I am excited to introduce you to many missionary friends from around the world. Some live right here in the U.S. with an international focus, others are in countries that are receptive to their work, and still others are in locations hostile to the gospel. I plan to share with you a recorded video interview with a missionary each month.
In my work as a volunteer on the foreign mission field and as an advocate and support person here at home, I have noticed one common theme.
The Western church tends to forget over time about its missionaries it has sent around the world.
Maybe that is too harsh. It’s really human nature. When someone isn’t a part of our daily lives, we don’t think about them as often. But we can’t use that as an excuse for not supporting, staying in touch, and most of all fervently praying for our brothers and sisters serving around the world.
With today’s technology, we don’t have much excuse for not staying in touch.
I remember a conversation a few years ago with a missionary serving in East Asia. I was part of volunteer team working with her for about five days. In that conversation someone asked about her home church back in America. She and her husband had been on the field for about three decades. She hesitantly responded that they weren’t really connected with a church back in the States.
At least this missionary is a part of strong sending agency that provides training, logistic, and prayer support. But that can’t take the place of a personal, intimate connection to a home church that really knows this couple.
My hope and prayer is that as I introduce you to different missionaries, their work, and their needs, you will support them through prayer and finances, and even get to know them personally.
Here is a list of questions that I most likely will ask each missionary:
- What part of the world are you working? (if they can tell us)
- How long have you lived there?
- Describe your work. (if they can tell us)
- Share a recent success story.
- What are some of your challenges?
- How can we support and pray for you?