World Next Door


News, my friends… Learn about the fruit and favor Marti is seeing from her communications work, the exciting new opportunity that has opened for Chris, and other ways God has answered your prayers!

See our November Update (PDF edition) or read the email version.

“We can reach our world, if we will. The greatest lack today is not people or funds. The greatest need is prayer.” (Wesley Duewel)

Fresh off the press: September newsletter


Yes, summer has come to a close. We memorialized it by watching the Columbia Fireflies minor league baseball team play (and lose) one of the last games of their inaugural season. On to autumn!

Reader Feedback

“[Missions Catalyst] has done more than any of the other stuff that comes to my inbox in helping me and my family find our purpose in God’s never ending story of salvation,” wrote one of Marti’s readers, Debbie: “You have SO changed the focus of our family’s ministry from local to global!”

Read how that’s playing out Debbie’s life, intercede for Marti’s writing projects and speaking engagements, get the latest on Chris’s journey in chaplaincy, and find out why there’s never been a better time to ask for a copy of Through Her Eyes (at least if you’re interested in the lives of missionary women). All that, plus some reading recommendations, can be found in our September Newsletter (see either no-frills edition for printout or fancier version to read on-screen).

I did include a subtle “ask” in this one… yeah, the Pioneers account has gone into the red, and soon my boss is going to ask me to take a salary cut. Am praying that the Holy Spirit will inspire someone to make a gift that could prevent that!

Responding to the Refugee Crisis

We Welcome Refugees

During recent meetings in Orlando I (Marti) spent time with a Pioneers worker who is stepping into a new role coordinating ministry efforts serving refugees in Europe. As a missiological opportunity, she believes, the current flood of refugees is as significant for this generation as the fall of Communism was for those of us coming of age in the early 1990’s (can you believe it’s been 25 years?) When the long-closed doors for ministry in the Soviet Union opened up, I was among those who walked through them, sent by the ministry with which I served. So was Janet.

» Read what Janet says about the refugee crisis and get the latest on what’s up with us in the July 2016 Prayer Letter.