Encourage M's

  1. Pray specific Scripture for them and their ministry, and then email/mail the prayer to them.
  2. Donate frequent flier miles to them or sponsor a family vacation for the whole family.
  3. Purchase an iTunes gift card for them.
  4. Keep track of the family’s birthdays and send cards to each family member.
  5. Provide books, DVD series, bible studies, Christian music, etc. to the family.
  6. Send them a care package once a quarter with goodies, gifts, snacks, and a note of encouragement/prayer.
  7. Find out if their kids have any particular needs – clothing, shoes, games, books, etc.
  8. Send them a gift card for a Bible Study platform like OliveTree or Logos.
  9. Make a monthly commitment to support them financially.  This can be on an individual basis, as a Sunday school/small group, or as an entire church family.
  10. Lead your church in officially adopting the missionary family in prayer.  Get on the missionary’s newsletter list and lead regular prayer times for the family and the ongoing ministry.

If you would like to adopt one of our North American Mission Board  or International Mission Board missionaries in Prayer, just let me know & I will put you in contact with the right people! (tsmith@namb.net)  We can connect you with one of our missionary families in one of our Send Cities or other areas of interest.

Encouraging the saints should be on the “To-Do List” of us all.  What a joy it is to hear what God is doing in their lives and ministry!  It emboldens my faith and expands my view of what God is doing around the world!

Download this list as a PDF to use in your church or ministry.

5 Questions M Teams Need to AskThere are some significant questions to ask when you are leading or participating with a missions team – either here… or there….  Take time to be in sync with your mission partner on the ground and explore these 5 questions:

  1. Does my team have its own agenda?  Or are we following the lead and the strategy of the church planter, pastor, or missionary?  If we go into a location wanting to accomplish x,y, and z…. it may not actually be the best and most productive ministry for that time and context.  Rely on the church planter/missionary to drive the agenda and strategy.
  2. Am I focused on the project or the people??  There are times when the “assignment” does not seem “productive” if it is not building something or doing a particular event/activity.  Remember that building relationships is more important than projects.  It is all about the people.  The projects and events are the platforms we use to begin deeper relationships with people.  This is especially true when dealing in cross cultural ministry.  Americans are more time/event oriented while other cultures or more relationally oriented.  Make sure to be extra sensitive to building relationships and invest deeply.

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Roaring LionHave you ever watched a roaring lion?  …the immense thunder of the roar… the reverberation of sound that seeps to marrow of your bones… the flash of teeth made for tearing flesh…  The Bible warns us in 1 Peter 5:7-9:  Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.  Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.

When we talk about spiritual warfare, sometimes I do not think we envision the roaring lion.  Some of us have stereotypical images of the devil and others never give the enemy any thought at all.  We know that ultimately God is victorious over Satan.  But, God warns us very clearly about our enemy.  Our enemy is looking for someone to devour.  It makes sense for him to focus in on leaders of the Christian faith.  Take down the leaders and cause doubt in the hearts and minds of others. Read the rest of this entry »

First AidA church cannot logistically partner with every missionary or mission opportunity that is placed before them.  It is so difficult to say “No” to a potential ministry partner.  When making a decision about whether or not to partner with this ministry, that planter, or those missionaries, there are some key questions to consider.  But, of course, the Lord will often lead us in ways beyond our feeble understanding or logic.  So, prayer, seeking the Lord’s leadership, and unity in the church are the primary ways to begin evaluating a potential ministry partner.

In addition, it is also good to add some foundational research and groundwork so that we are good stewards of money, time, talents, and gifts of God’s church.  Unfortunately, we are living in a time where it is common for charlatans to pose as legitimate missionaries and to take advantage of our assistance.  We need to be diligent and do our basic research before leading our church down a path that wastes valuable resources. Read the rest of this entry »