How to Bless a Missionary – Advocate For Your Church to Host Them (Week #2)

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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!

How to Bless a Missionary – Write to Them (Week #1)

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One of the main ways to bless a missionary is to write to them. Writing an email doesn’t take much time or effort, but can be a huge morale boost to a missionary serving abroad.  Many missionaries are lonely for friendships.  They also experience loneliness for the families and friendships that they left behind.  Hearing from someone from their country of origin might just be what they need!  And you don’t have to be eloquent or to be a great writer to do this!

If you are a new person to them:

  • Introduce yourself and fill them in on who you are, who your family is, what your job is, etc. They will enjoy getting to know you, even if only through an email.
  • Let them know how you found out about them.
  • Ask questions about their ministry or their family.
  • Ask if they have specific prayer requests or needs.
  • Find out when they will be in the United States next, and plan to meet them in person.

If you already know them:

  • Just tell them what has been going on in your life.
  • Remind them about your job, family, etc., in case they might not remember.
  • Fill them in on important news from their home church or home city. They may have not heard that a certain person moved away or died.
  • Tell them if local people have received awards.
  • Let them know if you saw their family member doing something important or great. You can help them still feel connected to where they came from.

Even if you don’t have a lot of time, you can still send a quick note. Just tell them you are thinking about them and praying for them.  Let them know you appreciated their last newsletter or mention something that they wrote about.  They will appreciate knowing that someone actually read their letter, and this will encourage them a great deal!  So, get out there and write!