Author: ransmyth

Missions Nuggets

This is a growing collection of resources that I have found valuable as I have researched the why, what and where of missions.



Reaching the Unreached - Pastor Chris Lazo of Reality Santa Barbara -

Global Frontier Missions - State of the World / The Task Remaining

Bob Sjogren - Perspectives 1a - Blessed to Bless -
Bob Sjogren - Perspectives 1b - Top Line Bottom Line -

John Piper - Missions Exists Because Worship Doesn't -

Center for Mobilization -




GFM - State of the World / The Task Remaining -
Joshua Project -
IMB - Global Research -
Operation World
10/40 Window

Global Frontier Missions State of the World / The Task Remaining


What is missions

Why Trees Aren't Boats -

The Traveling Team -


David Platt - Divine Sovereignty: The Fuel of Death-Defying Missions -

David Platt - Urgency of Missions -

David Platt - What Happens to Those Who Never Hear the Gospel -

8 Assumptions Pastors Can't Make In A Post-Christian Culture -

A Unique Architecture -

Training -

Piper - Let the Nations Be Glad - -

Resources - Joshua Project -

God works through the prayers of His people.

Faith without works is dead. So we must work out what God has worked in. We must DO good by faith.

Prayer is one of the ways that we can align our hearts with what God is doing and see Him answer.

Faith has an object. The object of Biblical faith is the triune God of the Bible. We act because we believe what He has said is true in His written word.

We pray because we believe God’s word that God hears our prayers and acts to answer those prayers. We pray to align our hearts with God’s desires. We pray because we have needs. We pray because other people around us have needs.

We pray because we want God’s glory to be proclaimed and God’s righteousness to be revealed.

God responds to our prayers.

What can we pray that aligns our hearts with what He is doing in the world?

Pray for the people who have not yet heard the Good News about Jesus. Pray for people who will whole-heartedly send messengers to them.

Pray that God will raise up the willing-hearted laborers who will tell the unreached language groups about Jesus. Pray for people who will give their whole lives to be the messengers who go to language groups of people who know nothing of Jesus.

We ask you to pray for us because unless God intervenes in the hearts of ourselves and the people with whom we communicate, our work will amount to nothing.

We ask you to pray

  • because it is God’s work to move people toward reaching unreached language groups of people with the Gospel. Only God can move hearts.
  • because without the resources of a team behind us, we cannot do the work of pursuing laborer to help bring in the harvest among unreached language groups. The greater the resources, the more opportunities we can leverage to meet the people who will respond by faith.
  • because we need wisdom about where to spend our limited resources of funds, time and energy where God would have us to be. We need God’s direction and timing.
  • because we need wisdom in knowing and communicating God’s message to the people He brings across our paths. We need to know what to say and what not.
  • because God will show you what He is doing as you pray. Your thanksgiving to God will redound to His glory. May God be glorified!

Thank you for praying!


Psalm 34:15 “The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.”
Daniel 9:18 “…we do not present our supplications before thee for our righteousnesses, but for thy great mercies.”
Psalm 5:3 “My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.”
1 John 5:14 “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:”
James 4:3 “Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.”
Matthew 26:42 “He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.”
Mark 9:24 “…Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.”
Philippians 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”
John 15:7 “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.”
Mark 11:24 “Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive [them], and ye shall have [them].”
1 Thessalonians 5:17 “Pray without ceasing.”
Matthew 26:41 “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed [is] willing, but the flesh [is] weak.”
James 5:16 “Confess [your] faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”
Ephesians 6:18 “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;”
Matthew 6:9-13 “After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven…”
Matthew 9:38 “Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.”








The Holy Bible: the World's Best Seller

Is Biblical faith blind?

Does faith have an object?

Is there substance and evidence for Biblical faith?

What does the Bible say?


How do you know the value of a dollar bill?

Didn't someone tell you?


You didn't have believe them.
You saw them use it.
Then you wanted one.
Then you used it and told other people its value.

Is it the same thing with knowing the value of truth from God?


Did God tell all of us what He wants us to know?
Did He have it written down?


The Holy Bible:

Some call it the user's manual from the Creator God.
The Bible is a unique book which has shaped nations and people throughout much of history.
Everybody seems to have their own ideas and opinions about it.

What does it actually say?
Do you know the central themes?
Is your education well-rounded if you know little about it?


