Joining a mission agency is like joining a family.
There are many good reasons to join an agency, but not all of them apply to everyone. There are also some negatives involved in partnering with an agency, and I will close the article with those thoughts. Most of what an agency offers the missionary revolves around the area of support, in one way or another. I think you will see what I mean as we proceed.
Just living in another culture can be one of the hardest things someone can do, not to mention trying to minister there. Continue reading Should I Join a Mission Agency?
At some time in their first year or two of service, nearly every missionary comes to the bottom of themselves, and it’s usually not a pretty place. They feel alone, or even abandoned. Things that have never bothered them before are now driving them to irrational expressions of emotion. God, who led them into all this, seems absent, or at least deaf… or worse, uncaring.
Welcome to the experience that is culture shock. Continue reading What is Culture Shock?
What does it take to be a missionary?
Before we look at what it takes to be a missionary, maybe we should define that person. With the increase around the world in bi-vocational missions and business for transformation (B4T), along with other expressions of kingdom work, the lines are sometimes blurred as to just who are cross-cultural kingdom workers (CCKWs).
Here is a working definition for this post:
A “missionary” is a person who leaves their home culture to live in a different culture and focus on kingdom growth as a product, or byproduct, of their ministry, work, and/or life.
Looking at it another way, it’s doing in another culture what you are now doing for the kingdom in your home culture. Now, that doesn’t sound too hard, but in reality, it is! Are you cut out for it?? Continue reading 8 Qualities of a Missionary
You may have noticed that we blog and tweet A LOT about obedience. Why is that? We are so caught up on the obedience thing because of what Jesus said to his followers during his last meal with them. “If you love me, obey me.” That seems pretty straight forward and we want to be people who are marked by loving Jesus! That is why it is such a big deal to us.
Before we go on to what this obedience will cost us, what is it that Jesus asks us to do? 1. Love each other as Jesus loves us (Jn 13:34) and 2. Go everywhere and encourage others to follow me like you do (Mt 28:19).
These are the last two things Jesus told his followers to do. There may be other things he asks of you, but let’s just try to get our minds around these two. As we do you will see, pretty clearly, the cost of obedience.
“Love each other as I have loved you.”
Well, how did Jesus love us? Paul described it this way in Romans 5:8, “God acted out his love for us by sacrificing Jesus, his only son, on the cross to redeem us back from the enemy’s control.” TIME OUT! That would mean that we need to be willing to give up the thing most dear to us to repair a relationship with someone who consistently spits in our face. Too hard? Most of us struggle with sacrificing something for our friends, much less our enemies! Continue reading What Will Obedience Cost Me?
This is a good question, but it’s the wrong question. You should be asking, “How does God want me to carry out the Great Commission?” Most believers would agree that Christ’s command to go into all the world and make disciples – beginning with our “Jerusalem and Judea” and continuing with our “Samaria” and the uttermost parts of the earth – is for every Christ follower.
So we are all “missionaries…” sent ones, with the good news, the gospel.
Most of us hope to carry out the Great Commission through our daily lives, in our areas of influence. It takes obedience to be missional, or incarnational, about the way we live. If God also has a change of location in mind, to a different culture or a different country, that same obedience applies. Whether we are here or there, with a fox or in a box (sorry Dr. Seuss) we need to be about what God is leading us to do. We are witnesses wherever we are. Christ said in Acts, “And you WILL be my witnesses…” not, “if I lead you or call you, you should obey and be witnesses.”
The command was given 2000 years ago. The calling is sure. The question is where. Continue reading Does God Want Me to be a Cross-Cultural Worker?