Missions used to be for a few people who went to Bible school, went through a rigorous process with an agency, and eventually made it to a foreign country. Today, missions has become the privilege of every Christian. Everyone has a part to play, no matter his/her confidence, calling, or education.
There are four basic parts:
Sending: These people send missionaries by supporting them in prayer, funds, encouragement, and by validating them. Missionaries need people who believe in them and believe in the mission. They need cheerleaders, financiers, and a team of prayer warriors. Missionaries are vulnerable to physical, spiritual, and emotional attacks, so they need a team of senders who have their backs. A sender feels the weight of the lost. He or she thinks about missions and prays for friends who are missionaries. A sender likes to hear missionaries report at church. Senders usually have pictures of kids and missionaries plastered on their refrigerators. Where will you find a sender? At work carving out a paycheck, so he/she can send a child in Uganda to school and a missionary to the Philippines. Senders are usually making up an Operation Shoebox in October. Some senders pray throughout the day. Others, spend time in the war room. Who are senders? People from all walks of life who support, pray, and encourage.
Welcoming: A welcomer is always looking for opportunities to develop relationships with foreigners and immigrants. These could be overseas foreign workers, students, teachers, illegal immigrants, legal immigrants or tourists. (It's easy to get snared into immigration debates, albeit there is a place for those. We must always remember that our first allegiance is to Christ's kingdom.) A welcomer is a Christian who invites students into his/her home for meals, or befriends a family that owns an ethnic restaurant. Businessmen who relationally evangelize foreign colleagues are welcomers. A welcomer meets an immigrant family at the airport and spends a year helping them acclimate to US society. You may be a welcomer if you befriend an overseas foreign worker and invite them to your house for a birthday party. 62 million immigrants live in the United States and over one million international students study in the US. A welcomer takes advantage of those statistics and makes friends with others.
Going: These are the people who go, either long-term or short-term. They are ordinary people who decide to use their career-potential to live out the gospel as a guest in another community. Many missionaries aren't the smartest or most talented. They are the people who are willing to give up the homeland for a little taste of future glory. The people who go sometimes experience an inward call from the Holy Spirit. Others who go don't have any call. They simply submit to the fact that people in other parts of the world need to hear, so they go. I've met both types on the mission field. How do you know if you should go? One way is to meditate on the command to go.
In the World Today There are 5.5 Million Christian Workers
We're a family on mission to bring the good news of Jesus to the Philippines.