Q & A’s for Mission-Minded Families: IDENTITY

by Passionate Homemaking’s monthly contributor, Ann Dunagan.

What do Blog-comments, Grace, and Gone With the Wind have to do with your IDENTITY in Christ? Lindsay’s discussion for us this month focuses on IDENTITY. As I continue in my Q & A style format, I want to share with you my experiences and my heart (balancing raising 7 children while also being passionately involved in world missions).

Special Give-Away: At the end of this article is an opportunity to receive one of 10 FREE copies of Ann’s book, The Mission-Minded Child.

Q. LINDSAY @ PASSIONATE HOMEMAKING:

How do you guard against comparing yourself with others?

A. ANN @ MISSION-MINDED FAMILIES:

What is it about us, as women, that drives us to compare ourselves — often so critically and so harshly? Why do we think so much about what other people think? Why do we keep a record of our faults and shortcomings, or crave that public pat-on-the-back (even from total-strangers) for a sense of approval?

Let me give you an example: If you’re a regular Passionate Homemaking reader, did you happen to notice last month that my MARRIAGE post only received 11 comments? Considering the surrounding 10 posts, did you know that the average “comment-count” was 40, but my contribution received only 1/4 of that number? Comparing those 10 posts, my comments came in last place. Hmmmm . . . that’s depressing. Even the next-to-last-place post (in my secret comment-count competition) had over twice as many as mine. Wow . . . Maybe I should quit. Maybe my writing is boring. Maybe nobody likes me.

Now, more than likely, you never even noticed my comment-count; and even if you did, you probably didn’t care. But I do have to admit that it “bugged” me; and here’s my point: As women of God, we can’t live our lives by constantly comparing ourselves with others, or judging our worth by worldly standards. Comparison and self-criticism focus on the fear of men (or women), rather than the fear of God.

Q. LINDSAY @ PASSIONATE HOMEMAKING:

How do you properly understand God’s love for you and finding security in Christ?

A. ANN @ MISSION-MINDED FAMILIES:

In a nutshell, I believe the key is GRACE. God loves us SO much. Once we’ve surrendered our lives to Jesus Christ and received His salvation through His Cross and Resurrection, God adopts us into His family. He becomes our Father and calls us His daughters. And isn’t God amazing?! He’s an infinite Creator, with unlimited possibilities. He’s designed each of us to reflect His love and His glory, in a totally unique way. We’re not here to become better than others, or to push-and-shove for that “first-place” in God’s kingdom (like James and John in Mark 10:35-45). And we’re not to rely on our self-efforts. Instead, we’re simply to obey whatever God wants us to do (or “not” to do), relying on His strength and grace.

The Bible says, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10 NKJV).

God’s path for you is not going to be the same as His path for me; and His unique GRACE for you is not going to be the same as His GRACE for me. This past month, for me, was a biggie. God’s grace on my life included sending my husband to a dangerous area in BUDUDA, Uganda, where he preached to thousands of people, checked on hundreds of orphan children we’re responsible for, and narrowly missed a head-on African collision). God helped me when missing my “big kids” — including a college son 2,000 miles away, and a grown daughter in a serious relationship with an awesome 2nd generation missionary “kid” from Niger (that’s Sahara-desert-hot, predominantly Muslim, and one of the world’s poorest nations). God helped me to pray for our oldest son, who’s serving as a USMC 1st Lieutenant in a very hostile area in Afghanistan, and for our next-oldest son and newlywed daughter as they’ve been preaching in remote Hindu villages through PROJECT INDIA (in an area where believers are persecuted and average workers make only $2/day). That might sound tough (and I didn’t even share the month’s biggest challenge). But God empowers me, daily, with His continual amazing grace.

God gives each of us His identity in Him. We’re not to compare ourselves with others, and we’re not to compare our grace, or our family, or our husband, or our kids, or our calling, with others.

Q. LINDSAY @ PASSIONATE HOMEMAKING:

Can you tell us about your identity in Christ, and how you know God’s mission for your life?

A. ANN @ MISSION-MINDED FAMILIES:

We’re not to be known by what we “do” but by who we “are” in Christ, by His grace. We’re all called to simply walk with God, and to live our lives with integrity before Him. As we walk with God, He may give us assignments along the way, but those job-descriptions are not who we are. Who we are is based on our relationship with Him. We’re God’s children, His daughters, and a vital part of His family.

I would like to end with a vivid and compelling “picture” I saw (in my mind) during a time of prayer about two weeks ago. It relates to the urgent need for world missions, helping orphans, and God’s unique call on my life . . . and a dramatic scene from Gone With the Wind.

Recently, a lady in our church had a dream, in which she was walking through a beautiful mansion. As she went through some of the rooms, she she felt left out and unneeded. But finally, she found a particular room she loved. At last, she felt “at home” in the mansion; and soon, this woman was making friends and given a specific job to do, that was perfect for her.

Our pastor recently related this woman’s dream in a sermon. He believed this mansion represented the Kingdom of God, and the different “rooms” represented various churches and congregations. Just as this woman had found her “place in the house” (finding a church family and a place of ministry where she could thrive) our pastor encouraged us to seek God for His purpose for our lives.

Using this example, I spent some time in prayer, asking the Lord to show me, more specifically than ever, my specific place and purpose in His Kingdom. As I was walking on a wooded trail surrounding our home, I felt like I saw a picture in my mind. I too was in a mansion, similar to the opening scenes of Scarlett O’Hara’s home, “Tara,” from Gone With the Wind. Then, in my thoughts, I felt led to go downstairs . . . to a massive basement. As I looked over the “room” (which suddenly appeared to be outdoors), I was reminded of another scene from Gone With the Wind, when Scarlett is searching for the doctor to come help with her friend Melanie’s birth. In the movie, Scarlett walks through a graphic Civil War scene, where many wounded soldiers are lying in row-after-row on the ground, moaning for help. As the imagery is captured on film, the camera pans to a broader-and-broader viewpoint, as the intense scope of the Civil War’s casualties are revealed. At last, when Scarlett finds the frazzled doctor and begs him to come help, he responds, “Are you crazy? I can’t leave these men for a baby! They’re dying . . . bleeding to death in front of my eyes, no chlorophyll, no bandages, nothing to even ease their pain!”

In my picture, I saw a “room” filled with people. As my view expanded, I saw a massive open-air crowd, of all ages. It included multitudes of faces, from all nationalities . . . and many crying children. The faces extended on-and-on, farther than I could even imagine. I knew they represented people from around the world who needed to hear about Jesus, and orphans who needed to be rescued, and SOULS. And just like that lone doctor in Gone With the Wind, there was hardly ANYONE working in this “room.” People were dying everywhere, and the need was beyond anything I had ever seen. As I prayed, I simply felt the Lord say to my heart, “Ann, you and Jon are called to THIS room . . . but you’re also called to go to other rooms in my house, to get others to come help. The need is great, and there aren’t enough workers. Go to mothers, families, homeschoolers, and churches . . . but don’t get distracted in the other rooms.”

This image is very raw right now in my emotions. This is the first time I’ve shared it publicly, or written it down, but I felt it fit with this month’s theme about identity. “Missions” is our family’s place in God’s Kingdom. We’ve seen desperate needs (even the past few weeks in Africa and India). We know we’re called to reach the lost and to rescue orphans . . . and also, to recruit others.

This week, I want to do a drawing for 10 FREE copies of my book, The Mission-Minded Child – Raising a New Generation to Fulfill God’s Purpose. To be entered in the drawing, go to 100 mission-mottos and pick one motto or quote. For a 2nd or 3rd entry, link to this post (on your blog, facebook, and/or twitter), and mention each in a separate comment.

And please do think and pray about this need in the “basement.”
It’s real.

And you could help.

About ADunagan

Ann Dunagan is a longtime homeschooling mother of 7 (ages 11 to 25, with 4 graduates), an international speaker with Harvest Ministry, co-founder of orphan ministries in East Africa and India (caring for over 700 children), and author of several books including The Mission-Minded Family. With a passion for the Lord and the lost, Ann motivates families for world missions.

