HOW TO STRATEGICALLY ENGAGE IN EFFECTIVE STEWARDSHIP
By Dr. David Robbins
In the last newsletter I explained the cost of supporting an indigenous missionary through
an indigenous mission. A missionary family serving with our partners in Asia needs $165
per month ($2,000 per year).
Mission in the New Testament is the very
theme of the church. O. Costas correctly
observed: "Mission is intrinsic to the very
life of the church. There is no other church than a
missionary church. To be the church is, therefore, to live
in a crossroads situation; to be constantly engaging
the world" (Global Missiology, p. 357).
In fact, incarnational mission more precisely describes
our role. Joseph D'Souza reflects with current perception
from India. Mission and the latest fads from the West are
of nonvalue anymore. "Any methodology that is one step
removed from incarnational involvement in the life of
our people just won't work" (Global Missiology, p. 404).
In other words, India and many other countries in the
world of today are not accessible to missionaries from
Canada. However, the indigenous missions and their
army of missionaries are effectively planting churches in
these limited access nations. In Canada we are called
to be senders in this context. In much of the world
the goers are sent (without support) by our Heavenly
Father to their own people and neighbouring unreached
people groups (UPGs).
The following pattern of partnership
is one we recommend for
coming alongside indigenous mission leaders:
1. Start Small and Go Slow:
You may feel that $165 per month is more than you can
afford. We have recommended $55 per month (which
is one third the total needed), but any amount becomes
a helpful part of sending out these faithful labourers
into the harvest field. Another idea might be to take
on the support of a missionary as a family, with children
contributing as well.
2. Build Relationships:
Take the opportunity when AIM brings our indigenous
leaders to Canada to invest in getting to know them and
learning about how you can encourage them.
3. Commit to the Long Term:
Carve out time in your calendar for regular prayer for
the spread of the gospel and growth of the church. Entire
villages and language groups are opening and turning to
Christ. "Inch by inch, anything is a cinch. By the yard is
hard." The heartbeat is people group movements. Reaching
Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Animists and Secularists is
jeopardized by speed. Patience, humility, determination
and indomitable faith will bring immense harvest.
4. Adopt a Book of Acts Attitude:
Luke’s record in Acts illustrates how Jesus will build his
church in the uttermost parts of the earth. Internationals,
Jews/Greeks and slave/free are all equally targeted with
confidence. Male/female, jailed/unrestricted, rich/poor,
individual or group are all fields that are white unto
harvest. The multicultural call of Christ is not to be
limited in any way, shape or form. Jesus shall reign
where're the sun doth his successive journeys run!
You are urgently needed. UPGs are waiting. Missionaries
and their teams are poised, waiting for believers in the
West to walk alongside them. The Body of Christ is
interdependent (see 1 Corinthians 12:1-12). Hands, feet,
hearts, eyes and ears are all to submit to Christ, our Head.
What is your response? Come this Christmas to the
point of engagement. Start small and go slow ... but get
started. Let's walk together with the greatest missionary
force in the history of the world!
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December 6, 2019