Missionary Talks

The podcast where missionaries share their lives and work.

Missionary Talks 83: Josiah Ritchie

Filed under: Podcast,Show Notes,Talk — David Peach at 12:13 pm on Friday, June 10, 2011

Josiah Ritchie describes himself as a technology missionary. He seeks to connect missionaries and church people through the wonders of technology. Much of his ministry is helping to facilitate communications between the two groups.

Join Josiah and me as we talk about how he works out his goals and how God led him to where he is in ministry today. Bro. Josiah also shares a couple of stories illustrating the power of technology to change people’s lives. One of the things he mentions is programs which teach discipleship lessons through cell phones. This is like the project missionary Brad Rhoads mentioned in his first interview on Missionary Talks episode 43.

Bro. Ritchie has a website where you can learn more about him and his ministry. You can also follow his ministry on Facebook.


Missionary Talks 82: Mike Pettengill

Filed under: Podcast,Show Notes,Talk — David Peach at 8:54 am on Friday, May 27, 2011

Honduras Missionary Team

Mike Pettengill works in Honduras in a church planting ministry. Unlike many missionaries he works in a team with other missionary couples and individuals. In this episode of Missionary Talks Mike talks about some of the blessings and struggles of having a team on the field. Each team member brings his or her own abilities and skills so that the team can accomplish much more than each person individually.

Another thing that Bro. Pettengill shares with the listeners is his experience of going to language school and taking his kids to the mission field at an older age than most missionaries. He and his wife worked in professional fields before being called to Honduras. We also talk a little about recreation and staying healthy on the field.

You can visit the website that talks about the team of missionaries Mike works with. The Pettengill family also have their own personal website so that you can learn more about Mike and his family. You can also follow Mike on Twitter.


Missionary Talks 81: Gene Sharp

Filed under: Podcast,Show Notes,Talk — David Peach at 9:29 am on Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Sharp Family PhotoBro. Gene Sharp is a media technician who serves missionaries by setting up broadcasting opportunities. While the vast majority of his work is in the field of audio, he also works with video and print media. Bro. Sharp goes on location, either to churches in the US or on the foreign field, to physically put together all the equipment that is needed to make a radio or TV station operate.

Bro. Gene shares with the listeners how that God has given him a special desire and ability in the field of technology. He went to Bible college to train as a missionary, and while he preaches quite a bit in his ministry, he has allowed God to lead him into the specific field where he should be serving. Bro. Sharp encourages listeners to be sensitive to how the Lord is leading in their life and to be aware of the special skills and talents the Lord has gifted them with.

Bro. Gene Sharp’s ministry is called Independent Baptist Media. At their website you can read Bro. Sharp’s prayer letter and see about upcoming ministry opportunities.


Missionary Talks 80: George Zarris

Filed under: Podcast,Show Notes,Talk — David Peach 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.


Missionary Talks 79: Tony and Laura Macias

Filed under: Podcast,Show Notes,Talk — David Peach 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.


Missionary Talks 77: Rodney Myers

Filed under: Podcast,Show Notes,Talk — David Peach 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.


Missionary Talks 76: Brad Rhoads

Filed under: Podcast,Show Notes,Talk — David Peach 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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