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Mission in humility: Revisiting our methods

CMS missionaries Arthur & Tamie Davis support and encourage Fellowship of Evangelical Students (TAFES) staff, who help Tanzanian students meet Jesus and follow him beyond university. Here Tamie and Arthur share how approaching mission in humility means learning to think differently.  Humility in mission is about revisiting our methods in cross-cultural ministry, and aspiring to use local languages, local resources, and local thinking styles. Sounds […]

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Humble teaching in a hierarchy

CMS missionaries Dave and Leoni Painter have worked in Cambodia for nearly 20 years. Here Dave explains that the path of humility is not easy to navigate, but Christians have an example in Jesus.  I teach at the Phnom Penh Bible school. Most students there are committed Christians from lower to middle class backgrounds in their early 20s. They wear official Bible […]

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Accepting Correction

CMS missionary Julie Field, serving with Martin in Asociación Bíblica Universitaria Argentina (ABUA) in Argentina, has had a difficult year in ministry. Here she reflects on the humbling joys and challenges of being a ‘parent’ to those she serves.  We have been serving Argentine uni students for the past 12 years. In 2007 I arrived in Argentina as an energetic 35 year old woman, and my dealings with our twenty-something student friends felt like […]

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Big plan, small part

CMS missionary Terry Blowes, serving with Peter, works in local student ministry in Buenos Aires, Argentina, encouraging and mentoring leaders and others. Here Terry shares about how God called her to accept a tiny part in his big plan.  When we returned to Argentina in 2015 for a second tour of service, I was asked to work with the Asociación Bíblica Universitaria Argentina (ABUA) Buenos Aires student group. […]

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Being Christ’s servant

CMS missionary Judith Calf served in Tanzania for many years, returned to Australia and is now back in Tanzania. Judith reflects on the daily challenges of serving in mission with humility, and how she seeks to follow the example of Jesus.  When I was asked to write about humility in mission, my first thought was ‘I am not comfortable with doing that!’ Writing about how I live out humility in my life and ministry […]

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Learning patience

CMS missionary Grace Adams, serving with Chris in Timor-Leste, was hoping for quick results when she embarked on a translation project. But sometimes God seems to work slowly in his gospel mission.  We had been well-trained by CMS to have realistic expectations about what we might achieve, and how soon. When we were missionaries-in-training, experienced missionaries told us that we would do well in our first […]

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Leading with humility

CMS missionary Nathan Lovell lectures in theology at George Whitefield College in South Africa. Checkpoint asked him to explain the challenges of approaching this position of authority in Christian humility.  “Can you please stop ragging on John Piper now?” ‘Ragging’ means constantly criticising someone, and my student sounded somewhat exasperated. It wasn’t true; I wasn’t ragging on John Piper. Well… I was, sort of.   […]

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A Privileged Position

Former CMS missionary Greg Anderson is Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of the Northern Territory. Here he uses his personal experience to reflect on how and why CMS is so committed to approaching mission with humility.  One of the obvious things about my ministry in the Northern Territory is that my skin colour is the same as that of a lot of […]

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Who decides what is humble?

CMS missionary Peter Blowes (serving with Terry in Argentina) encourages university students and graduates to build God’s kingdom. In 2015, Peter and Terry returned to Argentina for a second term of service after ten years away. Here Peter reflects on many new questions they faced on reentry to a rapidly changing culture, and reminds himself and us that God’s word is the key to answering […]

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