The Same Commission

Echoes International

The Same Commission podcast focuses on aspects of mission you might not have considered before. Whether you are thinking about mission for the first time or you’ve been faithfully serving in or supporting mission – this is the podcast for you! Echoes International’s Jim Armstrong and Matt Pitts meet a new guest each week from the world of mission, learn about a new topic and hear ways in which we can pray effectively. Find out how God is moving across His world and be inspired to follow God’s leading. read less
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Business as Mission
6d ago
Business as Mission
Bringing his many years of experience on the mission field encouraging microenterprise and setting up humanitarian aid projects, Allan considers whether BUSINESS AS MISSION is just something for the entrepreneurial types among us. Jim and Matt quiz him on the advice Allan would give to new mission partners setting out and they all reflect on how to keep mission as your primary goal in business.  The Same Commission podcast focuses on aspects of mission you might not have considered before. Whether you are thinking about mission for the first time or you’ve been faithfully serving in or supporting mission – this is the podcast for you! Echoes International’s Jim Armstrong and Matt Pitts meet a new guest each week from the world of mission, learn about a new topic and hear ways in which we can pray effectively. Find out how God is moving across His world and be inspired to follow God’s leading. Season 1 Episode 8 Season 1 Episode 8 BUSINESS AS MISSION with Allan Bussard, MSC Canada mission partner Allan Bussard is chair and managing director of Integra Cooperative, a social venture capital fund active in Eastern Europe and East Africa and founding partner of Integra Foundation, a microenterprise development and SME business development agency. Allan, with his wife Caulene, ministers through discipleship in Central and Eastern Europe, economic development (poverty alleviation) programmes in Central and Eastern Europe and East Africa and work with children at risk and are listed by our sister support group in Canada, MSC.  “There’s a wide range of skills that can be employed, for example engineers and technicians and logistics people -  and so who is it that God has made you to be and how can that fit into a bigger picture?” Bringing his many years of experience on the mission field encouraging microenterprise and setting up humanitarian aid projects, Allan considers whether BUSINESS AS MISSION is just something for the entrepreneurial types among us. Jim and Matt quiz him on the advice Allan would give to new mission partners setting out and they all reflect on how to keep mission as your primary goal in business. Podcast participants: Jim Armstrong, General Director, Echoes International, Matt Pitts, Missions Director, Echoes International and Allan Bussard, MSC Canada mission partner Resources: Allan and Caulene Bussard, MSC Canada https://msccanada.org/donee/bussard-allan-and-caulene/ Integra: https://integra.sk/en/o-nas/ PODCAST INFO:Podcast website: www.echoesinternational.org.uk/commission Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-same-commission/id1735900905 Amazon: https://music.amazon.co.uk/podcasts/be7b52bc-c722-41d2-a211-2cd958f6b7eb/the-same-commission Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/0LlwFSwHrVeYrJlhfcvJy2?si=b78369ad3f5945e5 SOCIAL:Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/echoesinternational/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/echoesinternational Website: www.echoesinternational.org.uk KEYWORDS: Mission; Mission partners; Gospel; Christian; Brethren; Believers; Prayer; Missionaries; Faith; Business as mission; Microenterprise; Humanitarian aid; Christianity; Small and Medium Sized Enterprise; SME; Business; Business Development; Central Europe; Eastern Europe; Skills; East Africa; Economic development; Poverty; Poverty alleviation; Support; Assistance; Assemblies
Teaching and Training for Women
10-04-2024
Teaching and Training for Women
Anne-Laure shares about TEACHING AND TRAINING FOR WOMEN, looking in particular at the training course she leads for women. She muses what impact there is on the local church when women receive theological training. Jim and Matt ask her about the challenges facing women as they learn and why this should be an important issue for the whole church to support. The Same Commission podcast focuses on aspects of mission you might not have considered before. Whether you are thinking about mission for the first time or you’ve been faithfully serving in or supporting mission – this is the podcast for you! Echoes International’s Jim Armstrong and Matt Pitts meet a new guest each week from the world of mission, learn about a new topic and hear ways in which we can pray effectively. Find out how God is moving across His world and be inspired to follow God’s leading. Season 1 - Episode 7 TEACHING AND TRAINING FOR WOMEN with Anne-Laure Mostacero, Echoes International mission partner Originally from France, Anne-Laure Mostacero has served on OM ships and in Peru and has been trained in Northern Ireland and the United States. She and her husband Luis are now based in Spain and they are mission partners associated with Echoes International. Anne-Laure serves the Lord through writing, teaching, and mentoring women living and serving in 18 different hispanic countries.  “It’s about women who do understand their new identity in Christ and are active in their gifting and serving the church, serving in mission. It’s about women being in the Word and that changes their circle of influence” Anne-Laure Mostacero, Echoes International mission partner Anne-Laure shares about TEACHING AND TRAINING FOR WOMEN, looking in particular at the training course she leads for women. She muses what impact there is on the local church when women receive theological training. Jim and Matt ask her about the challenges facing women as they learn and why this should be an important issue for the whole church to support. Podcast participants: Jim Armstrong, General Director, Echoes International, Matt Pitts, Missions Director, Echoes International and Anne-Laure Mostacero, Echoes International mission partner Resources: https://www.echoesinternational.org.uk/portfolio-items/spain-luis-anne-laure-mostacero/ Ancladas https://ancladas.org/testimonios/anne-laure/ PODCAST INFO:Podcast website: www.echoesinternational.org.uk/commission Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-same-commission/id1735900905 Amazon: https://music.amazon.co.uk/podcasts/be7b52bc-c722-41d2-a211-2cd958f6b7eb/the-same-commission Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/0LlwFSwHrVeYrJlhfcvJy2?si=b78369ad3f5945e5 SOCIAL:Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/echoesinternational/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/echoesinternational Website: www.echoesinternational.org.uk KEYWORDS: Mission; Mission partners; Gospel; Christian; Brethren; Believers; Prayer; Missionaries; Faith; Woman; Woman; Theology; Theological Training; Training; Ladies; Church; Assemblies;
Creative Models of Mission
03-04-2024
Creative Models of Mission
Listen to speaker, mission partner and Bible teacher Nate Bramsen as he shares his mission journey to serve in unreached areas of the world and the challenges that come with that, both for himself and his family. Jim and Matt discuss with Nate how CREATIVE MODELS OF MISSION are needed, how God invites us into His story and what it means to honour governments and regimes which forbid us from witnessing. The Same Commission podcast focuses on aspects of mission you might not have considered before. Whether you are thinking about mission for the first time or you’ve been faithfully serving in or supporting mission – this is the podcast for you! Echoes International’s Jim Armstrong and Matt Pitts meet a new guest each week from the world of mission, learn about a new topic and hear ways in which we can pray effectively. Find out how God is moving across His world and be inspired to follow God’s leading. Season 1 - Episode 6 CREATIVE MODELS OF MISSION with Nate Bramsen, CMML mission partner Born and raised in Senegal, Nate Bramsen founded Rock International in 2006, a non-profit organization offering holistic care and multi-media gospel media tools for children in neglected areas of the world. Today, Nate carries out a global itinerant speaking schedule, podcasts, and works with teams taking the Gospel to unreached areas. His heart is to see this generation become disciples and unconditional followers of Jesus Christ.  “The only thing that I could hear was that there will always be people to fill a pulpit, but there will not always be people going to those who are unreached – and that was enough” Nate Bramsen, mission partner (CMML) Listen to speaker, mission partner and Bible teacher Nate Bramsen as he shares his mission journey to serve in unreached areas of the world and the challenges that come with that, both for himself and his family. Jim and Matt discuss with Nate how CREATIVE MODELS OF MISSION are needed, how God invites us into His story and what it means to honour governments and regimes which forbid us from witnessing. Podcast participants: Jim Armstrong, General Director, Echoes International, Matt Pitts, Missions Director, Echoes International and Nate Bramsen, CMML mission partner Resources:     CMML: https://www.cmml.us/node/43; Rock International https://rockintl.org/; Nate Bramsen, YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVTeE49ilmWgpzifMNWwM5g and Into Your Bible: https://www.intoyourbible.org/ PODCAST INFO:Podcast website: www.echoesinternational.org.uk/commission Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-same-commission/id1735900905 Amazon: https://music.amazon.co.uk/podcasts/be7b52bc-c722-41d2-a211-2cd958f6b7eb/the-same-commission Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/0LlwFSwHrVeYrJlhfcvJy2?si=b78369ad3f5945e5 SOCIAL:Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/echoesinternational/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/echoesinternational Website: www.echoesinternational.org.uk KEYWORDS: Mission; Mission partners; Gospel; Christian; Brethren; Believers; Prayer; Missionaries; Faith; Unreached; Creative access; Creative models; Closed countries; Christianity; Assemblies
