Six Ways To Help A Cross-cultural Missionary
#1. Pray (continued from last week)
Last 5 universal prayer needs
“Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit.” Ephesians 6:18a.
Last week I promised you that I would share five more needs that all on the field Missionaries have plus wishing that more faithful partners would pray for them.
In his book from a few years ago, Serving As Senders, author Neal Pirolo addresses at least six important ways to help a missionary while they serve on the field
In Chapter five he shares a list of 10 prayer needs that are universal with missionaries regardless of where they are serving. Please allow me to finish the list for you from Neal’s book as you prepare to pray for one of LifePoint’s foreign missionaries. Here are the last five:
- Effectiveness in Ministry, whatever the assignment.
- Functioning of the tools of ministry.(It is amazing how printing presses break down just when a completed New Testament is ready for printing!)
- Lack of visible results; the “plowing, planting and watering“ stages can go on for years!
- The people being ministered to, the national Christians, the leaders of the country.
- Need for stability, wisdom, compassion, self-discipline, boldness, power, love, to be filled with the Spirit of God.
I read someplace not too long ago that Missionaries are always grateful to receive financial donations to help their ministries and efforts on the field to continue but are absolutely spiritually bankrupt without your prayers.
One of the shortest Scripture verses ever written says very simply, “Pray continually.”
1Thessalonians 5:17 (NIV)
Please never stop lifting up our Mission partners in prayer. Make it a point to choose one or two and pray continually for them and their work.
Next week I will explore the second most important way to help a cross-cultural Missionary, by sharing the need for Financial Support.