I spent the summer after my first year on staff in the Philippines. It was an incredible time with great highs and a few lows. I saw amazing opportunities for evangelism and movement development. But I contracted amoebic dysentery, laying me out flat for parts of the summer.
I’ve tried to maintain a heart for the world, as I’ve focus on launching and building movements in the US. Though I did not leave the US again for a number of years, I’ve been able to travel more internationally in the last decade and I have a trip to the other side of the world later this Spring. But I wish I had known some ways for keeping a vision for the world.
I’ve shared this list before by Mike Berk, PSW Associate Director for Global Missions. Since many found it helpful, here it is again.
25 Things to keep the World before your students.
- Read Missionary biographies with your small group.
- Pray for a location regularly with your disciples.
- Skype with a missionary during bible study.
- Send a care package to a missionary.
- Go on a vision trip together.
- Go on a summer mission together.
- Challenge one another to take a year together reaching students.
- Book mark the traveling team website and read the articles together.
- Eat ethnic food together.
- Go to the international student center and hang out.
- Initiate with someone different from you – practice crossing cultures.
- Start an international student ministry on your campus.
- Take a perspectives class together.
- Take a language course.
- Go to Cost Plus World Market and find some food or music from a different culture.
- Go to OperationWorld.com and regularly pray.
- Get a large world map and keep track of missionaries, trips you or your friends have gone on and parts of the world God is burdening you for.
- Read the world section of the newspaper (online).
- Do a fund-raiser for an international cause – human trafficking, social injustice, evangelistic missions…
- Memorize scripture on God’s heart for the nations. http://www.ywam.org/get-involved-2/all-nations-verse-list/.
- Read through famous missionary quotes: https://home.snu.edu/~hculbert/slogans.htm.
- Read the book “Go, following Jesus to the Ends of the Earth” by Dave Dishman.
- Have your group practice sharing the gospel – practice by doing and practice often!
- Download the Jesus film App on your phone. It’s a great tool to have that can help you communicate the gospel to students from just about everywhere.
- Read a book about sharing the gospel with people of another faith. Some Recommendations:
- The Gospel for Muslims. by Thabiti Anyzbwile.
- The Lotus and the Cross: Jesus Talks with Buddha. by Ravi Zacharias.
- New Birth and Rebirth: Jesus talks to Krishna. by Ravi Zacharias.
- You Bring the Bagels, I’ll Bring the Gospel. by Barry Rubin.
Click here to access a pdf of Mike Berk’s entire article on 25 ways to keep the World before your students. And just out is Shane Sebastian’s, “This Change Is Everything“. A great read.
Spring Coaching Tips
- All good things start (again) with Jesus.
- A Staff Team Pioneering a New Campus Together.
- Select Next Year’s Leadership Now.
- A new 31 Day Experiment.
- Natural mode launching.
- Top Ten Myths About Sharing Your Faith.
Selected Tips from Fall 2016
- “Act as if it were true”.
- Ways a coach helps.
- Did you know…?
- Movement Leadership Forms.
- Ministry beyond ministry.
- Launch and Build Bridges Movements.
- Future Teachers Living Missionally.
- A Destino Multiple Movements Case Study.
- Freshman Takeover Night.
- Some ways to build student leadership.