Missionaries visit many churches when they are back in the United States on home assignment. Some organizations help set up church visits, but many missionaries have to arrange their own visits to churches during their time in the US. With so many missionaries out there and a finite amount of churches and money available, it can be challenging for a missionary to get an appointment to talk with a missions committee or present their ministry in a church.
This is where you come in! A pastor is more likely to schedule a time to talk to a missionary or have them present their ministry to his church when he knows that some people in his local congregation know the missionary and believe in their ministry. Personal connections go a long way! What can you do?
- Find out when your missionary will be on “home assignment” or “furlough”
- Find out from your missionary if they would like to come to your church or if they would like you to ask about it
- Find out when your church has a “Missions Sunday” or if they allow missionaries to present at other times
- Approach your Missions Pastor or Lead Pastor with a proposal to have the missionary come. Be prepared to discuss your missionary with them and promote them. They might agree to a meeting with the pastor, a presentation in a Sunday School class, or a presentation from the pulpit. You never know!
- Have your missionary’s contact information available.
- If a meeting time is not possible, ask your pastor if your church provides for missionaries needs. Be prepared with one or two specific ideas of needs your missionary will have while in the US.
While this may seem like a waste of time to some or pointless to others, you would be surprised how much this can help! My family was able to visit many churches because of a local connection. Although not all of them were able to support us financially, some gave a one-time gift, and some joined as prayer partners. This was invaluable to my parent’s ministry.
Can you contact your local church leadership and advocate for a missionary? I challenge you to give it a try!