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Coming Soon: “Dispatches from the Front” Book!

On May 31st, a new book will be hitting the shelves. Executive Director of Frontline Missions International, Tim Keesee, brings us Dispatches from the Front: Stories of Gospel Advance in the World’s Difficult PlacesThis book is a must-read for all believers interested in missions. But beware, if you pick up this book: not only will you not want to put it down, you may also be encouraged to pick up the cross and follow Christ on a whole new level of Kingdom work.

If you’ve seen any of the Dispatches from the Front DVD series, you’ll recognize Tim’s journalistic style and hear his voice as you read his encounters of God’s Kingdom Advance, growing and expanding all over the globe, especially in the difficult places–places considered “closed” to most people, but not closed to our great God.

I was honored and thrilled to be part of the early proofreaders, and am so excited to share this book with you. I am privileged to not only know Tim as my boss, but also as my friend. He’s a gifted writer and a faithful, humble servant of our heavenly Father, who counts the costs and takes risks in order to share the Good News, wherever he goes.

You’ll feel like you’re riding on the train with Tim, as he journeys across Siberia and China, India and Egypt; you’ll drink coffee and tea with him in South Asia, Turkey and Ethiopia; then you’ll grab your boots and head with him through Cambodia, the Balkans, Pakistan, and to the “uttermost parts of the earth” (and, yes, there are maps included). You’ll cry with tears of grief, as cross-bearers give up their very lives for the sake of His name; and you’ll cry with joy, as former haters of the Gospel embrace Jesus as their personal Savior!

The stories take place over twenty years and multiple trips to a myriad of countries and regions and people groups. Tim’s writing is not just story-telling, but an act of worship, as he recounts not what he has done or where he has gone, but what God has done and revealed of His great glory all over the world.

But don’t take my word for it. Grab a cup of coffee (and maybe some tissues), and download a PDF excerpt of Dispatches from the Front. Then on May 31st, download the full e-book or pick up a copy at Crossway.org, and continue reading of our great God and His glorious Gospel!

Build Your Kingdom Here by Rend Collective

Below are the lyrics to a song I heard for the first time yesterday, sang as if in a prayer. I hope these words will be an encouragement to you all, as they were to me.

Rend Collective, a Christian band from Northern Ireland

“Come set Your rule and reign
in our hearts again.
Increase in us we pray.
Unveil why we’re made.
Come set our hearts ablaze with hope
like wildfire in our very souls.
Holy Spirit, come invade us now.
We are Your church.
We need Your power in us.

“We seek Your kingdom first.
We hunger and we thirst.
Refuse to waste our lives
for You’re our joy and prize.
To see the captive hearts released.
The hurt, the sick, the poor at peace.
We lay down our lives for Heaven’s cause.

“Unleash Your kingdom’s power
reaching the near and far.
No force of Hell can stop
Your beauty changing hearts.
You made us for much more than this!
Awake the kingdom seed in us!
Fill us with the strength and love of Christ.

Chorus:
“We are Your church.
We pray revive this earth.

“Build Your kingdom here.
Let the darkness fear.
Show Your mighty hand.
Heal our streets and land.
Set Your church on fire.
Win this nation back.
Change the atmosphere.
Build Your kingdom here!
We pray!”

Journey Journal: Days 123-128

Day 123: Friday, May 3, 2013

Today was fun–surprise lunch with my aunt and uncle who are here for various friends’ and family’s graduations. Met up with Bryan at “China” for some beef and broccoli and egg rolls. It was nice to catch up. After work, we headed to a graduation party for our friend Josh who just finished a Masters in English. It was good to catch up with Josh, his girlfriend, other friends and former English professors.

Day 124: Saturday, May 4, 2013

Rainy day…and I mean RAINY! Omelets for breakfast, then a Starbucks and Lowe’s run. We kept lunch light. For dinner, we went over to our friend Carissa’s and made her some curry. It was quite possibly Bryan’s best curry yet! And he broiled some fresh broccoli and steamed some rice on the side. SO yummy! We will definitely have to do that again.

Day 125: Sunday, May 5, 2013

Happy 1st Anniversary to my brother and his wife! We had a good day of services at church and a special Cinco de Mayo dinner with our young adult group (or part of it)–homemade tacos with fresh cilantro and avocados, chips and salsa. I especially enjoyed the testimonies of some of our church family who are headed out on missions trips this summer. The one that particularly caught my attention was from Brooke. In the morning service, there was a baby dedication; during Brooke’s testimony, she talked about how she had been dedicated to the Lord on that very platform over 20 years before, and she talked about how the church had loved her and trained her and equipped her to go out. It was a beautiful testimony of God’s grace in His Body. After the evening service, Bryan and I had leftover tacos, and he taught me how to play a new card game.

Day 126: Monday, May 6, 2013

Hoops and Yoyo apparently know how I feel today–too much Monday, not enough coffee! After work, Bryan and I went for a walk and then went over to Carissa’s house again to hang out with her and her puppy Gideon. I love how the conversation always turns to the Gospel when she’s around! We chatted for an hour or so before heading home.

Day 127: Tuesday, May 7, 2013

After work and Goga, we made grilled salmon with pickled carrots and daikon, fresh cilantro, and homemade tartar sauce on an onion bun for dinner. For dessert, I mixed together some peaches, blackberries, and blueberries with fresh mint, a splash of balsamic vinegar, some agave nectar, and a dollop of coconut milk with cinnamon and nutmeg. Quite refreshing! 100% plant-based! And deliciously nutritious!

