Grace at the Fray at Urbana

Grace at the Fray at Urbana

When I attended my very first Urbana Missions Conference in 1996, as a college student, I had recently completed a summer internship in Bundibugyo, Uganda. I settled at the Serge booth (which that year had a large, comfy couch and a coffee pot.) I spent five days debriefing and healing, seeing God’s grace and gospel-perspective, and […]

By Joanna Stewart on December 30, 2015

Why I Chose an Apprenticeship Before Seminary and Why You Might Too

Why I Chose an Apprenticeship Before Seminary and Why You Might Too

The first, Sunday-morning sermon I ever preached was in the basement of a homeless shelter in the heart of London. A seven-story homeless shelter is where the church plant had decided to hold its Sunday services when it outgrew the living room and then the pub. It was a good way for us as a […]

By R.J. March on December 28, 2015

Rose Marie Miller on Change, Christmas, and God's Unfolding Plans

Rose Marie Miller on Change, Christmas, and God's Unfolding Plans

Editor’s note: Over the years, Serge missionary and co-founder Rose Marie Miller, has perfected the art of saying a great deal with a few words. Her signature writing style for update letters, cuts to the chase, draws readers in, and presents the vision of renewing mission. On this Christmas day, we’re happy to share Rose […]

By Rose Marie Miller on December 25, 2015

What’s There to be Excited about if Christmas is not about Me?

What’s There to be Excited about if Christmas is not about Me?

We tend to read the Christmas story in terms of what we get in the deal –  it’s good news because we get a savior! And we really needed one! But let’s not miss what this Christmas season tells us about God Himself. No doubt, the most staggering, the most humbling and moving truth in […]

By Dan Thompson on December 24, 2015

Ministry Leadership Needed in Spain

Ministry Leadership Needed in Spain

Update: this position has now been filled.  The Serge team in Spain recently completed their seventh year of serving their local community through English camps. The team is convinced more than ever these camps are a blessing the community and have much more potential to be part of the Kingdom of God extending in Spain. […]

By Serge on December 22, 2015

Waiting for Light in Burundi

Waiting for Light in Burundi

One of the great things about the church calendar is the annual reminder of things that we need reminding of. The current pre-Christmas season of Advent reminds us of many things, but particularly for me, it is a reminder that we are waiting for light to come, and that means that we have to trust. […]

By Eric McLaughlin on December 17, 2015

Jesus’ Answer to Holiday Loneliness and Cynicism

Jesus’ Answer to Holiday Loneliness and Cynicism

While being “the most wonderful time of the year” for some, the holidays tend to be a lonely, alienating and isolating time for others. Loneliness, alienation, and isolation often come from struggles related to the nuclear family. As I wrote about last week, many of us have at least one “Cousin Eddie” situation that confronts […]

By Scott Sauls on December 14, 2015

Where They Know Your Name: A “Third Place” Home

Where They Know Your Name: A “Third Place” Home

One of Serge’s newest areas for ministry development is Business for Transformation. The goals are four-fold: build legitimate businesses to provide goods and services; create local employment; establish relationships (often in areas that are closed to traditional Christian ministries); share the love of Christ through the demonstration of good business practices and the proclamation of […]

By Andrew "Smith" on December 07, 2015

From the End of the Road to a Growing Mission

From the End of the Road to a Growing Mission

Editor’s note: We recently interviewed Josiah Bancroft, Serge’s Director of Mission. We talked about strategy, values, serving in hard places, and what comes next for Serge. Serge: So what is next for Serge?   Bancroft: Our target for the next three to five years is to seek the poor, the marginalized, and those who are […]

By Andrew "Smith" on December 07, 2015