This course is an objective overview of the Bible.

Many people have found it engaging and informative.

Decide for yourself what you believe about the Bible.

To give you the material for informed decisions, we need about 16 hours of your time.
You may preview the content. (Please feel free to ask us.)

The truth has nothing to fear from scrutiny.
Bring your questions.
You will find many of them answered in the course.
If you have more questions after the course, we will be glad to direct your research toward serious answers.

Each chapter builds understanding based on the previous lesson, so you won't want to miss a class. Resources are available to help you easily make up a missed lesson.
While we will give you time to think about what you learn, we will work to keep up the momentum of the course so that it comes together as a cohesive study with a clear end.


No prior knowledge of the Bible is required.

The course is designed to include those who have little prior Bible experience or a lot. There are explanations of jargon and terminology along with opportunities to ask questions and explore serious answers.
The course is also very informative for people who have invested a lifetime of studying the Bible.
Because the course builds from the known toward the unknown, the content may seem familiar at first, but you will not be disappointed!

You can meet with Randy and Diana at our house (Fenway Westfield) near Westfield State University's south parking lot. Or, if you have a large group, there are other public settings available.

It would help if you bought your own course material. We can send you a link. No purchase is necessary. Scholarships are available.
Just come join the fun!


We would love to get to get acquainted with you as we work through the course together.
You can work through the material with us or by yourself.

See below for several different ways
to expand your Bible knowledge.


Course 001

Get It Done
Four weeks

Two hours, two nights a week for four weeks. Suggested donation for materials and expenses: $30.  Scholarships available upon request. (No explanation needed.) The location: a short walk from Westfield State University. Other locations by prior arrangement.

Dates - Tues & Thurs - 6:30 PM

September 22, 24, 29, 31
October 3, 5, 10, 12

Course 002

Low Key
Eight Weeks

Two hours, one night a week for eight weeks, at a location a very short walk from Westfield State University. Suggested donation for materials and expenses: $30.  Scholarships available upon request. (No explanation needed.)

Dates - Mondays - 6:30 PM

September 18, 25,
October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
November 6

Course 003

One Weekend

Sixteen hours in one weekend. Four hours Friday night, eight hours on Saturday and four hours on Sunday. Suggested donation for materials and expenses: $50.  Scholarships available upon request. (No explanation needed.)

Dates -

Weekend Course by prior arrangement. Is there a weekend that works well in your schedule?

Call to inquire about alternate dates and / or times that fit your schedule.

Join a Course

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By This Name

This book is a great overview which you download or read online for free. Do a self study.  It takes about 20 hours. 

The Lamb

Designed for children, "The Lamb" is about 40 minutes of audio with a shorter, simple message.
Free eBook, too.
Download the MP3 file.
Listen while you drive?


Local Course

Real people conduct the course at a house about three blocks from Westfield State. Come on over and join the fun!

Discover the Treasure

Why do so many people hold the Bible in such high regard?  
Let us show you!  
This course is an objective overview.
The information will help you make your own informed decisions. 


See how other real people have been affected by this course.


Are you still not sure about this course? 

See the author's Preface online. 

The Stranger -

By This Name -


Why wait.
Start online now.

Missionary Books, Biographies, Links & Resources

People Title  Author Description Type Duration
 Commandos for Christ  Bruce Porterfield Book
Canopy of Darkness Jonathan Kopf Reaching the Hewa people of PNG.
God Planted Five Seeds Jean Dye Johnson Five missionaries martyred in Bolivia Book
When Things Seem Impossible  Jean Dye Johnson Paul Dye escapes from guerillas Book Read
Mission Venezuela Marg Jank Overview of Bagwido work. Book
   God Plus Nothing Arvalee Palmer Book
Althea Lawrence Book
In the Presence of My Enemies Gracia Burnham Book
To Fly Again Gracia Burnham Book
Amy Carmichal Book
 John and Betty Stam Book
 Dr. Livingstone Book
 Eric Liddel Book
 Hudson Taylor Book
 Adoniram Judson Book
 The Story of New Tribes Mission  Ken Johnston Book
 God If You Are Up There Do You Care?  Rosalie Ranquist Book
 The Hiding Place  Corrie ten Boom Book
 Our Witchdoctors Are Too Weak  Davey and Marie Jank Book
 Through Gates of Splendor  Elizabeth Elliot Book Link Link
 Peace Child Book
 Lords of the earth Book
 Piercing the Darkness Book
Book  Heroes of the Faith An excellent collection of videos, books and documentaries for children and adults showing God's work through ordinary people in history. Link

Team Building

Reaching a entire language group with the Gospel message and planting a maturing church among them requires a large team of people persevering over time. The missionary is often the point of focus, but is in reality only the representative of a large body of people who want to see certain work accomplished.

