A Time to Sow
ICLnet Guide to Christian Missions on the Internet

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Part 9 of 17
October 10, 1997
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A Christian Study Center based at the University of Minnesota. The purpose of the MacLaurin Institute is to present the Biblical worldview to university and international scholars so that they bring Christ's transforming influence to bear on their societies and academic disciplines. Featured are books by Vishal Mangalwadi. The Institute provides chapter titles, key quotes, and recommendations for the books featured. Included are: The Missionary Conspiracy; The World of Gurus; and, When the New Age Gets Old.

A Christian relief and development organization serving people with medicines, hospital supplies, health education and leadership development from offices in North America, Latin America, Africa and Asia. On line the reader finds Recent News and Information: includes MAP News, MAP International Report, and MAP US News and Bulletins, as well as a history of MAP International, and a note from MAP President Larry E. Dixon. The WorldWatch section is intended to keep readers up-to-date on international crises caused by natural disasters, conflict and war by providing remote links to various news services. Included is a thorough list of links to remote sites that are geared to handle crisis situations. A Home Pages section provides local administrative pages to MAP US, MAP Latin America, MAP East and Southern Africa, and MAP Korea.

A project of World Vision International, this site will include: Strategic Information on Christian Mission; MARC Newsletter; MARC Publications; and, Some Other Global Mission Sites. Being developed as of May 1996.

An exhibit of the Billy Graham Center Archives, Wheaton College. A short transcript of former missionary Kenneth McGilvrey with the Elim Pentecostal Assemblies of Britain, having worked in Northwest China along side friend and fellow missionary of Victor Plymire. The transcript comments on the development of the Three Self Movement. Recommended.
Documents in the Spotlight Series, BGC Archives: http://www.wheaton.edu/bgc/archives/dits.html

Medical Ambassadors International focuses on the Third World people who are poor, outcast, homeless, sick, and hungry -- especially children. Their main emphasis is to enable self reliance and Christian discipleship by using nationals to reach the poorest of poor, in their own country, to benefit the whole person -- physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually.

MERCY SHIPS [new 4/96]
Mercy Ships owns and operates four relief vessels which sail to areas of natural disaster or chronic need with the three-fold purpose of mercy and relief, training and ministry. Since 1978, Mercy Ships has provided needed surgeries, dental care, medical supplies, clothing, food, seeds, construction materials, development projects, and a message of hope to more than 60 port districts worldwide.

Messenger Films abides in the believe that professionally made motion pictures, anointed by the Holy Spirit of God, are strategic in carrying out the Great Commission - taking the gospel of Jesus Christ to a needy world. The organization is committed to producing films that... declare the glory of God among all peoples (1 Chronicles 16:24); clearly present the saving gospel of Jesus Christ (Mathew 28: 18-20); and, foster unity within the body of Christ (John 17:21). Messenger Films included descriptive information, information about current projects, testimonials and kudos about its films, as well as a column, From the Director's Chair, in its on line Film Library. Another section, entitled Communion, includes contact information, subscription information for Messenger Films' newsletter, Action!, a section devoted to Questions and Comments, and a section requesting for prayer for ongoing projects. Order information is available. Recommended.

A directory of the ministries of the Evangelical Missionary Alliance, New South Wales, provided by the Sydney Centre for World Missions. Contact information includes addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses and web connections, when available.
Sydney Centre for World Missions: http://www.pastornet.net.au/scwm/

Formerly Buddy Bell Ministries, Ministry of Helps International is for Pastors, Laymen, Missionaries, and all leadership in the Local Church. The ministry also publishes five teachings in 17 different languages available. (Spanish, Arabic, Farsi, French, German, Indonesian, Korean, Malayalam, Mandarin, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Tagalog, Telugu, Thai, and Vietnamese). Provided at the we site is information about the workings and vision of MOHI, it's itenerary, and a product catalog that includes videos, books, free materials, and information pertinent to the MOHI Video Club. Also a section for the Carpenters' Shop and book store. The site is frames dependent.

