Books for those considering the mission field (or praying for missionaries)

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Books for those considering the mission field (or praying for missionaries)

My dear friend, John McVay, who is the Chief of Staff at the In His Image Family Medicine Residency and also directs their Medical Missions Program wrote me to say:
I am writing to ask if you would spread the word about the new missions books listed below. The first one I helped put together last spring after ten years of gathering answers.  Perspectives co-editor Steve Hawthorne wrote: “The Ask a Missionary book is like having a dozen missionary friends at your side, coaching you with kindness and clarity. Who knew wisdom could be so encouraging?”

The second book, Where There Was No Church, is by an interagency team that includes an old friend of mine.
And the third book, Operation World, was completely revised recently.
I would add, please forwarding this to others interested in global missions.
1) Ask a Missionary: Time-Tested Answers from Those Who’ve Been There


If you are exploring doing something extraordinary for the glory of God among the nations, Ask a Missionary will give clarity and answers for a journey into missions. Because they have “been there,” over one hundred missionaries from around the world, including Elisabeth Elliot, George Verwer, Phyllis Kilbourn, and Bill Stearns, share their insightful wisdom and practical advice on everything from making the decision to go, to stepping into a new culture, and everything in between.

  • How can I know if God is leading me to become a missionary?
  • How do I select a mission organization?
  • What type of academic or practical training should I consider?
  • How will I be funded?

To order or learn more click here.
2) Where There Was No Church


This book brings together stories that show what God is doing through his people among Muslims, and brings to life fruitful practices that have helped followers of Jesus invite Muslims to follow him, too. The principles illustrated through the stories will also be of value to anyone living among other peoples where there is no church.
Questions for reflection are included with each chapter to help the reader further his or her understanding of the chapter, or to use in group study. According to Dr. J. Dudley Woodberry, noted Islamic scholar and Dean Emeritus of the School of Intercultural Studies, Fuller Theological Seminary, “This compilation of true stories is a must read for all who want to learn from the experiences of others. Chapter titles include:

  • Not a Foreign Message
  • Couscous on Sunday
  • Meeting the Savior through the Quran
  • Desperate Enough to Pray
  • The Messiah Is Not a Liar
  • Stoking the Home Fire
  • Uncle, Is It True?

To order or learn more click here.
3) Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide to Every Nation (Completely Updated 2010)


When you hear a country mentioned in the news or in a conversation and you want to more about it and what God is doing there – this book is the definitive global prayer handbook.
With over a million copies of past versions being sold, this all new 7th edition has been completely updated and revised by Jason Mandryk and covers every country in the world, from the largest to the smallest.
Whether you are an intercessor praying behind the scenes for world change, a sender, or an aspiring missionary, Operation World will give you the information necessary to be a vital part in fulfilling God’s passion for the nations:

  • All the countries of the world featured
  • Maps of each country
  • Geographic information
  • People groups within each country
  • Economic information
  • Political information
  • Religious make-up of each country
  • Answers to prayer
  • Challenges for prayer
  • Persecution index

To order or learn more, click here.

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