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Voted 2nd Best Missions Book in 2014
by Catalyst Services

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MissionSmart was written for overseas ministry candidates, church leaders, and mission agencies to discover the right people who know their callings, have been confirmed, can thrive overseas and be effective in cross-cultural ministry.


“I wish I had had MissionSmart in hand at the beginning of 24 years on the mission field. Unless you are very fortunate to have a sensible experienced missionary help you navigate the pitfalls, you are in for a lot of UNNECESSARY trouble and heartache. If you haven't got such a mentor, then let David help you at least ask the questions you never thought of. All the answers may not be relevant to your situation, but don't decide that until you have prayerfully thought through your answers and the input of others. I had the blessing of counting David as a colleague on the field. He is not only a true friend and brother, but also someone whom the Lord has blessed with much wisdom. May the Lord use this little book in a big way in your life.”


MissionSmart has had a profound impact in helping me shape my approach towards cross-cultural ministry. This book does a phenomenal job in "bridging the gap" between calling and candidacy. For anyone concerned with whether or not to go into vocational overseas ministry, this is a must read in that it prepares you by helping you ask the right questions. I highly recommend it.


The author seems to really understand not just the practical realities of cross-cultural ministry, but also the deeper motivations (both good and bad) behind why some people choose this way of life, as well as how some people can be impacted in various ways based on their inner motivations, emotional issues, spiritual strengths or weaknesses, and passions. Insightful and practical; highly recommend!


“Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.” Proverbs 15:22