It is about foreign missionaries, and I stand confident that my title is correct. Yes, yes, I know! Someone’s already shouting the obvious argument against my title. ‘God calls and sends His missionaries, not people.’
Well, I feel better now… how about you? It’s not our fault that a massive number of missionaries can’t acquire funding and get into lands filled with people who have never heard the gospel of Jesus Christ. It’s God’s fault, right? If He called them… why hasn’t He sent them?
Have we misunderstood their call? Or, maybe when God calls an individual out of His Church to enter the foreign mission field, He is calling the Church as well. If the Church is the body of Christ, and every member plays a role in ensuring the body is healthy (Romans 12:4-5), then maybe Jesus is calling His body to stretch, rather than perform an amputation. Maybe God has already provided the resources for every one of these missionaries to be where they have been called to go, but it’s unavailable to them because it’s sitting in our wallets and bank accounts.
I know; this really sounds out of character for me. I truly don’t like sounding mean-spirited, but I fear we are one day going to get a rude awakening when we stand before our Lord and give an account of how urgent the furthering of the gospel was to us. I have no doubt that our God is sovereign, and men do not thwart His plans, but I also have no doubt that God wants to reach these people with His glorious gospel. His Great Commission is still in the Bible, and He has given the responsibility of its commands to His Church.
So what do we do? Some say, “The problem is too big! We can’t possibly support these thousands of missionaries on top of what we’re already doing… can we?” Now who is it that doubts God’s ability to call and send?
Maybe they’re right though. Maybe we can’t do everything. But we can do something. We can all pray. We can pray for these families and we can pray for wisdom. We can pray for the wisdom that comes only from God; a wisdom that shows areas of our lives that might allow for the opportunity to support these families. Maybe we can eat soup one night a week. Maybe our entertainment spending can be adjusted. Maybe we can just be creative; we find ways to make things happen when we want them to.
Hopefully, I haven’t lost all of my readers at this point. But even if I have, I know these were words that needed to be heard. I needed to hear them. And I think others do too.
As believers in America, we seem to have forgotten this world is not our home. We are sojourners looking for a city not made with men’s hands. We are called to spend and be spent for the Kingdom of God. We are called to reach every corner of the world with the life-giving message of Jesus Christ.
I’m very aware that through our churches, each of us supports the mission field. We give to special offerings and even have funds for specific missionaries. But I think believers can do more. Here’s a great thought! How about adopting a missionary? Why not find one of these under-funded missionaries and commit to helping them with twenty or fifty or one hundred dollars a month so that they can get into these lands where God has called them?
My pastor has touched my heart with his outlook on the people of God. He makes clear his goal is never to cause guilt. Guilt is gone as fast as it comes. His desire is for the people of God to once again fall in love with Jesus. If that happens, he says, everything else will take care of itself. If we’ll just fall in love with Jesus, I have a feeling missionaries will be boarding airplanes really soon, and God will be glorified in places we’ve never even heard of, places where they’ve never heard of Him.
Spend some time researching this great need. I believe you’ll come to the same conclusion I have; we need to get involved… soon. Here’s a couple of options to prayerfully look over: