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Archive for the ‘Mission’ Category

Overcoming the Hesitater in You

By: Jock Ficken

… the spirit told me to have no hesitation—Peter (Acts 11:12) It was part of Peter’s explanation/defense of the landmark visit to Cornelius, equally buttressed by… So if God gave them the same gift he gave us…who was I to think that I could stand in God’s way? (v. 17) No doubt that Peter’s vision … Continue reading

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Pockets and Places

By: Sarah Greiner

“I’m in church work so I’m around christians all day. It’s not possible for me to meet people who don’t know Jesus.” Sound familiar? We often perceive roadblocks to living missionally and feel stuck in the circles of the church world. PLI believes that God opens up possibilities for relationship with lost and broken people … Continue reading

1 Simple Solution for Reaching People

By: Jock Ficken

“So, did you grow up around here?” I was in North Dakota. Gail and I were driving home from vacation. (Beautiful drive!) It’s a question I often ask when meeting waiters, hotel staff…folks pausing long enough for a brief intersection of stories. A chance for me to listen to a bit of their story, often … Continue reading

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2 Prayers of a Mission Field

By: Jock Ficken

Read the prayer. Take the quiz. Distribute to a group of your friends. Compare your answers The Prayer Dr. Robert Newton, former missionary to the Philippines and current district president and PLI Board member, explained that when they were missionaries in the Philippines they would kneel down, hold hands and pray the essence of these … Continue reading

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The Many Destinations of Christmas

By: Jock Ficken

So, here’s the over dinner joke I heard last week. A woman steps up to the ticket counter at the airport checking 3 pieces of luggage. And she explains, “I’d like the blue one to be sent to Omaha. The red one to Chicago. The yellow one to Buffalo.” The very gracious airline customer representative … Continue reading

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Learnings from the DC Learning Community

By: Jock Ficken

Would you join so many others in the PLI family in making a gift…small gift, large gift, any type of gift…before December 31 that will be matched up to $50,000? We’re urgently trying to fully fund this matching gift. Here are 6 things we learned in the incredible D.C. learning community of Ethiopians, Eritreans and … Continue reading

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A Word of Thanks to You

By: Jock Ficken

I want to say a word about #GivingTuesday and the Washington, D.C., multicultural learning community. But first a word of thanks to you. Thanks for being in the PLI family! Gail and I are so encouraged by you, your stories, and your heart for the Mission of God. Here’s a simple report and an even … Continue reading

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What if YOU were the Mission Program?

By: Jock Ficken

Which would you choose to do mission: Being outfitted with a “program” (there are lots of them)? Or, BEING the “Mission Program”? My guess is that a lot of us would reach for the program! Ironically… Our trust in fitting into a program tends to run higher than our trust in God fitting us into … Continue reading

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Keep on Loving One Another

By: Jock Ficken

Irma…Harvey…fires in the Northwest! We’ve been encouraged by so many, and by those in the PLI family in particular, that are in the middle of it all and stepping up to make a difference. And the many not impacted that are extending their impact into these arenas. (Here’s a video of what just one church … Continue reading

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4 Questions Missional Leaders Should Ask

By: Sarah Greiner

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