Four Tips on Becoming a Missions Sender

Normally I would not copy an entire article to share with everyone, but his one contains such good information I felt I needed to. the source link is at the bottom and the original web page is the bottom most link.

Jemar Tisby of the Reformed African American Network (RAAN) points out in a recent article that every Christian is called to be involved in missions, either by going or sending. For those whom the Lord does not lead to go long-term, Tisby gives 4 helpful and very practical tips for becoming a “radical sender”:

1) SPEND LESS TO SPEND MORE

Spend less money on non-essentials and comforts so that you can spend more on missions. In my experience reading about missions and talking to foreign missionaries, one of the most draining aspects of their vocation is raising money. In truth, if we as individuals and congregations committed ourselves to sacrificing a few luxuries for the sake of missions we could alleviate much of the anxiety that goes with missions and send many more people into the field.

 

2) REGULARLY PRAY

Spiritual warfare is real. Some of our missionaries are going to places where witchcraft and other forms of paganism hold sway. Moreover, whatever the context, the Enemy does not want people to be saved. He will be especially active where Christ is being preached for the first time. Therefore, senders need to pray for missionaries. Seriously pray. Senders should ask their pastors and missions committees or organizations for names of missionaries to pray for on a regular basis. Small groups should frequently pray for their missionaries. And we should be bearing up the goers in our own private prayer lives.

 

3) OFFER RELIEF AT HOME

Leaving home to cross a culture, learn a language, face political and physical threats to make Jesus’ name known is an all-consuming work. And workers need relief. When missionaries come home on furlough senders should flood them with opportunities to rest and rejuvenate. Lend them your lake house for a week, if you have one. Cook them a meal. Let them borrow your car. Pay for their gas or airfare to and from missions conferences. The ways that senders can support missionaries at home are innumerable. And the best way to find out how you can help is to ask a missionary.

 

4) LEARN ABOUT FOREIGN MISSIONS

Don’t just wait until the next missions conference to learn about foreign missions. Commit to learning about the worldwide need for the gospel. Seeing the number of unreached people groups and the diverse places and cultures from which they come feeds a concern for missions and the Christians who go to them. You can go to websites like the Joshua Project or denominational sites like the Southern Baptist International Mission Board or the PCA’s Mission to the World.

http://www.radical.net/blog/2014/01/4-practical-tips-on-becoming-a-missions-sender/

Full article here

How To Be a Radical Sender

 

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