our Summit 2018 conference weekend. Join us as we welcome Linda Turner who is a missionary to the nations and our friend Carl-Gustaf Severin who has traveled to the farthest corners of the earth with the Gospel.

God has provided us with a 10,000-square-foot warehouse for our feeding program, Feeding the Nations, right here at our campus in South Bend! Join us Saturday afternoon for a wonderful luncheon in our warehouse. We will be sharing stories of those we have reached this year with food and the gospel. I have always said that food is a very small key that opens a great, big door.

We are expectant for what God is going to do during Summit weekend. Come have your heart and spirit renewed with stories of HOPE and FAITH in our great God.

I hope to see you in South Bend June 22-24. Click for more information and to reserve your seat at the luncheon.


The Sent One

Missio = “Sent One”

Some of you may know of T.L. Osborn, a great missionary. He produced a movie, years ago, when he was in Holland, called, “The Holland Wonder.”  He had hundreds of thousands in an open air crusade in that north part of Europe, which is unheard of. It was a miracle. He was a true evangelist. But he said this, “There is no such word as missionary in the Bible.”

Wait a minute, Brother T.L.; you’re messing up our theology here.

He said there is a call for us all to be , “the sent one,” but you’re sent as who you are. So if you are not that here, you’re certainly not going to become that there. There is a ministry to fulfill wherever you are, whether you’re in South Bend or Timbuktu. There’s a ministry of helps, a pastor, teacher, or an evangelist. You can service in the ministry wherever you are.

I’ve heard people say, “The boat ride, or the plane ticket, is not going to make you a missionary.” It’s not like the phone booth Clark Kent used and you hop out a super missionary. No, no, no. You’re you will be the same dud there as you were at home. You can’t think that when you get “there”, you’re going to be a  super missionary, or that all of the sudden you’ll have the power of God, or assume people are going to want to hear what you have to say. Just because you go, you don’t become somebody else.

Who you are, is who you are. 

You can not change that. You’ve got to be that person you want to be here, before you transport there. As many of you know, I was brought up many years, on the mission field. Up until high school, I had lived in the Philippines, twice, Hong Kong, Israel, and other parts of the world. I’ve seen people that have come from the United States that had good hearts, good intentions, but they were not prepared. They would land at the airport and say, “what do I do now?”

That is not the place to figure that out.

Those things need to be figured out at home, before you go.

Therefore, you have to go, knowing, that you are the anointed of the Lord and you are sent, not by accident, but on purpose to do a work for God.  Amen?

-Pastor Steve



Jesus the Missionary

Do you know who was the first missionary?


Jesus came from his home, to your home, to give you the good news. Take a second and just think of where He left. Heaven. Wow! An incredible place. All the songs that have been sung, and all the words that have been written, are still a long way from being shy of describing heaven. But Jesus left that marvelous place, to come to this place. Whoa. You think that was a step down? I’d say so. All to say that I have redeemed you. How do you redeem? You pay a price. Who’s going to pay the price? He is.

You may remember from my last post, the people of India wondering why an innocent man was killed. He had done nothing wrong. We did, but because of His death and resurrection, we have the good news.

Paul, throughout his letters in the New Testament, asks a lot of questions. He asked, why would we want to stay in bondage after the price has been payed for our freedom?

What a huge question.

Paul, throughout his letters in the New Testament, asks a lot of questions. He asks why would we want to stay in bondage after the price has been paid for our freedom?

What a huge question.

Why would we want to stay in bondage, willfullyarrogantly, sometimes ignorantly when Jesus has paid for us to be free?

John 8:36: Whom the Son sets free, is free indeed.

Jesus, the first missionary, the first sent one, has brought good news to all of us. We, in turn, then need to take that good news to who?


What a mission. Just think, if your church had one person duplicating themselves one time. I’d assume you’d have a whole lot of church services. In a year’s time, if two persons were duplicated by every one, you may have a building project on your hands. If the Lord really moved in our hearts, we’d have three to four duplicated for every one. I know what you’re saying, don’t press your luck. But just think if we got the idea, the concept, the reality, that I am the product of someone sent to me, so that I could live free, forever. Not just down here on earth, but FOREVER.

That’s a very long time.

You see stories on television about someone who has been incarcerated wrongly for tens of years. They have spent that time behind bars for something they really did not do. But, because of modern science, and the things they’re able to discover, they prove this person is innocent. They really didn’t do it, they were telling the truth. They have spent a lifetime paying for something they did not do.

Jesus paid the ultimate for something He did not do. He gave His life, so that we could be free.

Let’s pray…

Father, we thank you for the precious word of God. Lord, our mission field is the whole world. Seven billion people that need Jesus desperately. Lord, we pray for them. I pray that we will understand it, so clearly, that all the way around us, wherever we live, whatever the street name, the town, the village, that there are lost people that need to have individuals sent to them to bring them the good news. Not religion, not a church, not a doctrine, but good news. Good news has come and you can be set free! That’s what they want to hear. Lord, I pray that inside of us, it’ll explode on the inside of us, the comprehension and understanding of, how can they hear, without a sent one? So, Lord I pray that we will understand that we are those that are sent, into our world, to tell other s that they can be free by the power and love of our Lord Jesus Christ.

In Your name we pray, Amen.

 – Pastor Steve