- Nov 16, 2012
Let me know your thoughts.
Actually it doesn't take much time or $$, my friend. Twenty dollars is worth a 100 in some countries. The main thing is to help a little, and those streams merge with others.I was never afraid of criticism, if the person critising me is right about whatever it is, then I learn from it. If they're just being jerks, then I ignore and go on. Criticism, has never really even so much as slowed me down, so im not afraid of it. I would, like to get more involved in overseas missions however, but whats stopping me isnt criticism, but lack of funds and time.
@ P13I was never afraid of criticism, if the person critising me is right about whatever it is, then I learn from it. If theyre just being jerks, then I ignore and go on. Criticism, has never really even so much as slowed me down, so im not afraid of it. I would, like to get more involved in overseas missions however, but whats stopping me isnt criticism, but lack of funds and time.
That's the usual method, yes.@ P13
Does your Church have a missions fund? We ask for statements of faith and annual updates from our missionaries. We have a separate fund that supports them. A $5 bill a month dedicated to missions goes a long way like Rusty said...
We are always inviting missionary candidates...not all get approved for doctrinal and funding reasons.
@Rusty,That's the usual method, yes.
However, we are more keen on the Lord's unction to each donor rather than a board's approval.
Some folks have odd ideas about missions: my brother in Spain faces acute harassment from the state religion, so yearly progress reports look puny to a Main St. USA church goer. Yet, the Lord has broken chains of a 500 years through him.
Some folks think missionaries today are like they were when they were children. Nope. It's a different world.
Some folks today think Western evangelical methods should be used in the Muslim world. Not unless you want to go to prison for a long time.
Therefore we see divine urgings much more important than church boards...though on very rare occasions, a board can get it right!
That sounds nice.@Rusty,
We don't base our support on their reports-that is just one way we try to keep in touch with some of our more isolated missionaries. We want to make sure they are ALIVE! Usually our support is centered on the foundations of their faith, We don't always have to have every peg aligned...but they need to be close. I am sure you understand. As a small Church, we also have a funding limit. I think we are supporting up to 12 missionary projects this year based on the budget. I am waiting on the list from my Pastor to update our site.
Oh....So where did you go and for how long?Im not talking about giving to overseas missions-I do do that, regularly. Im talking about actually going on them myself. I went once, and it was an experience of a lifetime, would love to be able to do it again. Until then, I guess my mission is my home town.