Mission-Minded Families on “Revive Our Hearts”

familylife4-nancyOn our Podcast, we are featuring Ann’s three interviews about Mission-Minded Families with Nancy Leigh DeMoss (now Mrs. Nancy Wolgemuth) from Revive Our Hearts, a nation-wide and international women’s radio broadcast.

Here’s a glimpse of these programs:


What talents has God given your children? The world is waiting for those talents to be unleashed for God’s glory. Learn how to develop your children’s gifts while giving them a vision for God’s kingdom.


Ann Dunagan’s family was visiting Africa and was struck with the number of children without adequate clothing. The words of Jesus came to mind, “What you’ve done for the least of these, you’ve done for me.” Hear how this family responded to this huge need.


There are so many urgent needs in the world. How might God be preparing your children for making an impact in the needy world? Learn how to release them to build God’s Kingdom.

Introducing Nancy Leigh DeMoss (now Mrs. Wolgemuth)

Here’s a video about Nancy’s beautiful love story:

Nancy Leigh DeMoss grew up in a family deeply committed to Christ and to the mission of world evangelization. At an early age, she surrendered her life to Christ and to His call to fulltime service. Today, Nancy mentors millions of women through Revive Our Hearts (an outreach of Life Action Ministries) and the True Woman Movement, calling them to heart revival and biblical womanhood. Her love for the Word and the Lord Jesus are infectious, and permeate her online outreaches, conference messages, books, and two daily nationally syndicated radio programs—Revive Our Hearts and Seeking Him. Her books have sold more than 1,000,000 copies, and include Lies Women Believe, Choosing Forgiveness, A Place of Quiet Rest, A Thirty Day Walk with God in the Psalms, Brokenness, Surrender, and Holiness. She also co-authored Seeking Him and Lies Young Women Believe.

familylife4-nancy“It was a tremendous honor to meet with Nancy Leigh DeMoss in her studio, to talk about encouraging families for God’s kingdom and missions, and to pray together. I’m so grateful for Nancy’s spiritual leadership, godly integrity, and her heart for women. — Ann

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.

100 Mission Mottos (& Missionary Quotes)

Ponder these powerful mission-minded quotes. Memorize them. Recall them in prayer. Use them in speaking and preaching. Post them on facebook and twitter. Teach them to your kids and teens. And best yet, get inspired to GIVE, to PRAY, to MOTIVATE, and to GO!!!

Mottos for Missions

Get motivated for God’s Great Commission with these 100 inspiring missionary mottos and missionary quotes. As Oswald J. Smith says, “Why should anyone hear the Gospel twice, before everyone has heard it once?”

“Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature.”
– Jesus Christ (THE GREAT COMMISSION – Mark 16:15)

“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations…”
– Jesus Christ (THE GREAT COMMISSION – Matthew 28:19)

100 Mission Mottos

1. A man may die leaving upwards of a million, without taking any of it upwards.
– William Fetler

2. A nation will not be moved by timid methods.
– Luis Palau

3. Anywhere provided it be forward.
– David Livingstone

4. As long as there are millions destitute of the Word of God and knowledge of Jesus Christ, it will be impossible for me to devote time and energy to those who have both.
– J. L. Ewen

5. Can’t you do just a little bit more?
– J.G. Morrison (pleading with Nazarenes in the 1930’s Great Depression to support their missionaries)

6. Christ alone can save the world, but Christ cannot save the world alone.
– David Livingstone

7. Christ not only died for all: He died for each.
– Billy Graham

8. Expect great things from God; attempt great things for God.
– William Carey

9. Go straight for souls, and go for the worst.
– William Booth

10. Go, send, or disobey.
– John Piper

11. God had an only Son and He made Him a missionary.
– David Livingstone

12. God isn’t looking for people of great faith, but for individuals ready to follow Him.
– Hudson Taylor

13. God uses men who are weak and feeble enough to lean on him.
– Hudson Taylor

14. God’s work done in God’s way will never lack God’s supply.
– Hudson Taylor

15. He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.
– Jim Elliot

16. I am destined to proclaim the message, unmindful of personal consequences to myself.
– Count Nicolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf

17. I believe that in each generation God has called enough men and women to evangelize all the yet unreached tribes of the earth. It is not God who does not call. It is man who will not respond!
– Isobel Kuhn, missionary to China and Thailand

18. If God wills the evangelization of the world, and you refuse to support missions, then you are opposed to the will of God.
– Oswald J. Smith


As child, at age 5:
When I am a man, I mean to be a missionary and go to China.

