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Vá e conte! This simple Portuguese phrase has taken me to places in the world I would never have dreamed possible. It means "go tell."

I first learned Portuguese many years ago as an International Mission Board (IMB) missionary to Brazil. Now, as president of your North American Mission Board (NAMB), I may have fewer opportunities to speak Portuguese, but that one phrase, "vá e conte," still carries me to places in my walk with Christ that I would not have dreamed possible, even though I now live out that command to "go tell" in English.

Having obeyed that command in an international setting, and now doing the same here in North America, the Lord has given me a unique perspective on how the two phrases are related. Yes, we serve the same Lord. Yes, we obey the same Great Commission. But there is more to it than that, and I believe the story of Justin Garrett* is a perfect example.

Justin was an agnostic st...