Years ago I helped with the publication of St Francis Magazine. It was an online journal that focused on Christianity in Arab and Muslim-majority contexts. I have an archive of most (maybe all) of the articles. I thought that since I’m stuck inside our flat in Madrid with extra time on my hands I would share some of those via this blog.
These are just a few of my favorite ones, though I understand that others are available at Academia.edu and Scribd.com, so if you’re looking for a specific article and it’s not here, please head over to those websites.
These are articles from St Francis Magazine, 2005–2006 (the first and second years of publication). If you are interested in other articles please let me know.
If you’re interested in more of these articles please let me know. SFM really did publish some outstanding work (and some substandard work, I’m sure). But it filled a gap that no one else did at the time and, I think, no one does today.
Many churches throughout the world support cross-cultural workers in some way or another. Some pay, some pray, some visit. But what are key ways that your church can support your ministers serving in other countries or among other cultures?
My wonderful wife, Sharon, has written on this topic for the blog at New Wineskins. I have encouraged her to share about it at her blog, though she’s not one for blogging much. So I’m sharing it!
Here is one idea, but read the whole thing for other ideas too:
Write Us Back. We send out an update email once every 1-2 months, and it means something to us when people write us back. Everything from “great insights, we’ll be praying for you” to in-depth responses – we love it all. It communicates to us that people are reading about what we’re doing, and they care. One of the things that I’ve learned in our time in ministry is that people want to know that they matter… to God and to others. Missionaries, as it turns out, are no exception.