Monte Cox, director of the Center for World Missions at Harding University in Searcy, Ark., says his days spent hoeing and listening to workers in Kenyan cotton fields in the 1980s helped him be a more effective church planter there. He also acknowledges a need for today's short-term missionaries to establish better relationships by taking time to learn about their hosts.
But in his view, God calls Christians to do more than listen in the mission field. "These days, virtually everything qualifies as mission," Cox says. "Mission is more focused than simply breathing, or breathing while you live among another people. … It ceases to be mission if there is no intention to speak the truth that we go to tell."
- USA Today, Mar. 18, 2007
Friday, March 28, 2008
My in-laws are in town, and my parents are going to be here in a few hours to celebrate Ethan's first birthday. Too much going on to write a Fav5, but I did think this was cool. From the Religion section of USA Today: