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Bonus: “What’s a Missionary?” with Dean Kershner

July 31, 2023

What do you think of when you hear the word “missionary”? Do you need to go to a foreign country? Do you need to have formal training? Or do you need to learn a foreign language? Unfortunately, we tend to stereotype missionaries leading us to define mission work unbiblically. In this episode, you won’t want to miss what Dean Kershner has to share as he biblically defines mission work, shares precious stories and gives practical insight on learning to be a missionary as God defines it!

It is a blessing to have Dean Kershner as a guest on the podcast. While you may know Dean for his gifted ability to dramatize heroes of faith, such as Vanya or Hudson Taylor, he has also had the opportunity to invest in God’s Kingdom all around the world. Dean’s international work began in Moscow, Russia in 1992 where he served for five years. Dean and his wife currently work with Gospelink, a ministry that supports indigenous preachers financially, educationally, and practically. He has a contagious passion for the gospel and incredible stories from his experiences!

This is Part 2 of our conversation with Dean Kershner. If you enjoyed this, don’t forget to check out Part 1: “Cooking Class,” Culture Class, or God’s Class?

  • Dean Kershner, Guest

    God has given Dean Kershner a passion for fulfilling the Great Commission. His international work began in Moscow, Russia, in 1992. A ten-week mission trip with the grew into a five-year stint of ministry and service, spreading the Gospel in Russia. In 2002, Dean began working in Africa with Gospelink, a ministry that supports indigenous preachers financially, educationally, and practically. Since then, he has traveled to Africa twenty-eight times for ministry. As a Gospelink Field Director, Dean oversees the development of an agriculture training center and an orphanage named “Harvest Hope Home” in Malawi. Dean lives in Silver Creek, Georgia, with his wife and six children.

  • Nate Paine, Host

    Nate Paine loves pointing people to God’s Word. After giving his life to the Lord at age 11, he has carried Isaiah 61:1–3 as his life verses, following God’s call to “preach good tidings unto the meek,” “bind up the brokenhearted,” “proclaim liberty to the captives,” and offer beauty for ashes through the Person and work of Christ. Nate completed his bachelor’s degree in Biblical Ministries, has served in prison ministry, and mentored many young men through the Journey to the Heart program. Today, he lives with his wife and four children in East Texas where he serves on staff with IBLP and the Home Discipleship Network. In his spare time, you may find Nate reading his favorite authors (Andrew Murray and A.W. Tozer), perfecting his pour-over coffee brewing, or adventuring with his children—preferably with fishing poles in hand.

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