Global Missions Involvement

Getting the church involved in global missions can be intimidating. Distance, cost, language, and numerous other factors seem to prevent meaningful involvement, yet we know from Christ’s words in Acts 1:8 that we are to be His witnesses “to the ends of the earth.”

The church plant with which I’ve been working for a couple of years is still quite small. We do not have a lot of resources to send people to the ends of the earth, yet I have been so blessed to see how our little congregation has made such a big impact globally.

One of the primary ways we participate in global missions is through awareness and prayer. We take time during each service to discuss current events and intercede for the people of the world and the missionaries and ministries serving them. Time and again, we hear testimonies of God’s faithfulness in answering prayer. Prayer is one of the most effective, powerful tools we have, if we only make time and room for it in our lives.

On a more tangible level, we partner with a faith-based nonprofit organization that serves the people of Swaziland. Each Christmas since our church started, we have participated by committing to worshipping fully, spending less, giving more, and loving all. Over the past 2 years, our small congregation has given literally thousands of dollars we would have spent on needless Christmas gifts to the nonprofit organization, which has used the money to build transitional homes for single mothers and their children.

Our church also encourages members to go when they discern God’s call. Last year, one woman felt God tugging her to leave everything to work in an orphanage in Swaziland for 2 years. When she announced it to our community, the church rallied behind her, encouraged her, helped her raise the funds to go, and smothered her in prayer. Since she left, she has been a direct connection between us and the needs in Swaziland, allowing us to help in many unique ways. Through our relationship with her, we get to be a part of the amazing work God is doing.

We may not all be called to go, but we must be involved in global missions. Don’t underestimate prayer and be creative in seeking involvement opportunities.

Allison Markwood serves on North Carolina WMU’s executive board and has been a part of two successful church plants.

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