Communicating the Gospel in Different Cultures
27-03-2024
Communicating the Gospel in Different Cultures
In today’s podcast we deep dive into the differences in culture between peoples and nations today. Ivan Chow argues why mission partners shouldn’t start with a cultural analysis of the country they’re serving in, but should begin instead with God’s Word. Jim and Matt explore with Ivan why this approach is crucial for all believers as we communicate the gospel wherever we are. The Same Commission podcast focuses on aspects of mission you might not have considered before. Whether you are thinking about mission for the first time or you’ve been faithfully serving in or supporting mission – this is the podcast for you! Echoes International’s Jim Armstrong and Matt Pitts meet a new guest each week from the world of mission, learn about a new topic and hear ways in which we can pray effectively. Find out how God is moving across His world and be inspired to follow God’s leading. Season 1 - Episode 5 COMMUNICATING THE GOSPEL IN DIFFERENT CULTURES with Ivan Chow, Bethesda Church Bukit Arang, Singapore Ivan Chow serves as a senior church leader in Bethesda Church Bukit Arang in Singapore. He has been preaching and teaching the Bible for 25 years in Singapore and cross-culturally in places like Australia, China, Hungary, India, Malaysia, Myanmar and Romania. He also serves as a director at the Evangelical Theological College Asia and is involved in The Gospel Fellowship, a church planting and revitalisation movement.  “The Word of God is relevant in every age and culture. When we look at the world to  do our cultural analysis, we do so through the lens of this deeper common culture that we find in the Scriptures” Ivan Chow, Bethesda Church Bukit Arang, Singapore In today’s podcast we deep dive into the differences in culture between peoples and nations today. Ivan Chow argues why mission partners shouldn’t start with a cultural analysis of the country they’re serving in, but should begin instead with God’s Word. Jim and Matt explore with Ivan why this approach is crucial for all believers as we communicate the gospel wherever we are. Podcast participants: Jim Armstrong, General Director, Echoes International, Matt Pitts, Missions Director, Echoes International and Ivan Chow, Bethesda Church Bukit Arang, Singapore Resources: Bethesda Church Bukit Arang, Singapore: https://www.bukitarang.church/ https://www.facebook.com/Bukitarang PODCAST INFO:Podcast website: www.echoesinternational.org.uk/commission Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-same-commission/id1735900905 Amazon: https://music.amazon.co.uk/podcasts/be7b52bc-c722-41d2-a211-2cd958f6b7eb/the-same-commission Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/0LlwFSwHrVeYrJlhfcvJy2?si=b78369ad3f5945e5 SOCIAL:Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/echoesinternational/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/echoesinternational Website: www.echoesinternational.org.uk KEYWORDS: Mission; Mission partners; Gospel; Christian; Brethren; Believers; Prayer; Missionaries; Faith; Bible; Scriptures; Biblical; Culture; Cultural; Peoples; Nations; Christianity; Word of God; Word; World; Relevance; Assemblies
Unfinished Task in Europe
20-03-2024
Unfinished Task in Europe
Today’s podcast is a wide-ranging discussion of the UNFINISHED TASK IN EUROPE, the issues facing the continent of Europe and how we as believers can respond. Stephen McQuoid talks with Jim and Matt about the church in Europe, reflecting on questions such as ‘isn’t Europe Christian by heritage anyway?’, ‘how does the ‘unfinished task’ relate to Europe?’ and ‘Why should Christians welcome migrants?’. The Same Commission podcast focuses on aspects of mission you might not have considered before. Whether you are thinking about mission for the first time or you’ve been faithfully serving in or supporting mission – this is the podcast for you! Echoes International’s Jim Armstrong and Matt Pitts meet a new guest each week from the world of mission, learn about a new topic and hear ways in which we can pray effectively. Find out how God is moving across His world and be inspired to follow God’s leading. Season 1 - Episode 4 UNFINISHED TASK IN EUROPE with Stephen McQuoid, GLO Europe Dr Stephen McQuoid is the General Director of GLO Europe and has a passion for reaching secular Europeans with the gospel. He serves at Clyde Valley Community Church and combines this with an itinerant teaching and training ministry both in the UK and abroad.   “From an encouraging perspective the growth of evangelicalism in Europe is coming from a low start, but it is growing…For example, the French are just one of the most exciting churches in Europe. Through their battles with secularism, you’ve got a generation of young leaders still faithful to Christ – there’s a lot of dynamism that needs to be released and explode” Stephen McQuoid, GLO Europe Today’s podcast is a wide-ranging discussion of the UNFINISHED TASK IN EUROPE, the issues facing the continent of Europe and how we as believers can respond. Stephen McQuoid talks with Jim and Matt about the church in Europe, reflecting on questions such as ‘isn’t Europe Christian by heritage anyway?’, ‘how does the ‘unfinished task’ relate to Europe?’ and ‘Why should Christians welcome migrants?’. Podcast participants: Jim Armstrong, General Director, Echoes International, Matt Pitts, Missions Director, Echoes International and Stephen McQuoid, General Director, GLO Europe Resources: GLO Europe: https://glo-europe.org/glo/ PODCAST INFO:Podcast website: www.echoesinternational.org.uk/commission Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-same-commission/id1735900905 Amazon: https://music.amazon.co.uk/podcasts/be7b52bc-c722-41d2-a211-2cd958f6b7eb/the-same-commission Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/0LlwFSwHrVeYrJlhfcvJy2?si=b78369ad3f5945e5 SOCIAL:Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/echoesinternational/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/echoesinternational Website: www.echoesinternational.org.uk KEYWORDS: Mission; Mission partners; Gospel; Christian; Brethren; Believers; Prayer; Missionaries; Faith; Europe; Central Europe; Eastern Europe; Migration; Asylum Seekers; Immigration; European; Secularism; Christianity; Heritage; Unfinished; Unfinished task; continent; Assemblies
Positive Impact of Mission
13-03-2024
Positive Impact of Mission
Former Echoes mission partner and director Ian Burness meets Matt and Jim at the Echoes International Bath office he used to work at to share some amazing stories from the history of mission. Fighting against the stereotype of colonialism that has often been levelled at missionaries in the 18th and 19th centuries, Ian reflects on the wonderful, if complicated, legacy that early mission partners have left for us today. The Same Commission podcast focuses on aspects of mission you might not have considered before. Whether you are thinking about mission for the first time or you’ve been faithfully serving in or supporting mission – this is the podcast for you! Echoes International’s Jim Armstrong and Matt Pitts meet a new guest each week from the world of mission, learn about a new topic and hear ways in which we can pray effectively. Find out how God is moving across His world and be inspired to follow God’s leading. Season 1 - Episode 3 POSITIVE IMPACT OF MISSION with Ian Burness After studies in medicine in Aberdeen University, Ian Burness and his wife Margaret went to Africa in 1979, where Ian ran a mission hospital on the Zambian/Angolan border and worked in local churches among the Lubale people. After returning to the UK in 1990, Ian worked with Echoes of Service, now Echoes International, based in Bath, where he was our General Director until 2015. He’s also published a variety of books on the history of mission, making him the ideal person to reflect on the impact of mission over the past few hundred years. “In all the early years of leprosy care, the research and advances were being done by Christians who were at the cutting edge of this. They were the ones who were there, reaching the most needy and the poorest of the poor. Why were they doing that? Because they had compassion for people and they had love for Jesus Christ” Ian Burness Former Echoes mission partner and director Ian Burness meets Matt and Jim at the Echoes International Bath office he used to work at to share some amazing stories from the history of mission. Fighting against the stereotype of colonialism that has often been levelled at missionaries in the 18th and 19th centuries, Ian reflects on the wonderful, if complicated, legacy that early mission partners have left for us today. Podcast participants: Jim Armstrong, General Director, Echoes International, Matt Pitts, Missions Director, Echoes International and Ian Burness Resources: Medicine in Remote Places by Ian Burness: https://www.echoesinternational.org.uk/product/medicine-in-remote-places/ A Legacy for the Future: Ian Burness’ lecture at Echoes International’s 150th celebrations in 2022: https://www.echoesinternational.org.uk/ibcm/    PODCAST INFO:Podcast website: www.echoesinternational.org.uk/commission Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-same-commission/id1735900905 Amazon: https://music.amazon.co.uk/podcasts/be7b52bc-c722-41d2-a211-2cd958f6b7eb/the-same-commission Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/0LlwFSwHrVeYrJlhfcvJy2?si=b78369ad3f5945e5 SOCIAL:Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/echoesinternational/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/echoesinternational Website: www.echoesinternational.org.uk KEYWORDS: Mission; Mission partners; Gospel; Christian; Brethren; Believers; Prayer; Missionaries; Faith; History; Legacy; Colonialism; 18th Century; 1th9 Century; Historical; Travel; Africa; India; Archives; Research; Christianity; Leprosy; Medical Mission; Medicine; Assemblies
Advances in Translation
13-03-2024
Advances in Translation
