About Trevor Holloway

Trevor serves as the Mentoring Coordinator for the Center for Pioneer Church Planting (CPCP)

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The Value of Acts in Mission Today

Acts IM2 copyAs I had the privilege of leading the Missionary Trainees of To Every Tribe through the book of Acts I was once again reminded why it has played such a vital role in the lives of missionaries both now and throughout history.

In Acts, Luke recounts the powerful movement of God in which we see a band of 120 disciples gathered to pray in an upper room in Jerusalem mobilized to “turn the world upside down” with the saving power of the gospel. This is all set off by Jesus’ final words to the apostles just before ascending to heaven, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and all Judea and Samaria and to the end of the earth,” (Acts 1:8). It is these words then that drive this narrative which covers about thirty years of history. More

Being a Missionary Learner

Missionary LearnerExciting stories of indigenous people repenting, believing in Jesus, being baptized, gathering together as a church and going out and planting other indigenous churches… that is what all missionaries want to write home about from day one upon reaching the field. Is that realistic? Well, with God all things are possible but in the event that He decides not to work that way let me share something that I hope will get you thinking as it has me.

Four months into our time being in South Texas at the Center for Pioneer Church Planting, one thing struck me: the ENORMITY of the task of taking the gospel to unreached people. Yes, we can all think of some of the physical difficulties and absence of creature comforts ahead for us which are mind blowing in themselves. But think about this – missionaries to unreached people groups often have to be at least tri-lingual (English, trade language, tribal heart-language). Many times the tribal heart-language may not even be written. More

The Radicals Who Stay

Radical Stayers3Who is the most radical person you know? I once knew a man who was constantly trying to convince people that he and they should quit their jobs, sell everything they have, and just do evangelism all day, everyday. This was his idea of radical. This was his idea of what he thought Jesus meant when he told the rich young ruler to sell all his possessions, give to the poor, and follow Jesus (Matthew 19:16-22). This was what he thought Jesus’ point was when he told the story of the rich fool who built new store houses to store up all his grain for himself to live on for years to come (Luke 12:13-20). My friend also believed the other way you could be radical for Jesus was to become a missionary. More

“Hey, That’s My Language!”

hey-thats-my-language-holloway“Hey, that’s my language!” said a local villager as he sat outside our medical and dental clinic listening to the New Testament in his native Zapotec language for the first time in his life. In fact, this was the first time anyone in “People SMQ” (about 5,000 people who live in four neighboring villages) heard the Word of God in their “heart language.” Many have, perhaps heard small bits and pieces in Spanish (their second language) but never in their “heart language.” Why is hearing in one’s “heart language” important you may ask? One village put it like this, “I have heard some of the Bible in Spanish before but when I hear the Bible in Zapotec it sticks because Zapotec is in my blood.” More

What Missionaries Can Learn From 1 Thessalonians

1 ThessHave you ever spent significant time studying Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonian church? Most of us have not. It is often a forgotten letter lost in the pages between Colossians and 1 Timothy. However, last week in the Center for Pioneer Church Planting our missionary trainees discovered many of the riches of this letter as well as why it is important for pioneer missionaries to know.

As missionaries we can learn a lot from this letter. Some brief observations are listed below: More