163 Responses to Q & A’s for Mission-Minded Families: IDENTITY

  1. Carmen September 26, 2011 at 10:34 am #

    12. God isn’t looking for people of great faith, but for individuals ready to follow Him.
    - Hudson Taylor

  2. Lauren April 4, 2011 at 5:27 pm #

    Wow-incredible post. Thank you Ann and Lindsay!!

  3. Alysia March 31, 2011 at 7:34 pm #

    Hi!
    I just wanted to say that I read the marriage post, and re read it three times but never commented….I was so encouraged by it! And I really want to get the book you recommended about romance in the marriage…but maybe I should be commenting over there….but I don’t like to comment;/ I have the Mission Minded Child, it is great!!!
    Blessings!

  4. Ann Dunagan March 28, 2011 at 3:00 am #

    **********
    GOD BLESS YOU, EVERYBODY!!!

    Here are the final 2 random winners for the last of this post’s 10 FREE copies of THE MISSION-MINDED CHILD. Thank you for your participation and comments. I’m praying for you.

    Ashley who wrote on Mar 23, 2011 at 10:36 am #

    Linked to my blog! (her quote was, “If Jesus Christ be God and died for me, then no sacrifice can be too great for me to make for Him.” – C.T. Studd)

    and

    anne who wrote on Mar 21, 2011 at 7:15 pm #

    . . . This one has always been a favorite: “He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.” – Jim Elliot

    CONGRATULATIONS, LADIES!!!!

    Lindsay will be contacting you soon to get your mailing address, or you can contact me via Harvest Ministry’s website. I hope that this book, The Mission-Minded Child, will be a blessing and a challenge to your family.

    SEE YOU NEXT MONTH for our next Q & A!!!

    Blessings to you!
    Ann

  5. Jill March 27, 2011 at 6:46 pm #

    Live God LOUD!
    I like this quote because it’s what my heart desires to do!

  6. Jill Foley March 26, 2011 at 8:32 am #

    97. You can give without loving. But you cannot love without giving.
    - Amy Carmichael

  7. Betty March 25, 2011 at 7:30 pm #

    People who do not know the Lord ask why in the world we waste our lives as missionaries. They forget that they too are expending their lives … and when the bubble has burst, they will have nothing of eternal significance to show for the years they have wasted.
    - Nate Saint, missionary martyr

  8. Ann Dunagan March 25, 2011 at 11:33 am #

    ************

    Here are our 4th set of random drawing winners for a FREE copy of The Mission-Minded Child!!!

    Today’s 2 winners are:

    Emily who wrote on Mar 23, 2011 at 8:28 am #

    “God’s work done in God’s way will never lack God’s supply” — Hudson Taylor

    and

    Spring who wrote on Mar 21, 2011 at 4:09 pm #

    It is easier to be an excessive fanatic than to be consistently faithful, because God causes an amazing humbling of our religious conceit when we are faithful to Him.
    - Oswald Chambers

    Lindsay will be contacting you to find your mailing address, or you could CONTACT ME via our Harvest Ministry website. As soon as I get your address, I’ll mail The Mission-Minded Child right out to you!!! I hope this book is a blessing (and a challenge!!!) to your family.

    Ann

  9. Tammy March 25, 2011 at 7:30 am #

    posted on FB

  10. Tammy March 25, 2011 at 7:29 am #

    6. Christ alone can save the world, but Christ cannot save the world alone.
    - David Livingstone

  11. Julie Horne March 24, 2011 at 7:22 pm #

    #2 Link this pg to my FB

  12. Julie Horne March 24, 2011 at 7:19 pm #

    Also posted on FB which I forgot to mention

  13. Julie Horne March 24, 2011 at 7:18 pm #

    My fav motto:

    23. It is easier to be an excessive fanatic than to be consistently faithful, because God causes an amazing humbling of our religious conceit when we are faithful to Him.
    - Oswald Chambers

    is the one that helped me the most. “Consistently faithful” is all He asks of me so that I can be the light for Him wherever He needs me to be!

    Lord, help me to be consistently faithful, Amen.

  14. Laura S March 24, 2011 at 5:12 pm #

    I have 2 favorite quotes!

    Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing!
    - Helen Keller (she wasn’t a missionary, but this is an inspiring mission-minded thought!)

    Life is precarious, and life is precious. Don’t presume you will have it tomorrow, and don’t waste it today.
    - John Piper

  15. Ann Dunagan March 24, 2011 at 4:15 pm #

    ************
    ATTENTION EVERYBODY!!!!

    Today’s 2 winners are:

    Joanna who wrote on Mar 22, 2011 at 12:54 pm #
    “Ann,I just want you to know that . . . I have been chewing on the idea of how to be a mission-minded family . . . ”

    and

    Michelle who wrote on Mar 21, 2011 at 12:42 pm #
    “You can give without loving. But you cannot love without giving.”
    - Amy Carmichael

    Lindsay will be sending you an email to request your address, or your can CONTACT ME via the Harvest Ministry website to give me your mailing address, and I’ll be sending out your FREE copy of The Mission-Minded Child – Raising a New Generation to Fulfill God’s Purpose.

    BLESSINGS TO YOU!!!

    As of today, we have 6 winners chosen.
    The final 4 winners will be chosen over the next two days.

  16. [email protected] March 24, 2011 at 10:11 am #

    I linked on my Facebook page!

  17. Lauren March 24, 2011 at 10:09 am #

    #10 “Go, send, or disobey.” -John Piper

  18. [email protected] eco friendly homemaking March 24, 2011 at 7:31 am #

    What a great post! I really like your blog so much!!

  19. Chrissy March 23, 2011 at 6:48 pm #

    posted like 5 of these on my FB, great stuff, thx

    Chrissy

  20. Corrie March 23, 2011 at 1:40 pm #

    #5. Can’t you do just a little bit more?
    Morrison.

    Feel like I could ask myself this question every day.
    Thank you for your post!

  21. Lori March 23, 2011 at 1:17 pm #

    # 53–about not pitying missionaries, but envying them because they are on the front lines, seeing God in action.

  22. Ann Dunagan March 23, 2011 at 11:14 am #

    DRUM ROLL please . . .

    Our DAY 2 winners in our random drawing for a FREE copy of my book, THE MISSION-MINDED CHILD are . . .

    Catherine (who wrote on the first day, “Tweeted!”), and
    Morgan (who liked the John Piper quote, “Go Send or Disobey!”)

    You can either CONTACT me via our ministry website to give me your mailing address, or Lindsay will send you an email to request the information.

    All together, I’ll be giving away 10 FREE copies. Altogether, we now have 4 winners so far (you can look back through yesterday’s comments to see the first 2 winners). And over the next 3 days, we’ll be selecting 2 more winners each day (right about 12 NOON Pacific Time).

    Blessings to you!!! And to our winners, I sincerely hope this book is both a blessing and a CHALLENGE to your family.

  23. Ashley March 23, 2011 at 10:36 am #

    Linked to my blog!

  24. Debra March 23, 2011 at 10:19 am #

    Posted on FB!

  25. Debra March 23, 2011 at 10:18 am #

    Posted on Twitter!

  26. debraamethyst March 23, 2011 at 10:15 am #

    “Go, send, or disobey” -John Piper

    Can we all say OUCH!

  27. Dana March 23, 2011 at 8:53 am #

    22 I have seen the vision and for self I cannot live; Life is less than worthless till my all I give.
    - Oswald J. Smith

  28. Kristi Knifong March 23, 2011 at 8:51 am #

    Dear Ann, I’ve been thinking of you lately, wanting to talk with you about your orphanage and how you started it. I love this post! Thank you for sharing the vision the Lord gave you. Could you email me at [email protected] so we could communicate? I want to know how our family could join you in being Jesus to the lost and suffering.

