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Episode 7: Interview with John David Smith

Paul Mac

John David Smith and his wife Kim served as church planters for 12 years in the Cape Verde Islands. They knew the destination was a mature church, but they didn’t know how to get there as their organisation didn’t have a pre-field training program at the time.

John David undertook an attrition study which showed that the numbers of missionaries leaving the field were very high, and the desire for longevity and fruitfulness (as well as his own need to be equipped) prompted him to pursue his doctoral studies. 

It might not come as a surprise that he found a link between people being poorly equipped and leaving the field early. 

Join Paul Mac and Dr. John David Smith, Director of BMAA, in the 7th Episode of the AccessTruth Podcast as they discuss training for cross-cultural ministry.

Paul Mac

Paul Mac

Paul and his wife, Linda, spent 11 years in Papua New Guinea involved in pioneering church planting in an isolated people group. They were privileged to see God plant a number of churches in that area that continue to thrive today. During the time there, they headed up a translation team that produced a New Testament in the local language. After leaving PNG, Paul and Linda worked for 12 years in leadership and consultative roles with an international mission agency. Today they continue to provide church planting guidance for a number of different teams engaged in some of the world’s most challenging contexts. They are passionate about seeing churches planted that are well equipped to carry on for future generations.

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