Mission-Minded Passports

Are you considering international travel, or taking a family mission trip?

Click here for an article I wrote for The End in Mind: Passports for Missions:

Craft Passports
Just for Fun!

Real Passports
Just in Case!


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Mission Thoughts at Thanksgiving

“Why should anyone go back to the table for second’s or third’s,
before everyone’s had a first helping?” —

Won’t anyone pass the food?

Imagine sitting down for a scrumptious Thanksgiving dinner with all of your relatives.

Everyone is eager to eat . . . but as you survey Grandma’s extra-long dining room table, complete with all the extension-pieces brought in from back of the entry closet, you can’t help but notice the lop-sided food layout. All of those delicious-smelling dishes are on the opposite end of the table.

After joining hands and thankin’ the Lord for His bounty, you wait patiently for one of those cousins to pass that basket of yummy-looking homemade rolls your direction . . . but for some reason, they don’t seem to hear you. In fact, it’s almost like you’re not at the table. It’s like no one can see you, or even hear you.

As the other side continues to heap their plates with second- and even third-helpings, everyone at your end is still waiting . . . and waiting . . . with empty plates.

No one’s trying to be mean, of course; it’s just that everybody is distracted. Grandpa’s stories are so hilarious this year; everyone’s laughing; and Aunt Polly’s turkey is more delicious than ever. The others begin to joke about their bulging stomachs . . . as yours continues to grumble with hunger.

Won’t anyone pass the food?

It’s a vivid picture we need to remember, of the need for world missions, and the need to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ . . . with the lost.

This month, as we sit down to thank God for His abundant blessings in our lives (both physically and spiritually), we need to remember that many people (over 1.6 BILLION) are still waiting . . . and waiting . . . for their first helping of the God’s Good News.

“Why should anyone hear the Gospel twice,
before everyone has heard it once?”

–Oswald J. Smith

Have a Blessed & Mission-Minded Thanksgiving!

With Love in His Harvest,
Jon & Ann Dunagan & Family

ON THE LIGHT SIDE: Grasshoppers for Thanksgiving?

By Joshua Dunagan, at age thirteen

“So, what did you eat for Thanksgiving?”

During the week of Thanksgiving, my dad and I were across the world in Uganda, East Africa, holding evangelistic outreaches in remote cities out in the middle of nowhere. It was my second Thanksgiving holiday outside of America. But this time was really different.

In Africa, most people eat the same foods over and over again; at least we sure did.

Day after day, meal after meal, we had overcooked rice, matoke (mashed steamed bananas), and a few chunks of tough meat and guts. But for Thanksgiving we had a “special” African treat. Along with our standard food, we were given a plate full of greasy fried grasshoppers!! They were about two inches long, with the legs and head still on.

As I stared at these insects, thoughts flashed through my brain. I imagined all the yummy food my brothers and sisters were eating at Grandma’s house: turkey and pumpkin pie, mashed potatoes and gravy. I also remembered a time I had eaten big bugs before (at a kid’s camp when I was bribed with a bunch of candy). It wasn’t so hard to chug down an insect just once or twice on a dare, but this was different. It was Thanksgiving—and I was hungry!

Actually, they didn’t taste that bad. As I took my first bite, they reminded me of a cross between popcorn and shrimp—crunchy on the outside and a little gooey on the inside. Soon I was eating one after the other, even throwing them in the air and catching them in my mouth. I must have eaten about sixty of them by the time I was done!

By the way, the ministry went well that night.

We preached to thousands of people . . . and I felt just like John the Baptist!

(Photo is our son, Josh, at 10-years-old, preaching the Gospel in Urua, Uganda)

Happy Mission-Minded Thanksgiving!

Related article on The Christian Post’s “Better Parents, Better Families” blog:

Give Ye, Them to Eat: Thanksgiving, Missions, & “Saints” – By Ann Dunagan

A Mission-Minded Thanksgiving article featuring Nate Saint (Ecuador missionary and martyr) and Rachel Saint (missionary with Wycliffe Bible Translators) – two world-renown Christian missionary heroes . . . from the same family!

Expanding Vision for Daring Daughters!

Exciting things are happening right now with Daring Daughters, an exciting outreach of Harvest Ministry, calling women of all ages to local and global missions.