  29. Elizabeth March 23, 2011 at 8:50 am #

    Believers who have the gospel keep mumbling it over and over to themselves. Meanwhile, millions who have never heard it once fall into the flames of eternal hell without ever hearing the salvation story.
    - K.P. Yohannan, Gospel for Asia

  30. Emily March 23, 2011 at 8:28 am #

    “God’s work done in God’s way will never lack God’s supply” — Hudson Taylor

  31. Michelle D March 23, 2011 at 5:53 am #

    62. Someone asked, Will the heathen who have never heard the Gospel be saved? It is more a question with me whether we — who have the Gospel and fail to give it to those who have not — can be saved.
    - Charles Spurgeon

    • Nicole March 23, 2011 at 6:46 am #

      93. Why should anyone hear the Gospel twice, before everyone has heard it once?
      -Oswald J. Smith

  32. Ashley March 23, 2011 at 4:54 am #

    I posted this on facebook!

  33. Ashley March 23, 2011 at 4:52 am #

    Both of these dreams are very similar to a recurring dream that my husband had, and recently it had a twist to it. We recently left a wonderful church and the possibility of a pastorate to return to our home church to minister to their souls for whom we were so burdened. My husband’s dream spoke directly to our situation, which at times can be so discouraging, and gave us hope that God is working in our midst and He will awaken these hearts to his love and his spirit! We are praying so much for revival here. Thank you for your ministry!

    If Jesus Christ be God and died for me, then no sacrifice can be too great for me to make for Him.
    - C.T. Studd

    • Ann Dunagan March 24, 2011 at 7:41 am #

      Dear Ashley,

      How beautiful that you and your husband put aside “your” dreams of a pastorate (for now), to respond to a strong burden you felt in your spirits. This is an excellent example of how God’s compassion can lead and direct us. As we respond to those areas that He puts on our heart, He will arrange the details. And I trust that in His timing, the other dreams you have for future ministry will come to pass. May His will be done, and may God give you the GRACE for this season of obedience. You have no idea the long-term fruit that could come from your willingness to minister to these hurting hearts.

  34. Ami March 23, 2011 at 3:38 am #

    If a commission by an earthly king is considered an honor, how can a commission by a Heavenly King be considered a sacrifice?
    - David Livingstone

  35. Jennifer March 22, 2011 at 7:32 pm #

    God had an only Son and He made Him a missionary.
    – David Livingstone

    Because my 5 year old baby girl told me this week that she thinks God may be telling her he wants her to be a missionary. She had a dream that she was one. I’m still trying to process this as I was mixed with joy, pride, fear and selfishness. I know she belongs to him, but he gave her to me as my little girl and I realized just how tightly I was holding her at that moment. What a great and timely quote to read.

    Thank you for your posts! I don’t always comment, but I treasure this blog and it’s contributors!

    • Ann Dunagan March 23, 2011 at 10:47 am #

      Jennifer,

      Right now, I’d say to just hold your little 5-year-old sweetheart as tightly as you want, but allow the LORD to release your heart to raise her for God’s purposes, whatever that may be. At the same time, don’t feel like you have to “make” anything happen. God will direct your daughter, as she grows to become a godly older girl, and then a teenager, and then a young adult. Also, as mothers, we don’t need to think about all the “what-if’s” and wonder if we will be able to handle such big momma-sacrifices. If the time comes that God calls your daughter, He will give her the GRACE and provision and anointing to walk in that calling . . . AND God will give YOU (at that time, but not before) the GRACE to release her and to support her.

      Take a look at this article — DARING DAUGHTERS . . . & DIRTY FEET I wrote about releasing my oldest daughter Christi (it doesn’t mention it in the post, but this was written as she was developing a serious relationship with this young man (the missionary-kid from Niger, who’s family lives on the opposite side of the globe). I thought that I had really “released” my girl to God (even to missions and wherever and whatever that could mean), but there were still deeper layers that the Lord needed to work on in my heart.

      GRACE to you!!!

  36. Shanna March 22, 2011 at 7:20 pm #

    Shared about this on FB.

  37. Shanna March 22, 2011 at 7:19 pm #

    30. If missions languish, it is because the whole life of godliness is feeble. The command to go everywhere and preach to everybody is not obeyed until the will is lost by self-surrender in the will of God. Living, praying, giving and going will always be found together.
    - Arthur T. Pierson

    I want my will to be lost in the will of God.

    • Ann Dunagan March 24, 2011 at 7:47 am #

      Shanna — Is that last sentence yours? It’s so beautiful and powerful. I actually googled it to see if it’s an official quote, but I don’t see it (other than here). If you send me your last name (or last name initial, or state), and perhaps a simple or beautiful title for you (like “Mom”), I’d love to include it in our list of mottos.

  38. Rebecca March 22, 2011 at 7:05 pm #

    Loved this and posted on facebook!

  39. Rebecca March 22, 2011 at 7:04 pm #

    A quote i loved:
    13. God uses men who are weak and feeble enough to lean on him.
    - Hudson Taylor

  40. j andrews March 22, 2011 at 5:27 pm #

    I linked to the missions mottos list webpage on my blog post.

  41. j andrews March 22, 2011 at 5:18 pm #

    My favorite motto was “I have but one candle of life to burn, and I would rather burn it out in a land filled with darkness than in a land flooded with light.”
    - John Keith Falconer

  42. Julie March 22, 2011 at 4:50 pm #

    Ann,
    Thank you for this, for for your previous post as well. As a newlywed, hoping to start a family soon and welcome as many children as the Lord sees fit, and also having a husband who has such a passion for foreign missions, it has been a bit overwhelming for me to think about how we could do both. Your family and your heart for the Lord have encouraged me greatly. Thank you for the example you are to us younger women.

    • Ann Dunagan March 23, 2011 at 10:54 am #

      Julie,

      One thing about having a large family is that there are SEASONS when you’re beginning (as newlyweds, with just the two of you), and as you’re just starting your family (when you have just one, then two, then three) little ones when your family is small. You may also have a season later, as your older children grow up when you have just a few at home. I was talking with a young girl who wants to do missions and have LOTS of kids, and she talked about the season of “hard core motherhood” (when it would definitely be difficult to buy airplane tickets for a whole big crew); during that season, she’s thinking she would live long-term in a foreign country, or perhaps be based here in the USA and that would be a time when her husband would mostly be traveling back-and-forth.

      The biggest thing to realize is that God does not expect you to sacrifice your family on the altar of missions; rather, we all live our lives sacrificially (as living sacrifices to Him), and God will show us step-by-step how to minister to others AND minister to our families in a way that glorifies the Lord for the LONG HAUL, and for eternity.

      All things are possible. I love missions AND I love big families!!!

  43. Sarah H. March 22, 2011 at 3:49 pm #

    I posted on my facebook status – Really enjoyed the article, thank you!

  44. Sarah H. March 22, 2011 at 3:48 pm #

    William Carry – Expect Great things from God, attempt great things for God!!

  45. Alex March 22, 2011 at 2:28 pm #

    I just posted this to facebook.

  46. Alex March 22, 2011 at 2:23 pm #

    You can give without loving. But you cannot love without giving.
    Amy Carmichael

  47. Lori March 22, 2011 at 1:03 pm #

    He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.
    — Jim Elliot

  48. Joanna March 22, 2011 at 12:54 pm #

    Ann,
    I just want you to know that I really appreciate your posts; I’m just not much of a commenter. I have been chewing on the idea of how to be a mission-minded family ever since you started doing these Q&A posts. It’s amazing to me that so many large families are able to answer the call to go to the mission field!

    While my husband feels we have quite a large mission field right where we are (and we do…oh, yes, we do!), I sometimes feel a strong urge to GO because there is so much unanswered need in the world for the truth of Jesus. Your posts are helping me to think through this issue and how we as a family approach missions, not just we as individuals approach them.

    Thanks for sharing!
    -Joanna

  49. Jaclyn March 22, 2011 at 12:51 pm #

    Great stuff! Thanks for sharing!

