Missions Is My Bag

World evangelism was stated as the “chief concern of the church” by our founding fathers.  Our early pioneers placed a high priority on missions at home and abroad.  Believers were encouraged to support their churches through tithing, and then to give beyond the tithe to reach the lost in other places. This emphasis in tithing and giving was repeated as missionaries established national fellowships in other lands.  As a result, local churches are functioning healthy because congregations support their pastors and ministries.

Our missionaries are on the front lines of gospel work all over the world.  In the past 15 years the Assemblies of God worldwide has grown from 145,000 churches to more than 300,000; from 25 million adherents to more than 60 million.  The heart of missions continues in the missionary who is willing to pour his or her life into others. However, today, many of our missionaries are struggling to stay in the field of their calling.  Facing financial challenges at home, our Pastor, church Board, and Missions Advisory Committee, recently had to reduce our monthly missionary commitments by $20,000.

Where do we look for our resources?

It is a well known truth that it is much easier to raise project dollars than to support U.S. and World missionaries on the field.  “However, no army can function if it only has tanks and guns.  It needs boots on the ground.”2

We are admonished to hold on to the words of Jesus that deal with anxiety and worry (Matthew 6:25-34), and to draw strength from understanding the blessings of generosity (2 Corinthians 8 and 9)—“their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity.”

What can we do?  Fervently pray for God’s favor and blessing as we serve Him with pure hearts and noble purpose. Re-evaluate our responsibilities as stewards of His resources.  Our missionary troops need you!

  1. Bill Boyer says:

    This is a wonderful word of encouragement! Saints need to understand that “boots on the ground” means funding that enables the missionary to answer the call of ministry the Holy Spirit opens to them. Many times a missionary gets to his/her field of service only to discover that the Holy Spirit is opening new ministry opportunities. If the supply line stops, the front line soldiers get isolated and overwhelmed by the enemy.
    Historically, in economical crunches, the people of God have rallied to give even more. The bottom line: how much is a soul worth? Compare that with the average lifestyle we enjoy in the USA

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