We are continuing on in our blog series, “Questions I Am Asked.” From time to time I am asked by good folks who believe God wants them serving in their local church, “I don’t think God is leading me to the mission field, but how can I get more involved in missions while serving God here in the States?” That is a great question! That is the focus of today’s post.
A common misconception in churches across America is that the task of world evangelism belongs on the missionaries. You will not find any such teaching in the New Testament! The task of world evangelism does not lay on the missionary, but on churches, and when you boil it down, churches are made up of believers. The task of world evangelism belongs on believers. Not everyone will be missionaries, taking the Gospel to another part of the world, but every believer ought to be involved in world evangelism. The question is, “How?” Here are a few ideas…
- Go on mission trips. Your church supports missionaries, make plans to go spend a week with one of them. There are missionaries that are planting churches and training men in almost every part of the world, Asia, Africa, Europe, Australia, North America, and South America. Getting a glimpse of what God is doing around the world will kindle a fire in you that very few other things will.
- Correspond with your missionaries. Know them, know their names, their countries, their families. Email with them or use a type of social media to stay in contact with them. Ask them how you can pray for them. Send their families cards/letters, or even a small box of gifts (if possible).
- Learn more about the countries around the world. There are all kinds of ways to do this. Operation World is a great option. You can learn about the need of every country around the world.
- Pray with other members of the church for your missionaries. Get others involved by praying with them for your missionaries before or after a church service. Knowing your missionaries and praying for them together will knit your hearts together for the cause of world evangelism!
There are many more things that you can do to get more involved in world evangelism. These are just good examples. God is working around the world, get involved in world evangelism!