    Never pity missionaries; envy them. They are where the real action is — where life and death, sin and grace, Heaven and Hell converge.
    - Robert C. Shannon

    Someone asked, Will the heathen who have never heard the Gospel be saved? It is more a question with me whether we — who have the Gospel and fail to give it to those who have not — can be saved.
    - Charles Spurgeon

    So convicting…

  50. Shannon Hazleton March 22, 2011 at 12:43 pm #

    This post touched me profoundly.

    My husband’s favorite missions quote has always been:
    He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.
    - Jim Elliot

    And here’s one of mine:

    God isn’t looking for people of great faith, but for individuals ready to follow Him.
    -Hudson Taylor

  51. Heidi March 22, 2011 at 12:03 pm #

    Sympathy is no substitute for action.
    – David Livingstone
    And
    If you don’t have a definite call to stay here, you are called to go.
    - Keith Green

    These were both poignant because I believe God has really been stirring our hearts. I have recently read the book “Radical” by David Platt, and in many other ways, have been reminded of God’s love for the people of the world. Both my husband and I know we’ve had the call to missions since our childhood, but have yet to discover how this will play out. What are we called to do? Are we called to go? How? When? Where? So, thank you, Ann, for your posts. They are certainly being used of God to continue the heart-stirring in us. :-)

  52. Ann Dunagan March 22, 2011 at 11:29 am #

    OKAY everybody, it’s been 24 hours since this Q & A’s for Mission-Minded Families: IDENTITY post was released, and I really appreciate all the lively comments and participation (you’ve all made me feel much better this month!!! lol).

    So here is how we’re going to do the drawing. Beginning today, and for five days, I will do a DAILY DRAWING, with two new book winners selected each day at about 12:00 NOON Pacific Time (utilizing RANDOM.ORG).

    If you name is drawn, please CONTACT ME through our Harvest Ministry’s website to privately share your mailing address. As soon as I get your mailing address, I will send you a complimentary copy of THE MISSION-MINDED CHILD: Raising the Next Generation to Fulfill God’s Purpose.

    Today’s winners are:


    “Ally”
    &
    “Misty Rodriguez”

    Send me your address, and I’ll send your FREE book. BLESSINGS TO YOU!!!

    And check back tomorrow (right about this time) for our next two winners.

  53. Kim March 22, 2011 at 11:24 am #

    13. God uses men who are weak and feeble enough to lean on him.
    - Hudson Taylor

    I really enjoy your posts. I love Passionate Homemaking, partly because it has such a missions focus.

    Our family is preparing to go to go on the mission field.

  54. Heidi March 22, 2011 at 11:11 am #

    “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations…”
    - Jesus Christ (THE GREAT COMMISSION – Matthew 28:19)

    I’t pretty straight forward!

  55. Julie March 22, 2011 at 10:58 am #

    God uses men who are weak and feeble enough to lean on him.
    - Hudson Taylor

    I am looking forward to reading your book to gain wisdom in raising our four little ones

  56. Karen H March 22, 2011 at 10:15 am #

    He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.
    - Jim Elliot

  57. Jessica March 22, 2011 at 10:12 am #

    I’m 26 and my husband and I are (God-willing) going to be joining the missions soon!! :) We intend to follow God and stay in life-long foreign missions with our family for the rest of our lives… as long as God continues to want us there. :) Please pray for us! We’ll be joining Family Missions Company: http://www.fmcmissions.com …and i encourage any other single people or families to look into their program and discern if God is calling you to bring souls to Him, in this specific path. :)

    Another EXCELLENT resource is “Mission of the Redeemer” by Pope John Paul II. You can read it all here for FREE:
    http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/john_paul_ii/encyclicals/documents/hf_jp-ii_enc_07121990_redemptoris-missio_en.html

    These are two quotes that my husband and i love(!!!):

    “It will not do to say that you have no special call to go [into missions or] to China. With these facts before you and with the command of the Lord Jesus to go and preach the gospel to every creature, you need rather to ascertain whether you have a special call to stay at home.”

    - J. Hudson Taylor

    “And people who do not know the Lord ask why in the world we waste our lives as missionaries. They forget that they too are expending their lives… and when the bubble has burst they will have nothing of eternal significance to show for the years they have wasted.”
    - Nate Saint

    (By the way, Mrs. Dunagan,
    Thank you for your post, for your example, and for saying “yes” to the Lord! Very inspiring!)

  58. Maria March 22, 2011 at 10:09 am #

    It was hard to pick just one quote! I bookmarked this — great reminders for everyday!

    To know God and to make Him known.
    - Loren Cunningham, YWAM

  59. Jennifer Ott March 22, 2011 at 10:06 am #

    Although my husband likes to listen to Keith Green (he’s not really my style), I was struck by this quote:

    ” If you don’t have a definite call to stay here, you are called to go.”
    We are in the process of “going” to hep send others out by working at the New Tribes Bible Institute in Waukesha, WI. We didn’t have a “call” to stay where we were, and the Lord has opened the doors. Slightly scary, but we are obeying…with our 4 children in tow. I know that simply living where we will can help our children have a heart for missions, but I would love to glean form the wisdom in your book, too! Thanks for the chance!

  60. Josie March 22, 2011 at 10:01 am #

    Let my heart be broken with the things that break God’s heart.
    - Bob Pierce, World Vision founder

    This has always been one of my favorites.

  61. Cary Kent March 22, 2011 at 9:25 am #

    I just posted to my facebook account, too.

    http://www.facebook.com/CaryMakes

  62. Cary Kent March 22, 2011 at 9:20 am #

    We are all called to obey the great commission. We can do it everyday when we are out and about. This book sounds wonderful for our family!

    One of my favorites:

    The Great Commission is not an option to be considered; it is a command to be obeyed.
    - Hudson Taylor

  63. Regina Murphy March 22, 2011 at 8:11 am #

    While I have always loved the quotes of David Livingstone and Jim Elliot, the quote by Billy Graham – “Christ not only died for all; he died for each.” really struck me today. Absolutely beautiful and true. Love it. Thanks!

  64. Tammy March 22, 2011 at 7:54 am #

    50. Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church. Worship is. Missions exists because worship doesn’t. – John Piper

  65. Staci March 22, 2011 at 5:48 am #

    I chose this quote because this is how my husband and I feel as we prepare for over-seas missions:

    I have but one candle of life to burn, and I would rather burn it out in a land filled with darkness than in a land flooded with light.
    - John Keith Falconer

  66. Brandi March 22, 2011 at 4:49 am #

    God is not calling us to win the world and, in the process, lose our families. But I have known those who so enshrined family life and were so protective of “quality time” that the children never saw in their parents the kind of consuming love that made their parent’s faith attractive to them. Some have lost their children, note because they weren’t at their soccer games or didn’t take family vacations, but because they never transmitted a loyalty to Jesus that went deep enough to interrupt personal preferences.
    - David Shibley, (The Missions Addiction)

    This quote was influential in my hearing the call on our lives for our family to enter the Army as my husband is commissioned soon to be a Chaplain. Love your book Mission minded Family. Thank you for sharing your passion!

    • Ann Dunagan March 22, 2011 at 8:05 am #

      Brandi,

      I’ve also really appreciate this David Shibley quote from The Missions Addiction, because it brings in the “other” side of balancing God’s heart for our families and for world missions. Keeping our family in “balance” does NOT mean that we ignore God’s Great Commission; neither does it mean that we enshrine our family-fun activities as the ultimate focus of our lives. How can our kids be inspired to live a surrendered and radical Christian life unless they see their dad and mom living with deep passion for God . . . and for others? It’s not just what we “teach” our kids; it’s what we live.

      This quote was actually the theme of an article I wrote for Rick Warren’s Ministry Toolbox:
      Balancing God’s Heart for our Homes and for our World.

  67. Misty Rodriguez March 22, 2011 at 4:26 am #

    I also posted this on my facebook page. I love reading about missions and how to better share that passion with your children. Thanks for sharing!

