The 19th and 20th Centuries in American Christianity are marked by the great mission movement. Christians look to many giants of this era, like Hudson Taylor, William Carey, Amy Carmichael, Eric Liddell, Jim Elliot, and many others. But apart from Native American reservations, nobody would have imagined the movement being needed in America. The 21st Century is another story.
Today, Dr. Payne reports that there are actually unreached people groups in the U.S. Salt Lake City is one of those places, so I am a part of a movement to reach Salt Lake for the gospel. One of our partners is the the Send Network of the North American Mission Board.
Brett Ricley and I had the opportunity sit with Dr. Travis Kerns, the NAMB Send Network coordinator in Salt Lake. We asked him a number of questions about his job with NAMB, church planting in Utah, and what people thinking about coming to Salt Lake as a church-planting missionary might need to be thinking about.
And here's a kicker, I was able to put Travis on the spot and ask him about the rumors concerning a merge between NAMB and IMB. If you know anything about that or are a fan of David Platt, you might find his answer rather interesting. We also chat within him about his forthcoming book, Saints of Zion.