Since 1945, MAF has been ministering to the world's most needy and isolated people. On five continents, in some of the world's most remote and rugged regions, MAF supports the work of some 300 Christian organizations in expanding the Kingdom of God. Their motivation is to bring the love of Jesus Christ to people in need. MAF's tools are airplanes, short-wave radios, satellite links, and other electronic communications networks. Their services in air transportation, electronic communications, and logistics help save lives...here on earth and for eternity. MAF's purpose is to multiply the effectiveness of the church using aviation and other strategic technologies to reach the world for Christ. MAF provides the reader with descriptive information on their identity, purpose, motivation, core values, and a brief history of MAF. A review of the Legacy of Servanthood calendar provides a thorough and very well presented chronological table of events that are a legacy to all Christians. MAF is is headquartered in Indonesia, Eurasia, Africa, Latin America, and North America. There are 242 MAF families serving from 40 bases in 18 countries. Provided are updates and excerpts from FlightWatch which reports on the worldwide ministry of MAF. Get information on how to serve with MAF or how to support MAF projects. There is a section describing the MAF Foundation. MAF has also established a networking ministry, MAFxc, which provides membership services that includes a broad array of networking services for individuals and ministries who want to establish an internet presence.
A Legacy of Servanthood: http://www.maf.org/legacy.html
MAF Information Technologies: http://www.maf.org/infotech.html

Made available on line by the Centre for Mission Direction (New Zealnd), this extensive publication catalogue includes the following categories: New Books, Biography, Bible Translation, Church Planting and Growth, Cities and the Poor, Conflict Resolution, Culture, Development, Evangelical Missiological Society Series, General, Holistic Ministry, International Student Ministry, Islam, Latin America, Local Church and Missions, MARC/World Vision Titles, Missiology and the Theology of Missions, Mission Awareness, Pastoral Care, Prayer and Missions, Preparation for Service, Raising Support, Research and Missions, Ten-Forty Window, Tentmaking, Training, and World Evangelical Fellowship.
Centre for Mission Direction: http://www.cmd.org.nz/books.html

Short Term Mission Specialists. This organization works to combine mission resources of churches around the U.S.A., providing opportunities for Junior High, Senior High, and adults. Preparatory missions training information is made available. Also provided at this site are supporting Bible verses.

MISSION FORUM [new 4/96]
A Home Base for Friends of Churches in Asia, Mission Forum is intended to be a platform for learning, sharing and growing in mutual respect and understand with the many and varied Christian churches of Asia all the way from India and Pakistan, Bangaledesh, Burma, Southeast Asia and China, Korea and Japan. Along the rim and important to Asia is Australia in the south and the Russian Far East in the north. Sample clips of the movie, China: Walls and Bridges are available for download. Also included is a list of Seminaries in China, on-line links to other network sites of interest. Included is a link to Wei Jingsheng: China's Spirit of Democracy. Wei is imprisoned in China. His biography and essays are provided. Readers are provided with information to intercede for his release from prison. Also included is a link to Aung San Suu Kyi, who was a prisoner in Burma. Included from this remote site are addresses, speeches and statements by Suu Kyi, as well as the international response pursuing her release.

A not-for-profit ministry that produces videos for and about Christian Missionaries. MMPI exists to inform individuals and churches of the activities, successes, problems and needs of missionaries throughout the world, primarily through the medium of video. The ministry's goal is for every missionary to be able to afford a video explaining to all the world what they do, and what their needs are. To this end, MMPI have been equipped with industrial-grade JVC editing equipment and the requisite Video Toaster. They can produce from concept to finished duplicates. They tape on-site and edit for returning missionaries. The web site includes sections on Policies and Related Ministries, The Manual (A "how to" booklet designed for missionaries who want to shoot films themselves; and Brother Pete's Short Term Mission Trip Report, and a newsletter (both described in the newsletters/ journals section of this guide).

A Unique Combination of Community Development and Christian Discipleship in Africa. Mission: Moving Mountains' purposes itself to facilitate thephysical and spiritual well-being of impoverished people in developingcountries. The ministry is a member of the Interdenominational Foreign Missionary Association of North America (IFMA). Provided is information on M:MM's Work in Africa, including people and affiliations. More About M:MM includes their Statement of Faith, an Overview of M:MM's Organization of Ministries (cf SF Foundation Reports), and M:MM's Leadership and Staff. Becoming an M:MM Missionary includes an outline detailing Wholistic Ministry Philosophy, Incarnatinal Ministry Lifestyle, Team Ministry Approach, M:MM Missionary Profile, and Role Descriptions.

