Season 1: Episode 3 – Positive Impact of Mission

The Same Commission podcast focuses on aspects of mission you might not have considered before. Whether you are thinking about mission for the first time or you’ve been faithfully serving in or supporting mission – this is the podcast for you! Echoes International’s Jim Armstrong and Matt Pitts meet a new guest each week from the world of mission, learn about a new topic and hear ways in which we can pray effectively. Find out how God is moving across His world and be inspired to follow God’s leading.

Season 1 – Episode 3


with Ian Burness

After studies in medicine in Aberdeen University, Ian Burness and his wife Margaret went to Africa in 1979, where Ian ran a mission hospital on the Zambian/Angolan border and worked in local churches among the Lubale people. After returning to the UK in 1990, Ian worked with Echoes of Service, now Echoes International, based in Bath, where he was our General Director until 2015. He’s also published a variety of books on the history of mission, making him the ideal person to reflect on the impact of mission over the past few hundred years.

“In all the early years of leprosy care, the research and advances were being done by Christians who were at the cutting edge of this. They were the ones who were there, reaching the most needy and the poorest of the poor. Why were they doing that? Because they had compassion for people and they had love for Jesus Christ”
Ian Burness

Former Echoes mission partner and director Ian Burness meets Matt and Jim at the Echoes International Bath office he used to work at to share some amazing stories from the history of mission. Fighting against the stereotype of colonialism that has often been levelled at missionaries in the 18th and 19th centuries, Ian reflects on the wonderful, if complicated, legacy that early mission partners have left for us today.

Podcast participants: Jim Armstrong, General Director, Echoes International, Matt Pitts, Missions Director, Echoes International and Ian Burness

Resources: Medicine in Remote Places by Ian Burness:

A Legacy for the Future: Ian Burness’ lecture at Echoes International’s 150th celebrations in 2022:

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KEYWORDS: Mission; Mission partners; Gospel; Christian; Brethren; Believers; Prayer; Missionaries; Faith; History; Legacy; Colonialism; 18th Century; 19th Century; Historical; Travel; Africa; India; Archives; Research; Christianity; Leprosy; Medical Mission; Medicine; Assemblies

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