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Day 128: Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Work has been especially busy, but good things are happening–it’s exciting to watch God work on the frontlines of Gospel advance…and behind the scenes too! After work and Goga (which is officially changing its name to iVIVA), I cooked up some linguini noodles and melted in some leftover curry sauce, adding some extra spices and a tablespoon of peanut butter to give it a little more of a Thai taste. Then I topped it with some fresh cilantro. The side dish is sautéed green onions, orange pepper, carrots, and daikon root with some turmeric, Thai basil, and lime zest. It turned out pretty good! For dessert, I repeated last night’s fruit and coconut milk treat.

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Dispatches from the Front 6: “The Power of His Rising” On Sale Now!

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Frontline Missions International (FMI), where I have the privilege to work and serve, has just released their sixth episode of the Dispatches from the Front DVD series.  The whole series has a powerful message of God calling and equipping servants for Kingdom work; this particular episode shows how God uses professionals, those with skills and talents, for His Glory in hard to reach places. Each episode also has some special features, including an image gallery and study guide! Some episodes include special bonus clip interviews, and this one includes a recording and song sheets for “The Power of His Rising” song.

It’s available for a limited time for only $5 from WTSBooks.com until April 26th! The ad above and endorsements below are from WTS’s website regarding this incredible sale! The normal price is $15, and we’ll be offering them on the Dispatches website for $10 until June 1st, but you can’t beat $5! If you’ve never seen these documentary-style glimpses into real-life missions, now is the time to buy!

DFTF-Episode-6-02Back Cover: “Over two billion people in the world have no access to the Gospel—no Bible, no church, no Christians, no hope. Since many of them live in countries closed to traditional missionaries, how will they hear the Good News? One way is that Christ is calling and equipping men and women with skills—professionals—to use their talents to reach people who are hard to get to. The Power of His Rising is an inside look at how this is unfolding in South Asia, where baristas and bakers, pilots and farmers are a force for the Gospel! It’s an amazing journey by land, sea and air—down crowded streets and remote rivers—to find light shining in darkness and persecuted believers singing because of Jesus! Dispatches from the Front opens yet another window to see Christ at work in the world through His endless life and relentless grace!” Running Time: 65 minutes

Watch the trailer here:

“Dispatches from the Front” Now Available in a Boxed Set!

I recently started working for Frontline Missions International, and I wanted to let you know of an incredible resource that Frontline has available. Over the past several years, they’ve been producing the “Dispatches from the Front” DVD series, providing glimpses into international missions in the world’s hard to reach places. They are inspiring, convicting, Christ-focused and professionally produced!

The first five episodes of the “Dispatches from the Front” series are now available in a boxed set at Amazon for only $50! These boxed sets would make great gifts! It’s not too early to start planning for Christmas!

Boxed Set Includes the following DVDs (normally $15 per DVD):

  • Episode 1: Islands on the Edge (Southeast Asia)
  • Episode 2: A Bold Advance (Albania, Kosovo, and Montenegro)
  • Episode 3: I Once Was Blind (West Africa)
  • Episode 4: Souls of the Brave (India)
  • Episode 5: Father, Give Me Bread (Ethiopia and South Sudan)

These videos are worth watching and sharing! And if you don’t want to take my word for it, here’s what others are saying:

  • “Beware of watching these Dispatches if you don’t like being moved and inspired and shaken out of the ruts of your life. My wife and I were riveted in watching the frontline reports of God’s work recorded in the Dispatches from the Front. This is the sort of information that builds faith in the present providence of God over his mission, and stirs up action for the sake of lost and hurting people near and far. I would love to see thousands of people mobilized as senders and goers for the sake of the glory of Christ and the relief of suffering on the frontiers, especially eternal suffering. ” – John Piper, author of Desiring God; pastor for preaching and vision, Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis
  • “I want, and I want my kids to have, a heart for world missions. These videos stir that passion. . . . I would highly recommend this series.” – Joshua Harris, senior pastor, Covenant Life Church, Gaithersburg, MD
  • Dispatches offers a potent reminder that in the darkest places, the gospel shines brightest. It should come with a warning label. Danger: Graphic scenes of mission reality that will disrupt your comfort and ignite your heart for God’s work on the frontlines. Pray, watch and act!”  Dave Harvey, Sovereign Grace Ministries, Church Planting & Missiology
  • Dispatches is like watching a reality television show. You feel like you are there, and you sense the emotions and crises of the people you meet on the screen; but it is not entertainment. It opens the vistas of spiritual reality, and after it is over you can’t just turn it off and walk away. You have to pray and say, ‘Lord, what would you have me do?’”  Mark Vowels, director of missions, Bob Jones University, and long-time friend of the family
  • “In Dispatches from the Front: Islands on the Edge the stories are powerful because the Gospel is powerful. We made this DVD presentation the focal point of a Sunday evening service recently, and the Lord used it to cause our people to “lift up their eyes and look on the fields” in new and fresh ways–seeing the faces, hearing the voices, and sharing in the sorrows and joys of our brothers and sisters in southeast Asia.”  Dan Brooks, senior pastor, Heritage Bible Church, Greer, SC, and my pastor

Order Here! You will not regret it!

The Gospel

Tonight, our church viewed the latest Dispatches from the Front by Frontline Missions about the growth of God’s Kingdom in Ethiopia. God is doing amazing things!

It reminded me of another video I watched recently about what the Gospel is. Eric Ludy of Ellerslie.com put together this video–a video worth watching, worth reflecting on, worth rejoicing in…

If you’re interested in donating Bibles to those in Ethiopia and the surrounding regions, consider contributing to the Oromo Project. Or maybe, you might consider going and sharing the gospel to the 1.1 million people in the region of Ethiopia that have never heard the name of Jesus.

Here’s one more thought provoking clip…