It's News Worth Listening to! Many Christians today are vitally concerned about our world and helping to fulfill Christ's Great Commission. Yet they lack areliable source of current news about world missions. A service of CornerstoneCollege, Mission Network News can provide you with the most current, most relevant, most inspiring news about world missions -- every day. With thesatellite facilities of Ambassador Inspirational Radio, USA Radio and other major networks, MNN is able to air the latest-breaking mission news within hours of it happening. Mission Network News is committed to producing the finest quality mission news program available today. Each daily newscast willfeature news from a wide range of evangelical mission organizations. -- information adapted from the main page. More information about MNN's organization, projects, locations and staff made available at this site. The Map shows broadcasting affiliates, and a place to write to find the nearest radio station near you. The News section includes the latest news in mission happenings internatinally. There are pertinent interviews with international missions personnel. A Media Partners section provides information about Christian organizations that share financial interests with Mission Network News. There is another section promoting participation from people who might wish to support MNN's worthy projects. A search untility is also provided for this site. Highly Recommended.

MISSION OF JOY LTD. [new 5/97]
Bringing the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the People of India. Mission of Joy exists to reach India with the Gospel. Mission of Joy has built numerous churches, and three orphanages in Andhra Pradesh, South India. Clothing, food, shelter, Christian education, and staff support is presently provided for 75 orphaned children. Funds are provided by caring American Christians. A monthly newsletter (described in the Newsletters/ Journals section of this guide) is sent to all interested. Mission of Joy is not funded or supported by any church or denomination. The Mission provides an information page detailing its goals and its work through orphanages, native missionaries, churches, evangelicalistic crusades, and food ministries. The web site is loaded with information on Children (including photos and letters from some of the Mission of Joy orphans); Prayer Team News (including prayer requests, ongoing prayer needs, and praise reports); Sponsors (you can sponsor a child or a native missionary or contribute to other needs), Educational Resources (good information sources for India and for missions related internet sites). Also provided are Picture Pages, including series on The People of Ministry of Joy, Images of India, and a 1996 visit to India. Very highly recommended.

Mission Possible is an evangelical missions organization that distributes Christian literature, trains church leaders and sends out church planters and missionaries predominantly in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. Detailed information about Mission Possible is provided in the Ministry Overview section, which presents information in sections on Mission, Bibles and Literature, Training, Humanitarian Aid, National Church Planters and Missionaries, and Your Opportunity. A Prayer Guide section helps concerned people understand the needs of the mission by listing some of the e-mail posts from missionaries. Mission Possible also provide current and archived issues of its newsletter, MP Report, as well as online distribution, services mentioned in the Mail-based services and Newsletters/ journals section of this guide. A section detailing the School of Ministry of the International Education Fellowship is also available on line. Recommended.

"Suggestion: Find out about cross-cultural mission service opportunities in your own community or city. Is there an unreached people group near your congregation? Plan ways to reach them with the Gospel." The publications information page of the Lutheran World Mission. We have highlighted some of these publications in our guide, but due to the vast extent that the Lutheran Church -- Missouri Synod is involved in international missions, and the speed with which LCMS is adding valuable new resources to its world wide web sites, we recommend that readers review this official index page regularly.

A service of Helps International Ministries, the directory is a classified list of links to remote servers designed to help missionaries and other interested individuals locate information, people, and organizations.

Mission To Unreached Peoples is an inter-denominational and international ministry of tentmaker missionaries. MTUP champions the potential of lay people in missions and help train, place, and support vocational workers, often in countries closed to traditional missionaries. With headquarters in Singapore and Seattle and over 100 tentmakers in 15 countries in Asia and Eastern Europe, Mission To Unreached Peoples seeks to obey the Great Commission of Jesus Christ by investing our lives, gifts, resources, and vocational skills in God's work.Areas of ministry include China, India, hong Kong, Malaysia, Mongolia, Poland, Indonesia, Cambodia, and Thailand.

An excellent list of mission related videos prepared by the Centre for Mission Direction (New Zealand). Videos are categories by publishers: Christian Broadcasting Network, CREATE International, Institute of Chinese Studies, International Students, Inc., True Colour Productions, PROCLA Media Productions, and the US Center for World Missions. Highly Recommended.
Centre for Mission Direction: http://www.cmd.org.nz/

Mission Training International (formerly Missionary Internship) has been offering user-based, on-site training programs and workshops to missionaries. These programs include Program in Language Acquisition Techniques (PILAT), Pre-Field Orientation (PFO), Culture and Language Learning (CLL), Missionary Family Orientation (MFO), Debriefing and Re-entry (DAR), Interpersonal Skills Workshop, and much more. Over 12,000 people have graduated from MTI programs and our client list reads like a "who's who" of sending agencies. MTI provides information about their training programs, workshops and products that aid in language acquisition and intercultural skills.