  68. Misty Rodriguez March 22, 2011 at 4:22 am #

    God uses men who are weak and feeble enough to lean on him.
    - Hudson Taylor

  69. Ashton Steele March 22, 2011 at 4:09 am #

    66. Sympathy is no substitute for action.
    – David Livingstone

  70. villarosa March 22, 2011 at 3:21 am #

    Your post made me think how much I’ve been convicted recently of Jesus’ words, ” Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest.” A great quote that I found from a 1900th century Christian writer, “The church of Christ is God’s appointed agency for the salvation of men. Its mission is to carry the gospel to the world. And the obligation rests upon all Christians. Everyone, to the extent of his talent and opportunity, is to fulfill the Savior’s commission. The love of Christ, revealed to us, makes us debtors to all who know Him not. God has given us light, not for ourselves alone, but to shed upon them. If the follows of Christ were awake to duty, there would be thousands where there is one today proclaiming the gospel in heathen lands. AND ALL WHO COULD NOT personally engage in the work, would yet sustain it with their means, their sympathy, and their prayers. And there would be far more earnest labor for souls in Christian countries. We need not go to heathen lands, or even leave the narrow circle of the home, if it is there that our duty lies, in order to work for Christ. We can do this in the home circle, in the church, among those with whom we associate, and with whom we do business.”

    • Ann Dunagan March 22, 2011 at 6:38 am #

      Villarosa,

      Could you give me the name of this 19th century writer, so I could quote it sufficiently? It’s beautiful and powerful encouragement about fully engaging in missions to the lost while stationed in the home circle, especially for mothers.

      • villarosa March 22, 2011 at 6:47 am #

        I found an old book entitled Love Unlimited (copyright 1958) by Ellen White. Was reading the book through and read this quote just a few days ago. Page 71. Thank you for your moving interview.

        • Ann Dunagan March 22, 2011 at 7:17 am #

          Villarosa,

          “Love Unlimited” — Wow, what a great book title, especially in the midst of all the current Rob Bell “Love Wins” controversy and debate that’s bringing deep theological issues into the national mainstream media spotlight. If you haven’t heard about it, many people (both Christian leaders and secular TV news hosts) are searching for the real truth of Christianity about the Biblical position about eternal heaven and hell. People are asking, “How can a good and loving God send people to hell for all eternity?” When looking at the situation in Japan, people are asking, “Is God all loving, or all powerful; one or the other?” And, “Does it really make any difference here on this earth if a person responds to the Christian message of Jesus and the Cross?” I’ve been keeping up with this debate, because even non-Christians are wanting answers. Even in the midst of some very serious issues (and errors), the debate is sparking deep thought and many Christians searching for God’s truth, as shared in HIS BOOK, the Bible.

          Villarosa, could you take another look in your book by Ellen White and see if you could find the actual name of the 19th century writer who she quoted?

  71. Caitlin March 22, 2011 at 3:07 am #

    Love this.

    He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.
    - Jim Elliot

  72. Jane March 22, 2011 at 1:49 am #

    My 2 favorites are:

    43. Let my heart be broken with the things that break God’s heart.
    - Bob Pierce, World Vision founder

    6. Christ alone can save the world, but Christ cannot save the world alone.
    - David Livingstone

  73. Lynnette March 21, 2011 at 8:58 pm #

    Missions is not just for missionaries; God’s call is for all.
    – Ann Dunagan, The Mission-Minded Family

    Amen

    • Lynnette March 21, 2011 at 8:59 pm #

      oops, sorry for posting twice, I’m new to this….:)

  74. Lynnette March 21, 2011 at 8:57 pm #

    Missions is not just for missionaries; God’s call is for all.
    – Ann Dunagan, The Mission-Minded Family

    Amen.

  75. Jessica Zhuo March 21, 2011 at 8:27 pm #

    this is coming up on my blog on 23 Mar! ;)

    Thanks for sharing this. The Lord has been placing a burden for abandoned children and I’ve been thinking of helping one of the homes to be a interim care-giver while the infants await adoption. But I’m still praying abt this as my husband needs to agree to it as well. (We have our own child who is quite young.) But this post definitely made me think more about finding God’s mission field for me, even as I minister to my family in the home, and how, as a homemaker, I can also make a difference in the Great Commission in a wider sense.

  76. Jessica Zhuo March 21, 2011 at 8:16 pm #

    hi, I posted this on my FB page! ;)
    http://www.facebook.com/jessica.zhuo ^_^

  77. Heather March 21, 2011 at 8:14 pm #

    Sympathy is no substitute for action.
    – David Livingstone

  78. Jessica Zhuo March 21, 2011 at 8:12 pm #

    The Great Commission is not an option to be considered; it is a command to be obeyed.
    - Hudson Taylor

  79. Corinne March 21, 2011 at 7:59 pm #

    69. The Church must send or the church will end.
    - Mendell Taylor

    Actually, all the quotes were good and it was hard to choose. I am bookmarking your site to use in newsletters, etc.

    I am involved in a wonderful ministry to children; Child Evangelism Fellowship. Have you ever heard of 5-Day Clubs or Good News Clubs, both minstries of CEF? Here is a bit of the history of CEF:

    ‘Child Evangelism Fellowship®, also known as CEF®, is a Bible-centered, worldwide organization composed of born-again believers whose purpose is to evangelize boys and girls with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and to establish (disciple) them in the local church for Christian living. CEF has over 1,800 missionaries overseas, approximately 1,600 of whom are nationals. In the USA and Canada 700 full-time workers and an estimated 40,000 volunteers serve the ministry. CEF was founded by Jesse Irvin Overholtzer in 1937.

    Growing up in a religious family, Jesse at the age of 12 was convicted of his own sin and sought counsel from his mother. He was told, “Son, you are too young.” It wasn’t until Overholtzer was in college that he heard the Gospel and trusted Christ as his Savior.

    Later as a pastor Mr. Overholtzer read one of Charles Spurgeon’s sermons which stated, “A child of five, if properly instructed can as truly believe and be regenerated as an adult.” The Lord used this statement in Mr. O’s life to lead him to begin the ministry of Child Evangelism Fellowship when he was 60 years old. The ministry has grown into the largest evangelistic outreach to children in the world. CEF is currently ministering in 170 countries and in every state in the U.S.’

    They have wonderful opportunities for teens and adults to train and teach summer 5-Day Clubs in their local area. Two of my sons have been involved and it really stretched them in their Christian walk. The oldest son met his wife though CEF, teaching with her one summer in back yard 5-Day Clubs. I encourage you all to take a look at CEF!

    http://www.cefonline.com/

    Great post. Thank you! I was feeling sorry for myself today and this helped me to let it go and focus on eternal things (missions). Life is too short to be stuck in “poor me mode”. I want to live for God & others, not for me.

    Ann, would you consider adding CEF’s link to your webpage? Thank you!

    • Ann Dunagan March 21, 2011 at 10:10 pm #

      Dear Corrine,

      I grew up in a born-again Roman Catholic family, and was greatly influenced as a little girl by discipleship materials my mom used (provided by Child Evangelism Fellowship). I love CEF’s heart for children, the vision for Good News Clubs (a great way for Bible-believing families to share the Gospel in local neighborhoods), and their emphasis on Christian missionary work (especially through their story materials). I’d be delighted to add your link to our Harvest Ministry site. Thanks, and may the LORD bless you in your ministry.

  80. Stephanie M March 21, 2011 at 7:33 pm #

    He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.
    - Jim Elliot

    As a former missionary to China and Thailand, I often thought of this quote when my own family (non-Christians) questioned why I chose living abroad for very little income when I could’ve gotten what they (and most people) considered a “very good job” here in Seattle. When I was young and single, it was actually very easy for me to serve overseas without a thought to the “normal” life I gave up. However, I have to admit that now that I’m living back in America, I struggle with applying this today to my personal life and present calling as a missionary, teacher, and servant to my own children. I’ve had trouble giving up my own desires to serve full time to my three young kids.

  81. Deana March 21, 2011 at 7:23 pm #

    I posted this on facebook!

