Voices of the Faithful, Book 2: Inspiring Stories of Courage from Christians Serving Around the World

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A brand-new year’s worth o f inspiring stories from the front lines of faith — 366 new devotions from missionaries around the globe.

In these pages, you’ll hike mountain paths, jolt down rutted desert roads, and pick your way through teeming markets and crowded urban slums. You’ll meet boisterous children, worried parents, anxious teens, and curious seniors—all hungry, whether they know it or not, for the Good News.

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Overview

A brand-new year’s worth o f inspiring stories from the front lines of faith — 366 new devotions from missionaries around the globe.

In these pages, you’ll hike mountain paths, jolt down rutted desert roads, and pick your way through teeming markets and crowded urban slums. You’ll meet boisterous children, worried parents, anxious teens, and curious seniors—all hungry, whether they know it or not, for the Good News.

You’ll witness moments of looming danger and crushing heartache, moments of shining hope and pure miracle. You’ll be inspired anew by those who dare to obey God’s call to take His story to the ends of the earth. And you’ll be encouraged to pray for those who dare to open their hearts not only to the message but also to the One who calls and sustains them.

The art of any story is the truth that it paints. I pray you’ll find this book chock-full of truth. I pray that every single entry causes words of Scripture to jump off the page and onto the pavement of authentic human experiences, causing you not only to see their lives differently but also to change the way you see your own.
— from the Introduction by Beth Moore

All royalties for the Voices of the Faithful series support the work of the International Mission Board.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780849946233
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/28/2010
  • Pages: 441
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.30 (d)

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The International Mission Board is an entity of the Southern Baptist Convention. Its main objective is leading individuals to saving faith in Jesus Christ. Annually, over 8,000 student volunteers serve through the mission board.
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Voices of the Faithful

Book 2


By Kim P. Davis

Thomas Nelson

Copyright © 2009 International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-0-8499-4623-3



CHAPTER 1

January


Prayer, the Priority


Even if you and I don't get our words right, if our hearts are right, God hears them. —Beth Moore


Receiving a handwritten letter was not unusual in the early 1990s before the time of e-mail, but I did not recognize the handwriting. News from anyone back home was a treat, so I tore open the envelope and began to read. The letter writer introduced himself as David. He explained that God had called him to a ministry of intercession for missionaries. He quoted Scripture, gave encouragement, and again assured us that he was praying for us on a regular basis.

I didn't think too much about that letter I received during our first year as International Mission Board missionaries in South Africa until we got a second, third, fourth, and more letters from the same man. After 13 years as missionaries and four years of my husband working on staff at the IMB, we are still receiving letters from David telling us the ways in which he is praying for us and our ministries. Even after 17 years.

My husband and I met David in 2001 at a conference center in Glorieta, New Mexico. In appearance, he was totally unassuming. I probably wouldn't have noticed him in a crowd. He humbly introduced himself to us and explained that he had been writing us and praying for us. I couldn't believe I was meeting this committed prayer warrior. What surprised me even more was the fact that he went up to every missionary at that conference and told them the same thing.

We spoke to several of our colleagues. They all had been in correspondence with David. He prays for thousands of missionaries. Boy, was I glad to be on his list! Who knows what his prayers have accomplished all over the world. We were absolutely sure that God had powerfully worked through his prayers in our own ministry.

Faithful intercessors are hard to come by, but they are absolutely vital for kingdom work. God raises up people like David because He wants His people to have the joy of making a difference on earth. This month, you will read stories of how prayer makes a difference. Even when we aren't sure how to pray for the people groups of the world or for missionaries, God hears us and His Spirit helps us know how to pray. In one devotion, Joe says, "One of the great privileges of prayer is the ability to be a part of what God is doing. We may not know the people or the results of those prayers until we get to heaven, but what a glad day it will be when we meet them face-to-face."

This month, and in fact this year, God is calling you to a new journey of prayer for the nations, for missionaries, for lost people around you, and for yourself as you participate in kingdom work. He is giving you an opportunity to be part of what He is doing in our world today. Become a David.

Kim P. Davis


January 1

How important is prayer?

"The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much." James 5:16b (NKJV)

We received word that our translator could not go with us to an unreached city where we hoped to start future ministry. Feeling God's leadership to keep the appointment, we spent the travel time frantically practicing basic Russian and asking God to miraculously equip us to communicate. The meeting with the city leader was a challenge, but successful. It was over a year later, however, that we learned the true miracle of that meeting when the leader told us, "As I watched you struggle to communicate and saw your hearts of love, I began to question why a family would come from the West to the middle of nowhere to help me. There must be a God who loves me very much. I decided to make room in my life for Him." Dumbstruck and convicted, we realized that our initial prayers had been focused on our inadequacies, not on the salvation of this man. We had forgotten the most important thing!

We all understand that prayer is crucial to world missions, but we sometimes forget to pray or even lose sight of what to pray for. With millions lost with no access to the Gospel, our intercession must be daily. Countless lives hang in the balance! We need to ask anew for God to "teach us to pray" (Luke 11:1, NASB). —Rusty and Lori, European Peoples


Our Father, teach me to pray for the lost of the world and for missionaries who faithfully serve You. May my prayer life be radically changed this year, and may millions come to know You, the one true God. Amen.


January 2

Could you teach me how to pray?

"Once Jesus was in a certain place praying. As he finished, one of his disciples came to him and said, 'Lord, teach us to pray.'" Luke 11:1 (NLT)


A neighborhood Bible study started in Lucy's home. Lucy's 78-year-old father-in-law, José, showed up from time to time at the study hour, but he would always sit on the other side of the porch despite repeated invitations to join the group.

On those early Thursday mornings, José began to inch closer, but heneverjoined.ThechronologicalBiblestoriescaptivatedthelisteners. They asked questions and prayed for each other. Although only about seven or eight attended each week, they began to grow spiritually.

One morning, José arrived late. He sat a little closer to the group. The leader casually asked him to come over, and he did! There he was, sitting in the circle with all the ladies. As we finished, he asked, "I don't know much, and this is something I should know, but I do not. It almost embarrasses me to ask. Could you teach me how to pray?"

What a blessed time we had! Jesus taught His disciples to pray informally, which was unheard of in Jewish circles. We shared that talking to God is like talking to a best friend. Then each member prayed, and José joined in. I was reminded that prayer is not formal, but a close, personal way to speak with our Friend.

—K.B., American Peoples


Thank You, loving Father, that You draw near to us as we draw near to You. May Your grace and blessings surround new believers today as they grow in their knowledge of You and learn to hear Your voice. Amen.


January 3

A call to prayer

"Who will not fear you, Lord, and glorify your name? For you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship before you, for your righteous deeds have been revealed." Revelation 15:4 (NLT)


Echoing through the streets was the haunting call to prayer. I felt the heaviness of lostness, overwhelmed by knowing that millions around me prayed in futility.

I had climbed to the highest point of the city with my national friend and her family. It was a beautiful night to see all the lights of this massive city. While I was looking and thinking about how wonderful it was to live here, the calls to prayer began to ring out from one mosque to another. My heart was heavy, and I began to cry. I began to pray again for the city that God had called me to and that I loved. I prayed that God would exchange the peoples' hearts of stone for hearts of flesh and that they would instead sing prayers of praises to Him, the one true God.

After praying, I couldn't help but sing a prayer of praise knowing that one day every nation will bow before Jesus and acknowledge Him as Lord. Praises to Jesus are what I want to hear echoed across this great land.

In my own life, I couldn't help but evaluate my daily prayer life. Are my prayers out of habit or out of praise? The One alone who is holy deserves my sincerest prayers.

—Mallory, Central Asian Peoples


Break our hearts, Father, for the multitudes living in total darkness, depravity, and hopelessness. Thank You that You are not silent but are actively drawing the peoples of the world to Yourself. May Your truth be shared and embraced in dark corners of the world today. Amen.


January 4

Always joy and prayer

"Rejoice always! Pray constantly." 1 Thessalonians 5:16–17 (HCSB)


The police followed us everywhere. My husband was called in for questioning about once a week: "What are you doing out in the countryside? We know you gave them Bibles! Did you teach them about Jesus?" The stress was intense. We finally were "invited" to leave our city by the increasingly hostile authorities.

We faced weeks of transition outside our country of service, living in a nearby country. Only able to get 30-day visas into our country, we went back and forth. Living out of a suitcase, there was no way to continue homeschooling or normal routine.

Finally, we felt we had the Father's direction and took a role reaching a city of about 4 million. As we unpacked our boxes, I was upset to discover that a favorite plaque had cracked during the move. Displayed on the plaque was 1 Thessalonians 5:16–17, both in English and our country's language.

