Reality of a Missionary Prayer Life

By Maria VanDerDecker Prayer has been difficult lately. You know, we all have those days when our prayer life isn't what we want it to be. Or those weeks, or months (or, to be honest, a whole year). Me too. Now before you freak out because this is your missionary saying this, let me assure you, I'm a real person too. If we could dispel that “missionaries are super-spiritual” myth, that'd be great. Prayer is hard sometimes for missionaries too. I have a good friend who knows I struggle with prayer sometimes. She does too. And we both encourage each other to ...

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In All Things, Trust God

By Gracie Kinsey God is good, all the time, and all the time God is good. My name is Gracie Kinsey and I am an intern with Children’s Bible Ministries in Townsend, TN. I am going to share with you today the ways that God has been faithful and sovereign in guiding me to the CBM internship program.  In the summer of 2014, my close friend, named Ashlee, invited me to a summer camp called Camp Gilead in Polk City, Florida. I didn’t know it at the time but Camp Gilead is currently one of many CBM camps. Timidly, but willingly, I accepted her invitation and ...

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Mailbox Lessons

By Barb Shearer and Liane Lindauer What a privilege it is to grade Mailbox Club Bible lessons. If you’re not familiar with the program, allow me to explain. It is correspondence lessons that students do through the mail (‘snail mail’). They read a lesson then answer questions about it. They mail in the answer sheet, it is graded and recorded. Then they are mailed more lessons. Each course has an average of twelve lessons. Upon completion, the student gets a certificate. At our camp they also get a coupon that is good for $60 off their summer camp price! I ...

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The Gospel through Fishing:

 A Testimony from Mark Barnes Mark Barnes has been a part of CBM’s founding camp (Camp Gilead) since 2007. What a blessing it is to partner with other believers and missionaries to teach children the gospel and get them excited about missions. Last summer alone (2019) God used the ministry of Camp Gilead to lead 81 children to the Lord. One unique way they reach kids with the gospel is through fishing camps! Here is a testimony from Mark Barnes of how God has used him to help Camp Gilead reach hundreds of kids with the gospel of Christ every summer. My ...

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Preach, Pray, or Die

By Maria Van Der Decker I still remember one of the first times I brought Jotham home (as my fiancé at the time). We were partway through missionary training, and we visited my home church. It was our Christmas service, which we call Wassail night, and my pastor was getting to know Jotham, giving him a hard time, and was soon to start premarital counseling with us. This evening, he came up to Jotham and informed him that he'd be doing special music that night, singing in a quartet with 3 other guys who were recently engaged to or dating other girls in the church. ...

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