  82. Deana March 21, 2011 at 7:21 pm #

    I tweeted this! :)

  83. Deana March 21, 2011 at 7:20 pm #

    I have a hard enough time trying to teach my almost 16 month old to obey, but when he IS old enough to learn all about obedience, I want him to learn this very important quote:
    42. It’s better to obey God rather than men.
    - Brother Andrew

    • Ann Dunagan March 21, 2011 at 8:42 pm #

      Dear Deana,

      I know that God will continue to give you all the GRACE you need every day of your life, both as a mother — to teach and train your child to obey (you and your husband, and GOD), and for you as His daughter, to fully obey whatever He tells YOU to do.

      Amen and AMEN!!!!! So be it, in Jesus’ name!!!

  84. anne March 21, 2011 at 7:15 pm #

    I was really moved, convicted and encouraged by BOTH posts!

    Lots of good quotes too. This one has always been a favorite:

    He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.
    - Jim Elliot

  85. Faith March 21, 2011 at 7:14 pm #

    there were a few different quotes that moved me, but I found this one to be very convicting and beautifully nudging in order that I might pray more consistently and boldy for missions.

    39. In our lifetime, wouldn’t it be sad if we spent more time washing dishes or swatting flies or mowing the yard or watching television than praying for world missions?
    - Dave Davidson

    To be very honest, this heart for missions is a newer concept for me, and one I haven’t broached with my children yet. I would love to have a resource that helps ensure my children “get this”.

  86. Faith March 21, 2011 at 7:08 pm #

    Shared on fb! :)

  87. Megan March 21, 2011 at 6:39 pm #

    Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church. Worship is. Missions exists because worship doesn’t. – John Piper

    I am currently taking the Perspectives class in my local area, and this is a big theme. It has challenged me and brought clarity to the focus of missions and my life. I believe I will remember it always.

    • Ann Dunagan March 21, 2011 at 8:51 pm #

      Megan,

      Thank you for introducing Perspectives to our Passionate Homemaking readers. It is an excellent introduction and foundation to understand God’s heart for world missions.

      Here is an intro from their website: http://www.perspectives.org

      Perspectives on the World Christian Movement is a Christian education course designed to help believers learn more about God’s heart for all nations and how believers worldwide can play an active role in the Great Commission. It is run locally, coordinated regionally, and supported behind the scenes by a national office. It is currently in over 200 locations each year around the USA with many more locations worldwide.

      The Perspectives Study Program is a ministry of the U.S. Center for World Mission – a non-denominational parachurch ministry that works with thousands of churches, mission agencies, and campus ministries around the world.

  88. Megan March 21, 2011 at 6:35 pm #

    So many of these quotes have encouraged our family on our journey (and boy has it been a journey!) of discovering how God would have us be a part of his world wide mission!
    My favorite right now is by Ludwig von Zinzendorf, “I have one passion and it is He.” This reminds me that a passion for God and a passion for missions are one in the same. We cannot be passionate about missions if we are not passionate about God. And there is something wrong (or at least a misunderstanding) with our passion for God if it does not present itself in a passion for His mission and a love for the lost.

    We also love this quote because my husband has done some research into Zinzendorf’s group, the Moravians. Their motto, “Worthy is the lamb who was slain to receive the reward of his suffering.” as they boarded ships with all of their belongings packed into their coffin. Willingly selling themselves into slavery to proclaim the gospel to the slaves. And the most convicting to me, their 100 year prayer vigil that fueled their passion for God and therefore missions! Thanks for posting! And the link to all the encouraging quotes!!

    • Ann Dunagan March 21, 2011 at 6:41 pm #

      Meagan, I’m going to add these two Zinzendorf quotes at the bottom of our 100 mission-motto page. The Moravian’s heart for prayer and missions has always been an inspiration to me, and these particular quotes (and the tremendous challenge, and total-surrender object lesson, how those missionaries packed all their belongings into their coffins) are quite thought provoking.

      I especially appreciate your favorite, “I have one passion and it is He.”

      WOW!!!

    • Ann Dunagan March 21, 2011 at 8:53 pm #

      Meagan, I also love YOUR quote:

      “We cannot be passionate about missions if we are not passionate about God. And there is something wrong with our passion for God if it does not present itself in a passion for His mission…” — Meagan

      • Ann Dunagan March 21, 2011 at 10:46 pm #

        OOPS . . . sorry for misspelling your name.

        This quote is by “–Megan”

  89. Heather March 21, 2011 at 6:27 pm #

    I love John Piper’s directness and no-bones about it style in the quote “Go, send, or disobey.”

  90. Ally March 21, 2011 at 6:20 pm #

    Tweeted the giveaway/mission @aascosi

  91. Ally March 21, 2011 at 6:16 pm #

    I would rather die for Christ than rule the whole earth.
    - Ignatius

    Gosh, what a great way to live.

    I was totally inspired by so many of them. My husband works in full time evangelization and knows that there is a clear calling on his life in this area, and having been only married two and 1/2 years I still am searching for God to help ME find that “room” (as you called it) that feels like home. I know that its being a support to him and taking care of our children… but the Gone with the Wind image that you shared really gave me hope that there is a special place for ME, for our family… that will tie both our hearts to Christ’s heart.

    So thank you, your posts are really inspiring as I try to live more missionally.

    • Ann Dunagan March 21, 2011 at 8:57 pm #

      Yes, Ally!

      God has a special “room” for you and your whole family to live and to minister together, as a mission-minded family team. He will show you, step-by-step. There are also different seasons in a family and in a marriage. For now, just know that you’re called to love JESUS, to love and to support your husband in His calling to evangelism . . . and together, you and your husband are called to raise your children to LOVE and obey God.

      Many blessings to you all!!!

  92. Caroline March 21, 2011 at 6:16 pm #

    I also shared this link on FB! Looks like a great book!

  93. Caroline March 21, 2011 at 6:16 pm #

    God had an only Son and He made Him a missionary.
    – David Livingstone

    But there were too many to chose from!

  94. Danielle B March 21, 2011 at 6:05 pm #

    This looks like it would be a great book to read!

    35. If you don’t have a definite call to stay here, you are called to go.
    - Keith Green

    Ann, it seems 73 and 93 are the same motto. Or is there a slight difference?

    • Ann Dunagan March 21, 2011 at 6:45 pm #

      Danielle, thanks SO MUCH for helping me see this duplicated quote (and how funny, this double quote was: “Why should anyone hear the Gospel TWICE, before everyone’s heard it ONCE?”) I’m going to add the new Zinzendorf quote that Meagan shared above, and re-do the numbering a bit to eliminate the repetition. Blessings to you!!!

  95. Cristy in AL March 21, 2011 at 6:02 pm #

    I face-booked the article too. We are a family with 6 children living in downtown Bham strategically to reach the lost and broken, beaten down and abused. The ministry my husband leads is slap in the middle of the city. And we live right there,too. While there are days that my mind dreams for a quiet, rolling pasture/ farm equipped with house, barn, chickens, and not a sound except the whispering wings of a hawk circling overhead, my loving Father gently reminds me of His heart for the folks in the inner city. Instantly, my heart aligns with His and contentment again rules my thoughts.

    And while Missions can be so diverse, I.e. In the inner city, overseas, etc. one motive remains: Love… Love the Father with all your heart, soul, mind and strength. When we align our hearts with His, we cannot help ourselves. We MUST go. There is no other satisfaction for the love within.

    • Ann Dunagan March 21, 2011 at 9:04 pm #

      Christy in AL —

      WOW!!!! Extra GRACE to you, sister, as you bring God’s kingdom to the inner city. Talk about a mission field!!! I love the way you shared how you bring your thoughts and day-dreams into God’s alignment and obedience (As II Cor. 10:5 says, “casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ…”), and How through time with the Lord, He brings contentment and focus toward His purposes. How beautiful!!!

      May the Lord protect each of your 6 children, and your heart, as you serve with your husband to advance God’s kingdom.

      • Cristy in AL March 26, 2011 at 4:42 pm #

        Thank you for your encouragement and declaration. And I receive the “extra” grace in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus.