As a young man:
I feel I cannot go on living unless I do something for China.

Late in life, as a veteran missionary:
If I had 1,000 lives, I’d give them all for China.

– Hudson Taylor, Missionary to China

20. I have but one candle of life to burn, and I would rather burn it out in a land filled with darkness than in a land flooded with light.
– John Keith Falconer

21. I have but one passion: It is He, it is He alone. The world is the field and the field is the world; and henceforth that country shall be my home where I can be most used in winning souls for Christ.
– Count Nicolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf

22. I have seen the vision and for self I cannot live; Life is less than worthless till my all I give.
– Oswald J. Smith

23. It is easier to be an excessive fanatic than to be consistently faithful, because God causes an amazing humbling of our religious conceit when we are faithful to Him.
– Oswald Chambers

24. I pray, and I obey.
– David Yonggi Cho

25. I want to be where there are out and out pagans.
– Francis Xavier

26. I would rather die for Christ than rule the whole earth.
– Ignatius

27. If a commission by an earthly king is considered an honor, how can a commission by a Heavenly King be considered a sacrifice?
– David Livingstone

28. If God’s love is for anybody anywhere, it’s for everybody everywhere.
– Edward Lawlor, Nazarene General Superintendent

29. If Jesus Christ be God and died for me, then no sacrifice can be too great for me to make for Him.
– C.T. Studd

30. If missions languish, it is because the whole life of godliness is feeble. The command to go everywhere and preach to everybody is not obeyed until the will is lost by self-surrender in the will of God. Living, praying, giving and going will always be found together.
– Arthur T. Pierson

31. If ten men are carrying a log — nine of them on the little end and one at the heavy end — and you want to help, which end will you lift on?
– William Borden

32. If the Church is ‘in Christ,’ she is involved in mission. Her whole existence then has a missionary character. Her conduct as well as her words will convince the unbelievers and put their ignorance and stupidity to silence.
– David Bosch

33. If the Great Commission is true, our plans are not too big; they are too small.
– Pat Morley

34. If we have not enough in our religion . . . to share it with all the world, it is doomed here at home.
– David Livingstone

35. If you don’t have a definite call to stay here, you are called to go.
– Keith Green

36. If you found a cure for cancer, wouldn’t it be inconceivable to hide it from the rest of mankind? How much more inconceivable to keep silent the cure from the eternal wages of death.
– Dave Davidson

37. If you take missions out of the Bible, you won’t have anything left but the covers.
– Nina Gunter

38. In no other way can the believer become as fully involved with God’s work, especially the work of world evangelism, as in intercessory prayer.
– Dick Eastman

39. In our lifetime, wouldn’t it be sad if we spent more time washing dishes or swatting flies or mowing the yard or watching television than praying for world missions?
– Dave Davidson

40. In the vast plain to the north I have sometimes seen, in the morning sun, the smoke of a thousand villages where no missionary has ever been.
– Robert Moffat

41. It is possible for the most obscure person in a church, with a heart right toward God, to exercise as much power for the evangelization of the world, as it is for those who stand in the most prominent positions.
– John R. Mott

42. It’s better to obey God rather than men.
– Brother Andrew

43. Let my heart be broken with the things that break God’s heart.
– Bob Pierce, World Vision founder

44. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing!
– Helen Keller (she wasn’t a missionary, but this is an inspiring mission-minded thought!)