My first instinct was to throw away the plaque. Instead, I mended it, although the crack was still clearly visible. It was a reminder that no matter what we're going through—persecution, moving, unstable lifestyles, unanswered questions about the future, political problems, or exhaustion—we are called to a life of prayer and joy.

—A worker with East Asian Peoples


Father, Your Word reminds me that Jesus endured the cross for the joy that lay before Him. Christians are not exempt from trials, heartaches, and even persecution. Please draw near to Your children who are suffering today, and fill them with Your peace and joy. Amen.


January 5

In it for the ice cream?

"[I pray that] you, being rooted and firmly established in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and width, height and depth, and to know the Messiah's love that surpasses knowledge." Ephesians 3:17b–19 (HCSB)


Thirty-four children didn't sleep the night before in anticipation of a day at an amusement park near Manila. We were taking the group of urban poor, where they experienced the Ferris wheel, roller coasters, and log flume for the first time with lots of laughter and delight.

While the kids were appreciative, their reactions to the experience differed. Some asked for nothing, while others asked for everything their eyes beheld! One 8-year-old girl wanted food, especially sweets, after almost every ride. She wasn't hungry; she was simply eager to enjoy foods she rarely ate. We wanted her to have a special day, so we indulged her.

As I was standing in line for yet another ice cream, I wanted to help this child understand that we desired to have a relationship with her that went beyond treats. It was then that I realized how God desires to have a meaningful relationship with me as well. I had to admit that many times my prayers sound very similar to this girl's wish list. I imagine that God simultaneously smiles and sighs as He indulges me out of His boundless love while recognizing that all too often I am focused on the ice cream also.

—Joe, East Asian Peoples


Lord, create in me a new heart, one that desires You above all else. Don't let me be satisfied with less than a deep, intimate relationship with You. Give me an insatiable desire for You, Your Word, and Your passion for the salvation of those peoples without hope. Amen.


January 6

Active prayer

"And you can join in helping with prayer for us, so that thanks may be given by many on our behalf for the gift that came to us through [the prayers of] many." 2 Corinthians 1:11 (HCSB)


"Andy" and "Linda" were devastated by the news. Doctors said of their son, "Without surgery, he will die. But we do not think he will survive the procedure. There is little hope."

The church began to pray for the entire family. We did, too. During the risky surgery and the frighteningly long recovery, this family of new believers lived on prayer.

Throughout the surgery and the many days of wondering if their son would survive, Andy and Linda grew closer as a couple, and their prayer lives were strengthened. They reached out to God, and He reached back through His people who ministered to them.

My wife and I sat with the couple many times during the ordeal. One day, Andy and Linda said, "We hoped that others were praying, but we knew you were because we could see, hear, and feel it." Active praying sometimes includes being physically present where the prayer is being focused.

Being active in prayer allows people to see God at work and to experience how He can change lives. We don't always think we have the time, but praying for others in person is a great encouragement.

—John, European Peoples


Thank You, Holy One, that You are never distracted or absent, but are always present in Your children's lives. You have called and empowered believers to walk alongside those in need. Help me to prayerfully accept this ministry, confident of Your presence, power, and enabling. Amen.


January 7

A prayer full of love

"Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth." 1 John 3:18 (NASB)


"Mary" grimaced after the truck hit a bump. I reached over to squeeze her hand and slowed down a little. My friend had given birth to her sixth baby the night before, and I was driving her home from the rural hospital. Her sister was with us, as well as Mary's toddler. When we arrived, I carried the sleeping newborn to the mud-brick hut while the sister walked with Mary, waving off the children so they wouldn't bump into her.

Once inside, Mary sat on her bed while her sister rushed around to make sure things were arranged. In the hustle and bustle of children and family members peering at the new baby, I knelt next to Mary's bed and asked, "May I pray for you?" She said, "Yes, I'd like that."

In halting Sereer, I prayed for Mary and the baby. I also prayed that her family would love Him. I ended the prayer in the name of Jesus. I had concentrated so hard on praying, and my heart was so full of love for this family who didn't know my Jesus, I hadn't noticed the bustling noises had stopped. Mary's eyes glistened as she took my hand and said, "Thank you for everything."

God reminded me that the simple act of praying for someone opens hearts to His love.