We have a new Daring Daughters website, a growing blog, online resources (including a FREE e-course to motivate mom and daughters), new CONNECT GROUPS, and special Daring Daughter events and conferences across the country.

Come take a look over at Daring Daughters < < <
. . . and please keep us in prayer.

Can You Guess What’s in Ernest’s BOX?

All of the kids and youth at Guma Na Yesu — ‘Keep with Jesus’ — Children’s Center have a special TRUNK-BOX for all of their personal belongings.

For a fun orphan ministry highlight, Ernest (our featured BOY this month) is going to show you what’s inside of his special box.

Thanks for caring for us . . .

Our two featured “Kids of the Month” from Harvest Ministry’s LOVING ORPHANS ministry are Nakline and Ernest, from Guma Na Yesu Children’s Center.

Seeing the joy of Jesus radiating from their faces, reminds us of the reason why we do what we do. These aren’t just “numbers” or “needs” we help, but real kids who love Jesus.

You have been the helper of the orphan.
(Psalm 10:14b, NASB)

Meet Ernest

“Thanks from all the BOYS!”

Meet Nakline

“Thanks from all the GIRLS!”

For in You the orphan finds mercy.
(Hosea 14:3c, NASB)

What’s in Ernest’s Box:

Every child has a metal trunk-box, with a lock and a key.

Play clothes, underclothes, Pajamas, School Uniform, Church Clothes

A Personal Towel

Socks, Shoes, and Shoe-Shine (some kids have flip-flops or sandals)

Personal school supplies: paper, pens

Toothbrush and Toothpaste (the kids also have soap and a washcloth)

And a Bible (full Bible or New Testament, in either English or a native language)

Thank you for LOVING ORPHANS with us!

More about Loving Orphans with Harvest Ministry
More about Guma Na Yesu Primary School
More about Kingdom Vocational Secondary School
More about How YOU Can Help (sponsorship info)

Next Generation Missionaries: to INDIA!

Mission to INDIA:

Recently, four of our newlywed young adults, Josh & Anna Dunagan (along with their baby-in-the-womb) and Trae & Christi Childs, ministered in SE India with Gospel Projects International.

Mission outreaches included visiting remote village churches, checking up on the “orphans-no-longer” at GPI’s Aasha Children’s Home, and ministering at the two Bible schools they pioneered.

We’re so proud of them. Be sure to head over to the GPI Website to see their mission video.

“My friend, will you go? Has God spoken to you? Have you heard His Call? Will you not answer, ‘Lord, here am I, send me’? And if you cannot go, will you not send a substitute? — Oswald J. Smith

Let’s stir up a heart for INDIA!

Lately, the nation of India has been in our thoughts and in our prayers, especially the need to support remote national ministers and evangelists.

There are many spiritual needs in this vast country, and so many people who need to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Here are some links to help you to focus your prayers:

Dr. Duff’s Appeal

An excerpt from A Challenge to Missions

By Oswald J. Smith

Dr. Alexander Duff, that great veteran missionary to India, returned to Scotland to die, and as he stood before the general assembly . . . he made his appeal, but there was no response.

In the midst of his appeal he fainted and was carried off the platform.

The doctor bent over him and examined his heart.

Presently he opened his eyes. “Where am I?” he cried. “Where am I?”

“Lie still,” said the doctor. “You have had a heart attack. Lie still.”

“But,” exclaimed Dr. Duff, “I haven’t finished my appeal. Take me back. Take me back. I must finish my appeal.”

“Lie still,” said the doctor again. “You will go back at the peril of you life.”

But, in spite of the protests of the physician, the old warrior struggled to his feet, and, with the doctor on one side and the moderator of the assembly of the other side, he again mounted the steps of the pulpit platform, and, as he did so, the entire assembly rose to do him honor. Then, when they were seated, he continued his appeal.

And this is what he said:

“When Queen Victoria calls for volunteers for India, hundreds of young men respond; but, when King Jesus calls, no one goes.”

Then he paused. There was silence.

Again he spoke: “Very well,” he concluded, “then, aged though I am, I’ll go back to India. I can lie down on the banks of the Ganges and I can die and thereby I can let the people of India know that there was one man in Scotland who loved them enough to give his life for them.”

In a moment, young men all over the assembly sprang to their feet, crying, “I’ll go! I’ll go!”