The Missions Hotline is a well respected organization that has been involved in missions work. We are pleased to note that The Missions Hotline has established a web site. The organization works in remote areas (especially Africa, and right now, Sudan, Ethiopia, and Kenya because the probems are critical: famine, slavery, conflict and persecutiion). They also offer a travel safety program for Christian travelers. Their goal is to bring the light of God's love, and the truth of His word, to unreached people groups. More information about The Missions Hotline is provided on site. Guiding Principles are forthright witness, obedient and willing spirit, accountability and integrity, they confess their faith, not their culture, and they are non-politcal and non-violent. More information is available regarding Expeditions to the Horn of Africa. The Travel Advise Program includes information on wealther, transportation plans and communication, equipment and food, staying healthy, money and currency, and emergencies. Highly recommended.

Winning and Training Servicemen and Women for Jesus Christ. Established in 1958, Missions to Military has been ministering to the servicemen and women through thier strategically located Military Christian Centers. E-mail connections to the centers is provided on line. The centers resemble a combination of a "home-away-from-home," and a Bible Institute. The free bunks, meals, recreation, and Bible studies are but expressions of Christian love and concern. Their design is that these young men and women become "good soldiers" of Jesus Christ today, and tomorrow become pastors, missionaries and Christian leaders in their communities. MTM also publishes a paper copy newsletter that may be ordered from the web site. Missions to Military functions as an Independent Baptist Mission Board, and is committed to Biblical evangelism that views our highest goals in life as worship and service to the Lord of Glory.

Comment: "I collected the World Christian Internet Resources, and typed the text of that famous old We Are World Christians! poster, out of simple frustration. I saw that the existing Christian information resources on the Interet were focused primarily on nurturing the North American church. Few carry any material to help mobilize the church for its assault on the gates of Hell, particularly when the battle is carried cross-culturally, behind enemy lines." RAS, MorningStar Tech Services.

We seek to encourage and enable others to help fill that gap. We gather projects and pointers under our home page, participate in relevant conferences and network discussion forums, and provide facilities as needed for other organizations.

MUSICTUS [new 10/96]
Questo sito contiene informazioni sul Gospel e sulla Musica Cristiana Contemporanea. Musictus e una Associazione senza finalita di lucro formata da Cristiani Evangelici, attiva dal 1994. I membri dell'Associazione hanno in comune la visione di divulgare il Vangelo con ogni mezzo efficace a tale scopo./ This web site contains information about Gospel and Contemporary Christian Music. Musictus is an authorized Association of Evangelical Christians active since 1994. Members have in common the vision of spreading the Gospel with any effective method. Sections on this web site are organized as follows: Chi e - What is Musictus?; Artisti - Artists; Canoni & Testi - Songs & Lyrics; Concerti - Concerts; Mailing Lists, and Web Sites.

THE NAVIGATORS [revised 4/96]
Available from the Gospel Communications Network.

Who else would a surfer expect to meet navigating on the World Wide Web, but The Navigators? The Navigators of Canada National Campus Mission has developed a wonderfully informative and friendly web site. The Navigators is a non-denominational Christian organization which was formed by Dawson Trotman in 1933, and who was killed in a tragic accident trying to save a fellow Christian. It remains a thorougly evangelical ministry devoted to the international community. Partnering with the Lord, Navigators seek to introducestudents to Christ one by one, coach them to grow in Christ, and teach themto invest their lives in others. A brief description of the Navigators of Canada National Campus Mission website includes sections as follows. Who We Are provides information on the organization, formation, objectives and goals. Included in this section is a super time line listing highlights from the beginning of Navigators to now. Latebreaking News includes information for subscribing to the Student Listserve for Navigator university students across Canada; a list of Adventure Opportunities: international, Canadian, and local retreats; News reports from Colorado, USA and Ottawa, Canada, as well as a message from Navigator Vice President, Jim Petersen. Canadian Campuses/ Ministries provides an image map by which visitors can navigate to their geographic area of choice. Alumni Notes is reserved for posting by any Navigator alumni. At the time of our survey, a file entitled Passing the Torch to the Next Generation is available. The administrators have also provided a link section which contains links to other Navigator sites, to other Christian campus groups, and to general Christian web sites. Another section, Adventure Opportunities provides information for international and canadian opportunities, and local retreats. The Navigators is an international organization. There are 3635 staff members comprising 55 nationalities representing 102 countries. It represents 136 languages. Their work is accomplished one-by-one. It has added up to one big difference in this world. Very highly recommended.

The promotional, educational, fund-raising, and program arm of missions for the Church of the Nazarene. It is also the organizational representative of missions for the church on the regional, district, and local levels. The society provides the structure and spiritual dynamic for mobilizing the church in missions. It keeps mission interest and thrust alive in the church.