—K.F., Sub-Saharan African Peoples


Father, remind me of the peace and serenity that surrounds me when I'm focused on You. I ask that You provide opportunities to share Your love and truth with someone today. Help me to be obedient. Amen.


January 8

Timely birthday prayers

"Finally, pray for us, brothers, that the Lord's message may spread rapidly and be honored ... and that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men, for not all have faith. But the Lord is faithful; He will strengthen and guard you from the evil one." 2 Thessalonians 3:1–3 (HCSB)


Have you ever wondered if your prayers for missionaries make a difference? One evening while I was home alone waiting for my family, I saw a man staring at me, just inside our front door. Thinking he was a neighbor who was coming in ahead of my family, I went to him with my hands outstretched in greeting. He pushed me roughly aside and said threateningly, "This is a robbery! Do you want me to kill you?" A second armed man came into our house at that point.

God gave me the words to say and the grace to respond. "I want you to know that this house and everything in it belongs to God. Do you know Him?" I asked. Tied and gagged, I prayed facedown on our bed, asking God to protect me and to have mercy on these men.

When my family returned, they were startled to find me tied up, but God's grace led them to respond calmly. The day before was my husband's birthday. Because his name appeared on the prayer calendar found in LifeWay's Open Windows devotional magazine, individuals and churches had bathed him in prayer just hours before the home invasion. Property was taken, but I was unharmed. Thank the Lord for faithful prayer warriors!

—Lisa, American Peoples


(Continues...)

Excerpted from Voices of the Faithful by Kim P. Davis. Copyright © 2009 International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. Excerpted by permission of Thomas Nelson.
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Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments, ix,
Foreword by Jerry Rankin, xi,
Introduction, xiii,
January: Prayer, the Priority, 1,
February: God, Our Loving Father, 35,
March: Divine Appointments, 67,
April: Jesus, the Sacrificial Lamb, 101,
May: "Follow Me", 135,
June: The Power of the Story, 169,
July: Lost and Found, 203,
August: Making Him Known, 237,
September: Lessons from the Young, 271,
October: From Adversity to Triumph, 305,
November: Be Encouraged, 339,
December: Hope for the World, 373,
Index to Devotion Titles by Month, 407,
Index to Scriptural References, 420,
Have You Heard God's Voice?, 433,
A Message from the International Mission Board, 434,
How to Pray for International Missionaries and People Groups, 436,
Your Church's Role in Missions, 438,
About Beth Moore and Living Proof Ministries, 440,
About Kim P. Davis, 441,

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  • Posted August 2, 2011

    Voices of the Faithful: Book 2 by Kim P. Davis and Beth Moore

    God's Spirit is at work throughout all corners of the earth, woven together in this string of testimonies from missionaries serving Him around the world. Booksneeze® was gracious to provide me with a free copy of Voices of the Faithful for review. A daily devotional, Voices of the Faithful provides snippets in the lives of missionaries and the beautiful and broken people they encounter. There is a spiritual battle of darkness versus light, and God is using miraculous miracles and confident connections to shepherd in His flock. Each day holds a Bible verse, an accompanying thought or story, and a prayer for those affected in the lines above.

    What initially drew me to this book was Beth Moore's name on the cover. I am a huge fan of her teachings, and was curious as to how her new series would speak to me. I opened to the first page and dug in, savoring each line and breathing in the real and raw need out there for others to know the Good News. The devotions were arranged by month, and each one within that month were tied together by an overlying theme. The short and to the point devotionals made them easy to read, and if I had limited time in the day for my quiet time, I pulled out this book, read a day or two (if I fell behind!) and found nourishment for my soul. I would recommend this book for anyone who wants to read of the true and marvelous happenings around the world, and how God is using so many people like us to get His message across.

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  • Posted June 7, 2011

    Middle of the Road

    This devotional book was written by missionaries. It is a typical devotional volume, with a verse at the top of each page, a short story, and a prayer at the end. There are 365 devotionals, divided into 12 topics, one for each month. There are helpful indices at the back of the book, with a listing of devotional titles by month and by Scripture. If you like a "Daily Bread" kind of format, you will like this book.

    One of the advantages of this book is that it highlights mission work around the world. It aims to increase the reader's awareness of and concern for missions. At the end of the book are helpful articles encouraging the individual's and the church's roles in missions.

    This book uses Scripture effectively. The stories are touching and challenging.

