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Interview a Missionary

Although it is a delight for a church to hear a missionary presentation, sometimes the pastor may want to interview the missionary in front of the church. Interviewing a missionary will allow the church to hear the specific questions that can most benefit them. This list is in no way perfect, just a few that will spark other ideas.

Tell us how you got saved.

Tell us why you believe God wanted you to be a missionary.

Why did you choose that specific country?

How could we as a church have a part in your ministry?

What was the strangest experience you have had so far?

What was the hardest challenge you have faced?

What is the funniest thing that has happened?

What is your favorite memory from your time in the country so far?

How can we be praying for you?

How to Pray for Missionaries, Pastor Austin Gardner

I Thessalonians 5:25 — Brethren, pray for us. 
II Corinthians 1:11 — Ye also helping together by prayer for us, that for the gift bestowed upon us by the means of many persons thanks may be given by many on our behalf.

Get in the battle through prayer Romans 15:30 Now I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Jesus Christ’s sake, and for the love of the Spirit, that ye strive together with me in your prayers to God for me;

Pray for Protection

Romans 15:31 That I may be delivered from them that do not believe in Judaea; and that my service which I have for Jerusalem may be accepted of the saints; II Thessalonians 3:1-2

Pray for an Acceptable Ministry

Romans 15:31 That I may be delivered from them that do not believe in Judaea; and that my service which I have for Jerusalem may be accepted of the saints;

Pray for Success

Romans 15:32 That I may come unto you with joy by the will of God, and may with you be refreshed.

Pray that God will Open Doors for the Gospel

Colossians 4:3-4 Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds; That I May make it manifest, as I ought to speak.

Pray that the Word of God might have Free Course and be Glorified

II Thessalonians 3:1-2 Finally brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you: And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith.

Missions Definition by Pastor Jeremy Collins

Missions is the extension of the ministry of the Local Church outside of its walls and sphere of direct influence to places and to people it cannot reach itself by sending and partnering with others who are like-minded and who can and will go on their behalf.

M — Mandate (to) — Preach, Baptize, Train
Matthew 28:18, 19; Acts 1:8

I — Intercession (for) — The Lost, The Givers, The Goers
Matthew 9:37–38; 2 Thessalonians 3:1,2

S — Suffering — Persecution from without and within
2 Timothy 4:5; 2 Timothy 3:10–12; 1 Peter 4:12–13

S — Sacrifice — Financial, Physical, Emotional
2 Timothy 2:4; Romans 12:1,2

I — Involvement — “All in”, “You”
1 Corinthians 16:1,2; 1 Corinthians 12:12-20

O — Obedience (to) — The Will and Word of God
John 2:5; 1 Samuel 15:22

N — Nearness (to) — God: His Presence and His Power
James 4:8; Philippians 2:1–16

S — Standing Power — No Quitting – Pressing On
Ephesians 6:12-18; 1 Corinthians 16:13; Philippians 3:14

What will Faith Promise Missions Conference do for your church?

It will build the FAITH of your church, through the expounding of the Scriptures, the experiences that are shared, nad the expressions of satisfaction by the missionaries and by others who are involved in faith promis; the faith of your church will be increased.

It will build a FIRE in your church. In a mission’s conference, perhaps as in no other meeting, your people will become conscious of the souls that are lost, the Savior that loves them, and the Spirit that leads us in winning them.  This then will translate into action in your own church that will bring people to God.

It will build the FELLOWSHIP in your church. A burden for a world that is going to hell without the Gospel will change the whole attitude of your church.  It will destroy a selfish spirity, develop a sharing spirit, and also develop a steadfast spirit among your people.

It will build the FINANCES of your church. As you move to give by faith to missions, you will discover two thing happen.  You free up the tithes and offerings given to the church to be used for local church expenses, but above that, you will discover that God’s shovel is bigger than your spoon, and He will shovel in more than you spoon out.  God will honor the faith, freeness, and feelings of the church as they give by faith to missions.  Space will not permit me to tell about many churches that experienced increases in tithes and offerings to the church as the church moved to give to missions by faith.

It will build the FIELD of your church. Humanly spaking, the outreach of your church is very limited.  But as you get involved in faith promise giving and taking on the missionaries, you move from street to street, from state to state, and from shore to shore through your missions program.  Everywhere you support a missionary becomes a part of your church field, until one day you realize God’s field is the world (Mt. 13:38).

