What does it take to be a missionary? The answers might surprise you. 'Conversations With Missionaries' is a podcast devoted to hearing from the hearts of missionaries about the ups and downs and in-betweens of full time ministry. We talk secret code names, ministry challenges, what keeps them going, what surprises them and great things they’ve seen God do. Whatever your station in life, you are bound to find encouragement from these brave and varied individuals who have let nothing stand in the way of their “Yes”.
Episode #12 Brent Mudde
Brent Mudde comes from a long line of missionaries, so it was no surprise that he decided in his teens to become a missionary pilot. In this podcast Brent talks about the process of becoming a missionary pilot with MAF as well as the day to day challenges missionary pilots face.
Agent Strawberry had her sights set on running a business in the financial sector, however, God had eternal dividends in mind. In this podcast Agent Strawberry (wife of Agent Shwarma) talks about the Syrian refugee crisis from the dual perspective of a Lebanese citizen and a Christian, sharing why the love of Jesus has compelled her to spend her life loving her enemies.
Episode #10 Smita Singh
Smita would be the first to say that she would never have thought God would use her to start four aftercare homes in Kolkata, India, but use her, He has. Smita oversees four homes that help trafficked children and women recover from their trauma and reintegrate into society. On this podcast we talk about the journey that led to her to start her first aftercare home. She talks about how God “called” her to this work and some of the stories that have inspired her along the way.
Episode #9 Carolyn Jespersen
Armed with a degree in nursing, Carolyn left Ontario as a young twenty something, moving to Alberta as the only medical professional in a remote Indigenous community. This was the beginning of a mission’s career among the Indigenous peoples spanning four decades.
In this podcast Carolyn talks about culture shock and what it takes to build trust in the Indigenous communities. She also talks about how walking through the grief of loosing her husband and nineteen year old son has helped her connect more deeply with those also grieving significant loss in her community, and has led to a widow to widow Bible study that has grown from just 4 ladies to over 200.
Episode #8 Kristen Fraser
“You love people for all their idiosyncrasies not because of their cultural manifestations,” Kristen Fraser says as we talk about the tension of living graciously in a state of cultural dissonance. Kristen talks about many things in this podcast: Raising third culture kids, the bare bones of effective ministry and cross-cultural survival, the homeschooling question, and the surprising gift of 13 Africans in Ukraine.
Episode #7 Tahlia Knight
At the time of this podcast’s recording, Tahlia Knight is a missionary in the making, ready to jump into her first long term missionary assignment. Currently she has spent several months in Poland. On this podcast we talk about why she decided to go to Poland for two years, what she is hoping those two years look like and what it has been like to raise support for the venture. She also mentions Kairos, a course she is taking to help shape her view of God, the church and the world.
You can learn more about this course online at kairos.outreach.ca/