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Building Relationships

Someone led the missionary to faith in Christ. Someone led the missionary through discipleship to be a follower of Christ. Someone taught the missionary the things that were needed to teach other people from the Bible. Someone challenged the missionary to serve in the missionary occupation. Someone trained the missionary in the work of serving others based on Biblical principles. Some people prayed for the missionary. Many people sent gifts to enable the missionary to serve overseas. Many people continued to support the missionary until the work the missionary was sent to do was completed. Many other people supported the many other missionaries who made it possible for the missionary to accomplish the work.


Team Design

Tribal church planting work is about teamwork. It's about being involved in the lives of other people and inviting them into our lives. It's about intentionally investing who we are and what we have for a purpose. This is God's design and may be part of an answer to Jesus' High Priestly prayer in John 17:21 - "That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me."

Mobilizing the Team

A major part is expanding the team and advancing our reach as His body, the Church, into areas where people have not yet been reached with the Gospel. This is a direct response by faith to a direct command which was given to us on the highest authority in heaven and on earth. (Matthew 28:18-20)


We are to go to all ethnic groups in all of the world to preach the Good News, baptize them in the name of the Father, in the name of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and teach them all that Christ commanded.


Christ's mission for us includes every ethnic group in all of the world to the ends of the earth.

- Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 1:8


Multiplying Team Builders

The team of people working with New Tribes Mission see our biblical objective as going beyond evangelism.


We are to plant churches among unreached people groups that are composed of people who are maturing in their faith, growing in their ability to relate well to one another, discipling other people, equipped to stand on God's written word, applying Biblical truth to daily living and striving to preach, declaring God's glory in the regions beyond.

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What You Can Do


The Commission

Our commission includes going into all of the world and teaching people to observe all that Christ commanded. Teaching everything requires time on location. If you live near the ends of the earth, it really helps to have team to help you complete the job in your life time.

The Team

The team includes the builders, school teachers, accountants, administrators, leaders, consultants, supply buyers, pilots, mechanics and a host of other people who can help you stay on location and focused on what you are there to do: make disciples Christ.

The Tasks

All the way from your home church who sent you to the people who help you teach and translate scripture, God raises up people with a wide variety of skills to assist you with accomplishing that task.


From Where?

Where do missionaries come from? How do ordinary join the team planting churches among remote people groups? Their journey often starts by being intentionally invited.

Ordinary People

Ordinary people hear God's word, they begin believing it, they adopt God's values, they begin hearing about needs and then they devote their strength and energy to God's purposes one objective and one person at a time.

Do What's Nearest

You can help us build relationship bridges, extend the invitation and expand our communication to people who would join us if only they knew what we are doing.

Be An Exponent

Would you like to help us engage people who might be interested in hearing about unreached tribes and what God is doing to reach them? You could connect with people you know far better than a visiting mobilizer or missionary. Would you like to learn more? Here are just a few stories of what other people have done. 

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Personal Support

Be there. That's a major factor in ministering to people. Our freedom to live where we live, invite people into our home and work toward reaching unreached people groups is made possible by our monthly financial supporters. We live by faith in God to provide for us month to month. He often provides through the generosity of poeple who share our passion. Would you like to help strengthen our foundation for ministry? 

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Ministry Bolstering

Go there. Expanding ministry means going where people gather. Our ministry funding comes from those gifts which are in excess of our personal needs and gifts which are designated for a specific purpose. Would you like to assist us with monthly ministry expenses or some special projects?

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Be A Promoter

Bring it forward! What you have learned, invite others to learn.  An exponent might promote but a promoter might not be an exponent. Would you like some ideas of things you could do?

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Do you need an introduction to tribal missions? What is this all about? What training is available? What do I need to know to encourage people in my church? New Tribes Mission has a training available to equip people with information about the next step.

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You are going! Hurray! You are an answer to our prayers.