45. Life is precarious, and life is precious. Don’t presume you will have it tomorrow, and don’t waste it today.
– John Piper

46. Live God LOUD!
– Ron Luce, TeenMania

47. Lost people matter to God, and so they must matter to us.
– Keith Wright

48. Missionary zeal does not grow out of intellectual beliefs, nor out of theological arguments, but out of love.
– Roland Allen

49. Missions is not just for missionaries; God’s call is for all.
– Ann Dunagan, The Mission-Minded Family

50. Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church. Worship is. Missions exists because worship doesn’t. – John Piper

51. Missions is practicing God’s presence until His passion compels us to obey.
– Ann Dunagan, The Mission-Minded Family

52. Missions is the overflow of our delight in God because missions is the overflow of God’s delight in being God.
– John Piper

53. Never pity missionaries; envy them. They are where the real action is — where life and death, sin and grace, Heaven and Hell converge.
– Robert C. Shannon

54. No reserves. No retreats. No regrets.
– William Borden

55. Not, how much of my money will I give to God, but, how much of God’s money will I keep for myself?
– John Wesley

56. Oh, that I could spend every moment of my life to God’s glory!
– David Brainerd

57. Oh, that I had a thousand lives and a thousand bodies! All of them should be devoted to no other employment but to preach Christ to these degraded, despised, yet beloved mortals.
– Robert Moffat

58. One Way: Jesus! One Job: Evangelism!
– T.L. Osborn

59. Only as the church fulfills her missionary obligation does she justify her existence.
– Unknown

60. Our God of Grace often gives us a second chance, but there is no second chance to harvest a ripe crop.
– Kurt von Schleicher

61. Some wish to live within the sound of church and chapel bell. I want to run a rescue shop within a yard of hell!
– C.T. Studd

62. Someone asked, Will the heathen who have never heard the Gospel be saved? It is more a question with me whether we — who have the Gospel and fail to give it to those who have not — can be saved.
– Charles Spurgeon

63. Tell the students to give up their small ambitions and come eastward to preach the gospel of Christ.
– Francis Xavier

64. The best remedy for a sick church is to put it on a missionary diet.
– David Livingstone

65. This generation can only reach this generation.
– David Livingstone

66. Sympathy is no substitute for action.
– David Livingstone

67. The Bible is not the basis of missions; missions is the basis of the Bible.
– Ralph Winter, U.S. Center for World Mission

68. The Christian is not obedient unless he is doing all in his power to send the Gospel to the heathen world.
– A. B. Simpson

69. The Church must send or the church will end.
– Mendell Taylor

70. The church that does not evangelize will fossilize.
– Oswald J. Smith

71. The mission of the church is missions.
– Oswald J. Smith

72. (Related to the previous quote.) God’s mission for the family is expanding God’s family.
– Ann Dunagan, The Mission-Minded Family

73. We talk of the Second Coming; half the world has never heard of the first.
– Oswald J. Smith

74. The church which ceases to be evangelistic will soon cease to be evangelical.
– Alexander Duff

75. The gospel is only good news if it gets there in time.
– Carl F. H. Henry

76. The Great Commission is not an option to be considered; it is a command to be obeyed.
– Hudson Taylor

77. The Great Commission is the Great Adventure of Christianity.
– Ron Luce, TeenMania

78. The history of missions is the history of answered prayer.
– Samuel Zwemer

79. The light that shines farthest shines brightest nearest home.
– C. T. Studd

80. The mark of a great church is not its seating capacity, but its sending capacity.
– Mike Stachura

81. There is nothing in the world or the Church – except the church’s disobedience – to render the evangelization of the world in this generation an impossibility.
– Robert Speer

82. The spirit of Christ is the spirit of missions. The nearer we get to Him, the more intensely missionary we become.
– Henry Martyn, missionary to India and Persia

83. The supreme task of the Church is the evangelization of the world.
– Oswald J. Smith

84. The will of God — nothing less, nothing more, nothing else.
– F. E. Marsh (also attributed to Bobby Richardson)

85. To know God and to make Him known.
– Loren Cunningham, YWAM

86. To know the will of God, we need an open Bible and an open map.
– William Carey, pioneer missionary to India

87. Untold millions are still untold.
– John Wesley

88. Walk away from your own preoccupations . . . and see the perishing multitudes.
– K.P. Yohannan, Gospel for Asia

89. We are debtors to every man to give him the gospel in the same measure in which we have received it.
– P.F. Bresee, founder of the Church of the Nazarene

90. We can reach our world, if we will. The greatest lack today is not people or funds. The greatest need is prayer.
– Wesley Duewel, head of OMS International

91. We must be global Christians with a global vision because our God is a global God.
– John Stott

92. What can we do to win these men to Christ?
– Richard Wurmbrand, The Voice of the Martyrs (referring to the men who were persecuting him)

