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David Joannes

God’s Call to Leave This American Mess [Re-Post]

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I recently ran across a powerful blog titled God’s Call to Leave This American Mess by John Piper. He begins, “What does the present political climate in America have to do with world evangelization?” See John Piper’s full article here. It’s an important, albeit, provocative way to start a blog. But the points Piper raise are…

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So, You’re Moving Out Of America? Here’s A Suggestion For You: CHINA

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“The Canada immigration site has crashed.” That’s what my friends tell me anyway. Mind you, this is not yet a verified fact. 🙂 And here’s yet another non-political travel meme:  So if you’re thinking of moving out of America (for whatever reason), here’s a suggestion for you: Move to China! That’s right. You heard me…

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Bullets Are Flying Over Our Missionaries’ Heads In The Ongoing War In Myanmar

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This morning, I received a disturbing text message from our local missionary in Myanmar. “David,” he said, “Please pray for us. The bullets are flying over our heads! Have you heard nothing of the mass genocide taking place among some of Asia’s ethnic tribes? Have you heard nothing of the mass genocide taking place among…

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Chinese Missionary Remains In Prison For Extra Year To Disciple New Converts

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The 41-year-old Chinese missionary retold his story of the 2-year prison sentence he received for preaching the Gospel one decade ago. His story was remarkable, seemingly unbelievable. While I was translating his testimony from Mandarin to English for American visitors, I was suddenly struck with a divine revelation. I was sitting in the presence of…

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3 Reasons Why God Doesn’t Need Pioneers In The USA

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This blog is making the rounds on social media. It’s just the right amount of controversy for me! My friend, Asian Roughrider, wrote the article. I think there are a lot of great points, and pray that it inspires you to understand God’s global missions heart. See original blog here. And before you begin reading…

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The Ordinary in the Midst of the Extraordinary [ChinaSource Blog Repost]

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When you think about the ordinary in the midst of the extraordinary, what comes to mind? Is there glory in the amidst the mundane? Does God truly use unassuming misfits to accomplish great things for His Kingdom? I am honored that ChinaSource highlighted my new book, The Space Between Memories: Recollections from a 21st Century…

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Unreached People Groups Don’t Always Live In Ugly Places

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I’ve found that there are a few stigmas that we have about the unreached world. #Unreached people groups don’t always live in ugly places. #missions Click To Tweet Say the word “unreached” and mental images of ugliness and debasement are generally evoked. Either that or we subliminally gather these individuals and communities into a large group…

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Suicide Among Chinese College Students And Gospel Hope

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College life in China is a pressure cooker and the pot is ever on the edge of boiling over. Because of the pressures that Chinese college students face, especially during nationwide exams, is taking its toll on society. The suicide rate in China is staggering. According to a 2011 Center for Disease Control and Prevention…

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Hundreds Attend Massive Public Baptism In Hidden Forested Landscape

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This is an incredible update with striking images of a public baptism in China. Hundreds Attend Massive Public Baptism In Hidden Forested Landscape #unreached Click To Tweet The baptism took place deep in a hidden forest near one of our 6 outreach centers. Our local missionary tells us, “On August 13, more than 40 people…

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You Can Be A Missions Mobilizer By Hosting A Vision Cast!

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It doesn’t matter where you are around the world; you can inspire people to join the missions heart of God by hosting a Within Reach Global Vision Cast! SHARE THIS: Want to be a #missions #mobilizer? Host a @within_reach Vision Cast! Click To Tweet You want to make Jesus famous among the nations, but you…

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