All believers in Jesus Christ are called to be missionaries. Don’t believe me, read Matthew 28:19-20.
Jesus commanded the 11 disciples, and us today, “as you are going, make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.”
The sad part is, most people think of a missionary as a person sent by a church into an area to carry on evangelism and someone who attempts to persuade or convert others.
We miss another definition of being a missionary. Simply put, a missionary is a person who is sent on a mission.
We Are All Called
We are all called and sent on a mission.
The family we are born into can be our mission field. So can our neighborhood, city, county, or state. We don’t need to go off to the unknown lands to serve Jesus.
If you are a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, you MUST be a missionary.
If you decide that you are being “called” to the mission field, the tradition of the last couple of centuries was to have a group or a church fund your expenses and “ministry”.
While I think that is a viable way of funding missions, I also think that it is becoming harder to do.
Typically when you take money from an organization or church, there are strings attached to it. You have to be their denomination. You have to have a degree from a certain college, university, or seminary.
All these things can limit you if you need their money.
What if you were able to fund your own way? What if you didn’t need to spend $10,000s to get a degree?
What if you could instead, raise your own money, head overseas (or to your area of ministry) without having to jump through hoops that others set up for you?
Maybe you should.
This approach is not for everyone. There are trade-offs with supporting yourself just like there are trade-offs with taking money from organizations or churches.
One way of funding your ministry or missions is to do what the Apostle Paul did.
He was a tent-maker. He worked to raise his own money and support while he was on the “mission field.”
While tent-making was he profession of choice, that may not be yours.
What if you could use a computer, the internet, and your expertise in some area to provide a valuable service that people would pay you for? You could then use that money to continue your mission.
Now through February 14, 2018, or so, Ray Edwards is offering a free video training course on that could help you write better letters asking for support (mission funding strategy number one). The training could also help you develop a business that would help fund your mission (strategy number two).
In the first video training session, Ray talks about a person was even able to fully fund his overseas missions without having to beg people for money. This individual applied what he learned and earned the money like a modern-day tent-maker.
Check out the free training at www.faceyourgoliaths.com/rayvideo1.
Be Your Best
Regardless of where your mission field is, be your best.
God has equipped all of us to do good works (Ephesians 2:10).
One thing is for sure, we are ALL to be on mission, sharing Jesus with those we meet.
If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.
– Martin Luther King, Jr.