We are thrilled to begin a new year with your advocacy teams – and hope you’re refreshed and thinking up new ways to support your missionaries in 2017 too! Looking ahead to a whole year can often seem overwhelming, especially if you’ve had a hard time connecting in the past. As we begin the new year, we wanted to share three thoughts to remind you why you’re doing this great work of advocacy.
PRAYER IS VITAL AS YOU CONNECT, ENCOURAGE AND ADVOCATE FOR YOUR MISSIONARY FAMILY. DON’T TRY AND DO THIS WITHOUT PRAYER!
“The greatest work is not the missionary on the field, it’s the prayers in the pews!”
“The missionary task is a heavenly one. All that missionaries do is gather up the fruit of prayer.” Veteran Missionary
“Prayer does not fit us for the greater work; prayer is the greater work.” – Oswald Chambers
“Of all the duties enjoined by Christianity none is more essential and yet more neglected than prayer.” – Francois Fenelon
WE ALL HAVE A VITAL ROLE TO PLAY IN GOD’S KINGDOM. YOU ARE TAKING AN ACTIVE, PERSONAL ROLE IN HOLDING A LIFELINE OUT TO YOUR MISSIONARY FAMILY.
At a recent Christmas concert that we attended, the lead singers took an extra amount of time to introduce all their backup singers, musicians, and even mentioned support staff and explained how the whole musical production depended not on just a few key singers, but everyone joining together to produce a musical experience that was incredibly beautiful. It reminded me of how we strive to encourage each other in supporting the missionaries in the field. Each person involved plays an important part in bringing glory to God through the outreach to other nations. While the missionary family is our “lead player, ” each of us can be part of a inspirational “production” that works to bring the Good News of the Gospel to the unreached.
For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body; so also is Christ. I Corinthians 12:12
YOUR PERSONAL TOUCHES MATTER.
No matter how much you feel in the dark about how to connect with your missionary family, know that your efforts are making a difference. Each time you share an update with people in church, remember to send a What’sApp or quick message to your family or take time to visit them, you are showing that you are invested in God’s bigger ministry. It may not seem like much, but your efforts are incredibly important. And we believe that even if your best efforts seem to fall flat here, God is pleased with the intentions of your heart.
Thanks for sticking it out. We are so thankful for each of you. If you have questions or want practical tools for ways to can support your missionary family further in 2017, please shoot us an email or comment below.
The Core Team
Bob & Mary Honegger, Nick & Amber Steffen, Klint & Sarah Fiechter and Joel & Erin Drayer