Missions equals Evangelism?
The word "missions" is not in the Bible so I can understand how somebody could disagree with somebody else about what it means. The difference between missions and evangelism is not semantics. When I became a Christian in college I was with Campus Crusade for Christ. We had worship every Thursday night, training about sharing your faith, speakers to be brought in to the campus (Josh McDowell, etc.), sharing you faith, going on trips to Florida on Spring Break to share your faith, going on a summer project in Ocean City, NJ, again, to share your faith. Everything I did was called evangalism and wasn't missions. Take a look at the book you said you had, called, "Perspectives on the World Christain Movement". (Perspectives is a "class" that meets weekly for 12 weeks all over the country; the Arizona courses are called "Pathways" and are held in two places January through March.) There are many books about about both biographies and non-fiction. This is a basic book and if I were to teach a class on "Missions" I would use part of this book (as well as other books). My version was published in 1981 but your's might be newer. Chapter 32 was written by Ralph D. Winter. It's called "The Task Remaining: All Humanity in Mission Perspective". We are all involed in evangelism and that includes missionaries. Read the section called "Evangelism and Missions". You'll get a better picture of what I am trying to say. There's E0, E1, E2 and E3. E2 and E3 are missions (going across cultures, learning a language, etc.). April 23rd I remember back in the 70s when "CB"-talk (Citizen Band radio) was quite common (breaker 1-9, breaker 1-9, what's your 10-20?, etc.). I believe it still exists today primarily among truck drivers. Paula's uncle (and some cousins) drive trucks. We get along with them real well. Their "truck driver lingo" doesn't affect me at all when I ask them "Where are you at?". I would not consider myself as learning another langauge or learning another culture just to share my faith with them. (Although, once a person becomes a Christain they have a tendecy to want to return to the same place where you were saved from and share your faith.) Our daughter is getting to the age of "texting"-talk when you use abbrievations and numbers for words. But she still understands "Go do your homework!". They use a different "lingo" rather than another language (and culture).Evangelism is something that all Christains are to do. A missionary is a type of person who travels overseas, learns another language, lives in another culture, on foreign land, etc. to do evangelism; i.e. share the Good News about Jesus.