Can I Support a Missionary? Part Two
Be a Lifeline of Prayer—Missionaries Need You, Not Just Your Money When I first came to work for World Missions many years ago, I was probably guilty of putting missionaries on a pedestal. You see, I had, and still do, respect that missionary call—but, you know what? They don’t wear a superhero cape! Missionaries are just as human as you and I. They face the same challenges and difficulties that you and I do—only they are halfway around the world. I personally know missionary friends who have had to deal with illness, problems with teenagers, aged parents, and financial needs just like we do. I recall one missionary friend whose mother was suffering from the same disease as my mother. Since this is something I experienced firsthand, I felt a special burden to pray for them. Other missionaries have experienced the loss of a baby in the womb, or faced cancer, just to name a few. Can you imagine how vital that daily prayer support covering is for a missionary? Pray for their protection, their families, health, and financial needs to be met. Build a friendship with a missionary, or ask your church to adopt a missionary family. Ask missionaries to visit your church, and keep close contact with them. Remember them on holidays and birthdays. Missionaries need to know they are not alone. Prayer can open doors that no man can shut (Revelation 3:8). This is part two of a five-part article series on Can I Support a Missionary? Yolanda Guy has been part of Church of God World Missions for over 30 years. She truly ministers through her work in Donor Relations. Donors – she has your heart; Missionaries – she has your back.