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by Edwina Thomas, SOMA USA
ReachOut March 2004

In the downtown of the frontier city of Peshawar, Pakistan, I entered an old and unusual Anglican Church whose architectural style is patterned after an Islamic Mosque.

After looking at the worn and well-used interior, we climbed up to the parapet built around the domed roof topped by a cross. Pointing up to the roof, the guide asked, “Do you see those bullet holes?” He continued. The Muslims didn’t mind when Christians purchased this prime piece of land nor did they protest as the church was being built.

But there was one last necessity—placing the cross on the top of the dome. A ladder went up, and with cross in hand a Christian man climbed. A shot rang out and the man fell to his death with the cross. Another man picked up the cross and climbed, and he, too, was shot. A third brave man picked up that cross and climbed…

by Sarah Mims Kwolek ReachOut November 2002

I am an ESFJ on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. I have friends who are "Type A" personalities. Other people I know use the DISC test to describe themselves. Such psychological testing can be invaluable for teaching people to work together effectively in different situations. Know­ing so much about how our own mind functions can lead to greater self-awareness and can open the door to healthier relationships.

The flip side is that so much knowledge can trick us into believing we are sufficient in ourselves. It becomes easier to take God's interaction in our lives for granted. But He has a habit of reminding us that our lives are not to be so much centered on ourselves as they are to be centered on him. For me, the past four years spent studying at Trinity School for Ministry have revealed this time and again…

by Jennifer Leber  ReachOut July 2002

As I boarded the plane from London to Kenya I said, “Lord, I am very tired and I just want to sit next to someone quiet so I can sleep.” God had other plans.

A man from California, wearing a shirt as bright as his personality, was my appointed seat mate for the next eight hours. I politely introduced myself and promptly pulled out my book thinking that my body language would surely communicate my desire to stay in my cocoon. My non-verbal clues were not received, however. He began talking and I politely listened, thinking about reading my book…

by Susan Delgado-Park ReachOut November 1999

This is one of those times where you realize how cultural our celebrations of Christ­mas are, even after thirteen years here.


I remember as a child finally being old enough to stay up late and get to go to the Midnight Mass. I grew up singing Silent Night, Holy Night and we tried  to be as quiet as possible during church. We came home to my grandmother’s French-Canadian meat pie after the service, hung our stockings and scooted off to bed so that St. Nicholas could come.


Tonight, I remember that Silent Night, Holy Night is translated in Spanish as Night of Peace, Night of Love. Let me tell you, it is anything but silent!…

by the Rev. Walter Hannum
ReachOut May 1998

A few years ago I stayed with a man who had joined the U.S. Army shortly after the U.S. entered World War II. In civilian life he had been a high school music teacher and marching band director. The Army taught him to fly the most modern and sophisticated military airplanes. Throughout the entire war, he never saw combat or went overseas. He became a flight instructor and trained hundreds of men to fight the air battles that played a major role in defeating the enemy…

by Rachel Godfrey Hill ReachOut September 1997

“A good missionary is like a tea bag—you cannot tell how good the tea is until it is put into hot water!” As a student of missions, I find myself considering how missionaries can best prepare for whatever situations they may encounter.


It was at this time that I was involved in outreach to young girls on the verge of prostitution. The children were from very poor and abusive homes, and most had been raped by the age of eleven. Many of them would either be pushed into the lifestyle by their mothers or drawn in through the network of drug rings at work in the slum area.

It was both a privilege and a torture to share in this ministry. I was honored to share the love of Christ with the girls and see how that transformed them. At the same time I was crushed whenever one of the girls would disappear from view, to be found working at a strip bar…

by Dr. Carolyn Kennedy,
Professor of Linguistics/TESOL, Prairie Grad School
ReachOut July 1997

Teaching English is a skill that is in tremendous demand around the world. English is the language of trade and commerce. How­ever, the world uses English not only  to negotiate international business deals, but also for advanced study in medicine and in post-graduate studies in almost any field. There are a myriad of ways English is needed!…

Interview with Don & Shannon Cox
ReachOut November 1994

Why would a group of suburban 12-year-olds pay $120 to $140 to go work for a week in the inner-city of Pittsburgh? And why would their parents let them go?

Don and Shannon Cox, studying youth ministry at Trinity School for Ministry under the supervision of Rock the World, know the life-changing impact that a positive mission experience can have on young people…

ReachOut March 1997

Over thirty [now well over 100] missionaries and church leaders who have studied at Trinity are now serving overseas. Here is what they are saying about the impact of their studies and the importance of preparation for cross-cultural ministry…

Even after a year’s experience doing marketing research for a Japanese company in Tokyo, full-time language study for me, and a six-month internship in a Japan­ese church, studies at Trinity were very helpful for our subsequent ministry as church planters in Japan…

by Z. Marwa Kisare
Excerpts from Kisare: A Men­­no­nite of Kiseru
ReachOut March 1996

I am a herdsman. I see missionaries coming to Africa with what I would describe as a long tether rope. A tether rope is what a herdsman uses to tie a goat or cow so it can graze over an area. The resources that the missionary has are his tether rope. He comes with plenty of rope. His rope is so long that he can hardly carry it!

But what happens is that Africa keeps cutting off the end of the missionary’s tether rope, making it shorter and shorter so the missionary’s sphere of activity becomes quite small…

New Wineskins Missionary Network


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