Ask him about his preparation or what makes him feel that he can do what God has called him to. Has he been prepared? Has he studied? Is he looking into language schools? What are his prerequisites for the language schools that he plans on going to? Why did he choose that one. Be sure that he is going to language school and if not do not support him.
Missionaries do not need to be taken on by pity or by need. Many time the pastor and people in the church feel pity for a person and when they do this, this causes the church to want to help. Help by giving a one time offering maybe, but a missionary should not be taken on by need they ought to be taken on by their fruit. Look for a man who will produce or has produced in what God has called him to do. Some pastors might say, I just know that no one else will support him so I just wanted to help him.
How much research have they done on their country. Before a missionary comes to the church check out the general statistics of the country and ask him about them while he is there. He ought not know everything but the general questions. If he hasn’t studied his country enough then he probably isn’t the kind of missionary that you want.
What is his work ethic? Missions is over spiritualized many times. Just because a person has been called by God to a place does not mean that he ought not be working. The answer I have not had to call any pastors and I think that is what God wants me to do is very spiritual but very rarely works. They will then proceed to tell you how it has been a long time and not much money coming in. If a man has a full schedule for a year or so then it might be alright but if not they need Continue reading “How to choose a missionary! – By Austin Gardner”