The Missionary Podcast
By Jonas Davison
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Jonas Davison sits down with missionaries who are spreading the Gospel all over the world! Hear their stories, be inspired, and find out ways that you can get involved in Kingdom expansion!
||Clean14 Nigeria/USA: Jeremy Lang||Jeremy and his wife Jamie have been with Wycliffe since 2006. After serving in East Africa for several years, they returned to the U.S. and Jeremy currently works with The Seed Company as a translation consultant.||12/16/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean13 Cameroon, Dan Cawley||Dan Cawley and his wife Stacy left the American dream - they had a good job with a good income, 2 kids, 3 cats, a house - left it all behind to go to Yaunde, Cameroon as missionaries. Dan is the IT director and Stacey is a library media specialist and .||11/22/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean12 Niger/West Africa: Scott Rayl||Episode 12, Scott Rayl, Niger/West Africa After many years as a visual artist and graphic designer, Scott is in the process of getting trained as an Arts Specialist and moving to West Africa with Wycliffe Bible Translators.||11/5/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean11 Equatorial Guinea: Andrew Case||Episode 11: Andrew Case, Equatorial Guinea Andrew is one of those guys that is inspiring because of the sheer volume of talents he's developed - from music making and recording to writing books, learning new languages and working as a translation cons..||10/27/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean10 Nigeria/USA Ervin and Coleen Starwalt||Episode 10: Ervin and Coleen Starwalt, Nigeria and USA This week on TMP, Jonas interviews the Starwalts. This couple is an inspiration powerhouse! Ervin and Colleen work for Wycliffe Bible Translators as linguists, and their story is beautiful.||10/19/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean09 Japan: Tim Selander||Episode 9: Tim Selander, Japan On this episode of TMP, Jonas interviews Tim Selander, a missionary with The Evangelical Alliance Mission (TEAM) who has been working in Japan for over 34 years. Tim is now the General Manager for the Pacific Broadcastin..||10/12/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean08 Africa: Bill Gardner||Episode 8: Bill Gardner - Africa, Americas Bill and his wife Lori have been working in linguistics with Wycliffe Bible Translators for over 30 years, and they have recently moved from the field to the classroom,||10/5/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean07 Mexico: DJ Schuetze||Episode 7: DJ Schuetze - Mexico - DJ and his wife Lynette arrived in Baja, Mexico in 1993 to take over care of a struggling orphanage called Door of Faith. Since then, Door of Faith Orphanage (DOFO) has become the largest orphanage in its area,||9/28/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean06 Japan: Greg and Rachel Lilley||Episode 6: Greg and Rachel Lilley, Japan - On this interview of TMP, we interview a dynamic duo! Greg and Rachel have been living in Tokyo for several years, and are helping run the YWAM Discipleship Training School (DTS) there.||9/21/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean05 Cameroon, Chris Gassler||Chris Gassler, Cameroon, Central Africa Chris and his wife Lori work with the Ethnomusicology/Arts group of Wycliffe Bible Translators. They, along with their kids Noah, Kristin and Ben, have been in the field for a little over a year.||9/14/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
The church needs this podcast
Jonas this is great man, thank you; I can't wait for the next episode. Paul inspired me, I may have been waiting my whole life for that interview. I'd love to hear more stories in future episodes, keep up the good work!!!
Much needed, but a long way to go
Connell's correct that the church needs *a* missionary podcast, but it's sad to think we might call this our solution. This is not a high-quality podcast.
I see four areas of improvement:
(1) Depth of thought. Interviews tend to be shallow and a bit behind in their thinking. Jonas seems hesitant to ask hard questions that might be construed as critical of any missionaries, and that makes for a boring podcast.
(2) Interview technique. Jonas' questions are convoluted, taking a long time to say little. He also has a habit of simply repeating what his interviewees have already said, or verbally stepping on their toes. Sometimes he just needs to be quiet.
(3) Editing. Jonas could cut each episode down to 15 minutes without compromising his content. Judicious editing would keep each episode snappy and cover up some of his other podcast sins.
(4) Theme song. Nothing says global missions like a jazz flute.
Maybe Jonas doesn't know how to do some of these things, like editing. A podcast is a lot of work for one person; maybe he needs a buddy.