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There is a subtle mindset which can creep into our thinking as missionaries and social activists.

We can begin to think that there are those who are called to go, and those who are called to give.

Jesus himself said, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” Matthew 9:37-38

Historically this view has played out in multiple ways.

In his book, Futureville: Discover Your Purpose for Today by Reimagining Tomorrow, Skye Jethani recounts this path through history.

Eusebius taught a two class style. He said there is the perfect life (ministry) and the permitted life. All those not called to a “full-time” ministry emphasis could engage in vocations which were permitted.

The Protestant Reformation brought reform to this with the understanding that God is glorified in all areas of life – including work. This resulted in a dedication to work which was called the Protestant work ethic.

This post represents an open discussion between missionaries and the local church. This does not come form a place of anger or bitterness. My goal to bring awareness.

We have two incredibly supportive churches behind us. When we share the concern and care these churches show to our family, our peers are stunned.

I have posted on the danger missionaries face when we feel entitled to the support of a local body. Today I would like to turn my focus to the second half of this relationship.

As a veteran of missions for over 20 years, here is my encouragement for the body of christ about their care of missionaries.

5 Ways the Local Church can serve a Missionary:

1. Communicate
It’s often lonely on the mission field. I remember calling home collect in the middle of the night when I happened to find a phone. Now with technology, we literally are always available.

Boasting in Jesus

February 6, 2012

We are wrapping up our 7 Minutes a Day series in Galatians today. Paul finishes up the letter by challenging the believers to walk out grace in a few specific areas of their daily lives. 

Read Galatians 6

1. He starts by telling them to walk together in this life of grace, bearing one anthers burdens. Grace is a message that unifies, works compete and divide. 

When one’s life is focused on grace, not works, it affects how we deal with others who are struggling. A believer’s response to sin in another’s life is to be one of gentleness; helping them walk through the struggle and eventually change.

2. Grace is generous. Paul encourages the believers to share resources with each other, even with your teacher. In doing so, Paul gives place for those who work as pastors, teachers, or missionaries to earn support through the work of the ministry.