It will build the FUTURE of your church. I would not attempt to make you believe that the churches with faith promise mission programs do not have any problems, but since missions is the very heartbeat of God, as you move to give by faith, you can be assured of God’s presence, peace, and protection on your church.

It will be the FINAL reward for your church. Many churches major on super structures or comfortable conveniences for their people.  These will not gain much attention at the judgment seat of Christ, but faith promise missions will bring much fruit that will be accredited to the church’s account (Phil 4:17).  I believe the Lord will bring together each church, their missionaries, and the fruit of the missionaries’ labors at the judgment seat of Christ, and the church members will get to see the fruit of their mission giving.  You talk about a shouting time, we’ll have one!

By Dr. Roger Baker

Missions

A famous artist was once asked to paint a picture of a dying church. It was expected that he would paint a small and humble congregation in an old, rundown, dilapidated building. Instead, he painted a stately edifice with a rich pulpit and magnificent windows — and near the door, an offering box, marked “Missions” with the contribution slot blocked by cobwebs.

When a church loses its burden for missions, it can pretend to be alive, but it’s really dead! It has ceased to be a New Testament church. Remember, the mission of the church is missions!

Interview a Missionary

Although it is a delight for a church to hear a missionary presentation, sometimes the pastor may want to interview the missionary in front of the church. Interviewing a missionary will allow the church to hear the specific questions that can most benefit them. This list is in no way perfect, just a few that will spark other ideas.

  • Tell us how you got saved.
  • Tell us why you believe God wanted you to be a missionary.
  • Why did you choose that specific country?
  • How could we as a church have a part in your ministry?
  • What was the strangest experience you have had so far?
  • What was the hardest challenge you have faced?
  • What is the funniest thing that has happened?
  • What is your favorite memory from your time in the country so far?
  • How can we be praying for you?

The House of Onesiphorus

We find in II Timothy 1:16-18 that Paul talks about the house of Onesiphorus and says of him that, “he oft refreshed me” and “he ministered unto me.” What a testimony this man had towards the servant of God. Paul was thankful to this man who had helped him along the way, more than once. This household both refreshed Paul and ministered to him. I’m not sure if they provided Paul with a place to stay, food to eat, clothes, supplies for the journey, special prayer or just a place to relax, but Paul was thankful to these people. May all of us Christians learn to minister to others and refresh others!

Here are a few ways you can refresh and minister to your missionaries:

  1. With your Mouth — Give them a call and let them know. Speak to them when they visit your church. Find out something about them, their interests, birthdays, names and prayer requests. Use your mouth to encourage them along the way. Proverbs 16:24 says that pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones. Use your mouth to refresh the servants of God on the front lines.
  2. With your Hands — send them an email of encouragement. Correspond with them, letting them know that they are not forgotten. Let them know you are praying for them and your church wants to send more laborers to help them. III John says we do well when we help along the journey those that have went forth for the Name’s sake (vs.6-7). When a missionary comes by the church on deputation, receive them, help them out, give them a handshake with a bill in the palm of your hand. We do well when we use our hands to help these godly soldiers on their journey for Gospel’s sake.
  3. With your Feet — take a trip and visit them. Send your pastor or youth group to go visit the missionaries. Luke ministered to Paul with medical attention, the Shunammite woman and her husband ministered to Elisha by giving him a place to stay (II Kings 4:8-10) and Phoebe was a helper in many general ways (probably housing, food, finances and encouragement — Romans 16:1-2). Don’t wait for the missionaries to go to you, use your feet and go to them.
  4. With your Heart — Be willing to send your kids on a mission’s trip. How come is it that we are often willing to let others go but try to guard our own children from visiting? Would we as parents be willing to allow our children to pray about being missionaries? Our heart follows our money (Mt. 6:21), so support missionaries financially and even consider giving a special gift towards a project they have or just a “non-expected” offering.

We should strive to be like the house of Onesiphorus, both ministering and refreshing the servants of the Lord. It doesn’t matter about our talents or abilities, all of us can use our mouths, feet, hands and hearts to refresh those carrying the Gospel.