  96. Momma Shoe March 21, 2011 at 5:52 pm #

    I had two favorites…#97 You can give without loving. But you cannot love without giving.
    and #14 God’s work done in God’s way will never lack God’s supply.
    Thank you for your wonderful and inspiring posts. I also SO appreciated your beginning of the year 7 Mission Minded Family 2011 goals/planning sheets that I downloaded back in January. It really changed my perspective and opened my eyes to things I was really lacking focus on in the past. As a mom of five children (age 7 to 18 months), time for planning/goal setting had been infrequent but after working through the goal/planning sheets, my life as a wife and mother is focused on much more than just the dishes, laundry and grocery shopping. There are much bigger things that deserve my thoughts, prayers and attention and that of my family, as well. God has certainly blessed our family through your work. Thank you for sharing your passion for Missions with others.

    • Ann Dunagan March 21, 2011 at 9:51 pm #

      Momma Shoe –

      Glad to hear that the 2011 Mission-Minded Guide was helpful to you. Right now, as we’re finishing March, three months into the new year, it’s actually a good time to review where we’ve been heading and to refocus on God’s plans and purposes for our lives. Where are we going with God? What areas are we needing some increased accountability or help? How are we doing — spiritually, mentally, emotionally, physically, financially? Are we getting enough rest? Are we getting outside and getting fresh air and exercise? Are we living in God’s JOY??? Are we trying to be SUPER-Mom, or are we remembering to be an ABIDING-Mom with Jesus?

  97. Cristy in AL March 21, 2011 at 5:49 pm #

    2. A nation will not be moved by timid methods.
    - Luis Palau

    True for any nation…incl. America.

    • Ann Dunagan March 21, 2011 at 9:06 pm #

      AMEN!!! May God bless and help and have mercy on this home that I love. And for those who feel “called” to stay here, may we live as MISSIONARIES to AMERICA!!!

  98. Jenny March 21, 2011 at 5:46 pm #

    The spirit of Christ is the spirit of missions. The nearer we get to Him, the more intensely missionary we become.
    - Henry Martyn, missionary to India and Persia

  99. Amy March 21, 2011 at 5:46 pm #

    4. As long as there are millions destitute of the Word of God and knowledge of Jesus Christ, it will be impossible for me to devote time and energy to those who have both. J. L. Ewen

    ~Oh to have the same passion for the lost

    38. In no other way can the believer become as fully involved in God’s work, especially in the work of world evangelism, as in intercessory prayer. Dick Eastman

    ~something I can do right now and anytime to make a difference for the Kingdom

    • Ann Dunagan March 21, 2011 at 9:11 pm #

      AMEN Amy!

      If we could really grasp the TRUTH about the power of prayer, we would all pray more. And through PRAYER, we can involve our children in missions right now.

      A few days ago, I heard a story of a mom who sat down with her son to “go on a mission” to Haiti, right after the earthquake hit. Together, this woman and her 9-year-old boy looked through various websites which showed the terrible needs and conditions currently facing families and children, and then they picked a mission organization where they could give. The two prayed together for specific needs they saw, and then made a donation. Even today, this boy still talks about how this “virtual mission trip” impacted his him.

  100. julie March 21, 2011 at 5:39 pm #

    Expect great things from God; attempt great things for God

  101. Catherine March 21, 2011 at 5:14 pm #

    Tweeted!

  102. Catherine March 21, 2011 at 5:14 pm #

    Shared on FB!

  103. Catherine March 21, 2011 at 5:13 pm #

    88. Walk away from your own preoccupations . . . and see the perishing multitudes.
    - K.P. Yohannan, Gospel for Asia

  104. Kristina March 21, 2011 at 4:50 pm #

    Some wish to live within the sound of church and chapel bell. I want to run a rescue shop within a yard of hell!
    – C.T. Studd

    • Ann Dunagan March 21, 2011 at 9:35 pm #

      Kristina,

      This particular C.T. Studd quote was SO strong in my mind and heart during a 2-day period recently when my friend’s backslidden young adult daughter had overdosed on illegal drugs and was in critical condition in the hospital. I felt SUCH a burden to pray and intercede during this time. I felt this girl’s life was truly “in the balance” between heaven and hell. When her mom told her, “You know sweetheart, you really need to repent and turn to Jesus…” the girl’s last words were, “I know, mom. I know.” This girl was going in-and-out of consciousness as her parents were staying with her and praying over her and talking to her . . . and she died two days later.

      We don’t know what all happened during those last two critical days, but we do know that God knows everything and is the perfect judge. From my point of view, I felt such a heavy heavy burden for this girl as I prayed, and many many others also felt the same burden to be interceding and fighting spiritually for her to receive God’s salvation through the cross of Jesus Christ. As we prayed this specific quote kept coming back to my mind, that even as we PRAY, we can be working for God’s kingdom, rescuing SOULS.

      After her death, the Lord gave me such an inward peace. The thought that kept coming to me was an excerpt from some evangelistic sermons. Have you ever heard a preacher say, “God could have taken you to heaven the moment you received Him . . . (but then the preacher goes on to say that since you’re still here, you’re called to tell others about Him and to advance God’s Kingdom) . . . but after this girl’s death, I felt the Lord say, “You know, I could have taken her to heaven the very moment she received Me.” Obviously, I don’t know exactly where this girl stood spiritually at the moment she was face-to-face with our Almighty God; but I do know that this girl was very specifically on His heart. And I do know that intercessory PRAYER does not only support ministry, it IS ministry.

  105. Elizabeth March 21, 2011 at 4:31 pm #

    One of my long time favorites:

    No reserves. No retreats. No regrets.
    - William Borden

  106. Spring March 21, 2011 at 4:09 pm #

    Wow, so many great quotes, but I love Oswald Chambers:
    23. It is easier to be an excessive fanatic than to be consistently faithful, because God causes an amazing humbling of our religious conceit when we are faithful to Him.
    - Oswald Chambers

    • Ann Dunagan March 21, 2011 at 5:06 pm #

      Spring,

      I love this Oswald Chambers quote too, and have thought A LOT about it. It’s not enough to be fanatical and passionate. God simply wants us to be faithful and obedient. It’s not what we do, it’s who we are in Him. He loves us, and as we come to comprehend more-and-more that deep and personal love . . . He will begin to move us by His love to share what He’s given us (not only our salvation, but also our blessings — including our peace and joy) with others.

  107. bobcat March 21, 2011 at 3:42 pm #

    I also noticed that Ann’s marriage post didn’t get many comments. (mine was about the fact that I like hot tubs, which is pretty beside the point of the article!!!!) I thought about the fact that there were few comments, actually, wondering why. First of all, it was an amazing post (so is this one).

    The conclusion I came to in my own mind (and I am NOT just saying this now, I literally thought this back when the Marriage post went up), is that it was one of those “wow” kind of posts that has soooo much info that people can really use, to the point that it leaves people kind of speechless and introspective. I think it’s one of those “that’s something to strive for” posts, that leaves many of us feeling like we are so far behind, that we don’t have much to say! But I think those posts are crucial, because it causes us to stretch and think about aiming for things we might not aim for on our own.

    This post is similar, too. Everyone out there on the internet can relate to simple, everyday life problems, but not everyone wants to confront the fact that they aren’t out there going on missions. However, again, I think this post is really important.

    As a Catholic, I would say that a pretty small percentage of the people I see weekly at church will ever go on a mission. Maybe 0.5%-10%, depending on the church. I am not sure what the percentages would be like for other Christian churches. So by discussing missions, there will be people that don’t comment, because they just feel they can’t relate, and it is out of the league of what they are capable of. But I think it is important for people to read about, because God may be calling a lot more of us to do this sort of thing. Sometimes confronting the truth (like a calling from God), isn’t easy, and people just sit there, listening, but not able to say much because of the magnitude of the message.