And after the old white-haired warrior had been laid to rest, these young men, having graduated, found their way to dark benighted India, there to labor as his substitutes for the Lord Jesus Christ.

My friend, will you go? Has God spoken to you? Have you heard His Call? Will you not answer, “Lord, here am I, send me”? And if you cannot go, will you not send a substitute?

It is for you to decide.

Why should anyone hear the Gospel twice before everyone has heard it once?

Our HMFI Vision (with a video testimony)

Harvest Ministry Fellowship International (HMFI) is a missions outreach of Harvest Ministry, to SERVE remote village churches and ministers.

Listen to a video testimony from a national pastor from Uganda, East Africa. Pastor Frank is a HMFI Zone Leader who helps oversee village pastors. He shares how the vision and fellowship of HMFI has been a blessing to him and to his congregation and community.

Harvest Ministry Fellowship International

H.M.F.I. is an international fellowship of Christian ministers and churches.

The vision of this non-denominational fellowship is to provide members with ministry accountability and identity, spiritual covering, fellowship with other ministers, and training for godly leadership. The purpose of H.M.F.I. is to unite ministers and churches to more effectively advance God’s Kingdom.

For more about HMFI

What is a Mission-Minded Family?

In a mission-minded family, there’s a God-infused energy. There’s a focus on God’s worldwide purpose, and there’s a passion for the lost. There’s a spiritual depth and hunger that reaches beyond the maintenance mode of cultural Christianity.

A mission-minded family emphasizes leadership, calling, and destiny. There’s a prevailing attitude of self-sacrifice and an emphasis on total submission to God’s will. And there’s an unmistakable and contagious joy.

A mission-minded family . . .

  • loves to make God smile!
  • learns to be diligent, because there’s work to be done and many needs in this world
  • brings a stack of well-worn Bibles to church!
  • enjoys presents at Christmastime, but never forgets all the poor little children in Cambodia who have nothing.
  • is focused on eternity.
  • knows how to look up Afghanistan, Bolivia, Singapore, and Tibet, and imagines more than what they see on a map.
  • eats rice!
  • learns how to share the “gospel colors” and is excited about the miniature EvangeCube that can hook to a kid’s backpack.
  • dreams of traveling around the world and makes sure each person has an updated passport–just in case!
  • thinks about the Irish on St. Patrick’s Day–and all the people wearing green who don’t have a clue that Patrick was a missionary.
  • lives in SUB-mission!
  • shakes missionaries’ hands after church and invites their family over for dinner.
  • knows that when the Lord guides, He also provides.
  • keeps the lawn mowed, as a good Christian witness to the neighbors.
  • is strategically aimed for God’s purpose.
  • anticipates the excitement of the teenage years and looks forward to youth group mission trips.
  • keeps active and healthy in order to be physically able to do whatever God requires.
  • gives generously–even when it hurts!
  • enjoys carryon luggage with wheels, final boarding calls, and airline peanuts.
  • thinks beyond the box of what’s merely expected and hope to do something big (or something little) for God.
  • lives for Jesus!

t682047469_1919124_89151This article by Ann Dunagan, is an excerpt from her book, The Mission-Minded Family – Releasing Your Family to God’s Destiny (InterVarsity Press).

Mission-Minded Families: Articles & Links

Family Articles & Links

In response to several online requests, we’ve compiled some links to Ann’s online articles for Mission-Minded Families. Feel free to twitter, facebook, or to share with friends.

FEATURE ARTICLE on Christianity.com:

Striking Balance as a Mission-Minded Family, by Ann Dunagan

How can we balance our passion for missions with our hearts for our homes? Do we have to choose between “raising our kids” and “reaching the lost”—or is it possible to do both? Read more > > >

FEATURE ARTICLE on HomeGrownMom.com:

Teach Your Daughters Wailing, by Ann Dunagan

Our family doesn’t care for crying around the house — unless we have something to really cry about — like when someone is dying, or a kid is starving, or when we need to repent. Read more > > >


Mission-Minded Family 3-part series, by Ann Dunagan

#1 — Living a Life of Surrender. #2 — Leading Your Family in God’s Great Commission. #3 — Preparing for Missions.
Listen to this 3-part series on Family Life Today. Read more > > >

More articles . . .

