In conversations with brothers and sisters, I have often been asked how they can support global missions. Many times they tell me they could never see themselves leaving the comforts of their home and going to a foreign land to proclaim the Gospel. Other times people feel that they cannot go on mission trips due to various circumstances, such as not having the money for a plane ticket, having to care for younger children, they can’t afford to lose income or they are unable to get the time off from work. On the surface these seem to be legitimate reasons for not going but just because someone can’t go (right now) doesn’t mean they can’t be a part of the global mission.
We know that we have the very clear call in Matthew 28:19, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”. But what if you are unable to make the commitment to be a goer? Does that excuse you from the Great Commission? Absolutely not. To quote John Piper, “Go, send or disobey”. If you are unable to go – be a sender.
How can you be a sender? You can devote yourself to supporting people who feel led by the spirit to go on a mission trip. There are many ways of doing this: financial support to help cover travel costs; helping the family members that stay behind (making meals, picking up kids), buying needed items for family and the missionaries. Prayerfully consider ways that you can be involved in sending your brothers and sisters.
Romans 10:14-15 says “How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” Let this scripture resonate with you. Go, send or disobey. Those are the options before all of us as followers of Christ. Let’s send them off well.
We must be global Christians with a global vision because our God is a global God. – John Stott