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.
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?