It has been a year now, a crazy, difficult, amazing year that we have now lived in Central Asia.
We’ve experienced the hectic life of living third world, experienced two major earthquakes, and almost 400 aftershocks. We have learned to live with limited electricity, and how to save water in the dry season.
It has been great. It’s been hard.
Yet, can I let you in on a little secret of all missionaries.
We really need you guys back home.
We need your support, and we love to hear from you.
Sure, we may fail to update to the best of our ability, but we try.
So to the sending church, and the senders…
You are vitally, important.
“How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, “HOW BEAUTIFUL ARE THE FEET OF THOSE WHO BRING GOOD NEWS OF GOOD THINGS!”…(Romans 10:14-15)
You sent us, your role is important. So how do you accomplish your role as the sender?
- Pray, pray, pray. We need your constant prayers daily, because we battle against the enemy in territories that he has captured. We seek to tell the lost, whose eyes are blinded the truth of God’s love. We work, we give, we often run on dry. So please remember to pray.
- Communicate. I’ve noticed since we left, that those who respond to the newsletters, and prayer request have gotten less and less. So just so you know, a short email, a quick message letting the missionary know your thinking of them, praying for them, or a verse of encouragement go a long way.
- Send care packages. If possible, a package from home is a wonderful thing to receive for the missionaries on the field. Around Christmas last year, a few groups from our sending church sent packages. It was such a blessing to receive “things” from home.
- Go on a short-term trip. In a few weeks, a group from our sending church will arrive to spend a week with us. We can’t begin to tell you how excited we are. Excited to show them the people, the place God has called us to. Thrilled to share with them, our heart cry for the people here.
- Minister to them. Missionaries have a tendency to give, give, give. The needs we have found are far greater than the time and resources available. Many times, missionaries feel like they are running on empty. They just like you, need to be ministered to. This can be done through numerous ways: emails, calls, and prayers.
- Give. Often once the missionaries are on the field, people think they are set. Yet, missionaries need your continual financial support to live out the calling God has placed on their lives
I couldn’t imagine a more fulfilling life. I’m glad to be here, glad to serve the Lord among the nations. Yet, the truth is…. you as a sender also serve the Lord among the nations as you pray, communicate, send, minister and give! You are appreciated and you are much-needed in the lives of those you have sent!