93. Why should anyone hear the Gospel twice, before everyone has heard it once?
-Oswald J. Smith

94. Will you go to His feet and place yourself entirely at His disposal?
– William Booth

95. Will you shed your tears for the souls of the nations?
– Wendi Stranz, Pastor’s wife

96. World missions was on God’s mind from the beginning.
– Dave Davidson

97. You can give without loving. But you cannot love without giving.
– Amy Carmichael

98. You can’t take it with you, but you can send it on ahead.
– Oswald J. Smith

99. You must go or send a substitute.
– Oswald J. Smith

100. You have one business on earth – to save souls.
– John Wesley

More Missionary Quotes

All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity. But the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes, to make it possible.
– T. E. Lawrence

All my desire was the conversion of the heathen . . . I cared not where or how I lived, or what hardships I went through, so that I could but gain souls to Christ. I declare, now I am dying, I would not have spent my life otherwise for the whole world.
– David Brainerd

Believers who have the gospel keep mumbling it over and over to themselves. Meanwhile, millions who have never heard it once fall into the flames of eternal hell without ever hearing the salvation story.
– K.P. Yohannan, Gospel for Asia

Give me the love that leads the way, The faith that nothing can dismay, The hope no disappointments tire, The passion that will burn like fire; Let me not sink to be a clod: Make me Thy fuel, Flame of God!
– Amy Carmichael

God is a God of missions. He wills missions. He commands missions. He demands missions. He made missions possible through His Son. He made missions actual in sending the Holy Spirit.
– George W. Peters

God is not calling us to win the world and, in the process, lose our families. But I have known those who so enshrined family life and were so protective of “quality time” that the children never saw in their parents the kind of consuming love that made their parent’s faith attractive to them. Some have lost their children, note because they weren’t at their soccer games or didn’t take family vacations, but because they never transmitted a loyalty to Jesus that went deep enough to interrupt personal preferences.
– David Shibley, (The Missions Addiction)

God is pursuing with omnipotent passion a worldwide purpose of gathering joyful worshipers for Himself from every tribe and tongue and people and nation. He has an inexhaustible enthusiasm for the supremacy of His name among the nations. Therefore, let us bring our affections into line with His, and, for the sake of His name, let us renounce the quest for worldly comforts and join His global purpose.
– John Piper

I had utterly abandoned myself to Him. Could any choice be as wonderful as His will? Could any place be safer than the center of His will? Did not he assure me by His very presence that His thoughts toward us are good, and not evil? Death to my own plans and desires was almost deliriously delightful. Everything was laid at His nail-scarred feet, life or death, health or illness, appreciation by others or misunderstanding, success or failure as measured by human standards. Only He himself mattered.
– V. Raymond Edman

Life is pitiful, death so familiar, suffering and pain so common, yet I would not be anywhere else. Do not wish me out of this or in any way seek to get me out, for I will not be got out while this trial is on. These are my people, God has given them to me, and I will live or die with for Him and His glory.
– Gladys Aylward

Lord, I give up
All my own plans and purposes,
All my own desires and hopes
And accept Thy will for my life.
I give myself, my life, my all,
Utterly to Thee
To be Thine forever.
Fill me and seal me with Thy Holy Spirit.
Use me as Thou wilt,
Send me where Thou wilt,
Work out Thy whole will in my life
At any cost,
Now and forever.

– Betty Scott Stam (Martyred in China, in the 1930s)

‘Not called!’ did you say? ‘Not heard the call,’ I think you should say. Put your ear down to the Bible, and hear Him bid you go and pull sinners out of the fire of sin. Put your ear down to the burdened, agonized heart of humanity, and listen to its pitiful wail for help. Go stand by the gates of hell, and hear the damned entreat you to go to their father’s house and bid their brothers and sisters and servants and masters not to come there. Then look Christ in the face — whose mercy you have professed to obey — and tell Him whether you will join heart and soul and body and circumstances in the march to publish His mercy to the world.
– William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army

People who do not know the Lord ask why in the world we waste our lives as missionaries. They forget that they too are expending their lives … and when the bubble has burst, they will have nothing of eternal significance to show for the years they have wasted.
– Nate Saint, missionary martyr

