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Passion for the Good News: an interview with David Joannes What prompted you to write your latest book, The Mind of a Missionary?

David Joannes: The Mind of a Missionary is the culmination of over two decades of missionary experience. I grew up reading missionary biographies that impacted my life and thrust me out to join God on mission in the world. Through Gates of Splendor, Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret, Bruchko, and Peace Child (among many others) shaped my Christian faith and worldview. Today, it seems that the missionary biography has, in large part, gone out of fashion. In The Mind of a Missionary, I seek to unearth the missions grit and passionate service of past and present global Kingdom workers—not merely through emotional means or a dry revisit to times past. I hoped to cause Christ-followers at large to ask, “What are the motivations, expectations, risks, and rewards in the missionary mind and how do they help me thrive in my own missional context today?” Sure, a 300-page book does not suffice to tell the entire story. But I pray that this book challenges and inspires people to understand their identity in Christ, and thus fulfill their eternal destiny. Please tell our readers some of the important lessons they will learn from this book.

What are the motivations, expectations, risks, and rewards in the missionary mind and how do they help me thrive in my own missional context today?

David Joannes: In each chapter of The Mind of a Missionary, a missionary “guide” shows you how to thrive on mission today. The lives of Jim & Elisabeth Elliot, C. T. Studd, Nikolaus Zinzendorf, Robert Moffat, Jackie Pullinger, David Eubank, Nik & Ruth Ripken [Editor’s note: See Nik Ripken’s author page at], William Carey, Hudson Taylor, Amy Carmichael, Don Richardson, and Heidi Baker [Editor’s note: See Heidi Baker’s author page at] merge with modern-day global Kingdom workers serving around the world. They urge you to explore the underlying drive of your missional efforts, how to overcome your negative internal monologue and experience victory in ministry. I draw upon history, psychology, life experience, and powerful storytelling to reshape your perception of God’s unique plan for your life. The book dares you to redefine your definition of the normal Christian life and join God on mission in the world.

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Category: Ministry, Winter 2019

About the Author: David Joannes is the founder and president of Within Reach Global, which serves the advance of the Gospel in some of Southeast Asia’s most difficult places. He is the author of The Space Between Memories: Recollections from a 21st Century Missionary and The Mind of a Missionary: What Global Kingdom Workers Tell Us About Thriving on Mission Today. David has a love for language, culture, and creative writing, and for the last 20 years, he has witnessed God’s Kingdom established in forgotten parts of the globe. David lives in Chiang Mai, Thailand with his wife, Lorna, and their daughter, Cara.

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