    I once heard a priest say that when a lot of people come up to him after Mass and say, “good sermon, Father,” that he knows he didn’t do his job, because that means he was telling people what they wanted to hear or what they already knew (in other words, people felt comfortable after it, so they weren’t changing or stretching. People like to be patted on the back). He said that when he tells people things they NEED to hear, he doesn’t get as many people coming up to him after church. But that he was okay with that. :)

    • Ann Dunagan March 21, 2011 at 4:41 pm #

      Dear bobcat,

      Your comments here are very thoughtful, and sweet. I really appreciate you taking the time to share from your heart, and to remind all of us that we need to live for God, not others. As women, we do need to get past that “needing to be needed” or living for that proverbial “pat on the back” from others. Even after a long-time in ministry, one of my biggest internal challenges is being motivated by the “fear” of others (wanting the approval of friends and strangers) rather than honestly living with a steadfastness in knowing that I’m loved by God, and living with a steadfast and godly “fear” of Him.

      Thank you for saying that last marriage post (and this one) left you introspective and speechless; God knows, and I’m okay with it too. And btw, I did get quite a chuckle that several of my sparse comments on that missions & marriage article were about getting a hottub — so funny!!!

  108. Tracy March 21, 2011 at 3:26 pm #

    I tweet’ed it!

  109. Tracy March 21, 2011 at 3:19 pm #

    God isn’t looking for people of great faith, but for individuals ready to follow Him.
    - Hudson Taylor So hard to pick just one!

  110. meghan March 21, 2011 at 3:13 pm #

    Let my heart be broken with the things that break God’s heart.
    - Bob Pierce, World Vision founder

  111. Morgan March 21, 2011 at 2:32 pm #

    ‘Go, send or disobey’. John Piper

    I’m continually amazed at God’s grace towards us, especially with our disobedience at reaching the world! Love, love, love these missions moments. Thank you!

    • Ann Dunagan March 21, 2011 at 4:43 pm #

      Thank you Morgan!

      I too am constantly in AWE of God’s GRACE and mercy toward me!!!

  112. Grace Shannon March 21, 2011 at 2:10 pm #

    My favorite quote:
    God had an only Son and He made Him a missionary.
    – David Livingstone

  113. Shannon March 21, 2011 at 1:25 pm #

    Thanks for sharing your heart for the world and being transparent! This is a great quote, “To know the will of God, we need an open Bible and an open map.”

  114. Joy March 21, 2011 at 1:18 pm #

    i also shared on facebook!

  115. Joy March 21, 2011 at 1:17 pm #

    I tweet’d it!

  116. Joy March 21, 2011 at 1:15 pm #

    i blogged about it!

  117. Joy March 21, 2011 at 1:09 pm #

    thanks for this post. I too relate to the comment example of trying to please people when instead I should be fearing the Lord- such a good reminder. You have to admit though- it is pretty funny that you will now have a post with a zillion comments due to the giveaway link! With that said- I’d love to win the book! :) Here’s the quote:
    I have seen the vision and for self I cannot live; Life is less than worthless till my all I give.
    - Oswald J. Smith

    • Ann Dunagan March 21, 2011 at 4:49 pm #

      Joy,

      Thanks for your comment, and for sharing on twitter, fb, and on your blog. You know, something that I always try to remember is that all that we do, we do for the LORD, and not for others. Whenever I write or speak, I want it to be for God’s glory. Sometimes, I may speak, and get lots of encouraging comments . . . so when it’s all over, and I’m by myself, I give these comments all to God, as an offering to Him; however, the same holds true if I get negative comments, or (which is sometimes even harder to process) no feedback at all; when it’s all over and I’m by myself in prayer, I give it all to God, as an offering to Him.

      Btw, the Oswald J. Smith quote you chose is one I often use as an opening for when I speak about the need for missions. It’s so good!!!

  118. alexis March 21, 2011 at 12:47 pm #

    also sharing on FB!!

  119. Kimberly March 21, 2011 at 12:46 pm #

    I have seen the vision and for self I cannot live; Life is less than worthless till my all I give.
    - Oswald J. Smith

  120. alexis March 21, 2011 at 12:42 pm #

    LIVE GOD LOUD!!!! That says it all!!!

  121. Michelle March 21, 2011 at 12:42 pm #

    You can give without loving. But you cannot love without giving.
    - Amy Carmichael

    I feel like I’m learning a deep side to loving in my life right now, as my husband and I prepare to go on a church plant in another state.

    • Ann Dunagan March 21, 2011 at 4:51 pm #

      Michelle,

      May God bless and anoint you and your husband as you GO on a mission to help with a church plant in a place away from home. What an awesome opportunity. I’m sure you’ll be both stretched and blessed, as you live and take risks to expand God’s kingdom!!! How awesome!!!

  122. Lindsey March 21, 2011 at 12:41 pm #

    twitter as well! LindseyBarth

  123. Lindsey March 21, 2011 at 12:41 pm #

    posted on fb

  124. kim March 21, 2011 at 12:41 pm #

    I tweeted about it: @kd316

  125. kim March 21, 2011 at 12:40 pm #

    He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.
    - Jim Elliot

  126. Lindsey March 21, 2011 at 12:39 pm #

    Oh missions is always heavily on my heart, especially now that I’m a new mother! This and others like it have always been my favorite, hoping some day the Lord will call our family to go elsewhere…

    I have but one candle of life to burn, and I would rather burn it out in a land filled with darkness than in a land flooded with light.
    - John Keith Falconer

    • Ann Dunagan March 21, 2011 at 4:58 pm #

      Lindsey,

      It’s so true that once we become moms, we can understand a bit more of God’s incredible love, and not only for us as His daughters, for the Father’s heart for others. That mothering heart has also given me a very deep passion for the lost, and for little ones who don’t have a mommy or daddy. As mothers in God’s kingdom (whether we have kids or not), we ALL will have different roles and responsibilities; but I believe that as Christian women, we all need to somehow be a part of sharing God’s love to those who have yet to hear about Him . . . and to somehow participate in helping to rescue orphan children.

      As Hudson Taylor said, “The Great Commission is not an option to consider, but a command to obey.”

      • Lindsey March 24, 2011 at 10:49 am #

        Ann,

        You have no idea how much I’m right there with you… My husband no longer feels the Lord is asking us to move to a 3rd world country (he once did, I feel like my heart has been shattered), and my heart for orphans goes beyond adoption, I want to leave all of this, pack up our family and dedicate our lives to the mission of an orphanage somewhere. How many people say this? Why would I possibly have this burning inside of me and not be able to “go” ?

        I think during this season the Lord is showing me how to serve my husband, neighbors, and he is sanctifying me with our wee one ;) I hold onto there still being a purpose for me here in suburban America, and secretly hope that one day my husband will hear His voice as well.

        I love your posts and your heart for family, missions and of course our Jesus. Your ministry is a shining light from the King… Thank you for your obedience and joy!

        Lindsey

  127. Bethany Hudson March 21, 2011 at 12:38 pm #

    I read through all the quotes, but my favorite mission-minded quotation was not listed. It is from the late Mother Theresa of Calcutta. She said, “If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”

    • Ann Dunagan March 21, 2011 at 5:01 pm #

      Thank you Bethany, for you additional mission-minded quote. Mother Theresa has definitely been a hero in our family; our oldest daughter has a picture of her on her living room wall!!! I loved her simplicity, humility, love for the poor, passion for the unborn, her HUGE boldness (even though she was so small), and giving heart.

  128. Christie March 21, 2011 at 12:32 pm #

    A quote I’ve always really liked: Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church. Worship is. Missions exists because worship doesn’t. – John Piper

  129. Melinda March 21, 2011 at 12:28 pm #

    I also posted the quote on my FB page and linked here.

  130. Melinda March 21, 2011 at 12:28 pm #

    What a powerful post! Thank you for the encouragement to be driven by the missional need and personally involved in it (with our children!).

    Several quotes were compelling to me. I chose this one (for today):
    I am destined to proclaim the message, unmindful of personal consequences to myself.
    - Count Nicolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf

  131. Jessica B March 21, 2011 at 12:24 pm #

    Thank you for sharing your passion and calling with us. I love this quote – “The history of missions is the history of answered prayer.”
    - Samuel Zwemer