The command has been to ‘go,’ but we have stayed — in body, gifts, prayer and influence. He has asked us to be witnesses unto the uttermost parts of the earth … but 99% of Christians have kept puttering around in the homeland.
– Robert Savage, Latin American Mission

The biggest hindrance to the missionary task is self. Self that refuses to die. Self that refuses to sacrifice. Self that refuses to give. Self that refuses to go.
– Thomas Hale – missionary to Nepal

The concern for world evangelization is not something tacked on to a man’s personal Christianity, which he may take or leave as he chooses. It is rooted in the character of the God who has come to us in Christ Jesus. Thus, it can never be the province of a few enthusiasts, a sideline or a specialty of those who happen to have a bent that way. It is the distinctive mark of being a Christian.
– James S. Stewart

When James Calvert went out as a missionary to the cannibals of the Fiji Islands, the ship captain tried to turn him back, saying, “You will lose your life and the lives of those with you if you go among such savages.” To that, Calvert replied, “We died before we came here.”
– James Calvert

Would that God would make hell so real to us that we cannot rest; heaven so real that we must have men there, Christ so real that our supreme motive and aim shall be to make the Man of Sorrows the Man of Joy by the conversion to him of many.
– Hudson Taylor

God’s mission for the family is expanding God’s family.
Missions is not just for missionaries; God’s call is for ALL.

Ann Dunagan, The Mission-Minded Family

Can “Tension” be Good in the Missions-Family Balance?

Just because we feel an inward “tension” between God’s heart for missions and His heart for our family does not mean the tension is bad.

In fact, this tension can be healthy . . . and even beautiful.

Balancing Missions & Family

As a mission-minded family, do you ever feel that trying to find God’s proper balance can seem like never-ending tug-of-war? There are so many “pulls” on our lives, and at times, various areas of tension. Can this on-going struggle for balance possibly be good?

Today, Ann is blogging over at The Heart of Simplicity, with a new article for Christian women, entitled “Fine-Tuning the Balance for Missions & Family.” It compares the process of finding God’s daily balance, and the “tension” that we can feel in the different areas of our lives, to the continual process of tuning the strings of a piano or a guitar.

Come join the discussion over at The Heart of Simplicity
. . . and leave a comment if you can!

Balancing Missions & Family

familyboxHow 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?

As parents, we’re called to raise our kids; and as Christians, we’re called to reach the lost. We really can’t fulfill one of these callings, if we choose to neglect the other.

As I was writing The Mission-Minded Family, I felt especially led to evaluate the homes and family-lives of well-known missionaries. Unfortunately, it didn’t take long to realize that many missionary heroes with families were not heroes of the family. Some of the most prominent names in mission history had horrible problems at home; while other leaders (such as William and Catherine Booth of the Salvation Army or Hudson and Maria Taylor) found a powerful ministry-family balance.

As I began to delve deeper into these examples, I searched for clues and common-denominators for those godly world-changing leaders who had God-glorifying homes. And I believe I found the key. It’s PRAYER. The men and women of God who focused primarily on seeking the Lord and their personal devotion to Him (rather than focusing on a merely a successful ministry) seemed to find God’s divine balance for each day. As a result, not only did their ministries glorify God, but their families did as well.

Author and international minister Dr. David Shibley says, “The normal Christian life is anything but balanced, as popularly defined . . . The normal Christian life is high risk and high joy. The normal Christian life releases the temporal to embrace the eternal . . . God is not calling us to win the world and, in the process, lose our families. But I have known those who so enshrined family life and were so protective of “quality time” that the children never saw the kind of consuming love that made their parents’ faith attractive to them. Some have lost their children, not because they weren’t at their soccer games or didn’t take family vacations, but because they never transmitted a loyalty to Jesus that went deep enough to interrupt personal preferences.”

I want my family to have that kind of consuming love, with high risk and high joy. I want to live out my faith in a way that is not only attractive, but also compelling and irresistible! I want to be moved by the passions of God’s heart—and for my kids to take these godly passions to a deeper level. I want to hand off the baton to my descendants, and have them run faster and farther than I ever did.

Let’s raise our kids; let’s reach the lost; and let’s challenge the next generation to live for God with even greater boldness, wisdom, and effectiveness. Through Christ, all things are possible.

