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December 11, 2013

In light of the recent loss of Nelson Mandela, I thought a fitting tribute would be to explore leadership a bit.

Mandela epitomized many of these Biblical characteristics as he changed South Africa and the world.

This post is dedicated to the hope that the world can see more leaders like Mandela raised up in Africa and beyond.

RIP Nelson Mandela, an example of true leadership.

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Nelson Mandela, "As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn't leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I'd still be in prison

By: BK

Throughout the Bible, we see examples of leadership.

Joshua is a great example of having a clear vision and boldness as he takes possession of the land.
Nehemiah demonstrates how leadership cuts down spiritual and secular walls by rebuilding both the walls(infrastructure) and the people’s lives.
Jeremiah shows us the less publicized side of leadership, letting us into the weeping prophet’s battles with loneliness and opposition

This post represents an open discussion between missionaries and the local church. This does not come form a place of anger or bitterness. My goal to bring awareness.

We have two incredibly supportive churches behind us. When we share the concern and care these churches show to our family, our peers are stunned.

I have posted on the danger missionaries face when we feel entitled to the support of a local body. Today I would like to turn my focus to the second half of this relationship.

As a veteran of missions for over 20 years, here is my encouragement for the body of christ about their care of missionaries.

5 Ways the Local Church can serve a Missionary:

1. Communicate
It’s often lonely on the mission field. I remember calling home collect in the middle of the night when I happened to find a phone. Now with technology, we literally are always available.