Listen to Wycliffe Bible Translators’ James Poole, Jim and Matt discusses the wonderful ADVANCES IN BIBLE TRANSLATION which have been taking place recently. Yet 1 in 5 people are still waiting for the Bible in the language that speaks to them best. The Same Commission podcast focuses on aspects of mission you might not have considered before. Whether you are thinking about mission for the first time or you’ve been faithfully serving in or supporting mission – this is the podcast for you! Echoes International’s Jim Armstrong and Matt Pitts meet a new guest each week from the world of mission, learn about a new topic and hear ways in which we can pray effectively. Find out how God is moving across His world and be inspired to follow God’s leading. Season 1 - Episode 2 ADVANCES IN TRANSLATION with James Poole, Wycliffe Bible Translators James Poole is the Executive Director of Wycliffe Bible Translators. His role takes him around the world and across the UK and Ireland, as he shares about Wycliffe’s mission to serve local partners worldwide, bringing God’s Word to their communities in the language which speaks to them best. “It’s the scale of what’s happening that is so remarkable. To put that simply - in 2023 somewhere around the world a new Bible was launched, printed and distributed at the rate of one a month, a New Testament was launched at the rate of one a week and a new translation started around the world at the rate of one per day” – James Poole, Wycliffe Bible Translators Listen to Wycliffe Bible Translators’ James Poole, Jim and Matt discusses the wonderful ADVANCES IN BIBLE TRANSLATION which have been taking place recently. Yet 1 in 5 people are still waiting for the Bible in the language that speaks to them best.    Podcast participants: Jim Armstrong, General Director, Echoes International, Matt Pitts, Missions Director, Echoes International and James Poole, Executive Director, Wycliffe Bible Translators Resources: Wycliffe Bible Translators: https://wycliffe.org.uk/ PODCAST INFO:Podcast website: www.echoesinternational.org.uk/commission Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-same-commission/id1735900905 Amazon: https://music.amazon.co.uk/podcasts/be7b52bc-c722-41d2-a211-2cd958f6b7eb/the-same-commission Spotify:  https://open.spotify.com/show/0LlwFSwHrVeYrJlhfcvJy2?si=b78369ad3f5945e5 SOCIAL:Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/echoesinternational/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/echoesinternational Website: www.echoesinternational.org.uk KEYWORDS: Mission; Mission partners; Gospel; Christian; Brethren; Believers; Prayer; Missionaries; Faith; Bible; Translation; AI; Artificial Intelligence; Translators; Assemblies
Partnership in the Gospel
13-03-2024
Partnership in the Gospel
In today’s podcast, Jim and Matt discuss with Al Simms the theme of ‘PARTNERSHIP IN THE GOSPEL’. They explore what that means for us today as believers and consider what that looks like on the ground, in places like Central Asia. The Same Commission podcast focuses on aspects of mission you might not have considered before. Whether you are thinking about mission for the first time or you’ve been faithfully serving in or supporting mission – this is the podcast for you! Echoes International’s Jim Armstrong and Matt Pitts meet a new guest each week from the world of mission, learn about a new topic and hear ways in which we can pray effectively. Find out how God is moving across His world and be inspired to follow God’s leading. Season 1 - Episode 1 PARTNERSHIP IN THE GOSPEL with Al Simms, People International Al Simms is director of People International, a mission agency reaching out into Central Asia to recruit, train and send new gospel workers to some of the least reached people in the world. “when we talk about wider Central Asia, we’re talking about a Muslim background region of the world, with about 600 million people living there and over 99% of the people there have never heard of a Saviour who died and rose again and offers to bring new life” – Al Simms, People International In today’s podcast, Jim and Matt discuss with Al Simms the theme of ‘PARTNERSHIP IN THE GOSPEL’. They explore what that means for us today as believers and consider what that looks like on the ground, in places like Central Asia.  Podcast participants: Jim Armstrong, General Director, Echoes International, Matt Pitts, Missions Director, Echoes International and Al Simms, Director, People International Resources: People International: https://peopleintl.org.uk/ PODCAST INFO:Podcast website: www.echoesinternational.org.uk/commission Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-same-commission/id1735900905  Amazon: https://music.amazon.co.uk/podcasts/be7b52bc-c722-41d2-a211-2cd958f6b7eb/the-same-commission Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/0LlwFSwHrVeYrJlhfcvJy2?si=b78369ad3f5945e5  SOCIAL:Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/echoesinternational/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/echoesinternational Website: www.echoesinternational.org.uk KEYWORDS: Mission; Mission partners; Gospel; Christian; Brethren; Believers; Prayer; Missionaries; Faith; Central Asia; Unreached; People Groups; Partnership; Unity; Working together; Assemblies