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Category: On Mission
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By Chip Lamca
Faculty, College of Theology

Sixty years ago in the Amazon basin of Ecuador, five North American missionaries landed on a sandbar of a remote tributary. They would never leave. A few days after arriving, they were killed by a tribe that had not been contacted previously. Their failure to report, the search and subsequent discovery of their bodies went out to the world via shortwave radio – the Internet of that day. The article in “Life” magazine profiled five young widows, their orphaned children and the sacrifice of those brave young men.

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By Chip Lamca
Faculty, College of Theology

Our Grand Canyon University team arrived in Peru on June 7. After spending a day in the capital city, we headed north for nine hours on a bus to the city of Trujillo. A short hour-and-a-half trip on a different bus brought us to the town of Cartavio.

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By Todd Forrest
Faculty, College of Theology 

Sitting in the stale and humid shed of an airport, I reflected on my last 12 days. I was tired. This was to be flight number eight out of eleven. Our morning vehicle travel brought our accumulated drive time to somewhere over 27 hours.

Our mission was to travel to all 10 of the Children of Promise International (COPI) orphanages in central and south India. As the vice president of COPI and coordinator of India, my task (with two others) was to visit all the homes, encourage the directors and ensure that the children were healthy and the buildings were sound.

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By Chip Lamca
Faculty, College of Theology  

Missionaries face a diverse and constantly changing set of challenges. On Aug. 27, one of the largest evangelical mission agencies announced a radical plan to deal with their revenue shortfalls; among other things, it involves offering some of the most experienced, seasoned and proven missionaries the “opportunity” of voluntary retirement incentives.

Seven years ago, I transitioned back to the U.S. after what I thought would be a lifetime of missionary service. I humbly offer the following as food for thought, not just to the servants of that one organization, but to anyone facing major change in ministry:

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By Anna Faith Smith
Assistant Dean, College of Theology

As Jesus was preparing to ascend into heaven, He left His followers with a job and the power to complete it. He said, ‘You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the Earth.’
(Acts 1:8)

Jerusalem was the hometown where people spoke the same language and had the same values, Judea was the state/region and Samaria was the neighboring country.

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By Chip Lamca
Faculty, College of Theology

Missiology, or the study of missions, falls in an unfortunate category called practical theology, as if contemplating the Trinity or learning to exegete the Greek and Hebrew manuscripts is impractical theology, or esoteric theology, better known as silly-waste-of-time theology.

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