What Missionaries Really Want From You

It seems missionaries have gotten a bad rap for being takers. In fact, yesterday, my daughter was demanding money to feed a bouncy ball machine while we were out to eat with a pastor. I counted to three while I waited for a comment such as, “Oh, you can tell she’s a missionary kid!” And it came right on cue.

OK, maybe this little missionary is a bit of a taker!


I’ll be honest; it’s not fun being a beggar, but there are a couple of things we missionaries just can’t do without. The most notable, of course, is financial support. No money=no ministry. But what kind of missionary would I be if I didn’t report that even above financial support, we NEED prayer support (but who doesn’t?). I feel a little funny sometimes about handing out cards with our smiling faces on them in order to warrant support in the way of prayer partners. However, I then remember the Roaring Lion and how he wants to destroy our family and our ministry, and all I can do is be thankful for those who spend time going to the Lord on behalf of our family. Finally, as if I don’t already feel like a “mooch-in-ary” enough, I feel as though I would be remiss if I didn’t add that missionaries also LOVE to receive correspondence of any sort while on deputation or on the field. Sometimes, it is just what is needed to lift our spirits and keep us moving forward.

Now that you are aware of what missionaries want from you, I would like to share with you what we want for you. Philippians 4:17 states clearly the right heart attitude Paul modeled that a  modern missionary should also have about being on the receiving end of financial support, prayer support, and correspondence.

Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account.

God has called my family to GO, but He has called others to SEND. We want to be able to write back to our supporting churches and praying friends and report of the wonderful things God is doing through our laboring together. We want you to experience the joy we have of seeing people who otherwise may have not heard the Good News go from dark to light, from death to life! We want to reap the wonderful rewards of being involved in the Great Commission. We want to help you win crowns to cast at the feet of Jesus.

We want to co-labor with you to reach the world with the gospel of Jesus Christ (including your neighborhood!). We want to be able to say we have done all we can do. We want you to be a part of the wonderful things He is doing around the globe. Don’t you want that, too?

For Him,
Amber Taube

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  • 5 thoughts on “What Missionaries Really Want From You

    1. Those are great insights! I do feel like a “mooch-n-ary” sometimes, even though we are careful not to ask for money or things. But I like your perspective on it. Thanks for the helpful wisdom.

    2. What a shame! All of us have thoughts that get roared in our ears constantly by that ole lion. “If you were like those missionaries your life would bring God so much more glory,” he lies to someone whose job is to be an encouraging sender. Pls forgive us for paying more attention to the lies than to the promptings to love and send our prayers to you who have been called to those who have never heard! Thank you for this. Missionaries must know about this “moochinary” mentality, but trust me, most people I know (and I go to a large church that sees a lot of missionaries come through), have never even thought it. If that makes you feel better. But mostly knowing that Jesus is going to provide financially and relationally when we trust Him. Colossians 1:17
      And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

    3. Thanks for this post! We have missionaries that my church supports financially, but I have often wondered if there is anything else we could do for them. For instance, one time we had thought about sending birthday cards, but it’s just one of those things where you don’t know where to start. I know that a lot of missionaries love it when you can go on mission trips and visit, but I have a chronic illness that makes that not possible. I would love to know of some things that churches can do from right where they are.

    4. You have a gift for presenting great truths Amber! I agree with Pastor Gardner’s comment. 🙂 I am amazed at how you handled this subject openly, gracefully and truthfully. Well done!

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