“And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” -Matthew 28:18-20
About a week ago we had a chance to spend some time with Michael and Pam Williams, a couple our church sent out to start a new church and ministry in Albuquerque, New Mexico. They were in town visiting for just a short time. The unique thing Pam and I have in common is that we are both active bloggers and our blogs are a part of our online ministry. It was nice to to have someone like-minded to chat with! Find Michael online here and their Selah Mountain Ministry and Pam’s blog Christianity Every Day.
Do you know your church’s missionaries?
Be pro-active and get to know them, otherwise, unless you play a central role in your church you may find the opportunity to get to know them doesn’t cross your path.
Your missionaries need you!
Right now our church has a team in Ireland who are about to provide a Holiday Club (VBS to us) for the children. They need our prayers as they are up against some obstacles to reaching this area. You can follow their updates here if you’re interested.
The most important thing to do for your missionaries is to pray for them!
But there are other things we need to do for them too! So- how can you help your own missionaries?
1. Get to know them. Find them online, email them. Go out of your way, be proactive.
2. Remember their (parents and children) birthdays and anniversaries by sending them a card or gift in the mail.
3. Get your children involved in ministering to your missionaries too by writing to or drawing pictures for them.
4. Send them money or contribute extra through your church to help meet their needs. The mission is their job!
5. Put together a care package of items they can use for their ministries or their own personal lives. I’ve been involved in this on a personal level and a church-wide effort and we’ve provided school supplies, office supplies, and gifts to be used in a women’s ministry.
The weeks leading up to the “back-to-school” season is a great time to buy and stock up on glue, glue sticks, crayons, markers, colored pencils, paper, notebooks, etc and send them off to your missionaries. Even those of us on a limited budget can afford to buy these items for pennies a piece!