Encouraging Women with an Eternal Perspective

We excited to introduce a new book for Christian women about living with a heart of simplicity in homemaking . . . with an eternal perspective.

Along with 12 other wonderful ladies, Ann had the honor of helping to write this new eBook, (she wrote the MISSIONS chapter). It’s an encouraging resource and a great read!

from the heart of over a dozen Christian women . . .

Introducing . . .

The Heart of Simplicity:
Foundations for Christian Homemaking

Today’s typical lifestyle is marked by busyness, consumerism, and stress. We, as women, often complain that there’s not enough time to “do it all.”

But our problem is not a lack of time. It’s a lack of eternal perspective.

How we invest our time on earth will impact eternity in a million ways. Join over a dozen Christian women as we learn how to simplify our lives from the inside out and build homemaking foundations focused on Christ.

When we are faithful to focus on what is truly essential in our homemaking, we can build an eternal legacy . . . one simple day at a time.

Topics of this new book include:

  • Foundations in Christ
  • Marriage
  • Motherhood
  • Missions
  • Home Education
  • Family Economy
  • Family Health
  • Time Management
  • Housecleaning
  • Organization
  • Hospitality
  • Giving
  • Leaving an Eternal Legacy
  • Available NOW . . . in an quickly accessible eBook format:

    Learn more at The Heart of Simplicity

    George Müller: Trusting God for Daily Bread

    During the 1800s, missionary George Müller cared for thousands of orphan children in Bristol, England. He also traveled over 200,000 miles (by ship) across the globe, sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ and encouraging Christians for world missions . . . all while maintaining a joyful example of ministry and family balance.

    Over the next few months, we want to encourage you in your walk with God with examples from our missionary heritage.

    The following excerpt is adapted from Ann’s book,
    The Mission-Minded Family

    Trusting God for Daily Bread

    George Müller (1805-1898) was a Christian missionary evangelist and a coordinator of orphanages in Bristol, England. Through his faith and prayers (and without asking for money) he had the privilege of caring for over 120,000 orphan children. He also traveled over 200,000 miles (by ship) to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ in 42 countries and to challenge believers about world missions and trusting God. In his journals, Müller recorded miracle-after-miracle of God’s provision and answered prayer:

    One morning, all the plates and cups and bowls on the table were empty. There was no food in the larder and no money to buy food. The children were standing, waiting for their morning meal, when Müller said, “Children, you know we must be in time for school.” Then lifting up his hands he prayed, “Dear Father, we thank Thee for what Thou art going to give us to eat.”

    There was a knock at the door. The baker stood there, and said, “Mr. Müller, I couldn’t sleep last night. Somehow I felt you didn’t have bread for breakfast, and the Lord wanted me to send you some. So I got up at 2 a.m. and baked some fresh bread, and have brought it.”

    Mr. Müller thanked the baker, and no sooner had he left, when there was a second knock at the door. It was the milkman. He announced that his milk cart had broken down right in front of the orphanage, and he would like to give the children his cans of fresh milk so he could empty his wagon and repair it.

    . . . and an example of family-balance

    At his wife Mary’s funeral, Müller’s loving words also represent a good example of the joy God gives when ministry and family priorities are balanced:

    Were we happy? Verily we were.

    With every year our happiness increased more and more. I never saw my beloved wife at any time, when I met her unexpectantly anywhere in Bristol, England, without being delighted so to do. Day by day, as we met in our dressing room, at the Orphan Houses, to wash our hands before dinner and tea, I was delighted to meet her, and she was equally pleased to see me. Thousands of times I told her, “My darling, I never saw you at any time, since you became my wife, without my being delighted to see you.”

    “Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
    And lean not on your own understanding;
    In all your ways, acknowledge Him,
    And He will direct your paths.”

    (Proverbs 3:5-6)

    The JOY of trusting JESUS!

    George Müller is featured in this month’s Harvest Ministry mission newsletter:

    Can we send you our mission newsletter?

    This month’s Harvest Ministry mission newsletter (with a brand-new “look”) highlights this awesome missionary hero, George Müller — along this month’s theme of TRUSTING God (and — on the inside — current HM mission praise reports and highlights for prayer). We recently sent these out in the mail, but we have quite a few extras. We would be honored and thankful if you would like to become a mission prayer-partner with us.

