What are some realities of missionary life? Why should or why shouldn’t a person become a missionary? Who determines this? Mark Dever interviews missionaries who have spent decades on the field to answer fundamental questions like these.
Catherine Pratt is a North Carolina native. She met her husband, Zane, at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary (GCTS). She served with Zane in Central Asia for twenty years. A short-term trip to the Muslim world with a student team from GCTS confirmed her prior calling to unreached people groups. Their two children were born in a mission hospital at the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains. Before leaving the States, Catherine worked in outreach family counseling.
Leeann Stiles is an educational consultant in Dubai, UAE. She holds a B.S. in Pharmacy from the University of Kentucky. She grew up in Louisville, KY. Leeann and her husband, Mack, have been married for 34 years and have three grown children and one daughter-in-law. She enjoys writing and leading Bible studies, and discipling women from many different countries. In the past she has directed a number of short term missions trips for students and saw how the Lord used these in incredible ways among nationals and students alike. Leeann has lived in Dubai for 12 years now and attends a church with over 50 nationalities.
Mack Stiles has served as the CEO of Gulf Digital Solutions and general secretary for the Fellowship of Christian UAE Students (FOCUS) in the United Arab Emirates. He has worked for many years with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in the United States. He is the author of Marks of the Messenger, Speaking of Jesus, and Evangelism. Mack enjoys photography and snow skiing, but most of all loves thinking through how to apply the gospel of grace to issues confronting students in the university world. He is married to Leeann, and they are parents of three sons.
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Mark Dever serves as the senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC. A Duke graduate, Mark holds a M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, a Th.M. from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Ecclesiastical History from Cambridge University. He is the president of 9Marks Ministries and has taught at a number of seminaries. Mark has authored several books and articles, most recently, What is a Healthy Church? and The Gospel and Personal Evangelism. He and his wife Connie live and minister on Capitol Hill. They have two adult children.
Zane served as dean of the Billy Graham School at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary from 2011 until 2013, before returning to the IMB where he now serves as the Vice President of Training. He previously served 24 years in an Islamic context with the IMB as a church planter and regional leader in Central Asia. Pratt also has experience as a church planter and pastor in New England and as an Army Reserve chaplain. He is a co-author of Introduction to Global Missionsand a contributor to Theology and Practice of Mission, both published by B&H Academic. Zane holds a BA from Duke and an MDiv from Gordon-Conwell. He is married to Catherine with whom he has two grown children, Charlotte and Greg.
Talk Title: Missionary Living In A Hostile World (Acts 4)
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