Provide People Support
The most prominent missionary in the Bible was the Apostle Paul. He took three major missionary journeys. We discover something interesting about him as a missionary in 2 Corinthians 7:5-7. He wrote, “For even when we came into Macedonia our flesh had no rest, but we were afflicted on every side: conflicts without, fears within. 6 But God, who comforts the depressed, comforted us by the coming of Titus; 7 and not only by his coming, but also by the comfort with which he was comforted in you, as he reported to us your longing, your mourning, your zeal for me; so that I rejoiced even more.”
Paul, as a missionary, became depressed (verse 6). He needed the support of the church (verse 7). Every missionary will need to be supported by his/her sending church. There needs to be a group within the church who is dedicated to the purpose of supporting their missionary.
At our church, we call this group the Missionary Support Group or MSG. Of course, every missionary should have a support group in the mission field itself, but a MSG can nevertheless be of incredible value to a missionary in the field and at home.
Here are some of the responsibilities of a MSG:
1. Pray for the missionary.
2. Send off and greet the missionary at the airport.
3. Communicate with the missionary regularly via social media (Google Hangout, etc.).
4. Send support packages to a long term missionary.
5. Supply the personal needs of the missionary.
6. Be a liaison between the missionary and the church family.
7. Serve as an advocate for the missionary.
8. Assist with missionary presentations to the church family.
9. Assist the missionary on furlough.
10. Love the missionary.
A MSG can be a huge blessing to a missionary. Their presence in the life of the missionary can only strengthen their ministry.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 teaches us that there is strength in properly aligned numbers. It says, “Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. 10 For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up. 11 Furthermore, if two lie down together they keep warm, but how can one be warm alone? 12 And if one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not quickly torn apart.”
We try to make sure that the missionary never feels totally alone in his/her mission field.
Something to think about…