Mission History

St. Patrick, Missionary to Ireland


Saint Patrick of Ireland was one of the most significant and effective missionaries in the history of the Church. And yet, how much do we really know about this man and the legacy he left the mission world? This St. Patrick’s Day I hope we can restore some of the true significance of celebrating the memory of St. Patrick by considering three things we can learn from his story.   More

From Ecuador to Canada

Ecuador to Canada“Canada! These men are the future missionaries to Canada!” We had just entered a room in our church filled with young men who were interested in ministry. By my side was Frank Drown, our guest, visiting to address the group about his time serving as a missionary in Ecuador. Little did I know, when Frank spoke those words in 2006, what God was going to do in our church and in my life. Those words were more than just a dream of one man; they became marching orders. Let me tell you a story. More

No Tragedy in Ecuador

The Ecuador Five – January 8, 1956: Sixty years ago today, five missionaries were slaughtered in the jungle of Ecuador. Jim Elliot, Pete Fleming, Ed McCully, Nate Saint, and Roger Youderian were viciously speared, beaten with clubs, and hacked to death with machetes by a small gang of Waodani (Auca) Indians. More

Martyring the Layman

Marty Layman 2My desire here is to briefly reflect on the accounts of the New Testament authors and the deaths they died for the name of Christ. In particular, I want to draw attention to the lives and professions of these men before meeting their Lord, Jesus Christ and what could possibly be an implication for the way we think today. In the West, we would call this kind of living “radical.” Scripture calls this “normal.” Normal people, amazing transformation, normal faith in Christ, normal endurance, powerful God, normal truth, unashamed outcome.


New Book Details Life of Missionary-Adventurer


The late Joe Cannon among New Guinea tribesmen in the 1970s.

One of the toughest guys I ever knew was Joe Cannon. Tall, lanky, with a shotgun to hunt meat and a Bible to hunt souls, he trekked the wildest terrain on earth and sought out the wildest people.

And Papua New Guinea was just one place he toiled during his and wife Rosa Belle’s 65-year-career.

A new book by another adventuresome missionary, David Sitton, tells the Cannons’ story. Hard Fighting Soldier, Joe Cannon: 65 Years of Pioneer Gospel Exploits for the Glory of God, (Ambassador International) describes a Canadian street brawler who went on to become a fighter for God. More

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