5 Ways to Practically Support Missions
… I hope to see you in passing as I go to Spain, and to be helped on my journey there by you. Romans 15:24
We tend to assume missionaries live their lives the same way we do, but in reality that is not the case. Missionaries have many practical and logistical challenges that we do not have to worry about.
A few examples being managing their finances, seeing a doctor, obtaining personal care products, and many others. There are a veritable plethora of things that we take for granted that missionaries have to go out of their way for.
So one way we can assist our missionaries is by providing practical support.
5 Ways To Practically Support A Missionary
#1 Be a Friend.
In other words, adopt a missionary as your friend. There are cultural and language barriers that make it hard for missionaries to develop friend relationships in other countries. Having a friend back home that they can correspond with can make a huge impact. And with today’s technology such as email, free text, Skype, and social media, long distance relationships are easier than ever.
#2 Send a Care Package
For missionaries, receiving little things from home that they cannot get in foreign country is a small but huge blessing! Ask them what things they need, and coordinate getting them to the missionary. If you can’t afford the items or the postage, ask your churches missions team for help. I guarantee they’ll help!
#3 Help Share Their Mission
You can help the missionary expand their prayer and support base by forwarding and posting they updates in your network. Tell your friends about their work. Help spread the word about their mission!
#4 Provide Technical or Administrative Support
If you have technical or administrative skills, offer to help them with in the areas that you can. Whether it’s keeping their web site up to date, formatting and sending out their email updates, or posting on their social media, it can allow the missionary to spend more time sharing the gospel, and less time doing the admin work.
#5 Consider a Medium-term Assignment.
Often churches will send teams for a week to “help” a missionary, but in reality a short trip can create more work for a missionary. Having to arrange accommodations and meals is a big job. And it’s not always efficient to scrunch a project into a one week period, using people that only have a few days to figure out what’s going on! But if a person or couple can stay for one to three months can make a huge difference to a missionaries work.
Bottom line: You may not know exactly how to help practically at first, but if you develop a relationship then it will come naturally
Our heart as a church is to not only support missions financially, but also to support them through prayer and relationships.
Our missions team meets on the first Monday of the month to not only pray for our missions partners, but to explore ways that we can bless and support them practically.
“The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” – Luke 10:2
For more information, visit one of our missions team meetings:
John & Penny Schardt’s Home
6600 Pleasant Pine Court
Wilmington NC 28403
Or contact John and Penny at : firstname.lastname@example.org
Arianna Swift / CRU UNCW
(Apologies! I left our Arianna in my previous list! Arianna is on staff at CRU [Campus Crusade for Christ] at UNCW)
Dennis and Korinne Holt / The Republic of Georgia
Chris and Faith Anderson / Romania
Sara Smith / Romania
Chelsea Ritter / YWAM North Africa
Mahendra Bagh / India
Yahweh Center / Wilmington
We can change the world, one life at a time…