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It’s a holiday throughout the Muslim world. It’s Dhu al-Hijjah, the last month of the Islamic calendar. Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims are in Mecca, the most holy city in Islam. Young and old, rich and poor, male and female, they all wear white robes as a symbol of purity and equality. Pilgrims recite the…

At the Third World Missions Congress in Mexico, Dick Brogden and some of his international team leaders from Paraguay, Malawi, the Philippines, and Sudan share what it means to be surrendered to Jesus in frontier missions.

Independence Day isn’t Independence Day without a barbecue in the park. So when my host country celebrates theirs, I pack up my family, friends, and a picnic. Since local women spend a majority of their lives indoors, this is one of few opportunities to meet them in the park. We plant our picnic paraphernalia under…

A couple years ago I purchased a violin as a hobby. I started out really excited. The first few weeks I had it, I played it nearly every day. I figured out a couple tunes, and even did a Skype recital for my nieces. After a while, my interest fizzled, and I set my violin in…

Dick Brogden shares on the worth of Jesus during the missions service at the District Council of Peninsular Florida.

Matthew 8:19-20 Then a teacher of the law came to him and said, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.” Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”  Today was supposed to be an average day. My plans for the morning…

I see pictures of the king everywhere in my adopted Arab hometown. He is in every school and government building I enter, looking regal in the local equivalent of dress blues, commanding in his military fatigues, and spiritual in religious garb on his pilgrimage to Mecca. My favorite falafel shop showcases him as a family…

I still have a lot to learn about trusting an unseen God and His unseen work. One of the implications of serving Jesus overseas is being away from my incredibly cute, smart nieces and nephew. I’m missing out on much of their growing up, but we stay in touch. Yesterday I got this email from…

by Annie*, a Live Dead Arab World missionary I was talking with a friend recently about abiding. She remarked, “For me, afternoon works best. I set aside an hour at the ministry center where I spend most of my evenings. But it’s uncanny: no matter how much I clear my calendar and remove all potential…

by Matt Sprenger, Chi Alpha Campus Pastor, Fairmont State Univ., Fairmont, WV I wasn’t raised a Christian, but since childhood I’ve had a mental portrait of Jesus – his looks (long flowing hair, well-manicured beard and skin, blond hair, blue eyes) and character (tender, gentle teacher). After serving the Lord for 22 years and spending…

My selfish ambition sets sail Down the hidden rivers of rebellion in my heart, Secret tunnels obscure things not yet ready to reveal. I’ve come this far, given you most. Why can’t You be satisfied with that? No, all is what you want. And every atom of my being is restless, defensive, Silent tantrums heard…

For all my efforts to be like Jesus, I don’t know that I ever identified with him as much as I did when I was nearing the end of my life. Following the call to live in one of the unreached corners of the Arab world – single – felt like an end to my…

Live Dead for Jesus We often come to Christ in prayer with an agenda. He has his own list of items and we have to decide, do we yield to His or demand our own? To die to our plans and trust God is best. Bringing glory to God requires living-dead. John 12:24-25 “Truly, truly,…

Lisa* and her husband live in Israel, where they bridge the gap between Arabs and Israelis to share the hope of Jesus Christ.   My husband jokes that I would do most of my communication without words if I could. I must confess that growing up with four sisters, I learned to supplement my verbal…

Nothing compares to the presence of God. Missions begins with the question of God’s glory. God is dedicated to being glorified throughout the entire world because He, and He alone, can satisfy the human soul.

The most important questions in mission are these: Where does the Church not exist? Where has the gospel not been proclaimed? What are we going to do about it? The Live Dead initiative began in an effort to answer these questions.

Do you want to be like Jesus? Is there something deep within you that longs to be like Him? In this sermon Dick Brogden shares about the blessing of hunger, poverty, limitations, unanswered prayer, fatigue, simplicity, suffering, and death.

In the Arab World, and in missions in general, so much is out of our control. Dick Brogden reviews Psalm 27 and how it points out what is in our control and how by God’s help we can be proactive in mission and Christian service.

Dick Brodgen wraps up Abiding in Praxis with an exposition of the three branches mentioned in John 15:1-6.

The 14-point Spiritual Theory of Abiding (explained in the podcast “Abiding in 14 Points”) is simplified to the acrostic A.B.I.D.E.S. (All Day, Blocks of Time, In the Word and Prayer, Discipline, Everyone, Strategy). Dick Brogden examines the abiding praxis of seven significant missionaries to the Arab World in light of this theory.