    I received this book for free in exchange for my unbiased review through the Thomas Nelson BookSneeze Program.

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  • Posted June 7, 2011

    Prepare To Be Amazed and Challenged!

    Prepare yourself to be amazed, to be challenged, and to be brought to tears. In this book there are 365 daily readings that will show you the mission field though the eyes of people actually there, living, working, and sharing the gospel. Written in the words of the men, women and children who are actually there, you will taste of the culture, the frustrations, the struggles and the joys of God's people fulfilling their calling. Get ready to be stretched and to be blessed.

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  • Posted March 8, 2011

    Highly Recommend

    Voices of the Faithful Book 2
    Compiler & monthly Introductions by: Kim P. Davis
    Series Creator & Introduction by: Beth Moore

    From the back cover, "A brand-new year's worth of inspiring stories from the front lines of faith. 366 new devotions from missionaries around the world."

    As a missionary, it was indeed inspiring to read stories from other missionaries around the world. The stories showed the ups and down, the struggles and challenges that missionaries and national church workers face. I enjoyed getting a glimpse into the lives of others on the front lines.

    This book has so many possibilities. It would make a wonderful devotion guide for anyone. I can see it used by church mission board members, families, and individuals who want to know more about and be in prayer for missionaries around the world. I feel that it would be a wonderful eye opening devotional guide for homeschoolers, opening a window into geography and cultures, as well, as mission awareness. Personally, I cannot wait to finish the current devotional we are using as a family and start this book. To add icing to the cake, so to speak, all royalties for the Voices of the Faithful series support the work of the International Mission Board. Here is a wonderful devotional that supports missionaries both in prayer and financially. It is definitely a "keeper".

    I received a copy of this book from Thomas Nelson publishing in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted March 1, 2011

    Great devotional

    As a child I dreamed of being a missionary. I would imagine myself in all different types of dangerous situations. Many times in my imagination I would be kidnapped, left for dead, robbed at gunpoint, and the such. Reading this devotional brought many of these memories to the forefront of my memory. It amazes me what missionaries must deal with on a daily basis.

    "A willingness to go is all they have in common," exclaims Beth Moore, speaking of her friends on the front lines spreading the gospel around the world with whom she collaborated to create Voices of the Faithful.

    This book is a 366-day devotional. Each day explores the life in the day of missionaries past and present. It starts out with a verse, then the devotional, and ends with my favorite part...the prayer.

    One of the great things about this book is it takes you all around the world. It drops you into situations you can't even imagine. You're able to see and in some ways experience what it is like for these dedicated missionaries.

    I have thoroughly enjoyed this book and have used it to inspire me to be more mission minded as well as to pray more often for our missionaries.

    I recieved a copy of Voices of the Faithful from Booksneeze.

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  • Posted January 31, 2011

    Highly inspiring!

    Voices of the Faithful is full of inspiring stories that could affect your lives as Christians. It is a whole year's worth of devotionals written by missionaries from all over the world from their own experiences and own perspectives. Some stories are so simple in context but full in meaning that you may be moved to tears. These stories show how God makes all things possible in his own time using people as instruments in spreading his love. This book will teach you the power of prayer and how prayer reaches the hardest of hearts and melts it to receive the love of the Lord. Voices of the Faithful Book 2 is one great devotional for those who have accepted Jesus but more so for those who are not familiar with the works of God.

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  • Posted January 30, 2011

    Voices of the Faithful is an encouragement

    "Voices of the Faithful - Book 2: Inspiring Stories of Courage from Christians Serving Around the World" by Beth Moore and Kim P. Davis is a good devotional - not great, but good. VOF hopes to inspire the reader with tales of miracles and encouragement from the forefronts of the mission fields.

    I'm not saying there aren't good stories of God's faithfulness and mercy in these pages; there are. It just was not as inspiring as the book "Jesus Freaks" was for me. I'm not sure if it's the writing styles that have made the difference, but I do know that God's glory and power are found in both books. He is still the main character and the driving plot line.

    I believe in the miracles that are spoken in these words in VOF. God still performs miracles today - maybe not the parting of any seas but heart changes (and if you ask me, I think it'd be much harder to soften a heart than to part water). These are stories to encourage believers, no matter how deep their relationship with Christ, to show them that God is good and that good is still triumphing over evil.