The best thing you can do now is connect with someone who can help you ask the questions you didn’t know you need to ask. Contact us!

Are you ready to get started?

Not quite sure yet?

Why not visit our contact page, we would love to chat with you!


While it is about us, it's not about us!

“How do you get paid?” "Do you have to raise support?"


These are questions many people ask us as they consider a career as missionaries. The thought of "asking for money" terrifies them when it comes to missions. Yet those same people would find nobility in asking other people to help someone whose house has burned down or whose family has incurred great medical expenses. Just look at Caring Bridge, Go Fund Me, your Facebook page and a host of other web sites to see what I mean. In our case we are only inviting action for the physical and eternal life of perishing tribes of people. The missionary teams not only save lives on a regular basis but teach others to save lives. Dealing with educational needs, poverty, bondage, medicine, persecution and many other evils is a normal part of ministry to the unreached.  More importantly we work to bring eternal rejoicing and praise to our God through those who have been and will be redeemed.


Yes, without coercion or manipulation, we ask people to give their resources and even their very lives to help us do this work. We do that by faith, believing that God has something better for all of us who will get involved in those things which matter to God.


A person who wanted to be a career missionary told me, "If I serve with [another very good mission] then I will not have to raise support."


On the surface that sounds like a great idea but that also means that a lot of people who know him personally will not have the blessing of directly participating in what God will do through him. Nor will he seek as earnestly to engage other people in that work. (There are plenty of books on the Biblical basis of fund raising, so I won't get into common errors of popular thinking here.)

Randy & Diana Smyth
Mobilization Representatives
New Tribes Mission

Start With Nothing

I left Borneo, Indonesia at age 19; with a suitcase half full of books which I would never use and clothes that I could not wear where I was going. What works well among the orangutans of Borneo just doesn't in the USA in winter. I wanted to be a missionary bush pilot to serve remote tribes of people who had no other hope of hearing about Jesus by speeding the urgent work of fellow missionaries. The prospect was huge to me.  Where should I train? Where will I get the funds? Each step since then has been a walk of faith: knowing the direction and purpose but trusting God for the steps and means to get there. Over the first eleven years God brought a wide variety of ordinary people into my life who were willing to exercise extraordinary faith in God's work in me. Through them and my own hard work He provided what I needed to take the next step toward working with New Tribes Mission among unreached tribes.

Include Other People

Some people who are exploring a career in missions are frightened by the concept of raising funds for personal and ministry support to serve others. What they don’t realize is that God uses their need and the impossibilities of their personal endeavor to draw other people into what He is doing for their good, for His glory as well as the eternal salvation of the people they work together to reach and the people whom they will reach with the Good News. (2 Cor. 4: 15)


We are talking about the eternal souls of men and women who are destined for an eternity separated from God, when the cure, the message of eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ, is already in our hands to give to them.


What we do is show them what God’s word says and ask them to start moving by faith. It may seem simplistic to say, “Who made money anyway?”, but faith is about who is worthy of our trust.

Trust God For Everything

As “faith missionaries” we still don’t know from month to month how the bills will be paid, how we will be able give to the missionaries we support or how we will be able to accomplish the next thing toward which God is directing us. Sometimes it is really difficult to believe that God will provide all of our needs. Sometimes we felt that He didn’t. Yet I can tell you, that despite our monthly struggle, I can look back at more than 25 years of ministry, seeing God’s amazing provision and stunning work in the lives of people we have served. (We would love to tell you some of our many stories!) We are so glad that we trusted God so that we could begin to see what He is doing!

Recognize Grace

Ultimately it boils down to grace, values and choices. We all give to each other out of recognition of God's grace toward ourselves. We want to minister that grace to the missionaries we support, to the people who send us and to the people we and our fellow missionaries serve. Grace: unmerited favor. Thank you for extending to us the grace of God! We intend to go and do likewise.

Present Opportunity

Like the people we counsel, I cannot tell you how God will provide.  I don't know.


I can tell you what He has done in the past. I can tell you generically about some of the people who supported us for a while and some who still do; every month. It's not about the size of our faith. It's about the object of our trust. God most often uses ordinary people like us (you and me) who see a need and, by grace alone, provide for other parts of the Body of Christ to accomplish His purposes.


We would appreciate your prayers. Our foundation of monthly support has been weak for consecutive years, affecting our ability for outreach. Other ministry opportunities can be leveraged only after the rent/mortgage and utilities are paid.


