Missionary Minded

Living Outside the U.S.? Don’t Take Banking for Granted

The to-do list for missionaries preparing to live abroad is long. Many items on the list are routine. But these days, banking isn’t one of them. Several laws passed in recent years have made some banks in the U.S. and abroad skittish about serving American citizens living outside the States. Some people have had difficulty opening accounts; others’ accounts have been closed. [read more]

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Missionary Kids and Money

Most of us missionary kids (MKs) learned how to see the world though our parents’ eyes. We learned about cross-cultural sensitivities and God’s love for all creeds and colors. Sometimes it was taught but most times simply observed. For example, I learned in Latin cultures to always talk about family and health before ever talking about business. It wasn’t until I was older that I realized why we always asked a business person about their family first. We gained each other’s trust that way. This is similar to kids and money. Just like my parents intentionally taught me about missions and cross cultural ministry, I can intentionally teach my kids... [read more]

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What do global missions thought leaders really think?

In a recent survey by Missio Nexus, more than 160 CEOs of global missions organizations shared their insights on the state of missions worldwide—both personally and organizationally. Missio Nexus compiled the results and created this Missiographic from the full report, providing a snapshot of what’s going on behind the scenes in missions around the globe. [read more]

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Managing Money When You Live Outside the US, Part 1

Just as when you’re on home assignment, you want to be smart about how you spend the money your support team gives when you’re living and serving internationally. Three areas that may not seem to bring the risk of wasting these funds have to do with how you access and spend them. Here are some tips for how to be smart about exchanging currency, getting cash and making purchases. [read more]

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When Commerce Meets the Great Commission

Deep in North Korea’s Chagang Province, a Korean-American mechanic tightens the drive belt on a Kameo tractor, hoping to get his anxious customer back to tilling the fields. After a few low groans, the well-worn machinery sputters to life. The farmer offers a polite nod and a modest payment as he departs. But the transaction is far from over. The mechanic is encouraged to see life restored to the farmer’s tractor, but his long-term goal is to see the same transformation in the farmer’s life, through the power of Christ. [read more]

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7,000 Miles Away and Out of Money: Emergency Ideas for Missionaries

Over the years, I’ve fielded thousands of questions about fundraising, including how to prevent blind spots from derailing funding leadership. But the No. 1 question missionaries ask is how to raise capital quickly so they can continue their work. [read more]

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