Pressuring Missionaries

21 Dec

Almost every week at my church we have what we call a Ministry Minute. They can be about all sorts of things like missionary updates, outreach opportunities, community events we are helping with, etc. It’s to make sure everyone is aware of what is going on and how they can be involved. But recently we’ve started doing something really cool: we’ve been able to Skype our overseas missionaries during that time and get their updates directly from them. It’s super neat. Way to go, Tech Team!

A couple of Sundays ago, we were Skyping a couple in Spain (ok, just how awesome is that?) and a thought occurred to me as they were telling us ways that God was working through them.

We expect a lot from our missionaries. I was sitting listening with this huge smile on my face and suddenly I felt how much pressure these people must feel from us. (My smile probably whipped right off as I worked this out in my head.)

But think about it. Missionaries come back to the States to either raise support or they may be on a break but everyone everywhere wants to know what God is doing and how he’s working. You know what? What if they are in a spiritual desert?? What if they feel like they are preaching to stones and NO ONE is responding? Would they feel like they could be honest with us?

Also, do we ask people in our own church those questions with the same earnestness? Do you want to know what the Lord is doing in your friends’ lives just as much or are you only interested in the far away?

I’ve been thinking this over and been feeling a little bit more compassionate towards the missionaries I know this week. The more I thought about it, I realized it really applies to anyone working in ministry! They aren’t Jesus. They are people who need to be loved and encouraged just as much as you and I and are often far away from everyone they know. Maybe pray a little more for them as Christmas comes next week.


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10 responses to “Pressuring Missionaries

  1. Lauren Denner

    January 31, 2019 at 11:54 AM

    Our church does ministry minutes as well and I am a part of the missions board and we are always working on how we can get the congregation more involved. Yes, it is true I do believe missionaries feel a bit of pressure…especially from a monetary and spiritual standpoint. They are relying on people to continue to support them and for some supporters that means always needing to have results. Praying for the Christian community that they would know how to support and encourage missionaries!

    • Kimmy

      January 31, 2019 at 6:37 PM

      Hi Lauren! Thanks for reading! I agree. I was so encouraged this last week to have one of our missionaries come home and just hear how honest she was with us. It was wonderful. I would never want a missionary (or anyone!) to feel like they have to make up results so that their support isn’t taken away.

  2. Johannes Swart

    December 24, 2018 at 11:38 PM

    I am sue your churches missionaries are loving it.

    • Kimmy

      December 25, 2018 at 6:18 AM

      I think it’s a blessing all around!

      • Johannes Swart

        December 25, 2018 at 7:22 AM

        Yes it is, I think it gives the Missionaries a chance to give their side of things that is happening and gives the congregation a chance to see what the results of their giving does and they feel more part of the work.

      • Kimmy

        December 25, 2018 at 7:40 AM

        Yes! And I also think it helps the missionaries feel more connected and lets them know we are thinking about them and praying for them. We are in this together for the gospel!

  3. Becca

    December 22, 2018 at 1:24 PM

    I wonder if our tech team could possibly set something like that up. 🤔

    • Kimmy

      December 22, 2018 at 1:47 PM

      Yeah! You really should ask Jake and see. It’s super neat!

  4. Matthew Winters (Honest Thoughts from a Pastor)

    December 21, 2018 at 1:05 PM

    I think more churches need to be doing this. I believe I saw David Jeremiah’s church do that when I used to watch his services online. A healthy church is an outreach-minded, missions-minded church.

    • Kimmy

      December 21, 2018 at 9:40 PM

      We love doing it! It’s great to connect with our missionaries “face-to-face” more often!

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