Mentoring in the States
Ronas and Busie Marule of White River, South Africa.
One of the activities we work on while at the home office is regular contact with missionaries who have become intensive mentees from around the world. Skype has become a great tool for regular phone calls to update, pray, challenge and encourage missionaries on the field. The circle of missionaries continues to grow.
And Jesus kept on hewing a pioneer path ahead, making steady progress in wisdom and maturity and in favor in the presence of God and with men. Luke 2:52 (The New Testament, Expanded Translation by Kenneth S. Wuest)
The final objective in Deeper Still Missions is intensive mentoring, focusing on two desired outcomes: transformation and replication. We become spiritual guides who provide accountability, direction and insight for decision making.
We begin at the unique place in each missionary’s development that meets their needs. We want missionaries to recapture what it means to lead a balanced spiritual life – to live, learn, and lead as Jesus did. We look to transform the way the missionary sees their world. As Wuest points out in the verse above, their “pioneer path” helps them integrate their spiritual life with all other areas of life.
We deeply desire to see the missionary replicate themselves. Mentoring others as they have been mentored creates ripples in the lives of many.
This makes strengthening and encouraging a person’s relationship with God the central component of any member care programme. (Kelly O’Donnell, ed., Missionary Care: Counting the Cost for World Evangelization, p. 44)
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Four decade veteran of youth ministry in churches, Youth For Christ and now is the Founder and Executive Director of Deeper Still Missions. Danny and his wife Cathy spend most of their time mentoring missionaries in Africa, Europe, Central America and North America. Future opportunities include South America and the Asia Pacific area.