This week, Pastor Austin Gardner is joined again by missionary Jason Rishel. Pastor gives Jason the opportunity to talk about cross-cultural ministry and the things that God taught him while he learned to serve and minister in Burkina Faso.

  • Jason’s Introduction
    • Missionary to Burkina Faso
    • Headed to Bobo Dioulasso
    • Last episode, Jason made it clear that God can use you
  • Jason’s call
    • Keith Shumaker came to his church when he was a kid
    • He signed up for Keith’s emails and stayed in touch
    • He later went on a missions trip to Africa where God called him.
  • Insights Magazine
    • Vision has started making a children’s magazine
    • It includes pages from lots of countries
    • If you are interested you can order at 770-456-5881 or visionmissions.org
  • Influencing children
    • God gave us a command to go 
    • We should keep missions in front of our kids
    • We should want them to know God can use them
  • What things have really influenced, Jason?
    • To the Golden Shore
    • I had a fantasy mindset of missions
    • This helped show me the reality of missions
    • It can be hard, but God will help you through it
    • Dean Hamby helped me understand church-planting
    • I wanted to be a medical missionary
    • He helped me see how important it is to plant churches
    • Vision also had an influence, but that was much later
  • What would you do differently?
    • I would got to the OGTC for my training
    • I had to wait to graduate college before I went
    • If you are not in college yet, go straight to the Training Center if you are interested in missions!
    • You can go to ogtc.info for more information
  • What misconceptions did you have about being a missionary 
    • Culture shock was a big one
    • I thought I understood it, but I didn’t
    • It was more of a daily stress than it was lots of big things
    • You tend to take stress out on your family
    • You need to guard yourself and not take it out on people
  • What is the funniest thing that happened to you in ministry?
    • On deputation, I went to a church where the pastor asked me to pray over a woman
    • Then everyone started praying in tongues and the pastor poured oil on the woman we prayed over
    • I’ve had to shovel manure out of a tent we were using for church services
    • One time, Keith thought he lost me when I visited him during college
  • What do you enjoy most as a missionary?
    • Interacting with people.
    • Seeing new believers grow. 
    • They don’t know anything about the Bible, and you get to teach them.
    • We take a lot of things for granted
    • They helped me see things in a new light
  • What is the weirdest thing you ate?
    • Caterpillar sandwiches and termites
    • The termites are like sunflower seeds
    • They are dead and cooked 
    • Caterpillars are juicy and squishy
    • The tribes only eat certain bugs 
    • They think the bugs from the other tribes are gross
  • What advice would you give about cross-cultural ministry?
    • The biggest thing is that you have to be humble
    • You have to be willing to learn from your mistakes
    • You have to be willing to listen
    • Our pride wants to make us think we know everything
    • They do things differently than we do 
    • If we aren’t careful and try to do it all our way, we will hurt and offend people
  • How do you know what to do?
    • That is the thing about humility and listening
    • Find someone who know what they are doing
    • Do exactly what they do
    • When you go do things with the men you’re training, ask them about the culture
    • Ask older people about the culture
    • Jesus took 30 yers to become very Jewish before He began His ministry.
    • Sometimes you get offended and hurt
    • Instead of arguing, listen to what they say, and take it as motivation to improve
  • Who is your missionary hero from the past?
    • Adoniram Judson and George Boardman
    • George Boardman was a missionary in Burma just like Adoniram Judson
    • He died, Adoniram’s wife died, and Adoniram married George’s wife
    • Then the ministry took off
    • I like him because he worked hard for God, but didn’t get any recognition
    • It isn’t about recognition
    • It’s about loving and serving God
  • Closing Remarks
    • You can reach Jason at inburkinafaso.org 
    • Please consider the Insights magazine if you want your kids to know about missions
    • Don’t forget the World Evangelism Fellowship coming up November 5, 2019
    • Sign up at wefellowship.us 
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