    While this isn't a devotional that I will probably continue to read, it is not because it's not a good book. It is and I feel it would be an encouragement to many. I'm just looking for more of a study than a devotional right now.

    Disclaimer: I received this book for free in order to facilitate an honest review. Others may or may not have the same experience(s) with the book or publisher as I have had.

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  • Posted January 21, 2011

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    This Devotional Changed my Mind...

    I don't like devotionals. Very often they are cheesy, poorly written, and meager of sound biblical doctrine. Why settle for someone else's words expounding Scripture when you can ingest God's very own Word to you all by yourself? So, when I received the devotional guide Voices of the Faithful in the mail from Thomas Nelson Publishers, my hopes weren't set too high. But I couldn't have been more surprised. Created by best-selling author and speaker Beth Moore and compiled by former missionary Kim P. Davis, Voices of the Faithful Book 2 is a 366-day devotional guide written by 300 missionaries currently serving overseas with the Southern Baptist Convention's International Mission Board (IMB). Based on Scripture, the daily readings contain astounding first-person accounts of the courage and faith of ordinary men and women whom God is using in extraordinary ways across the globe. Through their stories, the missionaries (married, single, male and female) teach us exactly how to pray for missions and how God uses our prayers to affect his gracious plan for redemption. They teach us how to listen to God's voice, waiting on his perfect provision, protection and healing. And they teach us how to hope in the midst of sure danger and severe despair. Without reservation, I recommend you purchase this book. Although it bears the name of a prominent teacher to women, the stories in the book make it a wonderful gift for husbands, students, or individuals interested in missions. The book can be read as a solo endeavor or used for family devotions at meal-times. Additionally, royalties from the book benefit the over 5,000 IMB missionaries serving in 194 countries around the globe. However, I would like to add one note of caution if you purchase this book. Voices of the Faithful will inspire you to engage in God's mission for the world as never before, particularly to pray for the nations. And if you are not careful, these missionary voices will incite you to a whole a new level of participation in God's mission for the world - whether by giving or going. Book provided through Thomas Nelson Publishers and Booksneeze bloggers program.

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  • Posted January 19, 2011

    Inspiring stories of courage from christians serving around the world

    I must admit that I am not a big fan of devotional books, really, but when I have received this book from Thomas Nelson I just loved it. It's a great book for your everyday devotional time . I must admit that when I first requested it my thought was to help me in my personal devotional time. Each month, the book has a new theme - prayer, Father's love, divine appointments etc. Each day starts with a bible verse, continues with a story from the mission field and then it ends with a prayer. I truly consider this book as a valuable one. I think every Christian should have this book because it brings encouragement and it helps keep in mind that we have a duty to talk about our Christ everywhere we are and everywhere we go. Also, this book reminds us to pray for the salvation of the world and to keep the missionaries in prayer. This is a beautiful and encouraging devotional. I loved it!

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  • Posted January 17, 2011

    Book2- Voices of the Faithful

    Product Description
    A new year's worth of inspiring stories from the front lines of faith.

    "A willingness to go is all they have in common," says Beth Moore and Kim P. Davis, speaking of their friends on the front lines who are spreading the gospel around the world and with whom they collaborated to create this book. This second book of 366 daily devotionals features stories of God's faithfulness, written by hundreds of missionaries worldwide.

    From stirring miracles to heroic adventures, this second volume highlights those who daily go to the outer limits of spiritual devotion.

    A follow-up to the first book which has now sold 300,000 copies.

    Voices of the Faithful, Book Two" is more stories from around the world--stories of believers serving and at times sacrificing for their God. In America, we can easily forget about our brothers and sisters in other countries.

    It's book like this one that help us remember to pray, and to not take our freedoms and faith for granted. Over 300 missionaries contributed to this volume, and each one will move you to a richer, deeper faith.

    And an appreciation for those who are called to go and serve away from home. Or to serve where home is a dangerous place. Each devotional is a daily reading, brief but so rich!

    At the end of the book there is an Index of Devotion Titles by the month including the Bible verse used, this is handy for looking up that particular story you were interested in and may want to share with someone else, to let them know what your inspiration was for the day. Looking just for the Scriptural references? There is an index for that, another lil' blessing.

    Another gift at the end of this book is the gift of salvation, the steps for leading a life with Christ, I believe this is an important part in any christian book, its nice to see it in this wonderful devotional!