"Christianity should make a difference in the way you hold your knife and fork" - Toyohiku Kagawa. The Kagawa quote at the head of the homepage may sound like a pithy anecdote, one you can tell your Christian friends over Sunday lunch, but it is very serious. Christianity should make such a difference. The effect is to be seen in our daily lives -- even in the mundane repetitive things of life. Christianity should make a difference in the way we use our knifes and forks. So what is the problem? In the West we live in a society where the Christian life should stand out like a beacon. Society is in such turmoil that anyone with clear direction is quite evident. Unfortunately the Church is not in such a position. Quite the opposite in fact -- it is losing, or even has lost, its value in society. We should not be surprised at this however because when society comes to the Church it tends to be greeted with a reflection of itself. Instead of unearthing what Jacques Ellul calls the 'social intolerability of revelation' they find the comfortable smells of home. We have woken from the sleep of Christendom to a society accommodated by the Church not changed by the Church as we had thought. Indeed so many 'offensive' cardinal doctrines of faith have been found expendable that an agnostic can write to the London Times saying: "Sir. There does not seem very much left for us agnostics not to believe in." -- From the Introduction. Aims of The Network for Gospel and Culture are documented on line, and a brief historical outline is provided. A section called Gospel and Culture Contacts includes information about its movements in North America Great Britain, New Zealand and Australia as well as their newsletter, called New Slant (detailed in the Newsletters/ Journals section of this guide). Biographical information relating to people who have been influenced by the gospel an culture movement, including Lesslie Newbigin and J.H. Oldham are included in the section entitled A Word in Season. At the time of our survey the following articles are provided at the web site: The Gospel and Contemporary Culture: An introduction by Hugh Montefiore; The Three Levels of Mission in New Zealand, by Rev. Dr. H. Turner; as well as the following historical articles: The Jerusalem Meeting and the Christian Message, by Oliver Chace Quick; and, The Western Crisis, an excerpt from Hendrick Kramer's book, The Christian Message in a Non-Christian World. A recent addition to the Network is the Access Service of the New Zealand Gospel and Culture Trust (detailed in the Newsletters/ Journals section of this guide). Readers can review the broadly scoped index/ digest listings in the Trust's tri-annual newsletter and order copies of articles from the Trust.

Overseas Opportunities for Christian Teachers and Administrators. NICS projects exist in Korea, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, and Austria. Expansion projects may include India, Philippines, Russia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Myanmar, Europe, South America, Africa, and elswhere. Available on line is NICS' Statement of Faith, a Five-minute Interview, and information about NICS' mission, objectives and locations.

NEW LIFE LEAGUE [new 2/97]
New Life League is an interdenominational faith missionary organization that primarily specializes in printing and literature distribution, sponsoring national workers, and evangelism and church planting. Urgent needs include printing Bibles in many languages, especially Central Asia: Personnel with graphic arts and/or mechanical skills; Prayer partners; Financial partners to underwrite cost of printing Bibles. Did you know that a New Testament can be printed for the cost of a coke ($1), a whole bible can be printed for the cost of a hamburger ($2.00)? Highly recommended.

Reaching New Tribes Until the Last Tribe is Reached. One of the most respected mission agencies in the world, NTM has headquarters in Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Greenland, Guinea, Indonesia, Ivory Coast, Mexico, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, the Philippines, Senegal, Thailand, and Venezuela. Although, at the time of our survey, NTM is still working to develop their web site, there is still plenty of information provided, and all are welcomed to stop by for periodic visits. Readers will find information about NTM including their Doctrinal Statement, mission, goals, and history as well as the Destination Summit and NTM's Bible Institutes at Waukesha, Wisconsin and Jackson, Michigan. NTM's Headlines section includes recent news releases. The mission agency is also providing an online form for registered e-mail to NTM missionaries, groups, and projects. A section for Departments will include organizations that are affiliated with New Tribes Missions. Another section reports on recent publications, for example: Reborn to Multiply; Impressions of Taperillas (Bolivia); Do You Pray for Language Learners? (PNG); Too Late (Mexico); and, Apostle On a Honda (Paraguay). There is another section for NTM's Bookstore. At the time of our survey there is an e-mail link if readers wish to contact the bookstore for more information. How can we help share the knowledge and grace of our Savior? NTM provides a contact form for this purpose should visitors wish to join in prayer or become a member. NTM has provided a web site that welcomes visitors and echos the humble and unique character that one finds in NTM people around the world. Highly recommended.

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