For the past 2 Sundays we have been focusing on missions and the church’s number one priority to fulfill the Great Commission: “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Amen. Matthew 28:19-20 (NKJV)
On April 23rd, I preached the challenge from this text at Thomas Terrace Church (you can view this message on our Facebook page or listen to the podcast on our website). Jonathan Grooms, President of Global Partners in Peace and Development, challenged us to missions giving by sharing with us what God is doing through our missions outreach in India, Haiti, and the Middle East. God is doing some awesome things through our participation in missions giving.
I want you to prayerfully read the following article by a man who spent most of his life on the mission field. I pray this challenges you as it did me:
Missionaries encounter many interesting obstacles as they serve on the mission field. They face the largest task ever – to reach the world. They face the strongest enemy – Satan himself. However, they carry the most important message – the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As they go, we must do our best to send them. We should either go to the foreign field or help send others to the foreign field.
In the book of Philippians, followers of Christ are commanded to get involved in sending and supporting our missionaries. This means all members of ever church should be involved. You see, when church members personally get involved in missions, God uses them in ways they could never have imagined.
- Every church member should participate in world missions – Philippians 1:5
- We should demonstrate care for our missionaries – Philippians 1:7-9
- Praying on behalf of our missionaries is a necessity – Philippians 1:19
- We should communicate with our missionaries – Philippians 2:17-18
- We must support them financially to keep them on the field – Philippians 4:10, 14-16
In the late 1700’s, William Carey, considered to be the father of modern missions, was beginning a new mission movement. He spent 40 years in India proclaiming Christ to the Hindus and pioneering many of the methods missionaries use today.
None of Carey’s accomplishments would have been possible without the help of dedicated Christians back home. Andrew Fuller recalled Carey’s request for help when he volunteered for the mission to India:
“We saw there was a goldmine in India, but it was as deep as the center of the earth. I asked, ‘Who will venture to explore it?’ Carey replied, ‘I will venture to go down, but remember that you must hold the ropes.’”
Through the years, supporters firmly held the lifeline that sustained Carey and his family through difficult times of loneliness, defeat, and numerous attacks. The example of these faithful senders challenges us to consider how well we are holding the ropes for our missionaries.
We must all be willing to make sacrifices in reaching the lost. When our people are led to participate in missions, God moves upon their hearts to go, pray, and give.
BBFI Missions Director
Let’s join together and help “hold the ropes” for our brothers and sisters on the mission field!
Yours in Christ,