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  • Posted January 10, 2011

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    Inspiring Stories

    This is not just another devotional. This is a magnificent collection of personal experience from christians serving as missionaries around the world.
    The structure is stories divided in 366 days (includes Feb 29th) and you are suppose to read one story per day during a full year. But the stories are so good and touching that you are always tempted to read much more than just one.
    One particular story that touched me deeply was the "Obeying the Nudge". This particular story showed me exactly how reluctant I am in spreading the Word of God, just as resistant as Natalie was to speak to Pavel. But we need to obey and persist in our talk about Jesus, because there is a promise that the Word will not return void to us.
    This book was published by Thomas Nelson in 2009 and they were kind enough to send me a copy for reviewing through their Thomas Nelson Book Review Bloggers Program.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2011

    An inspirational daily devotional!

    Voices of the Faithful {Book 2} is another inspiring devotional book compiled by Kim Davis, with Beth Moore!

    I already had been enjoying Voices of the Faithful Book 1, and am thrilled to have the second book in this daily devotional series! This will make for two years of day-to-day inspiration!!

    Similar to Voices of the Faithful Book 1, each new day you'll be taken on a new adventure by a missionary or someone else who has put their lives on the line for God. These daily stories are inspirational and always encouraging!

    There is just something inspiring about hearing stories from Christians serving God in other corners of the world. I definitely recommend this daily devotional ~ you'll be greatly encouraged by this new book!

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  • Posted January 4, 2011

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    Daily Insights into the Lives of Missionaries

    The mission-minded contributors Beth Moore and Kim P. Davis return to the devotional scene with this newest installment of Voices of the Faithful, a collection of daily devotions written by missionaries right there in the field. I am very involved in missions both in my home church and in my church on the field, and my anticipation for this new devotional did not go unsatisfied. The contributing authors of the daily devotions, all members of the International Mission Board and the Southern Baptist Convention, share with us readers their life experiences from the field. Very often their stories remind me of those hardships and blessings I once faced on my own field. Each month covers a new topic (such as prayer, God, Jesus, adversity and encouragement), and each day ends with a short prayer the reader can make to God for missionaries and himself that day. I would totally recommend this book to anyone seeking to understand more the daily lives of those who have sacrificed many comforts of familiarity to share the Good News with the world.

    The biggest change I noticed in this newest edition regards the how Moore and Davis used much less specificity in describing to where the missionaries are serving. I personally preferred the country-naming of the first book, because knowing as much about an author as I can before I read his or her material makes me enjoy or appreciate what the author's written so much more.

    [Note: I received this book free of charge through the Thomas Nelson blogger review program, Booksneeze]

    © 2010 E.T.

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  • Posted January 2, 2011

    Hearing God's Voice

    I would like to thank BookSneeze for sending me a free copy of Voices of the Faithful: Book 2 on behalf of Thomas Nelson Publishing. Kim P. Davis compiled this devotional to open our hearts and souls to see God at work around the world through the lives of missionaries. Each entry highlights a key verse, contains stories from missionaries and a short prayer.
    Voices of the Faithful was a wonderful read. Some entries brought tears to my eyes, particularly where God is obviously still working miracles. Due to these missionaries that answer God's call to spread the Good News, people's lives are being transformed into something beautiful that only God could orchestrate. Not only are people being changed, communities as well are coming under the authority of the King of Kings.
    As I read this book I was overwhelmed by the sacrifices these ordinary people are making for the extraordinary love of Christ each and every day. As I write this I am sitting comfortably in my warm home with a cup of hot tea by my side watching the first winter snow come down. I must admit I feel a bit guilty of my comforts. Instead of pitying the missionaries for their lack of comforts, I am in awe of them and their love for Jesus Christ. Though I don't feel called myself to join their ranks, Voices of the Faithful taught me I can help by praying for God's work and sovereignty.
    Voices of the Faithful: Book 2 is an awe-inspiring devotional that can help us keep are focus on God's provisions and work throughout the year. I hope that anyone that chooses the devotional is blessed and in turn blesses others.

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  • Posted December 23, 2010

    Get Inspired Every Day Of The Year

    Voices of the Faithful ~ Book 2, by Beth Moore and Kim P. Davis, is a daily devotional book for the entire year. It was compiled by Kim P. Davis, with an introduction by Beth Moore. Although this is the second volume, this book does stand alone, on its own merit.

    Each devotional begins with a Scripture verse followed by a brief, inspirational short story written by one of 300 missionaries, who so generously contributed to this work. A prayer concludes each devotion to specifically address the needs and people groups shared in the devotion for that day.

    This book is indexed to show the devotional title as well as the Scripture referenced. The plan of salvation is clearly presented with 15 ways to pray for missionaries. Finally, there is an appeal to lead your church into praying, giving, and going as a long-term or short-term missionary.

    This book would be an excellent tool to supplement your daily Bible reading, as an illustration source for those in the ministry, and would be appropriate for teens through adults. This devotional book could light a spark in the heart of a reader to a life of missions service.

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  • Posted December 22, 2010

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    Voices of the Faithful

    Although Voices of the Faithful Book 2 by Kim P. Davis and Beth Moore, is the "sequel" to Voices of the Faithful Beth Moore- it is perfectly suitable as a stand alone book. For those who enjoyed the original book, this second book in the series provides more of the same, short inspirational anecdotes of individual missionaries and their experiences. As with the original book, each day has its own dedicated passage, and each month is dedicated to a central theme. Though this is a devotional book, its casual style makes for quick reading. Each day's passage opens up with a biblical verse, and closes with a prayer to re-enforce the theme of the passage.

    The passages are brief, and get right to the point for those readers pressed for time, and are in need of quick inspriation. These stories are not neccessarily deeply spiritual, nor do they delve too deeply into scripture, and therefore can be appreciated by the secular audience and younger readers. I suppose for anonymity, the missionaries whose stories are featured- are identified only by a first name (alias?) and a location. While the lack of full name, vague details and the consistent writing style through out the book, may lead the reader to question the authenticity of each of the stories, the book is still motivational, nonetheless.The stories open the reader into a new world beyond that of our comfortable society- a glimpse of what it is like to live the faith and spread the gosepl message in other lands. Each passage has a particular faith building moral or lesson, analagous to Aesop's tales. As a blogger for booksneeze, I recieved this book from Thomas Nelson publishers for the purpose of writing this review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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  • Posted December 12, 2010

    Great book!

    Imagine what a day in the life of a missionary is like. What about a year? What would it be like to witness hundreds of lives being changed,and multiple hearts being healed?What would you do if you could travel to a different part of the world, every day for a year, for less then the cost of a theme park ticket?

    You can do that with Beth Moore's sequel to Voices of the Faithful. 366 new stories, with a different theme for each month. Themes all the way from prayer to hope, and the constant encouragement throughout.

    Each day has both a scripture at the beginning, and a prayer at the end. Not to mention the incredible stories!

    Incredible, Miraculous stories inscribed on every page! One of the stories that stood out to me is the one on December 25th. So encouraging, and completely edifying! Mission work has always been on my heart, and this book definitely shared experiences of many different missionaries. I love books like this that have happy endings. Though this book had a few sad stories, they almost always turned out well, and everything written portrayed a purpose. I also liked that all of the royalties of the book were donated to support the International Mission Board. On a more vain note, the book is beautifully designed. I couldn't believe how incredibly beautiful it was! The font matched the book perfectly :)
    Overall, I loved it! I plan to post more in the future, as I have saved a few of the days for next year :) Great book, and it is 100% worth your money!

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  • Posted December 8, 2010

    Voices of the Faithful Book 2

    I was excited to see a second book in the Voices of the Faithful 'series'. This is a devotional book with 365 readings and is for the person who has an interest in seeing the Christian experience from a missionary's viewpoint. Beth Moore wrote in her introduction that her goal is for the reader to: feel connected to brothers and sisters in Christ all over the globe, change your 'God bless the missionaries' prayer to praying for REAL people, be motivated to cross your river of fear and do the thing God has called you to do. This doesn't mean that we need to become a missionary to a foreign land but to be missionaries where we are!!

    One thing different with this book is that each month has a theme, ie. prayer, hope, lost and found, etc. Although I haven't read each day's reading, I am looking forward to seeing what God will work through in my life in regards to these themes. As I read through some of the stories, I couldn't help but be encouraged as I saw missionaries go through similar experiences that I was going through. And it is so uplifting to see God work in their lives and know that he can do the same here in the United States!! In fact, in my own small country church!!

    I definitely recommend this book to add to your daily Quiet Time readings for encouragement and the knowledge of community in our commission to spread the Good News.

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    Posted January 15, 2011

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