God often provides through one person telling another about vision, purpose and opportunity; then inviting them to join in.  If God leads them to do so, and they want to, they will.


So here's my pitch:

Would you like to join us in our journey of faith? Would you like to help strengthen our monthly financial foundation for ministry?


Donate Now



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Unreached tribes, who live in a far away places, have no voice among the Christians who might tell them about Jesus.  They are unknown, out of sight and out of mind.  Less than 0.00014% of Christians work among unreached people groups. Unreached tribes are a smaller part of that group. Less than 3.3% of all missionaries work among the unreached tribes, so you won’t hear a lot of noise from them, either.

However, Jesus told us to go to every ethnic group, to the ends of the earth and into all of the world.  His plan includes every tribe, every language, every people group and every ethnic group (ethnos or nation).

Who will speak for them? Who will keep them before the Church? Who will invite Christians to reach them with the Good News about Jesus? That could be you!

Here are some things you could do to take action:


A promoter might take the time to tell others of the unreached tribes, our opportunities to pray for them, our options for learning about them and linking people to the missionaries who work among them.

– Promote Tribal Church Planting where you are
– Get Informed / Be Prepared
– Read God’s word, the Bible, about His purposes, plans and methods.
– Subscribe to missionary email, newsletters and publications.
– Read missionary biographies to learn how to depend on God.
– Ask current missionaries about their lives and needs.
– Research world needs, methods of meeting them and who is doing what.
– Go to a Wayumi program.
– Educate Others
– Download and show missionary videos.
– Make missionary publications available.
– Ask your friends to pray about specific needs.
– Host missionaries in your home, small group or church.
– Invite a missionary mobilizer to speak.

Call us for literature, web links, ideas, speaking opportunities and counseling individuals or couples,


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Be An Exponent?

“Hey! Come with me! You need to meet Jordan!*”


I followed somewhat reluctantly as he went from person to person, introducing me and telling some of what I had been doing. I was training to be a missionary bush pilot and had spent several years in preparation.


As my father, he delighted in me and wanted everyone to meet me. More than that, he was a mission mobilizer on behalf of unreached tribes and wanted to provide opportunities for me as a missionary to connect with people about the tribes. God might lead us to something special with each introduction.


Advocating for unreached tribes, we traveled together from place to place, meeting people in churches, conferences and banquets. My father is more than an advocate for me. He is a missions exponent.




Exponent: One that speaks for, represents, or advocates: My father is an exponent of missions. A person or thing that explains or interprets. (


Do missionaries need to be explained or interpreted? Well, it seems to help. A lot!

Especially in this day when leaders often say, "Every Christian is a missionary!" (Are they?!)


Mission exponents have greatly assisted my ability to serve as a missionary.


As I was preparing to go overseas, one person asked, “How may I help?” “Who do you know?” I responded.  He took me to his previous home church which was a four hour drive away. The people in the church there have supported our ministry through prayer and gifts for more than two decades.


Another family asked, “What can we do?” I was planning to be in the area for a short time and did not know how to see everyone I wanted to see. They organized a Saturday afternoon meet and greet at their church and sent out state-wide invitations. Later they arranged for me to be the missionary speaker during a week of vacation Bible school. The people at that church have also prayed and supported our ministry since that time.


Overseas I met a visitor who asked where I would be living during my home assignment. I did not know. I anticipated traveling from California to Maine, Texas to Michigan and Florida to Washington. He said, “Come to Spokane!”  My younger brother had recently moved half an hour away from there, so I agreed.


When I arrived in Spokane I was the visitor in my new friend’s home territory. He introduced me to people in his church, invited me to speak in small groups, introduced me to church leaders, drove me to some community meetings, provided opportunity to help lead a Sunday School class and found a place for me to live. I was not there long. Less than a year later I met my wife and moved away. Ministry locations have kept us at a distance. Still the church there has lavished unmerited favor and honor on us ever since.


I praise God for exponents and their exponential influence! These people have inspired me as I learn how to be an exponent for the declaration of God’s glory among the tribes.


How can I be an exponent on behalf of other people? What can I do that will have lasting impact on the people I serve and the people whom they serve? What amazing things will God do? I love to see God breathing life into people!


If you would like to help us reach unreached people groups with the Gospel in this way, please contact us.




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