    If you would like a (in the real-mail) just CONTACT US with your mailing address.

    Raising REAL MEN for God

    Today’s world desperately needs REAL MEN; and as mission-minded parents, we need to do our part to raise our boys to make a difference for God’s kingdom.

    Training Our Boys to be Men

    Young men hunger for adventure, yet their desires will never to be met by watching high-action movies, or by becoming an expert in video games. And they don’t need us as women and as moms to tell them to just sit still in church and be good little boys.

    We need to raise our boys for daring kingdom leadership.

    “If I want my men to be dangerous for the kingdom of God, I need to be dangerous too. Over the years, God has shown me that I need to be WARRIOR in prayer and intercession, and not a WORRIER.”

    Today, we’re over on another website called PASSIONATE HOMEMAKING — encouraging moms about raising strong sons for God. Today’s featured article (part 1 of a 2-part series) is about “Training Our Boys to be Men.” Feel free to add your thoughts or questions as a COMMENT on the Passionate Homemaking page. Any discussion really adds to an article’s impact!

    Read the article – – – >

    More on Harvest Ministry about Raising Sons (& Missionary Heroes)

    Where in the World . . . is Peru & Bolivia?

    What a fun way to learn about the world!

    Right now, our oldest son is traveling all over the world on a global adventure. As a mission-minded homeschooling family, we love to learn about different nations and cultures, and we love to pray for people who need Jesus. Every few weeks, as we get news about this trip, we’re using it as a way for our kids to learn about WORLD MISSIONS (along with world geography and worldviews). There are so many exciting things to see and to do . . .

    Mission-Minded Teaching Ideas:

    Available here at Harvest Ministry, we have a complete one-year unit study homeschooling curriculum, all based on world missions and God’s Great Commission, called Teaching With God’s Heart for the World. If you follow the whole program (which can be used over one year, or two years, or even as individual week-long units) you and your children will take a whirl-wind tour of international geography and world history.

    FREE Unit Study!

    South America Unit Study – Week 12
    in Teaching With God’s Heart for the World

    (Just CLICK to download!!!)

    In some places, the curriculum is a little outdated and some of the recommended resources are no longer available, but don’t worry about those little details! And don’t ever think that you have to do “everything”!!! Just glean from the teaching ideas and have fun. The lesson plans are now available for FREE and the craft projects, recipes, ancient history, and Bible lessons are just as applicable as ever. Come take a look!

    See our whole one-year FREE Mission-Minded Curriculum:
    Teaching With God’s Heart for the World Click here —>

    Puno, Peru

    Following the Adventure . . .

    Peru . . .

    A festival in Puno, Peru

    Decorating the streets with flower petals

    By the end of the day, the decorations were intense

    Beautiful celebrations and dancing

    Mission-Minded Teaching . . .

    – – – > Learn about PERU on the World Map Project
    – – – > Learn about Unreached People Groups in PERU
    – – – > Pray for PERU with Operation World
    – – – > Explore PERU on the World Atlas

    Remote “Uru” People – on floating islands (Peru)

    The whole island is made out of reeds which float on the lake

    The Uru people – in their native dress (they sang for the group)

    Another floating village (there are about 40 of these islands)

    Bolivia . . .

    Looking over the city of La Paz, Bolivia

    “Gotta love that La Paz Power System!”

    Mission-Minded Teaching . . .

    – – – > Learn about BOLIVIA on the World Map Project
    – – – > Learn about Unreached People Groups in BOLIVIA
    – – – > Pray for BOLIVIA with Operation World
    – – – > Explore BOLIVIA on the World Atlas

    From a witch’s market: dried llama fetuses

    HERE HE IS! (It’s Patrick . . . riding a horse in Bolivia, in the freezing rain!)

    Chile . . .

    Iquique, Chile

    Learn more about South America:

    FREE Unit Study!

    South America Unit Study – Week 12
    in Teaching With God’s Heart for the World

    (Just CLICK to download!)

    See our whole one-year FREE Mission-Minded Curriculum:
    Teaching With God’s Heart for the World Click here —>

    Try a FREE online quiz from lizardpoint.com:
    Countries of SOUTH AMERICA
    Capitals of SOUTH AMERICA

    Fun Craft Idea: Make a Mission-Minded PASSPORT
    and keep track of “where you’ve been” (in your learning and prayer)!

