Many times in our day and age, a missionary needs to get some piece of information to people who are computer illiterate. That means sending a paper and ink letter. When the postal service in the country is just not up to par (I have had a letter from Mexico to the US take up to 6 months to get there, and many times they get lost in the mail), you need some other way of getting that letter out.
When a person chooses to be a missionary, there are certain sacrifices that they make in order to partake in this kind of ministry. Essentially you lose a lot of your “identity” to become a missionary. The simple question, “Where are you from?” becomes a complicated question because while I was born and raised in South Carolina, I have spent more time in Mexico than the US. Mexican people we visit. Sometimes they joke saying, “David is more Mexican than we are!” I have adapted to Mexican culture and foods, and I really like at least most of the Mexican foods.
But this price we pay is difficult to handle many times. You kind of “lose your identity” in the process of being a good missionary. We must celebrate the Mexican holidays and basically follow the Mexican culture, because you just cannot survive without doing that. Image if a Mexican was to pastor your church and not celebrate the Fourth of July! He would be extremely out of sync with the people he is trying to reach.
Helping Returning Missionaries By Missionary David Cox
I recently saw a post on LinkedIn about helping missionaries returning from the field. I felt it was pretty poor and scarce as far as information and material, so I am making a similar post, and trying to fill it out more. Continue reading Helping Returning Missionaries→
Nerves Presenting Missionary Presentation By David Cox
In this installment we think about being nervous in giving a missionary presentation.
When you think about it, first of all, you have contacts countless pastors and tried to talk your way past numberless secretaries to get to a pastor, and you have sent enough letters, emails, text messages to fill a computer, and after all that, you get very few if any meetings. When you actually get to a meeting, everything goes wrong. You leave your suit and tie back home, your slide presentation messes up or worse, the projector won’t work or there isn’t an extension cord that will reach, etc. Continue reading Nerves Presenting Missionary Presentation→
Missionary Presentations Openings and Closings By David Cox
In this video by a professional presentation trainer, we hear how to begin and end a presentation. The opening and closing of a missionary presentation are extremely important in making a good impression on people. The opening is the first impression you give to people. The closing should wrap up things and bring the focus to what you want them to remember about you and your ministry. Continue reading Missionary Presentations Openings and Closings→
There is hardly a missionary who presents his/her work that is not thrust before an audience and the pastor says, answer any questions that our people might have. In this presentation by Deborah Grayson Riegel, she deals with how to handle Questions and the audience.
The missionary presentation is basically the one thing that a church will use to judge whether they want to partner with you (praying for you and sending you support) or not. It is a crucial element in the missionary’s ministry, and especially in his finances and economics. Without supporting churches, a missionary will be crippled in what he can do, and this just will not get better until he can learn how to successfully pitch his ministry to others and they “buy into his ministry.”
One of the first things she addresses is the audience as a barrier to our success, but they are the strategic partner in the success of your presentation and ministry, then we have something good here.
Truthfully, if a church’s people get behind you, you are successful, otherwise it was a failure. The importance of the audience is the key. The audience is the purpose of our presentation.
We need to project trust and confidence in what we are doing, and who we are. It is not about you being great or talented or accomplished. It is about the work we are doing for our Lord Jesus Christ, and that we want to see this go forward (really through us, around us, or apart from us). That is the important thing.
The audience wants to know if they will want to support you, and you must convince them successfully that you are worthy of their concern and support (partnering).
AThe 10/40 Window is a term coined by Christian missionary strategist Luis Bush in 1990 to refer to those regions of the eastern hemisphere, plus the European and African part of the western hemisphere, located between 10 and 40 degrees north of the equator, a general area that in 1990 was purported to have the highest level of socioeconomic challenges and least access to the Christian message and Christian resources on the planet.
Though popularized by Luis Bush, the term 10/40 window was in use by missiologists at the U.S. Center for World Missions as early as 1981, a term that was used by Doctor Ralph Winter, and subsequently, John Dawson of Youth With A Mission and Reconciliation Ministries, and many other YWAMers long before 1990. The rest of the article may be correct for it was talked about at Lausanne II.
The 10/40 Window concept highlights these three elements: an area of the world with great poverty and low quality of life, combined with lack of access to Christian resources. The Window forms a band encompassing Saharan and Northern Africa, as well as almost all of Asia (West Asia, Central Asia, South Asia, East Asia and much of Southeast Asia). Roughly two-thirds of the world population lives in the 10/40 Window. The 10/40 Window is populated by people who are predominantly Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, animist, Jewish or atheist. Many governments in the 10/40 Window are formally or informally opposed to Christian work of any kind within their borders.
Missionary Support Begging. There is a misperception by many people, even many missionaries, that if you receive money from individuals or churches, you are begging. Christians are not to be beggars. King David said…
Ps 37:25 I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.
So what we can conclude is that it is not biblical for Christians to be begging, much less ministers of the gospel.
So who are doing this? Actually there are some missionaries who seem to “beg” (ask strongly for people to give them money) for some trumped up reason, like sickness, lack of food, or some other necessity. The tone of what they say seems very much like begging.
The point here is that of unethical behavior by missionaries. This kind of conduct should tell God’s people NOT TO GIVE THEM ANYTHING!
A Laborer is Worthy of his Salary
1Cor 9:9 For it is written in the law of Moses, Thou shalt not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treadeth out the corn. Doth God take care for oxen?
1Tim 5:18 For the scripture saith, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And, The labourer is worthy of his reward.
The principle of God is that a person doing a worthy work is worthy of a worthy salary or reward. The problem here is that we don’t want to make the gospel at a condition. Very simply, we give the gospel away, and we do not condition our service and laborers on the recipients giving us (ministers) something, but rather, we freely give, BUT we teach that the receivers should also give to those serving them, and then we would be completely happy with whatever comes in, even if nothing comes in.