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Anglican International Student Ministry Network (AISMN) Holds Historic 1st Gathering

The recently launched Anglican International Student Ministry Network (AISMN) held its first conference to connect Anglicans seeking to reach the 1.6 million international students currently in North America. The AISMN is led by co-directors Lisa and Leiton Chinn, and SAMS Missionary Rev. Dr. Mary McDonald, and assisted by New Wineskins Executive Director Jenny Noyes.

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Cross-Cultural Ministry - Mistakes and All

God’s love asks a lot of us. We may have to give up our homes, our jobs, our prestige, and our time. But, loving the cross-cultural stranger ups the ante. It’s a wild, radical act. We will make mistakes. We won’t be safe in an office or a stretch limo with the Secret Service right outside.  We will be in the thick of it(…)

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A Call to Higher Faith: Carol and Clark’s Story

Carol Rogers Smith had an encounter with Christ. She knew in that quiet moment God had called her to serve His people. She said, “Lord, if you want me to leave this home, I will.” Years later in 2007 Carol and her husband Clark traveled from Savannah, Georgia to Ridgecrest North Carolina for the New Wineskins Missionary Network Conference…

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I need you. You are Here. I have Found You.

Rev. John Chol Daau is an Anglican priest, journalist, and teacher. John spent his early years in the rural and indigenous culture of the Jieng people of Baping in South Sudan. At the age of ten, John’s village was invaded by the Northern Army. He was separated from his family and forced to run and hide in the wilderness and refugee camps of East Africa. He became a refugee and “Lost Boy.” John was denied every opportunity in life: no family, no educational resources, no future, but by God’s grace...

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Giving Thanks for Leaking Planes: My Reflection on the 2017 New Wineskins Board Meeting

My journey began with a 5 a.m. flight out of Philadelphia.  My fellow passengers and I were packed in like big sardines, pretending not to notice each other. Suddenly, the smell of gas became quite strong, then downright powerful. When the flight attendant announced that we would need to de-board, the cries of outrage soon filled the plane...

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Your Work Matters to God

A few years ago, I was talking with a in sister in the Lord. We were discussing our work. I was in seminary. She was working at the movie theater. I’ll never forget when she said, “Well, I’m not like you, Lilly. I just work in the mall.” My heart broke a little. For Christians when we describe our vocations the words “I just…” should never enter the equation. Every Christian, a priest of God’s kingdom, His royalty on heaven and earth, is never just anything. We are all...

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Two World Religions

Bishop Leslie Newbigin argued that there are two world religions: the Christian faith and everything else. These two world religions can be summed up best as, “One in which we laboriously ascend to God and the other, in which God descends to us” (The Gospel in a Pluralistic Society). To laboriously ascend is to spend your life climbing a spiritual mountain. Picture God at the top imperiously looking down on his creation, while we climb to meet him, suitcases in hand. Backpacks...

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The Commandment for the Commission

These days you often hear about mission strategies, development, objectives, and programs. Effective ways of evangelism, business plans, mission statements, vision casting, and church growth. A few months ago, my husband, Bo and I had the opportunity to look at several different Anglican church profiles and mission statements.  They had one thing in common: all of them had church growth at the top of their priority list.  These are all good things. These are all godly things. Church growth is...

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I was Once a Foreigner, Too

I set off on my bike for the Garifuna village to spend the afternoon with friends, to stroll on the beautiful Tela beach along the Honduran coast. Before I knew it, it was getting late and I knew, as a young single girl living in a foreign land, that I’d better hurry home before it got too dark to be out on my own...

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A Tribute to Missionary Mamas

We had been in Honduras for a few months when I decided to wander off in the crowded San Pedro Sula market to “look for care bears.” I was three years old, but I still remember my mother’s frantic expression, running through the rows of vendors, with my older sister in tow. “Busca mi nina,” she called over and over in her broken Spanish. She was sweating, half-crazed, and crying when...

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