Revive Our Hearts:
Unleashing Your Children’s Talents
I Was Naked, And You Clothed Me
Releasing Arrows Into the World

Visionary Womanhood
Book Review: Mission-Minded Families . . . Raising Mission-Minded Children
An Important Christmas Focus about God’s Home

God Has a Mission for Your Family
Praying as a Family
Striking Balance as a Mission-Minded Family
Training Teens On-Target – Part 1
Training Teens On-Target – Part 2

Becoming a Mission-Minded Family
Is Your Family Mission Minded?

Praying as a Family
Striking Balance as a Mission-Minded Family

Family Life Today:
(Family Life USA) Three Powerful Dynamics of a Mission-Minded Family
(Family Life Australia) Three Powerful Dynamics of a Mission-Minded Family
(PDF Family Life Transcript 1) Living a Life of Surrender
(PDF Family Life Transcript 2) Leading Your Family in the Great Commission
(PDF Family Life Transcript 3) Preparing for Missions

Passionate Homemaking:
Daring Mothers & Daughters . . . & Dirty Feet
Finding PEACE in God’s PRESENCE (A Christmas article about prayer)
Hospitality Ideas for Holy Week
Living in SUB-Mission, as a Mom
Local Outreach as Mission-Minded Families
Mission-Minded Hospitality
Picture-Perfect Families?
Teaching Our Girls to Cry
Q & A’s for Mission-Minded Families: HOMESCHOOLING
Q & A’s for Mission-Minded Families: IDENTITY
Q & A’s for Mission-Minded Families: MARRIAGE
Q & A’s for Mission-Minded Families: MOTHERHOOD
Q & A’s for Mission-Minded Families: SIMPLICITY
Passports for Missions: Just for Fun & Just in Case!
Serving Thanksgiving – With Breakfast

Home Grown Mom:
Harvest Ministry Introduction
Kids 4 Orphans
Teach Your Daughters Wailing

Heart of the Matter Online (for homeschooling families):
A Homeschooler’s Heart for Orphans
Have Yourself a Mission-Minded Christmas
Passports for Missions
Plan for a Mission-Minded New Year
Praying and Learning About Haiti
Thanksgiving, Missions, and “Saints”
You Can GO: Taking a Family Mission Trip

The Christian Post: “Better Parents, Better Families”

Holiday Themes: Enjoying Missions Throughout the Year
JAN. Seek God for a Mission-Minded New Year
JAN. Talk With Your Teen about New Year’s Goals
JAN. Enjoying Missions . . . in January
FEB. Mission-Minded Families . . . in February
FEB. Sharing God’s Love on Valentine’s Day
MAR. St. Patrick was a Missionary!
MAR. St. Patrick’s Day GREEN means GO!
APR. Family Mission Ideas for Easter
MAY Memorial Day: Our Family & Freedom’s Obligation
JUN. Father’s Day: Grandpa’s Big Heart for Missions
NOV. A Mission Thought for Thanksgiving
NOV. Training Our Kids to be Thankful
NOV. Give Ye, Them to Eat: Thanksgiving, Missions, and Saints
NOV. Black Friday, Money, and Missions
DEC. A Mission-Minded Christmas Story: “I Gave Myself”
DEC. Christmas Giving, or Surrender?
DEC. Christmas: It’s all about His PRESENCE!

How Can I Find Time to Pray?
Parents, Can You Find Time to Pray? – Part 1
Parents, Can You Find Time to Pray? – Part 2
Praying Together as a Mission-Minded Family
Parents, Be an Example to Your Kids in Prayer
Can Your Family Fast and Pray for Haiti?

Giving & Stewardship
Family Giving: “Can’t You Do Just a Little Bit More?”
Families: Called to Go? Or to Give?
As Families, We’re Blessed to be a Blessing!

Other Missions & Family Articles
Mission-Minded Families and SUB-Mission
Parenting From God’s Perspective
FAMILIES: Let’s Seek God’s Kingdom, Not Selfishness
Balancing a Heart for Missions and Family
Are You a Mission-Minded Family?
Releasing Your Kids to God – #1
Releasing Your Kids to God – #2
Aiming Our Teen Arrows
Raising Up Missionaries
Training Kids and Teens On-Target
What is God’s Purpose for Parenting?