    The travel map (so far!):

    So . . . where will he go next?

    Have fun, learn about world missions, and follow the adventure!!

    Book #2 in the Mission-Minded Set


    The Mission-Minded Family

    Often, parents and teachers ask their children, “What do YOU want to be when you grow up?” Even within the church, this present generation is fixated on obtaining fame, wealth, and pleasure. But shouldn’t we be encouraging our children’s willingness to surrender to God’s plans for their futures?


    In The Mission-Minded Family, Ann Dunagan presents a plan to transform the “Me Generation” into passionate warriors
    consumed with God’s glory.



    Releasing Your Family to God’s Destiny
    By Ann Dunagan (Published by InterVarsity Press)


    Want to “check-it-out” before you buy it?


    Read a press release of TMMF by B & B Media Group
    Read a condensed summary of TMMF on Crosswalk.com.
    Read a helpful review of TMMF from CHRISTIAN BOOK PREVIEWS.
    See inside THE MISSION-MINDED FAMILY (on Amazon):



    The Mission-Minded Family is a great resource to promote an increased passion for WORLD MISSIONS in your local church. Buy a box or a case, and distribute to FAMILIES & FRIENDS!!!

    Send them to your MISSIONARIES, to encourage their FAMILY LIFE!!!

    what others are saying:

    Featured on . . .

    THE MISSION-MINDED FAMILY – Featured book summary on CROSSWALK.COM
    THE MISSION-MINDED FAMILY – Featured radio broadcasts on FAMILY LIFE TODAY



    It’s easy to mentor FAMILIES with The Mission-Minded Child & The Mission-Minded Family. Get a set for yourself and a few friends, and go through the books together. Take the FREE 40-Day Family Challenge, or start a mentoring group in your home or church (be sure to see our new FREE online Mission-Minded Families study guide for small groups…)

    Recommendations . . .


    “I loved this book! In a time in our country where the tendency is to keep our money and time and children very safe, this book encourages – even pushes – us to get out in the world and make a real difference with the resources we’ve been given. Ann Dunagan is no arm-chair missionary…the pages of the book are filled with actual experiences that she and her husband and kids have done for many years. It totally inspired me to take some big risks and help my kids learn to love the world beyond our doorstep.”

    – Bo Stern – Bend, Oregon




    The Mission Minded Family is an excellent thought-provoking resource to assist Christian families in moving in this more sane and biblical drection. By establishing this balance between our personal lives and our outreach to others we can enjoy a productive mission while launching a new generation into the same missionary lifestyle. By honoring God’s wisdom, our families can effectively raise our own children for the Lord, and simultaneously reach our world with the good news of Jesus Christ . . .

    As you read The Mission-Minded Family, you will be “walking with the wise.” Ann Dunagan will walk with you through a very important topic, one that could spare you and our children the heartache that many well-meaning missionaries families have had to endure because of shortsighted missionary traditions…”

    – Gregg Harris (from the book’s forward)




    “The Mission Minded Family” by Ann Dunagan is the coolest book! It has everything: hymns, stories of missions, mini biographies of missionaries, skits, a calendar of international holidays and suggestions for how to pray on those days, tools for teaching mission-mindedness, and even practical tips for missionary travel. This is an educational and informative book whether you’re planning to be a foreign missionary, a local missionary, or just to learn more about the field.”

    – Stacey, Las Vegas, NV




    “In our busy lives, very seldom, do we stop to ask God if we’re truly fulfilling His purposes in our lives. “The Mission Minded Family” opens that line of communication between you and God to have a discussion about His will for your life…Don’t be surprised if you hear God speaking to you in greater ways than you ever imagined. If you are a church leader, I can’t imagine a better resource to promote to your congregation and a better gift to give to your missionary families. Ann Dunagan walks you through her and her husband’s lives as a missionaries and sprinkles it with wisdom coming from her young children who have experienced the power of God in and through their lives. The book is not only a resource that provides you with countless “how-to’s,” but it is filled with the Dunagan family’s missionary experiences that will inspire you and draw you nearer to God.”

    – Cheri Hill

    See inside (on Amazon) The Mission-Minded Family:

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