Missionary Talks

The podcast where missionaries share their lives and work.

Missionary Talks 80: George Zarris

Filed under: Podcast,Show Notes,Talk — david at 11:38 pm on Friday, December 10, 2010

Bro. George Zarris is a missionary working to help pastors and other missionaries share the Gospel by means of mass media and broadcasting. Primarily his work is with radio stations, but any opportunity to help a spread the Gospel by way of TV, satellite or radio is his passion.

In some cases this ministry has him talking with people inside government agencies trying to work through the legal paperwork to get a station on the air. At other times he is raising funds and physically constructing radio stations in foreign countries.

Bro. George was a pastor for many years and was led into radio ministry by seeing how effective radio and TV can be in spreading any message. God led him to resign the church he started so that he could begin bringing people to the Lord through the power of radio. During the first years he learned the programing side of radio and has been using that information to help other Christian radio stations be more effective in their ministry.

Listen as Bro. Zarris shares some amazing stories of what God is doing around the world through radio.

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Missionary Talks 79: Tony and Laura Macias

Filed under: Podcast,Show Notes,Talk — david at 9:00 pm on Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Macias familyTony and Laura Macias contacted me a couple of months ago and asked if I would interview Brad Rhoads again to get an update on his ministry. They were intrigued by the original interview because God had used Brad to show them that not all missionaries were church planters and that they could use their skills on the mission field. They are now raising their support preparing for full time missionary service.

Tony will be working with Bro. Brad Rhoads in MAF’s Learning Technologies. As an educator he will help the men who are learning from the Bible training tools that are created by Learning Technologies to know how best to use these tools. He will also be working with the curriculum creators to help them to understand what is needed in the field to help the students learn well.

Laura will work as an Orality Specialist. She will help train missionaries and nationals on how to teach the Bible in oral societies. These could be either non-literate people groups or people whose culture is more of an oral one—relying on verbal stories as opposed to written word to transmit information. She will be using the God Story’s program called Simply the Story as the basis for what she will be teaching.

Please visit their website to keep up to date on their mission journey.

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Missionary Talks 78: Jim Belisle

Filed under: Information — david at 3:36 pm on Saturday, September 25, 2010

Bro. Jim Belisle is a missionary evangelist. He travels to different fields helping missionaries conduct evangelistic crusades as well as teaches in Bible Institutes around the world. Bro. Jim shares with us some of the different ways he helps missionaries. He also encourages listeners to do their part is assisting missionaries in two specific ways. First he encourages the listeners to pray for their missionaries. The second thing he encourages friends and supporters back home to do is realize that missionaries have taken a financial cut recently because the US dollar is not as strong now as it had been. Without losing any support missionaries are taking a financial cut because of the weakened dollar. Continue to support and consider raising your financial commitment to your missionaries.

Please take time to visit Bro. Jim’s website and pray for him and his family as he travels.

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Missionary Talks 77: Rodney Myers

Filed under: Podcast,Show Notes,Talk — david at 11:39 am on Saturday, September 11, 2010

Myers Family photoTanzania is a country in East Africa where Rodney Myers and his family serve as missionaries. They work with the Datooga tribe as church planters. Bro. Rodney shares a bit about the Datooga tribe and the recent publication of the Datooga Bible.

One of the things we talked at length about was linguistic training and how it can be a benefit to the missionary. This is true if a missionary is going into a tribal setting where there might not be a formal language school, but also for missionaries going to minister in a language that is not their native tongue. Bro. Rodney mentioned the linguistics program that he attended and later gave me some resources of linguistic interest.

Linguistic Resources:

Be sure to visit Bro. Myers’ blog for stories of life in Tanzania.

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Missionary Chats 05: News from JustinLong.org

Filed under: Chat,Podcast,Show Notes — david at 10:25 pm on Monday, August 23, 2010

I spoke with Justin Long about the information he provides to readers about missionary news and trends. He has a resource of links and information as well as commentary that is useful for missionaries and those who pray for mission works around the world. You can go to his site to find out how to access the resources. You can also find Justin’s information on Facebook.

Justin also mentioned specific resources where he gets some of his missions news (not all would be considered conservative religious news).

If you have questions for Justin you can write to me or leave a comment. You can also go to Justin’s site and get his contact information. I would like to have Justin back for future Chats episodes. Your questions will help direct the topic of our conversation.

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Missionary Talks 76: Brad Rhoads

Filed under: Podcast,Show Notes,Talk — david at 10:36 pm on Monday, July 5, 2010

Rhoads Family PictureI first talked with Brad in February 2008. He talked about the computer projects that he would be working on for MAF in their Learning Technologies department. But all of that was tentative since he wasn’t actively working with MAF at the time. If you have not heard the original interview, then you may want to go back and listen to that one.

Now that Brad has been working with MAF for almost 2 years it was good to find out what has taken place with those projects and to see what he is currently working on. Brad is a computer programmer who has been called to missions and is using the skills that God has allowed him to learn in the ministry.

In the interview Brad encourages the listeners to find out what God has gifted them with and seek to serve the Lord in however they are called to serve.

The websites Brad mentioned were:

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Missionary Talks 75: Jeff Bush

Filed under: Podcast,Show Notes,Talk — david at 11:11 am on Saturday, June 19, 2010

Bush Family PhotoI was introduced to Missionary Jeff Bush just a few weeks before we arrived in Argentina. Bro. Jeff has been used by the Lord to start a church that has already started another church and is looking to begin two more in the coming year.

Enjoy the conversation as Bro. Bush talks about how the Lord led him to the field and some of the details of his preparation for the ministry he is doing today. He also shares information about language school that many missionaries will need to attend as they prepare for ministry on a foreign field.

If you are considering missionary work, or just want to know more about life as a missionary, be sure to visit Bro. Jeff’s website. Along with having his prayer letters and ministry information, he has good resources to help a missionary on deputation and to avoid some common mistakes of the ministry.

He also has a website for his ministry in Argentina that is written in Spanish.

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