Between 1880 and 1920 several influential missionary pioneers worked in Muslim North Africa. Daniel Comboni (Catholic), Oswald Chambers (YMCA/Pentecostal League), Samuel Zwemer (Presbyterian), Temple Gairdner and Douglas Thornton (Anglicans), Lilias Trotter (Algerian Mission Band), and Lillian Trasher (Assemblies of God). In this podcast Dick Brogden gives short biographical reviews of their lives as they pertain to…

Ashley* and Amy*, two recent college graduates, have committed to live dead in Egypt for 11 months. There are tens of millions of people in Cairo who do not know the Truth of Jesus Christ. We locked the door to our flat and headed out of our building, careful to keep our eyes down as…

Lindsey* is a college student who visited the Middle East with a team in Summer 2012. She will return in 2013 as a summer intern, and is praying about joining Live Dead Arab World long term. She is involved with Chi Alpha Campus Ministry at her university. When we say we want to be on…

In an effort to be more productive, I sometimes find myself actually becoming less fruitful. My days are busier and fuller than ever but not necessarily with important things. When Charles Hummel coined the phrase, the “tyranny of the urgent,” the Internet as we know it didn’t even exist. We weren’t doing email. Most people had…

To live among Arabs is to fall in love with them. Loving Arabs opens you to both their joys and their prejudices. You cannot linger long with the Arabs before experiencing their opinionated passion about the Jewish people. When my wife and I were commissioned by our home church years ago to reach out to…

If indeed my flesh does die, who will then begin to rise? If indeed my flesh I kill, what hearts will His Gospel fill? If indeed I lay me down, who will grow up from that ground? If my seed I give my king, wondrous harvest will He bring? If “I fear,” to Him I…

I felt a little silly walking up to strangers in a café and starting a conversation out of thin air. It’s one thing to befriend a stranger in a grocery aisle. This was something else entirely. My friend and I deliberately chose a café near the university where visiting college teams had met new friends. University…

I don’t think I ever took a taxi until I moved to the Middle East. Obvious-foreigners without language skills are always warned about thieves, creepers, potential threats. Armed with the innocence of any bright-eyed 24-year-old and the voice of my dad in the back of my head, I determined nobody would take advantage of me….

This is an excerpt of the message given at The World Missions Summit 3. ***** Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?” And…

It was my first Christmas in Syria. The Christmas spirit hasn’t yet infected Syria. Sometimes in the hustle and bustle and commercialism of Christmas in America, that sounds dreamy. But celebrating Christian holidays in a Muslim country poses some unique challenges. For one, Christmas is a normal work day. Even in a city as sizable…

Pioneer work can be lonely and unrewarding at times. We know we’re doing what the Lord desires, but we’re human. Sometimes our desire for human encouragement and results get in the way of our quest to “live for the pleasure of the One.” Scripture tells us one man plants and other waters, but God brings…

As I got caught up on world events this morning, I did a search on “Jordan Protests” to see if anything big happened here in the country yesterday of which I was unaware. Many headlines came up on Google saying things like, “Protesters call for overthrow of King.” I knew this wasn’t the general sentiment…

I don’t usually notice the passengers around me. However, this morning as I was headed for a meeting in rush-hour traffic, I couldn’t help but notice the men in the vehicle behind me: a man in his early 40s and presumably his 60-something father. Both had long beards. Where I’m from, a beard is an optional fashion statement. Where I live, a…

This week, a missionary colleague was arrested by security police and his family has not heard from him for four days. Yesterday I was thinking about what I would want someone to tell my boys Luke and Zack if I was in prison.  Here is what I would want them to know: 1)  God loves…

Dick Brogden speaking at First Assembly North Little Rock.

INTRODUCTION:  I recently wrote this letter to our team in Cairo.  It has been a catalyst for discussion.  I hope you too can share in our experience as you follow our journey to Cairo on this blog. By Dick Brogden I am reading A.E. Keeling’s biography on Charles Gordon.  A great read if you are…

By Kevin E. The Holy Spirit says ‘To die once is easy, but to die daily is the difficult part.”  When I die daily I let go of a part of my life and am filled with the life of Jesus, which is better by far; the joy and peace that floods every part of…

Last Saturday, Jenn and I took the boys to the dollar theater to see the claymation film Pirates: Band of Misfits. A half-hour in, I was in so much pain (could have been the British humor) that I left the theater and walked around the parking lot, vomiting a few times. I tried to tough…

I love Jesus. Jesus is all the world to me. Jesus is worth dying for. It is no longer enough for North Americans to send money that others suffer in our place. Why should the North American church be exempt from suffering?

Dick Brodgen shares from the Gospel of John 12: 20 – 26, “I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat is planted in the sil and dies, it remains alone.  But its death will produce many new kernels – a plentiful harvest of new lives.”

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