John the Missionary – Taking the Gospel Overseas

Season: 1
Episode: 25
John and Sarah were raised as missionary kids. John shares their story on how they have been on the mission field abroad and now they are calling the church to reach the mission field right in their own backyards. They have been working with leaders all over the area to continue the conversation of being a friend to the foreigners and effectively reaching the foreign-born internationals that God has brought into our communities.
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Full Show Notes

John and Sarah have been married for nearly 34 years. They have three married children, three grandchildren, and their family also has a foster baby, Caitlin, that they are raising. Both John and Sarah are missionary kids: John in Argentina and Sarah in Kenya. They are growth group leaders and are on the counseling team. They help in leadership training, evangelism, and disciple-making. John is employed with the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina. He is the strategy coordinator over the Triangle where he mobilizes and partners with churches to reach the lost. Sarah’s parents had a little clinic in Nairobi and this experience has led her to study nursing and become a registered nurse.
They talked about their struggles as parents and how their eldest son was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and their second son was diagnosed with cancer at 10 months. This derailed John and Sarah and they started to question God. It was years later where they had actually come to a point where they thought that maybe the Lord was just asking for their obedience. The Lord used that experience to shape their characters and caused them to yield completely, and allowed them to grow in their marriage. They believe that that experience prepared them more for harder things later.
John and Sarah also shared their experiences as missionaries in South Asia. John had the privilege of bringing together people from five or six different people groups who loved the Lord. He also brought in a music missionary and ethnomusicologist and they did a workshop to teach them to write songs in their own language with their own style. They coached their own teams and personnel on the field of what it looks like to involve churches more effectively. Sarah, on the other hand, used her knowledge as a nurse to implement health strategies to get into villages and to demonstrate the love of Christ. So she became the health strategies coach for their personnel to help more and more teams to do that in the fall.
John believes that God is still calling people out to go and take the gospel overseas. There are many world religions that are working out their faith. And yet we as Christians have been given an incredible gift of grace by our salvation and grace. Recent research has shown that one of the fastest-growing segments of the Christian faith is among Asians because they are getting exposure now. John shared that one exciting thing for him is the opportunity to work with a lot of different churches from a lot of different ethnicities. He saw the challenge to go out to more churches of other languages and intersect with our traditional brothers and sisters.
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