The Turner Family
Hi! We’re the Turners with To Every Tribe. I (Randy) and Jessica spent over a decade at Sojourn Baptist serving in various capacities. Jessica was saved under Pastor Jess’ ministry, I grew leaps and bounds, we met each other there, and even got married right there in the sanctuary.
Through a long series of events involving John Piper, Sermonaudio.com, Papua New Guinea, children, acute asthma, and wedding videography, we were in contact for a number of years with a reformed and baptistic missionary training and sending organization called To Every Tribe, and in 2014, I was offered a home based missionary staff position and asked to raise support and move down to To Every Tribe’s headquarters in Los Fresnos, TX. You can check out the whole story here.
To Every Tribe exists to extend the worship of Christ among all peoples, by mobilizing the church, training disciplemakers, and sending missionary teams to plant churches among the unreached.
We’ve been down here now since January of 2015, and I serve as the Video Producer & Ministry Partnership Coach.
In my video production role, I produce video content to help mobilize the church to mission, help missionaries communicate with their sending church and support base, communicate ministry-wide updates, highlight the content of our missionary training program, and anything else we need a video for.
In the Ministry Partnership Coaching role, I help the people coming in for missionary training or heading to their long-term fields to raise the support they need for a healthy and sustainable ministry. There is no magic potion, sales tactic, or silver bullet for support raising. As the coach, I help people work through a biblical view of support raising, orient them to all of the exciting financial laws and policies of the Internal Revenue Service, Evangelical Council of Financial Accountability, and To Every Tribe, and help them learn to love and communicate well to their relational network, to cast a vision for pioneer church planting among the unreached and invite gospel partnership. For those coming in for training, I also become the main To Every Tribe contact point from the time they are accepted into the program to the time they move down.
We live right near the campus where all of the Missionary Trainees live, so outside of my specific “Ministry Description,” Jessica and I love having people over and pursuing discipleship with these folks while they are here for these two short years.
It’s a joy to serve an organization we believe in, and to be able to make a direct impact on missionary teams that are going places unreached with the gospel. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your partnership with us in this work.
Come down and see us! (We'll buy you a taco.)
Christianity, the Church, and World Missions
The command of God given to Adam being broken by sin, and made unprofitable unto life, God was pleased to give forth the promise of Christ, the seed of the woman (Genesis 3:15; Revelation 13:8), as the means of calling the elect, and begetting in them faith and repentance; in this promise the gospel, as to the substance of it, was revealed, and is therein effectual for the conversion and salvation of sinners (2 Timothy 1:10).
The promise of Christ, and salvation by Him is revealed only in and by the Word of God (Romans 1:17). apart from the which, men are unable to discover Christ or attain saving faith or repentance (Isaiah 25:7-8; Isaiah 60:2-3). God provides, by command and providence, that proclamation of the full counsel of God be made to all men as sinners. The law - initially written on the heart, as well as the law revealed to Israel - fully complies with the grace of the Gospel. This reality most forcefully implies that Christ’s Gospel be proclaimed to all fallen humanity. The decree of salvation for the elect of every tongue, tribe, nation, involves of necessity the proclamation of both the Gospel and the accompanying duties of repentance from sin and faith in the Lord Jesus to all men everywhere (Revelation 5:12-14; Acts 17:24-31; 1 Timothy 1:12-16).
The revelation of the gospel unto sinners is merely of the sovereign will and good pleasure of God (Psalm 147:20; Acts 16:7); and therefore in all ages, the preaching of the gospel has been granted unto persons and nations, according to the counsel of the will of God (Romans 1:18-32). The careful dissemination, defense, and confirmation of the Gospel among all nations bares fruit only by virtue of the sovereign, inscrutable, and insuperable work of the Spirit embedding the preached word with vital power, and at the same time manifests itself in the understanding of the command to make disciples (Acts 13:48; Philippians 1:6; Colossians 1:3-6; 1 Thessalonians 1:4-7; 2 Thessalonians 2:13-15; 2 Timothy 2:8-10; James 1:17-18; 1 Peter 1:22-25).
We, therefore, affirm and have joyful confidence in these indivisible truths: the gospel is the only outward means of revealing Christ and saving grace, and is, as such, abundantly sufficient to that end; yet that men who are dead in trespasses may be born again, quickened or regenerated, there is moreover necessary, beyond the mere persuasive power of bare truth, an effectual irresistible work of the Holy Spirit upon the whole soul, for the producing in them a new spiritual life (1 Corinthians 2:14; Ephesians 1:19-20); without which no other means will affect their conversion unto God (John 6:44; 2 Corinthians 4:4-6; Romans 8:30). The substance of all missionary and evangelistic labors, therefore, must be the proclamation of the Gospel. Apart from this message we may not expect God’s Spirit to honor our efforts with the reclaiming of the lost. In the context of such labors one may always hope that the Spirit will lead the lost to Christ.