In Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus issued a profound command to His disciples in what has infamously become known as The Great Commission. He challenged them to,
“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you.”
The obligation still remains with us today to spread the good news about Christ throughout the world. This need for missions will remain urgent in perpetuity as long as there are people who have never heard the life-changing message of Christ.
In the field of missions, there are two main categories. Those called to be missionaries and those called to send missionaries. Missionaries are charged with the duty of going into the various nations and spreading the gospel. They essentially uproot their lives and begin anew, leaving family, friends and often comfort behind, all for the worthy cause of Jesus. For missionaries to be able to obey this God-given directive, more often than not, support must be provided by generous-hearted Christians who understand the precious value of each and every soul. There is a job for each of us, therefore, as Christians, to remember these individuals and their families in their work, both financially and spiritually. In 3 John 8, John calls us each to be “fellow helpers to the truth.” Without prayers and financial assistance, so many mission trips fail, flounder and falter. How much better it is to be seen by God as a willing ‘fellow helper’ determined to support the furtherance of the gospel to the ends of the earth by whatever means necessary!
In the Parable of the Sower, Jesus discusses the way the gospel is received by all those who hear it. We know that those seeds take root in good soil, but what if there was no sower? What if no one obeyed the call to plant these seeds in the first place, or worse, were unable to obey the call because of lack of assistance? In Romans 10: 14, Paul questions, “How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?” For the Gospel to spread, we all have to do our part to help. What better way to ‘lay up… treasures in Heaven” than to give cheerfully! (Matthew 6:20; 2 Corinthians 9:7)
Furthermore, missionaries, like pastors, need support even when they are no longer in the serving field. We would do well to remember the sacrifice these families have made to the furtherance of the gospel for the glory of God. “For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.” (Hebrews 6:10) God is not unrighteous to forget and neither should we be. What better testimony to the Love of God, which operates within the Saints, than to faithfully care for our Brothers and Sisters in Christ!
Please pray for missions, missionaries, both active and inactive, and their families. Give freely of your time and your blessings, and the God of Heaven, who is faithful and just, will bless you in return.
Many thanks to the Hill Family serving in Japan. Please pray that they will be able to navigate more successfully the many linguistic and cultural barriers which confront them in their day to day struggle to witness to the Japanese people.
May the Spirit of God rest upon Ron and Ginger Naugle serving in South Africa and as they return stateside after the expiration of their visa. May God continue their good works even in their absence.
Elwood and Doris Hurst, recently returned from Guam due to health problems, request your continued prayer.
The Henderson Family located in Guam requests your prayers for their family as well as members of their congregation; specifically, for David, Bill, Heath, Charles and Eloise, and Kevin, Mandy, and their four children. Also, please pray for Jesse S., recently saved, and for Joe, and Melinda and her six children, that they will come to know Christ. Pray for this ministry on the island of Guam as they continue the work started by Elwood and Doris Hurst.
Please pray for Kirk and Kathy Hickok their family, their church and their outreach programs in Brazil.
Malcolm and Jan Gregory in Bolivia request your earnest prayers for the lost souls in Bolivia, for the many active ministries to ‘bring them in,’ and for strength for all those who have given their lives to Christ and live to serve Him.
Please pray for Rod and Lenore Bell and their work at Maranatha Baptist Church.
Please remember the Curtis Family in prayer as they serve the Lord throughout the British Isles.
John and Debbie Andersen, serving in Beijing, China, ask for prayers, specifically regarding God’s provision during the time of their sons’ graduations.
Please pray diligently for Jeff and Kim Dobbins and the Fruitful Hills Ministry.
If you would like to donate to our missions programs or learn more about them, please send your requests to Calvary Baptist Church/Missions Programs, P.O. Box 315, Clover, SC 29710 or you can submit a form electronically under our “Contact Us” tab.