For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
Hello! My name is Lynne. I am a Christian, a pastor’s wife, a mother of 3 precious children, and a lover of missions. My husband, Steven, and I have been involved in missions ever since we were married (19 years this December). Giving to missions has always been a part of our lives. I can remember as a little girl the excitement I felt when a missionary would come to our church. Memories include making sure I had a good seat to see the slideshows, getting to see all the neat things on the missionaries’ tables and the coolest thing—getting to play with the missionaries’ children!! This is where my love for missions began—in my little heart as a child. As parents now, this is such an important time in our children’s lives; we have the opportunity to make a huge impact on eternity, and it is so important to cultivate a love for missions early in their lives. I see that same excitement in our little girl, Hannah. She has a love for Jesus and for missionaries; and I pray that her love continues for grow. She has said she wants to be a missionary to Madagascar when she grows up. She even has started saving her money to go there. Only God knows what His plans are for her precious life. I realize that she is only 6 years old, but my prayer for her life is that God will be honored and glorified in whatever He has planned for her. This reminds me of our family verse:
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.
A few years ago, our involvement with missions began to transform into something more. A sincere love and passion took hold of our lives and out of that grew a heart for missions. It has been a slow, natural progression—one that you don’t realize is happening until you look back and you can definitely see evidence of the change in your life. This love for missions has spilled out and affected our church family as well. I have heard it said that a pastor’s passion will translate to his people, and this is definitely true of our church.
I love to make lists…grocery lists, to-do lists, cleaning lists… and this list could go on and on!! So I thought I would share some things that have helped us on this mission-minded path, I pray that you may find something that will help you on your journey as well.
1. Get to know your missionaries.
-When the missionaries come to your church ask questions! (Where are you going next? What level of support are you at? What are your needs? How can we be a help to you?)
-Keep up with your missionaries. A lot of missionaries are on Facebook, have a website, or a write on a blog. Also many have a newsletter sign-up list that you can put your family on so that you can keep up with what is going on in their lives.
-Befriend your missionaries! They are people just like us and need a friendly face and someone to help them as they come into a new church with new people. Take the time to show them around; explain about the different ministries of the church. For example, do you have a nursery for their baby? Is there a class for the children that they would enjoy visiting? Be sure they feel like they are at home when they visit your church.
2. Pray for your missionaries.
-As you begin to daily call their names out to the Lord they will become a part of your life. Praying for them will change you as you lift them up to the Lord and become burdened over their needs, heartaches, and desires.
-Our family has a “prayer ring” that we use to pray for each missionary family that we have met. We have taken all the missionary prayer cards, hole-punched them and put them onto a book ring. Each week we flip to a new card and pray specifically for that family during that week.
3. Love your missionaries.
-As they head out to the field that the Lord has called them to it seems that far too many feel very alone and many just need a reminder that they are loved and cared for. Let them know that you love them.
– A simple email, text or phone call is often all that is needed to brighten their day and to let them know that they are not alone.
Our family has been more than blessed as the Lord has allowed us to move beyond just dropping the faith promise in the plate every month to the place that our missionaries are a part of our lives every day that we live. Choose to step out and get to know your missionaries, pray for them daily, and just simply love them. Choose to be more than just a supporter and ask the Lord to help you to become a sender.
Lynne serves as Pastor’s wife at Way of the Cross Baptist Church in McDonough, GA. We at Women Behind the Scenes are excited to share her story of how God has moved her husband, her family and her church to become more involved in missions by becoming senders over the past few years. I personally am thrilled to have her share their story. I grew up under this family’s leadership and much of who I am today is because of their influence. Lynne, we at Women Behind the Scenes are grateful for your ministry to us!!